Let me preface my latest straight talk with this. Another poster with whom I don’t always agree – but do on occasion – said we need more posters who are not afraid to “disagree” or say something negative even when it’s not popular – or words to that effect – I even think he called it “straight talk”. As anyone who’s read me over the years knows, I’m not a negative poster and I am always finding the positive and the good. I am loyal to the Coaching regime – if they have proven they can win and get the job done – until the bitter end.
But as I have said lately, I am sick and tired of the circus and fiasco that is Razorback Football for the last 3 decades. I’m not a Johnny-come-lately but an RF donor at the BM level, and can talk Razorback football history with anybody and usually know more or recall things long forgotten by most.
So this is how it goes and how we are told to think as Razorback fans – and we are to accept it and repeat it often.
(Old Coach) which would be Hatfield/Crowe/Ford/Nutt/Petrino/Smith/Bielema left the cupboard bare, so the current collection of the athletes cannot compete in the conference and win games. [I]This is the party line every time there is a coaching change going back to 1990.
Hatfield/Crowe/Ford/Nutt/Petrino/Smith/Bielema did very bad things to the Arkansas Razorbacks, including an abysmal failure to recruit, and almost destroyed the program, and we should not like them.
And as a result, Crowe/Ford/Nutt/Petrino/Smith/Bielema/Morris must be given a 4 to 5 year free pass, and we should not expect them to do anything with Razorback Football but lose in the first 4/5 seasons; and if we expect to win any sooner than that or do anything other than go .500 in year 3/4, we are being unrealistic and possibly disloyal fans.
Per the Athletic Department and the media that report on the Hogs – that’s the drill – and going back to 1990, we are on the 7th version of this chain of logic and mantra.
I am no longer buying it nor drinking the Spinning Razorback Kool-Aid.
Unfortunately what is a loyal fan and donor to do? Especially when you know some of the kids on the team and you want them to succeed?
Answer: You support them and hope that they win. And a loyal fan can do that and talk straight at the same time.
Straight talk after Auburn – the defense looked great in that game and but not for a complete and total collapse on special teams (which we are not to in any way blame on the coaches 4 games into the season :shock: :? :roll: ) Auburn would have scored 10 to 14 points.
The special teams looked like that of a team that gets blown out by the likes of North Texas.
The offense at times looked better and showed some signs of life despite scoring only 3 points.
Of course, the “let Coach Crowe/Ford/Nutt/Petrino/Smith/Bielema/Morris lose for 5 years without consequences until Crowe/Ford/Nutt/Petrino/Smith/Bielema/Morris gets his athletes” crowd and the diehard Auburn fans will explain away the improved Arkansas defense by saying that was just Auburn not playing well – and they have a point. But when the Arkansas defense holds Auburn – not North Texas or Colorado State – but an SEC contender Auburn – to yardage in the 200s – that’s impressive no matter how unmotivated and poorly Auburn played.
All that makes the point that the Razorbacks should have been 3-0 going down to the plains, and not 1-2 – with a blow-out loss on their home field to North Texas.
So, no, I’m not yet getting on the Morris train nor am I drinking the Kool-Aid at this point. But, yes, I was encouraged – which is sad for us to be saying after a 34-3 ugly loss.