I have tried to figure out why we have underachieved this year. One answer I keep going back to is strength and conditioning. A lack of strength and speed are evident. Is anyone else concerned with a seeming lack of strength and speed on the team.
Until we spend the money to play with the best, we will constently finish where we historically do in the SEC.
Its not the S&C coach. Its not the coordinators. Its not the HC. It is not the NIL. It is the talent that has accumulated on the roster. Pittman inherited about 15 SEC-level players. He has coached up a few he inherited and added to that some meaningful talent via the portal and recruiting/development.
If you want to be good, then be good. To attract that elite talent you have to show them big win/loss records. Its why so few teams climb out of the cellar into relevance, and why so few teams climb out of relevance into elite company. Its why the BCS playoff is basically the same 7-8 teams for its entire history.
Nothing matters as much as the next set of recruits, a few of whom you have to hope bring some magic with them. We have forgotten the days when San Jose State, Western KY, and UNT had more talent than we had (by some measure).
Richard , we have struggled against most DLs…. Heck even Liberty! I am fine with your opinion of Walker …. But we are not in good conditions , heck look at how flabby Ricky looks at center… we are not physical…. You can like Walker all you want, but our lines are weak!
Also; please explain to me how success on First down has anything to do on success on 3rd and 4th and shorts ? Hell we had to have some success on one of the previous two or three downs…. I don’t see your logic ….
This move (to me) makes me think Sam does not allow friendships/past relationships dictate keeping or firing a coach. Unlike one of my favorite Hog coaches Ken Hatfield. As noted on many posts, this is a business and sentiment can’t influence decisions. I found that out the hard way in my business career.