I'm a CU Alumni. I graduated in '06 and I've seen some highs and I've seen some lows. I've always been a supporter of Hawk. Maybe because I wanted to believe we were in good hands and maybe because he occasionally shows the potential we all hope he has (Oklahoma '07, Texas tech '07, Kansas '09). But it is time. Its time to face reality. Young? Yes we're young but we've been young for four years. Lets concede for the sake of argument that it is not the coaching staffs fault for still being young. Look around the nation and there are a lot of teams with young talent that are doing better, looking better, playing more inspired, and have a better record than the buffs (Washington). So thus begs the question, and many have chimed in on one side or the other, whether the coaching staff is failing at coaching the players or whether the players we have are not capable of playing at the level necessary to win.
I refuse to believe that our players are incapable of playing at a high level and compete in the Big 12, or any conference for that matter. Look at the "unbiased" recruiting rankings. Look at the other schools who wanted these same athletes. More telling is look at the athletes who didn't come but are doing great things, not all of those who are capable of doing great things chose not to come.
So that leaves the pink elephant in the room. What is wrong with the coaching staff? There seems to be two glaring problems, this year anyway, that have us wondering if anyone is actually coaching. First, the coaches don't trust any of our "young" players enough put them out there and let them play. This of course leads to lack of confidence, which leads to hesitation, which leads to poor play. With everyone "confused" no one is playing with emotion which leads us to the second problem.
The coaches do not coach with any emotion. Instead preferring to "stay off of the peeks and out of the valleys". Well there are so many problems with this that its scary but lets look at a few. These are not professional athletes. Many of them are just starting to nurture that "chip on their shoulder". The coaches need to get angry or excited or something. Lead by example. Professionals no longer need that example, they are already there, its good to keep them focused or "off the peaks and out of the valleys" but not eighteen to twenty two year olds. The other major problem is that the entire team looks to the coaches, as they should, to identify their swagger. The problem is that no one is fired up, no one is angry when we loose, no one gets called out for missing assignments. I'm not suggesting that players get called out in the media, not at all, but I would like to see some accountability. If not by the players then by the coaches. If it matters to the coaches then it will matter to the players because it sure does matter to me. Always a buff. Beat the Tigers!