You can read the criteria Kirk used in this overview of his examination here: http://www.uwdawgpound.com/2013/7/28/4564650/the-rebuilding-project-project-introduction
His final case study was the Colorado Buffaloes when Bill McCartney took over in 1982. I mostly remember McCartney from the series the Dawgs and Buffs played in 1989 and 1990, and Colorado's championship after beating Notre Dame. That 1989 game was amazing in how distinctly it showed the value of speed. Darien Hagan and Eric Bienemy put on a clinic that gloomy day in Seattle, rushing for something like eleventy billion yards while the Husky defense kept their feet firmly planted in concrete. One play that stands out very clearly to me was an option down the Husky sideline. Hagan was about 25 yards downfield, and was about to get hemmed in by a defender and the sideline. Without hardly turning his head, he pitched to his left to Bienemy, who took it the rest of the way to the end zone. Colorado's offense was humming that day. And that season. In a way, that beating was a good thing for the Huskies. It was the catalyst for the change to the attacking style of defense the Dawgs used in their own national title run in 1991.
Anyway, you can read Kirk's Colorado case study here: http://www.uwdawgpound.com/2013/8/2/4573994/rebuilding-project-project-case-study-5-colorado
I'm hoping that some of you that were around back then can provide us a little insight in McCartney's early tenure, and the state of the Colorado program in the early 80's. It seems like a lot of unsuccessful teams that "turn it around" do so almost immediately. McCartney doesn't fit that mold, and is a testament to patience in trying to rebuild a down program. Were there issues surrounding the program that made it difficult to win right away? Was it just a matter of recruiting better players? Did he just become a better coach as time went on? Prior to really getting things rolling, was he in danger of losing his job? Anything you else you can add would be greatly appreciated, either over at the pound or here.
Thanks in advance, Buff fans, and hopefully some of you can make it up to Seattle to check out the newly remodeled Husky Stadium. Good luck in 2013.