Bumped. Post written on January 31. GO BRUINS. -N
How do you know whether someone is a good coach? Well just the gauge the reaction of his team's fan-base when he goes somewhere else. I am sure many here can remember the reaction of Pitt's fan base when Howland announced he was leaving the Panthers to join our Bruins. It ranged from anger to despair. Same goes for Roy Williams when he left Kansas for UNC. So with that in mind it is really interesting to read the reactions from Nebraska fans, who just lost their OC - Jay Norvell - to UCLA. Here is one example of a Nebraska fan's perception of their former OC:
In any case, whose fault is it if a player doesn't execute a gameplan given a month to prepare?
The West Coast offense is slowly going the way of the dodo bird in the Pac-10, and college football in general, and yet we continue to hitch our own horse to an offensive failure that defensive coaches have all but figured out. It's predictable. It's not just Dorrell's play-calling (although that has a great deal with it). Defenses have solved the WCO. That's why more innovative coaches have moved on to the Spread and QB Option offense.
We will try to keep an open mind about Norvell. And see how the offense turns out under him. But given Karl Dorrell's incredibly mediocre track record, it is hard to get excited about his latest hire, who doesn't have much on his resume to rebut the perception he was anything but a "trained parrot" at this previous job.
Anyways, "trained parrot" or not, Norvell with 10 returning starters on offense will be responsible along with Karl Dorrell for delivering a Pac-10 championship to Westwood next season. If he doesn't he should be looking for a new gig along with head coach this time in 2008.
UPDATE: Per Nebraska fans Norvell doesn't bring much to the table when it comes to recruiting either.