Walking out of the Rose Bowl on Saturday was the worst I have felt leaving a stadium in almost a decade (I was at Miami). So it feels awkward that I'm feeling so much better about our program than I was just 5 short days ago. And it's all due to my belief that the Notre Dame game has sealed KD's fate.
Why? Well, it's mainly due to the discussions I've had with a few ex-players. As a note, my only purpose of this diary is to share some of their comments with the Bruins Nation. So, if you are the type of person who isn't interested in hearing second or third hand information, then please, stop reading.
Now, I carpool to the games with two ex-players, both of whom played at the end of the Donohue era. Neither of them think KD is any good, and both have been ready to stop going to games because they can't take it (sounds like the rest of us). So, when we all met at my car after the game (they get to go on the field), I wasn't surprised to hear them complaining about the coaching staff. HOWEVER, what I was surprised to hear was how negative the tone is from the other ex-players.
Together, we counted over a dozen ex-players my fellow carpoolers talked to; guys from the Donohue era, Toledo era, and even recent guys who had played for KD. NOT ONE guy had positive things to say about KD, and especially not the few guys that had played for KD. I hadn't realized the extent to which the ex-players (in the aggregate) want to see KD replaced. Sure, its not all of them, and you could argue that a dozen isn't a large sample size - but it's not a small sample size either. Many of these ex-players made comments about how small our team looks and how poor our strength and conditioning program is. Many of them also talked about how they hadn't been coming to games because of the "sloppy football" we were playing - and that was BEFORE the on-field meltdown. Bottom line, it's nice to see that many of the ex-players feel much like we do, even if they don't express it in the media or blog world.
There are also a lot of rumors circulating among these ex-players. Some of which I just heard today:
- RUMOR from a "reliable source" in the athletic department that KD is definitely gone this year.
- A separate RUMOR that he likely won't make it to the end of the season.
- RUMOR that Ken Norton Jr. was contacted about the head coaching position (not sure when this allegedly took place).