From a conversation I just had.
I was commiserating with a fellow alum, and he didn't seem nearly as upset or shocked about this season as I was. According to him, every Bruin who thought we could seriously even compete for #3 in the conference was deluded. His logic was that no KD coached team could ever manage that.
I brought up the returning starters, and the talent on the team, and he genuinely disagreed. He pointed to the last two years performance, and the coaching, and again said anyone who honestly thought this team could reach 9 wins was delusional.
Which made me think about my expectations. I bought in to the pre-season hype about this team. 10 returning starters on both offense and defense, senior laden, and apparent talent equal to other top teams. But it dawned on me that I was fooled. Our players are good, yes, but are they really as good as we thought? And based on what? Certainly not last year or the year before. Yeah, I believe with a competent coaching staff these players would perform to their potential, but looking as objectively as I can, I don't see a Deshawn Jackson or a Johnathan Stewart or a Tim Tebow here.
And 10 wins and a BCS bowl? Again, based on what? KD couldn't beat a lousy Florida State team in a bowl that the team was supposedly very excited to play.
At the halfway point I have to ask myself and others, are we really just a 7-5 team that got caught up in hype and unrealistic expectations? Right now, looking back and looking forward, I'm beginning to think that might be the case.
A coaching change would be the first step to turning that around.