Before rolling into some thoughts, I want to make a couple things absolutely clear – first and foremost, I want a competitive, well coached team that brings pride to my alma-mater. The academic ship has sailed, so we have football.
Second, I want a national championship because “the all time winningest division 1A football program without a national championship” title sucks and since my non-politically appointed MBA says you’re either growing or dying and pre-Stewart we’d already reached top 5/top 10 status on a yearly basis there are only a few more steps to the promise land. Had I went to uM, well my objectives would be a little different.
The boys played well yesterday and beat an inferior MU
ooo squad handily. How much different is a mid-major program and a good division II A school like Villanova? The only way to really tell would be to see the two teams play, but for now Ste et al gets their first win over a division IA opponent this year and his second all time! err, all time.
The next games should mark his fate (my blog, my hope that we end the pain now rather than two to three years of mediocrity) with the less than impressive 1-3 Rutgers Scarlet Knights, cellar dweller 1-4 Syracuse Orangemen and #15 Auburn Tigers. All three games are at Mountaineer Field so at worst we should be 4-3 (loss to Auburn) and at best 5-2. Either of these options implies that the program is improving and Stewart may keep is job – anything else and let’s just pull the trigger on a firing – give the job to the current OC (as a test) and find someone qualified in the off-season.
I do not want him or the team to fail; far from it. Let’s hope the first couple games were just newbie growing pains and I’m dead wrong.
But, since it’s my blog and hypothesis (that he’s unqualified and should be relieved of duty come end of season) I shall hold this position until the results prove me wrong. I hope they do. Please. Please. Please.