Tag:Votes of Confidence
Posted on: October 28, 2010 12:52 pm
 

Dennis Erickson gets dreaded vote of confidence

Posted by Tom Fornelli

In the middle of September, the Arizona State Sun Devils were 2-0 and nearly beat Wisconsin on the road to improve to 3-0, and there was some reason to be optimistic about the team this season.  Since then, however, things have started going downhill in conference play, where the Devils have lost three of the first four, including a 50-17 beatdown from Cal last week.

Which has led some at the school to wonder about the status of head coach Dennis Erickson.   Particularly if he'll be back running the program last season should things continue to head the direction they currently are.  Well, Erickson can either rest easy or start cleaning out his office, because Arizona State athletic director Lisa Love just gave him the dreaded vote of confidence.

"Yeah, I believe he will be (back)," Love told the Arizona Republic. "We have to evaluate at the end of the year, every year, but he's our guy. I've heard a lot of this talk about a hot seat. I think we have a football-wise fan base that are saying and understanding (that ASU's program is on the rise).

"I fully expect Dennis will be our football coach and my days are spent thinking about how to support this football program and get it to where we want it to be, which is a Rose Bowl-caliber program. And I believe we've got a guy who can get us there."

Notice how even in Love's vote of confidence she doesn't say that Erickson will be back, but that she believes he'll be back?  Yeah, I wouldn't take that as a good sign.  In other words, the Sun Devils may want to start winning some games, which is easier said than done.  While Arizona State still has two winnable games at home against Washington State and UCLA this season, they also have trips to USC and Arizona along with a home date against Stanford on the schedule.

Erickson had success in his first season at Arizona State, as the Sun Devils went 10-3 in 2007, but since then they've gone 12-19 are in danger of missing out on a bowl game for the third straight season.
Posted on: September 22, 2010 12:59 pm
 

Archie Manning supports Houston Nutt

Posted by Tom Fornelli

it's been a tough year for Ole Miss.   First the school was refuted in its bid to add the mighty Admiral Ackbar to the fold, and then they lost to Jacksonville State in the season opener.  Now, after three weeks they're 1-2 and 0-1 in the SEC, seemingly destined to finish at the bottom of the conference standings.  Which just wasn't supposed to happen with Houston Nutt running the program.

Nutt was supposed to make the Rebels a contender in the SEC West, and he's done anything but, which is causing many members of the Rebel alliance to question their leader.  Though they may want to reconsider their position once they hear what the Grand Poobah of all things Ole Miss, Archie Manning , has to say about Nutt.
Manning expressed compassion for the Rebels' humble beginnings and confidence in Nutt's ability to turn things around.

"We're not real good right now, and when two (losses like Jacksonville State and Vanderbilt) happen you lose confidence, so Houston's got a big job," Manning said.


He continued: "I do think we have the right coach at Ole Miss. We've got a good football coach, and if anyone can kind of stabilize this thing, settle them down and get back to playing ... I knew it wasn't going to be a great, great year. Still, you hope you can turn it around, the SEC is a tough league."
Having Archie Manning in your corner has to feel good for Nutt, but all those happy feelings are washed away quickly when just looking at the Rebels' schedule for the remainder of the year.  There's no guarantee they'll beat Fresno State in Oxford this weekend, and then after that they still have road trips to Alabama, Arkansas, Tennessee and LSU.

So it's going to get worse before it gets better.
 
 
 
 
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