We’re in Year 1 of the Mike Sherman experiment. I use the term experiment because no one knows how it’s going to turn out. Not even the two people most in tune with the situation which happens to be Coach Sherman and Bill Byrne. I have always questioned the hire but I’m willing to give Sherman at minimum two years and in reality 3-4.
If he goes 2-10 we might as well admit to a mistake and move on as I just don’t see him ever recovering. He’ll likely struggle in recruiting unless we start paying players again due to the wins and losses. Without getting the top recruits he’s going to have a tough time beating the Stoops and Browns of the world.
I do think Sherman needs to win at least one of KSU or CU at Kyle and at least one of ISU or Baylor on the road to be at minimum 4-8. Ideally, he’d win all four and go 6-6. If he does that after the hole he dug with Arky State then I’ll feel much better. Worse than 4-8 and you better keep me away from a B/CS area phone book. That’s an inside joke I’ll have to explain in person as I’m not sure the statute of limitations has expired.
The name comes from my trip to Clemson back in 2005. We took on the mighty Clemson Tigers with a team that should have been on the rise after coming off a Cotton Bowl berth. I’ve drank a lot of beers since then so I don’t remember the exact details but late in the game Coach Fran went for an extra point when he clearly should have gone for 2. His defense was getting gashed and it wasn’t certain we’d get the ball back.
I believe we lost that game by one point which is why he should have gone for 2. The point of the name is that after the final second ticked off and we lost, I turned around behind me and there was this older Aggie that looked at me and said, “Young man, RC would have gone for 2.” He said nothing else and walked on. No other exchange other than, “Young man, RC would have gone for 2” and that was it. I could clearly tell he wasn’t on the FranWagon like me.
I was a very vocal opponent to RC for oh, about 7 years so I thought the old man was crazy because he couldn’t see what Fran was building like I could. It was a one point loss on the road to open up the season agaisnt a decent Clemson team. I joked to people that night that I was going to get the url http://www.rcwouldhavegonefor2.com to show those idiotic RC supporters what fools they were as Fran brought us to national prominence. Well, the joke wound up being on me because he was right. Fran wasn’t the answer and here we stand.