Tuesday, November 27, 2012
Poll: Grace period for new coaches
By Kevin Gemmell
The decision to fire Colorado coach Jon Embree has drawn mixed reviews. Surprising to some. Not so much to others.
Some laud the decision, saying there was no sign of progress and a change had to be made after the win total dropped from three last year to just one this year.
Others contend he got a raw deal and that two years wasn't enough to turn things around. Further, the fact he was a dedicated alumnus made the decision that much more bitter for those who were Embree believers.
So your poll question for today: How much time should a coach be given to turn a struggling program around? This is a numerical poll, so Oregon is not an option.
As crafty, veteran Pac-12 blogger Ted Miller pointed out in his post on Sunday, patience is a thing of the past in today's college football. Obviously, circumstances are different at every school -- as are resources, facilities, etc. Whoever steps in at Colorado is probably looking at a longer rebuilding process than whoever steps in at California.
But expectations are high -- especially in one of the premier conferences in college football. And if the results aren't there, athletic directors have shown they will take the steps to find someone who can get results (or go into a vicious cycle of hirings and firings). Even winning a national championship doesn't buy you the grace period it used to. Just ask Gene Chizik.
Some believe progress should be immediate. Others submit that a full four- or five-year recruiting cycle is the only way to truly evaluate a coach.
There is a lot of work to be done in Boulder, Colo. The question is will the new guy in charge be given the time his predecessor wasn't?