by b_dog » Sun Feb 14, 2016 10:03 am
I think they way they've got it structured means I can't provide a link if I wanted to, so unfortunately for the Star: "no clicks for you." There are some people who think if you repeat the same flawed argument over and over, people are more likely to buy it. When that happens, you're just dealing with an annoying person, and considering that we're talking about Hansen, he'll likely keep repeating his latest pet theory through spring drills, if not longer. (He's like the dweeb in Young Frankenstein: "So, Dr. FRAHNkensteen, isn't it true...") Anyway, here's a summary of his latest weird combination of waffling and digs:
The headline is: "New young coaches could give UA edge." Sounds positive. And it starts out talking about how college football "coaching staffs are getting younger" because you need to "speak the language of millennials." Gee, so he claims everybody's doing it; great. And then RichRod had a "master plan", and he lists the ages of the new coaches, ranging from 32 to 41. And then it talks about how RichRod saved a lot of money in the transition from the older coaches to the younger ones, which was how he was able to hire Chris Singletary from Michigan to work with Matt Dudek on recruiting. Yup, that's what he did. Glad you were paying attention.
Now you start to shift with this: "The most astute X's and O's coaches...can't do much good with lower-tier recruits." So you might think that's supporting the idea that it's appropriate to focus on recruiting, and that the younger coaches can coach "well enough." Or you can take it to mean we've got no talent. (Kind of like his pre-season assessment of Derrick Williams' Elite Eight basketball team.) To that point, I'll list a couple of incoming defensive recruits, as cobbled together by a coaching staff going through transition, along with the schools that offered them scholarships, according to ESPN:
Chaco Ulloa: Notre Dame, Michigan St, Nebraska, Stanford, Wisconsin, Arizona St
Josh Allen: Alabama, LSU, Miami, Arizona St
Isaiah Hayes: Oklahoma, Wisconsin
Then, you've got: "The unknown is whether RichRod acted soon enough to alter the course of Arizona's football program." Now that's interesting. We're talking program here, not the disappointing defensive performance in 2015 with all of the injuries. So the course we're talking about is the four straight bowl games for the first time in school history (winning three), including appearances in the Pac-12 Championship Game and the Fiesta Bowl, and wins over Oregon (twice), USC, Oklahoma St, Washington (twice), and others. That's the horrible course we're trying to alter, right?
Here's the capper: "Blowing off a traditional spring game to concentrate on blocking, tackling and fundamentals is a loud and clear message that the Wildcats are in serious trouble." Well, to begin with, Greg Hansen wouldn't know a loud and clear message if it bit him in the ass, and his opinions defy statistical probability by being wrong as often as he is. It really requires a special kind of talent.
So there you have it. Nothing really new under the sun. Just Hansen being the same old attention whore, trying to figure out something to be a snarky "expert" about, while worrying all the time about getting hit by a meteorite.