It hardly seems possible that this college football season has concluded. With Florida defeating the Sooners this week, the final page has been turned on the 2008 season. Remarkable that the page had to wait until well into 2009 to be turned, but that is another topic. For the Gators and Sooners, the college football season has just concluded. The Iowa State Cyclones season all but concluded in September.
The stress of the season takes its toll on both players and coaches. The off-season provides opportunity to rebuild and retool for the 2009 campaign. Recruiters for OU, Florida, Texas and other successful football programs throttle up their recruiting processes by taking full advantage of their team’s on-field success. ข่าวบอล Recruits received cell phone calls from the sidelines at bowl games. The young lovely that the recruit met on the campus visit also called.
But how does Iowa State compete with Texas? Longhorn recruiters call prospects from the floor of the Fiesta Bowl. IState recruiters call from the floor of the local Souper Bowl. It takes real salesmanship to attract an above average athlete to a program like Iowa State. To make matters more difficult, the Iowa States of the world – Washington, San Diego State, etc. – swapped out coaches late in 2008. When new coaches assume command, one can assume that not a lot of recruiting gets done in year one. Still, an athlete that wants a lot of playing time and relishes an opportunity to turn a loser into a winner may be attracted to play football for New Mexico State. If they wind up the only good athlete on the field, they may relish a transfer.
For losing teams, the season is long. Figuring out what to do at the conclusion of a losing season is the responsibility of the coaching staff -if they are fortunate enough to have their contracts renewed – and the school administration -if they are fortunate enough to not have an alum chasing them with a dull axe. The off-season provides winners and losers alike, an opportunity to retool, rest and to build for the future.
Players, coaches and administrators are not the only ones in need of R&R after the season. The long season drains fans of emotional energy as well as significant sums of money. And pity the football fans in Seattle this past year. They spent their money at the local watering holes, purchased team gear, sat in the steady Pacific drizzle and for what? Professionally, the Seahawks finished at 4-12. The Washington Huskies finished winless at 0-12. How does one bounce back from a season like that?
To rebound from a losing season and to set realistic behavioral expectations, a fan must engage in serious off-season training. College students find this easier than school alumni. Something on campus always presents itself to take one’s mind off losing – things like taking a stroll down Sorority Row on a warm day. Older alums doing this risk arrest.