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Barnes Blogs about... positive coaches

by Mike Barnes

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Posted on July 25, 2013 at 8:12 PM

Lots of preseason media events over the last several days around the college conferences.  And the coaches all sound like politicians.  That's not good.


I understand that they can't tell the truth, the whole truth, and nothing but the truth.  But can't they not be so... what's the word... wrong?


I love college football, and as I 've gotten older, I tend to like it more than pro football.  More real.  More genuine.  You take the millionaires out of the equation (on the field).  

But at least pro coaches are much more honest with us, the fans, about their teams.

It just seems to me like college coaches always feel they have to act like they're ready to compete for the National Championship, that all holes are fixed, that all weak areas have been strengthened.  That any reports about trouble, on or off the field, is the media's fault.

Maybe that's why it was refreshing to see the quote from Kansas coach Charlie Weis about recruiting.   ‘Have you looked at that pile of crap out there?" he says to recruits who wonder if they can play.

That's funny and refreshing, because he's telling the truth.

Remember last year when we were told the UT defense could be one of the best of ALL-TIME????  Ummm, did the coaches really believe that going into the season?  Seriously?

How many times have coaches at various schools talked about how great their new quarterback was and how summer workouts were apparently incredible?  And then you see a guy play like a deer in the headlights.  A not-ready-for-prime-time player.

Let's be honest guys.  Let's refrain from the hyperbole.

Let's tell the truth.

"I just don't know".

We'll find out for sure when the season begins.