What's ironic about this whole thing is that for those posters that have been around 10 years or longer, some of the first and loudest to jump off the Sodie bandwagon were Ace, Nark and myself during/after his third year which was a disaster. The rest of this board largely defended him until the NCAA dream bubble burst in year 5.
Flash forward to now, and we've got the same 3 basically saying "let's see what happens this year before declaring anything a disaster" and you've got a large majority of the board that wants him fired as of yesterday.
Recognizing that many current posters weren't around during the Sodie years, its hard for me to understand what has changed with some of the more long-termed posters to make them so quick to want to blow it all up.
I think what has changed is that we had 3 years of success - with Sodie we had the miracle in Memphis in Romar's first year and then nothing else. Seeing what a very good team and roster looks like opens people's eyes and raises expectations. I am not advocating firing Crews right now - but I think he has to have a short leash. I also was one who did not think he was the right hire but what is done is done. I hope for the best but I am not drinking any kooliad either.
I share your concern that we may have a collection of role players. We really need a couple of players to step up and separate from the pack. MY and DR are the two best candidates. JJ and DE were able to evolve from good role players early in their careers to core players you could build around. Do we have any players in last year's freshman class capable of making that transition?
Anybody who saw DE and Jett as freshmen knew they were not going to be role players.
This also goes back to the definition of what is actually an offer or how valid any of those offers are. Some schools have 30 offers out for 4 spots. But that's a different discussion. If you're going to use other offers to gauge how good a current player is, your argument is going to be disproven just as quickly as you can prove it yourself.
What I saw last year is a team full of role players. Roby is the most well-rounded. Yarbrough and Yacoubou have talent but talent alone doesn't win in college. You have to be able to be coached and your coach has to be able to coach. Crawford and Bartley may be focal points this year but they both seem like perfect guys to be role players on a good team. Not your better players on a bad team.
Actually, I think Bartley has a good upside - I will not be surprised to see him to be more consistent this year. I don't disagree about Roby and MY.