Seriously. Between the coaches, the coaches assistants, the assistants' assistants and, saddest of all, both future (Greene) and current stars (Baltazar) de-committing on a daily basis, I am at the end of my rope...and the offseason hasn't even begun.
I want very much to believe the coach formerly known as Pete has nothing but the kids' best interests in mind...and for that reason extended UW offers to ALL the kids he recruited to BSU...and then left high and dry when he moved to low and wet. I am dubious, however, and suspect he hand-picked a prized few (Greene and Johnson) and left the others to fend for themselves. I could be wrong. Petersen may have offered spots at UW to all the 2014 recruits. I understand that in the end, this is about the kids and I want very much for them to be where, and play for whom they most desire...I just think the benevolence and fairness we believe our former coach maintains does, actually, know bounds. He was looking out for himself when he left, and is looking out for himself with the UW offers he extended to a select group of BSU's prized class. I don't fault him, not a bit, but I do think canonizing him is a stretch...sadly. I would have been first in line to kiss the ring, but now he looks like any other man wooed by limelight and success. Like I said, I do not blame him. At all. I have simply removed my Pollyanna glasses.
So, instead, I put on my rose-colored, googly-eyed glasses and turn one eye to the future. What does it hold in store for the Boise State Football Broncos? Who do we yet lose form this current cast of coaches and trainers that has been the backbone of the program for so many years? Yes, we've experienced attrition...but not an exodus as we are about to witness. I have heard it postulated that ex-coach Pete was more ready to jump ship this year because he didn't want to have to face firing his friend and OC Robert Prince. It will be telling if Kwaitkowski is brought to UW, but Prince is not...I mean if you believe Murphy's suspect research, this is the best offense we've had in years. We can all agree that numbers lie. Our production this year was situational...at best. I know the Kellen Era was special and unfair to use as a measuring stick, but I don't think we punted for four years during that magical stretch. I suspect, too, we could count the "3-and-outs" on one hand. Maybe one and a half.
Anyhow, while the coming weeks will certainly be filled with news of more coaches, if not players, leaving this storied program, they will also be filled with stories of coaches and players joining our football family. Who does Harsin tab to help pen this new chapter...or encyclopedic volume...of continued success? Hamden? Sanford? Yates? What comes of Gregory (I really like this guy)? Who takes the reigns of one of the best offenses in the country for the past 10 years? Who schemes up the befuddling defenses? Who trains our kickers to put the ball between the posts? I want shifts! I want deception! I want field goals over 40 yards! I want orange helmets!
I know this much, BSU football has succeeded at every level...and I look forward to becoming the first school in history to win football championships at the JC, I-AA and FBS levels*.
*Full disclosure, I didn't actually look that last part up. I just assume no other school has done it.