02 January 2011

CFB Post-Mortem

I have a goal to have 300 posts this year. This is number 2.

BYU and Miami finished their seasons in very different ways. After many early stumbles, BYU looked pretty good. One catalyst for that was the firing of Jaime Hill, BYU's defensive coordinator. The other day BYU's offensive coordinator, Robert Anae, resigned in what looks to be an almost complete shake-up of the offensive staff. The Salt Lake Tribune's Gordon Monson explains why this is a good thing for the Cougars. I'm inclined to agree with his analysis, and given the improvement in quarterback Jake Heaps and some of the other good pieces in place, I am excited to see what next season may bring.

Miami's problems continued with an embarrassing loss to old rival Notre Dame. Despite his success keeping his players out of trouble, Randy Shannon couldn't seem to master the duties of a head coach, and the Miami Herald's Manny Navarro looks at that as well as some other challenges awaiting new coach Al Golden. Miami has some talented players, but there is a lot of work to do, and making Stephen Morris the named starter right now would be one good step.

I am hopeful this will be one of those times when a new coach comes in and can make some magic happen. More likely, this is a two year project, making 2012 Golden's year to get it done.

We'll see what happens next August.

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