Mailbag Sept.4: Hoping For Something Good Real Soon

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Q: Hey Dez, good job as always. Last year you and I got off to a rough start when I vented after the dreadful loss to Temple and asked for a coaching change. I wish I had written you before last Thursday, so it won’t seem like I’m piling on, but none of us expected the Towson debacle. I’ve always thought PP was a poor choice, but I tried to listen to the optimists. What frustrates me most is this loss is going to hurt ticket sales and fan enthusiasm for Maryland and Michigan, and it’s got to hamper recruiting as well with everyone calling for a coaching change. For all his control issue flaws, the one thing Edsall always did was coach player up beyond their skill set. I don’t see that happening now. PP could have the best relationship ever with CT HS coaches, but that will never yield enough talent for a top level D1 program in the Northeast. In last year’s finale, the disparity in enthusiasm between the Cincinnati and UConn sidelines (players and coaches) was obvious. I didn’t see much energy on the UConn sideline at any point last week – coaches or players. Everyone agrees this is a critical season. The Towson loss is survivable, but only with at least one win in the next two games, a win at Buffalo, and then five conference wins – which would seem to be a Hail Mary of a dream at this point. Here’s to hoping we can have something good to look forward to real soon! Take care. Greg B., Colchester

A: I understand your frustration. I’m just not sure having little to no faith is better than having some. I understand you’ve seen enough evidence to warrant a change but those on the edge have to be realistic and try to relax. Yes, it was a horrible start to the season, the worst but Greg it really was only one game. I understand there’s no faith in the future of this season but the fact is one game doesn’t make the season. I dont know if they’re going to turn things around but writing the season off now is a little premature. And you mention Edsall. I think one of the things he did then too was he kept things simple. Just lined em up and played. Take care Greg

Dez

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