So do you think that the cupboards were bare like Rich Leach says they were?
Also what do you think of his comments about Coach Rod's family being at practice so the cussing must not be that bad. Wasn't you guys at the coaches clinic and I believe you thought it was a little "rough" especially for Coach Rod to basically introduce himself for the first time with all these new coaches.
Thanks for the question.
The cupboard became bare AFTER Coach Rod was hired, when Ryan Mallett, Adrian Arringtion, Mario Manningham, Justin Boren and other offensive linemen left. We believe at least twelve players that had remaining eligibility did not make it past spring ball.
With Slocum ineligible, and Arrington and Mario gone, it was the change of philosophy and schemes that led to many of the talent problems.
As for the language, it was very different from past years: most high school coaches seemed to laugh and shrug it off. but some were grumbling about it, and a few even walked out of scrimmage, obviously unprepared for their first exposure to Coach Rod and staff, and their "colorful" verbal cues.
The cussing was some of worse WE have ever heard -- at any practice -- at any level. It did not bother US personally, but we could understand how it might bother others.
Keep this in mind, when some of the media members and former players talk about the language, it was another dialect: THEY were not at those practices. The only former player that WE saw at those spring practices was Desmond Howard, and he was only there for a short stint.
During the practices at the coach's clinic, we did not see ANY family or kids -- NONE! We believe things were toned down after those spring practices.
As far as WE could tell, the media never watched a FULL practice, so they are commenting on periods where the coaches were working with the players in drills. Most of the cussing in question filled the air when the scrimmages were taking place, or the ones vs. ones, etc.
Written by CoachBt and ErocWolverine