Did Debbie “Frau” Yow Do Good?…
Wheel-Fire-Rocks & Twitter
In today’s pre-Apocalyptic World dominated by clicks and view and Ws & Ls, I don’t need to string you out and force you to read deep into this column for “what does BobLee think?” I can tell you up front…
IMO… Yes, Debbie “Frau” Yow did good keeping Dave Doeren aka DD aka DaveWho FromWhere as NC State’s Head Football Coach.
Dave Doeren seems like a very decent fellow. …His program is certainly improving. In a business full of thug-aletes, his players don’t seem to be. …He beat UNCCH the past two years. …Whatever the $$$ details… who really cares?
For as much as it was up to her and Chancellor Randy and to The NCSU BOT for their rubber stamp… Yow played the game of Coach’s Liar’s Poker as best she could have with the cards she was holding.
College ADs… City Managers… School Superintendents… Baptist preachers… and your son’s Little League coach are going to have vocal critics regardless of what they do. Deal with it or go do something else.
Any discussion of sports fan knee-jerk reactions in a pre-Social Media world is akin to discussing transportation pre-Wheel… or cooking pre-Fire… or warfare pre-Rock.
Everything changed with the invention of The Wheel… Fire… Rocks… and Twitter.
There were Board Monkeys before there were fan message “boards”; but only their families, next door neighbors and work associates were “blessed” to hear their raging opinions. Now, thanks to Re-Tweets and the ALLCAPS key their outreach is Galactic.
Somewhere in the vastness of WolfpackWorld there IS a goober (maybe even two or three of’em) who is certain sure that Bill Cowher and Jon Gruden had agreed to be Co-Head Coaches for Free and were simply waiting for Frau to call… she never did. Said goggle-eyed goober wants everyone to know that. …
“PR17” was ready to retire to become NC State QB Coach For Life… Torrey Holt will handle the WRs… and Jim Ritcher will leave American Airlines to coach “Centers”. But Frau never called’em.
Around Thursday noon that opportunity was lost…
Dave Doeren will remain as NC State’s Head Football Coach for at least the next five years or until he loses two in a row to UNCCH, whichever comes first.
The financial details DO NOT MATTER. In this era of $36,000,000 Indoor Practice Facilities and $20,000,000 Crisis Management Attorneys… financial details in Big Time College Sports simply DO NOT MATTER.
The Costs of Big Time College Sports mean ZERO to rabid fans. In the same way that the Dow Jones Average means ZERO to Trump-hating liberals.
The urgency of your team dominating a “hated rival” ranks right beside a spouse or child hovering at death’s door… the world class surgeon tells you there is ONE possibility to save him/her but it will cost….. You don’t even let him finish…
DO IT Doctor… WHATEVER IT COSTS… DO IT!
Adding X number of zeros to the NC State Football payroll for Dave and his staff means absolutely NOTHING to any NC State fan. How many of you know what that payroll figure was two years ago… or two days ago… or care what it will be two years from now?
Not a one of you knows or cares. Nor do rabid fans at any Power-5 school.
Why should you care? The lights will stay on… the grass will get mowed… the campus trash will get picked up… your alma mater will persevere regardless of how much the Tight End Coach is paid… Trust Me!
IF DD falters i.e. it’s early November and NCSU is still not bowl-eligible… that is “Falter”… Losing two in a row to UNCheats is definitely “falters”… Frau’s successor will get really really nasty e-mails demanding he/she contact Cowher / Gruden NOW…
THEN the buy-out $$$ will get mentioned on local talk shows blah blah yadda yadda… but even then Financial Details Don’t Matter.
Somehow Bobby Purcell cajoles the $$$ from somewhere and the next Era of NC State Football begins… Frau’s name is uttered in vain for “a terrible deal” back in November 2017. Such is the plight of every AD.
Had DD somehow lost last Saturday, we ALL know NONE of this would be happening. Yes… UTenn would still be a laughingstock but DD would not have been part of that train wreck.
FWIW… how many UTenn loonies know who Paul Cryst is? Do YOU know who Paul Cryst is? I do.
Yes… Dave Doeren “Beamered” Tennessee. He (his agent) used “an offer from UTenn” to get Frau to up the ante. When Frank Beamer “Beamered” Dickie Baddour, there actually were UNC fans who wanted Beamer at UNC.
Within VolunteerNation neither Peyton Manning nor that she-trainer he mooned twenty years ago could pick Dave Doeren out of a series of five mug shots of DD… Matt Lauer’s favorite nubile NBC intern… Nick Saban’s barber… Commodore Vanderbilt… and Clay Travis.
The Paul Finebaum said he would not know Dave Doeren if he walked down the main street of Knoxville wearing a “I’m Dave Doeren” t-shirt! OUCH!
The 36 hours that the words Dave Doeren and Tennessee Football were appearing in the same sentence was Twilight Zone material. Did it really happen? …Says who?
MAYBE there will be a Dynasty Upheaval in The ACC. Sports Dynasties DO end. Ask Nebraska… ask Texas… ask UCLA BB. Maybe Florida State is entering Purgatory… maybe that’s why Jimbo is about to skedaddle…
Instead of just FSU, Florida and Miami diving up Florida’s abundance of semi-literate 18 y/o phenoms… there are now UCF… USF… FAU… and even The Butcher at wherever FIU is. Maybe Jimbo sees easier pickings in Texas?
FSU slips… Louisville, with Petrino, is standing on a banana peel… Dabo’s and his Six Flags Over Death Valley is not going anywhere; but DD is one Bambard shank (and that laptop!) from thumping “Dabo” so who knows…
Is NCState under DD on the cusp of anointment as a legitimate Top Tier ACC Juggernaut? … Will Silent Sam really go away?
The knock on any NC-based FB Juggernaut has always been too many schools divvying up not enough in-state phenoms. NC is not the phenom gold mine that Florida is. Can DD overcome that?
Will Swofford retire soon… and a new era of “Damn Refs” make critical calls from a different set of orders.
If not… well, there is always that Cowher/Gruden combo just a text message away.