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Keeping Mike Canales

Should we keep the guy based of the 33-6 beat down over perennial fodder Western Kentucky?

The answer is no.

Should we keep the guy if he runs off three or four wins against the conference plus K-State?

The answer is maybe.

Will we?

I don’t pretend to know the inner-workings of the university. I do know the outer-workings produced a pretty feel-good win on Saturday. Lance rattled off a performance straight out of mid-season 2009, and the defense kept the impotent Hilltopper offense shooting blanks.

Why did they play so well? Well, Riley was back, even though he didn’t perform much better compared to Baine, numbers wise. Most of the performance has to be attributed to the standard bounce-back after a coaching change. Motivated by either a desire to perform for their recently departed coach or by a feeling of freedom from the tyranny of losing, you usually get a performance bump.

Excuse me if I sound like a fan blind to reality, (a message board-er) but I don’t want to get to excited about one win.

Does anyone remember that Jim Haslett  was being touted as the permanent head coach after drubbing the Cowboys back in 2008? Yeah, they went on to lost the next ten games.

I will say that Canales has been better than I expected this year. Perhaps finally getting a chance to show what he can do as head decision maker will reveal a guy that can turn this thing around. At the very least he can run it like an honest-to-goodness FBS team.

Is that all we want, though? Again, I apologize for sounding “We should be in the SEC” Guy, but are we really at the point where we just want to look like, say, Miami of Ohio?

It is hard to argue that point.

They say that you don’t know what you had until it is gone. Perhaps we really didn’t know the true horrible extent of our situation until we cut ties with Todd Dodge.


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