Wednesday, February 07, 2007

Ted Roof's Biggest Loss of the Season


Now I think Ted Roof's drifting into the danger zone. The last two years, as you may or may not realize based on on-the-field results, Roof managed to recruit a pair of top-40 classes (31st and 36th). Nothing that's going to win any national championships, of course, but the kind of talent that should at least allow a bowl game every now and then. But today is National Signing Day, and 2007 is a different story. I've seen several rankings, and none have as higher than 64th. ESPN puts us at 88th, with more than half of our recruits essentially unrated. All along, I've thought Roof deserved a chance because his players didn't quit and, more importantly, he seemed to be bringing in competitive talent. If that's changing now, and Roof puts up another 0-2 win season next year, you wonder if the clock starts ticking on him. My logic used to be, well, if he can bring in top-40 classes year after year, he can't help but win at some point. But if that stops happening, and we don't start winning, perhaps it'll be time for Raising the Roof to go the way of Airborne.

5 comments:

vwz said...

It brings tears to the eyes of an old foagie like me to recall the glory days of Duke footbal. I still remember sitting at Damon's and watching Fred Goldsmith orchestrate his master game plan of throwing wide receiver screens on every play against Northwestern. The frustrating thing is that we know it's possible to field a winning football team at an academic school with an atrocious tradition - Northwestern has done it; Stanford has done it. It can be done at Duke; but probably not while Broadway Joe is still around.

ThadisRad said...

I don't think it's time to jump off the Roof bandwagon yet. Yeah, this class is disappointing, but that's going to happen when you put up an 0fer. I think if these last two classes get the chance to grow up, and Thad becomes as Rad as we know he can, things will be okay. I think Duke needs to be patient; I have heard nothing but very good things about Roof re: recruiting and player motivation. And when we win in South Bend, well, that'll change everything

The Franchise said...

It must be hard to sell the program to recruits while having to lie about whether or not the school and fans will care about the team. Yes, the facilities have been upgraded since I matriculated way back in 1993, but let's face it: even if the team won a few games and people started coming to Wally Wade for the games, at best you're playing in front of a crowd that's less than half the size of Michigan, Ohio St, etc.

Then again, we can't build a 100,00 seat stadium for a team that always sucks. It's a no-win situation. That might be why the four of us are the only ones Backing Duke football...

Head Dude said...

Wow -- who knew that Duke football would be the hot-button issue to get all dudes opining in rapid succession.

I noted last week that Bobby Ross, the apparent runner-up to Roof, retired from Army last week. So apparently hiring a former NFL coach may not have been the answer either.

On another note, I didn't realize that the Campbell the Cowboys interviewed today is the same former head coach at Wake. I didn't notice him having any astounding success there, so I suspect he's nothing more than the beneficiary of Manning's greatness.

vwz said...

Jim Campbell is perhaps more well known for his appearance in the hilarious graphic accompanying Bullet Bob's story on black coaches...