FL recruiting: Napier is already establishing relationships within high school programs (north/mid-FL). No concernsIt's hard to say and I'll admit my expectations aren't pie in the sky for the first few years. Let me explain...
People talk about recruiting like it's some god given right that UF should be granted a top 5 class every year.....Recruiting is about great recruiters but it's also about relationships and we've had 4 different staffs in the last 9 recruiting cycles.....HS coaches take time to warm up to new people walking through their doors unless their name is Dabo or Saban(I know there are a handful of others)...I'm not saying this guy CAN'T get us into the top 5 but let's be realistic it's going to take 3or 4 years of hard work most likely.
System.....it takes at least 2-3 seasons to mold existing players and recruit enough players to fit your system as a new coach. There also will likely be some shake ups with a new staff. Again, it usually takes a few years to line up all the pieces here and even when you do the parts are always moving(leaving) from time to time.
Level of competition in our conference. This applies not only to winning games but also recruiting and for new coaches to find out the lay of the land so to speak (learning other coaches' tendencies, players, stadiums and so on)
I know some of you are jumping up and down right now screaming about SOS and Urban......Look SOS was our greatest coach and only won 1 NC. Yes I know he won the SEC frequently but seriously there is NO comparison between this conference then and now.....Well what about Urban? Urban was only 2 years removed from our greatness with SOS. The winning attitude and recruiting/talent level were still very close to the top......Napier is 13 YEARS removed from that 2009 team that lost to Bama(our last great team).....big differences.
As others have mentioned beat the Mizzou's, UK's, USCe and such on a yearly basis, put well coached/disciplined players in a position to win against the top teams we play and show continual improvement in player development and recruiting. Realistically that's all we can ask for at this point
Evidently you can't read. It says "multiple votes are allowed" at the bottom. Why the OP would create a poll like this I don't know.What a bunch of losers. 50% just want Napier to play nice.
I see the new forum software was worth the price. That poll adds up to 145.7%
So true. And Spurrier said it all the time. Job #1 is Beat Georgia. It’s the gateway to everything else we hope to achieve.It’s a much heavier task than any of our previous coaches have faced, but history says it’s the best indicator to a coach’s long term success here. To me it’s an indication that they understand the magnitude of the game as well as the implications of what it means for the season. Spurrier and Meyer both got it and put an emphasis on that game to set the tone for their tenures. Even Zook coached lights out in 2002. McElwain got Richt on his way out and a walk-on safety making his first start at QB for uga, but sure, he technically won. WM and Mullen both lost and it was the biggest black eye of their seasons. There simply can’t be a great season that includes a loss in Jax. It killed 2012, rained on Tebow’s Heisman year, likely keeps Spurrier awake at night thinking of ‘97, and has been the official death blow for several coaches.
As I said, it’s a different animal and I don’t mean to imply that BN would be in trouble for losing to this brand of uga, especially this season. But a win would put him in a unique category, and a loss would hurt.
To the initial question, there is no one thing that will define success for him, and certainly not this season. If he’s building the program, and signs are visible, I’m good.
Maybe if you're walking into top 5 classes, if not you're getting mid tier talent that won't be able to overcome better talent that is locked into a system. See results over the last 13 years for proof....System: It doesn’t take more than a year for players to adapt to a new scheme,