As the 2014 season comes to a close, USA Today's Dan Wolken decided to measure college football fanbases and their "knee-jerk reaction to what they last saw" in order to determine which are the most miserable fanbases in the nation. Wouldn't you know it, the Syracuse Orange made it on there at No. 9. And boy does his rundown suck...
Perhaps the biggest indictment of Syracuse football is the fact that Scott Shafer went 3-9 this year with wins against Villanova (in overtime), Central Michigan and Wake Forest and nobody even cared enough to make fun of them. Seriously, when is the last time you heard anything or even thought about Syracuse football? It's an invisible program on the national level right now, and there was nothing redeeming about this season. The Orange supposedly has some young talent in the pipeline, but it didn't manifest itself in the mediocre ACC, and that's not a real good sign moving forward. Meanwhile, former offensive coordinator George McDonald (who was responsible for much of that recruiting) was demoted in the middle of the season, then went public with his frustration, then apologized. Syracuse's offense, by the way, scored a grand total of 47 points in its final five games. Let's just say Syracuse doesn't go into the 2014 offseason as a model of functionality.
1. Can't disagree with any of this.
2. If nothing else, it makes me feel that much stronger about my plan to save Syracuse football that will never happen. We continue to do the same thing over and over and expect different results. And here we are.
3. The only thing worse than being bad is being irrelevant.
4. This will continue until Syracuse becomes a consistent, winning program again. Not after one good season. Not after two good seasons. Only after five good seasons.
The scariest thing to me about writing posts like this is that I remember back when they were the norm in the GERG days. Not a feeling I wanted to rediscover.