The gist of it all is that there is definitely a New Sheriff In Town.
I’m advised that new Cardinal football coach Charlie Strong had a team meeting when he returned from Florida’s bowl game. He had prepared a short film, highlighting — or, rather, lowlighting — the team’s play last year. After five to ten minutes or so, the lights came on and Strong advised the team, something like this: “We will not be playing football like this anymore.”
Then I’m told he called out a player with some personal issues, told him he needed to get a job, and dismissed the player from the team. On the spot. Then he called up four players who garnered a less than glossy 0.0 grade point average. And immediately dismissed them from the team. On the spot.
I’m advised there was a stunned silence in the room.
Maybe it happened like that. Maybe it happened in a different way that has gotten juicier in the telling through the weeks. But I have no doubt that Strong has taken steps to assert his authority, and let the team know, well, that there’s a new sheriff in town, that mediocrity is a thing of the past.
The more one hears about Steve Kragthorpe, the more of a charlatan he apparently is. I’m actually kind of peeved at myself that I gave him a pass for what seemed like a heartfelt farewell. Now I’m not sure the fellow wasn’t as big a fraud as many naysayers claimed all along. I just thought he was a bad coach. Silly me.
Oh well, it matters not anymore.
– Seedy K