Y’all can debate what won-loss record will be satisfying, but I’m not gauging Smart’s performance in 2016 on that. I’ve got a much simpler criteria.
I just want this not to be bullshit.
On whether he will be more hands on with the defense, not leaving it to assistants…
“Oh, no, I’m hands on with the whole program. I’m going to be involved with everything. I mean, for me, that’s one of the biggest strengths I think I have as a coach is managing the whole thing, being involved in special teams, being involved in the offensive and defensive sides and being involved with coaches. The big thing is making sure everybody’s on the same page. Demand excellence out of everybody and make sure you get that. If you don’t, you’ve got to make a change.
“That’s what being a head coach is about, and those are the hard, tough decisions you’ve got to make, and that’s what I’m ready to do.”
Give me a head coach who knows the difference between delegating and not paying attention. Give me a head coach who, in the process of fixing one problem, manages not to disregard another. Give me a head coach who’s capable of getting both the offense and defense to contribute to the team’s success.
Give me all that next season, and I won’t care if the team misses a bowl game. Because I’ll know things are heading in the right direction.