Give Roquan Smith points for honesty with this comment:
“Your first year, you actually don’t know what they’re going to do in certain situations,” Smith said of the transition to a new coaching staff. “But I feel like after a year being in his system, we know what he’s going to do in situations. … We’ve had a year to actually grow closer and have a bond among each other. It’s awesome to have an extra year now and, rolling into the second year, I think the sky’s the limit for him.”
His head coach sort of fiddled with the same issue.
On whether he felt more comfortable heading into Year 2, Smart said: “It’s hard to measure. I can’t quantify it for you by a number or a measure. Certainly having played however many games, it makes you much more comfortable coming into this season as opposed to the first one, but I don’t know exactly how much more.”
We’re about to find out.
Again, no knock on Kirby here. A rookie head coach is gonna rookie head coach. As I said at the time of the hiring process, though, there’s no excuse for what is supposed to be a premier college football program with the top job opening in the country hiring that rookie head coach without doing its due diligence first. I’d call 2016 B-M’s throwaway year, except I have the sad feeling those geniuses convinced themselves Smart would do it all in his first season on the job.