“… the NCAA probably is upset with me right now because this wasn’t the intent of the rule.”

Good luck selling this, Dana Holgorsen.

Holgorsen said anyone suggesting that the team is tanking the rest of the year is misguided.

“I can assure you that whoever is saying that was not at our practice last night, was not in our meetings on Sunday night, these long coaches meetings that we had preparing for a game,” Holgorsen said. “We’re full go ahead on playing a game this weekend. So that to me, is absolute nonsense.”

I’m not assured, but I’m not Houston’s AD, either.

Said Houston athletic director Chris Pezman to suggestions that the team is throwing in the towel: “We’ve got kids that we’ve recruited to come into program that we have confidence in that can play at a high level. … We’ve got a lot of confidence in our coaching staff and everybody else that’s on the team and in the program.”

Oh, I’m sure.  Makes you wonder what Holgorsen said when he interviewed for the job.

Holgorsen expressed a desire to get his roster older, citing a lack of fifth-year seniors on his team. Pezman said the Cougars “mortgaged” themselves with their younger players by not having them redshirt in recent years.

“My experience with this thing is when you get a team that’s old and mature and experienced, there’s something that happens to those guys who are fifth-year seniors,” Holgorsen said. “And we’ve got way too many guys on this football team right now that are not in position to be fifth-year seniors. And that makes it hard to win championships.”

Added Holgorsen: “This is Year 1 for me here at the University of Houston. I’ve identified some things that I need to pay attention to. And I’ve identified some things that need to happen for us to be able to be successful and compete for championships, which is the goal here at the University of Houston. We’re not currently in a very good spot when it comes to that, and there’s a number of reasons why.”

Should be a lot of fun for college football fans everywhere to watch this turn into a trend.

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10 responses to ““… the NCAA probably is upset with me right now because this wasn’t the intent of the rule.”

  1. Former Fan

    I don’t have a problem with it. Kirby did it his first year, just differently. He sacrificed some games to get the team and team/culture to where he wanted to go.

    Also, this is probably more of a transition issue than it will be an on going issue. My guess is, that most redshirts will still occur the freshmen year. Some kids may redshirt their senior year if they think it gives them a better shot at being a pro. But how many of those seniors will actually believe another year will help them more to reach their dreams. Maybe it’s more than I think but I see the opposite problem being more prevalent… kids thinking they can leave early to be drafted but end up not being drafted.

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  2. Bulldog Joe

    Well, there goes Oklahoma’s ‘quality win’.

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  3. Kfoge

    “And we’ve got way too many guys on this football team right now that are not in position to be fifth-year seniors. And that makes it hard to win championships.”

    I am curious how many 5th yr seniors play (and play significant roles) for Clemson and Alabama, they haven’t had any problems winning championships.

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  4. AlphaDawg

    This is similar approach (but different) to what Grobe did at Wake Forest back in the early 2000’s, he brought in several recruiting classes and red shirted everyone, so in a few years he had a team full of players who knew his system in and out. He sacrificed a few years of bad play for several years of being competitive in the ACC. Which is impressive for a school with no real football history and a relatively small enrollment. It’ll just take time and patience.

    IMO, This is what Tech should of done.

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    • David H.

      Under Bobby Ross, Tech did something similar to what you describe with Grobe. Ross sacrificed 1987 and 1988, redshirting a lot of players (especially linemen) who could have helped them on the field immediately during those two years. It paid off for them a couple of years later (ugh).

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  5. hodgie

    what i want to know is did holgorsen come up with this idea or did the players come up with this idea?

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  6. Do you think this would sell at AL or Clemson?

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