That (although I have substituted a less graphic word for another one he used) is what one of my api buddies used to say when we would watch games together and one team would jump out to a huge, early lead. I try to keep that expression in mind when I see a new leader produce remarkably quick results with a program. Conversely, how many games did LSU's football team win in Nick Saban's first year? What about in his first year at Alabama?
I appreciate how disappointed many of us have been with the recruiting news up until now. It is very easy to let that push out of our memories just how pleased we were to see how disciplined and conditioned our team was in Grant's first season. None of us expected to win 30 games or even to go to the NCAA Tournament in that first year. We knew rebuilding would take time. We hoped recruiting would turn around quickly. Most of us understood that probably would take time to show results too.
I have no idea what players we should recruit. My life seems to have been so busy lately that I did not attend a single high school game last season. Other than cycling, I pretty much never watch or even follow professional sports. I almost never watch anybody play college football or basketball if they are not playing Alabama. Even in the old days with limited television coverage when I did try to watch every football and basketball game that was televised, I did not keep up with high school recruits or recruiting.
If there are any other ways to say I know nothing about recruiting except what I read here and on a few websites (I trust those people to know what they are talking about more than I do sports writers or broadcasters), I don't know how to say it. I hope that is clear.
Having said all that, I am reminded that Coach Grant and Coach Pujol both have said repeatedly that 2011 is THE year for local area recruiting. I'm sure they would not have pursued the players we've recently lost to other schools if they did not want them for our program. But they also said they would not sign a player just to fill a slot with a body.
Rome was not built in a day. The people who have expressed their disappointment and exasperation at our lack of recruiting results up until now are not necessarily "haters." They probably are just frustrated. We need to give Coach Grant at least as much time to rebuild our program as we gave his predecessor to dismantle it.
We just got some good recruiting news. There will be more recruiting news in the future. Some will be encouraging. Some will not. Take a deep breath. Building anything properly takes time. Let's all remember how happy we were to see Coach Grant come to take control of our program. I do not recall him ever making a single excuse after any of his teams losses last year. I expect him to be a tireless worker who learns from his mistakes and gets better over time. We will let his results do his talking for him. We will need more than one season and more than two recruiting seasons to know what they will say. I am optimistic, but no practical person should abandon hope after so brief a period of time.