Monday, December 09, 2013

On To Bigger (And Hopefully Better) Things

I can understand moving to Wyoming for at least $750K for 5 years

There are lots of hurt feelings right now when it comes to Bison nation here in North Dakota. Our head coach at North Dakota State on Sunday morning confirmed that he was moving on after the season to the University of Wyoming and trying to make the program there relevant in any conference they are in. For a man who came to NDSU in 2003 and made the program a National Championship powerhouse and stirred the echoes of the past National Championship teams, he needs to be allowed to go out when he wants. Not be criticized for a decision that will further his career and maybe allow him another challenge.

Coach Bohl (pictured above) is now in a no-win situation. If he does deliver the three-peat for the Bison, the narrative will be that the players overcame the distraction that the coaching staff made with this announcement that the Head Coach and up to 5 assistants are cutting ties to the program after the season. If the Bison lose in the playoffs, the narrative will be that the coaching staff were not totally focused on winning with NDSU because of their future with Wyoming. Coach Bohl said that he had taken the program as far as he could. If he feels that way, then it is the correct time to go and find the next challenge.

From this one Bison fan, I want to say "Thank You" to Coach Bohl. Not just because of the on-field success and making NDSU a hot spot for college football, but the things that you did with the program off the field. Taking the players up to the children's hospital and making the day for children that cannot get out of the facility. For making the players realize that football is a part of their life, not their whole life. For being a stand-up guy and providing an example to the men under your charge. I wish you all the success in Laramie and hopefully that it is true that Wyoming will be joining the Big 10 shortly. I believe that you can turn the program around there and be a major player in any conference that Wyoming is in. I know that there is one more Wyoming Cowboy fan in North Dakota today.



The Huntress said...

It's bittersweet when something like this happens. I'm still smarting from when Brady Hoke left SDSU for Michigan.

If for some reason Rocky Long doesn't work out for the Aztecs and Hoke is out of a job, I'd like to see him come back.

Zebster said...

I can understand fans being disappointed but it's unrealistic and unfair to have any other emotion.