I felt compelled to finally write again as my last post was about ripping on NDSU for not getting a 6th home game. Oh how that seems so long ago now.
While spending time at a celebration party of sorts last night, after the Furman game, The news hit that reminds you of that call you get when something is wrong or not good with a relative or friend. It is interesting to see the different reactions from people you know and don’t know regarding the news they just received. “Craig Bohl is leaving to Wyoming”
As most, I felt the timing was crap! I felt anger towards Bohl! I immediately went into the mode of who will replace him on the interim and who will go with him to Wyoming?
After time starting settling in, I started to think about what everyone involved was thinking rather than just myself. Vigen- will he be interim, does he want it, will he go with Bohl. Klieman- will he get it? Vigen has more seniority etc.. Scott Hazelton- will he be in mix somehow to come back. Kevin Feeney- would he move up to college football and become an offensive staff member? Tim Polasek? would he be the guy to be the next head coach. He was an awesome motivator and the players loved him.
After these thoughts and many more, I started thinking about the program as a whole and these young players, especially the underclassmen. The seniors will never play for Bohl again after this year, they can rally and be the leaders on their own as they have been doing for 4 years. The underclassmen can learn from the team and seniors and carry the tradition forward as long as the coaching staff is not decimated.
So to the title of this post- Chicken or Egg?
We all know that NDSU has a great tradition and has football craziness locked in the blood that flows through everyone who cares about it. We have seen programs continue through coaching changes before. Don Morton, Earl Solomonson, Rocky Hager, and now Bohl and many others. So my question to you is Did Bohl make this latest program success or did the players? Did Bohl catch fire in a bottle with this last group of kids and they helped him be able to strike when the old cowboy branding iron is hot?
Going back to thinking about the timing of this. Bohl was looked at by many as the King of Fargo, but was he or was he just a figurehead who got real good at selling this program. Can you blame him for jumping at what he feels is a better opportunity or maybe a last big challenge for him. (Wyoming is going to be a challenge for sure as it sounds like the fans suck worse than the team).
Finally, for the players this thought! You have learned that there is strength in the Herd. You know that the philosophy on the team has been “Next Man UP” so this is the same for your coach in the NDSU FOOTBALL PROGRAM- Next Man Up!
You as a group of players along with a bunch of great assistant coaches are more of a part of this success than just one person, so carry on 3 more games and on into years to come the tradition of success at NDSU. You are the Egg.