|Temple's band at home, as they sadly were|
this past weekend.
While I don't want to let my group of five brethren off the hook, Wisconsin in particular surprises me. The Badgers are chasing a ten win season with a bowl victory, and haven't missed the postseason since 2001. During that stretch, I got to see their band in full glory during the 2005 Outback Bowl. So while I realize it's a different world now than nearly 11 years ago, what has changed? This is only speculation, but assistant pay was cited as a potential concern in the departures of both Bret Bielema and Gary Anderson. Could the Wisconsin athletic department be saving their pennies so as not to see Paul Chryst follow them out the door?
Whether you're Wisconsin or Temple, Northwestern or Northwestern State, the expectation set before every coach in America is to win games and put their team in a position to reach the postseason. Why shouldn't the expectation be the same from athletic directors? Enter every season expecting to compete for a championship, and plan and budget accordingly. Yes, even you, Temple, just two seasons from a two win season and with a not-so-distant history of having been unceremoniously removed from a conference. Expect to win, and plan accordingly.
Winners bring the band. All of it.