by Tom Stosberg
Isnâ€™t it amazing how fast things can change in the whirling, swirling world of college football?
In just a few weeks or even days, everything can be so different. Like for instance, the doldrums Western Kentucky football fans were in until it was announced that Willie Taggert is the new head football coach. Do you think Bowling Green is lit up like the Fourth of July or what? Theyâ€™ve already forgotten about the long losing streak and theyâ€™re expecting to blow open the Sun Belt Conference next year!
Now following that line of thought, just exactly what do you think the Wizard of College A.D.â€™s, Doctor Tom Jurich, has up his magical sleeve? One thing is for sure, when heâ€™s in a hole as deep as this one, heâ€™s not about to try to climb out of it using a step stool. Itâ€™s going to take a very long extension ladder to get out of this one and back to the top of the Big East Conference.
And it must happen fast. Like in the next eight days or less.
Letâ€™s cut to the chase. My guess is heâ€™s already got â€œthe guyâ€. In fact, Tom has had him locked up for about the past four or five weeks. Itâ€™s mostly a handshake deal right now but itâ€™s solid because â€œthe guyâ€ not only â€œgets itâ€ but, heâ€™s also fired up about it and itching to get started.
How do I know that? Because Tom is one of the best salesmen to ever shake a hand. Jurich is a genius at selling big picture possibilities. Heâ€™s a master of getting people excited about his ideas. And ultimately itâ€™s his sincerity and conviction that close the deal.
So who is â€œthe guyâ€? Let me answer that question with a question. Are you one of the guys who said heâ€™d never get Pitino? Be honest. Are you one of those? Then hold on to your hat, hotshot. Think real big then buckle up for a wild ride. In eight days or less. Yep.