This is the day I’ve been fearing. We’ve measured confidence with each week of the season, and it’s fluctuated wildly. It even reached zero after the loss to San Jose State. After a loss to Lynn Bowden Jr.’s Kentucky Wildcats, the confidence percentage dropped to 23.1%. After a blowout loss to Auburn that saw the Hogs absolutely decimated, confidence only dropped to 21.4%.
For the first time all season, we’ve stayed consistent. To me, that’s the most damning indictment of the state of Hog fans that I’ve seen. We’ve got a really passionate readership. They care deeply about Arkansas. And now, nobody cares enough one way or the other to change the opinion.
I’ve said it before, and I’ll say it again: apathy is the death of a program. I’m not ready to say whether I think Morris should be the coach next year or not, and I’ll be honest, my answer to the poll was no. I’m not confident in the direction of the program. With that said, my opinion won’t matter if the stands are empty. At the end of the day, this is a money-making business, and empty seats don’t make money. It’s a dire situation.
As for the rest of the nation, the top 25 has some interesting quirks where we’re concerned:
Chad Morris’ former team at SMU is undefeated, and up to #23. His former OC stop at Clemson is undefeated, and at #4. I don’t know what we’re to make of this. How can a guy be universally acclaimed by perennial winners like Clemson, and turn one of the worst SMU teams I’ve ever seen into a winner, and be a bad coach? He even brought in Ben Hicks, his QB at SMU. It just doesn’t make sense that we’re in this position, but here we are. It’s baffling.
Either way, keep the faith, Hog fans. I know that it’s easy to let the apathy sink in, but remember that these kids are trying as hard as they can every play. You can be mad at the coaches, mad at the refs, hell, you can be mad at me, but don’t blame the players. They’ve got spirit, and maybe some day that’ll be rewarded with wins.
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