This is the fourth segment of the premier edition of “Jake’s and David’s Arguments,” in which Air Force beat writer Jake Schaller and columnist David Ramsey discuss an issue on their blogs. The issue in this installment – football coach Troy Calhoun’s viability as a candidate for a head coaching slot at a BCS school. Check Jake’s blog and earlier posts in this blog for previous parts of the argument.
Troy Calhoun needs to prove several things before he’s ready to vault to another school. And let me be clear that I believe he’ll eventually do the proving.
Jake, I appreciate the history lesson about George Welsh and the reminder about Paul Johnson. But Johnson spent enough time at Navy to show – fully show – he was ready to build a winner at George Tech. He didn’t run in and run out. Calhoun hasn’t been at Air Force long enough to earn a comparison with Johnson.
Here are a few things Calhoun needs to prove:
A) This season, Calhoun and the Falcons met five superior or evenly matched opponents. They lost all five games. This follows a trend. This season and last season, Calhoun beats the teams he should beat and loses when he battles equal or superior opponents.
B) Calhoun has lost three times to Navy, AFA’s arch-rival. He could easily have won all three. Each time, Navy looked more poised and, yes, better coached.
C) Calhoun enjoyed his best season with talent recruited by Fisher DeBerry. He has yet to prove he can deliver big wins (upsets and minor upsets) with his own recruits.
Again, I believe he will prove he can recruit and beat Navy and craft a high-quality team with his own players.
But he hasn’t done the proving yet.
For more from Jake Schaller on this subject, please go to his blog: