Dolphin, once again we have in front of us a line that should be so easy to see but in the end, different strokes for different folks, I guess.
We all have every reason in the world to be happy with this team. We all have every reason to believe in the future of this program. We all have every reason to acknowledge that what some people referred to as the "bad Hobbs" is gone as he has not said or done anything this season to cause shame to himself or the university. In fact, his postgame remarks after the Oregon State loss were precisely what they should have been. We all have every reason to believe that the coaches are working hard and that the players are buying into what is being presented. The one game suspension of 3 players is a blip on the radar and nothing more.
On the other hand.....
We should not be referring to a nonconference game against Providence, our 8th game of the season, as our most important game of the entire season. We should not be studying the RPI in December. We should not be thinking of ourselves as a bubble team in December. I mean, one can do all of these things, but it strikes me as foolish.
One other thought...to those who were unhappy over our inability to sign anyone during the early signing period (Copes is a verbal but has not formally signed), it's obvious that at least some recruits were playing a "wait and see" game, making sure that a turnaround was in progress before committing. Therefore, if the season progresses along the lines of what we've seen so far, you'd certainly have to feel much better about future recruits (keeping in mind that only 2 spots will be opening up net season and Copes will presumably be filling one of these, assuming of course that nobody transfers out) than you did a month ago.