The silver lining: 5 things

  1. This incredibly frustrating season is finally done. Thank goodness.
  2. Dennis Erickson has even more pressure on him to replace Offensive Coordinator Rich Olson.
  3. Recruiting starts tomorrow. The coaches need the time this year to land some of the players they’re seeking and their calendar was just cleared.
  4. The Vegas Bowl, while I would have enjoyed going and it’s a shame we’re not going, does not provide the same level of benefits as other bowls. First, you’re playing a tough BYU team that will probably score a ton of points on you (have fun UA!). Second, it’s so early in the bowl season–and the rivalry game so late–that you probably only get 6-8 additional practices scheduled, far below the 15 you’re allowed.
  5. Stoops’ job at Arizona is safe for another season, and might even get another contract extension (fingers crossed!).

And, finally, Kim and I can plan a better national park roadtrip this winter.