It hardly seems possible that this college football season has concluded. With Florida defeating the Sooners this week, the final page has been turned on the 2008 season. Remarkable that the page had to wait until well into 2009 to be turned, but that is another topic. For the Gators and Sooners, the college football season has just concluded. The Iowa State Cyclones season all but concluded in September.
The stress of the season takes its toll on both players and coaches. The off-season provides opportunity to rebuild and retool for the 2009 campaign. Recruiters for OU, Florida, Texas and other successful football programs throttle up their recruiting processes by taking full advantage of their team’s on-field success. Recruits received cell phone calls from the sidelines at bowl games. The young lovely that the recruit met on the campus visit also called. ข่าวบอล
But how does Iowa State compete with Texas? Longhorn recruiters call prospects from the floor of the Fiesta Bowl. IState recruiters call from the floor of the local Souper Bowl. It takes real salesmanship to attract an above average athlete to a program like Iowa State. To make matters more difficult, the Iowa States of the world – Washington, San Diego State, etc. – swapped out coaches late in 2008. When new coaches assume command, one can assume that not a lot of recruiting gets done in year one. Still, an athlete that wants a lot of playing time and relishes an opportunity to turn a loser into a winner may be attracted to play football for New Mexico State. If they wind up the only good athlete on the field, they may relish a transfer.
For losing teams, the season is long. Figuring out what to do at the conclusion of a losing season is the responsibility of the coaching staff -if they are fortunate enough to have their contracts renewed – and the school administration -if they are fortunate enough to not have an alum chasing them with a dull axe. The off-season provides winners and losers alike, an opportunity to retool, rest and to build for the future.
Players, coaches and administrators are not the only ones in need of R&R after the season. The long season drains fans of emotional energy as well as significant sums of money. And pity the football fans in Seattle this past year. They spent their money at the local watering holes, purchased team gear, sat in the steady Pacific drizzle and for what? Professionally, the Seahawks finished at 4-12. The Washington Huskies finished winless at 0-12. How does one bounce back from a season like that?
To rebound from a losing season and to set realistic behavioral expectations, a fan must engage in serious off-season training. College students find this easier than school alumni. Something on campus always presents itself to take one’s mind off losing – things like taking a stroll down Sorority Row on a warm day. Older alums doing this risk arrest.
So what does “top form” consist of? For normal people, top form consists of the ability to attend or view a college football game and regardless of the outcome, enjoy the day. Fans invest so much of themselves in their team that passion clouds judgment and drains common sense from their skulls. Are these good things? Well… of course not, but with a little conditioning and preparation, a supporter of a losing fan should be able to be both enthusiastic as well as able to carry on a conversation without saying something regrettable.
Offseason training and preparation are then imperative to a successful kick off to the 2009 football season.
The Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets college football team has long been considered the pride of the Georgia Institute of Technology in Atlanta, Georgia. From its humble beginnings as an informal football program set up by Georgia Tech students in 1892, it has evolved into a powerhouse college football team in the National Collegiate Athletic Association’s (NCAA) Atlantic Coast Conference. (ACC) The team boasts a rich and established history and colorful tradition in collegiate football. Throughout its history, Georgia Tech has seen many of its students make their mark not only on college football, but also on a professional level as well. The team also takes pride in its coaching staff that steered the team over the years, most notable of them is the legendary John Heisman, for whom the prestigious Heisman Trophy that is being awarded to exemplary college football players is named after.
The team currently plays at the Bobby Dodd Stadium at Historic Grant Field in the Georgia Tech campus. The Yellow Jackets have been playing in this field where the stadium now stands since 1913, making the venue one of the oldest, continuously used on-campus football sites.
Important Moments And Accomplishments
With such a cherished history, it comes as no surprise that the Yellow Jackets would also have a rich history as far as achievements in collegiate football are concerned. To date, the team has appeared in a total of 35 bowl games, their latest appearance being an appearance in 2007’s Humanitarian Bowl. Of these appearances, the team managed to have an impressive record of 22 wins on these appearances, the latest win was during 2004’s Champs Sports Bowl, which contributed to Georgia Tech’s ranking in the 8th position among the teams with the most bowl wins. In addition, the team has also bagged 4 National Championships and 14 conference titles, 2 of which are won under the ACC.
Quarterbacks in the Current Roster
Currently, the team’s quarterbacks are composed of Jim Henry, Doc Coppage, Josh Nesbitt, Jaybo Shaw, Tevin Washington, Bryce Dykes, and Calvin Booker.
Paul Johnson became the head coach of the Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets football team in December 2007. Johnson, who holds a record of 112-40 overall coaching career wins and 4-5 bowl victories, is renowned for his unique spread option offense tactic which he has employed for the Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets football team as well. This has spiked renewed interest and speculation among the team’s fans and spectators as to how the team will fare playing under this new tactic. The answer so far seems promising, as the team has made an impressive record of 7-2 wins in the Atlantic Coast Conference. With the football spirit alive once more in Georgia Tech, many are now flocking to see the Yellow Jackets play and bear witness once again whether they can put another feather on the cap of its long, illustrious history. If you are a long Yellow Jackets fan, this is one season that you may not want to miss.