I had the opportunity to go to the Coach Danny Hope luncheon in Indy yesterday. Here are the few tidbits I took away from Coach Hope's talk:
- They have split recruiting away from being part of the Director of Football Operations job to new role (it has some fancy name) that will focus on getting and retaining talent. Finally, we'll have a guy who is in charge of recruiting (most big time programs have two or three guys on that.)
- The new strength and conditioning guy is from the 49ers. This guy is some kind of holistic guy who focuses on strength, conditioning, speed, change of direction, nutrition, muscle regeneration, etc type guy. Coach was very excited about having this guy. Hopefully he has some secret ACL workout for the team.
- He said that he was very optimistic about this season (duh, right?); but he acknowledged that he was optimistic about last season. He said he was optimistic last season even though the team had a lot of challenges (no QB who started a B1G game, no DB who started a B1G game, a very green LB situation, Bolden out, an O-line that was green, etc) and that this season a lot of the questions going into last season have been answered.
- He talked about the both Marve and Henry, and that no matter which QB ends up being the starter, the other has physical gifts (great speed, or a cannon arm) that will get them on the field.
All in all, I think coach did his job: I am excited about the upcoming season. I no longer feel like I was doing my Boilermaker duty by shelling out some dough for two season tickets; but, that I am going to see some exciting football this season. I no longer think a 6 win season is the best we can hope for, I think we could sneak up on either Iowa, Michigan, or ND and get to 7 wins.