The Unabashed Blogorrhea stirring and shaking while quickly sifting through the wreckage of Tony Levine's first season opener with Cougars.
It was ugly. Beyond ugly. Doesn't get much uglier than a thought-to-be five touchdown fave losing by roughly four touchdowns. To Texas State. Playing in their full season slate of big campus All-American football (officially anyway) for the first time.
It happens. With a new head coach, new staff, and across the board personnel changes. Things can go south of sanity. Even against Texas St. At home. In the first game of a last season in a pedestrian league and in a soon to be demolished stadium.
Those sorts of rough rides have been seen before. Think of a couple of guys who have enjoyed a little bit of BCS success of late.
Chip Kelly flamed out in almost embarrassing fashion in his Oregon debut to Boise St. when Boise wasn't quite the full fledged Boise The Giant Killer yet.
Nick Saban lost 11-games into his first Alabama round-up to Louisiana-Monroe. At home. A Sun Belt outfit that wasn't even a very good Sun Belt outfit.
And 'Bama had lost at home previously in the decade without Saban to the likes of Northern Illinois and Central Florida and Louisiana Tech.
Speaking of the Techsters - they're next into Robertson. And they're not to be taken for granted. Had the Cougars down last season before 28 straight points in the second half rescued a one-point win on the road.
And Tech would have had a legit chance of knocking off A&M in Sumlin's Aggie debut if Isaac had not caused the game to be postponed.
And if Sumlin had stumbled, the Aggies would have seen it before. Mike Sherman bottomed-out out of the gate at A&M. To Arkansas St. At Kyle Field. And his program never really gained traction and he was bounced after four seasons. But his exit had nothing to do with that failed initial Sherman march.
Dennis Franchione opened in Aggieland by beating Arkansas St. Wasn't exactly a sign of success to come and he was gone after five seasons.
Franchione of course was the other coach at Robertson Stadium Saturday night. He's overmatched at the big-time BCS level but much more than adequate at the Texas St.'s of the world. He and his staff did a much better job of preparing and coaching than Levine and his staff. And Franchione's players executed and performed much better than Levine's.
That's just the way it works sometimes.
As you no doubt have noticed, Kelly and Saban have recovered nicely. That's not to even suggest that Levin is about to join the elite sideline slayers of the college gridworld.
Or that he distined to emerge even as rock solid as a Gary Pinkel at Missouri. He was dramatically underwhelming at the outset. Humbled at home, 20-13. By Bowling Green. Coached by some unknown at the time by the name of Urban.
That impression from a first fright night can ignite deep disappointment (Texas fffff-ing St.!?!?!?) and at the same time not serve at all as a measure of what is still to come. No indicator at all that a guy is terribly grossly all wrong for the job. Just that the first night went terribly wrong.