I promise this is the last post in which I will mention the man's name, but I actually feel bad for Kyle Flood. He was the only person to take a loss during the introductory press conference of Rutgers new Head Coach Chris Ash, and he wasn't even there. I have never been more enamored with a coach than I was yesterday listening to Chris Ash seamlessly maneuver through a variety of questions. I don't know if that is a product of listening to the same regurgitated bullshit week after week, but one thing is for certain. Kyle Flood makes Chris Ash look a Presidential candidate, and Chris Ash makes Kyle Flood look like a monkey throwing it's own feces. Throughout his tenure, Kyle Flood basically morphed into one of those toys whose stomach you hit that repeats a variety of pre-programmed sayings. That was all well and good when Rutgers somehow found themselves 8-5 during their first season in the Big Ten. However, much like those toys, it got old pretty fast when Rutgers was losing, and people started to realize that those saying were becoming more and more repetitive.
Chris Ash made a huge impression yesterday, because unlike his predecessor, he spoke to the Rutgers community and not at them. He sounded like a human being, and not some robot that was sent from football hell to make the lives of Rutgers fans just that. I listened to Chris Ash talk for about 30 minutes, and I already have more confidence in him than I ever had in the person he is replacing. The biggest problem with Kyle Flood was that from day one he was in over his head, and that becomes very evident when you hear Chris Ash speak. He was candid, he was sincere, he was funny, he was stern. Not only was he everything you want out of your Head Coach, but he actually sounded like a Head Coach. Obviously the real test begins when he starts to put his plan into action on the field, but he passed the preliminaries with flying colors. For the first time in a long time, I feel comfortable that the Rutgers football program is in capable hands. Capable hands that have already been instrumental in forging successful football teams. If their is a Rutgers fan out there that doesn't feel relieved hearing Chris Ash speak then I genuinely urge them to follow another University, because if your glass isn't half full now, then it may never be.
Obviously, the most important question he answered was whether or not he would coach Ohio State in their upcoming bowl game, and I, for one, am happy that he will. With college coaches constantly leaving their players in the dust to do what's best for them, it's a relief to see someone that still values loyalty. A loyalty that has been the staple of Rutgers football since the days Greg Schiano walked through the door. I have no doubts that Chris Ash will give Rutgers his all, and the reason why I want him finishing out his tenure at Ohio State is completely selfish. It's because if he were in that position here, I would want him to do the same for us. After all, a week or two of Chris Ash at 50% is basically a full year of Kyle Flood at 100%. So step off the edge and take a deep breath Rutgers fans, let the man pull double duty for a few weeks, because when bowl season ends the real fun begins, and I finally have faith that disappointment isn't looming.