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January 7, 2008

Now What?

Wow.  I had planned to make this editorial a toast to the wonderful supporters of the UH football team and to the team itself for a glorious season.  But rather than sit around and lament and point fingers at who did what, and who should have done what, the reality is that now is the time to move forward, move ahead, address issues and concerns and make sure that this rebuilt program continues to make strides and represent the State and University so well.

Whether you think it's fair or not, college athletics, and especially football, are big time business.  If we expect to play at or near the highest level in football and other sports, we need to make sure everything is done on many levels to ensure that those opportunities exist for our players and our coaches.  Conversely, if we stand back and suggest that a state with only 1.3-million people really cannot expect to compete with bigger states and better-funded universities, then surely it will be a self-fulfilling prophecy.  With all due respect to state schools and similarly-populated states like New Hampshire, Maine, and Idaho, I think we all expect and demand more.

So let's not wring our collective hands too long; true fans need to be strong and present in the tough times, not just when we are nationally ranked.  Let's hope that things are done quickly to ensure the smoothest transition possible at the end of this rollercoaster melodrama, so that we can at least see the potential for another pot of gold at the end of the rainbows.  Think About It.

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