J4SC75 Junior Member Joined: Aug 24, 2017 Messages: 1,265 Likes Received: 1,163 Dec 31, 2019 #21 Kevin, thanks for the great analysis as always. The "can it be done" question, as you suggest, is yes! When Hackett was fired and Carroll hired, yes it happened. Great coaching leadership will always give SC a chance. Comments by parents who have chosen to have their kids go elsewhere are clear that they would have rather had their kids go to SC, but won't because of the poor coaching. Somewhere, and my hope was that it would be higher up in the administration, someone needs to see that true leadership is needed in the football program. That's what needs to click and I can't understand where the problem is. That being said, toss out the can't be a great athletic and academic institution. I am faculty at the University of Virginia, a comparably ranked academic institution. UVA won the national championship in basketball last year and will be great for years to come. Bronco Mendenhall has taken the football program, one with NO tradition, and gone from 2-10 to playing in the Orange Bowl last night. They lost to Florida but played toe to toe with the Gators, and did so with largely 2* and 3* talent. Mendenhall has a plan, the AD buys in, and the administration buys in. And now he's starting to get 4* talent, while we have been blessed with 4 and 5* talent for years. All to say it's about commitment throughout the organization and there is no reason SC can't be a top rated academic and athletic institution if they want to be. And if they don't want to be, at least be honest with alumni and fans - don't talk about national championships. SC93er, AMLTrojan, Trojanproud1 and 7 others like this.