Brian Kelly jumping ship to Notre Dame yesterday reminded me quite a lot of the conversation between Luke and Han in the hangar before the first battle of the Death Star. Lines of dialogue like the header and "You're turning your back on them" are almost too appropriate and obvious, but unfortunately for the Cincinnati players who deserve the most credit for their 12-0 season and second consecutive BCS berth, there'll be no "WOOOOHOOOO, You're all clear kid..." moment here.
To a sentimental sap like myself, it's really offending to me how the media and many fans still seem to accept coach's abandoning their players like this. Kelly won't be returning for Cincinnati's bowl game, just like DickRod didn't return for West Virginia's. And while this is sort of standard operating procedure for coach's who receive new jobs during the pre-bowl season lull, it's really disappointing to watch this continue. In an age when football is arguably at an unprecedented height of popularity, and the recruiting process for FBS schools is becoming more and more high profile, schools around the country have more opportunities to pull their teams out of obscurity and become successful programs when everyone is on board. But due to old traditions and conventions about how things should be in the college football atmosphere, with a little help from the green, fans will likely never see a drastic change in powers in college football. It's extremely disappointing, as Kelly spouts off about integrity and "the difficulty of transition", that the media and fans accept this kind of turncoat bullshittery.
The point I'm trying to get to here is how lucky us Iowa fans have been. I have little doubt that most of you recognize this, but the fact that KF has gone all in on this program for over a decade in this atmosphere is quite unreal. We have a coach who believes in his program, not dollar signs or hopes of even higher prestige. The world could use more coaches like Kirk Ferentz... but maybe the world doesn't deserve it.