September 4, 2010 by staff
After 31 losses in three years, he’s just trying to hold on to their jobs and not become another case study in why it is so rare for a coach to be removed from the prepared and put in charge of a college team important.
The athletic director came after Dodge went 79-1 in five years at Southlake Carroll High School expects a winning season, which means a minimum of seven wins at Dodge just five in his college career.
Clemson, almost a four-touchdown favorite on Saturday game of the season, not realizing how far Dodge has fallen illustrated, referring to him as “Tom Dodge” in the pregame notes.
“It was very disappointing at times, not being where I thought it would be,” said Dodge. “We have a lot of black eyes and bloody nose.”
Dodge first two years were difficult and harder, characterized by bursts of routine in the field and it thorny issues. Players kicked off the 2007 team accused him and his staff of racial bias, but the administrators cleared the coaches. A year later, Dodge is suspected that some players were using drugs andanlyzing each of them during the season. Fifteen were positive.
Perhaps the biggest setback came next, when two years from quarterback Giovanni Vizza left the team after the 2008 season. It was not only lose critical expertise in the most important position in a crime of dissemination of four receiver, but Dodge was hearing from others who figured Vizza coach your child starts, then redshirt freshman Riley Dodge.
“I recruited my son because he was the best choice possible,” said Dodge. “But that does not mean he would start again at a rate that began two years ago. When you go 1-11, all on the football team has to compete. But still, I had invested 20 starts in a man.
With ever Vizza, Riley Dodge started 10 games, but the results were more or less the same. Now the son of the coach – who won a state title last season in high school by his father – not a quarterback full-time because of shoulder and arm injuries. He is listed as a receiver and just hoping to contribute for the next three years as a sort of utility on the offensive.
“It’s just different, going from winning all the time to the class struggle,” said Riley Dodge. “It builds character. Me and my dad has humbled a little.”
Nathan Tune is the quarterback now. The fifth-year senior with only two career starts have the keys to a pass happy offense will go a long way toward determining whether it is or becomes Dodge Gerry Faust, the last car that was directly in the preparation rows to the highest level of college football. Notre Dame fired him in 1985 after five mediocre seasons.
Defense will have to play a role, too. North Texas was the last of the nation in scoring defense Dodge first two seasons, another setback for him, because he was criticized for bringing too many high school coaches with him, including his defensive coordinator. The coach was fired after the first season when Green gave the average over 70 points twice and 66 in another game.
All four of Carroll’s former assistants have gone; leaving Dodge surrounded by assistants with more college experience a lot.
“We need a very experienced staff that has been at this level and includes some of the things at this level,” athletic director Rick Villarreal said. “And I think that we understand more about Todd this level. Do not think he could have imagined that when he took office.”
Dodge was hired to help create a buzz and make a push for a new stadium. The part of the stadium plan was successful, but the buzz of students has been replaced by doubt. There is a possibility Dodge will not be around when the new stadium opens next year.
Such circumstances are not new to dodge, the former Texas quarterback suffered heavy criticism when he led the Longhorns in the 1980s. He knows what he expects his team manager, and is “fine with it.”
“Hard times here has not been done in the way of believing in me how I can lead a football team and what our football team can do,” Dodge said. “When my time is over with, there is no excuse.” I have done things differently? Sure. ”
Victory count is unlikely to start against Clemson, but the Tigers should be the toughest opponents on the schedule. While last year’s 2-10 record was the second in three years under Dodge, Green half were much more competitive. Six of the losses were by a touchdown or less.
North Texas also is hoping a strong running game to complement pass-first scheme of Dodge. Lance Dunbar finished among the national leaders last year with 1,378 yards and 17 rushing touchdowns in just eight starts. Six of the eight team’s best defenders back, including Craig Robertson, the leading tackler.
“Are we going to go 12-0? No. I think not,” said Dodge. “But we have the potential to win seven or eight ball games. We are in a window of the 2010-11 season where we really can turn this thing and not look back.”
If not, is unlikely to return to high school for Dodge.
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