SAVE DIRK KOETTERIt appears the only conference coach in real jeopardy of losing his job is...GULP...Dirk Koetter.
This cannot happen. We must save Dirk Koetter.
The ASU program, in slow decline following the 1997 Rose Bowl, is now mired in perpetual mediocrity. 40,000 or so folks show up to home games, they leave sometime in the 3rd quarter, and ASU finishes 7-5. Even more important, Koetter has shown a singular ability to lay down against Cal, losing four games by an average of 25 points.
But this year Koetter has failed spectacularly. It started in the offseason when he reversed himself on the starting QB, eventually naming Rudy Carpenter the starter after his players complained publicly about Sam Keller's work habits.
Carpenter, of course, has looked dreadful. Koetter looks even worse - incapable of managing the hurt feelings of a bunch of nineteen-year olds.
As a result, there are now two websites calling for his ouster. BenchKoetter.com is the more professional looking of the two, and full of snarky comments about the nightclub habits of Sun Devil players. FireDirkKoetter.com is more authoritative, and has a list of potential replacements, including former Cal assistant Ron English.
We personally think that Dennis Erickson would be an inspired choice, if the unthinkable should happen. Just think what the man who turned sleepy Corvallis into Sodom & Gomorrah could do in a nightclub and silicone-rich environment like Tempe. But let's try to avoid all that by rooting our hardest for the Sun Devils this weekend against the U of A. Save Dirk!