I've decided to post a post mortem on the coaching of Dirk Koetter at ASU. I want to list all of the criticisms that I've heard and read. I don't mean to be saying that I agree with these ideas. Here is my compilation:
1. The fan support had deteriorated to the point that visiting recruits were listening to shouts for his firing.
2. His loyalty to his coaches, such as Guy and Osborne, was hurting the team, because of low performances on their parts.
3. The unusual level of injuries and serious scandals caught up to him.
4. He was unable to win over the Phoenix media.
5. Koetter was cold and arrogant.
6. He continually asked the fans to wait one more year and his years ran out way to late.
7. Koetter was 2-19 against ranked teams and unable to perform in important games.
8. He couldn't motivate the team when necessary.
9. He was 0-12 in California.
10. He couldn't close on the big recruits.
11. He set the bar too high in his final season by saying he had an embarrassment of player talent.
12. He was just a WAC coach that found himself over his head in the bigtime.
13. He was weak in disciplining the players, as evidenced by the number of penalties, etc.
14. He couldn't hold on to talent as evidenced by all the quarterbacks that left the team.
15. He never took us to a BCS bowl.
16. Boosters were willing to pay the price to bring in a big name.
When one surveys the wide range of perceived causes, one would ask why his contract was renewed the last time. Don't worry! The person who renewed his contract also selected our current coach.
One need not feel bad for our old millionaire coach, but the one thing lost in the whole scenario in this poster's opinion, was the opinion of our players toward their coach. I keep asking why these young men would want to play for a fan base such as ours: A fan base that expresses that Koetter could not recruit at the PAC-10 level. A fan base that depicts its players as unmotivated and incapable of winning the big ones. Are these truly mediocre talents that will respond to the miracle touch of Dennis Erickson? We shall all see, won't we? Tune in next year.