This past Friday I was able to attend the NCCU spring scrimmage. The game was a little lack luster in the fact that there weren't enough offensive linemen still healthy enough to have two full squads participate against each other. The talent pool is definitely increasing at NCCU but you have to wonder if any of the guys we watched play in the game will even play next season as more than thirty new faces will arrive and they were all designated to come in and compete right away.
Watching the NCCU game reminded me that the fans want to see a winner. There was almost 2000 people in the stands watching and many of them were looking for the positive. Just the fact that there were more people in attendance at the NCCU game than there were at the Duke game tells me a lot about fans and their expectations.
The Eagle fans were spoiled in the late eighties and early nineties with winning. That winning tradition re-emerged between 2004 - 2007 during the Broadway years. Now the fans want to return to that glory and Henry Frazier III is paving the road to that glory.
Last year he laid the foundation. He found guys that were in the previous system that could still play and contribute. This year it's time to start the building process. Compliment the young guys from the old system with some stud recruited talent and transfers that can be beneficial to the development of the program. Honestly if things were to go as they should, the Eagles should be a .500 team this season in conference play.
Year three is when you break out the measuring tape. By year three, two years of Frazier recruits should be on the field. By then you start paving the road to glory. By year three the Eagles should at least be mentioned as a contender for the MEAC title.
I like what I see in Coach Frazier and the Eagles. Fans have high expectations and rightfully so, but lets keep things in perspective. They team is making the transition and it takes time, money, and hard work. Coach Frazier can handle the time and the hard work, but it is up to the administration and the fans to pitch in with the money to make the program as successful as it can be.
Stay Breezy ~ I'm Out!