Blanchard River Buzz

A blog for rabid sports fans in the Findlay Area. Maintained by Findlay Courier sports writer Jamie Baker. The opinions expressed are my own crazed ramblings and not those of my employer the Findlay Publishing Company and its subsidiaries.

Tuesday, July 25, 2006

Will Simrell right the ship?

Will the 2006 season be a return to glory for the University of Findlay football program or will the team continue its struggles in the Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference.

The schedulemaker wasn't any too kind to Dan Simrell's Oilers. They open the season on the road against a Charleston team that was 8-3 last season and follow that game with a home contest at Donnell Stadium against defending NCAA Division II champion Grand Valley State and then a game against another NCAA Division II top-10 contender in Northwood.

You can download the 2006 UF football media guide by clicking here.

Last season the Oilers started the year with a 3-0 record but proceeded to lose their final 8 games. Simrell, who has a 29-36 record in 6 seasons as head coach, got a contract extension just prior to the season-ending losing streak.

One thing they will need to do is play much better defense. UF allowed more than 33 points per game last season. A new defensive coordinator could make the difference and Findlay has a new one in former FHS and Miami University standout Jon Wauford.

Some new blood and an intense attitude may be just what the Oilers need to get better defensively and Wauford could be the one to bring that to the table. He also might be the perfect person to replace Simrell, if and when he decides to move on.

Can the University of Findlay football program compete with the elite in Division II like the University's men's basketball, wrestling and soccer programs or are they destined for mediocrity?

Does anyone even care about or follow UF football anymore?

1 Comments:

  • At 4:43 PM, Anonymous Orange-N-Black said…

    I have lost faith in Simrell. I guess I prefer someone with more fire or at least perceived fire.
    Can they compete? Yes, but I have lost touch with the dynamics of what needs to be done to accomplish that. It could be anything from a new coaching philosophy, better administration backing of the Football program, bringing in more community involvement, or involving the alums (you know everything Coach Strahm did ;)

     

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