Holy shit, people. Calm down. I know most of us are frustrated with the way this season is going so far, but perhaps it is time for some perspective. With that in mind, I thought I would provide a Cliff Note history of Iowa State Football in case you are in need of a quick refresher.
We are a school that has been playing football since 1892. Our overall winning percentage during our 120 year existence is a staggering 45%. Over that period, we have been to 12 bowl games winning 3. Eight of those appearances, and all of the wins, have come in the past twelve years when there are decidedly more post season games to be played and competition diluted.
Since 1919, only one head coach, Earle Bruce, has left Ames with a winning record. Coach Bruce was with the program for six seasons in the mid seventies before being wooed away by powerhouse, Ohio State, where he amassed four conference championships in nine years. The combined record of his successors to date? 148-237.
From my quick, and admittedly lacking in thoroughness, research on the topic; Iowa State has won 7 games in one season just 5 times, 8 games 4 times and 9 games just once. Now, all of a sudden, we expect it to be the norm?
The last time we decided a coach providing us sustained mediocrity sprinkled with excitement and mid-tier bowl appearances no longer worthy of our new found status as an up-n-comer, we forced Coach Mac out after a 4-8 season. That brought us the, thankfully brief, Gene Chizik era.
My point is this. We all knew what we were signing up for when we pledged our allegiance to this team. I personally signed on around 1983, under the unremarkable Criner years. We did not hand over our hearts to a team proud in tradition or laden with championships. Our passion is deep and our spirit is strong, but we have never been a bunch of bandwagoneers, for we have never seen the bandwagon travel down our streets. That vessel usually stays on the Eastern side of the state where it is never lacking for passengers.
It is alright to be disappointed with the results of this season, even angry if that makes you feel better about yourself, but you cannot ignore the history of who we are when considering our future. It is nowhere near the time to be discussing a (head) coaching change.