Steve Fairchild is set to enter his fourth season as Colorado State head coach and believes it would be very disappointing if the Rams are not in a bowl game this season.
Fairchild talked with the Denver Post about the pressure of coming off back-to-back 3-9 seasons.
He said, “I've heard a lot of things going into this year, people talking about pressure, people talk about a hot seat and all of that. I will say this: That's the way it was the first year. I think most people that know college football know that's the way it is every year in every job. Somebody might say it would be different if you won nine games last year; I really don't think it is.”
There is definitely some truth to that statement.
“I think there's pressure in this business and in this sport to win and to win every year. I knew what I was getting into when I took this job. I knew it was going to take some time. I'm also smart enough to realize that we're at a point now where all of our recruiting and all of our training with these guys needs to show up on the field. I'm pretty confident it will.”
“In Year 1 we probably overachieved a little bit and got ourselves in a bowl game. Year 2, we definitely underachieved, and I've got to look in the mirror, and our staff too, and realize that. We were a better football team than 3-9. Last year I knew was going to be tough. Could we have won more games? Yeah. But I knew that was going to be a tough year. So, yes, but we all know that this is a results-oriented business, and you can't go 3-9. So, if you are in fact recruiting well and are in fact doing the right thing, then it's got to show up on the field.”
Colorado State opens the season by hosting New Mexico. A week later, the Rams will host Northern Colorado before playing Colorado in Denver.
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