As a proud UB alumnus, I find it very disturbing when hearing all of the nasty jokes football fans are saying about our football program. Because I am also a very loyal UB fan, I feel it is time to speak out and state the facts. After speaking to many of the UB fans and friends of mine, I found their frustrations were the same as mine.
We are all extremely puzzled by the actions or lack of actions taken by the coaching staff, especially in the eight-game losing streak prior to Saturday's game against Akron. UB was outscored, 186-16, in the first half of those games, an embarrassing blowout, and almost every possession was three and out. There was absolutely no offense generated and the games were then out-of-reach.
Even though the starting quarterback, Randall Secky, is rated one of the lowest in the MAC and all of Division I-A, coach Hofher made absolutely no attempt to make a change at QB after the first half of those games. It amazes me (and everyone else) that he made no attempt to try to get something going to win the games.
He always laid the blame on the offensive line, dropped passes, poor defense, special teams, etc., but obviously, for some strange reason, felt his QB was productive and kept him for the remainder of the game.
What's wrong with backup quarterback Mike Radon getting in to see if he can move the team since, I understand, he has not been red-shirted. He had a great high school career at St. Francis and was chosen by the coaches as the best quarterback in the state and was highly recruited by many Division I schools. Why not platoon the two QBs to get some offense going or at least have the opportunity to evaluate their skills? UB is 1-10. What does coach Hofher have to lose, except one more game?
We as loyal fans and alumni deserve to know why we are being so severely ridiculed throughout the country. We do not understand the coaching philosophy. As a matter of fact, we are wondering if there even is a philosophy!
There also is much speculation in the media about the expulsion of UB football from the MAC and Division I-A because of attendance problems and lack of competitiveness. Wouldn't that be a disaster to the community and the state of New York? The sentiment around the MAC about UB football is embarrassing, to say the least.