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Let's face it people. Saturday's disheartening loss at the hands of Marshall, plus coach Strong's emotional outburst at his post-game interview should more than remind us that we're in for a roller-coaster of a ride this football season. We're gonna win games we're supposed to lose (example:Kentucky) and lose games we're supposed to win (example:Florida International and Saturday's loss at the hands of Marshall). That's what happens when you have a team where youth and talent greatly outweighs experience and execution. The one flaw this team seems to be guilty of more than anything is playing to the level of the competition, which was so obvious judging by how flat we were in Saturday's game from beginning to the end. We're still in the process of learning how to compete, learning how to win, and learning how to react to winning. It's so easy for a young team to let up off the gas when everyone is patting you on the back and telling you good job after an emotional win at Kentucky. However, you have to learn how to quickly put that game in the rear-view mirror and prepare for your next opponent, which is the responsibility of the coaches and veteran leadership (primarily the senior class). We also need to understand that even though coach Strong has a tremendous coaching pedigree, he's still cutting his teeth as a head coach, because there is a difference between being in charge of one area of a team and being in charge of the entire team. I know a lot of people were probably as shell-shocked as I was in viewing his post-game interview following Saturday's loss to Marshall. What you saw was a head coach who was extremely frustrated and disgusted because he felt the program was showing more regression than progression. He also showed signs of a coach who had seen better, been part of something better, and expected better than the current situation at hand (let's face it, he lost his cool big-time). We all know that eventually he's gonna get this program turned back around because he's too good a coach not to. So as a fanbase, not only do we have to have patience with the players and the coaching staff that he has assembled, but we also need to have patience with coach Strong as well. He's going through the same growing pains that every coach endures in the very beginning. Not only are the players going through the growing pains of understanding how to react as winners, coach Strong is going through his growing pains as a first-time head coach. To make a long story short, everyone has to learn how to crawl before they understand how to walk. We're in the crawling stage right now, but once we learn how to walk, look out, because we're gonna be a force to be reckoned with. Let's have some patience and allow this program to grow one step at a time, one day at a time, one game at a time. I have a feeling none of us will be sorry. GO CARDS!!!