Wednesday, August 16, 2006

Prognosis: Uncertain
Bob Crable took the head coaching role at Moeller with a passion for the school (having graduated from it himself) and the game (playing at the high school, college (UND), and professional (NYJ) levels. Over the past 5 years, he took the team from a decidedly sour 5-5 record, all the way to 8-2 and the third round of the OHSAA playoffs. Last year, the team hit a speedbump and went 6-4. Unfortunately for coach Crable, who most people agree is a good man, and very wise on football matters at large, this will likely be his defining year. I say unfortunately because Moeller faces possibly the most grueling schedule in its history, and potentially the toughest schedule in the entire nation. There was much drama on the team at the end of last year. I'm not going to go into details, but despite the turmoil the Crusaders nearly came back to defeat a very good Huber Heights Wayne team in round 1 of the playoffs. QB Ross Oltorik looked very different in this game than previous regular season games, almost as if he had matured as a QB over the course of one week. A sophmore thrown into a difficult situation, he improved as the season rolled along and appeared to take true leadership on the field in the final game of last year. Look for Andy Wersel to lead on defense this year, despite fighting double teams for most of it.

I feel the Crusaders will benefit from a lack of respect to start the year. Despite the insanely difficult schedule, these Men of Moeller can play with the best teams in the nation. Should the inner turmoil have subsided by the advent of this season, I look forward to a very successful year. If certain elements within the Moeller community continue to turn inward and continue to cannibalize the program, things could turn out very badly for this great group of players.

Good luck Crusaders, if you play up to your potential, you will not need it.


Comments on "Prognosis: Uncertain"


Blogger BizzyBlog said ... (12:41 PM) : 

I'm a St. X grad who grew up in Moeller country.

I simply don't get the idea that a Bob Crable would be worrying even one bit about his job if he continues to have 6-7-8-9 win seasons, esp as he seems to be a good person who approaches the good-person level of Faust, who's a living saint.

As far as I'm concerned, Crable can keep cranking out good seasons, and eventually he'll get his state championship.

The Big Moe booster types who based on what you've written have Crable under some pressure (as they did on Klonne, who was pushed out the door) have a total lack of perspective that's appalling and embarrassing.


Blogger Chucko said ... (2:20 PM) : 

Yar! I meant to post this at GoBigMoe... I'll leave it here, and possibly cross-post it later at that blog.

The Bombers are looking strong again this year. If you'd be interesting in rolling to Moe/St.X or some playoff/championship games, let me know!


Anonymous GM Roper said ... (8:30 AM) : 

This reminds me of the Darryl Royal era at the University of Texas. Royal was a tremendous coach who took the Longhorns to great heights and he was lauded by one and all, especially by the Texas Ex's (Alumni for those of you not from Texas). For almost 20 years Royal led the Longhorns to a "...league-record 11 SWC Championships, led UT to 16 bowl games and finished the year ranked among the nation’s Top five nine times." After a so so season in 75 or 76 (His overall coaching record was 184-60-5) some Alumni started a "Dump Royal" effort and Royal eventually retired.

Sometimes winning every season is more important than a massive record, sad to say!

Good post my new found friend, and thanks for putting me on your blogroll.


Blogger Chucko said ... (10:36 AM) : 

That is indeed sad to say. That of course reminds me of the recent John Cooper era at Ohio State. By all accounts a great coach, unbelievable record, great recruiter. He simply could not win the last two games of the year, which unfortunately for him were the two most important games every year.

As you stated Tom, by all accounts coach Crable is a great guy, a devout Catholic (which I think is important if you're going to be leading a Catholic high school program), and a wise football man. I was pleased when he was named coach, and hope that this year the turmoil has settled and he will turn it around. In a lot of the Ohio HS message boards (Yappi mostly) his opponents appear to exhibit signs of Bush Derangement Syndrome, except in this case directed at Crable. It's always disconcerting to see such vile hatred directed at one person... I've been attacked personally (through email) for merely suggesting we give coach another year or two to turn it around.


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