Preview 2017: Rice Needs A Turnaround … Fast
After a disastrous season, Rice needs to work with what it has for a big turnaround, fast.
Rice used to be pretty good, and then it all fell apart.
Up until an upset at Charlotte in mid-November, a case could’ve been made that Rice was the worst team in college football, getting smoked week after week on the way to a 1-8 start, with only a win over Prairie View A&M to take away just a little bit of the sting.
It wasn’t good enough.
Late wins aside, the Owl defense got ripped apart time and time again, allowing 40 points or more in seven games and getting absolutely obliterated in the losses.
How did it fall apart so fast? It wasn’t all that long ago when Rice was a Conference USA power, with a championship in 2013 and an 18-9 run over a two-year span. Finding top talent is always a problem, but it’s about making the most of what’s in place.
Head coach David Bailiff will have to work a lot harder at doing that with this team.
He’s done a fine job at a tough program, needing to get past the small enrollment and the Ivy-tough academic restrictions to try keeping up the pace with the rest of the teams in the area, and with Houston doing so many big things right down the road.
He shook up the coaching staff a bit, but will that be enough to overcome all the problems from a team that couldn’t do anything at a consistently high level?
Bailiff has proven he can turn teams around after horrible seasons, but this time he might have to do his best job yet.