That is, why is it necessary to mount a defense of the strength coach? If the gap between ourselves and Alabama relates exclusively to strength and conditioning, maybe the discussion is important. But I don't think that was the key to our being humiliated. Alabama has better players, and they are better coached. They were prepared to play; we, on the other hand, spent a month engaging in 12-0 triumphalism.
It's going to take awhile to wash that sour taste out of my mouth. Longo is a sideshow. There are much bigger issues looming.