Between Catholic feeder schools, Sunday morning replays and storied tradition, we were able to overcome the obstacles that Hesburgh et al threw in our way. As ESPN and other networks started televising virtually every college game, we lost one advantage. Florida and Texas schools began to supplant PA and Ohio schools as the hotbeds of major high school talent. Kids from these schools didn't grow up "whistling the Victory March".
Lou Holtz was able to stem the tide for a time, but then Malloy decided we needed more obstacles. Now, we have been wandering the desert for 15 years.
Swarbrick does give me some hope with training tables etc. I hope Kelly succeeds, but he sure as hell won't if the administration makes him do it with 2 hands tied behind his back.