September 10, 2007

Questions abound after another loss

Any hope the Orange's Dome opener against Washington was a fluke, an aberration, or just an off night was destroyed on Saturday when Greg Robinson and his football team were sent back to central New York with their tails between their legs after receiving a 35-0 shellacking at the hands of the Iowa Hawkeyes.

The fact the Orange lost to Iowa was not overly surprising. The Hawkeyes have an experienced and talented team and a tremendous home field advantage at Kinnick stadium. It was the manner in which the Orange lost that was most devastating. Even the lopsided 35-0 final score did not fully illustrate the nature of ineptitude the Orange displayed on Saturday.

While the Orange's opening loss was certainly disappointing, there was hope for a rebound, a comeback. There was the possibility the loss would be a wakeup call.

This weekend's loss has no such silver lining. Instead, it leaves the Orange with questions and consequences.

Here are the three most important ones:

Is Robinson's hot seat going to add a major distraction?

Greg Robinson began this season as the coach in the Big East with the most pressure to perform. He has won a combined five games in the last two seasons, failing to live up to expectations both years.

This year the pressure is on and so far it seems to be getting the best of him.

Robinson's supporters, who are dwindling by the day, claimed he needed a third season to fully utilize his recruiting potential and turn the program around. Instead, the Orange seem to be spiraling downward with little sign for hope.

The loss to Washington was disappointing but the loss to Iowa was embarrassing.

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