How about those Devils last night? That's the way you do it!! From where I sat, they looked very good, on both sides of the ball, special teams, few penalties...Very encouraging. Congratulations to Coach Erickson and the whole team. An awesome debut.
Even with such an auspicious start, I noticed that about midway in the second quarter, some of the guys behind me in the stands were already starting with the Shoulda, Coulda, Woulda. Shoulda run this play. Coulda taken better advantage of that opportunity. Woulda been better this way than that way.
Of course, armchair analysis is part of the game. Part of every game, really. Every real fan does it. And the coaches do it too, of course, to understand where things went right and wrong, to better prepare for the next game.
We've been doing a fair amount of that lately with the OASIS project. Not so much around the deployment of Admissions, Financial Aid, Student Records, Registration or even Talent Acquisition. Those systems all went in pretty painlessly for the institution as a whole. But in the past month or so, there's been a lot of focus on the problems that the university has had adjusting to its new payroll system.
I feel a little like a football coach who's been hired to turn a team around. We changed the offense from 3-yards-and-a-cloud-of-dust to an aggressive West Coast passing attack. We won a few games in the beginning of the season (listen to the State of IT iTunesU podcast to get an idea) and got people excited. Now, we're mid-season at half-time in the big game with the powerhouse team from ERP-U. The ERP team has dominated the NCAA for years with their crushing defense. Michigan, Minnesota, Johns Hopkins, U of A ... all of them have met their match in ERP-U and gone down to tough defeats. But so far, in our game with ERP-U, the run-and-gun game plan got us out to an early lead (installing Admissions, Financial Aid, Student Records and Registration in record time on a record scale), but near half-time, our team made a couple of errors and we threw an interception that, because of some missed tackles, got run back for a touchdown.
Now some of the fans are booing and throwing things from the stands, and a bunch of people are romanticizing about the glories of teams from yesteryear. People are saying the West Coast offense was always ill conceived and we were lucky to win our early games. "Go back to Indiana, ya bum!!" (Indiana? I've never lived in Indiana...)
But I have to tell you I'm not worried. Not one bit. It's the fourth quarter in this game with ERP-U, we're already ahead, and I know we'll win. We have tricks up our sleeves that no one in college football has ever seen, and we are not only going to the Rose Bowl, we're going to win the national championship and establish a football dynasty.
So let 'em boo and throw stuff. I love the fans. Pasadena, here we come!!!
I'm planning a series of posts this week -- a 6 part series on ERP the ASU Way.
Next up: "How Deep Was the Hole"