Hurricane fans, finally it seems as if the program is moving in the right direction after all of these years. With the dominant 45-10 victory in Boone, NC over Appalachian State, the Canes jolted to #15 in the AP and #19 in the Coaches poll.
Sure it’s early and the opponents they faced in their 3-0 start aren’t exactly world beaters (App State did win 11 games last year). One thing Canes fans are noticing is the poise on the sideline. After three games it’s clear that Mark Richt and his staff have much better control over their players. They actually look like a cohesive unit.
The difference is most visible on the defensive side of the ball. Manny Diaz likes to play aggressive, which can at times pose a risk, but you actually see a lot of communication between the players, which wasn’t prevalent during the Golden era. It’s especially impressive, considering the line backer core lacks experience. You can tell a coach’s competence, based on how he’s able to handle the different levels of experience and skill and yet keep a unit in sync. Diaz has done that, which bodes well for Cane fans as the schedule gets tougher.
It’s hard not to get excited early on in the Richt era. It seems finally the team has a coach that knows how to prepare his team and get them ready for battle. Boone, NC is no picnic to play in. This was a program that has a winning tradition. Where in years past this could have been a much closer contest, even an upset, this year it wasn’t the case. The Canes handled their business and came out 3-0. This is why it’s exciting to see the team on the rise and perhaps the hope fans have now, wont ring hollow.