I'm having a hard time swallowing all the complains about Gene "abusing our trust". We all abuse everyone's trust.
We fired Dan with four years left on his contract, and plenty of folks wanted him gone before that. Where was the trust?
Suppose Gene had a breakout year this year: We pull out the tight ones against SUI, UNLV and KU, are 5-0 and are the talk of the league. Not only would Gene have left anyway, but you can bet that Jamie would have been shopping his resume, too. Where's the trust there?
As far as players leaving, we all have only one thing to trust: that athletes are at ISU for their sport and nothing else. Average athletes will look at academics, campus life, etc. when making a school choice; great athletes will look at their sport and their sport only when choosing. The fact we have guys thinking about leaving tells me Gene and crew were on the right track in recruiting.
Finally, any booster who was withholding donations until football improved but is taking Gene's departure personally is a hypocrite, and should understand why.