It's not easy getting college football coaches to honestly comment on another coach, player or team. Most coaches don't want to give opposing teams bulletin board material, which is why there is a lot of coach speak or overused cliches used during the year.
In order to get an accurate assessment of teams heading into 2022, Athlon asked coaches in Conference USA to talk anonymously about their opponents.
Note: These scouting reports come directly from coaching staffs and do not necessarily reflect the views of Athlon's editorial staff.
Conference USA Coaches Talk Anonymously About Conference Foes for 2022
"Great coaching staff, great culture; they just need more players. They're probably feeling the pressure right now to show that 2019 wasn't just a one-off."
"No one is counting Willie Taggart out because he's had turnarounds in the middle of his runs at USF and WKU, but this is not a good offense right now, and he's had steady turnover with assistants."
"The talk around the league is that the athletic department is a mess. Just being in South Florida isn't enough, and this program is proof."
"They're going to overhaul both sides, so it will be interesting to watch their recruiting and portal work. They've lost a step recruiting Louisiana."
"A lot of people thought last year might be it for Rick Stockstill, and then they caught fire down the stretch. They're going to try to ride that offense, go fast and play a lot of tempo."
"Seth [Littrell] knows what he's doing, but they've got to come out hot. This program offers amazing facilities and a great location. They've got to put the pieces back together this year."
"Everyone in the league has a tremendous amount of respect for Mike [Bloomgren] and his staff. He should get as long as he wants to try to find a path to success here."
"This is a model G5 program that understands their needs, recruits really well and has consistency in every area. They're going to be relevant for a long time."
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"They're really starting to look like those old Kansas State teams Dana Dimel coached, really physical and disciplined; maybe that's their long-term plan."
"It's crazy a Power 5 team in Texas didn't scoop up this staff. If they're actually sticking around, this program is going to be the next Houston or Cincinnati in a few years."
"All the questions we had about this program are back. What are they going to look like this year? What's the long-term plan?"