More often than not, offseason pressure in college football comes from one unruly source—simultaneously the best and worst part about each program in the sport.
Specifically, pressure exists where production does not meet expectation. Where the fans of a program demand either greatness or competence but are treated to average-ness or deficiency.
That disconnect puts coaches and players in an uncompromising position. They can either improve and win in the short-term or expect to be booted in the long-term. Their backs are against the wall and they can no longer afford to dissatisfy expectations.
Teams, staffs and programs in this situation cannot coast through spring practice or offseason drills. Given their performance in 2013 or the losses they incurred soon after, fall practice will not be enough time to fix their pronounced flaws. It has to happen now.
The pressure is on from the get-go.
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