If some members of the university administration are privately hoping for another disastrous season—which would make it impossible for Friel's friends to block his dismissal—they'll probably get their wish. Even Counts says, "People say we don't have the talent. I have to say that's true."
Says Friel, "Sometimes I lose and say, 'Hey, that was a great exhibition of competitive sport.' You shake hands and go home and admit that the other players were better than your players. That's O.K. I feel absolutely successful. What you have to do in this world is try and help others become better. I've had a good effect on a lot of young men. I have done all the right things."