Far from the spotlight of Oregon and Oregon State's football teams, Portland State played its final home game of the 2009 season Saturday. And like much of this season -the third for Jerry Glanville
as the Vikings coach-it ended in a loss.
Glanville, a former NFL coach known for his colorful quips, came to PSU in 2007 with great fanfare and hopes that he could lift PSU to great gains on the field and in the stands with high attendance. Nobody expected PSU to compete with Oregon and OSU. But certainly Vikings fans expected better than a 2-8 record heading into the season finale against Idaho State.
Amid a deluge of rain that drenched an announced crowd of 5,690 (the actual crowd was much smaller) at PGE Park, I went into the stands Saturday to ask fans in the tiny but loud crowd to ask if they think Glanville should get more time to right the program or should be canned. Here's a sampling:
"This year hasn't gone too well, but they're a young team. If they can't improve next year, he should probably go. But he should still get one more season." - Ted Stephens, Portland
"He should have been fired when he fired [offensive coordinator] "Mouse" Davis
. We used to have a good offense, and now we can't score jack." - Helen Brown, Portland
"Coaches should get four years to get their own players in the system. Anything less, and you're not giving them a fair chance." - Roy Ellis, Portland.