Rice Athletic director Joe Karlgaard sat down with The Roost to discuss Mike Bloomgren, the 2021 Rice football season and the future of the Owls’ program.
It’s almost impossible to distill the 2021 Rice football season down to a single storyline, topic or number. For better or worse, the year was more complicated and unpredictable than many of the Owls’ faithful would have wished. The program found itself at a 4-8 record after the dust settled, prompting questions and a very real amount of soul searching.
What happened to a team that had bowl aspirations four months prior? And deeper still, will this team find its way again? Is Mike Bloomgren the right man for Rice football moving forward, and if so, why?
There will be a much-too-long offseason to address those concerns. But before we get too far removed from the campaign in question, some immediate answers seemed prudent.
In an effort to get a clear snapshot of where the program is right now and why Rice fans should have faith in its future, I spent an hour with Rice Athletics Director Joe Karlgaard. What follows are some notes from our conversation, hopefully shedding some light on the program and digging into some of the hard questions it is understandably facing after an underwhelming season.
Hear from Karlgaard below, and stay tuned to The Roost for important recruiting updates regarding the Early Signing Period, postseason superlatives and more.