By your own admission that UTEP team was in a better situation than we were heading into that season.
You’re being intellectually dishonest by condemning people for “defending mediocrity” for supporting the Littrell extension at 14-13 after year two when you yourself said he “inherited the worst possible situation that college football has to offer.”
Seems pretty clear if you had been told at the time of the hire that Littrell would have the team you deemed “the worst possible situation that college football has to offer” winning 9 games and a division title in Year 2, you would not have deemed that to be mediocrity.
My biggest fear is being stuck with a below .500 coach that can't win a bowl game or beat anyone with a winning record that would rather be out on the golf course instead of recruiting while our competition keeps loading up on P5 transfers and highly rated recruits while we are on the hook for a ridiculous buyout due to an unwarranted extension.
Most fans/media are pretty clueless except for the team they watch/cover. And when they play us they see a team that has no superstar and doesn't really fill it up, so they can't figure out how they are losing.