That kind of scene has formerly proud alumni hopping mad and you can bet the phone to President Lou Anna Simon's office has been ringing off the hook.
But pause and take a deep breath. With five games left John L. Smith intends to rally his troops. If MSU can win four of their last five games to finish 7-5 or better yet, run the table and finish 8-4, Smith should be allowed to finish out his contract.
Smith recently told CBS Sports announcer Sean McDonough that he believed he needed a bowl game to finish his contract. That's fair. Sure, Smith's coaching staff has cost his team some ballgames - the Notre Dame game earlier this season and a loss to Ohio State in 2005 - but if they can finish strong, at least Smith ought to be retained.
MSU's continuing deficiencies in closing out contest must be addressed, especially if they rear their ugly head again before this seasons is over. Smith may need to sack some of his makeshift coaching staff this offseason, loyalties aside, to ensure MSU gets better calls at crunch time.
Still, Smith has a plan and has given MSU an identity, at least offensively. They are a spread offensive team that attracts talented offensive players, but on defense, Smith hasn't fully implemented his aggressive style of defense after four seasons.
He has the makings of a solid recruiting class in place that could get even better with a few wins. While the alumni want success and want it now, it takes any coach at least two seasons to put in his program, even if that coach has had success before.
Should Smith win four of the final five games, starting with Saturday's contest against Northwestern in Evanston, Smith - barring a collapse in '07 - be allowed to finish out his contract.
As a very smart coach once said, perhaps he's "building something good here."