Football is not as bad as people on this board seems to indicate it is at Lane. I look at last season as a mild success towards the right direction. Losing to DeLaSalle, GBN,Simeon, and Maine South do not make this a bad team.
What's more important to me is Lane beat CVS, Dunbar, Whitney Young, and especially Curie. The last few years, Lane was losing to those teams and this year they beat all of them for the most part rather decisively. Those schools had a bad season. Whitney Young was in last place in conference and looks like will be sent down to the Chicago conference.
Next year, Proesel will still be the coach. But he has to beat Dunbar, CVS, and Curie again. As for their non-conference games and Simeon, I hope they take out GBN and DeLaSalle from their non-conference schedules. They gotta replace them with someone more manageable. I know this won't likely happen but Lane needs a non-conference schedule with teams like Gordon Tech, Maine West, Maine East, Fenton, Leydon, St. Ignatius, or similar type team.
Lane football needs to get some confidence first. In the non-conference, they have to play teams they have a chance of beating. It can't be one sided either way. Lane has to stop playing GBN because everyone is sick of watching GBN beat Lane 45-10. At the same time, Lane should not schedule a weak Chicago conference school like Prosser or Kenwood, because Lane will have a running clock on them. Lane has to prove it can beat the mid-level Gordon Tech/St. Ignatius type teams. After LAne beats them regularly, Lane will hopefully have more confidence and ability to beat better programs.
Conference wise, I don't still don't see Lane or anyone in the Red-Bird being close to Simeon. A good goal for Lane next year will be to rise their program sufficiently enough so the Simeon game is not a blow out. Then take care of business versus Curie, Dunbar, and their other conference foes. I feel if Lane can do that, it will be a step in getting back to football prominence.