The next days, weeks and months are going to be critical to the long-term success of the organization. Can they retain staff and replace those who quit/were fired this year? The members have started processing their summer experience, reflecting, and thinking about next year. Will they come back, or take their hard-earned skills to another corps? Especially since so many top corps have proven they can consistently give their members shows that work, connect with the audience, and score well.
If they have a lot of returning vets and a solid teaching staff, I think they can fight back into the top 5. The 2006 corps had 70-ish Cadet rookies, and 2007 went pretty well on a performance level to say the least. If not... Anyway, time will tell.