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Reply #25 on: March 08, 2012, 12:56:26 pm
You're right Feltis........thats why they've both struggled so much to find good jobs elsewhere ::) .......man, its too bad those other ADs and HCs around the country don't know as much as you do.

You're right, they have a track record of being excellent assistant coaches.
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Reply #26 on: March 08, 2012, 01:02:58 pm
The video linked at the beginning of this thread is an interview from game that we lost and from a season in which we finished 10-20. 
 

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Reply #27 on: March 08, 2012, 01:31:53 pm
What is sad about these threads is that they will read by recruits, parents of recruits, and high school coaches.
 
 
 
I wasn't happy with this season results but you don't see me going to the internet to cry like some little b****. Donate more money to the program then maybe the AD will listen to your half-ass cause.
Sounds like you are asking those of us that are not happy with the past two seasons to shut up? Do you want only people who are happy with our progress to have a say on this forum? Also you are working on the mistaken assumption that those of us discussing the state of our program are not contributing to make it better. Be happy for you to check my lifetime contributions to the program. I have EARNED my right to complain with money, season ticket purchases & tournament attendance for years. Thank you very much!
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Reply #28 on: March 08, 2012, 01:44:07 pm
What is sad about these threads is that they will read by recruits, parents of recruits, and high school coaches.
 
 
 
I wasn't happy with this season results but you don't see me going to the internet to cry like some little b****. Donate more money to the program then maybe the AD will listen to your half-ass cause.
Sounds like you are asking those of us that are not happy with the past two seasons to shut up? Do you want only people who are happy with our progress to have a say on this forum? Also you are working on the mistaken assumption that those of us discussing the state of our program are not contributing to make it better. Be happy for you to check my lifetime contributions to the program. I have EARNED my right to complain with money, season ticket purchases & tournament attendance for years. Thank you very much!

My rant was directed at the trolls that decide to invade the board at the end of every bad season. It happened during the Lutz years and it's happening now
 
 
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Reply #29 on: March 08, 2012, 02:31:12 pm
The video linked at the beginning of this thread is an interview from game that we lost and from a season in which we finished 10-20. 
 

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Reply #30 on: March 08, 2012, 03:21:49 pm
I believe some of our fans think that there is a list out there of available coaches who will work for $500k, win 23 games, and make it to the second round of the NCAAs annually, but Judy refuses to look at it.  If this list existed 9 ACC schools would be hiring new coaches as we speak--but it doesn't.
 
We have to take chances when we hire a coach.  That is where we are in the food chain.  Luckily our record is pretty good and we benefit from those undervalued coaches until one of the predator schools decides they will just buy the coach away from us.  There is nothing we can do to change this.
 
Sometimes you have to just decide you are a Niners fan and work through the lean years without soiling your pants.  If you cannot do that, if you feel that you must win every year, then all I can suggest is that you go to Walmart and buy a Tarheel shirt like the thousands of others just like you. 
 
For me, while this year was another tough one it is going to be a lot of fun when we do play ourselves into a conference tournament bye again.  Maybe it is because I started out with Pratt and Wissell that I enjoyed Mullins and Watkins so much.  If Major turns this around it is going to be a lot more fun to watch than seeing the Tarheels thump Wake Forest...again.  I am willing to take the chance, but if you cannot stomach the ride, get off.
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Reply #31 on: March 08, 2012, 03:25:55 pm
I believe some of our fans think that there is a list out there of available coaches who will work for $500k, win 23 games, and make it to the second round of the NCAAs annually, but Judy refuses to look at it.  If this list existed 9 ACC schools would be hiring new coaches as we speak--but it doesn't.
 
We have to take chances when we hire a coach.  That is where we are in the food chain.  Luckily our record is pretty good and we benefit from those undervalued coaches until one of the predator schools decides they will just buy the coach away from us.  There is nothing we can do to change this.
 
Sometimes you have to just decide you are a Niners fan and work through the lean years without soiling your pants.  If you cannot do that, if you feel that you must win every year, then all I can suggest is that you go to Walmart and buy a Tarheel shirt like the thousands of others just like you. 
 
For me, while this year was another tough one it is going to be a lot of fun when we do play ourselves into a conference tournament bye again.  Maybe it is because I started out with Pratt and Wissell that I enjoyed Mullins and Watkins so much.  If Major turns this around it is going to be a lot more fun to watch than seeing the Tarheels thump Wake Forest...again.  I am willing to take the chance, but if you cannot stomach the ride, get off.

Could not have said it better myself.


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Reply #32 on: March 08, 2012, 03:39:50 pm
I believe some of our fans think that there is a list out there of available coaches who will work for $500k, win 23 games, and make it to the second round of the NCAAs annually, but Judy refuses to look at it.  If this list existed 9 ACC schools would be hiring new coaches as we speak--but it doesn't.
 
We have to take chances when we hire a coach.  That is where we are in the food chain.  Luckily our record is pretty good and we benefit from those undervalued coaches until one of the predator schools decides they will just buy the coach away from us.  There is nothing we can do to change this.
 
Sometimes you have to just decide you are a Niners fan and work through the lean years without soiling your pants.  If you cannot do that, if you feel that you must win every year, then all I can suggest is that you go to Walmart and buy a Tarheel shirt like the thousands of others just like you. 
 
For me, while this year was another tough one it is going to be a lot of fun when we do play ourselves into a conference tournament bye again.  Maybe it is because I started out with Pratt and Wissell that I enjoyed Mullins and Watkins so much.  If Major turns this around it is going to be a lot more fun to watch than seeing the Tarheels thump Wake Forest...again.  I am willing to take the chance, but if you cannot stomach the ride, get off.

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Reply #33 on: March 08, 2012, 04:29:35 pm
I believe some of our fans think that there is a list out there of available coaches who will work for $500k, win 23 games, and make it to the second round of the NCAAs annually, but Judy refuses to look at it.  If this list existed 9 ACC schools would be hiring new coaches as we speak--but it doesn't.
 
We have to take chances when we hire a coach.  That is where we are in the food chain.  Luckily our record is pretty good and we benefit from those undervalued coaches until one of the predator schools decides they will just buy the coach away from us.  There is nothing we can do to change this.
 
Sometimes you have to just decide you are a Niners fan and work through the lean years without soiling your pants.  If you cannot do that, if you feel that you must win every year, then all I can suggest is that you go to Walmart and buy a Tarheel shirt like the thousands of others just like you. 
 
For me, while this year was another tough one it is going to be a lot of fun when we do play ourselves into a conference tournament bye again.  Maybe it is because I started out with Pratt and Wissell that I enjoyed Mullins and Watkins so much.  If Major turns this around it is going to be a lot more fun to watch than seeing the Tarheels thump Wake Forest...again.  I am willing to take the chance, but if you cannot stomach the ride, get off.

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Reply #34 on: March 08, 2012, 04:29:59 pm
I believe some of our fans think that there is a list out there of available coaches who will work for $500k, win 23 games, and make it to the second round of the NCAAs annually, but Judy refuses to look at it.  If this list existed 9 ACC schools would be hiring new coaches as we speak--but it doesn't.
 
We have to take chances when we hire a coach.  That is where we are in the food chain.  Luckily our record is pretty good and we benefit from those undervalued coaches until one of the predator schools decides they will just buy the coach away from us.  There is nothing we can do to change this.
 
Sometimes you have to just decide you are a Niners fan and work through the lean years without soiling your pants.  If you cannot do that, if you feel that you must win every year, then all I can suggest is that you go to Walmart and buy a Tarheel shirt like the thousands of others just like you. 
 
For me, while this year was another tough one it is going to be a lot of fun when we do play ourselves into a conference tournament bye again.  Maybe it is because I started out with Pratt and Wissell that I enjoyed Mullins and Watkins so much.  If Major turns this around it is going to be a lot more fun to watch than seeing the Tarheels thump Wake Forest...again.  I am willing to take the chance, but if you cannot stomach the ride, get off.
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Reply #35 on: March 08, 2012, 05:03:15 pm
I believe some of our fans think that there is a list out there of available coaches who will work for $500k, win 23 games, and make it to the second round of the NCAAs annually, but Judy refuses to look at it.  If this list existed 9 ACC schools would be hiring new coaches as we speak--but it doesn't.
 
We have to take chances when we hire a coach.  That is where we are in the food chain.  Luckily our record is pretty good and we benefit from those undervalued coaches until one of the predator schools decides they will just buy the coach away from us.  There is nothing we can do to change this.
 
Sometimes you have to just decide you are a Niners fan and work through the lean years without soiling your pants.  If you cannot do that, if you feel that you must win every year, then all I can suggest is that you go to Walmart and buy a Tarheel shirt like the thousands of others just like you. 
 
For me, while this year was another tough one it is going to be a lot of fun when we do play ourselves into a conference tournament bye again.  Maybe it is because I started out with Pratt and Wissell that I enjoyed Mullins and Watkins so much.  If Major turns this around it is going to be a lot more fun to watch than seeing the Tarheels thump Wake Forest...again.  I am willing to take the chance, but if you cannot stomach the ride, get off.

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Reply #36 on: March 08, 2012, 05:08:48 pm
I believe some of our fans think that there is a list out there of available coaches who will work for $500k, win 23 games, and make it to the second round of the NCAAs annually, but Judy refuses to look at it.  If this list existed 9 ACC schools would be hiring new coaches as we speak--but it doesn't.
 
We have to take chances when we hire a coach.  That is where we are in the food chain.  Luckily our record is pretty good and we benefit from those undervalued coaches until one of the predator schools decides they will just buy the coach away from us.  There is nothing we can do to change this.
 
Sometimes you have to just decide you are a Niners fan and work through the lean years without soiling your pants.  If you cannot do that, if you feel that you must win every year, then all I can suggest is that you go to Walmart and buy a Tarheel shirt like the thousands of others just like you. 
 
For me, while this year was another tough one it is going to be a lot of fun when we do play ourselves into a conference tournament bye again.  Maybe it is because I started out with Pratt and Wissell that I enjoyed Mullins and Watkins so much.  If Major turns this around it is going to be a lot more fun to watch than seeing the Tarheels thump Wake Forest...again.  I am willing to take the chance, but if you cannot stomach the ride, get off.

Completely agree, but not because 2k agrees.

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Reply #37 on: March 08, 2012, 05:46:08 pm
I believe some of our fans think that there is a list out there of available coaches who will work for $500k, win 23 games, and make it to the second round of the NCAAs annually, but Judy refuses to look at it.
You can include me as one of those fans.

I think for schools above the 'bracketbuster level', you either pick one of two options: promote a coach from within the organization or you hire a successful head coach from the outside - either a retread (which I don't particularly like) or a rising up-and-comer.

Using older NBA drafts as an analogy, college kids were seen as safe and high school kids were a risk.  If a HS kid didn't make it or struggled in his first couple seasons, they'd say, "Well, he probably should have gone to college instead".  If the HS kid made it, he'd be considered exceptional.  The idea is that college experience would help.

It's the same thing with hiring a guy with zero college head coaching experience at a high level.  If someone is successful right away, they're exceptional.  If not, they probably should have started out a little lower.  I like how an Andy Enfield (former NBA & Florida State coach) starts out at a Florida Gulf Coast and will undoubtedly work his way up the food chain in the next few seasons.  I also notice that, for the most part, whenever a high-level school does make a rare move at chancing it with a zero-experience outsider, that coach will tend to struggle big time out of the gate (see Kellogg @ UMass, Mooney @ Richmond, or even a Drexler @ Houston).

I'm not against hiring a bcs assistant if that person happens to be the best applicant for the job.  No more than being against an old NBA team selecting a HS player for their draft pick over a college kid or international.  What I would be against is an NBA team deciding on restricting themselves to only picking a HS kid.  Why shortchange yourself by artificially decreasing your pool of candidates for a silly reason?  If Judy had a list including a Robert Morris head coach like a Mike Rice, or a Gregg Marshall @ Winthrop type of candidate (please, no Buzz), I'd be a little less critical of her hiring practice.  But when your list is EXCLUSIVELY bcs assistants and you know that a head coach would never even get an interview, I get pissed.

 
We have to take chances when we hire a coach.  That is where we are in the food chain.  There is nothing we can do to change this.


I hate this thinking.  We didn't have to take chances when we hire a coach.  We behaved as if a Jeff Mullens could be found at a dime-a-dozen and got burnt for it (at least for the first two years).  To say that it was our ONLY option is BS.
 
I am willing to take the chance, but if you cannot stomach the ride, get off.

 
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Reply #38 on: March 08, 2012, 07:10:12 pm
I believe some of our fans think that there is a list out there of available coaches who will work for $500k, win 23 games, and make it to the second round of the NCAAs annually, but Judy refuses to look at it.
You can include me as one of those fans.

I think for schools above the 'bracketbuster level', you either pick one of two options: promote a coach from within the organization or you hire a successful head coach from the outside - either a retread (which I don't particularly like) or a rising up-and-comer.

Using older NBA drafts as an analogy, college kids were seen as safe and high school kids were a risk.  If a HS kid didn't make it or struggled in his first couple seasons, they'd say, "Well, he probably should have gone to college instead".  If the HS kid made it, he'd be considered exceptional.  The idea is that college experience would help.

It's the same thing with hiring a guy with zero college head coaching experience at a high level.  If someone is successful right away, they're exceptional.  If not, they probably should have started out a little lower.  I like how an Andy Enfield (former NBA & Florida State coach) starts out at a Florida Gulf Coast and will undoubtedly work his way up the food chain in the next few seasons.  I also notice that, for the most part, whenever a high-level school does make a rare move at chancing it with a zero-experience outsider, that coach will tend to struggle big time out of the gate (see Kellogg @ UMass, Mooney @ Richmond, or even a Drexler @ Houston).

I'm not against hiring a bcs assistant if that person happens to be the best applicant for the job.  No more than being against an old NBA team selecting a HS player for their draft pick over a college kid or international.  What I would be against is an NBA team deciding on restricting themselves to only picking a HS kid.  Why shortchange yourself by artificially decreasing your pool of candidates for a silly reason?  If Judy had a list including a Robert Morris head coach like a Mike Rice, or a Gregg Marshall @ Winthrop type of candidate (please, no Buzz), I'd be a little less critical of her hiring practice.  But when your list is EXCLUSIVELY bcs assistants and you know that a head coach would never even get an interview, I get pissed.

 
We have to take chances when we hire a coach.  That is where we are in the food chain.  There is nothing we can do to change this.


I hate this thinking.  We didn't have to take chances when we hire a coach.  We behaved as if a Jeff Mullens could be found at a dime-a-dozen and got burnt for it (at least for the first two years).  To say that it was our ONLY option is BS.
 
I am willing to take the chance, but if you cannot stomach the ride, get off.

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Reply #39 on: March 08, 2012, 07:29:03 pm
I'm not against hiring a bcs assistant if that person happens to be the best applicant for the job.  No more than being against an old NBA team selecting a HS player for their draft pick over a college kid or international.  What I would be against is an NBA team deciding on restricting themselves to only picking a HS kid.  Why shortchange yourself by artificially decreasing your pool of candidates for a silly reason?  If Judy had a list including a Robert Morris head coach like a Mike Rice, or a Gregg Marshall @ Winthrop type of candidate (please, no Buzz), I'd be a little less critical of her hiring practice.  But when your list is EXCLUSIVELY bcs assistants and you know that a head coach would never even get an interview, I get pissed.
I agree that head coaches should be part of the consideration, but I disagree when Mike Rice and Gregg Marshall keep coming up in these discussions as potential candidates for the job at Charlotte. Mike Rice was holding out for a BCS job, and he got it along with a big payday. Do you really think he was taking the Charlotte job? Gregg Marshall had had only meager success at Wichita St. two years ago, but that doesn't really matter, it is very unlikely he would've left there anyway given their fan support and resources to pay him (he just got a contract extension through 2018 last year where he reportedly earns seven figures and turned down BCS offers to stay). Supposedly folks are skeptical he would even take the South Carolina job.
(Edit: I see now you said Marshall at Winthrop-type candidate. That might've made more sense when he was still available, but were there others out there like him that would've taken the job? Like who?)

Due to the more rapid turnover in coaching ranks, it is much harder to hire a known successful head coach from even smaller programs (like Robert Morris and Winthrop) because they will have big money opportunities. This means you have to take a chance on a head coach that hasn't had success yet, and that means a similar risk to hiring an assistant coach. You just don't know yet if they are capable of taking a team to the next level. 

The fact that we don't have that fan support and resources here is a different issue, though you could make a realistic case that mishandling of the basketball program is part of why it came to that (e.g. maybe if the coaching change had happened sooner, Gregg Marshall would've been a realistic candidate).
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Reply #40 on: March 08, 2012, 08:11:27 pm
When we fird Lutz, Marshall was making $750K or so at Wichita State. We couldn't afford him.
 
If you wish we had fired Lutz earlier, which I know there were many who did, realize that we would have been competing with that kind of salary even when he was looking to leave Winthrop.
 
I'm not arguing against your point that we should also consider HC's but I am at a loss for whom we could have pulled in our budget when we hired Major. I'm not trying to be a dick about it, I seriously cannot think of any - all the guys we talked about back then - Rice, Brownell, etc all went for big money to BCS schools. Could we have gotten Lebo or Dooley? Dooley was on our list. And Im sorry, but I am not upset that we missed out on Lebo...
 
I was pretty happy with the list we put together. Let's do a what if, since we're already playing that game - what if the Syracuse scandal had broken earlier and Hopkins decided to get the hell out of dodge. Almost nobody who has anything to say about him thinks he isnt a great HC candidate (which is why he was our first choice). But if he struggled out of the gate, even with his credentials, would you still be pissed?
 
BTW our last two coaches had no D1 head coaching experience.
 
In a perfect world, we have a $5Mil/yr budget and can get anyone we want. But that isnt reality. I think we went the value route and yes it backfired, but I still think our biggest problem isn't Major's occassional brain farts/inexperience, it's not having a full roster of players to play his style. We need 4 big wings and a stopper to play straight up man, and we cannot put that on the floor and maintain any potency in our offense. Lets solve that problem first and then evaluate Major.
 
I want to win as bad as you. I am not trying to give Major a free pass. I just didnt realize what a sea change we were making in terms of philosophy and how much we would have to remake the roster to get there. Maybe what you would have preferred is a coach that played a similar style to Lutz who could have won right away with Lutz's guys, including the gunners and the malcontents. That might have been possible, but I think we were looking for a different direction.


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Reply #41 on: March 08, 2012, 08:14:45 pm
We really missed the boat when we let LEBO get away.
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Reply #42 on: March 08, 2012, 08:27:24 pm
We really missed the boat when we let LEBO get away.

I concur. We did not missed the boat, we missed the "ship". ;D
 
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Reply #43 on: March 08, 2012, 08:27:43 pm
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Reply #44 on: March 08, 2012, 08:41:22 pm
I believe some of our fans think that there is a list out there of available coaches who will work for $500k, win 23 games, and make it to the second round of the NCAAs annually, but Judy refuses to look at it.
You can include me as one of those fans.

I think for schools above the 'bracketbuster level', you either pick one of two options: promote a coach from within the organization or you hire a successful head coach from the outside - either a retread (which I don't particularly like) or a rising up-and-comer.

Using older NBA drafts as an analogy, college kids were seen as safe and high school kids were a risk.  If a HS kid didn't make it or struggled in his first couple seasons, they'd say, "Well, he probably should have gone to college instead".  If the HS kid made it, he'd be considered exceptional.  The idea is that college experience would help.

It's the same thing with hiring a guy with zero college head coaching experience at a high level.  If someone is successful right away, they're exceptional.  If not, they probably should have started out a little lower.  I like how an Andy Enfield (former NBA & Florida State coach) starts out at a Florida Gulf Coast and will undoubtedly work his way up the food chain in the next few seasons.  I also notice that, for the most part, whenever a high-level school does make a rare move at chancing it with a zero-experience outsider, that coach will tend to struggle big time out of the gate (see Kellogg @ UMass, Mooney @ Richmond, or even a Drexler @ Houston).

I'm not against hiring a bcs assistant if that person happens to be the best applicant for the job.  No more than being against an old NBA team selecting a HS player for their draft pick over a college kid or international.  What I would be against is an NBA team deciding on restricting themselves to only picking a HS kid.  Why shortchange yourself by artificially decreasing your pool of candidates for a silly reason?  If Judy had a list including a Robert Morris head coach like a Mike Rice, or a Gregg Marshall @ Winthrop type of candidate (please, no Buzz), I'd be a little less critical of her hiring practice.  But when your list is EXCLUSIVELY bcs assistants and you know that a head coach would never even get an interview, I get pissed.

 
We have to take chances when we hire a coach.  That is where we are in the food chain.  There is nothing we can do to change this.


I hate this thinking.  We didn't have to take chances when we hire a coach.  We behaved as if a Jeff Mullens could be found at a dime-a-dozen and got burnt for it (at least for the first two years).  To say that it was our ONLY option is BS.
 
I am willing to take the chance, but if you cannot stomach the ride, get off.

Better than the 'get off if you don't like it' stuff which assumes the Niners should not reach, because we'll fail.


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Reply #45 on: March 08, 2012, 08:49:58 pm
For folks that want to hire coaches with good records as head coaches at "BCS" schools, there is an easy solution. Multiply your annual contribution to the 49er Club by a factor of 10. They'll be no legit excuses from the AD if we all do that.


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Reply #46 on: March 08, 2012, 09:07:22 pm
We really missed the boat when we let LEBO get away.

I concur. We did not missed the boat, we missed the "ship". ;D
 


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Reply #47 on: March 08, 2012, 09:24:26 pm
BTW our last two coaches had no D1 head coaching experience.

Watkins moved one spot down the bench when Mullens lefts.  Lutz moved one spot down the bench when Watkins left. 

My argument is that a complete outsider rebuilding an organization from scratch with no head coaching background is mostly unheard of at the higher levels of college basketball. 

I'd love to see a list of coaches from all the Acc, Big East, MWC, C-USA, A10  type of schools and see where everyone came from.  I would say that the list of promoted assitants is long.  I would say that the list of promoted low level head coaches is long.  C-USA schools would include some retreads. 

Zero experience outsiders?  My guess is that number is very small.  Like I said, I'd love to see a list.  Maybe I'm wrong but I doubt it.

From what I read, it's strongly implied that it was impossible for Charlotte to find a good head coach to rebuild the program.  Bullshit.

It's amazing to me that a Duquesne can hire a low level HC like Everhart or a La Salle can hire a low level HC like Giannini or a Fordham can hire a very successful CAA HC in Pecora.  Same thing with George Washington hiring a Mike Lornegan who had a really good Vermont HC tenure.  All guys who were supposed to rebuild struggling programs in a relatively competitive atmosphere.

Charlotte went the complete alternative route for every single one of it's bcs assistant candidates.  Not one single low level head coach.  You can't convince me that that's not all about the athletic director and taking a risky gamble for the sake of taking a risky gamble.  The AD's job is to do what's right for the school, not to prove to herself that she can find another Jeff Mullens.  The really sad thing is that a blind man familiar with Judy Rose could have seen the bcs assistant route coming.  I know I did.
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Reply #48 on: March 08, 2012, 09:35:11 pm
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Reply #49 on: March 08, 2012, 09:38:29 pm
I want to win as bad as you. I am not trying to give Major a free pass. I just didnt realize what a sea change we were making in terms of philosophy and how much we would have to remake the roster to get there. Maybe what you would have preferred is a coach that played a similar style to Lutz who could have won right away with Lutz's guys, including the gunners and the malcontents. That might have been possible, but I think we were looking for a different direction.
I have wondered lately if Major would've been better off in the long run if more of Lutz' guys had transferred out after he got hired. The team would've been worse in the short run (particularly if Braswell had left), but maybe better in the long run by avoiding the expectations and conflict.

Coaching changes usually lead to upheaval, disgruntled upperclassmen, and mass transfers when you don't hire in-house, particularly when the style is so different. We've had the first 2 for sure, but not the mass transfers (yet). In a lot of cases, the coaches coming in will actively run guys off to make more roster spots. Maybe Major would've been better off doing that last year when he still had more of a grace period, taking his lumps, but avoiding drama and bringing in more guys that fit his goals. As it is, if people on here are right and next year is the decision year (not a good idea in my view, but maybe that's what the AD is thinking), then I don't think Major made the best choice in going for an easier but more delayed transition.


 

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