McDermott doesn't have to win the Big12 to buy more time- just making post season and finishing in the top half of the Big12 will help his case
Hopefully McD is using Chad Ford as CB's indicator
He also made an interesting point, if MT had stayed and played, we almost certainly would have had more success, and that success might have altered WJ's decision, which in turn could have meant more wins this year. And all he had to do was ignore his principles and beliefs, (my words not his).
He also said that he must have missed some pretty obvious signs from WJ, and that he realizes now that he and his staff need to watch more closely for the tell-tale signs of unhappiness and disgruntledness, (also my word), and deal with those incidents better.
McD did say that he underestimated how different the recruiting process would be at the mid-major level to the level of one of the premier conferences in the country, and that the margin for error is a lot smaller and shows up much faster if you do indeed miss on a player.
He made the point that in the beginning, because of atrition and sanctions, we were down to four scholarship players for the foundation of the program. Take away the best player the next two years, and it's no wonder we've struggled, (my words).
He also said that JP hired him in part because he knew that he had a vision for building a successful basketball program that would remain successful over the long term, which is what I, for one, think is the right way to do things.
Finally, to the poster of the above quote, there is a huge difference between losing and failure. At this point in coach McDermott's career, I think it's premature and very unfair to call our team a failure. Through all this mess, McD has not let his players give up or turn on each other, the younger players seem to be improving, and we're adding high-quality players in the years to come. A lack of any one of these, and I might start to worry, but not now.
I liken the situation he's in to repairing/rebuilding a bridge. Sometimes a bridge is fine with some minor alterations and cosmetic repairs, and sometimes, the bridge needs to be blown up and rebuilt from scratch, taking a lot more time and manpower. Unfortunately, our bridge/team was a total mess, and we had to tear it down to build it back up. Greg McDermott was hired to do a job, now please, back the hell off and let him do it.
:confused:Finally, I don't think that anything posted on CF or other message boards and/or blogs will ultimately determine whether or not we sign a top caliber player, but I'm also not naive enough to believe that they don't ever read this stuff, either. Why can't some of you crumbs lighten up a little, and save the negative crap for your backyard where your one friend will gladly listen to it.:confused:
Lastly, in that other thread it was broken into quartiles because there is a big difference between the 3rd quartile and the 4th quartile in a conference like the Big 8 / Big 12 (even though both are "bottom half").
You finish at the top of the 3rd quartile in the Big 8 / Big 12 and you are likely an NCAA bubble team / NIT team in most years. You finish in the 4th quartile and you are staying home (no post season). McDermott has been bottom quartile 2 of 3 years (likely).
It is good to see he has identified some of his weaknesses relative to past recruiting and player relations/retention at ISU. I hope he is able to correct these issues.
I think where some of us disagree (I for one certainly do) is with the assessment that the program needed to be "blown up". I'm sorry, but I just do not believe that to be the case. In fact, had McDermott done a better job of keeping the talent he took over on the team when he came aboard as opposed to just letting it walk, I think his first couple of seasons would have been hugely successful. That is often the case when a coaching change is made where you replace a top recruiter who can get talent with a better X&O guy that can game plan and coach on the floor (I have used when Davis took over from Raveling at Iowa as a great example but there are others).
Finally, if anyone needs to "lighten up" a bit...it is you.