The root of the problem is the fact that coach has missed on so many other recruits.
Excellent point. It's not like there are hundreds of other coaches out there recruiting also.
"Hey top-ten high school senior (junior/sophomore) prospect -- I think I'd like you to play for me! Your only other choice is to pay your own way to college and never play basketball again."
(Edit -- I am equally confused by people who look at the "quality" of recruits that we are "trying for" and somehow thinking that's great when we never actually land many or any of these "better quality" recruits.)
I don't know -- I will say that I expected a nice uptick in recruiting from the general buzz created with a coaching hire -- and at the time I though McD and UNI had enough national buzz to get the recruiting spike.
I'm very happy with a number of the recruits that have actually played for ISU. I'm happy with the development of many of the players and our team. I'm not happy with our record nor our retention of players.
I do see hope for the future -- and I see some really nice recruits lined up with some awesome recruits in the "possible" mix. If we happen to throw in a Brackins' junior season with no players leaving -- then I expect to be a bubble team and will begin to doubt McD if we're not in the hunt. If Brackins leaves for the NBA, then I'll expect a similar record as this year -- and expect individual/team improvement -- and hope for a couple more conference wins -- especially early (and on the road) so we don't feel like a bottom feeder when really we just played all the best teams early in the conference season. Of course, I'm still hoping to beat Tech and Nebraska this season . . .
Last edited by TedKumsher; 03-02-2009 at 02:01 PM.
May my postings be polite and not misunderstood. (And hopefully funny on occasion.)
I think he might have meant that WJ himself was not in position to be a "face of a program," a "leader" if you will. We, and Mac of course, thought/hoped differently.
Exactly so ---- WJ could not handle the pressure/responsibilities/scrutiny of being "the guy". CB, at least publically, has shown to have broader shoulders and much more capable of being the true leader of this team.
Not necessarily, but I am much happier in year three of McDermott than I was in year three of Morgan, for many reasons.
If you have a backcourt of Blalock and Stinson playing each night, there is NO EXCUSS for going 6-10 in conference play, IMO.
They didn't have a front line that year. Marsden was the main man. Yeah I know guards are super important in the college game, but as good as they were, they were limited from not having enough talent or experience in the front line.
I like a coach that can put aside his ego and admit fault. As a fan, understanding that the coach realizes his staff's shortcomings and admitting responsibility for the outcome is a breath of fresh-air.
This helps with my concerns. I'm glad to see Greg is learning and knows that the status quo of the past is not going to get it done. This shows me Greg is pretty intelligent and can adapt and become successful. (Willing to change if the current results are not acceptable)
Still not sure until it happens... but Greg's comments ease some of my concerns.
And herein lies the problem. Fans who were unhappy with a NO EXCUSE 6-10........but satisfied with a PLETHORA OF EXCUSES 3-11.
For the 112,873rd time...the two situations in which they took over were completely different...I would've wanted Morgan around longer than three years too despite going 6-10 in year 3 if...1) His teams gave a consistant effort...2) His teams played with some sort of discipline 3) his teams didn't constantly whine and talk trash on the court 4) players were required to practice everyday, show up to practice on time everyday, and travel with the team from all road games...
All content owned by CycloneFanatic.com - All rights reserved 2005-09. By viewing this website you agree to the Terms of Service, Site Rules and Legal Disclaimer. The words, views, images and opinions expressed or provided by users do not reflect the opinions or views of CycloneFanatic.com or Iowa State University. The names, words, symbols, and graphics representing Iowa State University are trademarks and copyrights of the University protected by the trademark and copyright laws of the United States of America and other countries and are used on this web site under license from the University. Original site design, premise & construction by Jeremy Lind.