I think we all know it is not an "overnight" job but how long do you think it should take at ISU...4 years, 8 years, 12 years...what is your idea of a reasonable time frame?
I think the ISU fan base is one of the most patient, understanding, and least demanding in all of major college sports.
I think GM can be given credit for two very good players at ISU...WJ and CB. Both of those kids are very talented and made very solid contributions to ISU.
Past that, there is a laundry list of kids that were very short-timers at ISU or appear not to be talented enough to contribute at the Big 12 level.
So he has gotten a couple of kids that are all Big 12 caliber but he really hasn't surrounded them with the next level of guys that can be solid contributors at the Big 12 level but are never going to be considered top tier Big 12 players.
We seem to have had a bunch of guys that appear to just not be at the Big 12 level...some have left and some are sitting on our bench...and the real problem...some of them actually played this year.
I understand that we have some kids that are supposed to be good coming in...let's wait and see before we put the crowns on their heads. I also understand that we have some kids on the roster we hope will "develop"...unfortunately, in a league like the Big 12 if you have too many projects on the roster you will be a doormat.
We need more attitude.
I attended a game early in the season, before the Big XII season began, with SeattleClone, and I was very surprised with the apparent disparity in physical development of the players.
We were so small and just looked liked we couldn't fight our way out of a paper bag.
I think SeattleClone would remember that we talked about it at the time.
I thought back to the games I had seen in Hilton with Fizer, Pratt, Tinsley, Blalock, Horton, Stinson, Cato, ....... heck, even little J.C. Holliway was cut and could run all day and night.
I do realize some of the aforementioned players were older than the current players, ...... but nonetheless I was really taken aback when I saw the team early in the season, compared to what I remember, with regard to our physical stature.
Didnt GMAC say after the last game that he underestimated the caliber of player needed in the BXII? Maybe he was a little slow on the uptake but I think with what he has coming in we will be in better shape next year and years to come.
And truth be told, this team would have been far more athletic had WJ stuck around.
Does look like there's a drastic upgrade, doesn't it? :biggrin:Quote:
Maybe he was a little slow on the uptake but I think with what he has coming in we will be in better shape next year and years to come.
Right now I'm thinking that the 2010 Class (which will likely have it's final commits over the next nine months) will be laying the groundwork for the future of the program. Adding one or two more players the level of Colvin and Gilstrap to Kadma and Dykstra, and we're getting to where everyone wants us to be. :yes:
Exactly what does Erik Crawford do for the program?? I don't see him listed as an assistant, and he can't be a third-year graduate assistant. All I see him do is walk around sluggishly with a clipboard near the scorers table during time-outs. Hopefully he's not getting paid to be lethargic. He doesn't seem to bring much to the table or be a factor.