Outlook for next year just isn't good, unless we see some sort of drastic change start to take place this season.
So if McD has another year of what we are experiencing, Pollard will have the job of removing him and finding someone else, should he chose to stick with McD the shareholders or fans will remove Pollard and the new AD will remove McD.
So the ******* and moaning has to happen before change does!
Brackins and Gilstrap leave for the draft at the end of this season. At least one player transfers. We bring in two jucos late this spring. We finish 2-6 games below .500, 10th-12th in conference. Attendance drops. McDermott and Pollard negotiate a buy-out after the season, probably in the $2-3M range. We miss on our first two coaches and hire a mid-major coach with little name recognition. We'll have had a chance at a big name but Pollard will balk at the price tag and won't even interview him. That coach ends up getting hired somewhere else and leads his team to a 21-10 record his first season. Iowa State sees marginal improvement, moving up to 9th in conference, finishing with a 17-14 record, but no postseason invite.
Pretty bleak, I know. But I haven't seen anything in the last 3 years that indicates it'll be any better next year. We'll finally get rid of McD, but whiff on our next hire as well.
15-15 with a possible tournament win against Nebraska.
GMAC won't get fired and we will lose what little talent we have. IF you think Iowa is horrible this year you better pay close attention because we may be even worse then that next year.
Look at our FB team this year, not a ton of complaining generally. Yes fans were upset about the KU and K-State games, but most of us are pleased with the progress the team made and notably - the consistent effort we got from them.
Show up and play hard, the fans will support. This is not a fan problem.
So, what is your prediction for the team? The original post did not ask what the prediction was for the fans.
I think it depends on what happens the rest of this year.
if we finish 4-12 in conf look for a meltdown and it's back to square one.
I see us righting the ship and being competitive the rest of the season.
6-10 or 7-9 and an NIT bid.
If Colvin stays we have parts to build the future around.
A variety of post options
Hamilton has shown steady improvement
Dendy very athletic garbage man which is huge for this team
JVB a shooter
Railey athletic freshman
hopefully add a offensive JUCO low post scorer
Hopefully Gilstrap a chance to be the undisputed #1 option
plus young athletic furures w/ Ejim, Oliver and Cook the follwing year
hopefully 2 productive Juniors and maybe a little Colvin mixed
a 4 year starter, our future (I like Buckley but I don't see him returning if Colvin does)
I guess my point is we should have enough talent to compete
even without Brackins and Gilstrap so with good chemistry we need to
make the tourney. 9 or 10 wins in conference.
Gilstrap will probably go pro age and injuries
Brackins will probably leave
Colvin will go to Illinois if they take him
Hope is on short order right now