1. Wes gets hurt and the injury is misdiagnosed.
2. Having been cleared to play, but still not healthy coach offers a redshirt.
3. Wes, knowing he wants to transfer at the end of the season because he doesn't like playing in McD's offense, declines the redshirt and plays injured to preserve the transfer option.
4. Wes transfers and lies about why he transferred.
If you want to criticize coach, talk about point #3 (which is legitamite, he's not done a good job of managing good players)......otherwise I don't think coach is to blame.
I don't think I said anything in my post that would suggest anything different than what you just said. I don't know which of my points you are trying to counter.
I will clarify what I was saying however:
1) The article says that an assistant wanted Wes to commit on the spot because Wes is such a great player.
2)The article then says that Boheim wanted Wes to take his other visits before committing because he isn't the type of coach that will pressure a player to commit on the spot, but wants him to look at all of the options and make an informed decision.
These two quotes are exact opposites and both cannot be true unless:
A) Boheim and his staff are not on the same page (unlikely)
B) The article is (or people being quoted in the article are) not telling the truth which results in two contradicitiong quotes. One first talks up how great Wes is, then a second one that talks up how great Syracuse is. This is likely the case as it's written on Syracuse.com. Might as well make up quotes to talk about how great your players are and program is?
These kids get great medical care. If I had the chance to drop my health insurance and get the care they get I'd do it right away.
Give me an f'n break. As you stated, there was obviously other things going on behind the scenes and WJ chose to go back home to make these decisions.
Actually there is a C which I think is your answer.
C) The assistant knows that this is a talented player, and thinks that he would be a great addition to the team (which has turned out to be the truth).
Then you have a successful veteran coach who is secure in himself and his job. He has been a coach for a long time, and has been through every imaginable scenario. He also is past the point of kissing a kid's ***, especially one that is transferring from another school. IF this kid is going to play here, then he needs to commit totally. SO he said if you want to look elsewhere, then by all means do it. If you come back, I will know that you want to be here, and I won't have to deal with any ********.
Maybe you should send a million dollar player to Mayo early and bit the bullet. My travels around the country tells me that you may think you have better medical care than you really have available. I experienced a medical problem in waterloo Iowa when I was young and it took years to find the solution.
I just think this whole thing was mis-handled. Obviously, WJ was injured. In the last 10 games that season, he only averaged 9.8 points and 4.6 rebounds. Plus, there were a couple of back-to-back games where he must have really been hurting because he only played 14 and 16 minutes. Something had to be wrong. Just seems to me like it was not handled well at all. Plus, look at things since then. With the player transfers, defections, and other player problems, it seems to me that there has to be questions about how this coaching staff handles players.
WJ had the opportunity and the resources to get as much medical care as he wanted while at ISU. It's up to the player to continue to inform the coaching and medical staff from there. He chose to go a different direction after the season.
When you have people giving comments to the article like this:
"McDermott sounds like an idiot. And the team physician at Iowa State is a doofus for failing to properly evaluate the injury. Perhaps, though, they are not familiar with catscans and mri's, with and without contrast out in Iowa."
"Man the kid said he was in pain, if I were his family I would have seriously yelled at the Iowa State coach and his inept medical staff!!!"
I have friends who say the same thing and they aren't even from the midwest. They ask me almost every game we lose why our coach sucks so much. The general public's view of our program isn't very high right now.