Here are my 2 concerns - depleted roster, troubled coaching staff
If McD stays, I think we're 20 wins +/- 3 with the late recruiting and assistant changes.
First, lets think about timing. And on that, all I want to say is, it's not exactly prime time to weather a coaching change. Anyone that disagrees with that can take their frackin head out of their *** or admit their love for the hawks. That means available recruits are bare bones, available coaches are skim pickings.
Now, if McD leaves, lets think about this. New head coach - will he want to get stuck with the baggage (assistant coaches) of the old regime? Heck, we've discussed this on CF before, I'm sure someone can go back a few years and dig up threads discussing "head coach = new assistants?" if everyone is too ignorant to remember. But due to the lovely timing, we're (un?)fortunate to probably end up with 1 or 2 same assistant coaches (shouldn't even have to guess who). In fact, one of them may end up the HC due to lack of any other feasible option. End result is likely a complete staff of unproven newbies (to their current titles at least) likely with some amount of animosity towards each other due to lingering coaching change environment.
IN OTHER WORDS: I think it will be 2 more years before we get a working coaching staff. When we fire all assistants due to lack of success. And the head coach finally gets to hire his guys at a time when promising options are available.
Now to the roster... again anyone that thinks we don't have a depleted roster, come on, wtf. So with it established that we have a depleted roster... Recent ISU history has proven coaching changes result in player turnover. See Wayne Morgan's firing for worst case (yea, blame it on McD -- the players had what, literally 0 one-on-one with McD, probably <1 hr of time as a team being addressed by McD to say Hi, I'm the new coach, with tons and tons of media hyping McD as the next coming of Naismith leading us to NCAA tourny after tourny - and they still leave?). What recruits are still available to replace anything we've lost? Or to provide any new skill sets the new coaching staff wants? How many recent commits follow McD and friends to greener pastures? If we suck it up this upcoming year, how hard will it be to get decent recruits?
OVERALL I think we end up with an even more depleted roster, and no bench to speak of.
In the end, I'm thinking 10 wins with a new coaching staff for the next 2 years. CF will already be trying to chase the new administration out of town, there'll be a shake up, we'll hit 15 wins matching McD in yrs 3 and 4, and CF will probably have lead the community to alienate the new staff by then cursing any potential to succeed.
How much time have you spent in Wyoming?
Looking forward to CFH magic for the next bball season, Georges style.
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