Good for Wayne. He leaves his legacy at ISU with all winning seasons, 4 post season wins, and the best winning percentage against ranked teams by any coach in ISU history as opposed to no winning seasons, no post season appearances, and the worst winning percentage against ranked teams of any coach in ISU basketball history. Yet some still bash Wayne as a coach. Weird.
Congratulations Wayne. Those are some nice accomplishments. He also took ISU to an NIT Final 4 and an NCAA Tournament birth in 3 years.
But I thought he was perfectly happy running his satellite business into the ground, was too old to take another coaching job, didn't want to move because of his special needs child, was only going to accept a job if a major program came calling...
congrats to WAYNE!
sure his coaching style was a little "street Ballish" but hey we won games because of it, we got to the dance, we got to the NIT final 4. We got the athletes here and HITLON MAGIC was there, remember the Virginia game? wow HC was rocking, Rashon Clark dunk. AWESOME
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I'd agree that GMac struggled in part to the hole that WM dug him. But I don't believe that the "attitude" of the players and program had anything to do with the problems. Four years should have been plenty of time to dig out of any hole. Good luck to WM.
congrats to coach morgan.i think wayne if given the chance to continue coaching at iowa state that he would have done a better job than our former coach dud mcdermott.
thank the lord coach dud found a job at creighton.that guy really left a bad taste in my mouth.what a big squirrel!!!!!!!
In the defense of some (I left the kid out) that excuse was brought up when the question was always posed "Why isn't Wayne coaching if he was good." I don't hate Wayne, I just didn't think he was a great coach. When it was brought up before I believe it was a fair play in this case. Also, it wasn't a harsh comment. It was factual and has merit.
Did the program improve under his direction? No, it didn't.
I think one can make a very strong argument that in the short-term he did. For as much as the LE lovers like to tell the rest of us that he is the single greatest coach in the history of college basketball, the FACT is he went 9-23 in the Big 12 conference his last two seasons at Iowa State and had one NIT win to his credit in the postseason those years. It is FACT that WM went 16-16 in the Big 12 conference his first two seasons, won road games at some very tough places to win, and went to the NIT Final 4 and won an NCAA tournament game.
I don't know if WM would have been great in the long-term at ISU or if he would ever have gotten us a #2 seed, but compared to LE's last two seasons how can it be objectively argued that he didn't improve the program?
Good for Wayne. Given the situation he was hired into, I was very pleased with his teams at ISU. I'd love to have had those types of seasons and wins again given what the program has suffered through the past 4 years! Hopefully better days are ahead!!
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