Completely agree with this. I wonder if K will think the same...Quin Snyder is by far the best of the Coach K tree IMO. The last 5-6 years he's been one of the best coaches in the NBA at maximizing his talent. He was probably way too young and inexperienced when got his first college HC job at Missouri. He could be an interesting candidate down the road for some major jobs if he has any desire to return to college.
On the open market this would have to be the biggest example ever of "don't be the guy to follow the legend". If you're a big name coach or a stock riser that were to be interested in that job whenever K calls it quits, it would be much better to let a Coach K lackey follow him and flame out within a few years before stepping in.If you’re Duke, you have to give Coach K the opportunity to pick his successor, if he wants it. He is Duke Basketball, so he’s owed that.
Agreed. As a Buckeye fan this made me smile.Bad look for IU basketball to let word get out that they inquired about Holtmann this week, and he declined interest in the gig. How ironic that they could have had him the first time around, and chose Archie instead. Yikes.
I can't believe somebody dropped $10 million to fire a coach for this...but with a very good staff this could possibly work.Terrible hire. You’re hiring a 63 yr old who has never had to recruit. This is going to be a disaster
The fan base is probably both the best and the worst part of this job IMO. IU has few bright spots of relevancy over the last 20+ years, and at this point I don't think there's much patience for anyone to try to rebuild something legitimate.I heard a good take on realistic expectations for IU basketball in 2021. It was roughly opining that fans of the program are still living in 1985, and the fact that they ever thought that Brad Stevens would actually consider leaving the Boston Celtics for Indiana should tell you something. That and their most recent relevant talking point is still the tale of Watford’s buzzer-beater against Kentucky back in like 2011.
That part makes perfect sense. Power brokers dreaming of the glory days of Bobby Knight were interested in a former star from yesteryear, and since Scott Dolson likes being employed, he went along with them.The Woodson as Head Coach and Matta as Associate AD of Basketball will be interesting to say the least. Other than the guys an IU Alum, this really makes no sense. Personally think this AD is somewhat going along with the 2 Boosters putting up the BIG $$$!
Agree with most of this. Been a number of yrs since IU been a College Basketball Blue Blood though.There’s some real cognitive dissonance playing out on Twitter. Of course all of the ex players are going to publicly loud this hire, as informal Ambassadors of the Program, they should. However, being an impartial observers, there’s a lot of red flags. I hope it works out, bc College Basketball is better when the Blue Bloods are good.
I think Blue Blood Status is hard to lose once you achieve it. IMO the only Blue Bloods are: UK, IU, UNC, Kansas, UCLA, and Duke. In order to lose that Blue Blood Status you would have to be just awful for 20 yrs. And while IU hasn’t had much success the last 20 yrs, they haven’t been awful.Agree with most of this. Been a number of yrs since IU been a College Basketball Blue Blood though.
I think Lville was hurt by not being in a major conference for many years.I'm sure many won't agree with this, but IMO Louisville is on par with Indiana historically if not above them, and I wouldn't consider them a Blueblood program. Less titles than the Hoosiers, but more all-time wins, better winning percentage, and more Final Fours.
Indiana basketball was Bob Knight. I think there's still enormous potential there, but it's just that until somebody actually achieves something with it.
I think many were kind of disappointed, wanted a bigger splash, but you can only get what you can get. Obviously Stevens wasn't interested and many of the other current college coaching candidates had their plusses and minuses. Thinking about it a little though, I'm good with this hire.Sound like it's going to be Mike Woodson, and they'll be bringing Thad Matta in as "associate AD for men's basketball administration", i.e., he's not going to be in one of the three countable on-the-court every day assistant positions, but he's going to be tasked with teaching and mentoring the NBA guy on how to be a college coach, as well as with trying to give this new regime some legitimacy with recruits when they get them on campus.
Thad in a non-coaching admin role is a good start, but this is going to need to have a really strong three man assistant staff, i.e. Fife from Michigan State, a more recent Hoosier stud/pro (Cheaney or Guyton), and probably someone who has been a mid-major or D2 coach in Indiana (with some success) that has a lot of in-state recruiting connections.
No doubt the expectations are high at Indiana, and that's fine. You have to aim high to sustain greatness. The program wasn't too awful until Kelvin Sampson came in and burnt us down in about 2007-2008. It took Tom Crean 4-5 years to finally build us up from the ground up. There was no transfer portal back then and you had to build one brick at a time. Fortunatley, the developments of Oladipo, Watford, the recruiting of Zeller, Hulls, Yogi brought us back. IU has won two outright big ten titles the last decade, certainly not our standard, but it's not like we've been Rutgers the last 20 years.The fan base is probably both the best and the worst part of this job IMO. IU has few bright spots of relevancy over the last 20+ years, and at this point I don't think there's much patience for anyone to try to rebuild something legitimate.
My guess is now that they'll eat one of their own if he's slow out of the gates and isn't a world-beater in the first 2-3 years.
I wonder if you'll see them hit the transfer portal hard. Recruiting seems to have been a big struggle for the guys that have been NBA guys transitioning to the college game, and it's why most of them haven't worked out. It hasn't been an X's and O's problem as the college game has been transitioning into more of a pro style, and whether people believe it or not, in most cases there's more in-game coaching and adjustments going on in the pros than in college. I think Woodson will be fine there.I think many were kind of disappointed, wanted a bigger splash, but you can only get what you can get. Obviously Stevens wasn't interested and many of the other current college coaching candidates had their plusses and minuses. Thinking about it a little though, I'm good with this hire.
- an Indiana guy - this can be debated, but since Knight's firing, the administration has been running from Indiana guys. 21 years is enough.
-Woodson has a long NBA career - today, when you recruit big time players, they want a path to the league, and I don't know many who has as many contacts or more respected in the NBA than Woodson
- You will see an NBA style offense at Indiana. This will mean we need NBA type offensive players. Some may cringe at that notion, but that's what big time D1 basketball has become. You can't do 15 passes and shoot at the end of the shot clock. You need multiple guys who can dribble drive and either finish or dish for open 3's.
-I think you'll see an exciting style of basketball at Assembly Hall
-The transfer portal makes its possibly to turn things around quickly. There will be approxmately 1,000 kids in the transfer portal. It's going to be like a huge re-recruiting period the next few months, and IU can put a competitive team together quickly. This doesn't have to be a 3-4 year process.
Now we'll only be able to judge Mike Woodson in a few years to see if he's got IU in the top of the big ten, making sweet 16/ final four apperances and we'll make our judgement then. For the detractors, we're a heck of alot better off today, than we were a month ago.
I think Thad Matta is going to be huge in this. I'm excited!