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1 hour ago, shadow_operative said:

as banged up as they are, it would be awesome if arkansas could keep on sliding and if their fans can get even a little bit restless with musselman. we offer him double his salary to move to Austin and take over at the moody center, and he has to think about it, right? i'm grasping at straws here, sure, but dreams are all i have right now. let a man dream.

He's made two Elite Eights in a row after they've been wandering in a really dry desert for a long long time. Much longer than us. Before Musselman, the last time they made the Sweet 16 was in '96 (and that was as a #12 seed). That was 5 coaches ago. As Charlton Heston would say, we'll have to pry Musselman from their cold dead hands. 

I'm not ruling anything out, whether I'm surprised in a good way or a bad way. But it won't be because Arkansas fans suddenly become less enamored with their head coach. They know they've struck gold. 

I'll patiently wait until after the season. We're going to hear so many bullshit rumors until then, with no one knowing what the fuck is going on. Kirk Bohls' article being the latest. What a fucking tool. 

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21 hours ago, Js1 said:

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He had a 6 season resume - CBI championship, F4, 2nd round, 2nd round, 1st round, 1st round.  Never won the A-10 or CAA regular season and only won the conference tournament twice. 

The signs were there. He was also hired by a complete moron. 

Yup. Shaka made that FF which was a big deal, but his overall success at VCU was probably less than the coaches there that preceded him.

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37 minutes ago, hobbes2702 said:

Yup. Shaka made that FF which was a big deal, but his overall success at VCU was probably less than the coaches there that preceded him.

 

not like i am some huge Shaka fan, but that isn't the case at VCU success wise.

he has the 2nd highest win% in VCU history and they had 4 NCAA appearances from 85 to 09 when he started, then he had 5 in 6 years.

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anthony grant, jeff capel, and will wade were all equal/better coaches at VCU, and all three won conference titles, something shaka never did despite coaching there for twice as long as those guys. shaka also had more talent than those guys, including one team that had three future nba players on it that, again, couldn't win the league. VCU's basketball success more or less remained the same no matter who was coaching over that 12 year period, again, with the exception being that they never won the league during shaka's six years there.

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18 minutes ago, NoName said:

they had 4 NCAA appearances from 85 to 09 when he started

Yeah and 3 of those were in the 6 seasons before he showed up. 

One of Shaka's appearances was a round of 68 first-four fwiw. 

He also never won the A10. Despite VCU winning it 4 times in the prior 6 seasons and twice in the first 4 seasons after he left. 

So, yes, he's the best coach they've ever had (at least - he's had the best tourney results) but his overall results were fairly similar to some of the guys before and after him. 

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1 minute ago, shadow_operative said:

VCU's basketball success more or less remained the same no matter who was coaching over that 12 year period, again, with the exception being that they never won the league during shaka's six years there.

I mean the FF run is the other exception. We can't pretend like that didn't happen - as much of an outlier as it's proven to be. 

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1 minute ago, ztejas said:

I mean the FF run is the other exception. We can't pretend like that didn't happen - as much of an outlier as it's proven to be. 

It happened. It was the most special thing he did at VCU and his entire career, period.  It likely won't ever happen again for him. 

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10 minutes ago, ztejas said:

I mean the FF run is the other exception. We can't pretend like that didn't happen - as much of an outlier as it's proven to be. 

that's true, although it's important to point out that the 2011 VCU team was universally decried as the worst team to ever be allowed into the tournament, and for good reason. VCU finished *fourth* in the Atlantic 10, did not win their conference tourney, and was ranked #84 by kenpom when given their at large bid. and it's not like they were getting hot at the right time either. here's how they finished the season:

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it was absolute horse shit that the 2011 VCU team was given an at large bid. still to this day the worst team ever given an at large bid, despite the ensuing miracle run to the final four. it's truly amazing to think how different shaka's career path would be had that team not been absolutely gifted a tourney spot. 

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11 minutes ago, shadow_operative said:

that's true, although it's important to point out that the 2011 VCU team was universally decried as the worst team to ever be allowed into the tournament, and for good reason. VCU finished *fourth* in the Atlantic 10, did not win their conference tourney, and was ranked #84 by kenpom when given their at large bid. and it's not like they were getting hot at the right time either. here's how they finished the season:

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it was absolute horse shit that the 2011 VCU team was given an at large bid. still to this day the worst team ever given an at large bid, despite the ensuing miracle run to the final four. it's truly amazing to think how different shaka's career path would be had that team not been absolutely gifted a tourney spot. 

Totally forgot about that. 

What a hilarious career he's had. 

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11 minutes ago, shadow_operative said:

that's true, although it's important to point out that the 2011 VCU team was universally decried as the worst team to ever be allowed into the tournament, and for good reason. VCU finished *fourth* in the Atlantic 10, did not win their conference tourney, and was ranked #84 by kenpom when given their at large bid. and it's not like they were getting hot at the right time either. here's how they finished the season:

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it was absolute horse shit that the 2011 VCU team was given an at large bid. still to this day the worst team ever given an at large bid, despite the ensuing miracle run to the final four. it's truly amazing to think how different shaka's career path would be had that team not been absolutely gifted a tourney spot. 

can no longer edit, but they did not finish 4th in the A-10 that year, they finished fourth in the Colonial Athletic Association. seriously, what kind of mystical forces were in play that led to that team first being let into the tourney and then going on a run like that? it makes absolutely zero sense. just baffling.

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On 1/19/2023 at 4:35 PM, Pancho said:

I don’t know that we will be competing with Notre Dame for a corch, but that is a good job.

It's definitely a decent job. But they won't pay what Texas will, and they'll have some limitations on who the head coach can recruit academically. Transfers will be tougher to get in, too, and the NIL program for basketball isn't as robust. 

I'm not arguing with you. You already said, "I don't know that we will be competing with Notre Dame for a coach...." Just clarifying in basic ways why the Texas job is better. Regardless of history or anything else, Notre Dame hasn't been willing to compromise as much to compete in sports overall as much as Texas has been willing to. 

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On 1/19/2023 at 1:54 PM, shadow_operative said:

shaka owes his entire life to the 2011 tournament committee. he really does. he's one of the luckiest people alive to be where he is. failing upwards for more than a decade now.

 

Is Marquette falling upwards? Because I don't think it is. It's still a pretty impressive job given his resume over the past 6 years, that's for sure. 

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On 1/19/2023 at 1:56 PM, Hermanator said:

I guess it's fitting you bastards are arguing over Shaka yet again since that's the level of basketball we're on the way back to watching

Depends on who they get.

One thing I know is that Shaka Smart is gone. If the next guy performs at that level, he'll be gone, too. Hopefully he doesn't perform at that level. It could go either way. I'm excited to see who we get. 

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3 hours ago, SL Xpress said:

Depends on who they get.

One thing I know is that Shaka Smart is gone. If the next guy performs at that level, he'll be gone, too. Hopefully he doesn't perform at that level. It could go either way. I'm excited to see who we get. 

We don't exactly have a track record of greatness in that area. I'll believe we find a coach who has a chance at delivering a title when I see it. I'm just not optimistic we'll find a fit who can get it done. We never get that lucky 

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3 hours ago, Hermanator said:

We don't exactly have a track record of greatness in that area. I'll believe we find a coach who has a chance at delivering a title when I see it. I'm just not optimistic we'll find a fit who can get it done. We never get that lucky 

 

There has never been the investment in men's basketball that exists today. Never. What you see as a lack of greatness, I see as a steady rise in improvement. From Abe Lemons, and then the horrible stretch under Bob Wetlich, to Tom Penders, to Rick Barnes, to the horrible stretch under Smart, to what looked like it was going to be the golden fairy land of basketball Valhalla under Beard. It didn't work out that way, but it's not because of incompetence with the hiring process or the support given.

I have no idea if the next guy will be the right guy. It's a fucking roulette wheel in many respects, especially when all that's going to be satisfying ultimately is a Hall of Fame level, top ten in the country type of guy. What I can say is that the program has never been in a better position to hire that guy than they are right now, nor have they ever been in a better position to give him the support necessary to win at the highest level.

What I can tell you is that if he doesn't work out, they try someone new. Same as everyone else. Same as North Carolina with Doherty. Same as Kentucky with the end of Hall's reign, the firing of Sutton, the dismissal of Smith, and the disaster of Gillispie. Same as UCLA with their list. It's hard to find the right guy. The only ones with the secret sauce right now is Kansas, who is now on their third Hall of Fame hire in a row. 

There's no magic eight ball. You do the best you can and hope for the best. But UT has done an outstanding job of putting an infrastructure in place in virtually every way that matters to help the men's basketball team to succeed. Let's see who they get, and how they do. I'm not ready to write the next guy off until I see what kind of product he puts on the court.

I remember last year on this board there were a multitude of complaints about Beard's team, his approach, and the results. All I saw was a crazy bright future. I'd like to have that feeling again. Without a doubt it's possible, regardless of how likely or unlikely it remains.

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37 minutes ago, Pancho said:

Oooffff

Gerry with a hypothetical “what would Terry have to do for you to want him to stay” thread on IT 

 

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Message board fodder when we are top of the Big 12 before we hit the brick wall part of our schedule. 

CDC doesn’t leak and Gerry knows nothing. Must mean Rodney is a talker to the media and they love that access. I’m sure Rodney remembers most of these jackasses from his first tenure in Austin and how they’d sell their wife and kids for a story 

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