Totally agree - Whitman pulled a rabbit out of a hat in hiring Lovie. Just because it may not work out doesn't mean he didn't make the right decision at the time; even world class poker players lose a lot of hands. At the same time, you can't deny that Fleck has so far done a great job at Minny. It may not last, but so far the results are very goodI can understand trustees not supporting Beckman because even at the time that hire was questionable at best. I also see why they would want to hire a black coach because that could give us a competitive advantage all things considered. It seems a little ridiculous for some trustees to only approve a black coach regardless of qualification though (a nfl RB coach doesn't exactly make you qualified to be HC at a P5).
With that being said at the time lovie Smith was a homerun hire and I would have picked him every day of the week over pj fleck or any other up and coming coach during that time. Whitman made the right hires, unfortunately it didn't turn out exactly how we all wanted it too.