IMO Underwood is ahead of Groce bc he has a better percentage of bagging those top guys (though he has brought in significantly less of them). I just get this feeling like Groce & staff was a little pie-in-the-sky Pollyanna, where Underwood & staff has a bettter pulse of reality.
Never did. He was handed nothing and tried to make a team out of it. Year two was a total rebuild, so could be considered year one all over again. And you can't build a team in one year. He stayed positive with the players he had, but is trying to recruit a balanced team that is able to play the style he believes will win. I never felt that Groce had a plan other than to play hard. Underwood knows what he is trying to build. Now we just have to wait and see if it works. But it won't be because of the job being to big for him.
From an X’s and O’s perspective, not at all. If Underwood is able to consistently recruit Big10 caliber talent, he will not only fit right in, but also be recognized as one of the better coaches in the conference IMO.
I thought Underwood was a great hire; especially after he formed his staff. I knew it would be a ground up rebuild after some of the early transfers. I did worry after all of the attrition and late signees. If we had lost more starters this year, then I’d have serious culture concerns, and excpect this to be his last deserved year.
The fact he kept the team intact, and added a top 50 player at our position of greatest weakness has me relatively very excited for next season (more so than any in the last 10 years).
I think he’s going to pull this rebuild off. Imo, We need to make the tourney, and Ayo needs to be drafted. If Giorgi is drafted, then even better. If they can pull that off then I think we’re headed back towards the glory days.