Do you believe post season success matters at all?This whole deep tournament run rationale for running a coach out of town is ridiculous. You don't judge a guy's total value by 2 games unless you're Kentucky, Duke, Kansas....the blue bloods. If we were consistently in the bottom half of the conference, not making the tournament, recruiting like garbage, etc....fine. Since when has our program been a Sweet 16 or bust program. Over the last 30 years, how many times have we been to the Sweet 16? You're going to hold a guy who's turned the entire program around from basement to Big Ten contender year in and year out to those standards?? Stop.
Look, let me preface this by saying I'm a BU guy. I'd like for him to stay til he retires.
But this mentality of comparing BU's tenure to our worst stretch in modern history and using that as a reason for why he's untouchable, is sad. Yes, he's done a fantastic job of getting us out of the hole dug by JG and BW but that doesn't mean his job is done.
When people say, "Do you remember the JG and BW years? BU has been way better. ", it makes me think of a person coming home from work and telling their spouse they've had a lousy day and their spouse saying, "Yeah, but do you remember the day the dog died? Have some perspective. Stop complaining."
Why are we using JG and BW as the standard to which we measure our coaches?
To answer your question, in the last 30 years we've been to the S16 four times despite dealing with the Bruce Pearl fallout, the late BW and JG years and BUs rebuild years. I'd say we've been closer to our floor than our ceiling in average during that time.
And sorry, this rant isn't all directed at your post, it's just a petpeve of mine when people act like we're not a top 20 program just because we had a couple bad HC hires. We ARE a top 20 program. We should be in the second weekend multiple times per decade. I don't think that's unreasonable.
And I still say BU can get us there IF he's committed to it.