Lol, I wasn't kidding when I said it was a different topic. I wasn't trying to relate it to our situation at all. Just think it's funny that Tubby is getting publicity with how he turned Texas Tech into a decent team while Little Richard is struggling to stay above Rutgers. This is what happens when people are on completely different levels when it comes to expectations. The cute little run that Minny had in the late 80s and middle 90s gave people the false sense that they were a good program. Tubby made the tourney 3 out of 6 years and IMO, that's more than great results for that kind of program. But to relate it to our situation, I think we could turn our program around and people still wouldn't be content. We could make the tourney 6 out of 7 times but people will complain when we don't make the Sweet 16 every other year. I believe it's the same people that complained about McCamey's impact, which is laughable in hindsight.
Nobody wants to be mediocre, but people need to understand that you're more than likely to strike out when you're aiming for a homerun. Sometimes people need to settle with base hits. We weren't making the sweet 16 every other year with Henson but I'd be ecstatic if we got to that level again.
yeah I agree with a lot of that. Minny program definitely botched the fire/hire with Smith who is a very good coach, even though the momentum there understandably felt a bit stagnant.
I think "expecting" sweet sixteens is reaching. it might be fair to say you expect to make the tournament 3 of 4 or 7 of 8 years, and perhasp to say that in 5 of 6 appearances you expect NOT to be the victim of major first round upsets (assuming you are a 6 seed or higher). beyond that, like almost all sports playoffs (with the exception of 1 seeds in the tourney) most anything can happen and the second weekend is generally a crapshoot.
What we'd do for McCamey. Probably even Chet (I loved that kid).