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Old 07-23-2008, 07:32 PM
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Originally Posted by UDBrian View Post
I believe it can be done. But, a top name program can hire a bad coach and still get good players. When you are a smaller school like UD, Xavier and Gonzaga (plus many others) you need that special coach who appreciates a wonderful situation and knows that winning at a smaller school will bring all the attention that his ego desires.

The coach makes the difference and without a superior coach/recruiter the smaller schools are at a big time disadvantage. All of the eggs are in the basket that BG is a difference maker for the program. I still believe he can accomplish a lot at UD but there aren't many coaches available who will come to a school that is not a perennial top 10 program and be satisfied. Your chances or getting a tremendous coach every 3-4 years if they move on decrease each time. When you screw up the coaching choice your program will suffer big time as we have seen.
I agree totally. We all know what happened with O'Brian. Ollie brought us back to respectability but did leave the cupboard a little bare. I think the reason for that was the assistant coaches. They really do play a big role in the daily contact with the head coach being more of a talent evaluator and a closer. I thought when Pete Strickland left that was a real loss.

What X has had is continuity in its program with promotion of assistant coaches.
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