We have gotten lots of players under a lucky star. There's nothing wrong with a coach cashing in on luck.
I'm sorry you thought I was belittling EP by bolstering Marlin for using his contacts and basketball savvy to get him the opportunities. There were multiple articles about Marlins important role in getting him those opportunities.
No matter what Long said he left Moo State to be near his family. I'm assuming his coach wouldn't approve an LSU transfer. That pretty much leaves us competing with Southetn, UNO (dropping from div 1),Lamers, Nicholas, BrokeBack U to be near his family. In effect the only potential suitor worthy of Long would us and TooLame. So that's not a world of choices.
And yes, until his senior year there was constant concern he'd chunck it all and go home. Gave Marlin a lot of credit for keeping Sean focused in spite of people trying to get him to quit.
So in the end Marlin was fortunate that many important basketball programs ignored EP age and class designation much like McGuire. He was fortunate Long realized he made a mistake leaving his family so far away. He took advantage of good fortune and really was a big part in the success of both these players.
Before this season, I was feeling pretty down about Marlin too. Felt "above average" was ok with him.
Hope that's not the case. I'm not okay with settling for above average.
Maybe Marlin and Hud both have a fire lit under them by the uncertainty of AD and the willingness to take athletics seriously that T-Joe has shown.
It's time for next level thinking. The kind of thinking that possessed Tony Robichaux to walk into a job interview and say "Here's what I need you to provide me with to win the national championship here."
Absolutely no reason we shouldn't be knocking on the door of the NY6 every year, or in multiple sweet 16's.
Bout time we started acting like it.
Rant over (maybe).
I think we are sitting pretty at this time and can't wait to sit in my new seats in the Russo!!!
Just kidding. What we need more than someone being right or wrong is to enjoy what we have! This team is good, getting better and should continue getting better. This is a good time to go out and watch them develop right in front of our eyes.
Just to give my .02, I saw development in Scottie; it's just (as someone else pointed out) we brought in players after him that were better fits on our team. He may very well have a good career at another school. So he was not a bad signee.
I'm starting to lean towards pro Marlin.
Fire Bobby Bigfish!!!!
I've banged on Marlin a lot over the last couple of years and nothing he does now will change what I thought about his job in those previous years but its good to see a winner and this team is fun to watch. I'll watch every game this year and appreciate it for what it is, a great year hopefully. Nothing more nothing less and it doesn't mean we will be some sort of juggernaut next year either. The staff and players need to find a way to catch that lightning in a bottle from this year and build upon it next year which will be a chore in itself.
Having a good year this year doesn't put all those Marlin detractors in their place so to speak either. Like I said, its one good year mixed in what some not so good results. Hopefully we build upon it and get better. Give me a few of these type of years with some consistency and decent signature wins and I'll admit I was wrong.