Mike is asking for the detractors of Hardy to stand forward now. They've been strangely silent. This years team doesn't validate Marlin tenure, but it's a big step in the right direction. Most people on this site have been excited about the red shirting transfer. So a great freshman class with a promising group waiting in the wings.
Not many people have been more critical of Marlin than me. I've always hoped he'd prove me wrong. I'm delighted with where we are, and where we're headed next year.
In all fairness, how many regular NBA starters has this program put out before Marlin? And Shawn Long is literally destroying the entire D-League right now.
Sure, he had some misses. Can we pause on all that ____ing and enjoy the ride? We really like ____ing in our Cheerios. LOL
I'm not an advocate of supporting mediocre coaching year after year. Marlin fitted that, but he's here and doing well. Why would you think I'd want him to start losing? I've always said I'd be happy if he was to start winning every game here on out. Always said I'd be pleased as punch if he proved me wrong.
Long was a good get, but he wanted to be near his family. UL was the logical place for him. He was a reluctant student, and Marlin and staff really worked hard to keep him qualified.
So Marlin got lucky by circumstances in both these guys. One by youth, and the other by geography. So what? Jesse Evans gets Michael Southal by a chance encounter in an airport.
They're in charge and get both blame and glory. Good for coach Marlin.
Stop with the BS that Marlin got "lucky" with those two players. No one recruited Elfrid and Marlin saw something in him when he was a junior. EP is the hardest working player I have watched.(Bryce is stepping up big time.) But do you think Marlin could have used is "connections" if Elfrid was good enough to be on those teams? Not only make the team but to start every game for team USA?
As for Shawn he has said on multiple accounts that UL was his first choice and listened to some people that he should not have listened to. Shawn developed as a player because of the coaches we have here and they should get credit for it.
I suppose next Marlin got lucky on Bartley coming here along with the 3 transfers this year. If you do not think college basketball is about building relationships and using them to your advantage you are a fool.
Ok.. I see the argument here.. but what has been our past coaches records on hits and misses?