And they will be correct.
When you talk about staff replacement, if you do replace the staff would the redshirts who are sitting out this year be able to transfer without penalty?
Athletes often aren't allowed transfers just because a coaching staff is replaced. Regardless most likely most wouldn't find it to their benefit to lose a years eligibility. Remember most requests for transfers are approved by schools and NCAA but all suffer at least one year, and some two years loss of eligibility.
Average NCAA MBB road winning % is 34
Unless my math is off, we are 1% better than the average.
Of course the big programs play most of their OOC games at home so it throws off the stats a bit.
Of course I'm taking some medication right now so its possible the answer is "blue" or "North".
So Marlin is about average, or as he's better known mediocre.
Keep him at least 1 more year. No extensions unless we make a good showing at the big dance this year or next year.
We need to focus hard on football improvement this next year.
Also no head coach replacing until our new AD has a year to study them and plan the best way for strategic replacements.
Non P5 program, this is the bottom line.
21 wins. First winning road record for UL in years. Marlin isn't going anywhere due to performance. Doesn't matter who we beat, 21 wins are 21 wins. Doesn't matter if I or anyone else would like to see better competition. Our team doesn't quit, which says a lot. This team could have laid down weeks ago, but they did not. Yes, when winning, the credit goes to the players. Just look to the east what happens when a coach loses his team. 20+ point beatdowns are the norm.
Even in years we have finished fairly well in the conference, we have under-performed on the road. I call BS on the 'hard to win on the road' mantra. Yes, it is harder than winning at home, but good teams win more than they lose on the road. The mean Conference RPI of the Sun Belt in that span is 18, so the SBC is a slightly below average conference [18th of 33]. The road record of the top 3 over 7 years should fairly closely mirror the mean road record of the top three in all conferences combined over the same span.
I should add that the road record of fourth place teams in the Sunbelt over the last 7 years is 40-65 [38.1%], so Marlin's road performance is below that level.
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Looks like a pretty fair description of Marlin's results to me.
I have to be honest, it's pretty sad that we are having this conversation right now. Disappointing really.
Whether you like it or not; whether you agree with the direction of the program or not; whether you think we can win this tourney or not... this is without question the best part of the year in MBB. Not only that, this team is getting BETTER before our eyes, playing their asses off and representing us all very well in NOLA.
IMO they've regained some confidence and look like they did in the beginning of the year. I may be in the minority but I actually do think we can win and go dancing. Which btw, would be a an outstanding accomplishment, all things considered. We have an individual playing a brand of ball that doesn't get seen often around here. Jay Wright is on a mission and I for one appreciate what he's doing and I'm damn intruiged to watch.
We can pizz and moan in the offseason.
I don't think there's any question that Marlin has temporarily removed discussion of his potential departure for another season. And to add to that... being that half of the acrimony is over scheduling (and fund raising to buy better opponents)... I think Dr. Maggard is going to be part of the blame going forward. This question is in a suspended state... IMO... until the close of next season.
1. our budget constraints
2. What the team did this year in a supposed down talent year
He gets a chance to coach what is supposed to be an UP talent year next year. If he does well he stays. If not the seat should be hot, or maybe even have the eject button pushed. Since that takes us to the end of the contract anyway.
You cant pick and choose the stats that fit your narrative. Of course, the top 3 will have a greater winning percentage. That's how they got to be top 3.
You can call BS all you want but it doesnt change the fact that a college mens basketball game is hardest to win on the road.
MAT--You are right. We have been able to witness some entertaining basketball from a team that few expected much out of and we are debating road win/loss records. Crazy!