Averaging 24 wins over 7 years would create a lot of cheerleaders.
Keep in mind his 18 win average includes the the recovery years of taking over a program in the doldrums, where the inmates were running the asylum.
18 also includes the survival of a mutiny reboot years.
Averaging 18 wins through all that over just 7 seasons is rather impressive.
I think the truth with Marlin and our program is somewhere in the middle.
After 7 years, are the results good enough? No.
Does Marlin provide a plethora of good things for our program? Yes.
Does he recruit well enough? IDK
Is the scheduling an issue? YES.
Is scheduling the fault of the staff? IDK, but inwould tend to think not 100%.
Is money an issue? In 2016 it seems it wasn't but Tony took a team to Omaha with no money and hudspeth had his best team with half the support he does now. Money doesn't always equate to winning.
Do the players like playing for this staff? Yes.
Do we have character guys? Yes.
Should we be top 3 in the league every year? The more I think about this, the more I think that it's a reasonable assertion.
Should he be in the top three fifty, sixty, or seventy percent of the time? Yes, I don't think that's an unreasonable goal for a head coach if our goal is to be more than a participant in the big picture.
Do I think he should win the regular season championship a couple times in a decade. Yes.
We're not even finishing in the top third on average even when you toss out his honeymoon years and mutiny teams which overlapped.
If everyone is fine with a mediocre product in at best mediocre conference just say so.
More money is always helpful, but Bob isn't doing without vs his SBC peers. How many mulligans before we acknowledge his limitations and our acceptance of those? Being pretty good is okay because it's a lot more likely you could be a lot worse than a lot better. It's just not the American way.
Georgia State has been in the Sun Belt 4 years. They have been top 3 in 3 of those years, regular season champs twice and tournament champs once.
Georgia Southern has finished in the top 3 in 2 of its 3 years in the SBC.
ULM has finished 2nd twice in the last 3 years. [Admittedly they have been horrible otherwise] We have not finished that high in over 10 years.
I certainly do not think it is unreasonable to expect us to be at least as good as those teams.
A 70% winning percentage is what we should establish as the standard. If you are plus or minus 3% that's acceptable. But a 55% average over 7 years with 1 NCAA appearance is not.
To my red dotter...
Dan would not be a coward for flipping. It's called job security. Go ahead and think how noble it would be if Dan (or anyone) would pracitice what he preached and LOST at a P5 to ISU afer being called out. Fans would be calling for his head on a platter.
Sitting in a different chair and making seriously more coin will make anyone toe the company line.
SEC and Big 10 schools can afford to pass on post season resumes' appearances.
Their media guides could care less about "consecutive post season appearances."
I don't think passing on post season should ever be a viable option.
I get why certain players wouldn't participate, but the other 25 players might surprise.
We will never know.