Would love to hear your take on who’s better we could get.
And let’s be honest, not like Barry’s coaching hires have been overly exciting or productive.
Admittedly, I have no idea who UW could get. I thought UM was a good job, but after reading tons of discussion on the topic, it was probably even better than I thought. Duke, Kentucky, Kansas, UNC, MSU, are probably the top 5. After that, there are other great jobs, but Michigan is probably a top 10-15 job in the country and they went with an alumni. If they didn't get JH, who would have they gotten? My point there is that it seems very difficult to land a big name coach regardless of the status of the program unless you are a top 5 job. That being said, I think UW fans need to figure out what the expectations are. Beau Ryan and Greg Gard have a system that should never leave the cupboard bare. UW will always be competitive and if a special class comes together they can win the Big 10 and make a run in the tournament. Most years will probably leave them in the 4-6 range in the conference. If that is enough then GG remains the answer. If the expectation is to compete for Big 10 Titles every year and make runs to the Final Four, I don't see how anyone can say that GG is the answer. He appears to be a great coach, but he appears to be an average at best recruiter. Would UW fans be willing to trade the consistency they have come to know for a young exciting coach that might be able to bring in better talent? I don't know. Sometimes you have to just take a chance on a guy. Somewhere out there, there has to be a young upcoming coach that connects well with big time talent that would love his first shot at a big time job. The problem is that big time programs don't like to take those chances. As I said in the other thread, Juwan Howard is not the same level coach as John Beilein. However, he is a member of the Fab 5. Even if kids aren't old enough to remember the Fab 5, they still know who they are. He was one of these kids at one time and he can relate to them. He also has kids in AAU and connections to all kinds of talent. So did UM take a step backward in X's and O's? Absolutely. But I am hoping that he makes up for that by bringing an excitement level to the program that draws in big time talent that JB never came close to tapping into. It could also crash and burn and Michigan could go back to the early 2000's. I'm a gambler, so I love the risk vs reward.
Harbaugh will have Urban Meyer retired from OSU by 2020.