skyhops wrote: ↑
Sun Oct 17, 2021 11:13 am
MM, I don't hate "Travis", I like most I know think he is over his head and is not a top level D1 coach. We have had five good ones in a row and we were bound to hit a bump in the road with a hire. I unlike you have higher standards for the program, but I do admire your blind love for the program and "Travis". Average 19 wins, three wins below .500 in BE, and no NCAA tournaments is just unacceptable as is hearing used car salesman saying each year that we are going to run more, pass more, and practice harder. Blah, blah, blah. Good try MM
While I have been mystified and, at times, very frustrated with Steele's substitution patterns and game mgmt. over the last three years, I have not concluded that he isn't D1 material. He was young when he took over and the stops and starts due to Covid make any determination based on last year incomplete. Not minimizing the issues---like two season-ending collapses.
But, any coach in his situation, deserves a fair chance to grow into the job. Clearly, this is a year we all need to see improvement. I do think this year's team has an abundance of talent. There are always going to be questions so while I think of this team as talented, lots could go wrong. Will returning players perform consistently with prior years? Will injuries derail key players? What happens to the locker room after a couple of tough losses? Those are questions with any team, not just X. And, of course, none of what X is doing to improve occurs in a vacuum. It is safe to assume that all the other teams in the B.E. are also trying to get better. We all know little about what those teams are doing.
So, while I have questions and definitely understand from where you, AH and others are coming, I don't think it is obvious that Steele lacks coaching chops. He's recruited new talent and convinced, in some way, fifth year players to return. It does not, to me, appear the players think of him as the "used car salesman" you describe. Granted, in the end, your assessment of Steele may be accurate. But, at his point in the season, I'm not ready to concede the argument.
I am excited for the season to start and, at the same time, a little nervous as to how Steele will perform.