Gophers hire Pitino
Little Richard going to Minnesota. I don't think Minnesota is a great basketball school but they do play in the Big 10. I have also heard that they have a good amount of local talent in high school right now and if Pitino can get them to stay home they will have a stellar program moving forward.
What are your thoughts on this hire?
LOL..At 1st i looked at the headline and said oh no!! Not another April Fool's Day Joke!! Then i remembered Rick's son that coached at FIU....Lil Ricky is an unproven coach,his team was 18-14 last season in his 1st and only season at the school...But he has a great pedigree..And worked with his dad and Florida coach Donovan....
Minnesota has some really good talent in the 2014 class but it's almost guaranteed that neither Tyus Jones or Rashad Vaughn will be playing for the Gophers.
The Minnesota posters on this board have expressed multiple times how frustrated they became with Tubby. As a Illinois guy I don't understand this and it clearly is a step backwards for the program. If they got Shaka then I would be saying "Wow, what a great move!" but I never once for a second thought he would leave VCU for Minnesota.
With that being said, they are a few posters on this site that follow Minnesota basketball MUCH MUCH MUCH more closely than I do, so they may be able to explain their dislike of Tubby.
Tubby makes no in game adjustments. Absolutely none. He gets out coached pretty much every game. His players also never really improve or develop.
He went 6 years in a row at Minnesota without a winning record in Big 10 play. They always looked good out of conference beating up on the small schools but could never truly run with the big boys. Tubby won 61 percent of his games at Minnesota but only 42.6 percent of his Big 10 games. He made the tourney 3 out of 6 years which was respectable but I don't blame the Gophers for wanting to move on.
I'll never fully understand Tubby hate. Never will. He may have been over his head at Kentucky, because he's not a top 20 coach nor is he an elite recruiter. But I felt like Minnesota was lucky to have him, no? Minnesota has been relevant with multiple good wins.
What else does their AD want? They're facilities suck, and the Big 10 is super competitive for recruiting. I would have kept Tubby around at least until they missed the tournament.
I believe Tubby is a great coach. He brought respect to the Gopher basketball team. I remember when we first got him, i was shocked a big name coach decided to come here. Felt the recruiting was gonna jump up to the elite level. I soon found out his flaws.
1. Even though he is a great coach like I earlier stated, he is to great of a COACH to coach college. In today's age of kids wanting to turn college into their minor league for the NBA, his style of playing everyone on the team doesn't work for these kids. He actually tries to help coach every player on his team to make each one better. You love this on your typical high school team, but any level after that, the stars need to shine.
2. This leads to the recruiting part. By what I said above add that the top tier recruits don't want to play where they won't be showcased. Once again many of your top HS recruits want the quickest path to the NBA. Tubby's system won't provide that. So unless there is a local connection to the school, it was harder to get a quality stud to come here.
3. Piggy-backing on the top two points are Minnesota has three top ranked high school juniors in the Twin City area. Even with Tubby, we had a poor shot of keeping them, but without him, I think we'll need a great season next year to even think any of them would stay in town.