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Well, considering you are arguing with the person leading the charge that people wanting to keep Riley so his recruiting class stayed in tact were "morons", your comparison seems a bit foolish considering we've already decided to keep Miles. But i'll let that pretty bad analogy slide since I certainly didn't suggest we give Miles money to appease high school seniors. He's either your coach and you back him, or he isn't. And Moos still hasn't made a decision on that, which is why Hunter left which then made Johnson leave. I fail to see how this isn't setting us back. Your make believe story of "we just get a strong coach" which we've failed to do for quite some time and then that coach we have had trouble getting for years "immediately attracts a couple strong recruits" which we've basically never been able to do either to say "how would that be setting us back" is tough for me to realistically think would happen. Of course, I understand why someone trying to make an argument would speak in such hyperbole, but I just can't get on board with it.
The analogy points out that not giving Riley a big endorsement during the season, which a contract extension is supposed to reflect regarding Miles, didn’t prohibit us from having a solid recruiting class. Early signing is going to be an issue because schools will have to address releasing kids if they sign in November and there is a coaching change in March. The notion that somehow locks us out of, or into talent is folly.
As for my make believe story, we’ve had dog crap hires on the football side for 20 years, but at this point it appears we’ve hit a near perfect hire. I see no reason we can’t find someone who can come close to bringing that enthusiasm to the basketball team. There are people that can be our Scott Frost for the basketball program, and it’s going to be up to Moos to find them and create that relationship.
I’m actually surprised that you and so many others believe we were limited to just 2 options. Fire him, or extend him. Moos doesn’t see a body of work that merits an extension, so he’s not handing out millions just for warm fuzzies. He didn’t have a candidate who would meet the standards he wanted who was willing to take the position, so he didn’t toss up a Hail Mary at just anyone. So what did his actions say to Miles? Show me something. You are guaranteed 4.2 million in the bank, so show me you deserve that to jump to 8 to 10 million.
Does anyone here think Miles has proven he’s worth 10 million? Does anyone have faith he can create a program that is consistent in reaching 20+ wins and NCAA invites? Is there a top coaching candidate out there right now that you feel we have a strong enough relationship with to bring into the program? If all of these are ‘no’ today, then you don’t bury a program with additional debt in the ‘hope’ of improving our ability to recruit. If you hand Miles that extension and he flops again, how many of those recruits stick around? And if you fire Miles after a flop, do you refuse to give releases to keep those early signees?
If the obvious is true, and Moos doesn’t have faith in Miles, and he doesn’t have a candidate he wants at the moment, then there is no other option than what he’s doing. A recruiting class isn’t worth it. Miles has had plenty of stability leading up to this year and hasn’t been able to hold together rosters or staff, so why is it suddenly the blame for everything?