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    How Lucky

    As the last days of the McD Experiment wound down, it felt to most that the program was crumbling and becoming a laughing stock of the league. The recruiting was going south and we were hooping for European players to bail us out. The low point hit when Creighton paid more for a 15 win coach that we could while we were clearly on the decline in the league. This even topped losing a two win coach in fball.

    Times seemed bleak. We needed a home run choice by JP. Some average names were bantered about. Maybe a few names brought some ooh and ahs. Yet, JP totally surprised us with a casino move of picking FH. FH took the bull by its horns, rolled into town, accessed the situation like a good general manager, and impressed the remaining members to stay. He addresses the Booze situation and he did not linger. Both sides parted amicably. He allowed transferring players like Colvin their due in the training facilities. He put on a great public relations phase. He did not try to super control the situation, he just flexed with the changes. He kept TJ and his recruiting ability and will utilize Jeff Grayer in his best capacity. He now calmly is choosing his assistants. He managed with others to land some good help with two new transfers. He continues to make wise executive decisions to build the time.

    How can this be? We jettisoned Chiz and gracefully turned to CPR. Homerun.

    We now never look back to the hundred play coach as we anticipate a future, great building of a totally new period in men's basketball.

    The other programs like wresting, volleyball, golf, hockey, women's bball are perking along.

    It looks like the whole athletic scene for ISU is building momentum from such low points.

    I ask, just how lucky can our school be to have seen this turned around?

    The fball stadium may be bowled in yet. Good job, JP.


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    Re: How Lucky

    Cart - horse



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    Re: How Lucky

    Quote Originally Posted by Jarrods79 View Post
    Cart - horse
    I know a season has not been played, but I feel that the state of athletics at Ames is in much better shape than it was two years ago. We were looking at guaranted poor fball and bball trends. The current array of coaches look like we have much better fits and have the ability to make things happen.

    Would you trade today's lineup of Ames coaches for what was happening two years ago?

    Extending Christie in volleyball, finding a solid wrestling replacement coach, moving on in golf, and locking up BF looks like good moves to me....


    Last edited by Wesley; 05-22-2010 at 11:29 AM.
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    Re: How Lucky

    Quote Originally Posted by Wesley View Post
    I know a sewason has notr been played, but I feel that the state of athletics at Ames is in much better shape than it was two years ago. We were looking at guaranted poor fball and bball trends. The current array of coaches look like we have much better fits and have the ability to make things happen.

    Would you trade today's lineup of Ames coaches for what was happening two years ago?

    Extending Christie in volleyball, finding a solid wrestling replacement coach, moving on in golf, and locking up BF looks like good moves to me....
    Let's just say I am cautiously optimistic at our situation. In no way would I trade what we have today for what we did have, that is for sure. Still not fully on the FH train, but he is handling things well so far. The situation, to me, is a delicate one that needs to be carefully tended to before it is boasted.



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    The program was in good hands, trust me.


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    Re: How Lucky

    Honestly, I agree. There seems to be much more excitement around ISU sports as a whole than I have ever seen. I don't want to wait for football to start again! And my thoughts on basketball have done a complete 180 from where they were the last days of the McD Dark Age. We are getting good players here and people are once again excited for both football and basketball seasons to start. It is much easier to buy into the basketball program now than a few months ago.




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    Re: How Lucky

    I agree as well, to a degree. We were also handed bad luck which got us into these positions, but good fortunes have helped turn them around.



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    Re: How Lucky

    Before you want to nominate JP for college AD hall of fame, he hired chiz and McD, which was all his own doing. Has he seemed to make up for these mistakes? At this time, yes.



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    I've always been a Pollard fan, and think he's doing a great job. Sure, some thing haven't gone well, but he has rebounded and done so many other things.



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    I like what I see from Coach Hoiberg so far, but it also needs to be kept in mind that the first game is still five and a half months away from now. Let's not start slobbering all over him yet until we see what he can do in game situations please.



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    Re: How Lucky

    I've said before, we just saw two examples of good fortune that I thought only the hoks enjoyed. I remember when SA left...here we were buying out WM and their coach voluntarily bolts for a mid-major. We pay a million dollar+ buyout while they get to jettison a poor coach with no penalty. Well, now we've had two situations where other schools come bail us out. Two coaches who were not good fits get "poached" and their new schools actually give us money to do it! I actually thought that there was a good chance that GMac would go back to UNI...it didn't happen and we STILL got rid of him. For a fanbase who is consistantly looking forward to the next kick to the groin, I'm thinking that our luck has finally changed. CPR got the FB team to buy in and turned 5-19 into a bowl win. FH kept the entire recruiting class and actually filled the roster in a matter of a couple weeks. The future is definitly looking bright right now.



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    Do not ever forget in your evaluation the McD contract. It was a huge mistake.



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    Re: How Lucky

    In the grand scheme of things I think Iowa State athletics, on the whole, is in the best shape it has ever been. Ever. The sexy sports may not be exactly where we want them, but overall... we're sitting pretty good.


    Now that MBB is back, do we still have to pretend that WBB matters?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Frak View Post
    I've said before, we just saw two examples of good fortune that I thought only the hoks enjoyed. I remember when SA left...here we were buying out WM and their coach voluntarily bolts for a mid-major. We pay a million dollar+ buyout while they get to jettison a poor coach with no penalty. Well, now we've had two situations where other schools come bail us out. Two coaches who were not good fits get "poached" and their new schools actually give us money to do it! I actually thought that there was a good chance that GMac would go back to UNI...it didn't happen and we STILL got rid of him. For a fanbase who is consistantly looking forward to the next kick to the groin, I'm thinking that our luck has finally changed. CPR got the FB team to buy in and turned 5-19 into a bowl win. FH kept the entire recruiting class and actually filled the roster in a matter of a couple weeks. The future is definitly looking bright right now.
    QFT



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    Re: How Lucky

    I love that we have a wrestling coach, bball coach, and FB coach who probably would rather be no where else.
    The thing with Fred is, I don't think that local boosters will let him fail. I think that Fred will get as much resources as possible because of who he is and his history not only with the ISU but with Ames in general.



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