Originally Posted by statman32
The 2nd best job out west and still one of the top teams every year when it comes to revenue. Choke on a dick.
Grow up. I didn't insult you. I didn't even insult your favorite team.
Rewinds to a week ago.
***** just typing to type I guess.
Lute Olson is no longer the coach, and for the purposes of the statement I was making it was one and the same (the point being that they mostly have to go out of state to recruit). As far as contradictions go- and I admit it was one- it's an extremely minor one.
Yes, they played at an elite level for 15 years or so under Olson, but it was a cult-of-personality program. He was the driving force behind it, as opposed to there being a long-standing infrastructure and mindset of high-level success. That's why I said it's a very specific difference. I admit I overstated it in saying it's also a "very big" difference; as long as that coach is there, there really isn't one. It remains to be seen if it can be rebuilt. There's a difference between rebuilding Indiana and rebuilding Arizona.
Would you say Florida State football is still an elite program? As Bowden has fallen into senility, it's been just another program for eight years now. Arizona's been just another program since 2005. (Yes, so has Illinois if you want to engage in ad hominem attacks that have nothing to do with the topic at hand.)
As far as it being the second-best job out West: is it? Why didn't Tim Floyd leave USC for Arizona?
Again: Arizona does not have long-standing basketball pedigree to the point where it's obvious it will stand on its own and attract a top coach- and continue to attract top talent- post-Lute Olson.