Discussion in 'UConn Men's Basketball' started by TheChamps990411, Sep 18, 2012.
yea I hope our next coach builds one of th eclassic choke teams of the modern era too...NOT!
I'm sure Ollie has the mindset and believes that he can win a national championship here, but the question that was asked was do we think he can. And it's far too early for us to judge that.
Whether they choke or not, Pitt was in the race most of those years. That's where you want your coach to put you, in place to win. The NCAAT can never be considered a guarantee.
What coaches out there would you not complain about having?
Guys who have won in their first 5 years at a blue blood school:
Bill Self @ Kansas: Fifth year NCAAT Champions - good thing he won that year, job was on the line.
Bobby Knight @ Indiana: Fifth year
John Calipari @ UK: Third Year
Roy Williams @ UNC: Second Year
Tubby Smith @ UK: NCAA Champion in his First Year
Do you need a list of those who haven't?
Did I miss anyone?
I remember the G'town game in 89 or 90 at the Cap Center in Landover, Maryland. Before the game, at an alumni event, Dee Rowe was waxing poetic how Calhoun had performed a miracle in winning the NIT. Then, Calhoun spoke and said it wasn't any miracle. He had high expectations and expected to achieve them.
That's what you want in a coach.
I think you missed my point scooter. The bottom line is you have to give Ollie time. And by the way i dont care what school it is, saying championship in 3-5 years or bust is just stupid, unfair and unrealistic. The question i always asked is if not Kevin Ollie, who do you think would actually want the job that has proved he will win????
Exactly! it amazes me how uconn fans on this forum are so pessimistic about everything. sure ko hasnt coached a game but would you have a better opinion on whether or not he will win a national title after watching him coach for 5 years? no you wouldnt. i dont care who you were but no uconn fan before 99 was convinced we`d win a national title and if you say opposite you are a liar. before that season jc had the most tourney appearances without ever reaching a final four and we had some great great teams but jc seem to not be able to get over the hump and none of us were sure if it would ever happen but it did.
I get your point, but I think that's overstating things a bit. In '90 I first thought that we could win a NC; by '94 I thought that we would win a NC; and in the Spring of '98, for the first time in my life, I entered the NCAA lottery for tickets to the '99 Final Four because I was absolutely convinced that we were going to win the whole thing the following season. I won the tickets (terrible seats, I learned...) and booked non-refundable airfare by Thanksgiving of '98.
But you're right, for a period of years there in the early-to-mid 90's I was starting to wonder if we'd ever get there. That's why I think Kevin may be even hungrier for one than we are. I know he was part of the staff in '11, but getting one as head coach is a whole 'nother story, as they say, and I imagine it would more than make up for whatever he feels he may have missed by not winning one as a player.
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