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Someone needs to ask Dodds about his return.
9 and 4 at Texas sucks!
- Jeff Howe
That "absolutely" tells you all you need to know about Dodds.
Did anyone really have a doubt. Rick Barnes has done enough for our basketball program to see his young core of players develop. Firing him would be stupid.
I'm fine with another year but his time here has just about run its course.
"Leadership is wisdom, courage and great carelessness of self"
Amen! Don't want to see him go, but he needs some coaching help on offense.
Disciplina praesidium civitatis
“There are a lot of people that wouldn’t want to play us right now. There are a lot of people who make the NCAA Tournament that wouldn’t want to play us right now.”
They were in a battle with TCU in the second half.
I seriously doubt if for some reason the committee decided to give Texas a bid today and another team saw Texas on their line that they would be trembling in fear.
I'm convinced Dodds is happy with 6K showing up to a 16K seat arena
He needs to spend some of that treasure chest building a real basketball facility rather than a big, hollow cavern where old, decrepit boosters claim to reside but never show up. We have a fine architecture school that could help us create a venue that actually reverberates noise and creates a home court advantage. More kids like Randle would think harder about coming to play at Texas.
I could not care less about what Barnes has done for the basketball program. I care about what he's going to do in the future.
At what point can I tell my boss that I've done enough in the past and I'll just coast for a couple years?
As long as the bluehairs pay inordinate amounts to show off their empty courtside seats, it's all good.
I'm not necessarily against updating the FEC. In fact, I would love to see us rip out half the seats in the lower level and replace them with bleachers for students to make it a much more intimidating and student friendly place.
In any case, drawing only 6k a game is a function of a bad team, not because the arena sucks. Students and fans will flock to any arena if we win and make excuses to stay away if we lose. Spending tons of money to update or build an arena is only a band-aid to a bigger issue.
I'd be fine with Rick getting a 10 year contract extension if it meant Deloss is gone by the summer. He's the real problem with Texas athletics, stem to stern.
This post was edited by mdmost 16 months ago
At what point can I have a boss tell me results don't matter?
Rick Barnes' 5 year record in conference games is 47-37 with one finish above a four way tie for 4-7th and three finishes in 6th or worse.
I understand Barnes is coming back next year, and he can be somewhat forgiven for the results of this year due to Kabongo's prolonged absence; however, next year has to be a very, very good year. If it isn't, then he should be relieved of his duties.
Getting rid of him and getting a better coach with his best years ahead of him to develop the young core of players would be my move if I was the AD.
Agreed there was no doubt Barnes was coming back (unfortunately).
Heard somewhere that they were thinking about tearing down the Erwin Center and using the land for the new Medical School. Curious if anyone has heard where they would build the new basketball arena if this really happens.
The thing is, I understand that publicly Deloss really can't say anything else. Calling out his HC in public is terrible for the program even if he's putting him on a short leash in private.
The problem is with the way he says these things patronizingly while he talks down to the fans, you understand that he really means it and that to Deloss as far as Barnes and Mack are concerned, past accomplishments are far more important than the expectation of future performance.
Please pardon me for my negativity, but ...
Here we go again talking about students at basketball games. We do not have a basketball culture here. Even if we are able to get Myck to come back, get Croaker and Randle to come, and contend for a national championship, students will not attend games in any great numbers for any pre-conference game and most conference games unless we have a name opponent. We should just go ahead and give the students all of the seats on the lower level ... that would look really impressive on TV. And, even though we do have a highly ranked architecture school (alumn, here!), we would need a crackerjack arena design team for a new facility ... really ... absolutely!
Rick deserves to come back, because he runs a clean program, his players make good grades and they graduate - even those who leave early tend to come back to finish in greater numbers than at other schools. Rick also has a pretty good record over the last fourteen years, even though the myopic amongst us seem to only be able to see the last couple or three years ... really ... absolutely!
Postscript: There was a thread about the possibility of a new facility a couple of months ago. See linky below. There was a pretty extensive discussion about student attendance, bluehairs, medical schools, and new basketball facilities in that thread. I doubt that any new information has surfaced since then - not that I have seen anyway. Embedded in one of the posts in that thread is another older thread on the same subjects. Looks like it is deja vu all over again again.
This post has been edited 3 times, most recently by BudreauReye 16 months ago
Deserves got nothing to do with it
Only if you get to make the decision, Deloss.
I wholeheartedly disagree with this. In the big 3 sports, if we win, the students and the fans will come. In fact, I'd go as far as to say that we just like a winner. The event, and certainly the venue in which we conduct the winning is secondary.
Uh, you mean like Rob Lanier?
Nothing wrong with a good disagreement ... they tend to make life more interesting. I would love to be proven wrong on this regarding basketball attendance. I guess that it is possible that my observations have been wrong, but forty years plus of observation has indicated to me that Texas fans really get behind the football program when things are going well and Mack has done a remarkable marketing job so that even with things being down a bit over the last three years, attendance seems to have stayed high - though I do not have any statistics to back that up. I do not follow baseball, so I do not have anything to add there. I have attended basketball games since the Leon Black years and I have had season tickets since the Penders years. I rarely miss a home game. I stand by my observations above. Like fans of all storied University programs, Texas fans like to think of themselves as a cut above. It is my contention that that attitude has lent itself to a sense of entitlement with Texas fans. There are natural up and down cycles with all sports programs. With football, I think it is a little easier to see "We Are Texas!" through Burnt Orange tinted glasses even through the leaner years. With Basketball, not so much. With basketball ,,, well, we are a football school and it shows with basketball game attendance, which is never as good as announced, een when it is suppposed to be a sell out. I would like to not have had come to these conclusions over the years. I am a Texas Fan,, not a TEXAS FAN. I follow UT basketball and football and really no other sports in any depth, college or pro, other than skimming over the sports page most every day. I will not even follow March Madness much since Texas will likely not be involved. What I am saying is that I do not have an axe to grind here, and I would love to see a more successful basketball and football program, but in my opinion, the basketball attendance issue will only get better when we win - a lot. My opinion does not count for much, but I would like to see Rick have the opportunity to do just that, and I think that he and his staff are fully capable of doing just that.
This post has been edited 2 times, most recently by BudreauReye 16 months ago
One thing that is very comforting about reading this thread. 4 or 5 of the most vocal on this thread think they know more about baseball than Augie Garrido. I take those fans comments with a grain of salt. In addition notice when something positive happens the same group will stop posting.
While all Texas fans have a right to be disappointed in the sub-par season the prior 14 were damn good ...............plus we have an good core for the next 2-3 years. We are about to add a good player that will be a good compliment to the existing roster. (maybe more than 1) It would be crazy to do anything but say Barnes will be back...........
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