I am not ready to say Rhoades needs to go. I know it's his sixth season but I am not in support of firing him.
However, I agree that changes need to be made. I don't know if that means getting new assistant coaches or what. Mike Rhoades is a perfectly capable coach but he needs to surround himself with more talented assistants...and it hurts me to say that because I really like our current batch of assistants personality-wise.
Also, firing a coach with an overall winning record kind of makes the program look even worse than it already does. It sure as heck makes the fan base look bad and validates my issue with their demand for instant gratification that I've had for years (since people wanted Will Wade's head on a silver platter for starting his first season 5-5...and we haven't even reached that point yet, we're 5-4!).
I'm not one that calls for a HC to be fired right away myself... but something's gotta change & change sooner rather than later.
3 of the 6 seasons (counting this one) that Mike Rhoades has been the HC, we have started 5-4... before MR... only 1 time since 2004-05 did we start 5-4.
Also dating back to the 2002-03 season... VCU has lost a combined total of 30 games by 15 pts or more. Overall thats not bad.... but whats bad is... of those 30 games that we've lost by 15 pts or more.... 13 of them were coached by MR & his staff. More than any other coach in that span... heck almost as many as the other 4 coaches (Capel, Grant, Shaka & Wade Combined.. in less than half the time).
- 30 pts, Dayton
Jan 2018- 27 pts, @ Dayton
Feb 2018- 24 pts, @ GW
Nov 2017- 23 pts, @ Seton Hall
Jan 2022- 20 pts, @ St. Bonaventure
Feb 2020- 18 pts, @ Saint Louis
Feb 2020- 18 pts, @ Richmond
Dec 2017- 18 pts, Illinois (Neutral Site)
Jan 2021- 16 pts, @ St. Bonaventure
- 15 pts, Richmond
- 15 pts, Rhode Island
March 2019- 15 pts, UCF (NCAA Tourney Game)
Nov 2022- 15 Pts, @ Memphis
For as much $#!t as people give WW for being a douche or any other names hes been called over the years.... you know how many 15 pt+ losses he had in his time at VCU .... 1 (Illinois at a Neutral site in 2017)
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May not have been the greatest people person according to some fans/players.... but he sure knew how to get the most of his players when they stepped on the court.... even if some players didn't like the guy.