In response to the thread title I'll start by agreeing with the general sentiment around here in that I too feel pretty dismal right now although my reasons are different than what I have been reading. I am genuinely curious for those who are frustrated with Rhoades and want to see him gone which programs around the country they are comparing us to. I can't think of more than one mid-major program right now modeling towards greatness and clearly on the cusp of being invited to a larger conference. While this is not an attempt to defend our coach I hold serious reservations for a burn it all down and start fresh approach mainly because it is my firm view that college sports, love it or hate it, has completely and totally changed with the arrival of NIL coupled with the transfer portal. It is also my view that a lot of those who pushed for such changes have yet to fully appreciate, or simple don't care, how much damage those two changes are going to have on the majority of programs. As much as I want to hold on to the idea that we can ride past, present or future success to a higher level I've arrived at the acceptance of that being closer to something of a fantasy in the current era. The data sample is so small right now but the introduction of money to college athletes and doing away with transfer rules requiring undergraduate student athletes to sit out a year after transferring is surely going to further tilt the deck against everything we aim to achieve. Again, small sample size, but look what happened to last year's big success stories with Murray State and Saint Peters. As soon as the ball stopped bouncing they became total rebuilds from the top down. I mean everyone bolted. In the last 15 years (before NIL & transfer rules) the only real successful campaign to raise and sustain a program's profile that comes to my mind is Butler. People will quickly point to Gonzaga but their momentum started two decades ago and Mark Few has publicly stated he's going to struggle to compete for recruits under the NIL rule changes as it really comes down to resources.
My bitterness is deeper than the coaching staff or who's more deserving of a few minutes of playing time. My true concern is we're no longer competing on anything remotely close to a level playing field and I'm growing less convinced of the possibilities each passing day. I wish I felt differently but there's a growing sense of dreams slipping away and no replacement coach is going to change it given the sudden changes in the landscape of college sports. The big boys have won.