- May 4, 2012
You dont have to overpay someone looking for a place to retire. You can pay them less.I'm not going to say I completely agree, but I'm also not going to say I completely disagree with the bolded part.... and here's why.
1. You make the point of needing stability & support.... well other than Shaka, we haven't had a coach stay more than 3 years since Capel, and people are always saying they are tired of coaches using us as a stepping stone & that we need to pony up & pay them to keep them here.... Well we did.Now that's not to say that people came at Rhoades after that season & tried to lure him away from VCU (Idk if anyone did or not).... but who knows.
2. The first season I think everyone knew MR first season was going to be a struggle after losing so many players due to graduation & half of a recruiting class (the other half of which is now gone).... Then Season #2 he led our squad to the A10 Reg season title... a team that had 2 seniors.... Xavier Jackson & Michael Gilmore.... (neither of whom which really were vital parts of our in our success that year over the long haul).
And what happened? We lost one of our Best Players, Marcus Evans, in the 1st round of the A10 Tourney against Rhody (a game we led at half), due to an injury. And understandably to an extent it affected our teams focus the rest of the game & we ended losing to URI.... And then UCF was just a bad matchup altogether..... But we all agree, that season as a whole was good.
Then you had last year.... which started off pretty good, entered conference play 10-3, and then right before Valentines day.... things just went to Heck in a hand basket.... and its clear there was something going on with the team chemistry wise.... and of course drama off the court started to happen. Whatever the root of all the drama was... who knows... but clearly it affected our team.
So the question, we gotta ask ourselves, is that on MR or the players? I mean, how did we go from winning the A10 Regular season Tourney & Making the NCAA Tourney (with 0 impactful seniors... Gilmore was good don't get me wrong, but he only played double digit minutes in like 6 games all year that year)..... to a team (with 5 seniors) that went sub .500 in conference play this year (and sparring a miraculous run in the A10 Tourney), that might not have even gotten into the NIT Tourney. Now sure the A10 was definitely better this year... but there was clearly something behind the scenes.
So the question we gotta ask ourselves is (Rhetorical question).... Who/what was the reason for our struggle his past season?
If you think it's MR, and you think that team chemistry is going to continue to be a problem going forward (after not really being a problem the first 2 years).... then yes you can say we over paid for him. If you are like some & think that there was just something completely odd about this season (that no one is really 100% sure what) and that it was an anomaly & not indicative of MR coaching/leadership abilities.... then I think it's too early to say we over paid MR too soon.
I personally think it's too early to tell.
MR was the guy being paid, its on him. If you have a cancer, you cut it out. When Jay_Q got a big head he sat until he could fit his head through the door again. Its simple. riding them in practice is pointless if you play them regardless.