- Jan 26, 2016
I can't imagine the assistants stay in tact. Something will have to change. Ed is going to have to show something. All that corporate money can dry up quick.MR needs to stay, at least to keep the recruiting class next year. The program is not in shambles, but if next year's team isn't competitive - we're in trouble.
If the young talent can play like the young players from UMass did tonight against our veteran talent, we'll be in great shape. If our freshman can explode like other freshman and sophomores do against our team every game, we'll also be great. Honestly, I think next season will be better, though this season isn't over yet, like I said before...we can only improve and get better at this point. In my mind, we can't get any worse, even if we lose the rest of the season..Our coaching situation is not dire. We’ve got more talent coming in next season. We’ll have, arguably, more talent next season than this season. Unfortunately, it will be young talent, mostly freshmen and sophomores.
If not I'll camp out on Rao's doorstep until he fires EdLook, the man took VCU to an 8 seed in the NCAAs last year, and they were in the top 25 at one point this year. If they give him the heave ho because of one unexpectedly bad season, then they and the fans itching to pull the trigger deserve a lifetime of Mack McCarthys.
My guess is the AD is a lot more nuanced about this than a bunch of seething-in-the-moment fans.
I like you because you’re a thoughtful, reasonable poster. I certainly love differing opinions when they are thoughtful and reasonable. Heck, a lot of my life is spent dealing with differences of opinions. You’ve thrown a few things into this post, like reseating, etc. I’ll save that topic for another day and stick with the salary thing for now.HBK - You and I have agreed about a lot of things on VCURN. And I understand the point you are making.... and for some reason, you have taken this on as your personal path to glory. But you have to understand a few things. #1 There are always other perspectives than your own. I know.... I suck at accepting that sometimes too. And #2 - What 2012 said. The money Coach makes is insane, when you look at it, and what other People do - and give, in our society. So there's that. But I get it. It * is * the going rate. It just is. And he can put Fans in the seats when he brings us winning Teams. I get all of that. I don't necessarily even have a problem with it. This is not my fight. It isn't my decision to make. It's not my thing.
But the last point I will make is this: VCU didn't give a rats azz about some of the 40 and 50 year Fans, when all these re-seatings and pricing changes took place. I know this for fact: A lot of Families have been separated in the Arena, with the re-seatings. It happened to me. I survived the first couple. Then.... I lost out. I wasn't a Capital Campaign member. Only reason I wasn't...... is that I was working on my MBA at East Carolina, at the time. I was a grad student, and I didn't have 2 nickels to rub together. So.... I didn't quite have the priority points, and the rank. I lost my 20-Year Season tickets, next to my Parents, who were Capital Campaign members. They drive up from North Carolina, and we do this as a Family. It has been critically important to us. As a Family. A VCU black-and-gold blooded Family. After 20 years. I missed my seats by literally 7 or 8 slots in the pecking order. We called down there, hoping for some type of a break. I've been in this thing for 40 years. Been there through ALL the bad seasons, and all the garbage. They said.... doesn't matter. We can't help you.
So my Kids can't sit with Grandma & Grandpa, etc. I didn't b1tch out. I'm not (really) bitching now. I'm just offering another perspective. It's the cost of winning. Every winning Program takes advantage of the winning. It's a large part of how they pay the Coach more - more - more - more.... so you can have the right guy. And you can win. I get it. And I like Mike Rhoades. I'm standing by that (for the moment). But this bullcrap about his salary not mattering..... it's stupid. It does matter. People are paying for it.