But you can't fairly separate him Shaka's staff, that is part of his resume. A big part in fact. An assistant (or associate) coach on a final four staff is something a lot of coaching candidates don't have.
Anthony Grant being on Donovan's championship staff was a big part of him getting hired here.
And maybe so... but here's the difference. Neither Grant, not Shaka were in house hires or previous employees of the Univ.... so for them you can't say "well they were here when this happened at VCU".
No... they were all hired after we had an actual coaching search. Or at least Grant was.... who knows if Teague & co. said "well Grant came from florida & worked well... lets go get another UF guy" in which Donovan then gives us Smart.
I don't know exactly how Grant & Smart fell into our laps.... I assume we did an actual coaching search & determined the best fit from there. And we knew we were taking a chance on both of those hires...
Did we do the same with WW & MR? Or did we just hire them because we needed someone to come in & keep everything operational & afloat. Interestingly enough MR was the Associate HC over WW... yet WW was hired as our HC first... prob due to the fact he had 2 years as a HC under his belt on the D1 level and was coming off a 22 win season, where as MR had 1 year of HC experience on the D1 level & a 12 win season... nothing really to write home about from either in all honesty. MR then gets hired after WW leaves.... when in 3 years at Rice MR had 1 winning season.
When either Will Wade or MR was hired... did anyone hear about other coaches/asst. coaches from P5's being considered?
My point being.... based off MR's resume & even WW's resume... if neither of them were on VCU's staff during the Final 4 run... we likely go out & find another Top level assistant (like we did with Shaka & Grant) instead of hiring those guys based on the rest of their resumes.
we hire WW with 2 years of HC experience with a 40-25 record, and the only post season he made it too was the CIT first round
we hire MR with 3 years of HC experience (on the D1 level) with a 47-52 record, 1 winning season & a trip to the CBI.
WW & MR only got hired because of their VCU ties.... you can't say that about Shaka & Anthony Grant... because neither of them had any ties to VCU prior to their hire.
Also it's different times because when Grant was hired.... VCU was still relatively unknown to most. We were for all intents & purposes... just another mid major. We had a good year here & there but nothing consistent. We were no gonzaga or whoever else was a consistent force among mid majors at the time. Grant helped put us on the map with "the Dagger" & Eric Maynor.... and a close loss to UCLA in 2009. Shaka then firmly put us on the map after the Final 4 run & the years that followed.
Sure Grant & Shaka were hired with the intent of making VCU a winning program.... but the expectations by fans when they were hired pale in comparison to the expectations of the fans & the school when WW & MR were hired. The risk/reward when Grant & Shaka were hired versus WW/MR's hires are completely different levels imo. When Grant & Shaka were hired... VCU had little to nothing to lose. We had no BDC, we had no Sellout Streak. When WW & MR were hired.... now all of a sudden we had EVERYTHING to lose.
And maybe that's why Ed & co. went with what he thought were "safe hires"