Whether you give Schmidt 8 schollies or 58, he's only going to play 8 anyhow.You simply can’t be holding 1-2 every year in this climate. Many cite the desire to keep one in case a mid-year transfer becomes available. I’m sick of that shit. When has the Schmidt staff EVER successfully landed an impact player (or any player?) in that manner?
Yeah, it’s not just filling 13 scholarships, it’s filling those scholarships with the right blend of players. Finding a backup PG to play behind guys like Lofton or Adams has to be a challenge. I struggle with the inability to land and keep big guys though, especially considering Schmidt’s record of developing them.Whether you give Schmidt 8 schollies or 58, he's only going to play 8 anyhow.
Both. And it's not either/or. Too many of us jump the fence too often after a couple of impressive victories or frustrating losses. Or after a good or poor season.Do we as Bona fans overvalue this program or are we selling ourselves short?
He’s never done it, so I don’t expect it. Admittedly, these are unprecedented times, so unprecedented action could always take place; however, I’ll be pretty surprised if Schmidt takes a mid-year transfer.Getting back to nitty-gritty, do you anticipate Schmdt picking someone off the transfer wire this week? A ton of guys there (some pretty good due to schools ending season etc.). It seems to me they MUST get a big body of some kind, even if just for 3 minutes every other game and possibly more--who is behind Osun and Shaw now???? No one, and either or both could get hurt or in foul trouble, any time. And even without that--vs. some teams you can't go with a "four guard" defense. Or is Schmidt such a nut about his system that he would never ever add anyone to begin with??? Even just for emergency? He never played Carpenter last year except a big here and there due to injury or foul trouble. But at least he was there on the bench.
Both. And it's not either/or. Too many of us jump the fence too often after a couple of impressive victories or frustrating losses. Or after a good or poor season.
Some of that is endemic to all sports fans but we take it to a new level.
He’s never done it, so I don’t expect it. Admittedly, these are unprecedented times, so unprecedented action could always take place; however, I’ll be pretty surprised if Schmidt takes a mid-year transfer.
Carpenter (like Winston, I suspect) jumped the gun in transferring. Had he gutted it out, I suspect he would have had an increased role this season. Not many guys approach things like LaDarien Griffin did. That guy barely played as a freshman and sparingly as a sophomore, yet persevered (Coach Baron’s favorite word), worked his rear off each offseason, and became a key contributor on an NCAA at-large team. If only more kids had similar testicular fortitude.
Honestly, though, Schmidt really needs to figure out a way to rotate more kids in to keep them happy. There’s no reason for the rosters of the past five or so years to stick to a seven-man rotation. Playing nine consistently and going to 10-11 in certain games is almost a necessity today if you don’t want a lot of roster turnover.
Oh, and as for Baron... I love the guy and really liked him as a coach, but his track record at Bona has been pretty firmly surpassed by Schmidt. Like I said a few posts ago, it’s perfectly fine to love and appreciate your current coach while simultaneously wanting a little bit more in some areas of the program.
I’m rambling. Beat the Spiders.