Ok, this is gonna be a bit of a rant, so feel free to not read further!
Ok, so I have been reading posts about the team, KH, Lasan, etc and I feel a bout of disappointment coming on.
I never though it should be done, but I am wondering if I should be lowering my expectations of GWU basketball. I never, as a fan, expect to lower my expectations, because I want my teams to always win. A losing record, not making the A-10 tourney, and having 6 players on the floor are things that I feel should never be acceptable. I was never taught (as a player) that it was ok to lose, and it is ok to be horrible!!! No, I was not taught to win at all costs, but never accept failure.
KH should be given until the end of the year for evaluations to begin. Yes, he has taken us to heights we never have had before. This does not mean he gets a lifetime contract, or gets looked at through rose glasses. He has alienated the students, many GWU staff, fans, and players in the same time he was successful and now "not-so-successful". Additionally, we have received negative publicity along with the positive. Now, we are just laughed at. I do not think he should be kept on board as a coach simply because we have a good recruit coming. When the current group of "Super-Sophs" came to GWU, they also were the next group (not individuals) to save the program. This has not happened. If we are worried about losing a top-50 recruit.....make his uncle the head coach!
I am not a KH Hater, I am a GWU lover. Die-hard fanatic!
I just don't believe in lowering my expectations......but maybe it should be done. I don't go into a game expecting to win anymore. EVERY game it seems will be a dog fight. Years ago (early KH, Jarvis, or even Penders years) we would have blown out the likes of Hampton without remorse. Now, they are a tough loss. Which game will be an easy game??? Who are the easy teams on our schedule?
Yes, I understand we lose a (potentially) good player in Lasan. I say potentially, because we have no idea how good or bad he was going to be without Hollis to take much of the pressure. We do know that he would have been good for a few more points that many of the current players cannot seem to make. Still, good opposing coaches would have eliminate him as a factor and dared other players to win the game. With that in mind, we would be looking at winning with the players on the floor.
I take pride in GWU, and I want nothing more than the team to be successful. Therefore, I refuse to lower my expectations that they "MAKE THE A-10 TOURNEY" and possibly have me sitting on the edge of my seat hoping against Hope to see GWU's name called as an NCAA team. Five players on the floor so we don't give up free points does not seem like asking too much. Less players transferring out (seems to have stabilized) does not seem like to much to ask. Local recruiting, better offense (not sure I have ever seen a KH team come down, call a set play, and run it (i.e. Lasan or Mikic off screens for open jumpers....a la Kwame Evans).
The dream continues.......
I will be at the game tonight...rooting for the home team!