Taj. Mostly agree with you but Spoon has a larger body of work than just here at SLU. Spoon recruited some good talent to SMS and also coached them to their max. Prior to SLU, Spoon won the Valley Tournament and regularly made it to the NCAA Tourney. When his teams played ours coached by Grawer, his teams were both mentally and physically tougher than ours and, more than not, his teams came out on top. And yes, I do hope our new recruits turn out better than in the days of the 1990s. It should, though, be pointed out that Spoon did rely heavily upon JUCO's (both at SMS and at SLU) and that following the whole JUCO approached changed during Spoon's tenure. With a larger budget for assistant coaches and recruiting, and less meddling from above, maybe Spoon would have stayed, maybe his recruiting would have been better... .
I agree that the future is unclear and look forward to seeing what Jim Crews can do. To date, his recruiting has exceeded my expectations. His development of players, though, is where I have a pause. I will be patient and am not intending to be overly critical, but I do think that Crews could have played/developed at least 2 of our 3 freshmen more than he did. Hard to find fault, though, with what Jim Crews and SLU did last year.
I believe that Spoon was looking for a legacy hire of his son to follow him and when he saw that being at SLU was going to be hard work he realized that getting the situation to the point that his son could take over was not going to be an easy task - he left for lots of reasons but that was one of them in my opinion.