Spoon-Balls Posted December 1, 2022 Share Posted December 1, 2022 7 hours ago, brianstl said: I appreciate Ford. He has raised the recruiting bar to a level never seen at SLU before and brought back the program from a very bad spot. He has already made the tournament once and we will make it again this season. He can say the program developed a NBA player that wasn’t viewed as a potential NBA player when he signed. He has done a really good job to this point. I have always said, he shouldn’t be on the hot seat. That doesn’t mean he is above criticism and that the goals shouldn’t be higher going forward. If the landscape dramatically changes, then of course those goals should be adjusted. I am not demanding that Ford be like Majerus. I am not demanding a program that wins a game in the tournament three years in a row and gets ranked in the top 10. I just think having a program that can just make the tournament half the time should be the goal going forward. I don’t think that is too much to ask given where the program is and the resources it has heading into the future. These are exactly my thoughts. Program was an absolute dumpster fire when Ford took over. He helped keep the ship from completely sinking while also bringing in and developing someone who would ultimately become an NBA level player. He has taken our talent level to a place where we can consistently compete for a top 4 spot in the A10. He is not immune to criticism for performances in big games, going all the way back to his OK State days. But he knows how to market and manage a program and he is exactly who we needed to keep us in a stable position over the past 6 years. Now I think there’s a reasonable debate about whether Ford can take us from “pretty good” to “great,” but just being “pretty good” for 4-5 years after J Crews single-handedly nuked this basketball program isn’t too bad for Bills fans. Like another poster said, we shouldn’t throw out the bicycle that we got when we’ve never even really had a pony to begin with. Ford should have a full 8 or 9 years with us. Whether we decide to move on if we can find that person that will take us to the next level is reasonable to debate, but I will always appreciate Ford’s bridging us to being a steady and solid program that just narrowly missed the NCAA last year and will likely have us making the tourney this year. One more win last year, and we’d likely be having a different conversation. brianstl likes this Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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