zartan, on 15 April 2014 - 03:57 PM, said:
He dumped us. That's how everyone will see it
Seems like some folks/fans are downplaying their role in the events today; but they must care and must feel like the ugly duckling that didn't get asked to the prom because there are about a half dozen or so threads on Volnation talking about it.
There's a world of difference between criticism and what Cuonzo endured.
I don't think anybody left solely because of a petition, although even that's overboard.
It's all the other things that were pretty shocking, like the man's wife getting accosted in public and apparently finding confederate flags in his yard.
That kind of stuff is borderline criminal and will make a man fear for his safety and that of his family.
The guy wasn't a great coach for most of the regular season; but it frequently takes at least 3 years for a new coach to change everything around and make a program his... it looked to me like he finally accomplished that by the time the tourney rolled around.
And, despite the treatment from fans, he still kicked some behind in the tourney; he had every right to throw in the towel after the treatment he'd received, but he didn't do that.
UT fans are entitled to think they deserve better coaching; but it seems like a significant portion of them (14,000 attend games, but over 30,000 signed the petition) don't realize that the way they're going about it is akin to shooting oneself in the foot.
Honestly, what top coach is going to consider UT after watching how Cuonzo was just treated? If UT does manage to attract one, they're likely going to have to spend more money than they otherwise would have because of that fan treatment, and definitely more than that pittance they were paying Martin... $1.3m isn't much for a major university that wants to consider itself one of the big boys.