Mizzou_Fan, on 28 April 2014 - 05:54 PM, said:
, can you post a wall of stats telling me why this is a terrible hire?
I can't. I did read up on him, but as you point out, he doesn't have any DI stats to research.
I will say that he has undoubtedly proved himself in DII though; won his conference several times, finished 2nd a handful of others, won the DII NC, won at least 20 games 7 times, and at least 30 games 3 times.
If he can translate that formula to a stronger level of competition he could be good.
I'm one of those folks who doesn't necessarily equate success on a smaller stage as inferior.
It seems to me that if you were successful at a lower level, with the players that level brings, and against lower level competition, you should be able to duplicate the success with the better facilities, better budget, and better players that come with that step up. If he can coach, he can coach.
The only barrier I see, as others mentioned, is his and his staff's ability to attract the horses to run the race.
In that respect he's a lot like Tyndall at UT; both guys seem to know their trade, but what remains to be seen is if they can get prospects excited about their program... I think a lot of that is determined by image, first impression, and perspective, too.
One thing is for sure, though; the guy is a native Missouri cornerstone, and all the local kids will know him well, so he might have a lot of luck keeping them close to home.