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  1. Yes, McBride was a master of tough love. He loved those guys like his children (and they knew it), so they accepted all of the ass chewings, knowing he always had their best interests at heart and had their backs. It's a delicate balance to master, but it's a critical component of being a great coach who inspires and motivates his players in a way that's meaningful and sustainable. That's why, decades later, many of those guys still consider him to be like a second father and speak to him regularly on the telephone. That's the type of bond successful coaches create, and it's lacking in our basketball program right now.
  2. To me, it's really not about coddling, but rather about balance. Balance is a key element in any successful human relationship, whether it's at the parent-child level, coach-player, manager-employee, etc. If you're going to criticize the negative, you should likewise praise and reinforce the positive. That's the essential balance that governs most successful human relationships, and without that balance, most relationships will deteriorate. At least that's my opinion.
  3. In a nutshell, he's an asshole. The happy-go-lucky jokester persona he shows to the public is a bunch of BS. In private, he's very negative with the players, rides them very hard, is very critical without a lot of complementary positive encouragement and just wears guys down emotionally over time. Tough love is a great coaching style in my opinion, but tough without the love part burns players out and eventually causes them to check out mentally and disengage.
  4. Yes, I do. I wouldn't throw that out here based on speculation. It comes from solid sources who speak to players. I routinely heard that the players don't like playing for Miles and to expect multiple transfers if he were retained. Based on how the second part of that played out, it gives me every reason to believe the first part, and it came from more than one source.
  5. I feel it would have made a huge difference. We all experienced the misery of last season's grind as fans. Imagine experiencing it as a player. It had to have been a very difficult ride, and there's a domino effect there too. More losses equal frustrated coaches in perpetually-bad moods, which equals more negativity, more criticism, more finger pointing, tougher practices, and an overall dark cloud over the program that I'm sure impacted the psyche of the players. By the end of the season, it was obvious that they checked out emotionally. Winning cures a lot of ills.
  6. Of the 14 players recruited by Miles since he arrived, nine have transferred. That's more transfers than the football team has had! Yes, a program with 13 scholarship slots (and Miles rarely even filled them all) has had more transfers than a team with 85 scholarship slots. That's profoundly disturbing to me. Get a coach who inspires his players and is a true leader of men and watch the transfers drop dramatically. I know I'm virtually alone in the wilderness on that view here, as almost everyone else here seems to be convinced that all of these transfers are mostly attributable to millennial culture or the mercenary nature of college basketball, but as long as we have a coach that players don't like playing for, who can't inspire young men to believe in something bigger than themselves, they will continue to happen at an alarming rate. I joked with another board member recently that, for most of the posters here to sour on Miles, they'd literally need to come home and find him in bed with their wives, and, even then, some would give him a mulligan if he washed the sheets before he left. I'm not putting you in that category, but that seems to be the prevailing mindset.
  7. Decisions are rarely made in such simplistic terms. Life is more complex than that. When players leave, it's usually due to combination of different factors. I'm not saying all of those factors have equal weight in the decision, but when players leave, it's rarely for just one reason. Role concerns were surely a factor for both players. However, dislike for the head coach also played a role. The problem is that, in the absence of a strong bond with the head coach and true buy in, the other factors are more likely to cause a player to pull the trigger on transferring when a stronger bond might have resulted in retaining the player despite his concerns about his role.
  8. Exactly. Numerous basketball insiders (I am not one) were saying even weeks before the Big Ten tournament to expect multiple transfers if Miles was retained. If they knew it, then Eichorst must have known it. If not, it says something very disturbing about his management of this program and emotional investment in it. Now, a few weeks later, the program has just sustained its fourth off-season transfer (a full third of the team's scholarship roster) and is awaiting an imminent decision on its fifth. Someone needs to be held accountable for this mess, and though Mark Boehm should be fired, this is not on him. He'd be nothing more than a scapegoat for those who are truly responsible.
  9. Time to hire a coach who inspires his players and instills loyalty -- a coach players respect and want to play for. It may not happen this year, but it needs to happen, or the cycle will simply continue. I am not talking about coddling players. I'm talking about forming a real, substantive bond with them. I'm not saying we should hire Craig Smith, but I would absolutely cite him as an example of a coach who truly forms strong bonds with his players and inspires them. Miles is not that kind of coach.
  10. I don't dispute what Sam and others posted in this thread with respect to the me-first culture that permeates college athletics these days. However, none of that excuses the reality that we have a basketball program with a broken culture -- a program led by a coach who exudes positive energy in public, but in private mostly exudes negative energy. It doesn't change the fact that the leader of our basketball program has a coaching style that wears players down emotionally to the point that they have no loyalty to him, dislike playing for him and eventually just want to get as far away from him as possible. If you believe I'm engaging in speculation here, think again. You guys can keep blaming millennial culture or whatever other labels you want to put on it. It won't change the inherent culture of this program, which is excessively negative and emotionally draining and demoralizing for its players. These same millennials populate our football program too, yet they're not transferring in substantial numbers. Why is that? With MJ, we're talking about nearly ONE THIRD of our scholarship players transferring out of the program in the off-season. Think about that for a second. That's the equivalent of TWENTY-SIX football players transferring out in one year! If Glynn leaves, we're talking about 5 of 13 scholarship players transferring, which would represent nearly 40% of our scholarship players leaving the program. If people want to blame all of this on millennial culture, be my guest, but I believe you're externalizing something that is, to a great extent, internal in nature.
  11. This matches what I heard. Thanks for posting.
  12. Ed's real problem is that he has the game of a 6'10" PF with the height of a wing, and I don't see him developing the requisite skills at this point to play the wing. I've come to believe, despite Ed's success in the game of basketball, that he ultimately chose the wrong sport. He should have been a TE or DE on the football field and followed in his father's footsteps. He has a football body IMO.
  13. I look at each transfer and assess it both independently and as a piece in the whole puzzle -- in other words, both a micro and macro view. The Fuller transfer makes perfect sense and raises no red flags whatsoever in my book. On the other hand, when you have a kid like MJ transfer, a guy who, by all accounts, is a blue collar type of kid who's not a big "me" guy, it raises questions, especially in the context of how the season ended and the general culture around the program, which I happen to believe is broken. I was told weeks ago by someone who talks to a couple of players to expect some key guys to leave if Miles were retained. That scenario is playing out exactly as he said it would, and I'm not sure we've seen the last of the transfers even with MJ.
  14. Guys, this is all over the Internet. The people who are saying it are extremely confident that it will be made public very soon. If it doesn't play out, then I'll obviously look pretty stupid. So be it. I have no motive for posting it here other than to vent frustration to other fans about the state of the program we all love. As for stealing MJ's thunder by posting it here before he makes it public, if he's truly leaving, I don't give a crap about his feelings to be honest.
  15. Well, maybe you'd like to enlighten me then? Sent from my SM-G935V using Tapatalk