"He has pulled the Buckeyes out from the steeper depths before; there's no reason to believe he cannot do it again."
I'm going to have to respectfully disagree. We are at a point right now where the only way this program is going to get back to anywhere is a fresh start. Will I eat these words after the 2017-18 season? Maybe. But like I've said, let's either make a run in the tournament or be a complete failure next season; I can't stand another season of being just decent sometimes.
Recruiting miss after recruiting miss and lack of player development have led to where we are at today. The highly ranked kids don't want to come to a program that misses the NIT. They want to go to a program where they can have instant success, make the tournament and hopefully move onto a pro career. You aren't going to sell the 5 star kids by saying "you could be the player to really turn this program around." So you have to find guys that fit your system, that work hard and you have to develop them. And we have done an absolutely terrible job of that. So then you realize "hey this season needs to be different or else my job is on the line" so you go land some grad transfers, 2017 unsigned kids, and look to make some coaching staff shakeups....OR YOU DO NONE OF THAT. Yeah, some Howard transfer is gonna visit us but we will probably miss out on him, Mark Smith, MJ Walker, and I highly doubt we go after Bragg and that Pittsburgh transfer aint coming here either.
We don't have the roster to have the type of season Thad needs to have in order to save his job, or I severely underestimate how far Gene Smith is willing to let this program fall. Sorry to be so negative but I really thought we would be seeing some roster/staff shakeup after the disastrous season they had and nothing has happened. Downvote away, this is how I feel.