But I do certainly think we need to pay our coaches better than we do.
How do you know BSU can actually afford to pay well? Are you the athletic department's controller? It was proven with Billy Taylor that three university couldn't afford to buyout the last 2 seasons of his contract or else he would of been let go when the team nosedived in 2011-12. It's pretty obvious the problem is the wrong coaches too much rope based on hope and unfulfilled potential. I guess we can make the same extension mistake with the next coach in X number of years and ignore the current and Taylor tenures. I could at least somewhat understand Buckleys 2002 extension, although he inherited the majority of that talented roster from McCollum.
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We had the money to pay Ray better, seek a better coach than Buckley. To hire people we couldn't, didn't when we hired Ronnie.
Not sure anyone could be paid enough more after his tenure to make a fast turn around, but we didn't treat it as the colossal train wreck it was. Assumed a nice cheap soft spoken black coach could smooth it all over.
I agree we have to spend wisely what we have. But we need more than talk to prove we want the best to get the best, at any price point.
At the level that Ball State is at, we can pay, and the type of players we recruit (at least in the past) I will suggest we hire a coach that teaches good fundamentals and not a cheerleader. I don't give a rat's ass if the guy is an assistant at a ''major'' school or not, we need a fundamentals coach IMHO. I believe college coaching experience is essential but youth should be in the picture also because the road that they will have to travel to success will demand many hard hours. A new day, a young enthusiastic staff, and some new talented recruits (which I believe we CAN get) will bring a shot of adrenaline into a tired old program that has seen little light lately.
With costs escalating n sports and overall budget shrinking at mid majors, it is not easy. Schools that can make basketball a priority have a real advantage. It's not just dollars. Makes the job more attractive, and means more attention to problems and more support from administration and also more resources. We have to compete with them in hiring. The AD who is trying to do well in two sports will have a tougher job.
As everyone realizes the structure of coaching contracts which will involve a 5 year commitment makes decisions very high stake. Risky. Good decisions do go wrong. Plus. High costs if you make even a slight mistake. With everyone wanting a winner it is competitive.