He's not getting fired. So, while I agree with you that this whole episode has been a disaster so far, I am going to hope that the coach that we have, has an amazing spring recruiting in the portal and keeps the rest of our guys (sans Battle who is gone almost for sure). Furthermore I hope that the squad he puts together is competitive and wins enough games to get excitement for the program going again.
Just a reminder- you didn't think Henley was any good. (I actually did think he was going to be good).
I think some fans already have concluded that Luke Loewe and Tarus Samuel's level transfers, whether 1 or 5 in quantity, isn't going to save Ben his job next year nor have us finish above 13th.
Unfortunate that Ben doesn't have the NIL to work with to land top of the line transfers, so I think for many of us, we realize we've entered the lame duck year of Ben's existence as head coach.
Feel bad for Ben that his first shot as a head coach was at a job he wasn't prepared to take. That appears to be the simple fact. If we were patient for 5-8 years, could he get there, maybe, but that's too much time and $$$ wasted.
Hopefully we hire a coach next year who has a solid system for winning with less than awesome players or we have a coach who is plugged in well enough to bring existing starters so we don't look at our roster every year at the start of the season and hope we'll get major contributions from kids who haven't done it in the Big Ten before.