- Jun 27, 2018
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Very fair and good post all around, thanks.Of course Kansas and the other blue bloods have had good coaches. They've also been paying their players forever (and promising them NBA careers). Without the money, not nearly as many top players show up in a middle of nowhere place like Lawrence.
I do think Johnson can coach and recruit, although his record obviously doesn't show it. The reason I think he can coach is the game against tOSU that was broadcast on Fox1. The coaches were miked and there were no commercials. It was basically a live feed. I thought Johnson had good command of the huddle and the sideline. He was more assertive than he appears.
He can recruit because, as Gopher Playa said, he's recruited the top players in Illinois, Colorado and he brought in Henley and Evans. He lost Evans to a larger NIL offer. The portal is a problem.
This is a pivotal year. I think he has to get to about six wins and hold on to his players to keep his job. We'll see.
Bolded: sure, probably same for Lincoln. (Steroids and other corner cutting helped as well) But that was decades ago, to get the ball rolling. Now that the ball is rolling, it's impossible to decouple the factors: do players go to the best of the best program (talking strictly KU now), because they know that's the best path to success or do players only go there because they get the most money from shoes and now NIL?
I think you automatically get one with the other, now, you can't really decouple them.