Awesome job discovering that coach prospect and a good argument for that. I am not saying I am for or against moving in that direction, just that you made a great post there.
At a 10,000 foot level I will only mention that I previously said that I think win-loss record does not matter this year. The team both has young freshmen and then a drop in talent due to the transfer portal issue where six players left the team. Potential new transfers rebuffed the program because they saw many recent players bolt via the transfer portal, I assume, a catch 22. I said before I felt the goal is 2023-24 and just ignore wins-losses this year when making an assessment.
Some additional history about the Whalen era I want to mention as an FYI was the Destiny Pitts situation, because I don't see that in the history being mentioned.
Pitts was the unanimous Big Ten Freshman of the Year for Minnesota.
Whalen suspended the star basketball player Pitts for behavior unbecoming of the standards of the team, apparently a hand gesture during a game. Pitts said she felt shocked and blindsided. I am not aware of anyone or any news source seeing or reporting what it was. Destiny Pitts then hit the transfer portal.
At Texas A&M she led Texas A&M to a ranking, 25-2 record, and a Sweet 16 NCAA Tournament birth. She and Texas A&M beat Iowa State in the 2ns round and lost to #11 Arizona.
Had Whalen handled the Pitts situation in a more measured way I think that would have been Minnesota in March Madness and fueled more recruiting. Instead, it set the program back.
The Fab Four recruiting was a HUGE plus that Whalen gets credit for.
Anyway... I am just making the history record more clear.
I have no opinion to weigh in with other than the factoids I've mentioned.
Lindsay Whalen might have had the toughest day of her career Thursday with the Gophers, learning star guard Destiny Pitts was transferring after being suspended. Then Minnesota blew a 15-point lead in a 76-75 loss to Iowa at Williams Arena.
Destiny Pitts (3) Guard - ABOUT DESTINY Crowned SEC 6th Woman of the Year after leading the conference and ranking 5th in the nation in 3-point field goal
Pitts decides to leave the U after being suspended
Sophomore guard Alexia Smith is the sixth Minnesota player this year to enter their name into the NCAA transfer portal.