You are correct that Pat's track record would have gotten him fired somewhere else. But I think the source of my frustration is that we were finally over that hump! Penn State has proven basketball is definitely not a priority in the past, but they are now actively harming the program when it's finally in a healthy spot. Like we finally had the breakout season under Pat, then they simply wanted to get rid of him based on an investigation that was started by something they knew about last season! Like, if they would have fired Pat after 2018-19, I don't think that many people would have complained. However, we had a promising future and just had a great season, it's a really tough pill for me to swallow that they forced him out.
Tony was left out of a lot of mocks the closer we got to the draft. He wasn't in the final one for Bleacher Report:
I am not sure where he ranked for like Draft Express because that's behind the ESPN Insider paywall and I don't have that subscription.
I would love for Sandy to be able to make a good hire now, but I expect it's going to be extremely tough for them to find someone willing to jump this close to the season.
This is essentially where I'm falling in terms of the timing stand point of this. I think what annoys me the most is we finally got over the hump, and have now gone actively out of our way to blow the program up.
Killian Hayes is going to be a lottery pick. Lamar's future is less certain as it comes to the draft. I think he has a shot of getting drafted in the final 15 picks of the 2nd round or so. He may end up having to go into a training camp, and latching onto a team that way.
What does the hockey guy know about hoops?!
I think my first game was PSU/Michigan in the BJC during 08-09 season when they won the NIT. It was very weird because they won by like 15+ and nothing of importance really happened.
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He has an incredible engine too. Unfortunately he is recovering from a broken tibia at the moment and looks likely to miss his senior season, but he's just a great program fit. Wrestlers who have the high motor, creative attacks have great success at PSU, hopefully Van Ness continues that long line.
Our title hopes were pretty much gone already, so I'm not sure if this is more of a fatal blow or not than anything else. Iowa is going to probably have like 8 or 9 All-Americans + Spencer Lee winning a national title + Pat Lugo, Alex Marinelli being No. 1 seeds and finalists + Austin Desanto being a potential finalist + Cassioppi and Warner being potential 3rd placers.
They just have more depth. I'll write an article after NCAAs why Penn State is going to re-claim their NCAA title next year because our team is going to be stacked.