Re: So?

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Posted by Facts on March 26, 2018 at 14:40:32:

In Reply to: Re: So? posted by Walt Flanagan's Dog on March 26, 2018 at 14:13:36:

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: : : : A great Xs and Os coach understands who to recruit to make the most out of their system.

: : : All coaches know who to recruit. The trick is to successfully recruit them. One of the marks of a good college coach is to get the talent in the first place.

: : : As far as being a Close "groupy" goes, I have commented very little on her. But the ridiculousness of some posters who use the fact that UCLA reached the Elite 8 as a justification for calling her a bad coach just brings out the ire in me.

: : : By the way, as the tourney played out, it turns out the PAC 12 was a very strong conference.

: : : Walt's Dog

: : Kathy Olivier went to the Elite Eight. Was she a good coach? She also won the conference tournament and also won the conference title, something Close has not done. Kathy Olivier also was a known recruiting ace but as Tara V said after Olivier landed her #1 class, "it won't mean much with their coach."

: : And I think your defense of Close should include why she's a good coach. Because she reached the Elite Eight? Olivier did that and their overall records are sadly quite similar. You've heard numerous opinions about her lack of half court offense/defense (please explain what her offense consists of), slowness to change options on the floor and lack of leadership. So what is it that makes Close such a fine coach?

: I think the PAC 12 is tougher these days. The tournament has showed us that, for sure.
: Olivier, after 15 years won 52.5% of her games. Close, in 7 seasons has won 63.4% of her games. That's three to four more wins per season.

: What makes anyone think that UCLA should be more competitive than they have been?

: Walt's Dog

The Pac went to 12 in 2011, the same year Close started. That meant at least four more games a season, with Utah and Colorado. That in itself should have netted four additional wins a season than Olivier had.

Again, you have not answered why Close is such a worthy coach. Offense/defense? Bueller?

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