Posted by fan on March 26, 2018 at 21:53:30:
In Reply to: Re: So? posted by Facts on March 26, 2018 at 14:40:32:
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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?
When the Pac 10 went to the Pac 12 they did not add 4 games with Utah and Colorado, at least not every year. They went to an unbalanced schedule and still play 18 conference games, as they did when they were the Pac 10. This season the LA schools had to play the Nor Cal teams twice and the Oregon teams twice, the hardest teams in the Pac 12. They only got to play the Arizona teams at home and the Washington teams in Washington. The schedule alters every two years as to who you only play once on the road and once at home.
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