I heard from a source close to the program that the goals for next year are a top-3 finish in conference, 24-25 wins and a top 100 RPI. Should be an interesting season!
Since Baldwin hasn't done this yet, we have to work under the assumption that he'll be gone after this year, as that doesn't meet the Athletic Department standards. So any goals we put here should be for the new incoming staff.
Post by Duct_Tape_Pounce on Feb 19, 2019 17:47:13 GMT -6
I think it is true to say next year will be huge for Pat Baldwin. One thing that I think it is important to note is that while this current team isn’t that experienced, they’re not particularly young either. Their eight man rotation includes 2 seniors/graduate transfers, 5 juniors, and 1 sophomore. Next year, assuming nobody transfers, the team will have 5 seniors (assuming Abram, Sessoms, Barnes, Arthur-Williams, and Roy do not redshirt). If the team isn’t in contention for the conference championship next year, there will be a lot of holes to fill the following year.
I still think a top 4 finish should be a minimum goal for next year, but (again, assuming there are no transfers) a top 3 finish and top 100 RPI finish is a reasonable goal as well.
Post by Pantherholic on Feb 20, 2019 20:36:51 GMT -6
I know the expectations for next year will definitely be higher than this year's but I don't know specifics. This was seen as a rebuild year from the beginning & there hasn't seem to be any change in perception from inside the dept.
I also don't know how holding any coach to an attendance figure is even possible. Are they making him in charge of ticket prices, promotions, etc? If she didn't even use that as a reason to fire the guy she wanted to get rid of, why would she use it as a reason to get rid of someone she has hired & is accountable for?
It's about the NET ranking now. RPI is not used by the NCAA committee.
Oops, you are totally right on that. I’m not sure if the statement above is something legitimately heard this year or fully based on the AD’s unlikely goals for Rob Jeter. Top 100 in RPI or NET would likely be the toughest goal of the 3 mentioned with the way the league has been the past few years.
Post by Cactus Panther on Feb 21, 2019 9:39:24 GMT -6
I think the HL will continue a trend it started this year with rising in overall conference rankings. For example, Cleveland State has been starting five underclassmen, including three freshman. Oakland starts mostly underclassmen. The HL has very good freshmen like Davis and Quisinberry. Even good teams like NKU are relatively young - McDonald is the only senior.
Also, unlike the past few years, all HL coaching jobs appear stable. Most and perhaps all coaches will likely return and have another year to further stabilize programs with their own players. I could see John Brannen getting scooped away from NKU, but if any HL program has the smarts and leverage to hire a good replacement, it's NKU.
Of course, my comments above are predicated on no mass early transfers this off season. With what appears to me as less potential impactful "graduate senior" transfers in the HL right now, and relative coaching stability, I think impactful early transfers from the HL will be a lot less than the past few years. My comments are also based on the same ten programs being in the conference next year. Hopefully, NKU stays, at least for a while.
So, will the 2019-20 season result in multiple HL teams in the top 100 NET rankings? I do not think so. But I do think we will see a much stronger bottom of the conference, and fewer 200+ programs.
A stronger HL will mean a more challenging schedule for the Panthers. A top four season next year would be quite an accomplishment. While I look forward to the remainder of the current season, I am already excited for the next one.
Post by Pantherholic on Feb 22, 2019 9:50:02 GMT -6
I’m not going to bother speculating but he’s still on the roster as of now. The dept has removed guys pretty quickly before so probably just check back with that to see if it’s program-related or not. I have no problem with showing him the door if he wants to go elsewhere.