I don't particularly want to mention any names. I don't want to rant, rave, cast aspersions, or make personal attacks, but the facts cannot be ignored. We have a team chock full of raw talent, possibly the most we've had since the downfall of Wake Forest basketball began. There has always been talent on these teams for the last decade or so, albeit to varying degrees. Do players make mistakes? Yes. Undoubtedly, sometimes players don't do what they're supposed to do and the team suffers for it. But I don't CARE whose fault it is. It doesn't matter. Bottom line is that the definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over again and expecting a different result. Five years ago, we made a change. I'm not going to relitigate whether or not it was a good change to make. I don't care, I have never cared, and will never care about whether or not things were a mistake or not five years ago. Was it a gamble? Sure, but you have to play to win, and a lot of people thought Wake Forest would be alright and had made a good call. I don't think I could possibly muster one iota of give a darn whether anyone "called this" or not. If you did, congratulations. You were right. There. That validation of your pessimism and five bucks will get you a cup of coffee. That said, though, you were right. And changes should, in my opinion, be made.
We've seen literally one acceptable season on the back of an otherworldly campaign from a player who is currently working on a very promising young NBA career, and everything else has been a mess. Squandered potential, embarrassing losses, a bickering fanbase, mass exodus of clearly unhappy players every single season, glimpses of what should be, and very very rarely, moments of joy. But who cares? The fact is that everyone seems miserable. Players, coaches, what few fans are left in the stands, and pretty much all the fans who are at home. NO ONE is happy.
So if you ask me, it's time to move on. Make a clean break. No blame, no fault. Sometimes things just don't work out. This is very clearly one of those times. There's no way things will get better without a major change, and there's really only one that anyone has any control over. So do it.
On to the next, please. In more ways than one. Go Deacs.