Chris and Matt discourse their observations from Indiana Basketball’s Media Day.
After a 4-8 season, the 2nd worst record in the past 60 years of ND football, coach Brian Kelly deservedly finds himself on the hot seat. At times Kelly did not handle the hot seat well last year as he shifted blame to the players multiple times while showing inability to adapt within his own coaching staff and schemes, or waiting until it was too late (i.e. Brian Van Gorder).
But Kelly returns this season to coach his 8th season at ND. In 8 seasons Kelly has led ND to a 3-3 bowl game record, the schools first bowl win since 1993, and took them to the 2002 national championship. But Kelly’s Irish are going to have to do better than the recurring 8-5 record of years past in order for Kelly to keep his job and that all starts with a mass turnover to the coaching staff.
On The Cusp, Romeo Langford Will Need An All-Time Season In Order To Break Damon Bailey’s Career Scoring Record
At some point next season Romeo Langford and his New Albany teammates will play against Brayton Bailey’s Bedford North Lawrence (BNL) team. Brayton Bailey is a sophomore on the BNL team and made the all-conference team last season averaging 12 points and 6 rebounds per game as a freshman. Brayton also happens to be Damon Bailey’s son.
In 1990, Damon Bailey broke the Indiana high school scoring record with 3,134 points. Had the internet and social media been around like it is today, Damon also would have broken that.
But as IU has seen over the past 30 years – resources, fans, and support are not enough to win a championship. It will take a top 10 coach to awaken the program and bring its 6th national championship. When IU named Archie Miller the 29th head basketball coach at IU in late March, they made him the 8th highest paid coach in the nation. At just 38 years of age, Archie is considered one the top up-and-coming head coaches in the nation and turned down at least 7 offers before finally accepting the Indiana coaching position.
The question everyone wants to know is if Archie can coach as well as IU will pay him. Can Archie be the guy that wakes up the Hoosier program and brings the 6th banner to Assembly Hall? Only time will tell and the clock has already started ticking. One thing is for sure; Five banners are no longer good enough for Indiana basketball.