Geez, PJ, a little over simplification about coaching a team that plays great defense? I know you don’t believe you can read a book and become a great coach that plays great defense regardless of how talented your players are.
The coach has to take the lead in creating a team willing to play great defense. He has to believe wholeheartedly in his defensive schemes and be willing to sit his best players when they slack off on defense. He has to recognize and recruit players that are willing to put forth maximum effort on the defensive end that he demands.
Tony Bennett, the coachat VA, is a great example of a great coach who won a National Championship without a roster full of 5-star players. He’s created a team, for several years now, that no team in the ACC wants to play because they have to work so hard on the offensive end to get off an open shot. Maybe he read those books you mentioned.
Based on last year and his years at Nevada, I think Muss is, or can be, the type of Coach Tony has become. At Nevada, Muss sat a freshman 5-star who didn’t buy into, or put forth maximum effort, on the defensive end. I think last years’ undermanned Hog team played as hard and smart on the defensive end as any Hog team since Nolan’s best teams.
Now, CEM needs to recruit the same caliber of players Tony has had these last 3 or 4 years. That means he needs to continue to upgrade recruiting. I think his 2000 recruiting class and transfers reflect that he’s on his way to doing that. Hopefully, we’ll get to see first hand how that’s going this season. Provided we get to have a basketball season.