Of course you are right on just about everything you said. Muss painted himself into a corner when he came here talking about playing a straight up, no gambling, man to man defense…no zone. He probably needs to rethink things with this team, and he might want to have a conversation with Coach Richardson about defense.
This Hog team gambles WAY too much, and they continually get burned…for both layups and 3’s. Coach Richardson’s teams gambled too, but they were multiple. They switched from man to zone so much, that the opposition didn’t even know what we were in half the time. That’s why teams drilled 7 on 5 before they played us.
Another thing, Coach Richardson didn’t spend a lot of time on film study…actually, almost none. He got our guys, all of them, in terrific shape, because he was gonna play all of them. He opened up practices, because he didn’t care who was watching. He figured, if we were in tip top shape, with a lot of guys, the other team had way more to worry about than we did. We were gonna do what we did, and you had to stop us. That was 40 Minutes of Hell. That might seem antiquated to Muss, but it worked then, and I guarantee it still would. I don’t remember us ever losing 5 out of 6 games, because we never did.
Yeah, it’s cool to come in from the NBA and say you’re gonna play straight man and never call timeouts, but reality has to be setting in for Muss right about now. He’s smart, but he’s not the only coach in the college game that is smart. He’s actually behind a lot of guys that have been college coaches for years (I’m not gonna name names). He has to adapt his system to his personnel, not the other way around. Muss is a little bit arrogant and immature right now, but I hope this season has humbled him enough to know that coaching in the NBA and college are vastly different things. You can win a ton of college games with great defense, just like Coach Richardson did. Does Muss really want to be a college coach for the long haul?