I’m not sure of a lot of things anymore. The last year has changed thoughts and perceptions on just about everything. One thing I think we all hope to be true is that we’re deep down good people. That goes for me. That goes for Fran McCaffery. That goes for CJ (and Joe) Fredrick. All of us. I don’t think any of us set out to be bad.
Whether or not we succeed, is up for debate. But, as the saying goes, you can’t keep a good man down. So I’m hoping that at minimum Fran and myself have been modestly successful and that the events of the last couple weeks for Iowa basketball won’t be keeping either of us down.
On my end, I can tell you I remain more optimistic than most Hawkeye fans I’ve interacted with. For starters, I don’t think Iowa is poised to lose every game next year. Positivity! I also don’t think McCaffery deserves to be fired. Cluelessness?!?
At the end of the day, things have certainly trended down for Iowa over the last month, but that doesn’t mean they have to stay down. McCaffery has shown repeatedly that he is capable of finding talent early and often. He has struggled at times getting that talent to Iowa City after the rest of the world finds out he was right, but he has gotten his fair share of quality players. He’s also shown an ability to develop players (I’ll pre-emptively save the naysayers time on the Garza argument and just point to guys like Anthony Clemmons, Aaron White and Gabe Olaseni). Those two things, together, mean there is always room for optimism.
You can’t keep a good man down.
Now, it’s safe to say that most of the community here is a bit less positive than me in general and surely when it comes to coaches McCaffery and Ferentz. So feel free to express that in the comments here.
But I’m also ready for those questions you have. Questions on where Iowa turns now. Questions on what to expect next season. Questions on whether Spencer Petras is ever going to get it and whether Ferentz is ever going to actually have a true competition for the job.
We’ve had news galore, an open spring practice and an NFL Draft now less than 10 days away so I know those questions are burning a hole in your collective pockets. Let loose!
Also, feel free to ask more about Cardi B and my choice of music. Fun times.