Mizzou didn’t land the big name coach. They didn’t even land a coach which most people have heard of before, but I say, have faith in Frank Haith.
The thing is, we won’t know for a while if Haith will turn out to be a stud or a dud, but since he’s the person Mizzou chose, I say you at least have to give him a chance. I’d be lying if I said I knew or have talked to Haith before so I’m not going to pretend I have, but from reading and hearing about him, there’s no reason to write him off just because he’s not Cuonzo Marin, Matt Painter, Brad Stevens, or Shaka Smart.
Haith is known as pretty good recruiter; while an assistant at Texas, Texas A&M, and Wake Forest, he recruited six McDonalds’ All-Americans, so it’s good to see he can pull in talent. You would think since he’s already familiar with the Big 12, he still might be familiar with his Midwest roots, the question is, how quickly will he be able to reestablish his connections?
I’m not 100-precent familiar with Haith’s coaching style yet, but I hope he can reestablish an offense where it’s not run down the court, chuck it up, and see what happens. I’d like to see more screens, maybe some motion, simply an offense where there is some sanity to it, not just run and gun.
Mizzou Athletic Director Mike Alden will have to answer the question, ‘Why wasn’t a bigger name hired?’ but again, just because Haith is not the sexy, high profiled guy right now, doesn’t mean he can’t coach and it doesn’t mean he won’t be able to lead the Tigers back to a top 10 program. With that said, if success is in Haith’s future, I think it will take some time; hopefully Mizzou fans will give him time.
Jeff Abeln is a sports reporter at News 4. You can contact him at firstname.lastname@example.org