[quote=“Evan Ceg, post:12, topic:1330”]Not sure if JoePa’s retirement will help or hurt the MBB program when it happens. Certainly if the football program tanks in the post-Paterno era and the Athletic Department starts bleeding red as a result, that won’t be good for men’s basketball. And Joe has helped recruit some of our better basketball players and has shown up to visibly support the program at key moments.
On the other hand, Joe has made sure that everyone understands that Penn State is a “football school.” (He criticized Syracuse’s decision to stick with the Big East 30 years ago as befitting a “basketball school.”) That understanding is manifest in the AD’s media and budget priorities. (It just makes sense to feed your cash cow.) And when Joe is gone from the scene, there will be room for a MBB coach with a BIG ego and a big media profile, which there isn’t now. Even in his senescence, Joe casts a large shadow and other coaches know that you don’t cross swords with the czar of University Park.
So, while Joe is likely sincere in his desire to see MBB succeed, when he’s gone, there will be a better chance for MBB to become #1A among Penn State sports, as opposed to a solid (stolid?) #2, at best. In fact, Curley may be thinking that when Joe’s gone, Penn State will need a high-profile, rock star MBB coach (or, a guy with the personality and coaching chops to become such) to keep Penn State in the sports headlines. [/quote]
Statements and projections like these always have me scratching my head.
To say that JoePa is in ANY WAY harmful to the basketball is laughable !!!
To think that hiring a football outside of the PSU family will help the hoops program is laughable as well. You guys really are not paying attention to what is going on and the decisions that have been made by the athletic department.