First off not everyone on this board thought we were a tournament team before the season. Many did but some also saw the lack of quality guard play.I'm not saying your wrong, I am saying you aint got a f'in clue and either do I. 3.5 months ago you wouldn't find a person who thought Iowa wasn't going to make the tournament on this board. A lot can happen in an off season. To answer your questions. And these are just my counter opinion. I am not saying it's right or wrong. Just my opinion. You can be a fan however you want to fan.
Is Fran going to suddenly learn how to manage rotations and subbing? Maybe? But he'll probably always play more then Iowa fans want him to. He suddenly forgot how to manage his rotations right?
Is Fran going to start using timeouts to stop runs? I think over the 2nd half of the season this year, he's used his time outs better. It hasn't really produced any results, but he's called timeouts earlier in runs. It hasn't helped.
Is Fran going to stop playing bigs at the 3? Nunge could develop into a 3, he's not there now, but he could. So, no, I doubt that. But I also think Joe W is gonna be a 3, so I think that spot will be better next season.
Are our guards going to drastically improve? Yes? Connor, Jordan and Moss another year older and mature. I don't see how you think they drastically will get worse next year.
Is our defense going to drastically improve? Biggest question mark I have. If it doesn't - all bets are off. It DID NOT improve from last year. It got worse. It's a big job for the entire program.
Are we going to stop turning the ball over? Turnovers are a trait of a young team. Iowa is a young team. I'm not saying that maturity cures everything, it doesn't. But gun to the head, do we have a lot less turnovers next season yes or no? I would say yes.
Have crazier turn arounds happened. absolutely? So there is a chance that Iowa turns it around next year? Sure.
The question is what is that chance? With all of the deficiencies we have, many of us think it’s very slim. In essence you are banking on a minor miracle occurring and saying it’s enough to keep Fran around.
To me Fran hasn’t earned that. He knows the nature of the beast in this profession. Last year was his free pass year, heck I would have given him this year if this team competed, improved and was somewhere near the bubble. But to completely lose your team to the point where many on the outside think that players aren’t even trying. To finish in the bottom of a weak league with a relatively easy schedule. No that’s it, that’s the end of the line.