An Indiana booster’s $10 million for a brand new coach exhibits cash talks, however when gamers stroll, is it value it?

Indiana sacked coach Archie Miller on March 15, announcing that a super rich booster had agreed to give the school $ 10 million to cover its buyout. Nine days later, Indiana doesn’t have a new coach.

In fact, it hardly has a team.

That’s because Race Thompson On Wednesday, the third IU starter – not just players, starters – since the end of the season entered the transfer portal and joined Armaan Franklin and Aljami Durham. These three points averaged 31.8 points and 13.4 rebounds last season. They finished second (Franklin), third (Durham) and fourth (Thompson) on the team in the ranking, second (Thompson), third (Franklin) and fourth (Durham) on the team when rebounding. So these are not people who are at the bottom of the bank or out of rotation. You are important. And while it’s true that any (or even all) of them could leave the transfer portal and return to Indiana after the school hires their next coach, these things usually don’t work that way.

So are we sure the money was well spent?

To be clear, it’s not my money so I don’t care. But if you put it in a practical way, when it’s all over and everything is sorted out, how likely is it that Indiana is actually in a better place than it was two weeks ago? When the school hires Texas Tech’s Chris Beard or Baylors Scott Drew or Arkansas‘Eric Musselman or earlier Michigan Coach John Beilein, maybe everything will be fine, even if it looks like one of them is getting off to a difficult start given the status of the squad. However, there is a growing feeling in college basketball circles that Indiana is more focused on hiring someone with Indiana connections – perhaps a former player like Mike Woodson, assistant to the New York Knicks, Calbert Cheaney, assistant to the G-League. Michigan State Assistant Dane Fife, UCLA Assistant to Michael Lewis or earlier NBA Trainer Keith Smart.

Any of them could be great I think.

At this point, however, one may wonder if this process could turn into a net negative that resulted in Indiana paying $ 10 million to end up with an inferior coach and squad. Again, any of the candidates with strong IU ties could be great here. Personally, I don’t know all of them, but the ones I know I like. So I’m ready to stay open. But that means, and that’s just the truth, none of them would be currently a candidate for any other job comparable to the Indiana job. If Indiana had gone that route, it would have spent $ 10 million – plus everything it took to hire the next coach and staff – to replace Miller with someone much more gambling than Miller when he was hired appeared in March 2017, and Miller’s successor would likely have a worse roster in the first year than Miller in the fifth year.

Again, it’s not my money. So I don’t care.

And if school just wanted to be done with Archie Miller, no matter what, the way it wanted to be done only with Tom Crean before, no matter what, fine. My only point is that there are several reasons to believe that Indiana really only spent $ 10 million to put itself in a worse position in the future.

The coach that IU wanted to have gone is gone – but also three starters and a sit-out transfer Parker Stewart, who would have come into question in the next season after an average of 19.3 points at UT-Martin in the second year. And who knows what effects all of this could have Trayce Jackson-Davis? He’s averaged a team high of 19.1 points and 9.0 rebounds that season while shooting 51.7% off the field. He’s the best player in the Hoosiers. And while the 6-foot-9 forward isn’t guaranteed to be picked when he enters 2021 NBA draftWill he really want to return to Indiana to play for a new coach and what is likely to be a bad team? May be. But I promise you that other employees will take advantage of this coachless window that Indiana is currently going through, planting seeds with Jackson-Davis and / or the people around him, to see how the transfer portal could be in his best interests too, especially if he really wants to play in the NCAA tournament.

As always, we’ll see.

The final verdict on all of this, of course, will not be known for a while. I look forward to revisiting it later. But with four Indiana players, including three starters already on the transfer portal and Indiana still in need of a coach, and since there is no guarantee that Indiana fans will want a self-made attitude at all, it is reasonable to wonder if this is possible to turn into a situation where a school paid a lot of money to make itself worse.