Discussion in 'Colorado Basketball Message Board' started by CVilleBuff, Feb 7, 2011.
I thought this warranted its own thread.
One thing that I really think we don't pay enough attention to with our basketball program is that from Bzdelik to Boyle, we have really changed the culture of the program. Academics are now excellent and we haven't seen behavior issues. Really, this is one hell of a well-run program we have at CU these days. I'm sure that there will be slip ups over the coming years (we are talking about a group of college kids), but the culture of our program has become something we can truly be proud of. And I firmly believe that doing things the right way translates into wins.
Having a solid group of players without distraction is arguably most important in basketball, given how small the teams are. Just as a really good player can immediately turn around the fortunes of a basketball team (whereas it's more difficult in football for one player to have such a drastic effect), one player providing distraction in its various forms can take a team with a good outlook and turn the season into a disaster. Major black eye for Okie State bball. Williams has been an important part of their rotation
let's not by implication demonize Ricardo here. wasn't like Bz inherited the Dennis Erickson Miami Hurricanes.
ricardo patton =
Bzz tried to paint that picture when he got here though.
APR was completely in the tank, though. Ricardo was an honorable man, but he did let some things slide. A culture of scholarship did not exist with CU basketball under Ricardo.
In his defense, he did hold the players accountable. There were a few who missed games for indiscretions. RP seems like the type who didn't put up with foolish bs, and he was the honcho before the apr junk really took affect. I think he would have addressed the schoolwork a little more strongly in light of the apr.
Too bad he was just not much of a coach. I really think he's a decent assistant and may someday be an okay HC.
Still an HC at Northern Illinois AFAIK.
he's still there for now but they aren't very good and never really have been under Ricardo. Xavier Silas is avg'ing 20+ ppg, though.
And not doing too well. Prolly won't last as their HC for much longer, hence my point. When NI cans him, some program will pick him up as an assistant, and maybe it'll give him some time to learn under an established, experienced HC.
I dont know how many more years he has left coaching. I agree he will likely end up as a assistant somewhere, but I think that will be the end of him coaching. He has to be getting up in age.
He's in his early 50s, I think.
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