First of all let me establish that I am not happy with Larry’s performance at the U over the course of that time overall noting a few bright spots. I also don’t take a lot of stock in exceeding expectations when those expectations are in the toilet and created largely by Larry. So to paraphrase Ricky Ricardo, he has some ‘splainin’ to do.
But we can’t change that today or even this year, and this team although it is his fault/result deserves to be considered on its own. Meaning it isn’t these guys fault they are one of the youngest teams in the nation.
So let us not fall into the Zoob trap that they experience with all sports but particularly in football where they get way too excited about unexpected success and way too down for failures.
This team IS extremely young and as I’ve said before is prone to lots of streakiness. That means we are going to likely surprise a couple more teams we shouldn’t and get blown out by others in embarrassing fashion. It’s part of youth.
Young teams also do not play well on the road. 4 straight losses, particularly against this slate of teams should not be a surprise.
Young teams fade as the season goes on. They have neither the physical or mental conditioning of an experienced team. Remember, Poeltl experienced it, and so did Bogut.
Young teams play bad defense and miss assignments they shouldn’t. Again those things come with experience.
My advice, don’t get too excited when we beat someone like AZ or Oregon at home, and don’t pull you hair out when they also lose to Middle Tennessee Southern State Beauty College the next day.
We have great talent on this team and more coming. What Larry needs to figure out is how to keep morale up, players invested and coming back next year. If he can do that (and right now that is a big IF) I not so boldly predict Utah will make a deep tourney run in as little as two years.
So I view two programs: the 2020 Runnin’ Utes, which I’m okay with and the program as a whole under Larry with which I currently do have a problem.
Also, anybody missing Jayce Johnson this year has serious memory problems.