This is similar to the heated discussion that is now raging on the Dayton Rivals board regarding the Flyer‘s collapse in Grant‘s 4th year following NCOY accolades. No one is suggesting that Grant should be fired or even be on the “hot seat”, but the question is how many years does Grant get without an NCAA appearance. Obviously, last year the Flyers were a lock so Grant has one appearance in 4 years, and next year there are going to be a lot of question marks. It’s remarkable that a significant number of The Faithful are OK with giving Grant the benefit of two more ”rebuilding” years before even questioning the direction of the program.What is your opinion urmite?
Personally I knew he was going to be there through his entire contract after that extension. He donated $1 million to the practice facility. His next couple years are not looking promising unless some or all of the seniors decided to stay another year.
Grant has the 12th ranked recruiting class coming in next year, with at least one more scholarship to give and possibly up to another two. DaRon Holmes is the 39th ranked HS player and at 6’9” will make an immediate impact next year, but he is a freshman and will be going up against Osun, Trey Mitchell and the bigs from VCU.
The June 2019 IRS 990 reporting for UD, SLU and UR reported compensation of $2.1 million, $1.6 million and $1.4 million for Ford, Grant and Mooney (I suspect that Grant’s compensation is +2 million after last years run). Rhoads is somewhere in this group. These four coaches have collectively produced three at large type of seasons in four years (two belong to Rhoads). You can’t really complain about Rhoads, and it looks like the VCU is well positioned.
Many of you are most likely pleased that Dayton failed this year, but from the rest of the conference’s perspective should Grant get a hall pass because of NCOY honors and the benefit of two more rebuilding years? Again the question is not about him being fired, but whether the possibility of 1 ncaa type of season in 6 years is acceptable.
Keep in mind:
UD’ men’s basketball generates around $17 million in revenues and Grant gets everything he needs to operate the program at a P5 level.
He is most likely the highest paid coach in the conference and at least one of his assistants is listed among the highest paid employees at UD.
The University has invested close to $100 million in basketball facilities over the past seven years