Everyone's asking - what's up?
While it's no Buckingham Palace, the changing of the guards within SCU Men's Basketball and the University is major for our so labeled "mid-major" program. Big changes. New President, eight new players and two new coaches.
Let's go full Chaos Theory:
Chaos: When the present determines the future, but the approximate present does not approximately determine the future.
Some say, "With Fr. Engh leaving, the University will back off Athletics and decomitt just like some of our recruits."
No doubt Fr. Engh made a number of both courageous and strategic decisions with regard to Athletics and Men's Basketball. Much Cred for that. With a year to go before the new President, I'm sure he will be fully engaged in the SCU 2020 goals.
With all due respect, this isn't a deal breaker for MBB. In fact it's another huge recruiting opportunity to bring aboard a President that not only shares the vision, but also has the much needed experience in Athletics. A President who will leverage our location and academic reputation on top of a rising Athletics plan to take us to National on BOTH fronts. Big...
Outside the "U" it just seems to be pure Chaos. I love it!
I'm tired of the "deterministic" rut we logical Santa Clarans have succumbed to. I.E. - provide more funding + bring in a new A.D. + hire new Coach + get better players = within two years get WCC titles and NCAA berths. How's that working for ya? Not.
Ergo, the changing of the guards is both positive and needed. On the roster, we seem to find ourselves with a glut of guards, about seven including the non-scholies. As of now, on paper, we have too many scholarship players with 14. However, it looks like Tai Wynard from Kentucky will not be coming to SCU getting us on the number at 13. Should be announced soon.
Underneath it all, we have what it takes to create Chaos in the WCC. How so? IMHO, we have a Coaching staff who have an extremely deterministic "process" that can create the small changes that can become big changes to our play and deliver results that can make the bitter taste of last season go away.
Our new roster has size, speed, and experience that can make an impact that's not a thud...More on those details soon.
The strategic plan Fr. Engh will leave behind declared National relevance in Athletics by 2020. Women's Soccer and Volleyball are already on that National map. This means Men's Basketball has to make the jump for the plan to mean much of anything.
We all hope this happens. If it doesn't, then there will be much more changing of the guards - on and off the bench.