I am 30 years old and have been a UConn men’s basketball fan my entire life. Their success has brought many memorable and joyous moments to me. The team’s performance and reputation in the last several years, however, have become a concern. The team’s performance against Arkansas in Oregon was a tipping point for me [Sports, Nov. 28, “UConn Men Moving On From Ugly Loss”]. That blowout was disgraceful. UConn is no longer rich in talent, does not run anything that resembles a logical offense, is having trouble holding onto players and is no longer in a power conference.
I respect coach Kevin Ollie’s experience, but he’s not moving this program in the right direction and needs to go. The success he did have, notably the 2014 championship, was won with former coach Jim Calhoun’s players.
I don’t think Ollie is entirely to blame. UConn’s handling of the Big East was also a factor. No offense, but the UConn we know should not be playing a schedule full of Tulane and Central Florida. Putting the program in a weaker conference was almost certainly going to translate to weaker performances and weaker players.
It’s time to begin thinking about the next leader of the men’s program, and there just happens to be a Hall of Fame basketball coach with an office already in the building. Geno as the men’s coach would reinstill a winning culture and bring the men’s program back to national prominence. The women’s team would continue to thrive with Chris Dailey, Shea Ralph and company at the helm.
The men are on a downward spiral and they need to be saved, fast.
Kyle Parsons, Milford, Mass.