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The Coloradoan and Larry Eustachy: Much Ado About Nothing

February 17, 2017

I guess I was supposed to be shocked to find out that CSU Head Basketball Coach Larry Eustachy verbally abused his players several years ago and behaved poorly.  

I wasn’t.

Because based on my own experiences I had already decided that the guy is a big time prick.

But thats neither here nor there.

Because all this does is serve as a distraction to the real issue. Which is Larry Eustachy has taken a solid program that he inherited at CSU and turned it into a mediocre one.

He came to CSU after the 2012 season and took over a program that earned an NCAA At-large bid and had achieved an RPI of 29.  Everyone returned the following year and the team once again earned an NCAA At-Large bid with an RPI of 20.  That season was an interesting one because after 8 games and the team coming off a perplexing loss on the road to a horrible Illinois-Chicago team, they turned to Assistant COach Niko Medved to reinstate an offense that took better advantage of that team’s skill set.  

Since that glorious season in 2013, here are CSU’s RPI rankings:

185, 37, 171, 103

A performance as uneven and mediocre as their coach.

It doesn’t have to take five years to build a successful program.  Especially one that began with a solid base.

I point to another coach and program as an example.

In 2013, after serving as a successful assistant at several schools, a young coach took over a floundering D-1 program in a smaller one-big type of conference. They were coming off a 5-25 season and a 343 RPI.

Here’s the progress theyve made in terms of RPI:

339, 294, 176, 95

Thats right.  A long steady trend into the Top 100 and a first place position in their league after being in the ashes just four years prior.  And its been done without the drama of academic suspension, Performance Improvement Plans, etc.We Colorado State fans are all familiar with the coach who has accomplished this. 

It happens to be none other than the aforementioned Niko Medved who is doing his good work at Furman.

We can debate about coaching methods, athletics as a front porch etc until we’re blue in the face. And there are legitimate arguments to all sides.  But there are objective measures that offer far less in terms of debate and opinion

But as a fan, I try to keep as objective a view as I possibly can.  The Colorado State Mens Basketball program under Larry Eustachy is worse off than the one he inherited.  He’s had five years and thats plenty of time to build, grow, and sustain.  Thats what Niko Medved has done at Furman.

Its time for CSU to cut Sideshow Larry loose.

And if that makes me a fucking cunt, so be it.

3 Comments leave one →
  1. IlovemyR9 permalink
    February 17, 2017 3:33 pm

    You are a cunt, but also correct!! Bye, bye Larry.

  2. February 17, 2017 6:54 pm

    I’m not aware of physical abuse allegations. Might want to correct that. I run cold to lukewarm on Larry. Some things I notice seem to indicate a reasonably good connection with the players. If this team rallies and makes the Dance, might be hard to cut the Sideshow loose.

  3. UtahRam permalink
    February 18, 2017 3:58 pm

    I think he deserves one more year. The team he inherited was good but also senior laden(what a lousy draw that was with the cardinals), yes he chased off some good players and also brought in some good ones (regardless of which asst. brought them in) who signed on with Coach E. College hoops is much different then football and being a perennial 40-80 RPI is what we should be hoping for at CSU. Can Larry deliver that?

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