CAROLINA CRISIS: THIS IS BIGGER THAN YOU By Michael...
Updated: December 5, 2012
NEW JERSEY, (BASN)—Vivian Stringer has taught us all a valuable life lesson over the past week. You can lose with superior talent to average teams and make excuses about it.
With talent described by one major national coach as Final Four talent, Stringer, with her 1950′s style of coaching has managed to not only play down to her opposition, but lose to them.
Her Rutgers team, comprised of high school Al-Americans have now lost to Princeton and Boston College back to back. Teams with no top high school players, but teams who know how to play together and most importantly know how to shoot.
Rutgers has not been a player on the national scene for a few years, despite great talent.
They have lost to teams in the Big East picked much lower in preseason polls, causing Rutgers to have so many losses that in the NCAA’s they have been relegated to opponent’s home courts and losses in the first and second rounds of the NCAA’s.
Stringer is clueless as a coach and surrounds herself with former players, so there is little meaningful coaching dialogue. That is a bad combination.
There have been at least 5 sellouts at the RAC for Stringer teams in the past. Now a crowd of 2000 is large.
At one point she split 6 games with UConn and the best coach in women’s basketball, Geno Auriemma. Now 40 point losses are par for the course.
Stringer’s teams don’t play offense. The offense is generated by the defense and that doesn’t work in 2012. She never has pure shooters, who once open can drill 3′s.
Even worse, she can recruit with the best of them and talent is often wasted on kids who don’t get better under her.
It is time for a change at Rutgers.