Arizona State fired baseball coach Tracy Smith after the Sun Devils went 33-22 and made the NCAA Tournament. USC wishes it do that.
But I’m more interested in athletic director Ray Anderson’s quotes:
“I’m of the no excuses, no explanations mindset because you can sit around making excuses and explanations all day long any given year for why you didn’t accomplish something. The body of work was the totality we considered in making the decision.
“Everybody’s had bad luck the last couple of years. It’s the leader’s job to ultimately figure a way to fight through all that adversity and as a coach produce the wins you need to keep elevating the program forward.
“(The program is) mediocre, that’s one of the reasons we made the change last time and one of the reasons we’re making the change this time. We have not moved the needle enough in terms of the performance.”
Has Anderson applied these standards to football or basketball?
Imagine if USC looked at football that way?