FanPost

How far do we want Tennessee to go in the tournament?


I cheered for Tennessee and Cuonzo Martin over Iowa, and over Umass, and over Mercer...even though I had Duke beating them for a spot in the Sweet Sixteen in my now shredded bracket.

But I'm a bit conflicted. I want Coach Zo to do well...but I don't want him to do so well that he then stays put at Tennessee for the rest of his coaching career. I want him to come back to Purdue.

My gestalt is, if he makes a Final Four (or maybe even an Elite Eight) at Tennessee in his third year, he's probably going to stay there, and Tennessee men's basketball will become a major force as he is able to recruit players who play defense and rebound, and who want to play for a coach who can motivate them. Heck, if Tennessee makes the Final Four this year, I will go out on a limb and say that he will get Caleb Swanigan.

So the selfish Purdue fan in me now wants him to lose a close one to Michigan.

I'm also now conflicted about the 2014-2015 Purdue season. Do I want a decent season or do I want another catastrophe so that we can get a new coach, maybe Cuonzo?

All this from a fairly loyal Painter man, but I can't help it. It pains me to watch a coach (Martin) motivate his players to be more as a team than the sum of their individual talent...and to feel like we're not doing that with the status quo at Purdue.

Probably way too early to be talking about this...sorry for my huge man-crush on Cuonzo Martin.

But by the way, he is currently getting only $1.3 million a year at UT, which ranks in the bottom 1/3 of SEC round ball coaches. Painter's yearly haul? $2.3 million, I think.

Stuff in the FanPosts is entirely at the discretion of those that post them. They do not represent the views of Hammer & Rails, SBNation, or Purdue University in any way.

X
Log In Sign Up

forgot?
Log In Sign Up

Forgot password?

We'll email you a reset link.

If you signed up using a 3rd party account like Facebook or Twitter, please login with it instead.

Forgot password?

Try another email?

Almost done,

By becoming a registered user, you are also agreeing to our Terms and confirming that you have read our Privacy Policy.

Join Hammer and Rails

You must be a member of Hammer and Rails to participate.

We have our own Community Guidelines at Hammer and Rails. You should read them.

Join Hammer and Rails

You must be a member of Hammer and Rails to participate.

We have our own Community Guidelines at Hammer and Rails. You should read them.

Spinner.vc97ec6e

Authenticating

Great!

Choose an available username to complete sign up.

In order to provide our users with a better overall experience, we ask for more information from Facebook when using it to login so that we can learn more about our audience and provide you with the best possible experience. We do not store specific user data and the sharing of it is not required to login with Facebook.

tracking_pixel_9347_tracker