Just some additional comments on the decision to hire Buzz, and then I’ll back off. My opinion on the Buzz hiring is that I believe
- Determine the crux of the issue
- Create decision criteria and weight those criteria
- Gather Information
- Make the decision
- Learn from your decision
What’s the crux of the issue?
The first, and most important step, is to figure out the right frame for the problem. In other words, for
What are the decision criteria?
Of course, once that is determined, the decision process should require selection of decision criteria. What did
Primary Decision Criteria
- Committed to
's mission of developing exceptional student-athletes Marquette
- Represent the University well
- Hungry for the challenge - Recruit the best players, Win in the BIG EAST, and Win at the highest national level.
Additional Decision Criteria
- Vision and plan for success
- Work Ethic
- Style of Play
Okay, two beefs with these decision criteria.
Number one - All three of the primary decision criteria are basically a view of “Organizational Fit”. We know from Rosiak's latest blog that recruiting was considered very strongly too. How well the coach aligned with the administration is certainly important. But what about coaching, player development, and leadership? If you look at Cottingham’s statement, one would think that 100% weight was applied to Organizational Fit / Recruiting.
Number two – if you look at the additional decision criteria for Buzz, Cottingham says
“there are other qualities that make Buzz the best choice for theHate to say it, but that reads to me like Confirmation Bias. In other words,
head basketball job” Marquette
The big implication from these two points is that
What about Information Gathering?
If we look at Rosiak's blog again, we can see that MU made multiple attempts at luring
Using the wonderful benefit of 20/20 hindsight, it’s easy to see why pretty much everyone MU contacted decided it wasn’t a good fit. The marginal benefit for Miller wouldn’t have been worth it, Grant’s recruiting contacts were in the south, McKillop has Curry (and his son) playing next year, and Hewitt is already in a premier conference.
Making the decision
So let’s say that
I stand by my premise that the administration made a bad decision (which may be confirmation bias of our own). Buzz may be a superstar coach, but he's a risk we shouldn't have had to take. Unfortunately, what I believe is that the administration never really defined what was important to them. Rather than working towards its own long-term vision of the program, Marquette instead jumped straight into the process of gathering information. When this information did not turn out favorably and the initial outreach was not reciprocated,
Learning from the Decision
However, there is a fifth step that we can now begin analyzing. What’s done is done with the coaching decision, and the
Luckily, we’ll be able to begin analyzing this with short-term milestones as we judge how well he does with:
- Selecting a coaching staff
- Dealing with roster turnover
- 2008 / 2009 recruiting
Good luck with those three areas, Buzz. Despite our reservations on how the process was handled, we all really want you to succeed. Prove you can handle the job!