Hello and welcome to the second (first?) edition of the WRNL Hotbox. Last week, I asked YOU PEOPLE to stuff the Hotbox with questions and/or comments. And boy, did you deliver. I have too many options to choose from here. But there is no way in hell I'm going to respond to every single question. So, I am going to pick 10 or so of my favorite and go from there. Some of you will have the wonderful privilege of communicating with the Hotbox. The Hotbox has chosen you and you shall be grateful. Inevitably, some will be left out and ignored. Deal with it, people. If you get upset that your question/comment didn't make it, the Hotbox recommends to GET YOUR LIFE TOGETHER, and try again.
Let's get it on.
Will Hogue rebound like last year? and if not, what is the difference.
Well since you asked this question on Dec. 10th, Dusty has began to answer this question for us. He had 13 big boards against Iowa and 7 against Southern. These are both well above his average. I attribute most of his 13 boards against Iowa for that he was playing the 3 position much more. With Edozie getting the start in place of BDJ, Dusty slid over to the 3 and dominated the boards. It was beautiful. Then the hangover happened against Southern and Dusty was back more at the 4. The rebounds dipped a bit. With the introduction of McKay on Saturday, I expect Dusty's boards to start getting back to where they were last year. FEAR THE FLAIL.
Would you trade Hoiberg for Nick Saban? On a ten year deal. Hoiberg is gone for ten years and a new mbb coach is hired, but we get Saban as head football coach for 10 years.
My initial reaction to this is yes. Everyone thinks once Nick Saban starts coaching a college football team, they are bound to win a national championship or twelve. But what he doesn't know is this is Ames, Iowa and "football" doesn't get "played" real good here. He'd show up, turn the program around in couple years, but max out with like 8 wins. He'd get so utterly pissed at the situation he'd leave for Texas for $10 mill a year. So then we'd be double fucked. No football, no basketball, and NO DREAMY. THIS IS MY NIGHTMARE. Nope. Not happening. Dreamy stays gets us a title, and Saban wins all the titles somewhere else.
What are the chances Monte is a 4 year man? I don't see him going pro after this year but if he stays on track and improves, as expected, think he will be gone after next?
I am going to put the odds on him being a four year guy at 50-50. He certainly has most of the attributes the NBA is looking for in point guards. But is just barely lacking in two areas. Shooting and size. He can certainly shoot, but not yet at an NBA caliber level. With time and many more wins, that will improve. But size? He can get stronger which will definitely help, but he probably isn't getting much taller. If he continues to play at such a high level, the height might not matter so much. I obviously want him around for all four years, but his game might bring the NBA calling after his junior year. Just do you Monte, we really love it.
If you had to choose... Fran as the new bball coach? Or Ferentz as fball coach. I threw up in my mouth typing this.
Easy. Ferentz by a mile. We have Dreamy and I would consider NO ONE to replace him. Ferentz would probably get us 6 wins every year and we'd be more than content during the fall.
At this time next year, which of these stories is most likely to appear on the front page of WRNL?
"Paul Rhoads fired as ISU football coach after second straight 2-10 season."
"ISU football program excited about return to bowl game after two-year absence."
"Top 5 Iowa State basketball squad prepares for upcoming home game against Iowa."
It's either between the first or last scenario. My brain can't fathom a way the football team wins six or more games after what we just witnessed this year. So that's out. CPR being fired after two win season? I can totally see it, but I really think it will be closer to 4 wins, which still might not be enough to stomp this tire fire out. And a top five ISU basketball squad next year? That was being predicted before THIS season even started. If all the seniors are back and we pull Chieck Diallo after a deep run in the tourney? Mark it down.
"Ignorance is the curse of God; knowledge is the wing wherewith we fly to heaven."