Its too soon to tell.
EDIT: and with what Rice has accomplished so far, I wouldn't say Locksley is a good comparison. Rice still took his team to the NCAA tournament and beat UNC, the then #1 team in Dec.
Maybe the results are more like a Rocky Long type performance? Seems like going to the Dance is the basketball equivalent of going to a bowl game?
Last edited by SharkTankd; 11-08-2012 at 12:08 PM.
Give it some time. Locksley completely destroyed Lobo football, Rice hasn't gotten close to doing that to Rebel basketball yet.
By the way I really think Locksley's recruiting was overrated. A lot of his recruits never qualified or ended up never making it to UNM for whatever reason. He recruited 'athletes', not 'student-athletes'.
I've been critical of rice but it's still so so early for this kinda talk.
I will say this, he's set himself up to be knocked down by the quality of player he's bought in. It's rare you find a coach that can do both at an elite level. He's recruiting at an elite level, but coaching remains to be seen. Anything other than S16 with this team will be looked on very badly by the rebs.
UNM flat out SUCKED start of last year but still had a good run. One exhibition game does not a season make
Comparing Rice to Locksley is an overly harsh judgement this far in, IMHO.
If you put a whistle around an ostrich and gave it a clip board, it would be on par with Locksley.
Verdict still out. Even though Rice's results have been better than Mike Locksley he might get that same label applied of "can recruit, can't coach."
Mike Locksley won 2 games in two and a half years, and essentially destroyed what was respectable football program. Dave Rice beat North Carolina, when they were ranked No. 1 in the country, and made it to the NCAA tournament. This tread is ridiculous.
Actually UNLV has a pretty good example in its own history... Billy Bayno who Rice also coached under. Dude could recruit nationally, but was one of the worst in game coaches I ever saw. He chronically underachieved with the talent he had.
Is that Rice? Time will tell. He definitely needs to stick his foot up this team's arse today!
Last edited by SharkTankd; 11-08-2012 at 01:38 PM.
Yeah, because 26-9 is the basketball equivalent of 1-11. No, he's not. Not even close.
My comparisons are more so the equivelant of
He can recruit but not coach....
My bad for wording it wrong
Really!?!? You are gonna say that after one year to the coach of a team favored to win the MWC? I guess you are ignoring the fact that they were nationally ranked the whole season last year, beat UNC, and made it to the big dance. Are you expecting him to be as good as SA?
I don't think he's a Locksley. No one else is that bad.
I'd say he's more of a Marvin Menzies with a lot more talent on his roster.
It appears that coach Rice is a nice man....could not say that about the other one......
Rice needs to find an offensive Coach similar to what Alford and Neal do. Alford never sets up the offensive plays, its always Neal. Even though he ran the offense at BYU Rice is trying to do to much IMO. Time will tell, i think he will be fine.
85% of BB is talent though. 1 5-star guy can be a game changer in BB... not so much in FB
“They understand what we want. … Our drive is to cut down nets. Our drive is to size up for rings every spring.” - Steve Alford
Way to early, lets revisit in March:-)
I'd say he's closer to Reggie Theus. Only not as dashing.
bad analogy, locks is in a class by himself.
i would say hes on par with the likes of fran frascilla.
Not even close, Rice wins games!
Go Lobos! Go Erskine & Shump! Go Lucas! Go Cam!
Or Barnes at Texas... If we're going there...
At worst, Rice = Fran Fraschilla, not Locksley. Fraschilla won his share of games, recruited players that were supposed to take the Lobos the Elite level, but always underachieved in the end. Could this be what happens with Rice as well? Maybe, Maybe not. Still too early to tell.
As far as at UNLV he's in only his 2nd year in his entire life of being a head coach so let's give it some time.
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