Hey everyone, new member and young alumnus here. I recently learned of this forum from a friend and have no idea how I haven't discovered you old farts earlier! I have some time to kill at work and figured I'd pitch in my two cents on Lavall for what it's worth. In summary, I don't like what I see. I don't like the direction the program is headed, and I don't trust Lavall to lead this program out of this slump. Holtmann left the year I graduated and I didn't like the hiring of LJ at the time. Ironically, I happened to be watching the Horizon League Championship game in 2017 in my senior house with my roommates when Lavall was coaching UWM and remember saying out loud to them "Thank God we hired Holtmann over this guy." Yet here we are. I would like to see Lavall fired, but realistically I don't think it'll happen this year unless we lose out the rest of our Big East schedule and Lavall loses control of the locker room. A lot of our younger guys transferring out at the end of the year could do it too, but unfortunately I don't think this will be "Lavall's last season" as the thread title suggests. To LJ's credit, there have been some good moments during his run as HC, and those can't be ignored. The no. 5 ranking, the tourney win, beating Villanova at home (twice! Including once when they were ranked no. 1), beating Xavier in the Big East tourney a few years ago, and all of our seniors using their extra year of COVID eligibility to return to the Dawgs, which speaks to how much his players like playing for him. But the bad far outweighs the good here. The lack of an offensive scheme, a failure to adjust to opponents, not playing to his players' strengths, questionable recruiting, lack of player development, and increased transfers out of the Butler program (notably Battle, Coles, and Tucker, in a way) have exposed his weaknesses as a coach and more importantly, a failure to correct for those weaknesses. Take our offense this year, for example. LJ tries so hard to fit the mold of Villanova with slow, deliberately paced basketball in which he tries to control the tempo while running a pick and roll set. I'm fine with the strategy, hell it works for Virginia and Nova, but it doesn't fit our guys' skillset. Instead, you end up with five guys standing around the paint with little to no ball movement whatsoever and the result is a desperation 3-pointer on half of our possessions. And many times that shot is taken by AT or Nze, who should never, ever, ever be shooting 3-pointers. There's a reason we're only shooting 31.1% from 3, which is good for 266th in the country out of 358 D-1 teams. Our offense is insanely inefficient, and paired with a slow tempo, is a recipe for disaster because of a reliance on luck from beyond the arc; without Kamar or Kelan Martin to lean on (really without a pure scorer), the glaring weakness in Lavall's offense is exposed. But like I said earlier the lack of adjustment is what's more concerning. We keep trying the same thing over and over and over and over and over and it's maddening. Drive the ball! Get to the free throw line! Stop having everyone stand around the perimeter and get some ball movement! I don't claim to be a basketball expert but the lack of basic X's and O's of fundamental basketball is inexcusable for a D-1 coach, let alone a Power 6 coach. Lavall is driving this program into the ground and it's sad to watch. I like him as a person, but he seems overwhelmed and is not ready to coach at this level. I still root for our boys out there because I love the players, but the lack of player development (Chuck Harris is a prime example) and lack of top recruiting talent coming in isn't going to help Butler be competitive any time soon, especially in a conference as good as the Big East. It's time to move on and build back a solid foundation and be competitive again, but sadly, I just don't see that happening this year.