Tonight, was another example of a Laval Jordan team not being ready for prime time. If you thought tonight was tough wait until they play Houston. This program is at a crossroads. There are 7 players on the roster with 4 or more years college experience, many who have said that they came back because they didn’t like how last year went. Well from what I have seen so far this season, these 7 don’t have the skill set or mental toughness to make this year any different from last year. Since Laval’s arrival I have questioned this team’s mental toughness. Where are the Kamar Baldwins and Sean McDermotts? They were not pleased with how their junior year went and made a statement in 2019-20. They willed the team to many wins that year, who can take on that role this year? Is it AT? I don’t think so. When things go bad, he becomes frustrated and makes too many mental mistakes. A decision needs to be made, do we stay in the Big East and compete for championships every year or just take the TV money and be happy? If it is the latter, then go back to the Horizon League. The fanbase will be happy with conference titles and going to the tournament like the old days. We saw what the Butler Way could do when building the program through the 1990’s and early 2000’s but does that culture work today? If we are to complete in the Big East a culture shift is needed (sorry all of you Butler Way fanatics) one that encompasses element of the current culture but one that attracts an 18-year-old prospect. If you were an 18-year prospect, would you want to come to a program coached by a staff that is on the verge of its 3rd losing season in 5 years? I say it is time for Barry to ride off into the sunset and the university needs to bring in someone who does not have ties to Butler. An AD from a Power 5 conference who understands what it takes, money and sponsorships, to compete for championships each year. The coaching staff need to go as well. The program needs too need someone without Butler ties, one who doesn’t accept the status quo, one who can change with the times and doesn’t just attract 5-star or high 4-star recruits but signs them. It is time for the program to be known for winning again and not one known for playing in a historic gym where the movie Hoosiers was filmed or the school with the cute mascot. These things don’t attract recruits, winning does.