Who else is regaining trust in Lutz?

If you go back and read some of the comments I have personally posted in recent seasons it was made very clear that I did not support Lutz’s coaching style for the simple fact that he never seemed to teach defense, and his offensive schemes relied soley on the 3 point shot. Prior to this season I expected to see the exact same style of play, probably leading to a similar result as last year. I honestly doubted he would be able to get the job done. However, I now recognize my assumptions were wrong. I realize that it’s still very early in the season, but it has become very apparent that Lutz has done all he can to make us a legitimate opponent once again. He’s making it clear that he wants to be at Charlotte, and as a fan I appreciate that an awful lot. Not many coaches get on the mic after a game to address the fans and thank them for support. He has a relatively young team playing at a high level of intensity and has shown that, in contrast to the past couple of years, he actually has the ability to coach adaptively throughout a close game. We’re a 6-2 team that could easily be undefeated. I look forward to seeing how far he will take us.

Adjustments have finally been made. The Niners are back on track and heading in the right direction.

I agree, he’s turning things around. It may be partly that the young guys would be energetic and fiery on their own, but I think Lutz has something to do with this too. The defensive improvement alone is enough to win my support. I was worried after the Monmouth game that we would return to chucking threes all the time, but we seem to be doing a lot more driving to the basket so far. Now if we can just keep up the energy on the road, and keep hitting free throws like last night, no one will want to play us come conference tournament time (and maybe, just maybe, NCAA/NIT time). I’m really interested to see what the offense looks like with Gerrity, though I hope reductions in Harris’ defense and hustle doesn’t hurt us. Btw, it sounded like they tried to press us, and it didn’t really work. Did those who watched see how we handled it?

The press didn’t seem that hard to beat. Getting the ball in bounds was the dilemma.

i never lost confidence in Lutz…its not his fault we had selfish and “punk” players last year that only cared about their stats rather than the team winning. he is a great coach and i am really glad he is back, the players obviously like him and he should be bringing in great recruits for the niners.

i never lost confidence in Lutz...its not his fault we had selfish and "punk" players last year that only cared about their stats rather than the team winning.

-Idk about that…EJ Drayton selfish… He was an undersized forward that was forced to play center for Lutz and did it very well (gaining multiple games with a double-double.)
-Yet I do agree about DA… it never worked w/him and Lee on the court too much competition for shots.

yah i loved EJ, but i was talking about players like DJ and carlos…notice how much better we are without them

Love what I’m seeing thus far but I’m nowhere near the point of sending in any letters to the administration. We’ve yet to play a true road game and we will adding a new dynamic (Gerrity) next weekend which I’m not sure how will play out. Harris has played too well to lose his starting job right off the bat. Personally, I feel that Lutz should make Gerrity earn it.

Despite the disappointing two losses, I couldn’t be happier with this season, especially given the low expectations. Lutz appears to have his passion back and he seems to have these guys gelling early. I’d grade him with an “A” at this point. But with that said, there are a lot of games left to be played and I’m still on the fence with him until this season plays out a little further. However, if he continues to coach like he has in the last 3 games, it won’t be too hard to get me off of it.

Bobby is finally coaching like he cares again. But I am really bothered by the fact that we had a coach on the sidelines that didn’t care for 2-2 1/2 years. I hope we can keep it up, and if we do, I think he has earned another 5 years on the sideline.

Bobby is finally coaching like he cares again. But I am really bothered by the fact that we had a coach on the sidelines that didn't care for 2-2 1/2 years. I hope we can keep it up, and if we do, I think he has earned another 5 years on the sideline.

This is key, I’m not so quick to give an extension to a coach who seemed like a different person for two seasons. If he really is improving as a coach, who’s to say he won’t revert once his job’s not on the line?

I guess some of you have not been around Bobby’s entire tenure. Bobby was known for his defense at the start of his Charlotte career. he is finally getting back to that. but I think to totally blame him is wrong. players have to execute and have a team mentality. that has been missing and it seems we got it back. i am sure bobby has learned from the past two years. and frankly, it has been last season. finishing 2nd in the A-10 your first year is pretty good. the problem for us is when the A-10 has suck ass teams and hurt your rpi you are not going to get a lot of notice. fininshing 2nd on the old cusa would get you an at large no problem. if it were not for cusa and the rankings of some of the schools, do you honestly think we would have been able to play the caliber of competition that we had coming to Halton. no way. until the a-10 gets back to its winning tradition and loses some bottom feeders we will have to make our at large case in our OOC sched.

The way the team’s been playing is great, but I’m going to hold off on doing the bandwagon bit, at least for right now. We did this same thing at the beginning of the season and then the team lost to Monmouth. Suddenly the world was ending. Instead of going back and forth, I’ll wait until after January. If we can play this well against Maryland and Clemson, then we’ll talk.

Love what I'm seeing thus far but I'm nowhere near the point of sending in any letters to the administration. We've yet to play a true road game and we will adding a new dynamic (Gerrity) next weekend which I'm not sure how will play out. Harris has played too well to lose his starting job right off the bat. Personally, I feel that Lutz should make Gerrity earn it.

Despite the disappointing two losses, I couldn’t be happier with this season, especially given the low expectations. Lutz appears to have his passion back and he seems to have these guys gelling early. I’d grade him with an “A” at this point. But with that said, there are a lot of games left to be played and I’m still on the fence with him until this season plays out a little further. However, if he continues to coach like he has in the last 3 games, it won’t be too hard to get me off of it.

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I guess some of you have not been around Bobby's entire tenure. Bobby was known for his defense at the start of his Charlotte career. he is finally getting back to that. but I think to totally blame him is wrong. players have to execute and have a team mentality. that has been missing and it seems we got it back. i am sure bobby has learned from the past two years. and frankly, it has been last season. finishing 2nd in the A-10 your first year is pretty good. the problem for us is when the A-10 has suck ass teams and hurt your rpi you are not going to get a lot of notice. fininshing 2nd on the old cusa would get you an at large no problem. if it were not for cusa and the rankings of some of the schools, do you honestly think we would have been able to play the caliber of competition that we had coming to Halton. no way. until the a-10 gets back to its winning tradition and loses some bottom feeders we will have to make our at large case in our OOC sched.

Its true that Lutz was known as a defensive coach early. What is not true is your statement about fault. Any team performance falls squarely the coach. Coaches have scout, analyze, sign, and develop physical and metal characteristics of a team. If players can’t execute physically or mentally, its the coaches fault who brought them here and giving them a uniform on their back.

that said, I think we suffered the perfect storm last year with injuries and NCAA punking Phil Jones, and the only guys left on the roster were a bunch of dolts physically and mentally (except EJ and Lee)

I have always believed in Bobby, I have just really never believed in Judy! We could have done better, we have been held back by that woman.

[QUOTE=metro;275192]a bunch of dolts physically and mentally [/QUOTE]

Dolts? Hadn’t heard or seen that word used in a while. but it does fit, I guess.

Personally, I think Lutz can answer any doubts I have by the end of this month. To do that, he needs 9 wins (or more) by end of the month. If he achieves 9 or 10 wins by the end of December, he has reason to expect an extension.

Assuming this extension happens, hopefully he has learned that going to a “bigger” program is not always the best answer for his career. such as what happened when Coach Watkins went to Texas A&M.

I think Lutz’s chance for toying with a “bigger” program has passed. He has his chance about 3-4 years ago when we were in Conference USA. I honestly don’t see Lutz leaving the program for another program but leaving the program when he is ready to retire (which I hope is not for a while).

I guess some of you have not been around Bobby's entire tenure. Bobby was known for his defense at the start of his Charlotte career. he is finally getting back to that.

True but with a caveat. Early on, Lutz was not known for the type of defense we are seeing now. He was known for his junk D (box/1, triangle and two, etc.) which pretty much confused the hell out of opposing teams at first. Then the novelty wore off and IMO, Lutz was exposed. He has never coached what I consider to be traditional, fundamentally-sound defense. In his defense (sort of, since he recruited them)he has never had a full squad of scrappy, defensively-sound players until this year. Traditionally, he has had a defensive specialist (Young, Zimmerman, etc.) and a surrounding cast of mediocre defensive players. So he hasn’t had the type of players to even execute the type of defense we’re seeing this year. Personally, I think this is the most defensive depth we’ve had since Lutz became the head coach. I think Lutz can develop the reputation of being a good defensive coach if we continue to bring in guys like the ones playing this season. It all starts with recruiting and then as a coach, you have to be able to further their abilities with your own. So far, so good.

[QUOTE=UNCCShannon;275210]I think Lutz’s chance for toying with a “bigger” program has passed. He has his chance about 3-4 years ago when we were in Conference USA. I honestly don’t see Lutz leaving the program for another program but leaving the program when he is ready to retire (which I hope is not for a while).[/QUOTE]

John Wooden won his first NCAA Championship at age 54 and his near perfect string continued until he was 65. Roy Williams changed jobs at age 52 and won his championship at 55. Lutz is a perfect 49 and may just be hitting his stride. He certainly has plenty of time for a career change or more. If a BCS school came calling a contract would be worth about the same as a High Point ticket stub.

He is starting to regain my trust. I have been a critic the past few seasons and have been fed up with his style of offense. He’s shown this season that he will go inside some. He appears to have the kids to attack the basket as well as shoot the 3 which is all I have ever wanted. If we go into January with no more losses I will be very pleased!!