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Another way to look at this is that Stanford took a big chance on Dawkins,

hiring him even though he had no head coaching experience. He inherited a program that had been a fixture in the NCAA tournament, making it thirteen of the previous fourteen years. He made it once in eight. During those thirteen years prior to Dawkins arrival, they had won fewer than 11 regular season games in the Pac 10 only twice, going 10-8 both times. Dawkins managed to break .500 in only two of his eight seasons, going 10-8 both times.

Stanford was extremely patient with Dawkins and gave him six years to get his feet under him, when most schools would have sent him packing much sooner, particularly acknowledging the situation he walked into. He rewarded them by making the tournament for the first time in the sixth year and made a nice run. But, two more misses later, there was such apathy among the student body and alums regarding the program and so little talent in it that Stanford basically had no choice and had to let Dawkins go. There are a lot of similarities to the London era at Virginia, actually. The administration desperately wanted him to succeed. He didn't.

Looking at it objectively, I think most would agree that he failed to deliver in terms of on-court performance and ran a proud program into the ground. I can understand being frustrated at losing the job, but sticking it to Stanford with the contract structure at UCF seems like bad form from a distance. Perhaps the ability to do so made Dawkins more of an attractive candidate in the eyes of Central Florida and helped him land the job. But, I can't imagine that Dawkins sees Central Florida as his final coaching job, and one would think that potential future employers would take note. But, in the world of college basketball, ethics is not exactly a core value. And perhaps that is what Dawkins is banking on in making what might be deemed a "smart" decision in the short term for him and for Central Florida.

(In response to this post by Hoo Robb)

Posted: 04/21/2017 at 09:47AM


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According to Stanford, Dawkins pulled an Al Groh -- confuzionrains 04/21/2017 08:19AM
  There's a contractual fix for this issue -- Chowder 04/21/2017 1:51PM
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  One with nature.. and the 3-4 defense ** -- ThatDadgumBiscuit 04/21/2017 09:19AM
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  The contracts say what they say. -- TheManUpstairs 04/21/2017 09:34AM
  Correct. ** -- Hoo Robb 04/21/2017 09:36AM

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