The Gillen Decision: Now or Later?


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All signs point to Pete Gillen’s dismissal as head coach.

Pete Gillen lost another game Saturday, but that’s the least of his problems. By now, it’s abundantly clear, he’s lost his team. He’s lost this season. He’s lost the program. He’s lost the fans. The only question is when he will lose his job.

Gillen’s dismissal (or resignation or whatever they eventually call it) now seems as inevitable as the sunrise. Or, in this case, the sunset. But should Gillen go now or at the end of the season? Those seem to be the only plausible scenarios, and there are convincing arguments for both of them.

Why Now?

It’s tempting to say there’s no time like the present. After all, the Gillen Era, which started with such promise, is fast becoming a train wreck. It’s not just that the Cavaliers have faded during ACC play, as usual. The problem is that they have almost completely unraveled over the past two months. At this rate, the program may be in shambles by March.

Collectively, the Cavs aren’t responding to their coach.

Halfway through the ACC schedule, Virginia is 1-7 and in real danger of recording its worst conference record since the advent of the 16-game league slate in 1992. The Cavs went 3-13 in 1999, Jeff Jones ‘s last season as coach, but even that team didn’t fold up like this one. UVa’s conference losses have come by an average of 17 points, and its only win came at home against Clemson thanks to Sharrod Ford’s missed 3-pointer at the buzzer.

Why will things get any better in the second half of the ACC slate?

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