I never thought I would see the day when I would find myself cheering against my beloved Utes. I never thought I would stoop to that level. As a long time Ute I've been through the good and the bad in the past but never once have I found myself not supporting the team; no matter the circumstances.
That changed this past Saturday. My passion and desire to see Giacoletti go was stronger than my loyalty. I found myself hoping that the Utes would lose to New Mexico to further solidify the need for a coaching change. I did not do so out loud. Nonetheless, deep down, I found myself cheering against my beloved Utes.
I am willing to sacrifice the rest of this season if it means a coaching change will be made at season's end. I think it is in the best interest of the program in the long term scheme of things. There is no way Utah is in a position to make a run in the conference tournament to gain a NCAA bid. There is a better chance of Rick Majerus becoming Pope. It just isn't going to happen.
My biggest fear is Giacoletti getting another year to prove himself. This will only lead to further misery down the road. It will delay the rebuilding process by at least 3 years. Let me explain.
There is no doubt that this team will be better next year even with Giacoletti as coach. Giac could probably squeeze 18 to 20 wins out of this team next year and a 3rd or 4th place finish in the conference. That many wins next year would for sure buy him another year. This would then lead to another year (08-09) for Giac with probably another 18 to 20 win season. The following year (09-10) we would be back to another "extremely young" team with probably a similar result as this year or last season. Giacoletti would then probably be fired.
My worry is that if Giacoletti is given another year following this one we will be stuck in mediocrity at best for at least 3 more years. I don't think I can deal with that. I'm spoiled. I expect Utah to return to its dominant ways. Mediocrity is unacceptable after what was established here under Majerus' lead.