When the University of Michigan announced that it would hire former Wolverine Juwan Howard as its new basketball coach, Mike Valenti was not a fan.
After Howard's introductory press conference on Thursday, Valenti is convinced that hiring is an absolute disaster, especially after listening to Howard's response to what his coaching philosophy will be.
"Well, it still remains to be seen," Howard said, "but I can tell you that one thing about me is that I'm humble and I do not have all the answers." We will try to find solutions together. In my team, players will be active participants in the search for solutions. We will create this identity together and we will have fun doing it too. "
Howard dodging the question and giving a non-response made Valenti angry.
"Translation: I have no idea what I'm doing, we're just going to go for it. SPITBALLIN 'Let's have fun! What ?! Your job when you accept the position of coach at the University of Michigan is to show leadership, show the ability to be a public speaker It is to be able to design a plan, to instill confidence You do not have the opportunity of a first impression First impression What is your philosophy Err, uh, eee, I do not know … It was not done charge of Campbell University Fighting Camels, did not surpbad the Coastal Carolina Chanticleers, did not take the position of head coach at UTEP, you are the head coach of the University of Michigan, you played for two national titles the last seven years. Is your philosophy of coaching? Fart noise. "
It did not end there. After Howard's philosophy was challenged, the focus was on his way to college and how he was hired with essentially no experience.
"But wait, Juwan did not do it, Juwan already knows that people are doubting him and his experience, yes, you have to start somewhere, like high school, like the G-League, like D-II. lower as a major medium, as a major, but not powerful, I'm sorry, Juwan, you skipped, not just a lot of steps, you skipped them all. "Hey, guys, I know you're unfairly doubting me because that's the tone that he took, "but they have to start somewhere!"
Warde Manuel, the athletic director of the University of Michigan, took the media's question about his experience, or the lack of it, as an attack.
"But wait, but wait, there's more!" Because Warde Manuel decided that he would get up on the dance floor and show everyone how it is done, Warde Manuel, not happy, Ward Manuel wants to punish, and Ward Manuel thinks that if you criticize the fact, by the way Ward, you said that the number one priority was the college coaching experience and 10 minutes later you hired a guy, let me check my notes, NONE! But Ward is angry Listen to this explanation and I promise you your skill it will collapse. "
Here is Manuel's quote, in relation to Howard's experience.
"Some of those coaches," Ward said as he pointed to the crowd, "have more than 30 years of experience and still question everything they do, so do not worry about that, the questions will come in your first game and in your game. number 1,000 ".
"When I heard that," Valenti said, "honestly, I had to make sure my head was tied in. You said the college experience was your number one priority, then you turned around and hired a guy with none, now you're angry because people said All those things that he has no experience in. Oh, what are those things called? FACTS, They're called Facts, Ward, Your trainer has never trained, Done, I have a big nose, Done, How do you get mad at the media? of communication because they wrote the truth? But then, the explanation is: "well, many experienced men have also lost their jobs in the last two years, you know?"
Just when Valenti thought that all this hiring situation could not get worse, the introductory press conference badured him more that it was much worse than he thought.
"I have never been more convinced that this contracting is a total disaster. You were the best coach in the history of the school. You went from one of the best coaches in the United States to hire someone with little experience who reached the podium who could not speak in public and, by the way, could not present his plan because, uh, uh, there is no one Then he punishes you an AD because you, wait, had the audacity to tell the truth. You hired a guy with no history, no experience. Oh, that's fine because people with experience lose their jobs. "
Valenti also wants you to save your time by telling him that his tone would be very different if it were his state of Michigan that made this decision.
"If it happened in the state of Michigan, it would be more angry, if it happened in the state of Michigan, it would be burning this study, if you think I would react differently if Michigan State did this, you do not know me."