Being the number one destination by a long shot in an area with top 5 amateur talent still matters.
Being in an attractive major urban area still matters.
Having top notch facilities and fan base still matters.
Leaving the ACC hurt the programs standing. But there's a reason the school has had such sustained stretches of success in the past. Even under Turgeon the team was generally a top 25ish team.
If you get fired for being generally top 25ish, that's because people have higher expectations for the program. And they should. Because the school has all the advantages to be a top 20 team annually.
Now, that's not saying this hire will end up well for MD. They could conceivably get worse. But that won't be because of the program's potential.
I think you're looking at it the wrong way by placing too much emphasis on the current state of the program. I of course don't think thry are currently a top-25 program. But Maryland was able to lure away P5 coaches from schools that are on your list for their last 2 coaching hires, including during a time when they were facing NCAA sanctions. On top of that, they were really close to luring away a coach (Sean Miller) from a program that I had listed as better than us. That's fact, not theory. I don't believe for a second that Turgeon's tenure here dropped the desirability of this job down to where we aren't still close to that level, nor do I think that the other schools closed the gap so significantly that we are worse than all of them.
Let's look at it another way. If Iowa lost its coach and were looking for a coach this offseason, would they beat us out in terms of hires? Would TAMU? Would Alabama? Would USC? With Iowa and TAMU I feel very strongly thay they wouldn't. Especially since we already poached one coach from TAMU. Alabama? Maybe depending on how much a coach values environment over Benjamin's. USC? Only for someone who wants to be in LA. FSU? Absolutely not. Auburn? similar to Alabama IMO but maybe more tilted in favor of Auburn. Arkansas? Debatable as well.
Regardless there are enough schools on this list where I think Maryland comes out clearly ahead in this exercise that I feel comfortable putting this HC position as a top-25 job.
Well, Westry is out. Smith hurt his ankle And Young was sick. It could mean they just want more depth and that none of them are out.
The McCrary thing is interesting. Wonder if they give him carries tomorrow?