Muss comes in late signs HS players Oliver and Drew. Both potential 4 year starters. Next class signs Ramsey and Hall. Ramsey highly recruited but doesn’t pan, and Hall is a solid role player. Nevada loses Oliver to draft. He has verbals for two bigs next year and had it not lost Wooten to Oregon than that’s another solid four year player. The Pack on the radar of two great HS players to close out this recruiting cycle. Point being, he has been very selective with his HS recruiting only because his evaluation of transfers has been money. Hell, even the ones who leave here like Leland King are solid. Vegas’ largely HS roster took a huge hit because of various issues and attrition to draft. These days, chit happens. I like that Muss plays to win every game, gives two chits about his bench, and is overly competitive. The results speak for themselves.
And I like Rice. He’s done a nice job at Boise. But he was lucky too. If he loses Hutchison to the draft this is all moot. Hell, it also lost a starting PG to Cal for no good reason other than that’s how it works these days.
IMO at this level just win. I’ll take two MWC titles in Muss’ three seasons. Chances are slim Nevada will retain him for many more seasons or even after this one. Would I trade a bunch of solid seasons for two MWC titles and NCAA appearances? No. That’s how it works these days. Only a handful of programs are safe. Just win now because there are no guarantees anymore. It’s all about the $$$.