[Ed. Note: Interesting idea, especially since most folks seem to take for granted Kuester's status as a lame duck coach. Bumping to front page for discussion -- MW]
I'm just going to throw this pet theory of mine out there. I have no evidence to back it up and I'm not even sure I believe it myself, but it is a very interesting thought regardless.
Kuester has made plenty of mistakes this and last year, and he gets plenty of flack for it here on this site. I'm not going to try to justify any of it. But consider this: the man is only in his second year of being a head coach, and he has made progress. Benching Rip permanently took balls. Benching half his team for missing a practice took balls. He is being creative (at times TOO creative) with his line-ups and is willing to see what happens. He has shown a willingness to play the young guys. He is far from perfect, but he has shown potential in what has been undoubtedly a difficult situation.
Why is everyone willing to be patient with inexperienced players but so quick to judge inexperienced coaches? Austin Daye showed almost nothing last year and not even his harshest critics were saying we should dump him. We just waited a year, and now look what we got? What if we were willing to have the same patience with our coach? What if Kuester is still working through some rookie mistakes and needs time to develop?
I don't know if this is the least bit true. But I do know that I am REALLY tired of having a string of coaches that are here for a year or two before they get canned. What have we got to lose if we give him another year? It's not like we're going to be contenders anytime soon anyway.