That is absolutely insane. The fact that Coach Smith basically refused to recruit and his complete disregard for RTC's which is such a huge part of wrestling now shows to me that he is really behind the times and maybe it's time for new blood sooner rather than later.
The RTC thing... I mean it’s an NCAA violation and based on his experience in the early 90s I can’t blame him for staying out of it. Plus it has to be fully endowed... the Hawkeye Wrestling Club is failing because they try to rely on small donations to fund the program and when the donations dried up we see them starting fires with cutting the women. Penn State, Ohio State and Princeton all have endowed RTCs... we can’t even get funding for a new facility because our fan base is too lazy, or too poor, to make it happen! Frankly OSU wrestling is lucky that all of our scholarships and coaching positions are fully endowed! Otherwise we would be on the chopping block.
Smith is going to get to 30 years and become the winningest college coach of all time. That’s just the reality of it. He’s chasing down the guy from Oregon State. OSU isn’t going to move on from Smith... he has to be allowed to retire on his terms.
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