Originally Posted by Hoosier Red
I certainly haven't hailed him as a king, and I think I've been fairly consistent in the approach of, "Okay, celebrate this stuff this time because it was a long hard slog, but no more excessive celebrations now that you're back at the top, you're expected to stay there."
As for the winning and losing, I think you make my point. I'm not really defending his personality tics which are moderately annoying, but rather focusing on what I as a fan am asking him to do.
Except we aren't talking about "personality tics," we are talking about how he represents IU, which, when the days aren't so rosy, supporters become critics and the antics wear thin. Ask Bobby Knight. Ask Woody Hayes. You are king and your "personality tics" are tolerable, then medocrity sets in, and suddenly throwing chairs, punching players on the sidelines, and blasting other coaches is bringing shame on the program.
Of course, we know from the Bobby Knight era that winning coaches get a lot, a lot of rope in Hoosier land, excepting recruiting violations.