Originally Posted by Reds4Life
Prosser to UC is going to happen, but I'm not sure about Beilein to Wake. He's made some comments that could lead one to believe he isn't interested in leaving. Wake has it's positives and negatives, Beilein makes $770k at WVU, Prosser makes over a million with bonuses at Wake, plus WF has private jets for recruiting, etc. The biggest problem Wake has, which I think Skip figured out this year, is that recruiting against Duke and UNC in the ACC is tough; you are basically fighting for leftovers in the region when they are done.
With each passing day and the lack of Skip denying the UC rumors, I think it's likely that he's leaving Winston-Salem after the season. It's one of those situations where his silence is deafening.
If Skip wants to go, then I'll wish him well. He's run a clean program, won a lot of games, and certainly amped up the enthusiasm around the program. The flip side is that he hasn't won the "big game", due mainly to the fact that his teams have never really played much defense.
But I disagree about recruiting in the region against Duke & UNC. If anything, Prosser has cleaned up in the state of North Carolina. If you look at the big name recruits who have come in on his watch - Eric Williams (NC), Justin Gray (NC), Chris Paul, (NC), Kevin Swinton (NC), as well as the role players (Taron Downey, Trent Strickland, and to a lesser extent, Jeremy Ingram, Cameron Stanley, Todd Hendley), there's a huge NC flavor to the roster. He's also lined up Ish Smith & Jamie Skeen in next year's freshman class.
Conversely, most of the big time names at Duke & UNC over the same period have come from outside of NC. Off the top of my head, I think Rashad McCants was the only significant recruit for either school to come from NC during Prosser's tenure.
As far as Prosser's ability to go after the truly elite players, he had Wake in the driver's seat for quite a long time with the holy trinity of Oden/Conely/Cook who will enroll at OSU. For most of their junior year in HS, it was widely speculated that Conley was the ringleader, and if you could get him, you stood a great chance at landing at least one of the other two. All last season, Conley kept on talking about how his idol was Chris Paul and how Wake was the leader.
Then a funny thing happened and Daquean Cook committed to OSU. All of a sudden, it became obvious that Conley wasn't the leader of the crew - Cook was. Oden & Conley then fell like dominos. Couple that with Chris Paul's decision to leave a year earlier than most folks expected, and Skip's had a pretty rough year.
Recruiting against Duke & UNC isn't what's tough. It's getting an evenly & consistently officiated game against those schools that's the tough thing.