The Hop hire was a questionable hire at hte time. He was 4-5 as an interim HC on a team that went to the final four that season. Oregon State and USC both passed on him. So this notion that it was a universally accepted great hire is just bullshit.
That Syracuse was 19-13 entering the NCAA Tournament and had lost 5 of 6 heading into the NCAAs … they were 9-9 in conference. To get to the Final Four they beat a 7, 15, 11, and 1 seed … the 1 being Virginia who they had experience against in the ACC. To act like that 4-5 was a hideous indictment is missing the mark.