Steve Wojciechowski Can Try To Preach Patience Even If No One Believes Him
Marquette Golden Eagles would have likely been in the NCAA Tournament for the third time in six years under Steve Wojciechowski. But with the COVID-19 pandemic canceling the tournament, it is unknown what Marquette might have done in March. In an interview with Big East media guy John Fanta, Wojciechowski said that ‘March runs do not grow on trees’ and again asked for patience. Most Marquette fans are done with that version of the Golden Eagles. People waited for real results and still not showing up. Additionally, this year’s collapse will get pushed under the rug, but the fact the last two years Marquette fell apart is a major issue.
NEW: Went 1-on-1 with Marquette head coach Steve Wojciechowski today. Asked him what he would say to those disappointed with the lack of success in March in recent years. Here's what he had to say. #mubb pic.twitter.com/QfhDrEARni
— John Fanta (@John_Fanta) May 5, 2020
I get that this is the type of person Wojo is, but you’d think someone from Marquette’s PR team would say ‘You know this is falling on dear ears, right?’ There is not one Marquette fan hearing this and nodding their head in agreement. This cliche bullshit is not going to fly anymore. Wojo needs to pivot a little bit. He needs to take things head-on and try to be a little less rigid with the media. It might be learning from Coach K, but everything that Wojo says feels stuffy.
Even though I’m yelling into the digital world with change likely not happening, I would rather join the chorus than let him try to keep pushing off responsibility for past failures. There is something to be said about owning your shit and admitting when you fucked up. Or providing a plan to avoid something bad like late-season collapse happening again. I get the feeling that Wojo cannot adjust and his head stays buried into the sand versus trying something new. It is also a tough look when your in-state rival wins the toughest conference in college basketball after significant turmoil.
At some point, Wojo’s free pass is going to end with the university, but we’re not there yet. When will get there should be soon, but most fear it will be a long time.