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What did you expect, Kansas State fans?

NEW ORLEANS -- Add Kansas State fans to the list of folks underwhelmed by how their coaching search ended.

And Jacob Pullen?

He was downright pissed.

"I support kstate for life no matter what but I'm not a Bruce Webber fan and I think Kstate can do a lot better," Pullen tweeted early Saturday. "Bruce Webber didn't think I was good enough to play at Illinois and I don't think he is good enough to coach at Kansas State."

OK then.

That Pullen misspelled Weber's name twice doesn't really matter because his point was still clear. And though the tweet came off somewhat bitter -- like a shot from a Chicago kid Weber didn't recruit to Illinois -- the truth is that Pullen's comments reflected how most KSU fans (at least the ones I saw on Twitter) seemed to think.


Bruce Weber?

But what did Pullen and Kansas State fans expect?

We've reached a point where almost every fanbase is disappointed when a school hires a new coach because expectations are completely out of whack. Everybody wants Shaka Smart or Brad Stevens, and if you don't hire one of them you've failed miserably as an administration. But the reality of the coaching carousel these days is that unless you're hiring for Kentucky, UCLA, Kansas, Indiana, Texas, Ohio State, Louisville, Duke or North Carolina you're almost certainly hiring A) a non-BCS head coach, B) a high-major assistant, or C) a recycled veteran.

That's how this stuff works.

Illinois and Nebraska just hired an A, UAB and Tulsa hired a B, and now Kansas State has hired a C just like North Carolina State -- which initially set its sights unrealistically high -- hired a C last year. The only real exception to this rule this year was South Carolina luring Frank Martin away from Kansas State, but that only happened because Martin would've rather coached Kennesaw State than work for John Currie at Kansas State another day. And the fact that Currie couldn't figure out how to coexist with a successful coach undoubtedly scared some candidates away who might've otherwise been interested at KSU.

Either way, my point is simple.

Kansas State was never gonna make a wow hire.

So you can like Bruce Weber or hate Bruce Weber or be mad that Bruce Weber never recruited you when he was at Illinois even though you lived in Illinois, but Bruce Weber is about as good as Kansas State was gonna do with this hire at this time under these circumstances. Now let's see if it works.
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