I'm still working on the big "What to Expect" post, but in the meantime, I wanted to briefly address Frank Haith's tenure at Miami.
First, I want to highlight a comment made by The 7th Floor purveyor rayrayrayrayrayrayrayray in this morning's gigantic comments thread:
I don't have anything to add to that ... just wanted it highlighted a little bit.
Now, to the record. In seven years at Miami, Frank Haith did not prove that he can win conference titles, play into the second weekend of the tournament, etc. But when looking at the Miami job itself, some context is needed.
The great College Basketball Reference site has a nice, elegant rating called the SRS (Simple Rating System), where they evaluate teams' performances based simply on points scored and allowed. Like the Est. S&P+ figure I used for my Varsity Numbers Top 100 of the Last 100 Years countdown last summer, it is limited, of course; but it excellent for making quick evaluations over large periods of time. Using SRS, here are Miami's ten best seasons since they brought their basketball program back to the D1 level in 1985:
Top Ten Miami Teams According to SRS, 1985-2010
1. 1998-99 (Leonard Hamilton, 23-7)
2. 2001-02 (Perry Clark, 24-8)
3. 2007-08 (Frank Haith, 23-11)
4. 1999-00 (Leonard Hamilton, 23-11)
5. 2008-09 (Frank Haith, 19-13)
6. 2009-10 (Frank Haith, 20-13)
7. 1997-98 (Leonard Hamilton, 18-10)
8. 2010-11 (Frank Haith, 21-15)
9. 2005-06 (Frank Haith, 18-16)
10. 2004-05 (Frank Haith, 16-13)
Or to put it another way, Haith's seven seasons at Miami produced six of the program's ten best seasons in recent memory. Haith still has plenty to prove, but while we all wish he'd have done more in Miami right about now, he still proved something just by accomplishing what he accomplished in the last seven years.