whoa, just stumbled on this convo…recruiting was easier?? hakeem fell in his lap?
i am the biggest sampson fan…but some of what yall are saying about lewis are just wrong…
UH was actually dead when lewis took over, he took a program that had no history and had them finish #1 in the nation in 10 years (200 d1 at that time) …and he did it with lower touted recruits…elvin hayes was not touted coming in
you cant claim “easier” recruiting when we werent regularly getting the elite recruits. in the phi slamma documentary they noted the top players didnt want to play fo UH, rob had to pave a way…phi slamma was the end of of his tenure
UH was seen as a sleeping giant to everyone when samspon took over…the coach before sampson had teams with 5-6 espn 100 4/5stars , and he got those rosters despite playing in a 1bid league, no recent success and horrific facilities…
you cant claim hakeem felll in his lap, when akeem was only average as a freshman, the fact that he drastically improved AFTER seasons under lewis is a sign of development by the coach
i love sampon he is not our “hands down” best coach