What a long, strange, trip it has been (since 2006).
It’s pretty amazing to realize that UWM has had the same coach in place since April of 2005. Our program boasts the most stability at the head coaching spot in all of the (increasingly relevant) Horizon League. To have an established "Jeter" system and a team assembled with recruits who are taylor-made for that system is an invaluable status to have and one that few coaches with less than a 3 years under their belt can take comfort in.
For Jeter, will this seventh season at Milwaukee be Lucky #7? There is little doubt that Coach Jeter has built this program into a perennial Horizon League contender. But for many fans, especially those fans spoiled by the unprecedented run of success under Bruce Pearl’s four-year reign in Milwaukee, anything short of an NCAA Birth is a failure.
We have all heard the chorus of detractors pine for “the good ol’ days” and dismiss even last year’s regular season Horizon League Title and NIT appearance as all well and good, but hardly anything to be proud of...
This all being said, while I’m quick to trumpet the many successes that have built this team into what it is today, I am as disappointed as the next die-hard Panther fan that we have been MIA in March from the Big Dance since Jeter’s 2006 inaugural season.