Kirby gets asked the obvious question about why so long to pull the trigger with Daniels and goes all in the arena on us in response.
That’s a shame. Unnecessary, too, as there’s a legitimate argument to be made about the timing. Just ask Smart himself.
Speaking of straight from the horse’s mouth…
Health. Reps. Coaching strategy. None of those worked in favor of an early insertion of Daniels into the starting lineup. I’d add to that the reality that the cracks in Bennett’s edifice didn’t start showing up until the second half of the Alabama game. A Kentucky win followed and that would have made a change at the starting spot prior to the Florida game open to question, too.
So I get all that. But Smart should, too. It’s been a frustrating year. We’re fans. We’re naturally prone to second-guessing coaches. None of that’s surprising, or at least it shouldn’t be for someone who’s been coaching for twenty years. And, yes, of course, we’re glad you got JT here, Kirbs. Just don’t rub being in the arena in our faces.