After a second consecutive losing season for Bruiser Flint, it may be time for Drexel to seriously consider the future of its program and head coach.
When Drexel’s season ended with a loss to top-seeded Hofstra in the CAA tournament by a final of 80-67, it was the end of a very long season for not only the Dragons, but for head coach Bruiser Flint.
Plagued by injuries all season, the Dragons finished the season with a record of 6-25 (3-16 in the CAA) and 17-54 over the last two years. The 2015-16 season was the worst in Drexel’s Division 1 history and one that was particularly vexing for Flint.
He watched as guards Major Canady and Ahmad Fields, both of whom were supposed to be the anchors of this roster, missed almost the entire season. Despite strong performances by freshman Terrell Allen and junior Rodney Williams all year, it wasn’t enough to give help Drexel bounce back for a dismal 2014-15 season and prevent Flint for having back-to-back losing campaigns for the first time since he came to Drexel.
Flint has been at Drexel for 15 years and in that time has only had six losing seasons and a record of 244-216. But the fact is that the Dragons have never been to the NCAA Tournament in that entire time and that the program has gone downhill since the 2011-12 season, with Flint’s dragons going 45-75.
Fans and Flint’s supporters will say that much of that has been caused by a long list of unfortunate injuries and transfers. And some of that is true. But at the end of the day, Drexel needs to look at their basketball program and decide how serious they want to be about it.
Drexel has never been known as an athletic powerhouse, instead focusing on academics and the sciences. But a good sports program with a devoted following is never a bad thing and can open up all kinds of doors. Just ask Temple how their fortunes have changed over the last year as their football team became national darlings.
If Drexel is happy with a mediocre basketball team that is never taken seriously and is always going to play second fiddle to the likes of Temple and Villanova, then leaving Bruiser Flint as the head coach and everything else status quo is the way to go.
But if Drexel has visions of being a serious basketball school in Division 1 and wants to earn some respect from the rest of the Philly Big 5, then changes may have to happen.
Those have to start with Flint.
It is believed that Flint has one year remaining on the contract extension he signed after the 2012 season. If Drexel wants to move its basketball program into a new era, resigning Flint probably isn’t the best idea.
For his part, Flint doesn’t seem worried about his future. When he spoke to Dave Zeitlin of CSN Philly.com prior to the start of the CAA tournament, he seemed philosophical.
“Nobody’s come to me and said anything. I’ll just keep working until someone says to me, ‘Yo man, you’re not the coach there no more.’ Nobody’s come to me and told me my job’s in jeopardy or anything like that. So every day I try to win some games, keep coming to practice, keep trying to work.”
After 15 years of futility, Drexel and its basketball program are seemingly at a crossroads. Which direction it goes in now could start to be decided with the future of coach Bruiser Flint.