Another disappointing basketball season, another early conference tournament exit and now, another stellar recruiting class by Dale Layer and the CSU men's basketball staff.
It's the routine that is CSU basketball. But the beginning of that routine is getting old.
For his entire term at CSU, Layer has teased fans with the team's talent, each year looking like it has the potential to become a major power in the Mountain West Conference. The team even won the conference tournament in 2003. But, for most of Layers' tenure, the team has been disappointing and heading south. This season, the Rams finished last in conference standings and attendance.
There have been calls to fire Layer, and even a Web site dedicated to that goal. But athletic director Mark Driscoll has assured fans that Layer will return next season.
Throughout his term here, Layer has brought in top-ranked players from across the county, and this year seems to be no different. In the past, however, these player rankings have not turned CSU into success.
This season is likely the last chance for Layer to prove he can win at CSU. His chances have run out and the fans are restless. Without some marked improvement from a 3-11 conference record, Layer most likely will be shown the door.
Here's hoping the seven players coming in next year give CSU some much-needed wins. Otherwise, Layer won't be making any pitches to get top talent into a Rams jersey.