I would say that’s a pretty good opinion, but to say “never” is a bit extreme. We’ve heard about Bueckers going to Gophers games and hanging out with the team in the locker room, so I would say there was always a glimmer of hope. But for me, it’s not a Stollings vs Whalen thing. I agree that Whalen probably gives the program a better chance at securing Bueckers. It’s more of a Whalen vs whoever else we could have had. Since my top choice was Niele Ivey, it’s a Whalen vs Ivey thing for me. I’m going to be redundant here but I guess I have to. I believe Notre Dame is Buecker’s top choice right now. They won the latest championship against all odds. ND’s shine as a program has gone way up while UConn has lost some of theirs. The NCAA even set aside their stringent rules so a ND player could compete on national television in Dancing with the Stars. Brunelle, who seems to be Bueckers’ best friend in basketball, has committed to ND. Everything is smelling like ND lately. What the Gophers could have done was hire Ivey, and that would have been an impressive hire in a different way than Whalen’s. Here we have a prominent assistant coach who most could make the argument is a big part of ND’s success, an assistant coach at an elite level with tons of experience and most deserving of a head coaching job. We hire her, we take away a bit of that ND shine away for Bueckers and put it on the Gophers. Hire Ivey and it looks like the Gophers are taking women’s basketball seriously instead of taking the usual easy route in these hires. In my opinion, Whalen was the easy route again. No experience, not into the job 100% from the start, but it doesn’t matter since everybody loves Whalen. But does Bueckers blindly love Whalen as a coach enough to put her basketball career on the line? She obviously takes her basketball career very seriously, so I’m guessing not. Like I said, I hope I’m wrong because I believe there is nothing more important than Bueckers for the near term success of the Gophers. If Whalen doesn’t land Bueckers, there’s going to be much disappointment and a lot of second guessing. Good luck to everyone.She was never going to consider the U under Stollings. Now she has scheduled a visit and is interested. That’s a huge step forward in my view. Not sure that timing has anything to do with it. It’s because it’s Whalen that it’s happening.