I believe it was Coyle's way of shielding himself from criticism regarding not taking Smith or Dutcher, which he needed some narrative to present to disarm that criticism. Heck, maybe he truly believed it, but regardless it was the one case that was presented that BJ in theory could come out ahead of Smith and Dutcher. I didn't think it was a good argument, but it was something in theory could be plausible. To make that argument strong you have to put recruiting MN as mission critical. Coyle wasn't alone, there were numerous posts on here disregarding Smith and Dutcher because they wouldn't recruit MN well, or at least haven't recruited MN. My point is Coyle's angle wasn't a random accident, it was foundational of his rationalization for the hire.Coyle may have played up the local angle too much but Johnson will ultimately be judged on the results on the court, not where the players come from (at least by the people who matter, fans will probably still obsess about the home address of the recruits). If the team is winning games it won't matter where the guys came from.