Academics and the choice of majors have become more important since Cremins and Hewitt? If the landscape change means NIL and before that under the table NIl then I can buy that, but it's fixable.
Except for the academics, which I'd call manageable for the appropriately motivated players, everything is fixable. The appropriately motivated players, willing to meet the academic standards, is a smaller overall pool and being able, doesn't mean wanting to.
The will & investment to fix that which is fixable has been lacking significantly, dating back to Hewitt's firing or a bit earlier.
The lack of will & investment has created a long-standing view that the GT job is not a good one. Investment has long been needed in staff salaries, staff positions, bag dropping (now NIL), recruiting budget (better travel, database & scouting access, etc.) facilities (locker room, trainings, etc.; Not McCamish where we watching games).
Net net - perception is reality. The GT job is difficult and viewed as lower tier among High Majors. That said, it has plenty of potential to be elevated with the right vision, will, and investment.
Seems we may be at that inflection point to head towards good job status (it will always be difficult to a degree), but let's see if it comes through.