The ISU hire is odd. Yes she is one of a handful of US sub-15 5k talents but CC is about recruiting first, everything else secondary. Something similar was tried at UConn a few years ago and it lasted about 6 months.
Anybody who thinks replacing Grove McDonough will be easy doesn't get it.
ISU women's team place at NCAAs
2010 - 8th (pre Grove-McDonough)
2011 - 7th (pre Grove-McDonough)
2012 - 11th (pre Grove-McDonough)
2013 - 13th (with Grove McDonough)
2014 - 2nd
2015 - 24th
2016 - 29th
2017 - 20th
She thrived with someone else's recruits, used them to place 2nd. Then couldn't capitalize on that success to recruit top talent and build a team that was consistently top 15. She took them backwards, might have been on the chopping block.
She stepped into a really good situation, used that to have one good year. After that, her results have been very unimpressive. If she couldn't maintain ISU's status as a powerhouse after inheriting a great situation, she's in deep trouble at UNC stepping into a bad situation.
If she struggled to recruit after placing 2nd at Nationals, she's going to have a hard time recruiting to a bottom of the conference team.