Didn't see this posted, but I've seen a couple different stories recently about the clusterf*ck that is the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee (aka the "Milwaukee Panthers") athletic department. This does not sound good for new hire/former UM asst LaVall Jordan.
- Here's a story from a couple days ago. Title: "Jordan in at Milwaukee, but was the process botched?"
5-sec summary: The very descriptive URL tells you.
- Then, the 16-year radio play-by-play guy quit yesterday, and went off on Instagram.
5-sec summary: UWM is full of idiots. His advice: "Win and get out quick, because long-term is fatal at UWM athletics."
I feel bad for the Jordan. It takes a lot of work for assistants to get their shot, and UWM (on the surface) would seem like a decent one, as they occasionally make the tourney. Looks like that is likely not the case.
Michign signed Bacari Alexander, LaVall Jordan and Jeff Meyer to extensions including raises.
Details are not available yet but this is obviously great news!
When: June 2nd, 6pm
Where: Chicago Marriott Downtown Magnificent Mile. 540 N. Michigan Avenue
Cost: $40 for Alumni members, $55 for non-members
The Coaches Tour returns to Chicago June 2nd. Enjoy a night out with fellow Alumni as Brady Hoke, Red Berenson, LaVall Jordan and other speakers discuss 2013 and their plans for the 2014-2015 seasons. A silent auction will take place at the end of the night.
- Red Berenson
- Kim Barnes Arico
- LaVall Jordan
- Brady Hoke
- JT Compher
- Lyndsay Doyle
I just spoke with Coles father. He was very excited about the McGary news. He expressed that he feels bad for McGary and that "unfortunate situation" but he is excited for Cole to get that offer. He spoke with coach Jordan for about an hour last night and coach Jordan told him what we all assumed which is that with McGary out, Cole will have an offer regardless of what Aubrey Dawkins decides (it appears Cole was in line for an offer anyway if Dawkins committed to Dayton).
I told him that Cole seems like the prototypical John Belien player and he told me that Coach Jordan said Cole is what the coaching staff looks for and calls "80/40 guys." That's 80 percent from the line and 40 from 3. Coles dad expressed how it's hard not to get excited just seeing that block M with all the tradition behind it.
Coles dad said that they have only been in contact with coach Jordan and haven't heard from Belien directly yet but they understood that was because they were still not sure if Cole was getting an offer until very recently. As we know, Michigan told him they only offer in person but he will get his offer when he visits which he will now be scheduling.
There are a few other tidbits about each school and coach that I am not sure he would be ok with me sharing so I will keep those to myself but I would not expect him to commit until he has taken all 4 visits.
This part is pure speculation but after talking to Coles dad, I would say Michigan is a slight favorite once they offer.
Also, Roger is going with Cole on his visits so the updates will be sparse since he will only be at work a handful of days for the next couple of weeks.
I said this in a comment below but I thought it should go here as well. Cole does not have any interest in aquiring a waiver to play immediately. He wants to take the year to get in the wieght room and put on weight/increase his vertical, etc. Coach Sanderson is a big reason why he is interested in Michigan and I did a good deal of talking up the strength and conditioning program to Coles dad.
I'll also add that Coles dad seems really excited about the prospect of Cole going to Michigan and I think I can say with some confidence that if it were up to him, Cole would definitely end up there.
Not sure if anyone had posted this prior - if so, feel free to remove - but it appears as if Caris Levert is getting some NBA love now? NBADraft.net has him listed as a first-round pick in the 2015 draft. I am perhaps not the largest Caris Lavert supporter but his development, offensively at least, has been amazing. That said, I'm skeptical of this projection. I'm just not sure where he would project to in the NBA given his size and skill set.
Related, Stephen Ross should just start mailing Lavall Jordan envelopes full of cash now.
I ran into LaVall Jordan at the airport in TC...he was going to see a recruit...not sure who it was...
I was back in Michigan briefly Thursday night and caught sight of a sharply dressed man in high end (not commercially available) Mich attire in the Cherry Capital Airport. I chatted him up and found it to be one of Beilein's assistant coaches on a recruiting trip. I looked it up and this was LaVall Jordan - I didn't deign to ask his name to his face.
However I did ask who he was recruiting out of Traverse but he said he couldn't say. We chatted briefly about the BB team. He was very respectful of Oakland; well spoken and well acquitted. LaVall Jordan is sharp and makes a great first impression.
I looked up recruits in and around TC but couldn't figure it. Dwaun Anderson is committed to MSU. Whoever it was played Thursday night past...now that narrows it down /s.
FYI board material.
PS - It was great to be back in Michigan - where people talk Mich sports everywhere you go.