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- SMU 57-15
- Cincinnati 56-16
- Tulsa 34-20
- Connecticut 42-30
- Memphis 39-33
- Temple 38-34
- Houston 36-36
|4 weeks 4 days ago||Chicago State||
Never mind athletics, they're struggling to survive as a school. Their state funding got cut off in the budget standoff last year (as so often it's the HBCU that doesn't have enough political clout and gets the axe), they had to lay off 1/3 of their staff and their freshman class last fall was less than 100.
|4 weeks 4 days ago||Conference records since UConn joined...||
They might want to win some games if they're supposed to be head and shoulders above the rest of their league. Right now Ollie's coaching resume pretty much consists of one really good month.
|4 weeks 4 days ago||Tulane baseball kind of went||
Tulane baseball kind of went to hell after Katrina. They haven't had a top-30 team in over a decade.
|4 weeks 4 days ago||I've always figured Dayton||
I've always figured Dayton would hold out for a Big East spot. It's a Catholic school with a big Xavier rivalry, and they think if Butler and Creighton could get in why not them?
If the next Big East expansion doesn't include them, they might look around.
|4 weeks 4 days ago||Houston, Cincinnati, Tulsa,||
Houston, Cincinnati, Tulsa, Memphis all were in the MVC with Wichita at one time or another. Somehow Wichita and Drake got left behind. (Smaller markets, obviously.)
|4 weeks 4 days ago||Is UConn really that far||
Is UConn really that far ahead of the rest of the AAC? They've never even won the regular season championship--it's been Louisville, Cincinnati, Temple, SMU.
And I'm not sure historically they're clearly the top, either. I know they've got the four titles, but Cincinnati's been to more final fours, Cincinnati and Temple both have more wins, Temple has a better winning percentage all-time. Houston's got some history too, even if they never quite managed to win a national title. If you rolled each school's all-time best five out there, Houston or Cincinnati would probably win it (which one depends on just how great you think Oscar was).
|4 weeks 6 days ago||Is Dan Dakich part of Alford's camp?||
He says it's a done deal and they're just waiting for UCLA's exit from the tournament to announce it. It's possible that his sources, and the ultimate sources for the coaches Doyel references in the comment upthread, are all in Alford's camp. But Dakich is a connected IU guy and it's hard for me to believe he'd be saying that without getting some sort of word from outside Alford's inner circle.
What I can imagine, since we lived through it not that long ago, is that there might be two camps inside IU's department and the one camp might not be fully aware of the strength of the other. But that's just speculation on my part....
|4 weeks 6 days ago||Alford didn't need to crack down.||
All he needed to do was shut up and let the legal system do its job.
It's a very, very long way from Jerry Tarkanian to Dave Bliss; Alford was on the wrong end of that spectrum. Maybe even off the scale--Bliss might have tampered with witnesses but at least he didn't directly go after the victim (he couldn't, the victim wasn't alive).
|4 weeks 6 days ago||I think maybe it's worth||
I think maybe it's worth distinguishing between the various types of "scum." It's quite possible for an essentially good person to develop contempt for the regulatory apparatus that governs college sports and to behave accordingly. Did Wooden and Tarkanian run crooked programs? You bet. Were they scum?
I don't think it's completely unreasonable for boosters of a program to be OK with a certain level of shadiness in recruiting, or even personal behavior, but then to draw the line at Steve Alford.
|4 weeks 6 days ago||If I'm right, isn't that what you would expect?||
As a starter he's playing against the other team's best/most athletic wing. On the second unit you might expect a tiny bit more time to pull the trigger, on average.
|4 weeks 6 days ago||with a side-dish of Baylor.||
with a side-dish of Baylor.
|4 weeks 6 days ago||This probably isn't timely...||
...but is it really true that Stauskas needed another year in college? To me it seems like the main adjustment he needed to make in pro ball was to speed up his release on his shot. (Well, OK, maybe that part was easy and it was getting the accuracy back afterwards that was hard.) That adjustment wasn't going to happen until it was forced by the length and speedier closeouts he saw in the NBA; I don't think another year in college would have helped him there.
|4 weeks 6 days ago||It's not forgotten at all.||
That's why you've got IU alums writing the president and threatening to cut off donations if the hire goes through.
|4 weeks 6 days ago||Even at schools that try to do things the right way...||
...consultations with major donors on decisions like this are standard procedure. And a company that pays a school nine figures for the right to produce their athletic apparel surely counts as a major donor.
|4 weeks 6 days ago||They've got rim protectors...||
...but Louisville's bigs are terrible individual defenders. That's been on display all year.
|4 weeks 6 days ago||It's probably not going to come to this...||
...but Gonzaga worries me. I don't know if "athletic" is the right word for their bigs but "big" isn't the right word either.
|4 weeks 6 days ago||And a lot of post-up action on offense.||
Basically, what Wisconsin's been doing for the last decade. There's a reason that's been a tough matchup.
|4 weeks 6 days ago||Funny, perhaps. Surprising, not to me.||
(Mike Brey's reaction to Maryland's signing of Diamond Stone, who coincidentally had played for a UA-sponsored travel team. You've probably noticed UA's sponsorship of Maryland.)
If they're working on getting players from their sponsored travel teams into their sponsored colleges and universities, why wouldn't they use their influence to get certain coaches into those jobs? And I assume those nine-digit contracts they're tossing around give them some influence.
|4 weeks 6 days ago||That's a real possibility.||
Especially since my bracket has Baylor winning the thing.
|4 weeks 6 days ago||This is from Gregg Doyel (Indianapolis Star reporter)||
|4 weeks 6 days ago||Evidence was apparently bad||
Evidence was apparently bad enough that the prosecutor says there's no way there would have been a plea bargain that didn't include prison time if Alford and friends hadn't scared the victim out of cooperating.
That's the prosecutor talking, of course. Take it for what it's worth.
|4 weeks 6 days ago||Aside from the fact that he's an alum...||
It's an Adidas school; UCLA switched away after he got there.
|4 weeks 6 days ago||http://news-releases.uiowa.ed||
That's a formal statement and you have to read between the lines a bit to get the gist. The public proclamations of innocence regarding a player who'd just been formally charged with assault were bad enough but maybe the most damning bit was people from Athletes in Action, who according to other reports were old friends of Alford, contacting the alleged victim to encourage her to "sit down with the alleged perpetrator for prayer."
The alleged victim was, to say the least, pissed. So was the prosecutor, who said Alford's meddling (actually I think the word used was "intimidation") made prosecuting the case very difficult and led to a plea bargain that was a lot softer than he thought he could have gotten if Alford and the school had stayed clear.
|4 weeks 6 days ago||If you know any Iowa fans...||
...direct this question to them.
For maximum enjoyment, give them a call just after UCLA loses.
|4 weeks 6 days ago||I saw a lot of Kennard in||
I saw a lot of Kennard in high school; the personality comments down here were always favorable.
Maybe it's something that happens to you after you get to campus.
|4 weeks 6 days ago||If they could shoot...||
...they wouldn't be a #7 seed.
They remind me of some Cincinnati teams of the past.
|4 weeks 6 days ago||He had four good years as a||
He had four good years as a D3 coach, I'll grant you that.
Maybe it makes some sense, now that I think about it. The common thread I heard from Iowa people when he was there was that he "seemed to have some trouble relating to players from urban environments." (That quote was from our in-house counsel, who was an Iowa alum and was pretty careful with his words.)
It would not go well at IU and I'm really looking forward to it.
|4 weeks 6 days ago||Is there really a possibility...||
...that Steve Alford gets the Indiana job?
Please make that happen. I don't think any coach in the country does less with more.
|10 weeks 5 days ago||Usually people exaggerate this...||
...but for once your description was an understatement. He didn't just tell one of his players to lie, he called a team meeting to tell all the players and coaches to lie and make sure they were telling the same one.
To their credit, it didn't work. To the shame of college athletics, the assistant who made sure it didn't work was blackballed for life.
|11 weeks 15 min ago||I don't gamble.||
But I did stack Atlanta in a DFS contest.
I'm not surprised by this at all.