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  1. #181
    Posted this on the wrong thread...

    Minnesota hires Ben Johnson as it next coach. If you are asking "who is Ben Johnson", you aren't the only one. He was an assistant at Xavier and previously served as an assistant at Minnesota and N. Iowa. Underwhelming.

    Apparently, Johnson has a good rep as a recruiter, and the thought is that he will be able to keep the talent in-state which has been a big problem for the Gophers. Jalen Suggs to Gonzaga being a recent example.

  2. #182
    Portland has hired Shantay Legans out of Eastern Washington.

    https://portlandpilots.com/news/2021...ead-coach.aspx

    Legans and the Groves Brothers gave Kansas a good game this past Saturday.

  3. #183
    My spell correct Doesn’t like MATTA.
    Last edited by Pilchard; 03-22-2021 at 09:54 PM.

  4. #184
    Quote Originally Posted by Pilchard View Post
    Marta and IU had reached a deal in principle, but Thad failed the physical. Deal has fallen through.
    like really?

  5. #185
    IU is denying the report which came from multiple sources.

  6. #186
    IU still thinking they are blue blood royalty is hilarious. They fucking suck!

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    Since when does a college head coach have to pass a physical like he's a pro athlete getting traded?

  8. #188
    Quote Originally Posted by PhDeac View Post
    Since when does a college head coach have to pass a physical like he's a pro athlete getting traded?
    Only because of Matta's well documented and publicized medical issues.

  9. #189
    Quote Originally Posted by Pilchard View Post
    Posted this on the wrong thread...

    Minnesota hires Ben Johnson as it next coach. If you are asking "who is Ben Johnson", you aren't the only one. He was an assistant at Xavier and previously served as an assistant at Minnesota and N. Iowa. Underwhelming.

    Apparently, Johnson has a good rep as a recruiter, and the thought is that he will be able to keep the talent in-state which has been a big problem for the Gophers. Jalen Suggs to Gonzaga being a recent example.
    This hire seems surprisingly well received by fans. I don't care what you did in your playing days at the school, I wouldn't really be happy about a former player with no head coaching experience getting the job for one of my teams.

  10. #190
    Quote Originally Posted by DeacWatcher View Post
    IU still thinking they are blue blood royalty is hilarious. They fucking suck!
    Two things. IU fans have experienced 25 years of mostly mediocrity. We know that the blue blood days are long ago. That doesn't mean we should settle for sustained mediocrity. IU has everything you need to be highly successful, but it takes the right coach. Archie unfortunately proved he wasn't that guy.

    The story about Matta is nonsense. The writers on the IU beat that are credible have all said as much.

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    Just noticed that Texas A&M has sucked in the two years since hiring Buzz Williams.

    Yet VT made the NCAAs this year in year 2 of Mike Young (and didn't suck in year 1).

    Can't say that I saw that coming. I know Buzz left VT pretty strong (#13KP & a Sweet 16 in his final year), but the roster this year doesn't look at all like the one he left behind.

  12. #192
    Quote Originally Posted by DeacsATS View Post
    Just noticed that Texas A&M has sucked in the two years since hiring Buzz Williams.

    Yet VT made the NCAAs this year in year 2 of Mike Young (and didn't suck in year 1).

    Can't say that I saw that coming. I know Buzz left VT pretty strong (#13KP & a Sweet 16 in his final year), but the roster this year doesn't look at all like the one he left behind.
    He left almost nothing behind. Alexander-Walker went pro, and their 1 good big transferred. That Young inherited a bare cupboard and instantly made them competitive has been impressive. He deserved his COY award. And nothing on that roster really wows you.

  13. #193
    Quote Originally Posted by Pilchard View Post
    Posted this on the wrong thread...

    Minnesota hires Ben Johnson as it next coach. If you are asking "who is Ben Johnson", you aren't the only one. He was an assistant at Xavier and previously served as an assistant at Minnesota and N. Iowa. Underwhelming.

    Apparently, Johnson has a good rep as a recruiter, and the thought is that he will be able to keep the talent in-state which has been a big problem for the Gophers. Jalen Suggs to Gonzaga being a recent example.
    Could he have kept Bueckers in state?

  14. #194
    Quote Originally Posted by DeacsATS View Post
    Just noticed that Texas A&M has sucked in the two years since hiring Buzz Williams.

    Yet VT made the NCAAs this year in year 2 of Mike Young (and didn't suck in year 1).

    Can't say that I saw that coming. I know Buzz left VT pretty strong (#13KP & a Sweet 16 in his final year), but the roster this year doesn't look at all like the one he left behind.
    Absolutely. Buzz's last year, the 2019 Hokies had talent (should've beaten Duke to go to the Elite 8). Top 8 in minutes:

    PG Justin Robinson - played in the NBA
    SG Nickieil Alexander Walker - 1st round draft pick, plays for the Pels
    SF Ahmed Hill - G League
    PF Ty Outlaw - played pro in Greece until a warrant was issued alleging drug charges
    C Kerry Blackshear - transferred to FL; playing pro in Israel

    F PJ Horne - transferred to UGA; starter
    G Wabissa Bede - only player from the 2019 to stay at VT through this season;
    G-F Isiah Wilkins - transferred to WF; in the portal

    Also, on the roster that year, but redshirted was Landers Nolley; who was VT's leading scorer last year, but transferred to Memphis (where he had a good year)

    So, in two years, Mike Young only retained one player from the Buzz era; yet, was able to build an NCAA tourney team. Impressive.

  15. #195
    My perception of Indiana basketball may be entirely off, but I've always considered them a program with a national profile, but one that operated more regionally, if that makes sense. Whereas a UNC, KY, Duke (and back in the day UCLA) recruit nationally and have national fan bases, again I see IU as a program that people around the country are familiar with and interested in, but the recruiting and fan base is very much a midwestern thing.

  16. #196
    George Mason named Kim English as their new coach. English is only 32. He played at Mizzou and briefly in the NBA. Had been an assistant under Frank Haith (Tulsa), Tad Boyle (Colo.) and Rick Barnes (TN). He's from Baltimore, and has recruited in the DC/MD/VA area.


  17. #197
    Quote Originally Posted by Pilchard View Post
    George Mason named Kim English as their new coach. English is only 32. He played at Mizzou and briefly in the NBA. Had been an assistant under Frank Haith (Tulsa), Tad Boyle (Colo.) and Rick Barnes (TN). He's from Baltimore, and has recruited in the DC/MD/VA area.


    Congrats to him. He did the work of assistant coaching under a few guys. Now he gets rewarded with a decent head coaching gig. Now, if he can bring in a few more DC and Baltimore guys... Expectations will be for him to get them into the upper echelon of the conference and the occasional invite to the big dance.

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    It's cool to see news like that and be like "Good for him" instead of "I hope he succeeds so he can replace our garbage coach in a few years."
    Last edited by PhDeac; 03-23-2021 at 05:11 PM.

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    Quote Originally Posted by PhDeac View Post
    It's cool to see news like that and be like "Good for him" instead of "I hope he succeeds to he can replace our garbage coach in a few years."
    GMU has been a good mid-major. Jim Larranaga parlayed success there into the Miami job. If English gets GMU back to the big dance, he'll be a sought after coach before he's 40.

  20. #200
    Quote Originally Posted by PhDeac View Post
    It's cool to see news like that and be like "Good for him" instead of "I hope he succeeds so he can replace our garbage coach in a few years."
    Yes, to be off the market for the first time in 10 years is surreal. What a wasted era.

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