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Chuck Taylor

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  1. We won't go 0-20 or even 1-19 because that would make the decision easy. We'll win 2 or 3 in order to fracture the fan base between, "Fire him!" and "He deserves a 4th year and/or we can't afford the buyout."
  2. I think we'll win 3 games. Coach stays.
  3. when the red Kool-Aid ran like rivers. Man, it was interesting looking back at this thread. Not really that embarrassing to read the predictions, since they were based on what we'd heard/been told about the guys coming in.
  4. I promise this is the last time posting this familiar screed: The time to lock down local talent would have been 20 years ago, but we can start building bridges now that will pay off later. We have virtually no relationship with Omaha high schools and AAU programs. Omaha kids have been going to (you know who) individual and team camps since they were 3rd graders, and (you know who) coaches and players participate regularly in school and AAU clinics. We're seen as the hotshots who might get in contact if a player gets some notice and later make an appearance in the bleachers for a game just to look interested. Think about how that plays when you're a program with our record of success the last 20 years. So not only are we missing out on kids, we've also given scholarships to kids who didn't pan out. Where do I get my info? I know Omaha coaches, my kids played high school basketball, I coached non-varsity high school (just call me Kidney Jr.) and have a friend who was closely tied to OSA. They all say the same thing. I haven't been to high school games and gabbing with these people the last couple years because of Covid, so maybe something has changed under Fred, but I doubt it. Assuming at the very least we'll have one new assistant next year, I'd put him in charge of identifying local talent and building bridges with local coaches. Or maybe hope our next head coach figures it out. I think the problem is that our new hires see that the recruiting base is limited and think they have to bring in national-level talent to get somewhere. But you can see that we end up missing out on roster stability, solid 4-year contributors and the occasional kid who turns into a star.
  5. FWIW, I like that Verge is no longer the axis of evil for the team. He's playing better, sort of, and we now can see that there are many more problems beyond him. I don't mind ripping on players' abilities, but don't like the personal stuff (he doesn't care, he's in it for himself, he's selfish, he's lazy etc.). We don't know any of them and most bad players are simply that, bad players. It's not necessarily an issue with their character.
  6. Apples to oranges, I guess, but Will Bolt is making less than half of the salary for Frost's OC, who I'd never heard of before. https://omaha.com/sports/huskers/football/new-nebraska-oc-mark-whipple-set-to-make-875-000-in-first-year/article_b2deb760-7543-11ec-84ed-77b38d70fd79.html#tracking-source=home-top-story-1
  7. aaaand .... Richard G. West @RGW_News BREAKING NEWS: Missouri has let go of basketball head coach Cuonzo Martin. This comes after a 7-8 current season and 73-64 overall record at Mizzou. Cornell Mann will serve as Interim coach for the remainder of the season.
  8. "Under a rock" would be lower than rock bottom, since the bottom of the rock would be on top of us.
  9. Please let this sink in: This is St. Thomas' first year in Division I after making the jump from Division III.
  10. My thought as well. He takes 30 minutes a game away from somebody who is a worse. If nothing else, guys are going to have to do something positive to hold onto their current minutes.
  11. My starting point for the next search: Don't hire: 1. An assistant at a top program. 2. A young mid-major coach who got his team to the SS in his first head coaching job. Both are just lottery tickets. Look for: 1. A successful mid-major coach who has dominated his league for at least 5 years. You can't do that without being a good game coach and development guy. Examples are Gregg Marshall and Steve Pikiell. Not saying to hire now, just that they are examples. (Check out Marshall's record at Winthrop.) 2. A high-major coach with proven record of success who is feeling heat from spoiled fans and wants to go somewhere to be appreciated. Examples are Rick Barnes and Shaka Smart. (Shocker, they're both from Texas!) I personally wouldn't hire Turgeon, even though he fits this criteria.
  12. I was "undecided at this time," which to me meant see how the rest of the season goes. I won't be undecided at the end of the year, and maybe not the end of this month.
  13. Tonight was typical, couple of plays to wow the NBA scouts (if they still come to our games) but not doing much to win the game. He's averaging an incredible 33.5 minutes a game while shooting 39% from the field and 25% on 3s. He has more turnovers than assists and has only 13 steals on the year, fewer than Wilcher who gets fewer minutes and is generally regarded as one of our worst defenders. I'm not making this into a personal thing, he seems like a nice kid. But why in the #$&# does he get so many minutes? This is one of my biggest gripes with Fred, he's done a horrible job of making use of Bryce's talent. He just hands him the ball and lets him do what he wants and only takes him out when he gets gassed from taking so many step back 3s. All our former NBA coach should have to say is, "Bryce, I'm going to coach you like an NBA player, and you wouldn't get on the floor in an NBA game if you didn't (fill in the blank)."
  14. Man, we had a horrible switch up top in the last 4 minutes that was a killer. (think it led to free throws after an easy drive to the basket.) Switches aren't exactly rocket science, it's just a matter of communication, but I guess you can add "talking" to the list of things we do crappy.
  15. Between apathy and Covid, there should be a rockin' crowd of about 4,000 tonight.
  16. Noooooo! Don't tell Jimmy we're hitting a new rock bottom tonight!
  17. "Bring him back" started off strong but now is under 50%. So optimistic people are early risers?
  18. It's hard to believe you could get NU basketball boosters to come up with that kind of money. Year 4 seems a certainty.
  19. Saw them at Pershing in the early '70s. Great, great band at that time.
  20. Interesting background, I don't remember most of these supposedly top-notch guys it says he recruited. Matt A was handling recruiting for another former NBA guy, Chris Mullin. Wikipedia: On April 9, 2019, Mullin resigned as head coach after compiling a 59–73 record in four seasons, including 20–52 in Big East play,
  21. Ha, I honestly thought "who's that?" when I noticed him in the game.
  22. Rutgers' defense is not at an elite level as it has the last few years. Definitely a winnable game, not that I'm predicting a win.
  23. At least he could in high school: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fRoMCgSKu3w
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