Monday, June 29, 2009
Thursday, June 25, 2009
Chicago Invitational Challenge format = confusion
Wednesday, June 24, 2009
Delayed reaction on K.O. to USC
generally speaking, my thoughts are this: uhh, no. there is nothing in KO's past history or behavior that would indicate he is a good fit for this job, at this time. first of all, getting a program out of an NCAA mess takes patience. Roy Williams did it at KU, Rick Pitino did it at Kentucky, but all too often (e.g. the six guys who have been at UNLV since Tark the Shark left) it becomes too much for one man to handle. KO's 16 jobs in 31 years aren't a very good indication that he'll stick around to straighten things out.
USC's other problem is that they don't have many players left. currently their best player is UNC transfer Alex Stepheson, and beyond senior guard Dwight Lewis they don't have anyone who's averaged more than 18 mpg.
this article tells some pretty amazing stories about KO from his earlier college jobs, and while Northwestern is mentioned only in passing, the article really brought back memories of watching KO coach at NU. My favorite incident was during a home game. Sean Wink had messed up and it must have been something they'd been working on, because, boy, did it set off KO...
KO: Hey Sean!
[Wink runs down the court, tries to ignore the coach]
KO: Hey Sean!
KO: Hey Sean!
[Wink reluctantly looks towards the bench]
KO: Fuck you!
keep in mind this was at home while play was going on, in full view of fans and adminstrators. so no, i do not think KO will have the patience or the mental makeup to walk into a bad situation and make it better. during his tenure at NU, the Northwestern SID told me that KO's career goal was to be an assistant coach in the NBA. I expect he'll be back there before too long.
Wednesday, June 17, 2009
to Twitter or not to Twitter
Gary Parrish of CBSSports.com takes a look at coaches using Twitter. as far as i can tell, the Big Ten coaches currently using the site include Bruce Weber, Tubby Smith, Tom Crean and Thad Matta.
there can be plenty of debate as to the impact of a coach's tweets. what cannot be argued is that the list above represents 80% of the conference's active coaches who have been to the Final Four. (i fully expect Izzo to jump on board soon.)
i realize tweeting does not seem to fit Bill Carmody's personality, but his lack of visibility has already been highlighted, this would seem to be an opportunity with no downside. obviously our football coach dove into Twitter headfirst, so i'll follow his lead and use the medium as well, at least until i lose interest.
Wednesday, June 03, 2009
Let's hope that 'Gody stays in the draft
2. Chicago Invitational Challenge seems a bit redundant.
3. Why is there an 11,000 seat arena in Hoffman Estates?