published Thursday, March 21st, 2013

5-at-10: NCAA hopes, Shulman, NFL changes and UT draft possibilities

Gang, now that was a world-class busy Wednesday. Wow. Just wow. Before we get going, remember Friday's mailbag, there are a couple of slots open and a couple thousands topics du jour (hmmmm, topics of the day, that sounds good, we think we'll have that).

The ball is tipped

The first two days of the NCAA tournament are among the best in sports. It's wall-to-wall. It's gripping. It's without Billy Packer.

In truth, it's the living, breathing version of what New Year's Day bowl games used to be. But these are real. And they're spectacular.

Here's our Elite Eight, just to get it out there: Louisville over Michigan State; Ohio State over Wisconsin; Syracuse over Miami; Kansas over Georgetown. We have Louisville over Ohio State and Kansas over Syracuse, with Louisville beating Kansas. Lots of chalk, we know. Lots of luck needed, too. So it goes.

Either way, the events of today are gold, one of the pure and true and final pieces of sports bliss still around that has magically been improved by TV. Every game is on now, so we're not at the mercy of timing or switching or one mediocre TV producer having a bad day.

What's your Rushmore of sports' days? We'd put this one right there with Sunday at Augusta, baseball's opening day and Labor Day weekend for the start of college football. (A close fifth is the first cool Friday night when the weather breaks and you pull into the parking lot of a high school football game knowing the season is here. Since that day fluctuates, it loses points, but it's still a good day, a full day.)

OK gang, this is your final couple of hours to get in your "First 1 out, last 'dog in" contest. It's simple: Give us your first No. 1 seed to exit and the last double-digit seed to be left in the tournament.

5-at-10 — Gonzaga/Oregon

Mrs. 5-at-10 — Indiana/Davidson

Lil' 5-at-10 — Kansas/Oklahoma

OrdinaryGuy — Gonzaga/Ole Miss

OrangeGuy — Indiana/Ole Miss

Dawg247 — Kansas/Belmont

McPell — Indiana/Ole Miss

StuckinKent — Kansas/Oklahoma

BillyinBrainerd — Gonzaga/South Dakota State

OTWatcher — Louisville/New Mexico State

Fred — Kansas/Cincy

ThatIDoKnow — Gonzaga/Minnesota

Tiger — Kansas/Belmont

Weena — Gonzaga/Oklahoma

TomT — Indiana/St. Mary's

TrueFan — Kansas/Minnesota

There are a slew more in the e-mail, but if you don't see yours, send it along. Good luck.

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    UTC men's basketball coach John Shulman looks down as he steps to the podium to give his final press conference Wednesday at McKenzie Arena.
    Photo by Doug Strickland /Chattanooga Times Free Press.

Shulman out

As our UTC basketball ace David Uchiyama reported first on Wednesday, the Mocs basketball program and coach John Shulman split. The decision was for the most part mutual as the differences became irreconcilable.

We wrote last week that we have always liked John but thought the time had come for a change. We still believe each of those sentiments. All the rest is background noise. Those that wanted him gone got what they wanted. What's next is tough to predict and what to believe is dependent on what's important.

Here are a couple of other things we believe about the situation after more than a reflection or two:

• If UTC interim AD Laura Herron is interested in the permanent AD job, she would be very high on our list. After speaking with her yesterday, she was professional, direct and top shelf. In fact, she has handled this entire ordeal as well as possible considering her interim tag and the difficulty of the circumstances. If she is not interested in the permanent job, then the first order of BID-ness for the next AD should be to find out what it would take to make sure she stays on board.

• The up-and-down results of the basketball program under Shulman reached big highs and record lows. That said, the final dot on this decision was the lagging interest in the program. Attendance is down everywhere, but the Mocs' drop was sizable. Last season (2011-12) the Mocs sold a shade under 1,000 season tickets; this season, the Mocs sold 841 season tickets.

• As our ace columnist Mark Wiedmer wrote today, there's no reason to think there won't be big interest in this job. And yes, we all know about the Mocs' financial restraints — again, almost every program has financial concerns, even UT — but this will be coveted job.

• The timing should not be an issue. Yes, the new AD will ultimately make the hire, and that can only happen after the new AD is hired. (Side note: The search committee for the new AD will meet again Monday and they hope to trim the list to six then.) Still, while everyone is playing in various tournaments and what not, there is no rush. Heck, there are going to be some bigger shoes open up before the real hiring silly season starts.

• Who would we target? Well, we'd make Bruce Pearl say no, but that may not jive with the folks in Knox County. We'd talk to the local guys that would be interested — Lee's Tommy Brown and Chat State's Jay Price — to see what they thought, too. But we'd shoot high. We'd avoid the Duke assistants. Sure, Collins, Wojo and the rest of Coach K's clipboard brigade are fine basketball minds, but the first answer for former assistants at big-budget programs is to throw money at a problem. That's not applicable here. One guy we'd approach is Mike Rhoades, Shaka Smart's top assistant at VCU.

So UTC hoops is turning the page. What's next is an unknown, what's behind but a memory. Whether that memory is good or bad depends on the perspective.

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Crazy times in the NFL

Baltimore Ravens coach John Harbaugh is correct, you can't hold on to a team for sentiment. In fact, we have said many times that you have to err on the side of cutting an NFL player a year too early as opposed to a year too late. That's the nature of the salary cap.

Still the changes on the rosters — Brian Urlacher leaving Chicago, Ed Reed leaving Baltimore, Wes Welker leaving New England — have been eye-popping.

And that's not the only thing changing. Much to FE to the C's delight, the controversial tuck rule is being wiped off the books. And the NFL approved the proposal to make a ball-carrier lowering his head 3-yards beyond the line a 15-yard penalty.

We can discuss the roster moves until we're blue in the face — in the end players leave and coaches get fired. That's the nature of the beast.

But the rule changes seem to be coming on a regular rotation and the game is changing. No one is going to argue against having a safer game or protecting players, but a safer game that is nowhere near as interesting is already out there. It's called soccer.

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    University of Tennessee at Chattanooga golfer Steven Fox takes a break from practicing with teammates at the Council Fire Golf Course.
    Photo by Dan Henry.
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This and that

— Good luck to UTC golfer Steven Fox, who as Uch tells us here is playing at the Arnold Palmer Invitational at Bay Hill this week.

— Because of the mass hoopla going on all around us in the sports blur that is the here and now, we must spend a little time talking about the stinking orange egg the Vols basketball team laid against the Mighty Bears of Mercer ("enrollment 2,800" — Hoosiers). Wow. Yes, the disappointment of not making the dance was evident. But, there are three big questions after watching some of the Vols' 75-67 loss to Mercer, an Atlantic Sun school that was more enthused, more focused and simply more better than UT. This was not an emotional, road upset like Kentucky was handed at Bobby Morris. This was Mercer coming to UT and taking names. As for the three questions: Was that the last time we'll see Jordan McRae or Jarnell Stokes in a UT uniform? Yes, both should come back, but it's a really bad draft and who's to say if their stock will be any higher this time next year (especially McRae's). Is there a bigger pendulum player in the country than Trae Golden, who can look like a future NBA point guard one night and like a church-league reserve the next? Somehow he was parts of each last night, but when your point guard has zero assists in 35 minutes, well, that's not good. Finally, is there an announcer any where that is more grouchy and does more belly-aching than Bobby Knight? Wow, dude was so negative and critical, those two guys from the old Muppets show — Statler and Waldorf — would have watched last night's game and said, "Boy, that Knight guy is never happy."

— One more question from the Vols-Mercer beatdown? Should UTC reach out to Mercer's hoops coach?

— The Vols receivers wowed the scouts at UT's pro day, as UT beat ace Downtown Patrick Brown tells us here. Wonder if Jim Chaney still wakes up in a cold sweat wondering what kind of numbers the Vols could have posted if Da'Rick Rogers had stayed in school? (If Da'Rick had stayed in school and it had meant a couple more wins, 7-5 likely would have been enough to save Derek Dooley's job. Some would argue that would not have been a good thing, and if you believe that, then wow, Dooley was spot-on when he said telling Da'Rick good-bye was "for the good of the program.")

— LeBron and the Heatles keep rolling, rallying from a 27-point deficit at Cleveland for their 24th consecutive win.

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Today's question

Whatcha' got?

If you need a talking point today, well, we're not buying it.

There's a ton of stuff to discuss and we do not want to distract anyone with an off-the-wall, "What's the most underrated SNL character?"

Bring it. (And we were always fond on Mike Myers' Middle-Aged Man and his sidekick Drinking Buddy.)

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chas9 said...

The Mercer Bears are now 4-1 all time against UT. Ouch-tastick. Still whining?

March 21, 2013 at 10:06 a.m.
hometownhero said...

OOOOh.. I've been waiting all night for this 5@10! I haven't even read the article yet but I had to go ahead and throw in my two cents on Shulman.. Reading now.....

alright,

The human part of me hates to see anybody lose their livelihood, but you guys were right the firing was long overdue. For potential hires, I'd love to see Pearl but I'm sure he's a long shot at best. I'd really like to see UTC go after a younger up and coming coach (kind of like a Capel at App State or Wes Miller at UNCG) that can really energize the program. Also, you guys nailed it with the AD. Herron seems to be holding her own and doing a good job at it.

HTH

March 21, 2013 at 10:17 a.m.
ordinaryguy said...

Most underrated SNL character...HANDS DOWN! GOAT BOY!

Ms. Herron has done a fantastic job as the Interim AD...I think had she been interested there would be a different I-AD...I, and just my opinion, would be very happy if Matt Pope were given the job. He is much like Rick Hart, and knows how to find needed funds.

I agree with the Jay Price scenario but not sold on the Tommy Brown deal...Price pulling down in the 40K range at University of Amnicola, huge local ties perhaps, and the ability to turn around (tongue planted in cheek)some questionable character players with Phillip "Gypsy" Jurik being the prime example...the kid logged more travel miles than Obama trying to find the "right" place to play after Cloroxville, Chatt St, UTC, Chatt St and now Oklahoma State.

Has not been a lot of chatter here about the continuing WIMPIFICATION of the NFL. Player safety is one thing, but a running back can't lower his head?

March 21, 2013 at 10:19 a.m.
chas9 said...

I like the Mike Rhoades logic. Dude's so Smart they named a scholar after him.

I'll take Gonzaga/Proud St. Mary's for $10,000, Alex.

March 21, 2013 at 10:27 a.m.
JonathanMCook said...

There is definitely plenty to talk about. I know the Stewwie is going to be grinning ear to ear at all the back to back to back to back Moc coverage online and in print today. I'm not a golf fan at all but am becoming one through the Fantastic Mr. Fox. (Still saving my pennies for when he turns pro and can play the Colonial and the Bryant Nelson).

Assuming he makes the cut THIS time, and chances of the Bay City Invitational getting televised? (I do get the Golf Channel if it is broadcasted on it).

Interesting move that the first two scrimmages are closed to everyone except Mocs Club members. Reminds me of that one-time publicity stunt when some Cleveland gazillionare hosted the Mocs first scrimmages on his private football field. One of your predecessors Jay compared it with The Running Man given all the well-heeled in attendance.

I also wish to concur on your selection for Mike Rhoades. Anybody with VCU pedigree is a viable contendor.

March 21, 2013 at 10:30 a.m.
rustyvol said...

I'll take Gonzaga/Minnesota. Keep up the good work.

March 21, 2013 at 10:35 a.m.
deboman said...

Contest?!?! I'll take Indiana (Go Dukes!!) and Oregon.

March 21, 2013 at 10:36 a.m.
JonathanMCook said...

More stuff...

Looking forward to Saturday night on the Trey. In the event the Lady Mocs do beat Nebraska, it will be an "interesting" match-up with the Mocs vs. A&M. If they air THAT match-up on the Duece, I maybe inclined to dawn my blue and gold over at Eastside Restaurant in old-town Plano (an A&M institution) to watch the game.

The ribs an't bad either. :P

March 21, 2013 at 10:45 a.m.
JonathanMCook said...

OG-

"University of Amnicola" HaHaHa!

I was going to state Don Hixson country but that one is even better regarding the Jay Price lobby.

Pulling from that resource pool may have worked for Mocs softball, but in reality, the search needs to be from a more higher calibur pool.

March 21, 2013 at 11:01 a.m.
Mocsfan1995 said...

Yes, Mike Rhoades would be a great candidate. He has helped bring VCU to national stardum, and before that, was tremendously successful at the Division III level as head coach at Randolph-Macon. However, the name to look for is New Mexico assistant Craig Neal. He's a former Georgia Tech standout under Bobby Cremins and has been Alford's right-hand man during the tremendous run for New Mexico. Plus, his younger brother Shane played for Mack McCarthy during the Moc glory days of the 1990s and still has a lot of pull within in the UTC community.

March 21, 2013 at 11:07 a.m.
sportsfan said...

Jay - Busy week, but I'll take a moment to say...give me Kansas/Bucknell in the contest...Go Belmont (now that the Blue Raiders are out), and definitely Father Guido Sarducci (I'm older than I look) for underated SNL character. A close second would be the original weekend update crew (Dan Akroyd and Jane "You ignorant slut" Curtain).

March 21, 2013 at 11:09 a.m.
ordinaryguy said...

The reason for the jay price shout out, is everyone is shouting these dang retreads...or assistants...we do not need another jeff lebo wannabe...lebo was a horrible hire to begin with...his record since leaving chattanooga stinks

March 21, 2013 at 11:09 a.m.
dawg747 said...

10 Cup: The NCAA committee was spot on about the SEC hoops with the great showing by the Kitty Cats and Smokey Dogs.

Being a UTC Alumnus I hate seeing the basketball team in bad shape. Shulman should have been gone last year. I do not think Jay Price at UTAH (University of Tennesse At Amnicola Highway) is the answer either. A good up and coming assistant or a head coach at another school would be a great hire.

Can't wait to get home from work today for some March Madness. Next to Christmas and the draft it is the most wonderful time of the year. I am like you I love, Love, LOVE the first weekend and I just cannot get enought of it.

March 21, 2013 at 11:13 a.m.
ordinaryguy said...

I am looking at the Price scenario for butts in the seats, and do we want another Lebo type...move on two or three years down the road to only prove that you arent that good a coach

March 21, 2013 at 11:22 a.m.
titanic said...

Long time reader, first post. For the contest, Kansas and Colorado. What became of Pearl's right hand man Tony Jones. Maybe a good fit for the Mocs?

March 21, 2013 at 11:40 a.m.
BackupQB said...

Gonzaga/Oregon.

June Jones

March 21, 2013 at 11:47 a.m.
BIspy4 said...

OK, 5, my first 1 out is Kansas. Last double digit in is California.

(Go ahead ... start singing in your head ... Cal-uh-forn-yuh ... Cal-uh-forn-yuh ... in the sit-ay ....)

Georgia Southern got the jump on UTC in the coaching search but I get the feeling UTC will get who it wants before the fine folks in Statesboro do.

SNL underrated character? Bill Murray as Todd, giving noogies to Gilda Radner's character.

March 21, 2013 at 11:47 a.m.
Stewwie said...

Indeed Laura Herron has done well, but it's my understanding that as interim AD, she has agreed to not seek the permanent position at UTC. Changing that now wouldn't be fair to Matt Pope who supposedly is interested in applying for the permanent gig. That said, rumors have floated about Big Mack being interested in the AD job and I think he'd be a good candidate for it.

I think the Mocs landing Bruce Pearl is pie-in-the-sky thinking. I think the phone call to him about it would last about 30 seconds. I think there are several SEC teams who would take a chance on that guy first. And if not, Pearl would try to take his talents to the other big boy conferences before looking desperate and agreeing to come to Chattavegas.

Several good names have popped up to be the next men's coach. But is Wes Moore a possibility? The men's game is vastly different from the women's game in terms of talent, but the fundamentals are the same. Also, coaching men is different from coaching women relationally, but some guys whine like women anyway (i.e. Wattad and Early). So maybe it's not all that different after all.

I'll take Gonzaga and Davidson for the contest.

March 21, 2013 at 12:03 p.m.
chas9 said...

Wow. California's a good pick. Can I have two entries?

I thought it was UCLA (University of Chattanooga, Left off Amnicola).

March 21, 2013 at 12:06 p.m.
jgreeson said...

Gang,

Excellent stuff, and one of the reasons we love this forum is that for the most point it stays pretty classy. (You stay classy, San Diego? — OK, who messed with Ron's teleprompter.)

Rhoades could be a star. If VCU makes another run, he may go big time. Have heard lots of praise for him.

The ball is being tipped as we speak. And we have to go to another meeting. SAAALLLLL!!!

All of you guys are in the contest.

Craig Neal is an interesting name, and New Mexico is doing work. Played against Shane (who played for his dad Stan at Pope) in high school. He was a sophomore and Pope was a new school. We worked them pretty good.

— 5-at-10

March 21, 2013 at 12:10 p.m.
chas9 said...

As Hedley Lamarr says: "My mind is a raging torrent, flooded with rivulets of thought cascading into a waterfall of creative alternatives."

But through the raging torrent of seemingly important sports stuff, the Big Blue fan sees only one crucial event in the last 24 hours: Julius Randle's choosing the cap with UK on it.

Given the boilerplate disclaimer that past performance is no assurance of future returns, all the gurus except one constipated Duke guy agree that the Wildcats' incoming class of six McDonald's All-Americans constitutes the best recruiting haul of all time. John Wooden never did it. Coach K never did it. Even Nick Saban never did it.

The KY starting five for 2013-14 will likely be: the best center in the class, Dakari Johnson; the best power forward in the class, Randle; the best two guard in the class, Aaron Harrison; the best point guard in the class, Andrew Harrison; and at small forward the ninth best incoming player in the country, Marcus Lee.

When the starting five need a breather, they will be spelled by this year's UK team, Wille Cauley-Stein, Kyle Wiltjer, Alex Poythress, Archie Goodwin, and either Ryan Harrow or Jarrod Polson. And the national class' sixth best player overall could be UK's sixth man, swingman James Young. Small forward Derek Willis (top 100 recruit) will also see some action. His nickname will be "Cigar."

Oh yeah. Tennessee brings in one five-star guy. And Maymon'll be back.

March 21, 2013 at 12:32 p.m.
LaughingBoy said...

Gonzaga/Ole Miss

Jurick was not from here to begin with (Florida) so it's no surprise he showed no hometown loyalty.

Tommy Brown and Wes Moore should get legitimate looks if they're interested. Anyone dismissing Brown just because of his current level should remember where Wes Moore got a large number of his wins. Anyone dismissing Wes Moore because of the gender he's coaching should attend a few more Lady Mocs games.

Dan Akroyd as the unsafe products salesman.

March 21, 2013 at 1:08 p.m.
BIspy4 said...

5,

You loved spankin' those East Cobb kids, didn't ya?

March 21, 2013 at 1:09 p.m.
jomo11 said...

Big difference between Wes Moore and Tommy Brown comparison. I would NOT be in favor of hiring a coach who never worked, even as an assistant at the D-1 level. Wes Moore spent time at N.C. State and Tennessee before his D-2 stint. If Tommy Brown had spent some time at the D-1 level as an assistant, different story.

March 21, 2013 at 1:23 p.m.
LaughingBoy said...

Brown's head coaching experience in high level NAIA was worth more than mid-major assistant experience would have been.

March 21, 2013 at 1:35 p.m.
jgreeson said...

From the top

9er —

NIT misery loves company, huh?

On paper UK's haul looks mighty impressive.

Hometown —

Concur that it's never fun to watch people lose their job.

OG —

Goat Boy? Wow. You think Jim Breuer is getting asked to do that one. (Of course the crickets are so loud around his career,he'd likely be willing to do it.)

JMC —

The golf event will be on NBC this weekend. We attended one of those scrimmages at Alan Jones' house. Running Man indeed.

RustyVol —

Thanks. You're in.

Good talk Russ.

Deboman —

Welcome back. You're in.

1995 —

Your post makes so much sense that you should be commenting here more often.

sportsfan —

Check and check. Who was the "bays-ball been berry berry good to me" guy?

OG —

You thought Lebo was a horrible hire? Why?

dawg747 —

The SEC has provided the selection committee a ton of street cred, no doubt.

Titanic —

Feel free to come by anytime — don't cost nothing.

You're in.

June —

In.

Spy —

Yes, East Cobb success was also its own reward. Much easier back in the day in hoops than baseball, though.

Stewwie —

The No. 1 quality we'd look for in the UTC AD is someone who can raise funds. The Mocs needs a rainmakers and then a marketing person.

The best qualities of Steve Sloan and Rick Hart.

Laughter —

We know Wes can coach. Not sure if he's even interested. Also not sure what type of recruiting connections he would have since he's been recruiting girls' players for so long.

Jomo —

Fair point, and for what it's worth, loved the Barkley line from Wednesday.

— 5-at-10

March 21, 2013 at 2:06 p.m.
jomo11 said...

Im sorry but a coach who has never worked at the D-1 level, even as an assistant, lacks the experience to know how to run a program at this level. Wes Moore is a perfect example as he worked at N.C. State before his sucessful stint in D-2, Would not be a smart or popular choice to hire someone who has never worked in D-1.

March 21, 2013 at 2:07 p.m.
jomo11 said...

The new AD needs to be someone who can 1) Raise money 2) Raise money and 3) raise money. . . without that doesnt matter how good he is at marketing, hiring coaches, budget, etc. And an AD that knows that He will have to be the point person to go and meet and ask for the big donations, as that is not something you can delegate.

March 21, 2013 at 2:10 p.m.
BIspy4 said...

Memphis' point guard isn't quick. He's sudden. (Actually stole that from an old coaching friend of mine. But I like it.)

March 21, 2013 at 3:25 p.m.
mcpell3 said...

5/10 - I think Lebo was better suited for UTC than Auburn. Sorry to see Shulman go, but it probably had to happen.

March 21, 2013 at 3:25 p.m.
GratefulDawg said...

This column is all over the place and I like it. For the underrated SNL character I will go with Chico Escuela. Sadly, Chico's tell-all book "Bad Stuff 'Bout the Mets" is a sports book I never had the opportunity to read.

Rushmore sports' days...College football kickoff is my obvious choice. Back in the days when boxing mattered a big fight was unparalleled in excitement. In 1986 I had the chance to see Marvin Hagler fight John Mugabi live at Caesar's Palace in Vegas. There was a palpable buzz in the air that night.

Peter King, the sportwriter not the congressman, was on Mike and Mike this morning. His take on the new NFL rule concerning running backs lowering their heads is: That as the rule is written only a back outside the tackle box, in the open field, leading with the crown of his head (in effect launching himself at a defender) will be in violation and draw a flag. That does not seem unreasonable, but I suspect as with most new rule implementations in football there will be calls that leave half of us confused and the other half infuriated.

March 21, 2013 at 3:40 p.m.
titanic said...

Mt. Rushmore of sports days: Had the pleasure of watching Nolan Ryan and Roger Clemens pitch against each other in the old Ranger's stadium in Arlington TX. Wound up a 2-1 Rangers win with a ton of strikeouts. Most underrated SNL Characer: How about Point/Counter Point which coined the phrase, "Jane you ignorant XXXX". Probably heard that one repeated a few times, jokingly of course.

March 21, 2013 at 4:12 p.m.
LaughingBoy said...

Davidson is halfway there but they need to stop clanking on the free throws.

March 21, 2013 at 4:23 p.m.
jgreeson said...

Jomo —

The new AD needs to be able to make it rain, Pac Man Jones style. Is Lil' Wayne looking for work.

Spy —

That's not stealing, it's borrowing. He's so quick, he flips the switch and he's under the covers before the room gets dark.

Grateful —

GD, we aim to please and depending on what's in the woods we're pleased to aim.

A good boxing match was cause for celebration, well, you know back when boxing was still alive.

Titanic —

A big-time pitching duel is something else. We were at the Ted for Randy Johnson's perfect game. Place was supremely tense. Good times.

Laughter —

This could be a good one.

— 5-at-10

March 21, 2013 at 4:46 p.m.
BIspy4 said...

I prefer to call it sampling. You know, like when I lifted the riff from Van Halen's "Jamie's Crying" to record "Wild Thing."

March 21, 2013 at 5:16 p.m.
jgreeson said...

STUPID DAVIDSON.

That is all.

5-at-10

March 21, 2013 at 5:55 p.m.
JohnMathers said...

Jomo11

When it comes down to it, a head coach is a head coach, no matter what level. Brown's record speaks for itself: 13 straight 20 win seasons (Two 30 Win seasons), 9 Straight Tournament appearances, and a National Coach of the Year Award. Let's not forget that Lee University, where Brown coaches currently, is in the process of going to the NCAA, and has had to abide by NCAA rules for the entirety of the past season (A season in which they recorded 30 wins). Plus, Brown has shown the ability to recruit, bringing in multiple Conference Players of the Year and more than 6 All-Americans. All I'm saying is Brown deserves as much attention as any other candidate. Maybe we need to go with a coach who has proven he can win instead of a Division 1 assistant who's only in the conversation because of names he's associated with. I'm ready for a coach who gets wins. Go Mocs

March 21, 2013 at 7:54 p.m.
basketball1486 said...

Head coaching ex is far greater than NCAA ex. IMO. Look at this for Tommy Brown: • 334 Head Collegiate Wins at age 41 • 2007-08 NAIA National Coach of the Year • 12 straight 20 win seasons • Finished top 3 in our conference 14 out of last 15 years • 6-time Conference Coach of the Year • 7-time Conference Regular Season Champions • 33-2 Record in 2007-08, best in school history • Participated in 11 NAIA National Tournaments in the last 14 years • Victory over NCAA Division One members Elon University and Conference USA member East Carolina University. • Recruited and coached Lee University’s only two first team All-Americans And as of today Will Batnes was named 1st team so make that 3 all Americans on the 1st team.

March 21, 2013 at 10:39 p.m.
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