"Saw Axl and Co. In the Omni many moons ago as an opening act. Good times"
Now that's back in the day. Kinda funny though. I can actually lay claim to the fact I actually saw Tobi Keith as an opening act as well (junior year of high school) "Should Have Been a Cowboy" was still a brand new song which he sung at the end of his set.
While I enjoy the fact David Blackburn landed not one but two major leaders for our respective BB programs, I'm not exactly ready to do backflips yet or consider extending my Mocsvision subscription past football season (I live in Dallas. It's either online or no dice).
I know as far as talent is concerned, Foster has a LOT more to work with then Wade does. But I guess the major question is what the schedule will look like? I believe Wade to be THE man and do admire his determination. However, fans aren't going to return if the non-conference schedule consists of 1 North Carolina + 20 Hawassee College clones.
Here's hoping both programs have schedules that will get everyone excited. :D
Well this has been a fun morning. After two week doldrums, I have actual work to do at work (That's a good thing). The other is the Will Wade hire. Now that Blackburn has hired the mid-major version of S.H.I.E.L.D., how will these two take advantage of turning lemons into Avengers via the NCAA rule upgrade*?
*For those head scratching, it's the one where if a student-athlete is enrolled for summer school or in good standing academically, he or she can officially practice with their coach.
It's 2:50 Here. Everyone decide to not to be here today. Darn.
Thanks for the update. And yes, I did read the part about the perverbal bullet in the head regarding Davidson's vacancy. Not that it matters, but I'm shocked that Clay hasn't done a cartoon showing a three quarter empty strip mall (like they have all over Red Bank) with one single occupent (UTC) and the empty store fronts have For Lease signs with what appears to be Georgia Southern, Appy, and Davidson scratched of the door marquees and the strip mall building sign reads Southern Conference (w/logo).
Enjoy wherever it is you are going to. I'm guessing because the story is still new, Weeds won't be writing about his take on the Jim Foster hire until later on.
Since I don't get off work until 5:15 (CT), I'm never home to listen to SportTalk streaming. Can someone give me an idea of whatever, choke, backtrack, oh, I knew-it-all-along-they-were-going-to-hire-him, phony-balony B.S., Dr. B was saying yesterday?
I caught OG's late entry comment and I agree, the Foster hire definitely will curtail the noise coming from the Clorax Orange self-elite. ::listening to choke of silence::
Regarding Wildcat's letter, I asked that same thing yesterday. Apparently he has a personal soft spot for the Scenic City and based on what I read still believes he has a few more really good years left to produce an ideal product. He was let go from THE Ohio State even though he posted a winning season his final year there. Also, he has something that money can't buy in the women's program and that's "branding". Women's basketball is not a popular sport outside of Tennessee and Connecticut. Most people, especially the Clorax orange, only see two things about a coach: It's either Pat Summit or not Pat Summit. Jim Foster is not Pat Summit. But he definitely in Pat Summit's league.
Nutshell: All those Blue Chip amazons that are normally recuited to play in Knoxville, Storrs, and Waco may consider playing for us instead.
One thing I do agree though from Jay, we'll see how the hire works out come first week of November.
"Jim Foster hire: Henry Davenport is doing a little dance in heaven right now yelling 'Where's the defense?' and 'Who's got the middle?'"
I had to think for a moment. I had completely forgotten about Henry. I do remember back in the early 2000s going to Lady Moc games during the Bullock/Dykes/Wilson era and hearing this faint but loud voice every 30 seconds going "WHOOOO'S GOT THE MIDDLE?" (This was before I knew who Henry was).
I just skimmed through his bio, HOW the (blank) did Blackburn convince someone of his pedigree to even consider the UTC gig? More importantly, how much coin was involved? Given what I read, he an't gonna be cheap. However, this will bold well "brand-wise" as far as recruiting is concerned. I sense a tribe of Britney amazons decked in blue and gold.
It's a beautiful thing. :D
A BUNCH of good stuff on the board today. Before I get started, liked the poster/flyer I emailed you?
SoCon: The New Chapter. Had Kennesaw State been included in the mix, I would be all excited about the change. Right now, it is set up for UTC to be playing cupcakes for the next 3-5 years in all sports which will not sit well with fans, alumni, boosters, and people in the Chatlanta Metroplex who are fair weather fans. I know Spy has given sage-like warnings regarding drinking the FBS Kool-Aid but I do foresee a strong feeling in the Force for the push into the Sun.
UTC: My backing is on VCU assistant Will Wade. Hands Down! The pedigree of his current employer pretty much says it all. Period.
Dennis Felton may work given Georgia's program (SEC champs 2008, NCAA trips in 2008 and 2011). However, they have not reached the Sweet 16 since 1996. Alabama's program did make an NCAA Tournament appearance in 2012 but hasn't had a conference championship since 2002.
The only really bad 1980s movie that I'm guilty of watching that most people don't know about was a favorite of mine as a kid called "Midnight Madness". Think "Amazing Race" but all in metro Los Angeles. We also get to see a dirt-young Michael J. Fox (pre-EVERYTHING). In the closing credits he was simply listed as "Michael Fox". It was made in 1980. We also get to see Stephen Furst (Pre-St. Elsewhere; Hellloooo Norman!)
"I'd like to pose a question of my own: Did anybody else just realize that we have an NBA team in Tennessee? 13 years later and that still sounds weird. What's our obligation to the grizzlies as tennesseans? Thoughts? Personally I'm all in. I love this team!"
This is just me and me alone, but I think it has a lot to do with how fragmated (I believe that's a made up word) Tennessee really is. Memphis is pretty much a city-state onto itself and is almost an alternate universe when compared to the rest of the state or even with the other cities. Knoxville and Chattanooga are like dueling twins trying to one-up one another and Nashville, for the most part, acts like lord and master with the rest of the state it's personal fifdom. Another way of looking at it is if anyone ever actually read "The Hunger Games" (finished it in two weeks before the movie came out). The 12 Districts are controlled by the Capital and people one District literally has no idea about the livelihoods of the other 11 (mainly due to captial control but still..). To me, that is what Memphis was. It was a city far, far, way, it had Graceland, and that was it. It was not part of the state I was familiar with.
Navigating back into sports, football is still king in this state. An NFL team in Chattanooga would get a hell of a lot more press state and nationally unless the Grizzlies make it to the finals or playoffs. And even then there's no guarantee the fanbase loyality would extend into Nash, Knox, and Chatt due to simple geography. I mean think about it, when was there ever a Grizzlies caravan travelling through town? I've never really seen them market to the other parts of the state.
Just my observations.