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  1. I can settle, or clarify, a few things, on here: 1. They really wanted Javon Bess, right up to this weekend. O well, sometimes recruits just choose otherwise, but they remained very high on Bess. It's not that SLU lost interest, believe me; not sure how that idea began. 2. I've heard great things about Johnson and I expect him to play, and contribute, right away. He has a chance in a couple years to be an anchor. I'm surprised by some of the "meh" response on here; he was big in Louisiana and yes, an immature freshman; but a great pick-up. Possibly immediate starter. 3. Henriquez is a dazzling prospect, very mature and high character, and he will be a star in the A10. He may actually be the best recruit athletically, and is certainly one of the best, since I've been around these parts, and the staff is ecstatic about his potential. He can score big in the A10. Boy I wish he could play this fall! 4. There may be one more, and even possibly 2 more guys added by the fall, to play this fall. 5. Staff feels EW has good upside, if healthy. that is all, X
  2. I'm hearing different; from multiple sources--FC = wrong. This story is still in process; Everyone hit the pause button ... that is all
  3. Time for a promotion: and he nearly took one last year. Looking for the right fit... http://www.elkharttruth.com/sports/college-sports/notre-dame-university/2015/03/21/Notre-Dame-Notes-Ingelsby-a-rising-star-among-coaches.html ignore the Catholic connection at your own risk!
  4. Baylor is considered the top evangelical/Baptist university in the country, FYI. It has a highly religious component, and strong sense of spiritual community. Yes, it's big-time sports INC., in that sense, but it's much more like SLU or Notre Dame than it is like UT-Austin, believe me. It makes perfect sense that a Drew would consider Baylor, given the spiritual aspects; so the fact that he went to Baylor actually confirms my point.
  5. Look, that is what I was told, more or less. Maybe I did not state it clear enough for the close readers on here; maybe he said there is increase "interest in ticket sales" rather than "ticket sales." Please excuse my ignorance and obtuseness. He definitely told me interest in Billiken Club has soared in just a few days. Believe it, don't believe it, I really don't care, to be honest.. . . . and by the way, why would someone just make it up, anyway?? And no, sorry, I did not have the New York times fact-checking team on the case, sorry to disappoint all of you. PS: The shrillness gets very old on here; I can tell you for a fact that there are a number of insiders I know personally, who never post on here anymore, because of it. Why post stuff, only to get a lot of it thrown back in your face?? Not very motivating. . . . so I'll be sure, if I hear anything that might interest anyone, to run to Billikens.com to post it -- NOT! over and out.
  6. I will say this about Drew -- and this is NOT from any insider, just a hunch. And based on what I happen to know about the Drew family... There is a lot to be said for school culture, playing by the rules, issues of faith even. I can tell you a great deal about Valpo, and the culture of faith on that campus--they are not kidding around about that. At Valpo, being an alumnus and his dad the coach, I think it's fair to say Drew has grown use to a smaller community, a clean program, and student athletes who, more or less, are committed to certain kinds of lifestyle, both morally and educationally. Someone claims he can do "better." Who defines "better"? In any case, I really have doubts about Drew feeling comfortable at a "BIG" school in a huge conference with millions and millions of dollars from unscrupulous booster-types. He may in fact wish to do "better" than SLU -- I have no inside info -- but what is better, and according to whom?? Majerus could have done "better" as well, by the way; and I can tell you from personal conversations with him, he truly valued the things that make SLU special, compared to other, bigger, "better" programs. He had his issues, btw; and some horrible things happened with some of those players, on his watch, no debate there. But when he talked about the people and tradition of SLU, and the Jesuits -- he was telling the truth, it really meant a lot to him. I am suggesting that SLU may, in fact, be the perfect fit for a guy like Bryce Drew -- one who values certain kinds of community, which truly SLU has, with something special to offer. And it would be a step up, conference wise, urban-wise, and academic-wise. Plus a major raise -- what's not to like?? Drew could stick around a very long time, in that case...
  7. I can tell you that even in the days since Coach Crews was let go, tickets sales and giving to the Billiken Club have seen an increase already!
  8. Roby a malcontent?? which planet is that from? I'd like to put the kabosh on that pronto. Nonsense, he's a keeper. Here's the core: 2 seniors, Roby & Bartley, and all 3 freshmen. That's your foundation, plain and simple = 7. I'm not saying everyone else is history but I really think the new coach can decide for himself, and mix and match. I think those 7 are committed and ready to work. I think the freshman class actually has a great deal of potential and may be a bit underrated on here. If we assume Zeke is still coming, and does come, then it's 8. that's 5 scholarships to play with. & some of those 5 may leave anyway... Here's what amazes me about MY: I always thought, he has very good upside. But how is it after 2 full years he keeps making the very same identical mistakes?? It may be he has the all-time lowest court IQ in basketball history. The truly amazing part is: the coaches kept allowing it. Even at the end of the game yesterday, MY was actually bringing the ball up the court and then attempting piss poor drives to the bucket. In all honesty I'd like the staff to put together all of those knucklehead drives into one long video and show it to him over and over, a la Clockwork Orange style, until it registers. I think I've reached 100% frustration with him, but maybe a new coach could take him in the right direction (i.e. better court vision and IQ)?? Am I missing something??
  9. That presser was awesome, I'm proud to be a Billikens fan after a pretty lousy year. Kudos to Jim. I think it's easy to forget how truly horrible it was back in those December days, after Rick passed. What a horrific period, and Coach Crews kept it together, somehow. It's a very tough day and I want to throw out my thanks as well -- though I'm sure he will likely never read this. Really just a class individual. ps: love the lines from Rick: How are you? and how can I help you??
  10. Just now checking back in ... Thanks for posting that news conference, that was very poignant and it really says a lot about Coach Crews' character. As for all the SH_T I'm getting for posting earlier: I can take it. But I gotta tell you I wrote that and posted it as a service, since a few guys were asking if it really happened. I was just trying to clarify, and yes, I had source, so deal with that too. It happened so fast, that while I wrote it, the other guy posted the link to the announcement, which I discovered the instant I actually posted. So back off, ladies.
  11. I had already immediately received confirmation (mostly joyful) from multiple very strong sources... the Crews era is over at SLU. (before the official PR announcement posted above) Wow that was quick! I began wondering if the regime would find the cajones to pull the trigger, and honestly I doubted they would. Well, I was wrong and I stand corrected. My first thoughts: Are we already close to a new hire?? Is an arrangement already in place?? curious minds want to know . . . . But May's comments above seem to indicate a full national search is impending, so maybe not so much ??
  12. you guys are missing the best lines of the whole thing: "Could there be another miracle in New York in 2016? Common sense would tell you (maybe even scream at you): NO! And yet, I'm hopeful." (?!?!?!?) Hopeful of what, he never says. He should be institutionalized. with 24/7 supervision, if he is hopeful for us to win this tournament. 2nd place: He prefaced that with this: "the Billikens have advanced and even allowed some to dream of another "Memphis Miracle". Who are these "some" dreamers, I'd like to know. I guess the other guys on the ward. Funny stuff... 3rd place honorable mention: "underclassmen bursting with what the NBA types call "upside"." Honestly I have no idea what he's talking about here. I've been here 18 years and during that time we have featured precisely one player with very marginal NBA "upside." Perhaps I'm reading impaired. i assume we will be completely out of the game by halftime, roughly 2 hours from now, so much for the "Brooklyn Miracle." ps: has any team, ever, on earth, won 5 games in 5 days to win a Division I tournament? serious question ...
  13. So, any predictions?? ALL must be made by Saturday midnight: In some other thread, some were thinking SLU might put up as $2 million for a new coach. I'm not sure which alternate universe that is coming from, but sign me up. Back here on earth, nowhere near that is even imaginable, IMHO. Moreover: Personally, I just doubt that SLU/ May/ Dr. C will have the guts to pull the plug. This may come as music to some ears (I'm thinking Motorhead maybe, or even Debby Boone). But I will boldly go where most men dare not go -- THUS: My official, end-of-season prediction: Coach Crews stays for at least another year of Jimmy-Ball. Possible minor tweaks to staff; probably not even that. ps: this is a serious prediction of what will ultimately happen in the next month or 2. Anyone else?? pps: I just sort of realized this morning we had a game last night. My, how the mighty have fallen (i.e. who cares ??)
  14. at risk of starting a billikens.com meltdown; and to my very great surprise: we are definitely seeing genuine improvement among some of the players. In a couple cases, really great improvement. Which speaks to this coaching staff's abilities to bring about improvement. For starters, check out the latest headline: Bishop Named A-10 Rookie of the Week for Third Time That is pretty impressive; & it's not happening with smoke and mirrors, folks. This kid is shocking the world, including me. Hines is improving since in all honesty he was a complete non-factor last year and as recently as last month! As for the 2 juniors starting: finally, Reggie is flexing his considerable muscle and learning to finish; and Crawford is just turning into a great all around player. By the way, even MN is moving the needle a little... As for the others (mainly our beleaguered and often vilified sophomores): well, whatever. Personally, I have not given up on MY but my patience. like the staff's is greatly tested. But we are now witnessing Reggie turning some kind of corner, so let's hope MY does next year as well. Maybe after all, it's mainly a matter of talent with these sophomores -- or lack thereof. But let's give some (tiny) credit here: we are seeing some significant improvement among at least several of our players -- mostly the guys starting. Coincidence? Attitude/ teachability?? It certainly explains WHY they are starting, and the rotation has shaped up. Whatever the case, I'm sure there are some on here who will dislike this analysis, given the calls for a new coach (and please, spare me, I'm not commenting on that issue). But for everyone who has screamed about lack of improvement in these players (including ME): well, we are seeing some.
  15. Just wondering: isn't that catastrophic fall in RPI pretty much unheard of?? I mean -- has any Top 10 team EVER fallen so far, so fast?? I'd be interested to know which teams have come close, but my guess is, hardly anyone. I think even falling out of the top 100 (from the top 10) is pretty lousy, but out of the top 200?!? From #10 to #258 in 2 years --- It may be unprecedented... I'm not sure some guys on here recognize how lousy you have to be, to fall out of the top 200, 2 years running.