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  1. I say bs to runandshoot or should I say run the mouth and shoot from the hip. What is the incentive? Simple... to create interest when not enough is perceived to exist. If SLU and Coach Ford were to show huge interest then this can and will be used to waive in front of the blueblood coaches he really wants to attend. RM chose not to fawn over Ed Macauley's grandson -- we had to listen to all the local bs, that we lost not only a local, but the grandson of our best ever player, to Butler who would lead them to more Final Fours. I am glad RM ignored these people in that Berry was an injured stiff. Recently we heard from an "insider" that Ford had not even reached out to Goodwin. Well, we know that to be false. as well Now, no contact or phone call by Ford until after Tate? I find that hard to believe. We know Ford reached out to numerous kids within hours of getting the job. And while I agree with much of what Pistol says about 2017 being a priority, I dont believe for a minute that Ford would ignore any top local kid from 2018 for months. Who cannot take 5 minutes out of their 15 hour day to make a call, send a text or write a letter to a talented kid even if he has shown minimal interest. Coach Ford doesnt deserve such attacks. Did Ford choose 2017 kids over 2018 kids? sure. Has Ford given Ramey the Jim Harbough treatment of going class to class with him in school? probably not. Does Ramey want more attention and now sends his posse here to .com. Looks like it.
  2. Just so I am clear, all of these guys in this 2018 are current Juniors in high school, right? Seniors are the class of 2017 (2016-2017 basketball year) so the class of 2018 will be the 2017-2018 basketball year, right?
  3. UD Arena is the perfect size for NCAA Tourney games (and is usually filled) holding 13,409 in a facility built for basketball as opposed to multi-purpose arenas. At the same time, I much prefer the sight lines in Chaifetz - though much smaller at only 10,600. At UD Arena, though, while all the seats in the lower level are great, "corner" seating is generally missing in that there are more pronounced or squared off seating sections behind each basket as opposed to the rounded construction at Chaifetz. Consequently, many of the lower level or lower bowl seats in the corners at Chaifetz do not exist at UD Arena. While the concept is commendable in that most seats are built on the 2 equal sides of the basketball court to better view the game, the trade off is that the side court seat rows just go higher and higher and higher. And to compensate for the long distance from the court, lights are turned off/dimmed and darkened to make the lit up court easier to see. For those who have been to UD Arena and had to sit in the nosebleeds thanks to the good folks at Dayton, you know what I mean. And while the atmosphere of being at a live event cannot be simulated on a TV screen, at least you can truly see the action on a TV screen.
  4. Marcus Bartley is making the best choice for Marcus Bartley and believe we need to thank him for his 2 years of service and now wish him the best. Yes, we would like him to play for us this year so that this year is not quite as horrible. With yet another player gone, it will get ugly. The Bartley we saw under Crews will not truly be missed. With proper coaching, motivation and confidence, though, Bartley can make contributions on a high/higher level D1 team. And I do believe that Ford would develop Bartley this year far better than Crewsplatt did. Another year of development/growth/strength will do Bartley good. Same with a fresh start. And this is not just about Bartley sitting the bench his Senior year as it is Bartley playing on a truly bad team his Junior year as well. And not only will Barley have this year of development/growth/strength but as mentioned previously, he will have another year of college life/academics while having the potential to have a good and meaningful years on the court for both his Junior and Senior years. Good luck!!
  5. Chosen. You must really hate football.
  6. Former SLU recruit also is back playing high school football this his Senior year prior to attending and playing for Yale next year. Believe he tweaked a knee his Soph year, sat out football as a Junior and is now back on the football field. The appeal of high school is far greater than any other sport in luding basketball. Friday night games under the lights, social event for students as well as parents and middle school students, recent grads coming back home on a weekend, marching band, dance team, cheerleaders, alumni, faculty boosters, boys wear jerseys to school, girls wear cheerleader outfits, full year/summer of lifting weights and comraderie... There is a reason football is king. Enjoy the moment Goodwin, Yess and others!!
  7. Guess I am in the minority who likes the "old" Billikens and like to see it still around. In fact, I wear a needle point belt with the "old" Billiken all the time. At the same time, SLU should really only be using the new Billiken logo by now.
  8. Roy. More importantly. You know Jordan. Can he play PG for us and be good at it? Will he be able to handle the Havoc pressure? Will PG neutralize his rebounding skills?
  9. Again, I truly believe the returning players will play better for Coach Ford and staff than they did under Crewsplatt who simply sucked all the fun out of the game. At the end of the day, basketball is still a game. Yes, hard work and discipline are needed, but when you don't respect your coaches and you aren't having fun, you simply don't play well or win many games no matter who the competition is. Again, no McDonald's All-American level of play from last year's guys -- but there is more talent than we have seen or should I say have seen in spurts and at times.
  10. I know the $500 cost each of new leather briefcases is small and minor compared the fat stacks inside ($326,000 for Tillmon, right?) but it would be nice to be able to re-use these briefcase. At this rate, we are sure going thru our briefcase budget and Coach Ford has only been on the job for 5 months!!
  11. At this time with school beginning to start, with the passage of the season ticket deadline and now with the early commitment of Goodwin for next year's class, it seems like a good time to give initial thoughts on Coach Ford: 1. I am certainly pleased with his coaching staff. Time will tell, but Coach clearly has a plan in selecting proven, experienced coaches with East Coast, A-10 and now local ties. These are not former head coaches or Midwest based like RM selected (Biancardi, Moser, Whitesell. Crews) but they do complement Coach Ford and provide him with experience and strength/depth where Coach's own skills might be less strong. Corey Tate is a huge get not only for Goodwin (sounds like he was leaning toward SLU/Ford prior anyway) but b/c he is a St. Louis native, Mizzou alum/former player and is well connected/respected in the AAU community. 2. I am pleased with both the apparent quality of the new players but also the mix of age/experience of the new players. RM had his methods, was hired too late to have brought in immediate help like Ford has done but RM also had several misses regarding JUCOs or transfers which could have increased the speed of his rebuild. Had we landed a SR transfer, a veteran foreign player, Harrelson or any of the JUCOs we chased,..Time will tell but I do like the guys Coach Ford has landed and do believe that a rebuild will take place sooner than under RM. Whether we can return to RM heights in another question, but better than expected so far. 3. No mis-steps or blunders to date. Coach Ford just continues to add and put pieces together after deleting some of Crews' players, says the right things, is getting his name out to the press and is setting the right tone for the program. Winning will truly change the SLU image but so far Coach Ford has been solid. 4. Contrary to some of our local "experts" who have already questioned what Coach Ford was doing or not doing, turns out he has been working both hard and smart -- with both locals and non-locals. He and his staff have, in fact, been out "to see the guys play". We also have seen,first hand, that being the first to follow a kid or that 3 year relationship is not needed if you have a quality product to offer. Not saying we should ignore kids until the last moment; however, at the end of the day, maybe it was not our former coaches were lazy, were such bad judges of character, did the wrong things in recruiting as much as that they simply didn't have the quality product sell. I am not impressed with Kim Anderson or Groce - and for that matter, never respected Soderberg or Crews as a top basketball coach -- and as it turns out, I was/am not alone. Congratulations Coach Ford.
  12. Not that you, or anyone else, probably intends that ONLY the Eagles might think and/or act in this manner but I would take this a step further and say that this attitude and these alleged actions of the Eagles are actually similar to those held by the entire local/St. Louis basketball community from high schools/coaches to basketball trainers/skill developers/weight and conditioning coaches to most local players and their posses -- all have a built-in benefit/advantage to choose the highest possible "name" programs. In this regard, SLU has many advantages with regard to the local recruits (we can attend their games, stop by to see them practice, no real travel expenses, etc. and the kids can stay home and play in front of their friends and family without them having to leave town/travel ) but it can also be tough to land the better local players because of the stigma and belief that SLU is simply not good enough for them. Believe RM recognized this and decided to build his program with non-locals. Once built, and once successful, then even the locals will jump on the bandwagon. Unfortunately, Crewsplatt couldn't land and/or coach up good players -- local or not.
  13. RM had more than just the Situation happen which delayed his rebuild of the program. First, Fr. Biondi waited so long to hire RM that we missed that initial year. Imagine if Ford were hired too late as well. In that case, we would have zero help for next year unless Ford could find his version of a walk-on like Paul Eckerle and no top transfers waiting in the wings for next year. Yes, RM started with TL and KL already on the roster (better than what Ford inherited) but he also couldn't recruit his own guys that whole first year. Second, the transfer option was largely not used by RM (and not initially) due to RM's desire to coach kids for 4 years but that was also b/c such guys would have to sit out his 2nd year of coaching and not play until his 3rd year. Third, the NCAA's delay in processing Cody Ellis' transcripts had a huge and negative impact for both Cody and the team. Fourth, no basketball suspensions would have occurred at most NCAA basketball programs, would not have been conducted in such a kangaroo court format and would not have been conducted with punishments levied at such a late date to the detriment of the team, other players and coaching staff. Fifth, Fr. Biondi's reversal of his promises to RM leading to a public feud sure didn't help the program.
  14. Romar has recruited well at his alma mater, Washington, and in the PAC10 but to act like he was such at a great recruiter here at SLU is just not reality. And yes, Ryan Hollins made it to the NBA but he was not a dominant college player - especially earlier in his college career - and would not have been good enough to make up for the lack of a supporting cast. And after 3 years at SLU, Romar should have had a deeper incoming class than Hollins and Nick Kern - especially after Pulley, Lattimer and Edwin were busts who left the program. Yes, West Pine Gym made things tougher... but then again, membership in Conf USA made recruiting easier than current member ship in A10. Comparisons to Ford? especially so soon? Why? Cameron Dollar and the scandal from UCLA? I was not impressed. Randy Bennett? I didn't know or appreciate him at the time. In hindsight, I would have rather had Bennett as our head coach. Compared to Ford, I am very impressed with his coaching staff. A10 ties and experience. East Coast, Chicago and local/AAU connections. I sure hope one of these guys (or Ford) can develop a game plan and make adjustments during games on the fly and also lands a few PG's along the way. It's nice to have optimism about Billiken basketball again..
  15. Why stop there? Fisher was unusual in that he had already signed a LOI with Pepperdine and Romar, had limited options after Romar announced we was leaving Pepperdine for SLU and, of course, followed Romar here to SLU. Also, I believe Spoon had done the heavy lifting of recruiting Mo Jeffers but Romar deserves credit for re-recruiting him as well. Romar does get credit for the players you mention but also gets blame for Jason Edwin, Andrew Latimer, Floyd McClain, Ross Varner, John Seyfert and Randy Pulley. And let's not forget about his final recruiting class after 3 years on the job landing Nick Kern of Vashon whom everyone knew could not gain admission to SLU. And how soon some forget about our best recruiter over these past 47 years -- Rick Majerus.