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Tuesday, March 06, 2007

Newest men's hoops as of 0307

Last men's topic hit the 40 comment mark..

So let's start a new one....I didn't get much reaction to these comments below..(just the GREAT DAVE DEBATE) and what coaches are being fired from here to the Rockies.......

...1. Next year's opening day lineup ? - you may add - new recruit if you think it'll be someone not on current roster.Mine' - G "Jet, Whitney, Shipman, F - Crews, C - Dobriansky... Key reserves: Hett, DelTufo, New recruit. Anyone for a back court of "Hett and the Jet?"

2. How many wins in NEC (not overall record...based on 18 NEC games).
For now am going to go 8-10...hey, that's one more than this year!! Based on -

a) MU will rely more on guards and in particular Youngblood
b) adopt consistent style - whatever that will be
c) forecasting front line will at least be adequate. If it's not well....eight games will be a reach for sure.


Blogger Tony Graham said...

On Wednesday...0307.

From mid morning on I will be out much of the day on personal stuff..will be back on line afternoon or evening...


11:36 PM, March 06, 2007  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

NCAA Division I-AA

Football? Yes

Athletic Expenses (2006) $8,632,913
Rank 223 of 331

Men's Basketball Expenses (2006) $1,138,190 (13% of total)
Rank 183 of 331

Men's Sports Recruiting Exp. (2006)* $79,173
Rank 244 of 331

Cost per Win (2005-06 Season) $59,904.74 (16 wins)
Rank (less cost=better) chart 81 of 331

Founded 1933

Type Private

Selectivity (US News) Selective

Students (2005) 6,329
Rank 260 of 337

A changing of the guards in West Long Beach has done nothing to curb the enthusiasm for the Hawks’ outlook this season. In a league with plenty of talented frontcourts, Monmouth figures to be at the top of the list, and that should make a difference while the guards come along.
Frontcourt: A Backcourt: B- Bench/Depth: B Intangibles: A

12:06 PM, March 07, 2007  
Anonymous mu mystery coach said...

tony i had surgery on monday, haven't been active on here sorry. any news on the new targets for recruiting? any tyson news?

12:08 PM, March 07, 2007  
Blogger Hook'em Hawks said...

Joe DeSantis of Quinnipiac just got canned... He had 11 years of miserable play before he got the axe... People around here want to give Dave Calloway one miserable year... Un-real... The funny thing is there is a good chance that if they got rid of Calloway, the would end up with someone as inept as Joe DeSantis.

4:05 PM, March 07, 2007  
Blogger Tony Graham said...

to anon on monies..etc. Vry interesting but - in English - what is this? Where is it published? Please explain what each line means. Thanks..

4:18 PM, March 07, 2007  
Blogger Tony Graham said...

No Tyson news..except I very, very much doubt he'll be back at MU ...nothing new on "new" recruits to report at this time...

4:20 PM, March 07, 2007  
Blogger Tony Graham said...

From Q Pac web site.

Quinnipiac Announces Change in Head Men's Basketball Coach

March 7, 2007

Director of Athletics and Recreation Jack McDonald announced today that Joe DeSantis will not return as head men's basketball coach next year.

McDonald said, "I want to thank Joe for his 11 years of service to the university. He oversaw our men's basketball team as we moved from a Division II to a Division I program. We appreciate what he has done for Quinnipiac during his tenure as head coach, and we wish him all the best going forward."

McDonald said the university will retain a national search firm to assist in the aggressive recruitment of a new head coach to lead the basketball program in its next phase of development.

4:26 PM, March 07, 2007  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Tony the numbers are from Mid web site reported by Monmouth to the NCAA.What they tell us is that the over all budget for Athletic is very low out off 331 ncaa D-1 programs MU is 223 and Mens Basketball was $1,138,190 and a Win last year cost us students $59,904 .So spend more money to win more or hire a coach who can win and spend less.

9:31 PM, March 07, 2007  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Now ST. Francis.PA needs to fire Jones and maybe everyone will wake up and understand its MONEY not W/L RPI or NCAA dance tickets its how the Alumnus feel and vote with their check books.How many folks can dish out $35,000 +++ per year ? Basketball and Football are feel good programs for DONOR MONEY..... Now Tony do you agree its not Calloway its change to bring hope and CASH....

9:40 PM, March 07, 2007  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hett at point,Whitney at 2 guard THE JET at 3 guard TBR at the 4 and Adam at the 5. Shipman Nunner and Simpson off the bench,DelTufo red shirts and Crews and Barlow transfer out and Dave finds two jcco transfer who can play 4 or 5 spot and can rebound.Now MU would win 16 -18 games and everyone would be happy.

9:50 PM, March 07, 2007  
Anonymous Miles Austin Exhaustin! said...

Hey Tony, Where have all the cowboys gone?

9:50 PM, March 07, 2007  
Anonymous Chief Strongbow said...

Major Problem with MU hoops...

There is no tradition and pride. Chris Kenny and Jason Krayl are about the two players you see there on a regular basis, aside from out captain in chied Dave C. Where are the rest of the alumni? There seems to be this disconnect between Dave and his staff and ex-players? Can anyone atest to this?

9:52 PM, March 07, 2007  
Anonymous Splack Like That said...

If we are counting on Rickie Crews, we are screwed! I have faith though. I see 16+ wins next year, and I know the Hawks will rebound from this down year.

9:54 PM, March 07, 2007  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Quinnipiac just spent $100,000,000 upgrading their school and arena hockey and basketball do you think it had anything to do with the change of DeSantis yes he was a so so coach but so are most of the NEC coaches.Monmouth is spending $35,000,000 to $45,000,000 on the MAC and $15,000,000 on a new dorm unless the bought the winning Mega ticket yesterday I would think Calloway has to win over the next few years or CHANGE just might find its way to WLB.

10:02 PM, March 07, 2007  
Blogger Tony Graham said...

Except....My guess is MU bringing in one JUCO is a long shot, two is no shot.

10:21 PM, March 07, 2007  
Anonymous Joe Great Scotts said...

I will not be getting fired. I know my team can score 23 next year against MU anyways!

10:21 PM, March 07, 2007  
Blogger Tony Graham said...

To Joe Great Scotts - Good one!

10:35 PM, March 07, 2007  
Blogger Tony Graham said...

Thursday I'll be out again from mid morning until late afternoon ..

11:51 PM, March 07, 2007  
Anonymous blue devil said...

NEW BRITAIN, Conn. -- Hey Huskies, are you jealous?

Central Connecticut, which has played for years in the shadow of the mighty Connecticut Huskies, beat Sacred Heart 74-70 on Wednesday night to win the Northeast Conference tournament championship and a berth in the NCAA Tournament.

The Blue Devils (21-11) play in a 3,200-seat gym, dress only nine players, have just one player who was recruited by another major school -- and they'll be the only team from the Nutmeg State in the NCAA Tournament this season.

UConn (17-14), which has won two national titles in the last eight years, continued its disappointing season earlier Wednesday by losing in the opening round of the Big East tournament. While UConn will miss the NCAAs for the first time since 2001, Central Connecticut is making its third appearance in seven years.

"The Central Connecticut men's basketball team has as much heart, as much toughness, mentally, physically, emotionally, as any team I have ever known," said coach Howie Dickenman, a former UConn assistant and a CCSU alum who has been the Blue Devils coach for 11 years.

Dickenman joins Virginia's Dave Leitao and Penn coach Glen Miller as former UConn assistants whose teams will play in the tournament.

"We must have learned from a very good coach in Jim Calhoun," Dickenman said.

Javier Mojica scored 25 points, including a late 3-pointer that put the Blue Devils ahead to stay.

This was just the second time that two Connecticut schools have played each other with an automatic NCAA bid at stake. The first time came in 2002 when CCSU defeated Quinnipiac 78-71 on the same court.

Central Connecticut ran away with the Northeast Conference regular-season championship, going 16-2 in league play and 9-0 at home. But for much of the second half, it didn't look like CCSU would make the field of 65 either. The Blue Devils trailed 56-46 with 10:29 to play.

Mojica, the conference's player of the year, gave Central the lead for good, 70-68, on a 3-pointer with 1:36 left.

Jermino Sobers then put CCSU up four with a long jump shot, before the Pioneers' Joey Henley hit a layup with :35 seconds left to cut the lead back to two.

But Tristan Blackwood, who scored 21, hit two free throws with 22 seconds left to secure the win.

"We don't stop fighting 'til the end," Blackwood said. "We've got a big heart and we wouldn't allow ourselves to get beat."

Sobers finished with 10 points and 13 rebounds.

Henley scored 22 for Sacred Heart (18-14). Jarrid Frye added 16 points, and Ryan Litke had 12, all on 3-point shots. The Pioneers were picked to finish ninth in the conference this year but finished with their first winning season and first appearance in the conference final.

"We just come up one first short," coach Dave Bike said.

Trailing 33-30, Sacred Heart scored the last four points before intermission and the first eight after to take a 42-33 lead.

Both teams looked nervous early. Central Connecticut hit just one of its first six shots from the field, Sacred Heart was just 2-of-6, and the game was tied 4-4 five minutes in.

The lead changed hands 12 times before intermission and was tied seven times, and neither team lead by more than five.

Mojica had 13 first-half points but hit just 5-of-14 shots from the field.

"Being the leader and the captain, I felt like I had to do too much for the team, and I was rushing a lot of shots," he said. "Coaches just told me to calm down, wait and let it come to you."

Sacred Heart's Frye also scored 13 before intermission, hitting 5-of-7 shots, but was in foul trouble much of the second half and fouled out with 2:58 left

9:57 AM, March 08, 2007  
Blogger Hook'em Hawks said...

Someone said something about Chris Kenny and Jason Krayl being the only ones they see on a regular basis... The fact is a lot of his players are playing overseas... Hard to show up to a Monmouth game when you are in Austria... He gets a good turnout of alumni at his annual summer bash at the Belmar Fishing Club when the alumni are home, so I don't think that is a valid point.

10:41 AM, March 08, 2007  
Blogger Tony Graham said...

Since Joe Scott has gotten some time here..Press ran a a big AP story on him today. There was no comment from the Princeton AD on his status.

10:46 AM, March 08, 2007  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

A Change At The Top

Colorado Ricardo Patton -- Story

Denver Terry Carroll -- Story

Evansville Steve Merfeld -- Story

Georgia State Michael Perry -- Story

Harvard Frank Sullivan -- Story

Hawaii Riley Wallace -- Story

Illinois State Porter Moser -- Story

Indiana State Royce Waltman -- Story

Liberty Randy Dunton -- Story

Minnesota Dan Monson -- Story

New Mexico Ritchie McKay -- Story

Quinnipiac Joe DeSantis -- Story

Radford Byron Samuels -- Story

Santa Clara Dick Davey -- Story

Southern Utah Bill Evans -- Story

St. Bonaventure Anthony Solomon -- Story

Utah Ray Giacoletti -- Story

12:24 PM, March 08, 2007  
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12:28 PM, March 08, 2007  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

EAST RUTHERFORD — It was still all very hard for Hugh MacDonald to fathom. Here he was, a kid from Kearny, not even officially out of college yet, standing on the same Giants Stadium practice bubble field with some of the best professional soccer players in the world, getting instruction from one guy who used to be the United States National team coach and another who was his boyhood idol.

“The irony of the whole thing is unreal right now,” MacDonald said Wednesday, the day he officially signed a contract to become a member of the New York Red Bulls. “Five weeks ago, if you would have told me that I would be standing here today, especially after I didn’t get drafted and that I would be a member of the Red Bulls with Bruce Arena and John Harkes as my coaches, I wouldn’t have believed it. I still may not believe it.”

But it’s true. Hometown hero MacDonald, who was the first-ever recipient of The Observer Athlete of the Year award in 2003, was signed by the Red Bulls as a free agent after having a highly successful preseason training camp with the team.

The 6-foot-4 defensive halfback, who was the two-time Defensive Player of the Year in the Northeast Conference while playing for Monmouth University, earned a tryout with the team in Florida. MacDonald impressed the Red Bulls’ brass, headed by Arena, the former U.S. National coach, and Harkes, a fellow Kearny hero who is a member of the United States National Soccer Hall of Fame, so much that he earned a spot on the club’s developmental squad.

It means that the 22-year-old MacDonald might not see much action with the Red Bulls’ main club this season and may be relegated to action only with the Red Bulls’ reserve team, but he’s a member of the Red Bulls all the same.

“He’s fitting in well,” Arena said after Wednesday’s training session, with the team leaving for Carson, California later that day. “Hughie’s still a little green, but he’s doing a little better each day. He’s a smart player who has a strong leg and a lot of potential. We’re going to see how he develops and hope that he takes advantage of this opportunity. He’s one of the reasons for the whole purpose of why we have this developmental thing. He’s a good defender who can only get better and needs to work on his game to get better.”

Arena said that being from Kearny didn’t hurt MacDonald’s chances to make the Red Bulls’ developmental squad. The team was looking for a local identity since Kearny native Tony Meola was released in the off-season.

“It’s no secret that some of our developmental players are from the area,” said Arena.

The team also signed former Bergen Catholic standout Randi Patterson, who played collegiate soccer at North Carolina-Greensboro, to a developmental deal as well.

“I’m sure that the Hugh MacDonald Fan Club will fill the stadium in Harrison when we get there,” Arena said, with a chuckle. “I don’t know if I could ever go down the Kearny Scots (American) Club ever again if we didn’t sign Hughie.”

Arena was impressed with the way MacDonald handled himself during the team’s five preseason games in Florida.

“I thought he did fine,” Arena said. “He handled himself well with the physical part of the game. He’s a good physical player. I think we just need more time to see how he develops and how he fits in with what we have.”

MacDonald was still wearing a scraggly beard when training was over Wednesday.

“I didn’t want to shave until it was official,” MacDonald said. “My girlfriend was surprised to see it, because she said she never saw me with that much hair. But now that I’ve signed, it’s going to go. I still can’t really believe what’s happened. It’s something else. Not many guys get an opportunity like this. I’m just going to make the most of it and see what happens. I’m getting a chance to prove myself, which is really all I wanted. A lot of guys don’t even get that chance.”

MacDonald said that he was trying to downplay the excitement of signing the contract.

“I tried to pretend that it wasn’t a big deal, but then I started calling everyone I could,” said MacDonald, who was a three-sport standout at Kearny High, then played soccer at Virginia Commonwealth before transferring to Monmouth for his final two seasons. “You’re supposed to act like you’ve done it all before, but how can you not get excited? And it’s great that it’s local. I mean, it would have been great anywhere, but to be a member of the Red Bulls right here, is amazing.”

MacDonald didn’t think he was given preferential treatment because he is a hometown product and that the Red Bulls will call Harrison home beginning next season.

“I like to think I made it on my own merits,” MacDonald said. “But it doesn’t hurt. It’s not unrealistic to think that. I’ll take what I can. When this all began, for the first or second day, I was a little nervous and excited, but after the first few days, I began to fit in and felt like I could play here.”

During one of the first days in training camp, the Red Bulls’ newly acquired team leader, Claudio Reyna, approached MacDonald.

“He came up to me and introduced himself, saying, `Hi, I’m Claudio,’” MacDonald said of the former U.S. National team captain from New Jersey who signed with the Red Bulls this year. “I said, `Of course I know you’re Claudio.’ But I didn’t want to seem like a star-struck kid. But I was able to talk to him right away. He made me feel comfortable.”

Then there was the matter of the assistant coach, who just happens to be MacDonald’s childhood idol. It’s hard not to look up to someone like John Harkes when you’re from the same town.

“When I was in the fourth grade (at Kearny’s Roosevelt School), I had to do a report on someone I admired and I chose John Harkes,” MacDonald said. “I had to do a presentation with pictures and everything. All my friends knew that he was my biggest idol. My father got pictures of John through his Dad. I think I first met him when I was a freshman in high school and Rob McCourt (Harkes’ best friend and MacDonald’s coach in college at VCU and Monmouth) brought him to practice at Kearny High. I was in awe.”

Harkes believes that MacDonald has a chance to make it with the Red Bulls.

“It’s a great story,” Harkes said. “Chances like this don’t come around too often. It’s harder to make it than most people realize. At this level, it’s very difficult. You might be a good soccer player in the realm of Kearny, but it’s totally different. Hughie came in with the right attitude and right approach. It’s good to see him get this far.”

MacDonald doesn’t mind having the responsibility of having the entire town rooting for him.

“I would love to be the one to carry the torch for Kearny,” MacDonald said. “I would love to be the next generation. I can’t say I’ve made it yet, but the door is open. There’s always a little more responsibility being from Kearny.”

Harkes said that he doesn’t think it’s fair to compare what MacDonald is doing to what he accomplished with U.S. National teammates and local heroes Tab Ramos and Tony Meola.

“It’s a different era now,” Harkes said. “I guess the expectations have been raised now because of what we did back then. A great number of soccer players from Kearny have excelled, but not many have been given the chance that Hughie has. We want to be able to give the local players the opportunity, but they have to earn it, like he has. It’s not easy to come by. I think Bruce realizes what Hughie brings to the game, what he needs to improve on. But he already has the mental approach and the ability to handle pressure situations. He has tactical and technical experience. He has the ambition. I think we’re going to see bigger and brighter things in the future.”

MacDonald knows that there are no promises.

“I’m not here because of my blazing speed,” MacDonald said. “I hope there are a few things that they like and that will be enough to keep me here. It’s really beyond a dream come true. It’s been a great experience, whether I made the team or not. This is all just an added benefit.”

And if he’s able to take the field this year for the Red Bulls, the benefits will continue, as a local hero carries on a tradition of soccer greatness from Kearny.

12:48 PM, March 08, 2007  
Anonymous mu mystery coach said...

Not true about alumni! Not every game, BUT there are occassional Mustafa and Giraldo sightings in WLB. Also, Tim Warner seems to be at every game. Russ Anderson, Byfield, The Hammer and Tom Kaplan have also been spotted in the crowd over the last few years. And Tyler was there on senior night accompanying Dejan out to the court. Even Tyson showed up for a game this year! It shows Dave's players appreciate what he did for them and support him and the program when they can.

12:53 PM, March 08, 2007  
Anonymous Anonymous said...


261. Monmouth, NEC

262. UNC Wilmington, CAA

263. Pepperdine, WCC

264. Cleveland St., Horizon

265. Portland, WCC

266. Ball St., MAC

267. La Salle, A10

267. Princeton, Ivy

269. Gardner-Webb, Atlantic Sun

270. Coastal Carolina, Big South

271. Richmond, A10

272. Louisiana-Lafayette, Sun Belt

273. Campbell, Atlantic Sun

274. Ark.-Pine Bluff, SWAC

275. St. Bonaventure, A10

276. Grambling St., SWAC

277. Mercer, Atlantic Sun

278. Kennesaw St., Independent

279. Texas Southern, SWAC

280. N. Carolina A&T, MEAC

281. Norfolk St., MEAC

282. Stony Brook, America East

283. St. Francis (N.Y.), NEC

284. Lafayette, Patriot

285. Montana St., Big Sky

286. Liberty, Big South

287. Stetson, Atlantic Sun

288. S. Carolina St., MEAC

289. Southern U., SWAC

290. Texas-Pan American, Independent

291. Savannah St., Independent

292. SE Missouri, OVC

293. Nicholls St., Southland

294. Morehead St., OVC

295. Wofford, SoCon

296. N. Illinois, MAC

297. Wagner, NEC

298. Centenary, MCC

299. VMI, Big South

300. Elon, SoCon

301. James Madison, CAA

302. Sacramento St., Big Sky

303. Winston-Salem, Independent

304. Delaware, CAA

305. Morgan St., MEAC

306. Citadel, SoCon

307. Longwood, Independent

308. E. Illinois, OVC

309. Idaho, WAC

310. Long Island U., NEC

311. UC Riverside, Big West

312. Cent. Arkansas, Independent

313. Alabama St., SWAC

314. Jacksonville St., OVC

315. UC Davis, Independent

316. East Carolina, C-USA

317. Alcorn St., SWAC

318. Radford, Big South

319. Texas-San Antonio, Southland

320. Tenn.-Martin, OVC

321. St. Francis (Pa.), NEC

322. Bethune-Cookman, MEAC

323. Texas St., Southland

324. Howard, MEAC

325. Iona, MAAC

326. Prairie View, SWAC

327. W. Illinois, MCC

328. S. Dakota St., Independent

329. St. Peter's, MAAC

330. Charleston Southern, Big South

331. N.J. Tech, Independent

332. Md.-Eastern Shore, MEAC

333. North Florida, Independent

334. Alabama A&M, SWAC

335. Denver, Sun Belt

336. N. Colorado, Independent

1:09 PM, March 08, 2007  
Blogger Tony Graham said...

To anon: Those of you sending these lists....I will run them (as I have) only if you explain what they are.


4:50 PM, March 08, 2007  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

75 schools below Monmouth RPI of 261 just a few names Princeton,Richmond,Lafayette, all are very good programs that had an off season.Take a good look at the RPI list and you can see many many programs MU would love to play and Win.The more you know the better the Blog becomes.

9:57 PM, March 08, 2007  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Coaching Changes, Joe DeSantis do you think any other NEC Coaches get let go this season and who? How about any Ast Coach with in the NEC gets DeSantis job ?

10:03 PM, March 08, 2007  
Blogger Tony Graham said...

Right..I got the RPI part. But thanks for the help.

Someone sent a list which may have been of mid-majors but did not specify...

10:04 PM, March 08, 2007  
Blogger Tony Graham said...

Re NEC coaching changes. Just my opinion..perhaps Bobby Jones? Nice guy finishing last.

Jim Ferry? .this was supposed to be LIU's year. Mark Schmidt? RMU almost as disappointing as MU.

I doubt it though.

Don't think Q pac president will go for an NEC assistant (maybe unless it's from CCSU)....NEC schools usually shoot higher than their own assistants ranks.

10:15 PM, March 08, 2007  
Blogger Tony Graham said...

Friday advisory ..out again from mid morning til later in the day..

10:16 PM, March 08, 2007  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

maybe q-piac will make an offer to dave he couldnt resist!!!!! God that would be an early christmas present.

11:44 AM, March 09, 2007  
Anonymous Hayward said...


I saw your article on Jason Westrol from Manasquan. I don't remember his recruitment story. Did any D1 teams like MU consider him? Is he of that caliber? If Bentley is one of the top couple D2 teams in the country I would figure they are better than some D1 lower level teams. Do you have any experience with D2?

Also, went to Penn - Princeton game this week. How the mighty have fallen. This used to be a big game - a sellout or near sellout. There was no one there. Their attendance is down considerably which is not going to help Joe Scott. Three years and a continued slide. It sounds like the players are not buying in to his fiery approach.

1:11 PM, March 09, 2007  
Blogger Tony Graham said...

I have a better idea...Dave for DeSantis even up? It makes sense to me, and no doubt to you!!

Trade a coach who has had three NCAA trips and six winning seasons ovet the last seven years for a coach whose resume ...well....isn't quite as impressive...

Hmmm...Dave would get an instant new building though....

5:30 PM, March 09, 2007  
Blogger Tony Graham said...

Re Westrol: He told me he had interest from the Ivies..Princeton among them...and also Stony Brook and ""talked a little bit with Monmouth but nothing ever worked out (with MU) " and was recruited heavily the D 2 schools in the NE-10..

MU played Lemoyne from that league in a preseason game a few years ago...

MU itself was D 2 for a few years in the 70's and was very highly ranked at one stretch...

5:36 PM, March 09, 2007  

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