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Friday, May 11, 2007

MU hoops 2007-2008

Let's try this...

I know it's not even June, but as you look ahead to next year's MU team (with three returning players)....what would be minimum acceptable to you as a fan...???

1. Just hustling and playing hard whatever the record.
2. At least qualifying for the NEC Tournament
3. Qualifying for the NECs and winning a game.
4. All of the above plus a winning season in the NEC
5. A winning season overall

41 Comments:

Anonymous Anonymous said...

#5 without a doubt. Im sorry, but this team has enough talent and coaching to be a +.500 team. Anythign else would again be an embarrasment!

4:33 PM, May 13, 2007  
Blogger Tony Graham said...

Wow...I think #5 may be stretching it with an overall young club....six freshman..the four new players and the red-shirts and seven if you want to consider Rickie Crews a virtual freshman ..and they have that brutal non-conference schedule at the start..but if that's how you see it.....so be it. That's why I asked.!

Anyone else care to chime in??

6:56 PM, May 13, 2007  
Anonymous Graham Snizzle said...

I agree with the first poster...Whitney Coleman and Youngblood both have all-nec "potential". Then you have some very talented young players coming in. If the big men can grab soem rebounds, I see this team having the ability to go at least .500 in a weak weak NEC.

8:09 PM, May 13, 2007  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

At best 2 non conference wins and 8 NEC wins . Embarrasment for sure but Calloway is the BEST coach just ask around....

8:19 PM, May 13, 2007  
Blogger Tony Graham said...

Sooooo....eight NEC wins...which would be one more than they got in Giraldo's rookie year...would be an embarrasment???

To who???

9:29 PM, May 13, 2007  
Blogger Tony Graham said...

You know what...I've had it with these snide shots at the MU coaching staff..

Valid criticism and intelligent discussion are one thing...but if that last remark is the best you have to offer (non-published here) ....you really don't have much to offer here..do you?

10:02 PM, May 13, 2007  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Tony, I think my comment was valid. DAve always and I meanalways boasted about that statistic. So why now is it not fair game for his detractors to boast against him? Honestly be fair, no?

10:12 PM, May 13, 2007  
Anonymous AnonymousE! said...

Yikes, did someone call Dave a bad coach again? Man I guess we should all just submit and worship him? Cmon Tony, you know we have a right to say if we dont like, respect, or think the guy is a good coach. I am actually ambivalent about him compared to many other comments I have seen here. I dont get it, but again I did not see the last post.

10:14 PM, May 13, 2007  
Blogger Tony Graham said...

Boasted. Proud of it. Flaunted it. Why not?

Now if you're a fan of another school I can understand you'd be glad to see the run end.
Then say so, and I haven't much of a problem with it.

We're talking gn here about Calloway talking up his run of six winning seasons in a row (when it was running)...


As I have said here many times..if FDU, CCSU, anyone had that run going don't you think Howie or Tom Green or any coach would make it a high profile statement..mainly for recruiting and program recognition purposes?

Are you just jealous of the success MU has had over the years???

10:41 PM, May 13, 2007  
Blogger Tony Graham said...

If you or anyone wants to take issue with Calloway's coaching .. then that's your opinion...... fine. You certainly have a right to that opinion...


And...that is based on???....and don't give me one losing season in six years please...

10:47 PM, May 13, 2007  
Blogger Tony Graham said...

Again..I find it fascinating that when the MU hoops topic arises - (in Mid-May no less) - and in particular in the wake of last season's disappointment - the blog lights up as if a torch was lit.


Meanwhile baseball heads for the NEC Tournament ..softball flamed out - again - in the post season despite a good year overall - track has been top notch as usual..golf has reached unprecedented heights....lacrosse won another NEC title and...just an occasional ripple of a comment on those topics despite my posting their weekly reviews here for the sake of comments and opinions...

and them some people yelp at me when I say interest in these sports ..is... well - not that high - or does not appear to be anyway...

I guess they just don't lose enough...

10:58 PM, May 13, 2007  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

To that comment about all MU's freshmen...

I just looked at a website that shows Central Connecticut St. as having NINE recruits for the upcoming season! Can that be correct? If so, how good will Howie's team be? Looks like a real swing in power in the NEC may occur!

6:37 AM, May 14, 2007  
Blogger Tony Graham said...

Right..If I recall CCSU played just one kid (a freshman) on a regular basis who was not a senior or had experience...

I would think Quinnipiac may be preseason No. 1, with maybe RMU (four starters back) and SFPA and Mount St. Mary's (both with many key players returning) to be highly regarded...possibly FDU as well..and Wagner (no seniors last year) in the mix....especially if Durell Vinson is back......

Bottom line - MU will be picked well towards the bottom - maybe even out of the playoffs..

9:07 AM, May 14, 2007  
Anonymous mu mystery coach said...

Tony,
I think that Robert Morris will be the overwhelming favorite to win the NEC this year. They practically were the favorite last year. They have AJ Jackson, Chappell, Lee all back. Replacing Coleman with someone who can handle the ball and be reliable is going to be tough. I did hear that both Lee and Chappell are working on their pg skills, as both did carry the backup pg load when Coleman was out of the game last year. I could see RMU running away with the NEC being the weakest in my opinion that it's been in the last 5 years. Your opinion with QU, I guess is based mostly on their new coach and his ability to recruit. But based on returners, their only major players coming back are Karl Anderson (who has been a dissapointment to say the least in the NEC so far), DeMario Anderson who is an all-NEC type of player who fled from Howie a few yrs. back and Job Casmir who is a speedy young 5'9 sparkplug pg who could be exciting/effective but also turnover prone. Unless this coach brings in some stud recruits I do not see QU as the favorite at all. Sacred Heart had a very good yr last yr, led by graduated Jarred Frye. They do lose their leading scorer, but they return Joey Henly who is a Marques Alston/Obie Nwadeke type of 6'5 bruising/talented PF type who I think is very impressive, Chauncey Hardy who was very highly-regarded as a recruit last yr when he avg'ed 10 ppg as a true freshman, and some very capable shooters in Shubik/Granato. I am not overly impressed with their team as a whole, but many ppl. including Joe Lunardi are picking them in the early bracket projections coming out of the NEC. CCSU is somewhat of a mess right now. Multiple players are transferring out of Howie's program. I feel that he might be the best coach in the league, but it seems he's such a nutcase that players get scared and leave. He might have a bit of Bobby Knight, where it takes a certain tough-nosed player to actually stay with him for 4-5 yrs. No clue about their recruits, however they do return the best player in the NEC Tristian Blackwood and a very good 2nd option in 3 pt shooter Joey Seymore. After that, the cupboard seems to be bare. We'll see how he can mold his team with so many newcomers. At least he has a SR leader, and my pick for NEC poy Blackwood. FDU will be led by Manny Ubilla and Tyler. They are both scoring guards, but do it in different ways. Ubilla is more of a streak shooter who plays a little recklessly (kind of reminds me of John Starks), he didn't get that D1 offer out of high school; went to Juco and proved himself and really came on as the season progressed for FDU. Tyler is probably the fastest player off the dribble in the NEC. He has a killer crossover and speed like the road runner. Tom Green will need to find some role players (especially big men-maybe Eric Hazard) to place around these two dynamos to ensure success this yr. Wagner returns all their main parts besides Matt Vitale who I and all MU fans should be very happy to see go (he was practically the main reason along with triple-tms on Blake that MU was tossed in the 2005 NEC tourney). They bring back Mark Porter who is a stud big lead guard, and two very good forwards in James Ulrich who is a long-athletic 6'6 player who plays the 4 spot and Smith who is a bruising 6'5 player who is built like a fullback and plays the sf for Wagner. They also bring back Joey Mudweiller who is a lights-out 3 pt shooter, he will be utilized greatly if Durrell Vinson returns. If Vinson returns, we might be talking about Wagner in the NCAA's next yr, as much as that sickens me. MSM loses Mikael Kearse, the best defensive player the NEC has seen in a few years. They do bring back Goode and Vann, a pair of speedy, scoring-oriented guards. I feel their make-up is similar to FDU's, as they will be looking for some role players/especially big men to compliment their guard duo in order to compete. I actually disagree with you Tony about this team, I do not see them as a legit contender. Both St. Francises came on the end of last yr. St Francis NY has a good post player in Hines, however he takes some awful shots and is completely undisciplined in the halfcourt set. His talent-level is off the charts, but his basketball IQ barely rates on the charts. They will miss Allan Shepperd, who was a very long, athletic defender and leader for them. Womack is a very good guard, who likes to shoot the deep ball and create for his teammates. St. Francis PA is led by do-it-all forward Devin Sweetney. Mike's slightly leener cousin is quite the athlete and skillful player. I think that he might actually be able to climb St. Francis PA out of the cellar in the NEC eventually. They have a couple good guards in Ford/Berry who will help him along. I am not a fan of their coach, however I think we need to give him a break and wish him well with his health this yr to see what his team can do. LIU might be my pick for last place this yr in the NEC. They lose almost everything. Goodbye James Williams, Aubin Scott, Maki-Tulokas, Morkelinius, McClendon, and Meekins. They do return MU's #1 nemesis Eugene Kotorbai, however he is not a go-to player. Also returning is Jaytorna Wisseh, who showed some real flair in a TV game I caught against St Francis NY where he went for 20+ pts and ran the team flawlessly. I feel it will be a long yr for this tm, as last yr was the big yr they were banking on and all didn't go well for their seniors (hear that somewhere before?) And lastly, MU...I will base this mostly on returnees, bc I did not get into the other team's recruits. I will start with Youngblood, who I think will have a monster season bc well...it's needed. He will be the leader of this team and put up a ton of points. A friend of mine told me he is going to be the "A.I. of the NEC", well I hope he keeps his positive attitude during losing better than the Answer. He should be good for around 20ppg this year and probably an All-NEC 1st or 2nd team peformance depending on MU's finish and because the NEC is loaded with good guards. Whitney Coleman scared me a bit this yr. I thought he was destined for stardom after his fresh yr. However, he only really is assertive in some gms....like when during the ODU tournament where he was all-tournament team. I would like to see him be more aggressive on offense and not drift through games. People talk about potential and talent, but killer instinct is needed as well. I'm hoping he will get it as he will be one of the JR-leaders on this team. Next, Mike Shipman. I hope he continues to play with energy and enthusiasm. I feel he can be that sparkplug now that Corey has moved on. Whether he is starting or a backup, play with 110% effort and keep his books/classes under control. MU needs him to be a lead guard. MU has a returning shooter in Alex Nunner and needs some big man play from somewhere as well (seems to be a recurring theme in the NEC). I have no idea what to really expect from most of these tms, and I feel I know my NEC stuff pretty well. We'll have to wait and see, and hope for the best. I hope this could be helpful to anyone who wanted an early outlook for NEC 07-08.

10:15 AM, May 14, 2007  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

This is such a young team, and has such a lack of players at the 4 and 5 positions, that I really think it'll be scenario #1, that said, it definitely is possible for them to make the tournament as a lower seed, .500 record overall is doubtful. We know Coleman and Youngblood can play but every other position is a question mark (including pg imo). Tony, speaking of other sports, will MU ever start a men's lacrosse team?

10:56 AM, May 14, 2007  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Good Morning TG

Its Tim Walker and Its mid May and cannot believe what I am reading in hear. I will responde to someone that aske a question a couple weeks ago. Dave has never been mentioned as a coach at a higher level. You do not know as well I do not know that either. Maybe they called and Dave said thanks but no thanks. any way I am a little more optimistic then most. How about about 3-4 games over 500. 6th in the NEC and upsetting the 3 seed in the conference tourney. TG I might be way off but its nice to believe in May. The jet will be a year better and just need some help inside I think the scoring will be there from the guards. This is a guard oriented league.
Take Care TG

Tim Walker

11:44 AM, May 14, 2007  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

8-22 would be my pick right now with out seeing the new freshman play.It could be four seasons untill MU gets back to its old form.Calloway will have to learn how to call a time out soon .If they go 4-26 does Calloway get the boot?

12:47 PM, May 14, 2007  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Tony, does the NCAA tournament get the attention in any other sport that it does in Basketball? The answer is NO.

I simply dont care as much about our other sports, and obviously im in the majority here. Lets face it, Basketball is the reason why people come to your blog. Basketball is the only sport where we can watch our team on TV a couple of times a year (with the exception of 1 or 2 football games, but that doesnt count because we're 1AA and only have seats on one side of our field).

There are people who are not going to like dave calloway no matter how many 20-14 seasons he has(my ballpark figure on their average record during these winning seasons under dave).

Monmouth alumni and general fans expect more from this program. One reason is because we've been told how this program is on the rise and how we're considered a "mid major", even though thats a joke. The fact is, it looks like we're on the decline and behind the curve in comparison to some other NEC schools.

In my opinion, those winning seasons were a result of MU having a more attractive campus and overall athletic program in comparison to the rest of the NEC. I mean come on, MSM-LIU-QU-SFNY-SFPA, those programs are a joke. The better recruits would come to monmouth out of common sense.

Just a thought.

2:48 PM, May 14, 2007  
Blogger Tony Graham said...

To MU Mystery coach: EXCELLENT!!!

3:25 PM, May 14, 2007  
Blogger Tony Graham said...

Haven't heard anything on MU men's lax...I plan to call the AD office tomorrow and will ask...

3:27 PM, May 14, 2007  
Blogger Tony Graham said...

Calloway could go 4-206 and the AD will not fire him.

Even if they do have a very bad year..... he will be back in 2008-2009. Book it.

3:32 PM, May 14, 2007  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

To the last anon, great come back!!! Tony I concur MU B'Ball is the reason we come here. The other sports are like ballet recitals and soap operas, we can care less, we know they exist but we don't want to here about them. geeees!!!! And while I'm out here TG, this is an adult blog correct? For the 2007-2007 season can we act like? While we know that you have to screen the comments can you limit it to words and not the opinion. That is what makes the blog and keeps it going. So what you don't agree Tony, if it is not name calling then it should be posted. We are grown and the students are trying to get there. So let it run. Please!

1:40 PM, May 15, 2007  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

MU Mystery coach has waaaay tooo much time on his hands. Wow! Unreal.

10:28 PM, May 15, 2007  
Blogger Tony Graham said...

I, for one, am glad MU Mystery Coach takes the time to join us.

11:48 PM, May 15, 2007  
Anonymous mu mystery coach said...

A apologize that I actually know a decent amount and actually follow NEC basketball, and not just MU. I am sorry that I do not hide behind anon. and write things that make others wonder if I have a brain to actually think and comprehend my own thoughts before speaking them to others. If you cannot appreciate some basketball knowledge mr. anonymous, then maybe this isn't the blog for you. It's also sad that no one has replied or commented on anything I said. People just want to pull down Coach Calloway, which is wrong. He might not be perfect, but he's dedicated to the program and loves Monmouth basketball. Look around college hoops and the turnover that constantly occurs at small conf. teams and then tell me you don't appreciate the way Dave runs this club year-in and year-out. So go on anonymous family. Tear down Dave, tear down me, tear down the players; because no one really cares what you have to say if there is no true meaning behind it.

1:50 PM, May 16, 2007  
Blogger Tony Graham said...

To MU Mystery coach....yes, it is sad this blog - at times - has become a venting machine for those who DO have too much time on their hands ...


I am sure most people here welcome your thoughts and knowledge and appreciate them..I know I do.

By the way - as of now and also for the last few weeks I have attempted to become much stricter on what runs here and will continue to tighten the reins if i have to..

and for those that object ..please find another blog..I for one won't miss you.

and or feel free to e-mail the AD...it's on the MU web site...

3:09 PM, May 16, 2007  
Anonymous MU Mystery Blogger said...

Ok MU Mystery Coach. You and I are now on the same level. This isnt being anonymous huh? Good try!

4:18 PM, May 16, 2007  
Blogger Tony Graham said...

Mystery blogger.. very original.
By the way.. I named the person MU Mystery coach ..because...he knows what the heck he's talking about.


Now step back a minute.

Here we have bloggers ""attacking" other bloggers?

Yikes...!!!

4:40 PM, May 16, 2007  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Tony, let me speak for myself, it is not to hide behind anonimity all the time when some of us post. It is just quicker than logging in. One click as oppose to typing that is a no-brainer. Like myself, I try to get my comments in during work. I dont' suppose to be here and all that remebering a password and login names and all that oh hell naw, anonymous it is. And Mystery good work but that goes without saying you alway have valid points whether we agree or not. Tony controversy makes for interesting I know you know that. It is not wrong to let an opinion fly that you don't agree with. Allow the good the bad and the indifferent just as long as it does not bring in issues of personnal charchteristics and name bashing. You have to agree it makes for a great blog and not just a good one.

8:57 PM, May 16, 2007  
Blogger Tony Graham said...

I totally agree with last anon.

I only ask that people who are offering their opinions explain their thoughts without being degrading or insulting.

There are a lot of excelllent posts here all the time, with your last right on target.

Criticism and opinions are surely allowed, whether I agree or not with bloggers.

That's why we're here - to discuss issues.

I just will not put up with any more trashing, bashing, and snide remarks.


If people cannot discuss an issue in a professional manner and or make their points without being insulting I will not run them.

9:12 PM, May 16, 2007  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Mystery coach does a GREAT job Thanks for all the input.Whats your feeling on Calloway as a D-1 coach x/o , program growth etc.I think he is burnt out for a few reasons.One there is a real riff with the players past and current.Two the fast and hard fall off this past season.Three he staff has lost their drive and has already written off next season.Tony I am asking the Mystery coach his thoughts he is very close to one of the ast coaches.Calloway should become the ast AD .Time for change is now.

10:34 PM, May 16, 2007  
Blogger Tony Graham said...

Well..let's see how MU Mystery coach handles this one...you didn't ask me (boy, am I insulted!)

But I'll throw in my 2 cents anyway - except (MU Mystery coach) can handle the xs and O's though it seems to me the motion offense and the match up zone have overall been very effective over the years, when executed correctly..
...
Other points you made: Program growth...I can tell you from its D 1 infancy - and then over the last 6-7 years the program has grown in stature considerably - probably reaching a zenith with the 2006 NCAA play-in win and appearance vs Villanova in 2006..

On Calloway's being burnt out. I think he is very upset over what happened last year and determined it won't happen again. That's the impression I get anyway.

On there is a real rift with the players past and current.- That's a muddy area..hard to pindown..what constitutes a rift anyway??


Point Three - the staff has lost their drive and has already written off next season.

Well, if it has lost its drive should resign.

But I see - as stated above - a staff focused on getting MU back on track...

They could be realistic about next year with a young club, but that doesn't mean they've written the year off.

Your point: Calloway should become the ast AD .Time for change is now.

MU isn't going to pay an assistant AD AND a new head coach..at least I don't think it will..not as he starts year TWO of a 4-year deal.

Well..now it's MU Mystery coaches turn..

Whether he agrees or disagrees with my opinion is not an issue for me. Heck, if he thinks the staff is burnt out I may have to reconsider my thoughts ..

12:53 AM, May 17, 2007  
Anonymous mu mystery coach said...

Reply to: Whats your feeling on Calloway as a D-1 coach x/o , program growth etc.I think he is burnt out for a few reasons.One there is a real riff with the players past and current.Two the fast and hard fall off this past season.Three he staff has lost their drive and has already written off next season.

First of all I would like to say that I am a Dave Calloway supporter. I think Coach Calloway is the best man for the MU job, hands down.However, like watching any coach closely; I have found some weak points with his coaching that frustrate me at times.
Dave is not the greatest X's and O's coach in the world. However, he has a great X's and O's coach in Ron Krayl and some good support on the bench from Coach Calzonetti and Chris Kenny (still odd to refer to him as Coach Kenny). I feel that Dave's main scheme of the tinkered Princeton-offense has shown that it gives MU a chance to be in games no matter what the competition. You could argue that against inferior competition maybe MU could open it up a bit and exploit their higher talent-level. MU does take advantage of fast break opportunities when open, led by Tyler's defense leading into transition and last year by Youngblood's ability to get into the passing lanes. Their defense has been their rock for the last few years. Dave has done a good job recruiting effective defensive players to fit this system. Over the last two years the main problem is that a very good ball-swinging team finds an open shot in the corner especially when a slower MU big like John Bunch was in the game. Sometimes I would like to see Dave switch his defense up a bit to adjust to his own personnel and sometimes to the personnel on the other team and their strengths. The only other major concern I have with Dave is his lack of calling timeouts durig games. It seems like he's read the Phil Jackson Zen book for coaching, where he likes to test his player's mettle and see if they can ride through a tough time. These players are not named MJ, Pippen, Shaq, Kobe or even Robert Horry; so it would be a little more settling for us watching to see Dave call a timeout quickly and settle things down before they get out of hand (reminds me of last year's 20pt. lead that turned into a Manny Ubilla floater over Bunch which totally changed how MU's fortunes were going at that point of the season).
I do not have an answer for last season at all. I think a lot of the blame must lie on the graduated seniors: Alston, Delic, Bunch and Hallett. These guys were supposed to be rock solid and take the next step in their careers and lead this team. The fact that by the end of the season Jet was the leader of this team showed a major problem there. Maybe you could say that Dave's staff didn't lead to the necessary development of these players, however they all had successful, winning careers in MU uniforms. I thought Marques would develop into more a go-to guy in his SR year, however be fair he did have a family tragedy in the beginning of the year. I appreciate what those guys meant to this program for the years they were here, with Delic being one of my favorite MU players of all-time. I think the blame for last year has to be taken by multiple people, not just Coach Calloway. Too many times coaches take the fall for everything, which isn't right.
I think Dave and his staff will try even harder this year and work as hard as they can to compete this year. They have some talent and they are in a weak NEC so anything is possible. I think that Dave is hard and demanding of his players, but as far as riffs...it's not like part of the team leaves every year like with Howie's heroes. Dave is hard/demanding, but fair. He expects good students and hard workers. I respect that of him, and it is part of the reason why this program is something to have pride in. Dave has a lot of pride and love for MU basketball. I would rather have someone who really cares, then someone who is a little bit better at X's and O's, but is using MU as a stepping-stone to a higher level job.
I have to run now, but I hope this answers your ?'s and let me know if you agree/disagree with me, I'd love to hear other's well-thought out opinions.

10:31 AM, May 17, 2007  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Oh my Goooooooness, there is a B'ball God it is you Mystery. I love you omniscience. You could not have said it any better Mystery. I hope Dave reads this one and at least considers this wisdom. The Gospel according to Mystery. Mystery 20:07 - There once was a wise shepard be name of Cal Oway who obtained more wisdom from a scroll(able) page owned by St. Graham a tax collector of the land the they called Monmoutha.

11:21 PM, May 17, 2007  
Blogger Tony Graham said...

To last anon - huh?

11:49 PM, May 17, 2007  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

So we all agree that Calloway is NOT a very good X/o coach. He is a big blue MU guy, who was an outstanding player, good person and has moved MU forward in D-1 BB as coach.Now the hard question how long do you give Dave to turn around his program ? Some have said give him the boot now ,others say he is the MU coach no matter what the results are for ever.Myster coach.... what would be your bench mark for Calloway over the blance of his contract to keep him or to fire him.?

11:54 AM, May 18, 2007  
Blogger Tony Graham said...

So we "all agree?" We do?

Here is MU M Coach statement - "Dave is not the greatest X's and O's coach in the world. However, he has a great X's and O's coach in Ron Krayl and some good support on the bench from Coach Calzonetti and Chris Kenny (still odd to refer to him as Coach Kenny). I feel that Dave's main scheme of the tinkered Princeton-offense has shown that it gives MU a chance to be in games no matter what the competition."

OK...taking MU M coach as gospel that does not make Dave a "Not very good" x and o guy...

I am not going to clash with MU M coach who no doubt has more X and O smarts than myself but I would think its safe to say Dave none the less has a pretty decent X-O IQ.

As opposed to "turn the program around" - there you go again dismissing those 3 NCAAS and six winning seasons as if they never happened - how about "return to prominence."


But - I digress. Let's move along -

Dave has three years left on his contract and the new arena opens in year 4..2009-2010...

I think it's fair to say - for the most demanding fans - they would want to see MU return to at least challenging for the NCAAs again by then.

That would be a fair barometer in my opinion -

But remember this..NEC schools do not lop off coaches like apples on a tree....

Dave Bike at SHU has had some really bad NEC seasons and is still there...Q Pac I feel under acheieved for years until Joe D was finally let go...


Even T Green at FDU has had his run of "down years" and has been there forever ...and so forth and so on ...

Basically.. it all depends on the school president..in this case Gaffney...and not AD Marilyn McNeil in my opinion.

In the "major" sports - in my opinion - Gaffney will call the shots.

If he thinks Dave is doing a good job or good enough job he stays...if not,....well.

My opinion is Dave - though next year may be a struggle - will have MU back at or near the top of the NEC by and through 2009-2010.


Ok..MU M coach..your turn.

12:20 PM, May 18, 2007  
Anonymous Mu Mystery Coach said...

I did not say Dave is not a good x's and o's coach, but he's not the greatest. It's not like he is known for his x's and o's, but moreso for other parts of his coaching, like his recruits, dedication and winning big games. However, I have explained that Dave is not without his negatives, but all coaches have negatives. I feel that his positives far outway any negatives that he has. I am a Dave Calloway fan, but also I want to be fair and unbiased in my explanations on this blog as much as possible. Criticizing Dave is a lot easier for me than criticizing a 19 yr. old college athlete, because Dave has succeeded here and can handle some constructive criticism...because this a blog with MU fan's opinions in mind.
MU has been a very good small program for years. One bad season and everyone here is freaking out. I understand next season MU will be young, but give Dave some time. Looking forward, in 2 years Dave will have a few scholarships open and the MAC if full operation. We'll see what kind of athletes he can bring in then. MU will have another advantage over most NEC schools, and some schools at a higher level like local MAAC, Ivy, Patriot League schools. Dave has been dedicated and built this school's basketball program up before, which should make us believe he can do that again. I'm excited to see the young kids grow and compete hard over the next year and continue to do so in the coming years under Dave Calloway and his staff. If nothing else, they have a very good track record. Also, MU lost a great Asst. Coach in Geoff Billet, do not discount how much that could've hurt this team last year. They're going to try to mold Chris Kenny as the same type of coach I would think, and if that happens MU might just have their next head coach post-Dave Calloway era...which would mean Dave has a long time to stay around and run the program before handing over the keys to a dynamite MU enthusiast. How's that for some wishful thinking everyone?

1:28 PM, May 18, 2007  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

It was just humor Tony to align with calling Mystery a god. Mystery 20:07 - a bible verse from the Mystery bible. 20:07 - 2007 duh! Since Tony didn't get it good job Mystery I agree. By no means am i calling for Daves head nor was it that bad for him to have a loosing season, hey it comes with the territory. Win some we lose some thats the game. I do believe however that Dave's play book should have more than two pages. Times are changing fellas and if we want to continue to compete we have toadapt as well. This past season is proof, we can only play MU Ball according to the apponent not per opponent. It is not gonna work with these teams that are use to Running. If they run we run but nooooooo, as soon as we get our hand on the damn ball - BRUIN! BRUIN! BRUIN! At least he should change the name - hell thats a start.

2:02 PM, May 18, 2007  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

The NEC might be week now but not for long guys,three new hungry young coaches from the ast ranks of the big east,and a few nice new arena's as well...The past records NCAA trips winning season are only good for your resume NOT to cover up a down turn in any program.The real test will be over the next three seasons and the record Calloway can deliver.Mystery coach tells us Calloway has a life long contract untill Kenny takes over.Oh boy we will be in for long history here on the TONY blog...IF CALLOWAYS has three more bad seasons <500 do you give him the boot then Tony or Mystery coach..

5:14 PM, May 18, 2007  
Blogger Tony Graham said...

If Calloway has three more bad seasons ..well..what's bad??. Three seasons of less than 10 wins? Barely making or not making the NECs the next three years??

There'd be no defending that...really at almost any NEC school.

Though some have allowed their coaches much longer leashes.

7:03 PM, May 18, 2007  

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