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Re: MBB: Centennial Conference
« Reply #7155 on: May 06, 2020, 01:13:04 pm »
Will FnM name AD or new HC first?

Apparently they will be hiring the MBB coach soon from what I have been told.

And CCHoopster, the other two finalists who were DIII assistants come from pretty good programs with plenty of experience.

Remember, Robinson didn't exactly have a wealth of experience when he was hired. :)
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Re: MBB: Centennial Conference
« Reply #7156 on: May 06, 2020, 09:00:30 pm »
Iím sure they were from great programs (JHU ie). I just assumed there would be more D1 assistant finalists, Ivy/Patriot type and some D3 head coaches. Certainly not taking anything away from anyone involved regardless of current position. Thatís great to hear three DIII assistants had a shot at it.
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Re: MBB: Centennial Conference
« Reply #7157 on: May 14, 2020, 11:20:53 am »
From what I'm hearing, F&M should be announcing their hire today (Thursday) ... though, with COVID-19 a delay wouldn't be the most surprising thing.

I do know who the choice is, but for several reasons I will keep it to myself.
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Re: MBB: Centennial Conference
« Reply #7158 on: May 14, 2020, 05:00:19 pm »
https://godiplomats.com/sports/m-baskbl/2020-21/releases/20200514lqagvn

Nichay Named Head Coach of the F&M Menís Basketball Program

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Re: MBB: Centennial Conference
« Reply #7159 on: May 15, 2020, 02:56:20 pm »

Meh......

Kind of like the ending of Seinfeld.

Good for him though.

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Re: MBB: Centennial Conference
« Reply #7160 on: May 15, 2020, 04:36:46 pm »


With the number of significant retirements on the men's side of Division III basketball, there is plenty to talk about in the month of May. Thus, we needed a "Part 2" this month.

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Re: MBB: Centennial Conference
« Reply #7161 on: May 17, 2020, 09:49:43 pm »

Meh......

Kind of like the ending of Seinfeld.

Good for him though.

That made me chuckle. :)
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Re: MBB: Centennial Conference
« Reply #7162 on: May 25, 2020, 09:30:48 am »
Great for Nick. That's a national job and one of the better ones in the country... I think he has 3 years to show he can take them where I believe alumni/admin/fans think they should be- top of league and national contenders (call it top 20-30. Great financial aid packages, history and program legacy, academics, full time assistant coach at 46-52k with second assistant around 10k... recruiting resources endless. Ability to get international kids at a fraction of the cost vs other Centennials. They need to show success sooner than later!

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Re: MBB: Centennial Conference
« Reply #7163 on: May 25, 2020, 11:30:35 am »
Great for Nick. That's a national job and one of the better ones in the country... I think he has 3 years to show he can take them where I believe alumni/admin/fans think they should be- top of league and national contenders (call it top 20-30. Great financial aid packages, history and program legacy, academics, full time assistant coach at 46-52k with second assistant around 10k... recruiting resources endless. Ability to get international kids at a fraction of the cost vs other Centennials. They need to show success sooner than later!

 With most of the same advantages, one wonders why the F&M women's basketball program hasn't been similarly successful over the years.

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Re: MBB: Centennial Conference
« Reply #7164 on: May 26, 2020, 03:52:52 pm »
I think some of these "advantages" are alumni-based programs. A lot of schools (RMC comes to mind) have assistant coaching positions that are basically paid for by alumni donations and such. Some schools have them, some teams have them, many do not.
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Re: MBB: Centennial Conference
« Reply #7165 on: May 27, 2020, 02:53:05 pm »
Interesting hire....and without an AD.  I understand the times we are living in....however, it took a while before this was announced.  Also, why wouldn't they wait for a new AD to be in place before the hire?

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Re: MBB: Centennial Conference
« Reply #7166 on: May 29, 2020, 03:05:57 pm »
Interesting hire....and without an AD.  I understand the times we are living in....however, it took a while before this was announced.  Also, why wouldn't they wait for a new AD to be in place before the hire?

So in one comment you mention "it took awhile before this was announced" and in another question you ask "why wouldn't they wait for a new AD to be in place before the hire?"

I don't think you can have it both ways. I also don't think it took awhile. Seemed to be about the average time I've seen especially considering the beginning of the search was likely slowed by priorities being focused on the coronavirus and its impact on all athletics.

As for not waiting for an AD, that is a long wait. Athletic Director positions tend to be the longest in terms of time taken to make a hire in the athletic department. The only reason to wait would be if the search is nearing an end OR the coach search was botched and starting over under new leadership would make sense (look at Scranton women's basketball when they eventually hired Trevor Woodroof).

A number of coaches are hired under interim ADs ... they are in those positions for reasons like these.
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Re: MBB: Centennial Conference
« Reply #7167 on: July 01, 2020, 09:09:00 pm »


First, we apologize for the "June Podcast" showing up in early July. Computer problems caused havoc this month. Sadly, it delayed our production plans for several weeks, but we are calling this our June edition all the same.

When the season came to a sudden close, it left a lot of unfinished business on our end. We didn't have national champions to talk to, but we also had a lot of news to cover. This podcast we take some time to do some catching-up with the season's number one men's team and the Jostens Trophy winners - with Gordon Mann and Ryan Scott picking up the interviewing responsibilities.

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Re: MBB: Centennial Conference
« Reply #7168 on: July 02, 2020, 08:06:03 pm »
Not sure if you were all aware of this, but the following is the update to athletics at Swarthmore College. All Fall and First Semester Sports are cancelled. That means at least 8-10 basketball games will either be moved to second semester or not played even if there is a season.

"What we know is that there will be no athletic competition until after the fall semester. We will work continuously with the Swarthmore COVID-19 team, our own COVID-19 team, the Centennial Conference COVID-19 team, and the NCAA to consider any options for competition for fall/winter sports in the winter and/or spring."

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Re: MBB: Centennial Conference
« Reply #7169 on: July 02, 2020, 08:12:15 pm »
Here is a complete list of the schools, so far, that have made fall/first semester decisions on sports. They total 13.

There will be more, but I am not sure how many more. I know even in the NESCAC I'm told not every school agrees with the idea of shutting down sports competitively. And I know that in the Centennial while Swarthmore will likely be joined by Haverford and Bryn Mawr, the rest of the conference may not be on board with the idea either.

It seems those with healthy endowments who could weather the financial hit this kind of decision could cause (there is more to these decisions than just sports; entire campus is affected with these overall decisions) are the ones pulling the triggers on these. Those who need enrollment and tuition dollars to remain in good shape are the ones doing everything they can to keep fall/first semester sports in place.

And of course ... this could all change in a matter of weeks. This pandemic is hard to figure out from the virus to the management to the response and anything else you can think about. We could be in a very different situation in a month that changes everything.

I said to colleagues that I hope those who have shut down sports for the fall/first semester look crazy or even foolish in a few months time. That is NOT to say I think their decisions are wrong or an overreaction. I simply hope that we have gotten a better handle of the virus and maybe even ways of finally fighting it off have come along that these decisions in a few months time will look premature. That said, if these decisions look incredible smart and forward thinking ... then it likely means we are in no better a place and things are not well.
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