It was just brought to my attention That my old favorite school, Hope College, will be matched up against Spalding in the first round of the Mose Hole Tourney at Wooster in late December... With the game not scheduled until December 29, Spalding Coach Kevin Gray will have plenty of time and games to figure out which sophs and frosh will work best with the several returning experienced players he has. Wooster is a pretty good trip for me from St Louis (yikes, 540 miles), but this is only the second Hope-SLIAC match I can remember in the last dozen years... may have to consider it if it looks like a decent matchup. Now, if buddies Sac and Flying Dutch Fan are making the trip from Holland, how can I resist?
Long time no talk. Thought you might be interested in case you hadn't heard that your REAL
favorite school, that would be your Alma Mater, RPI, has replaced retiring coach Mike Griffin with another Liberty League coach. The coach at Clarkson for the past 5 years, Mark Gilbride has decided to travel a few hundred miles south and is the new head coach of the Red Hawks at RPI. Unsure if this is good or not for your old team. While he had a decent record at Clarkson,(75-51 over his 5 years there) they also didn't play a very challenging schedule, especially the last several years. Their SOS never gave them much hope for an at large bid They never won the conference or went to the NCAA tournament during his tenure. Leaving Clarkson so late in the season probably doesn't make the Golden Knights happy and what about the guys he's recruited the past few years...now he's going to be coaching against them. They always used to play Plattsburgh State every year as we took turns traveling to each other's place. It was a good non-conference game and didn't involve an overnight trip. (Only 75 miles between us) When Gilbride replaced Adam Stockwell who left Clarkson to go to Oswego State and is now at Hamilton College, our annual game became history. If he plays the soft schedule at RPI that he played at Clarkson your Red Hawks will never see the NCAA tournament unless they win the automatic bid. They played 26 games last year and 11 of those games were teams that had a winning record. 9 of those 11 were Liberty League games against the top 4 teams in the league.
Well good news for Hopefan. FU could play both Wash U. and IWU. Bad news for Hopefan. Both games would be in Cali. FU plays Wash U. in that special situation. Out, Play and Fly Back. Then a couple weeks later the Fly Back for a quick four teamer. FU plays Cal Lutheran and IWU plays a team tha slips my mind. It has Nazerath in it.
Bet Coach Hall wishes he had been able to make his own schedule. I know there is also a road game @ Augustana. FU needs to win a few games. It's been tough on their Jr. class.
Good Luck, Griffins.
That California tournament that you mentioned takes place on December 29th and 30th. It will have Cal Lutheran (the host school) playing Fontbonne on the 29th at 6 PM PST. Illinois Wesleyan will take on Nazareth College (The Golden Flyers) who are out of Rochester, New York at 8 PM PST. The 2 losers will face off at 6 PM PST on Dec. 30th and the championship game between the 2 winners will take place at 8 PM PST. I'm pretty sure hopefan may have played a game or 2 against Nazareth College back in the day when he was starting at RPI. (wasn't that the late 40's hopefan? It sure seems like it was that long ago.) Nazareth is currently a member of the Empire 8 Conference and usually they are contenders for one of the top spots in the league. They've made a few trips to the NCAA's in the past 7 years. They came up just short last year losing the tournament championship game to Hartwick by a 67-62 score. They ended the year 19-8.
Well I've caught up on all the news in the SLIAC since the last season ended. Keep up the good work guys. Plus k to all of you.