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  1. It is official now: http://www.newhaven.edu/athletics/football...Rossomando.html
  2. So what's the over-under on a timeframe for this board having the same basic thread but replacing the words "Will Brown" with "Scott Marr"?
  3. Sources: Brown Offered Bonnies Job

    Bonaventure is an absolute hole. He would be a fool to take that job. If you think you can successfully recruit city kids to come to school an hour's drive on a two-lane highway from the nearest airport, best of luck to you. The only thing that Bona has going for it is that the league has traditionally been decent, although that's debatable the past couple of years as they had down years.
  4. I know it's been talked about before, but not for a while ... but I found this tidbit online and wanted to see what you thought about it? "Word seeping out of the America East Conference is that Quinnipiac could be a league member as soon as 2008-09, either as the league's 10th member or as a replacement for a school on the way out." Not sure who would be leaving necessarily, but QU has definitely upgraded their facilities with their new basketball/hockey arena.
  5. The plan was to have the current football field location become a "center" of campus where it would be flattened to one level (instead of the bowl it is now), where students could play frisbee, cook out, etc. A prime time tailgating area. ;-) Also, with the football field going into the RACC parking lot, you can then connect that to the RACC, and have some offices where the current RACC parking lot doors are now. This would allow for expansion of office and locker room facilities into that space, right next to the stadium. The stadium will also be the jewel of that part of campus, visible as soon as you enter campus, whereas right now you would not know that the current "stadium" even exists behind the PE building. That was also the big knock against the Harriman campus location, it would not be visible on campus, instead tucked away out of place. Because of the topography, you can't really rebuild the track in its current location, because it needs 8 lanes and you'd have to wipe out the hill or expand toward the PE building. It's easier I think to just start over on the old field hockey location.
  6. NICE photo caption Head Football Coach Bob Ford speaks to the press as members of the SUNYA football team walk on to the practice field Thursday. (Skip Dickstein / Times Union)
  7. "As the Siena World Turns"

    Have been away for a while, out of the country but watching from afar. Funny stuff. Honestly, if he doesn't get released and must sit out a year and pay his own way ... I would not be surprised to see him jam it up Siena's ass and transfer to UAlbany. The in-state tuition is affordable, he already lives in the Albany area so he wouldn't have to move and incur too much cost. He could just go about his business taking classes, jamming the ball in intramurals, getting into open runs around the city, biding his time.
  8. Siena takes a big hit

    I believe you can't lock the kid in for life ... he would just have to sit for two years instead of one if you don't give him the release. I could be wrong. Trust me, Duquesne is not a "higher level" than Siena, though. The competition they play probably is, in some respects (their league), but he'd be walking into a great black hole in Pittsburgh. They'd be tied with St. Bonaventure if and when the A-10 school presidents got some balls and voted 2-4 teams out of that over-sized, bloated league.
  9. First I'll say that 96's post was well-written and well-thought out. However, then I'll come right back and say I'm sorry, but you're a "homer" and I disagree with you. You're an older male who loves UAlbany. All of those things (older, male, UAlbany grad) cloud your judgment here. You're talking about 17- and 18-year-old girls here. Girls, women, whatever you want to call them. In some cases, they really are 'girls' and not women. If you think back to some of the impressionable freshmen that you probably encountered during freshman year, you'll know why any type of these "team" parties can't be tolerated. They might not meet the strictest definitions of "hazing," per se, but they're damaging in their own ways. If a young woman did not want to attend this team party, you can be sure that she knows, whether directly from someone's mouth or implied, she will be an "outcast." It's all about peer pressure. This is the part where many people will stop to read, because we are (mostly) men and peer pressure isn't jack. But for young women, trying to fit in at a new school, trying to form new friendships with your teammates, and also, earn some respect and playing time ... peer pressure can be overwhelming. You know that if you do not attend the team function, you're not going to be "in." If you don't lick the men's lacrosse player's cheek (there I said it), then you're not "in." If you don't drink copious amounts, regardless of whether or not you'd normally drink at all, you're not "in". So while I understand that some people don't consider this painful and true "hazing," it's hazing nonetheless and just as dangerous. I think Mr. Etkin's column was a bit over the top, but he made the point he was trying to make: even some of these girls don't realize what is going on.
  10. Gered Burns makes the eight-man final, therefore an All-American. Different from our I-AA football All-Americans, as well as Blair Buchanan and in lacrosse ... those are all voter-based All-American teams. In track, it's all purely results-based. Also, this makes him (I believe) the first to ever compete for a national championship tomorrow. PS - yes I still read the board from time to time, and no, I don't post any more because I'm way out of touch (usually out of touch with the entire internet for long stretches).
  11. Student Blog

    He was offered the director of basketball operations job - which is the non-coaching, non-traveling position. He chose UAlbany to be the top assistant and be able to recruit and travel.
  12. Do you root for Siena

    If you root for Siena, you are actually doing any supposedly rivalry a disservice. Do Duke fans root for the Tar Heels? No, they do not. Do Xavier fans root for Cincinnati? Only if the competition is racking up DUI's by a coaching staff ... I think you get my drift. That is like saying you can root for the Mets and the Yankees ... they're not in the same league, but you can't do that. It's just not right. If you root for Siena, you're making UAlbany look soft and basically admitting that Siena has been the big dog in town for X number of years. Whether true or not, the attitude now has to be, 'I don't care about your past' (which, let's get real here, isn't that great anyhow, it's just been the only alternative in this area. They are and have been a good low-major team. It's just that UAlbany has been a good DIII or DII team for most of that time period.) Especially in a city like Albany, there is only so much disposable income to go around - you should want all of that money going to the Great Danes. Otherwise, they will never reach their full potential.
  13. Well although I'm sure you'd like to prove it on the court, Kansas is better at 15-14 than UAlbany is at 28-4. It's their big wins. It's all about who you play. The America East it too weak to draw two teams, that's the bottom line. Kelly would have to play all top 25 schools and have success, then combine that with a good league record to earn an at-large berth. Kansas is ranked 51st overall in the fake RPI, which attempts to mirror the real RPI but isn't exact. The Jayhawks had 8 "top" wins over Alabama (39), Michigan State (69), Temple (74), Texas A&M (49), Baylor (105), Colorado (40), K-State (26), Texas Tech (107). Marginal Wins (5): Montana State (121), Saint Louis (118), VCU (115), Oklahoma (145), Oklahoma again (145). They only had two truly cheap wins, UMKC (250) and Utah Valley State (206). Their 14 losses came to BYU (16), Texas (21), Texas Tech (107), K-State (26), Nebraska (2), Missouri (8), Iowa State (65), Baylor (105), Nebraska again (2), Texas (21), Colorado (40), Texas A&M (49), Missouri again (8), Iowa State (65). That is exactly zero truly "bad" losses. If you want to say you shouldn't lose to anyone lower than you, fine, that is four bad losses, but all to teams in the top 107 teams. Albany's schedule was littered with "cheap" wins, and that's the bottom line. 18 out of 28, to be exact: Buffalo (188), Morgan State (277), Texas State (162), Iona (226), Liberty (211), Fairfield (171), Columbia (187), Stony Brook (194), Siena (158), New Hampshire (241), Hartford (296), UMBC (228), Maine (200), UMBC (228), Stony Brook (194), New Hampshire again (241), Maine again (200), Hartford again (296). Marinals (3): Penn (144), Seton Hall (138), Binghamton (122). You could count 7 truly good wins against Virginia (68), Appalachian State (104), Temple (74), Long Island (98), Long Island again (98), UConn (114), Syracuse (46). The only of those ranked ahead of UAlbany, which is huge for the selection committee, is Cuse. Ohio and Cal, the "statement" games vs. the Top 25? Lost both. Add in two "bad" losses to Binghamton and Stony Brook (122, 194). And now you're out.
  14. There is no chance for an at-large bid if you are not a top 25 team or receiving votes in volleyball. I would put the chances at 1%. Entire conferences out west make it, meaning that only one has the auto and the rest are all at-large.
  15. Pre-Season Men's Basketball Poll

    I'm not sure how you can discount the fact that the players were not recruited by her, especially when combined with the fact she hasn't recruited players near that level in the time since. You can say 'ok Mari recruited them but Trina made them good', and that carries some weight. But then if Trina is such a good X's and O's coach and can turn all this talent around, why haven't the current recruits (under her watch) turned it around and become the types of players that Mari's crew became? I feel like she inherited a team with much more talent and potential than Will inherited, but he was able to turn it around and get the men's team in a position that the women's has never been in - conference favorites. He may or may not live up to that expectation, but, he got them to that point with his own players. And if he is dismissed, I think he's leaving the next coach something good to work with, just like Mari Warner did. Warner's team chemistry might have been lacking, but if we're going to have a coach that can't recruit, what good is team chemistry? I just don't see the same talent level on the team now as there was in the past. Maybe that will change, or maybe I'm just wrong and the talent is there. Bottom line: Ditto for me.