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  1. I've been dormant here for quite a while, I must say that I'm not thrilled about this at all but I know that WB will land on his feet. This however is the last straw for me with MB. I feel like he never made an effort with middle donors and that we were taken for granted as "loyal fans" but our pockets were not deep enough for him. Sad thing is that many members of the Sec 600 crew are now in the position to be giving at a higher level and we are probably going to balk at it. His public lashing of SM over the TK1 Insta fiasco where he was "compelled to publicly repudiate" SM's st
    8 points
  2. Great optics this week: -You fire the coach that a large portion of the fan base wanted to keep on the day he and his wife are honored by the American Cancer Society for their fundraising efforts. -You announce a college coaching search that'll cost 50-100K on the same day the university announces it has problems with debt. It's only Tuesday but you're really winning the flippin week UAlbany Athletics.
    7 points
  3. No need to debate. But am very comfortable in my statement. If Coach Brown wanted to trade in and leverage up he could have at several schools NEVER mentioned on this board. I don’t post behind an alias so I can’t and won’t say more, but my take is that he was too Loyal.
    7 points
  4. Have to say I think it’s laughable that Coach Brown hasn’t been extended. The results you get at UAlbany in relationship to the budget, facilities and other factors is beyond measure. This does not mean from a coaching perspective it can’t be better, there is always room for growth and improvement. But second guessing a coach is one of the easiest things one can do. Based on what I know and have experienced, Coach Brown’s results far exceed the circumstances. He is likely a victim of his own previous successes. There was an inflection point with the program that the university missed tha
    5 points
  5. I think this tweet summarizes what is happening by Benson. https://twitter.com/CBB_Central/status/1366409049265291264?s=20
    4 points
  6. While true (and you and i know how true), that just means the Athletic Director failed at his job to provide the resources. Put simply, what has Benson done that has moved the needle or put Albany through the proverbial next checkpoint since the McElroy days? The AD's job, among other tasks, is to: 1) Manage a department, inclusive of resources; 2) Promote the school; 3) Advance community outreach, town/gown; and 4) Fundraise to ensure that the departments have the resources they need. Track and field, nationally prominent program, doesn't even have a scoreboar
    4 points
  7. Nineteen years in one place as a head coach is almost unheard of these days. Coach Brown built a program from nothing into something and delivered some incredible memories along the way. He will be in the school’s HOF and probably down the road should be honored in the arena in some way. He was all class and ran a very clean program. This was also a very unique situation in that the coach was able to coach in what was basically his family’s hometown - so we benefited and his family’s quality of life benefited. I am sure every one of us on this board during CB’s tenure became proud to pound our
    4 points
  8. Good luck Coach Brown and to your family I have no doubt that you'll land on your feet. The man can coach. Benson hire well or your ass is grass.
    4 points
  9. This has been corroborated with a bunch of other reports...the end of an era. There will be plenty of time to discuss why, how and now what. Coach Brown will always be remembered as a legend and I thank him and his family for the immeasurable contributions to the UA program. This will take a while to process.
    4 points
  10. The one I am most worried about leaving is Amica. Kid has a wheels and in the few minutes we saw him play he was as advertised. I listened to an interview with him last year at this time and he stated 2 reasons for coming here: he saw an instant path to PT with Clark leaving being 1, and the other was Brown being here for so long. Injuries derailed #1 and now Brown is gone.
    3 points
  11. Haven’t posted in many moons...long time donor...way before there was a GDAC....and I dont want and won’t exchange banter over the efficacy of this move...in sum this move disappoints and disgusts me..it is an affront to a fine academic institution and a coach who embodied its ideals. Unless Benson goes and/ or Brown is restored my contributions to UAlbany Athletics are over and I have urged colleaques and friends to do likewise. This action should not stand and can not be tolerated by any right thinking individuals. That’s it.
    3 points
  12. I didn't call for Browns job...
    3 points
  13. I know you're local. You would fired every coach a few times over by now. PS. that was a joke.
    3 points
  14. Because Coach Brown could have leveraged his success and left several times. He could have easily moved on several times.
    3 points
  15. Is your evidence me telling you who told me? Those who know me on this board, know I would not post the information unless it was true. And they know why I have some info. And so much more I still won't post because I just can't as its too personal. I have had so much of this information for years that I have held onto, with hopes Benson would not get his way. Now that he has, I'm ready to unload what I can, for those who can't due to their ties to the coaching staff and UA staff.
    3 points
  16. I don't doubt CB will find a job some place, just sucks his family has ties here, ppl grew up here, have to move because of Benson and his personal dislike for them. Benson is a bulldozer who has zero ties to the area... I have zero faith in any direction he has taken our programs nor that he will stay the long haul. Fan experience pre-covid was all time worse at events, do we have to talk about parking, football seat debacle, kicking people out of stands at bball.. I mean this guy, no bueno. As an alumn I want to be able to cheer on my Great Danes, I do.. I just don't see this going
    3 points
  17. LOL.. thats what you're focusing on today. If you are talking about hiring a coach ... there is a difference when you hire a coach for a low mid major school vs a mid major school. That is why I was delineating the difference..as in who are you going to hire? And yes I do have personal ties to the school as an alumni and program as a season ticket holder who mingles with the same fans, players and coaches family's because I travel to games, and support this team. That's how an alum becomes personal with a team. Which is why it burns me that Bensons BS of personal dislike is what lead to
    3 points
  18. Listen...if you want this to be about production on the court, I'm all about having that type of talk and debate those merits. However, from what I have seen online and from people here, this smells a lot like it has less to do with production.
    3 points
  19. Trying to digest all of these posts...but I'll copy what I put on FB: Great guy who ran a clean program but after 5 years of not winning, it may be for the best for both parties. Brown's hands are tied behind his back with a completely inept Athletic Administration (UA is getting left in the dust with facilities, etc. - lots to be said there but I'll bite my tongue) but he also hasn't recruited as great as he once did. It was time. Wish him the best and I will have fond memories of the 2000's and 2010's with Brown at the helm. If you're reading this Brown, go get yourself a better A
    3 points
  20. Maybe your provider can match the GDAC phone number to the "LIKELY SCAM" indicator on the phone.
    3 points
  21. As one of the admitted leaders of the time to move on bandwagon, I am pleased to see that they decided to shift gears, however, it is not without sadness and a bit of "i hope this is the right move" as it's never easy to see a pillar of the community replaced who did take us from nothing to something. Kudos to what Will has accomplished on and off the court. Ideally this ends up as an Andy Reid/Eagles situation where they both ended up with Super Bowls after their split (although the Eagles are currently in far worse shape)
    3 points
  22. Women lead almost all the way to beat UNH 49-43. On to Orono next Sunday. As an aside, in the "Boy, do I feel old" category, Junior Payton Graber just broke the Schalmont girls' scoring record. Her father is Jason Graber, captain of the '94 team that went to the Division III Elite Eight. The record was previously held by Kelly Paolino, captain of the '99 UA women's team.
    3 points
  23. Ultimately if he's here long enough he will be judged on his decision. The move to extend Gattuso has paid off in the short term. Having said that...we need to be competitive with top of the AE and if we are being fair we aren't and haven't been for a while. Point is Brown fair or not has given Benson an opening. But count me as concerned, the guy has some bad hires and can't do simple things like put in a bag policy. In fact I'd fire him before Brown. I'm of the opinion that Benson is fairly well insulated from criticism and I'm not sure why. The guy is kind of a complete zero.
    3 points
  24. Each of the last 5-6 seasons us as fans have started the season with high hopes. This year we are more athletic. This year we have these great transfers. This year we return all 5 starters. This year we.... I really dont think it's recruiting. I don't think it's the players. I don't think it's Brown because most players say nothing but great things about him and the environment. The ones that don't weren't playing and transferred down (I include a transfer to Hartford as a transfer down). To me it's the offensive and defensive system that Brown has been using. I'm not sure it matches
    3 points
  25. It'll also be interesting how the Foundation has to deal with donors if they do not renew Will. There's a lot of people with deep pockets that like him and have good memories over the past 20 years which the foundation is able to use to milk getting donations (and they're also anti-Benson donors that this could push them over the edge to stop their donations). And it has been mentioned before here before too but Castellana seems to be a supporter of the program and Will and they have yet to secure the funding with the naming for the arena. If they can Will it'll be interesting what happens wit
    3 points
  26. I'll there will be someone hired in the next 3 or 4 weeks at most, maybe even sooner. You're getting your ass handed to you as an AD by fans and local pundits, the quicker you get a new face out there and a new face of the program the better it will be for Benson. One thing that could delay it is the state review of the new contract.
    2 points
  27. I knew I'd get undercut here but you went right to the bottom w/ free. I'm out.
    2 points
  28. Agree. Heck, throw my name in there, lol. In 1981 I took Principles and Techniques of Coaching Basketball, a 3 credit course taught by the legendary Doc Sauers and I got a B+. 😆😆
    2 points
  29. Idk what that even means, but I’ll pass. FYI I’ve also declared my interest for the job lol.
    2 points
  30. We could blame the school, but the administration that hired Benson to make that transition isn't there anymore, so I can only blame Benson. I'd love to see us climb the ladder, do well in the CAA and keep a nationally ranked football team. I have great season tickets in the stadium. That said: I put the name recognition and help to a Universities national reputation of doing well at FCS Football somewhere between Division 2 and Division 3 basketball. Most people do not consider FCS football as D1 football. It is what it is. Becoming a CAA Football powerhouse means jacks&i7 on nation
    2 points
  31. We can agree to disagree - many of us believe the job performance was not up to par and the team was in steady decline and had become irrelevant - with no plan in place. Myself and many others have said the same thing - for months now. So I do believe a professional decision was made here. Is it possible that a personality clash with the AD expedited the decision, sure that is quite possible. But these types of changes are made all the time (and employees clash with their bosses all the time and eventually a move is made). Most coaches will tell you that their coaching style/effectiveness can
    2 points
  32. CB was loyal to the school and the school was loyal to him - for 20 years they shared a mutually beneficial relationship. He made an adult decision on prior occasions to remain coaching in a comfortable environment where his family is from and where they wished to remain living. Yes, his loyalty probably cost him some money but it also made his family happy with their quality of life in a location that was preferable to them (these are decisions that many professionals run into). The school chose to move on after 20 years - right or wrong, they made a professional decision to go in a new direc
    2 points
  33. I think for some of us we already believe Benson has failed. And what we want is to try to come out of this, is that people find out how he is running his program who may not know what's really going on. Because we don't have faith that whatever he does next is going to help the University in the long run. We are in fact bleeding purple and gold because of the hurt and frustration that he is allowed to stay there and damage the University. And no longer giving support at least for me means financially. I will still always root for my Great Danes. But Benson is not going to get a dim
    2 points
  34. I can tell you this is NOT my position. I love UA hoops and whomever the hire is will have my full support and patience. I just know what I know about the man doing the hiring.
    2 points
  35. MMMM...nope. W&M is in hotwater. Their AD got canned for, you guessed it, unceremoniously firing their head basketball coach. Benson has connections to the state, to W&M, and experience. They don't really give a $iena anymore about athletics.
    2 points
  36. Ok, let's play numbers. I don't count this season (freaking nightmare) and I don't count his first four because one was an interim, and the next three he was handcuffed in building a program by both admissions (believe me, I know deep details on this one) and the 5/8 rule. So, in the 15 years since--admittedly good and bad years--he has gone 300 and 195, or 20-13 per season, with 5 NCAA appearances (once, every three years average). He has had 26 All-Academic kids in that time. He also had the unforeseen nightmare of the last three years with the Cremo and Nichols sudden departure....b
    2 points
  37. I have also heard that Benson has told staff "UA is a Football School".. and he started saying that when he first got here...
    2 points
  38. His #1 job description is to build a budget to keep us competitive. Full Stop. if he can't, he should be replaced. Donations have been higher at a miniscule level. The $10 million donation was worked by the general development department, not lead by the Athletic Department. It's a not so very secret fact. He's done nothing.
    2 points
  39. Was out volunteering at a Covid vaccine clinic and just heard the news. Not surprised since a contract extension was never given so he became a lame duck coach. Tons of respect for CB and the success we had for a good portion of his tenure but it's always what have you done for us lately and he has fallen in that respect. I have always said the asst coaches being tied to CB may have cost him his job. Loyalty is great but the buck stops with him and you may have to CYA and he did not do that. The roster may be become bare now so tough times are ahead similar to when CB took over so the new
    2 points
  40. On Will Brown And The End Of An Era At UAlbany https://www.ianpickus.com/writings/on-will-brown Good read from a student, alumn, journalist, professor, season ticketet holder Ian Pickus.
    2 points
  41. And this is exactly what I mean about Benson: "Will's tenure on the bench for the majority of our Division I history and his five championships have left indelible memories with our fans. We wish Will and his family all the best as they move forward from UAlbany." Notice key words missing: "indelible memories with our fans"-- now the words that should have been added for a man who has served for 20 years. "Indelible memories with our fans, his impact on the Capital District Community, national impact with Coaches vs. Cancer, and his ability to mold academically minded students as ev
    2 points
  42. Can't wait until he goes to Binghamton and haunts us. Despise this move. I'm sorry, get ready for a bunch of people to leave. Gonna be a total rebuild. I hope some of you are just as upset with sub .500 records for the next 2 years minimum with this move. I'm not happy.
    2 points
  43. Not even close! Less than 20% of funds come from the State.
    2 points
  44. He's been good on offense all season, but he's really been locked in today on d
    2 points
  45. 2 points
  46. Well that 4th quarter was def 1000000% UA Lacrosse...go heal up and take it to Hartford next week
    2 points
  47. Cool to be able to see the Thompson brothers again when their team visits.
    2 points
  48. Sorry to disagree; but donors and ticket buying fans absolutely have the right and in fact obligation to evaluate the AD. I won't bore you all and list ALL the reasons I feel he has done a terrible job; but I will say #1 & foremost his communication skills are NEGATIVE.
    2 points
  49. We'll see. I think it's 50/50 if they can pull off the tournament. I keep suspecting they'll just say the #1 seed is the conference rep for the tourney at some point. The way the numbers are going, it seems like it would have been better to change the NCAA tourney from "March Madness" to "May Madness" and had a better chance of having look a little more like a regular season with teams getting games in. That's Monday morning quarterbacking on my part.
    2 points
  50. I see it as defensive breakdown .... UML made three three pointers in a row and what 7 for nine in 3 pointers .... open looks ...sluggish ... perhaps ... looked like a team that has not played in awhile.... yes Rizzuto looked good .... Healey's foul troubles continue... all that said ... the Great Danes can win this afternoon.... they need to want this
    2 points
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