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  1. Thanks. I don't usually venture off sports here but know we have some Ukrainian members of the Purple Fam and wanted to show support. Hopefully their family and friends in Ukraine are safe.
    8 points
  2. If that was the best team in the CAA and we're the 6th best team in the America East, then Stony Brook has been able to drag the CAA down much faster than I thought.
    7 points
  3. I'm pretty sure we're not going to hear what actually happened. The walk-on who played the game for free is packing while the guys who make six-figure salaries hire PR firms to obscure things as much as possible. Here's what I've seen from the outside over the past year: -the Calipari testimonial at the opening presser didn't sit well. -the hiring of Tibbs from Vermont with a scandal didn't sit well. -this past year, I saw more players get techs for mouthing off to officials than I remember in the last 10 years of Albany basketball. -Now, there's whatever the hell this was that puts a cloud over the men's basketball program, no matter how many PR firms get hired.
    7 points
  4. I think this quote from Billy Madison is perfect as a response to your blithering idiocy. Mr. Madison, what you've just said is one of the most insanely idiotic things I have ever heard. At no point in your rambling, incoherent response were you even close to anything that could be considered a rational thought. Everyone in this room is now dumber for having listened to it. I award you no points, and may God have mercy on your soul. Mark Benson? Atlantic? Goose Rocks Beach ME? What does any of that have to do with answering the question that was asked? '$iena or get off the pot' applies here too if you aren't a fan of Billy Madison. If you can't answer why there is a lack of assistants listed on the roster, then just keep it movin ol man.
    6 points
  5. More details. Ticket Seat Capacity is 3,579. Seat breakdown as follows: 1,295 Fixed Seats; 1,630 telescopic seats; 498 Telescopic bleacher seat; 28 Wheel Chair Seats; 28 Loge Chairs (ADA Companion); 98 folding chair Seats; and 9 ADA seats. Total Capacity on gameday, and this is how all arena's get their actual capacity, will be 3,767. My guess is official sellouts will be called at 3, 800. From the plans and due to 9,706 total capacity allowed, It looks like you can easily sneak 500-750 more in SRO. Accoustic levels will be even better than before based on construction setup. The place is deafening when packed. By flipping the court, we don't lose seating, which surprises me. The length of the new orientation 234.6 feet long by 189.10 wide. This is the length of construction area. That surprised me a little bit. The stairways in the building I think will be made larger however as for ADA upgrades, I could not find any. This makes sense (I work with ADA law all day) because we are calling this a rehabilitation. If it were new construction or a COMPLETE gut renovation, very expensive changes would need to be made throughout. This is very typical of construction, the way we are going about this. However, the new Annex building will absolutely be ADA compliant and it has an elevator design per the plans we have see on the Master Facilities planning. It's been awhile since I've walked the core section of SEFCU so I am not sure where the current basketball lockerooms are now. However, it looks like the new ones will be build where I remember the media room and equipment room were on the old design. Additionally, it looks like they are actually using that area PLUS building out to the current arena area under the current lobby entrance (NORTH) stands. Due to this, there are actually MORE fixed seats than previously planned, mostly on the north side, East to West Length of the main stands. This is excellent to have this many fixed seats. The team area (lockers, film room, showers, and lounge area) will run 57' long by 31.2' wide. That's significant space at just under 1,800 sq feet. More specifically, the locker room is 18'1" long by 31'2" wide. The lounge is 38'11" long by 17'2" wide. The film room is 18' long by 14' wide. These are really nice spaces. There will be storage for four goal stanchions and baskets under the West Side Fixed stands. The same setup under the East Side Fixed stands. Including the competition floor, there will be 10 total stanchions in the building. The South Side fixed stands will have 3 storage areas that will each run just under 32' long and maybe 10' wide. The benches will be on the North Side Stands (current Lobby Side). Same with the scorer tables and Daktronic Boards. The South Side will have Daktronic Courtside tables. The Corner Seats in the NE and NW corners are considered Club Seats and will have access to the NE Capital Club and NW Capital Clubs. Plus seats, I believe. The ONLY bench seating will be on the NW goal wall, likely student seating. Each lockeroom will have 16 lockers and an ADA bench. The film room features 21 plush seats and will be carpeted. It will be theater seating, three risers. Each seat will have a tablet arm and will be 22" wide . The LCD touch screen will be 84" There will be a large TV in each of the Capital Club Locations (NW and NE). The brackets are 19' long, which means we are getting LARGE TV's added. Interestingly the face the people who theoretically would be in line for concessions. My guess is it is either solely for concessions or multiple screens including game play. A new, synthetic floor is being installed under each stand, coming up the floor. My length was wrong yesterday. The HEIGHT of the top seat is 21'6 along the main stands (North and South). The length is about45-50' feet from last chair up top to last chair on floor. The math majors can do the algebra from visual distance from last seat. I don't believe this will be Volleyball ready. In fact, it looks like they will be infilling the long jump pit and volleyball inserts. They will replace the competition court, inlaying it with the old flooring (it seems). There will be East, West, North and South camera platforms at the Lobby Level. Some ask about expansion. I can't see any other structural way to expand other than UP to the roof along the walls because I believe there are load bearing supports every 15-20 feet that extend to the roof of the main part of the complex. To do that, you would have to do what SBU did and build a small concourse over a fixed stand. If you do it on the main South Fixed Stands, you could go 130-ish feet by 15'. Based on my reading of the specs, if they are fixed, chair back seats...then you would get maybe 6 rows of seating. Based on the new South Fixed Seating specs, that would result in 375-500 seats depending on design. This could be done when they add the Annex Building since that will be on the South Wall (parking lot) side. Additionally and theoretically, it looks like each corner could technically be expanded...maybe by 120 seats per corner, for a total of 450-500 seats depending on design, by putting concrete elevated fixtures that fans would need to walk under. Or you can do that plus a raised expansion on the East and West behind the basket wall. I find that less likely do to value for seat game view (less value placed by fans purchasing tickets) than either the corner expansion or South Fixed stands expansion. If they did either East or West side raised fixed seating, not including corners, you would have around 90 feet and a depth of around 14'. That would result in about 4 rows and 160-180 seats per East and West Wall...or 320-360 total. If they did all those above, you could potentially build approximately 1,145 to 1,360 to bring total gameday non-SRO capacity to 4,912 to 5,127 and non-SRO ticket sales only to 4,724 to 4,939. All are unlikely given the cost and demand. However, if the demand was there, e.g. we had a consistent season ticket based of 3,000, then someone would have to do a serious ROI on that to figure out if adding that many seats would result in the multiple millions likely required to construct that set-up versus playing a few games at the MVP. If we need 500 more seats...we have a good problem and they could sell SRO regularly.
    6 points
  6. From the TU on this year's budget https://www.timesunion.com/business/article/UAlbany-gets-75-million-from-state-budget-for-17073172.php?utm_campaign=CMS Sharing Tools (Premium)&utm_source=share-by-email&utm_medium=email ALBANY - The University at Albany's $200 million artificial intelligence initiative is taking off, funded with $75 million from the state's new $220 billion budget. UAlbany President Havidán Rodríguez said the money for what UAlbany calls its Albany AI Supercomputing Initiative, or Albany AI, will be "transformational" to the university as well as the Capital Region economy. "UAlbany is uniquely positioned to leverage this computing power to tackle some of society’s biggest challenges, from post-pandemic health data analytics to K-12 education, robotic surgery, predicting severe weather associated with climate change and developing AI systems worthy of human trust," Rodríguez said in a statement. The Times Union recently wrote about the Albany AI Supercomputing Initiative and the efforts of UAlbany's new director of research and economic development Thenkurussi "Kesh" Kesavadas to make it happen. The $200 million project would include creating a supercomputing center and adding AI, or artificial intelligence, to the curriculum of even first-year students. In his statement, Rodríguez praised Gov. Kathy Hochul and local members of the state Legislature for passing the budget that included the $75 million. He also said that the AI initiative would benefit from Hochul's plan to take SUNY Polytechnic Institute's College of Nanoscale Science and Engineering and put it back under UAlbany where it was started. CNSE, as the college is known, is involved in teaching computer chip manufacturing. Next-generation chips and supercomputers are what's needed to power the AI revolution in which devices take the place of humans in gathering data and making decisions based on that data. "Together with Albany AI, the proposed reunification of UAlbany and the College of Nanoscale Science and Engineering will propel upstate New York to the forefront of next-generation chip design," Rodríguez said.
    6 points
  7. I have been out of the loop. It looks to me that DK hired the Siena pollster, who organized a protest by Alice Green and cohorts, which results in UA changing its position and DK pays a $25K fine, probably to an organization affiliated with one of the protesters. I have no opinion regarding DK. I've lost a lot of respect for the UA Administration. I have had no respect for the Athletic Administration for years.
    6 points
  8. As one of those Ukrainians, it is very welcome and thank you to all of you who have supported the war effort in any which way possible and for your thoughts and/or prayers! I'm from Western Ukraine where the fighting isn't as prevalent, and many people have escaped to that part of the country. Family has managed to stay safe as far as we know although my wife has some college friends who barely got out of Kyiv and my cousins have cousins (on the other side of the family) who were/are in Kharkiv last I heard which is obviously taking a great pounding. Some family escaped to Poland as well. That being said, it may be time to update the overall header a bit once we go back to the regular one with a newer picture of SEFCU (with the 'mood lighting', etc.).
    6 points
  9. We're watching a Master Class on how to alienate a fan base.
    6 points
  10. https://twitter.com/JonRothstein Jon Rothstein @JonRothstein Boston College loses a buy game to Albany. The epitome of brutality. 10:00 PM · Dec 13, 2021·Twitter for Android
    6 points
  11. If this is the result don’t they still need some transparency here? I know they’ll try to hide behind the “it’s a personnel matter”, but this is different no? How do we as a fan base get (back) behind DK without details? How do recruits, and their parents, send their kids here without understanding what did/didn’t happen?
    5 points
  12. Reports that say that something hasn't happened are always interesting to me, because as we know, there are known knowns; there are things we know we know. We also know there are known unknowns; that is to say we know there are some things we do not know. But there are also unknown unknowns- the ones we don't know we don't know.” ― Donald Rumsfeld A lot was said and written about the above statement, but I think it’s apropos to the situation. We know there’s an investigation into an incident. We appear to know the time frame. We think we know the player involved and hence his actions and playing time after the incident. We don’t know the actual incident beyond that it was likely some physical contact. We don’t know if a coverup occurred or if a scholarship was offered or who knew what and when. What we do know is that it’s more evidence of eroding confidence in the AD and it’s administrators. We do know DK’s prior experience and how he presents and conducts himself in public. Maybe there’s some kernels of truth to all of the speculation. Time will tell, but it’s a definite unfortunate turn of events under Benson’s watch...and they are adding up.
    5 points
  13. I have been meaning to thank you for doing that. A great gesture.
    5 points
  14. Perry was varsity against JV. If he can do that again an ACC team, bad or not, he can do it against anyone on our schedule. Horton, 5 assists and no turnovers.
    5 points
  15. How about « Gattuso’s Albany coaching career comes up short? » Now that I can agree with.
    4 points
  16. I care, but I'll be flying to Sint Maarten. I'd like to see Sibley get 1000 yds., so I hope he can play. Also hope the defense can step up. Offense continue to put points on the board.
    4 points
  17. I won’t call him names. Any objective observer can see that he has had ample time to build a program and has failed. Three winning seasons out of 9 does not cut it in Division 1 athletics. And that first season in 2014 was really 6-6 if not for a totally bonehead Holy Cross call as time was expiring. Plus, it was with nearly all Ford recruits. It is a failed experiment. Time and time again this team gets out coached and outperformed at critical times in games. That’s coaching. That’s preparation. Once in a while it’s the breaks of the games. But as has been said many times, good teams make their own breaks and don’t rely on the whims of fate to succeed. It’s time. Benson, Cegles, Rodriguez….for the good of the team, for the good of the university community, for the good of the fans….it’s time for a change.
    4 points
  18. Their crack announcing crew still hasn’t figured out that Killings isn’t coaching tonight lol.
    4 points
  19. Yes except there are fewer posts each week. The apathy from the fan base is more deadly than the outrage.
    4 points
  20. This is really sad. I loved watching UA football on Saturday's. I'm not local so I remember watching grainy video on the Dane Zone. Now I find myself not caring at all. I gave up my FloSports subscription after a month and basically follow games through twitter if at all. I had so many of my alumni friends getting involved, was putting together trips to Albany for games and got those friends to away games that were close to the NYC area. Now none of them want to make these trips anymore. None of them are engaged in the program. It's sad and terrible and I hope someone from Athletic Dept reads this to see that Gattuso blowing this program up has a real effect on alumni engagement and donations.
    4 points
  21. Losertusso will keep taking a check as long as one is offered to him. Guy has zero balls to admit he's a terrible coach and resign. All he has the balls to do is blame others. He needs to be fired or he will never leave of his own volition.
    4 points
  22. NEED TO FIRE GG NOW. Promote the OC and let him see if he can change things for the final handful of games. I have cut my annual giving to almost nothing. I won't support a program that does not support itself. Cancelled my season tickets 2 years ago. Benson needs to be asked tough questions but we are not a big time program so it will never happen. Poor poor poor coaching. Poor poor poor leadership.
    4 points
  23. As long as we are talking about transfer possibilities, how about actual transfers? Undercuffler is mostly riding the pine at Akron while his team sits at a familiar 1-6. He seems to get sacked a lot based on his running stats and only has 90 yards passing. Braeden Zenolovic has Utica humming on the D3 level at 6-0 with 13 TD and around 250 ypg. Our transfer Vecce must wonder what he’s signed up for or he’s injured, was overrated or in someone’s doghouse. Or maybe it was just a numbers game and Poff was too much to overcome. In any event, the scholly seems to have not paid any dividends. Simon and Sibley on the other hand look like excellent gets. The D2 receivers can look solid at times. As bad as this team is, try to imagine what life would be like without Poffenbarger and Sibley. And one other thing. As the NY Giants are currently showing, the difference between being 1-5 and losing all the close games and being 5-1 and winning all the close games comes down to a little bit of luck, but mainly coaching, coaching, coaching and more coaching.
    4 points
  24. Come on Benson, just do it, please. We finally have an offense that can put points on the board with great QB play but the defense can't stop a nose bleed.
    4 points
  25. Just picked up a really solid commitment from Cornelius "Boog" Robinson, out of Camden, NJ. In 2020 held an offer from Texas A&M...the entire MAAC (basically)--including Siena--offered him this year...as did Bryant. Second head-to-head win for Killings' staff over Grasso's staff...and that is a big deal in my eyes.
    4 points
  26. Spring 2021 to now….3-14….yup, it was that muffed catch….that’s the problem…yell at Bernard when the opposition takes three plays to go the length of the field and no one seemed to set the edge and hold contain all night. #20 was good, but JM&J can’t anyone make a mid game adjustment to slow the sucker down?? And to think we are stuck with this dud for years. I haven’t seen HOF’s analysis, but maybe letting us get all the negativity out of our systems. 😂 The good: Poffenbarger, Sibley and Greaney The bad: both O and D lines…minimal blocking and zero pressure on their QB The ugly: Preparation and coaching…like a broken record…out coached, out performed and poorly prepared.
    4 points
  27. Attendance 7,174, most of whom stayed a lot longer than I expected. Too bad we lost the third home opener in a row. And could somebody tell the stadium announcer that if New Hampshire has the ball, it's not a "Great Dane third down"
    4 points
  28. Baseball opens on Feb 18 with a three-game series at Georgia. This year’s team is a veteran-laden group with a great 1-2 punch in the middle of the order in Johnny Marti (2B) and Brad Malm (SS). Both batted over .340 last year and were top 10 in the league in hitting. Top three starting pitchers also return in Ray Weber, Anthony Germinerio and Craig Scherrer. Should give the team strong starts on the weekend. Keep an eye on these boys as they can make some noise in the conference this year if they stay healthy.
    4 points
  29. The UAlbany Great Danes of the Colonial Athletic Association will travel to take on Idaho at the Kibbie Dome on Saturday, Sept. 14, 2024. Idaho will pay UAlbany a $250,000 guarantee for the game, per the contract copy. The Kibbie Dome is in Moscow, Idaho. That's quite a guarantee for an FCS opponent This is the week after West Virginia.
    4 points
  30. Jeff Undercuffler has signed with Akron from the MAC conference. Good move for him. Will really have a quality coach in Joe Moorhead, former off coord at Oregon and Penn State. He also was head coach at Miss St. If Cuff ends up starting it will be interesting to see how much quality coaching is a difference maker. Rooting for him to do well at FBS level. Also WR Gray was offered by Eastern Illinois. Former coach Joe Davis still trying to lure Ualbany guys after striking out trying to get Cuff.
    4 points
  31. Likely, mixing the elderly with massively wheeled pickups with flags flying from them is a recipe for disaster.
    4 points
  32. This is why you need to wait before commenting. SO this happened in a pre-game hype circle? What kind of contact could have possibly occurred to rise to the level of $25,000 fine and 5 game suspension. WTF I honestly don't know who or what to believe anymore. This becomes more farcical by the moment and if what Coach Killings has written here is true, and I have no reason to doubt him until evidence is presented otherwise, WTF is going on with the department and with the C-Suite at UALBANY. Seriously...I mean, unless Killings cold cocked the kid by rearing back with intent to connect, this is horse$iena.
    4 points
  33. As D96 so eloquently pointed out and without knowing all the details, it appears at least on the surface that the AD tried to protect the coach and why it appears that he's in hot water himself. If DK is found to have done what has been alleged AND if the AD knew about it and covered up...both should be dismissed, If DK is fired and Benson is not, it will and should open up further questions as to the fairness of the the steps taken to address the issue. UA will need to come clean with this investigation.
    4 points
  34. Seems plausible; but at the same time it was noted that Luke loved DK @ Marquette and the feeling was mutual. Also, DK does NOT seem like the type to go back on his word??? So as you say SAD if all true. So in the meantime I'll hold out hope that Benson denied the scholarship, putting DK in an awkward position and ultimately Luke with pressure from his parents filed a complaint about what was basically nothing in November. I KNOW, I KNOW I'M fantasizing and speculating but still would love to see DK stay and Benson get what's coming to him for running UA athletics into the ground for any number of reasons.🙄😛
    4 points
  35. So I only know one person that is in "the know" and he stated the following to me: He believes Killings hit a walk on just prior to a game in November. My guess is Luke. He stated it was not the worse thing ever, the issue is that it was covered up. Stated the Albany President is out of the state, somewhere south. Decision will be made after the final four. His opinion is that both Killings and Benson will be gone. He stated it was not because of the initial incident but because of the cover up. Basically because of the world today and the damage to the school if allowed to keep coaching.
    4 points
  36. No idea if Killings keeps his job but as a head coach, but this seems like a death knell for recruiting. This story is all over the place now, fairly or not. I have to think the delay this spring is lawyers haggling over the details of the release. Having John Calipari testify at the opening presser wasn't my favorite move to begin with. Also, hiring Tibbs from Vermont when that program was under a dark cloud wasn't great either. No way I thought it would lead to something like this though.
    4 points
  37. Notice the release- says another office, not the Athletic Dept, received notice in late February. No way the Athletic Dept didn't know about this prior...not a chance.
    4 points
  38. Just reading on the America East Forum site and someone posted that Benson tried to cover the incident up but the players family went to Rodriguez. If true, Benson is gone. And I could see Benson covering it up cause he just brought DK in, did a decent job and didnt want to want to start over and his hire was a bad one. Can guarantee if this happened a year and half ago with CB, he would covered nothing and booted him immediately.
    4 points
  39. I'm in and coming for you like a Ukrainian tractor operator for a Russian tank....
    4 points
  40. They did say they have another floor without $iena logos that they will use, teams will split revenue and expenses. Didn't say if I have to loosen up my shoulder to throw green t-shirts back onto the floor.
    4 points
  41. I don’t chime in often, but let me make three points: 1. If you want to criticize Killings regarding coaching, you are within your rights. But keep in mind that this is his first head coaching job, he is learning on the fly, and will learn from his mistakes. You have to have patience. 2. With respect to the makeup of this team, keep in mind that based on the timing when he was hired, Coach K was at a severe disadvantage in signing players. That said, what he brought in under those circumstances seems to be doing ok. The players he signs that will enroll for the 2022-23 year will be his first real recruiting class. 3. While most of us hate the transfer portal, until something changes, it is now a very regular part of doing business in Division I sports. (In fact, at the big time football level, schools are hiring transfer portal recruiters.) Thus, a transfer joining a program is no longer a rarity or a big deal. And considering the fact that basketball only requires five players on the court, a team can be quickly destroyed by the portal (as the Danes previously experienced) or alternatively can be significantly uplifted. Players who get recruited for big-time programs and get very little playing time will be on the move - sometimes to lesser programs where they can play all the time. There will still be players who stay at one school for four years, but the percentage of those who will not has greatly escalated. Whether we like it or not, we (and the coaching staff and the university) have to embrace that new reality.
    4 points
  42. Nice that Benson gives Gattuso a break during a covid year but not other programs... If you're a drinking buddy with Benson you get what you want..as I've always said from **multiple** staff within the Athletic program have confided....if you don't play Benson's game of buddy buddy, break a few NCAA rules for sponsors...etc.. you don't get anywhere. Simple as that. Gattuso has always been a yes man to Benson... 👎
    4 points
  43. If he gets an extension and WB didn't I call BULL time for Benson to get lost.
    4 points
  44. Neely with 11 points and 14!?!? rebounds? In 23 minutes? Zoinks.
    4 points
  45. On ESPN it looked more like a small grayish whimper rather than a BPG. Final impression....Horton is BAD....Hutch is good...Neely has potential...Reddish needs to calm down....Perry is decent...Doles regresses...Champion is ??...Newman is MIA...Hoss is a hoss...Cerutti is OK...DK is still an unknown.
    4 points
  46. I don't care if he plays any defense. Right now we just need 1 person who puts the ball in the basket.
    4 points
  47. winning record this year.. .500 overall still got his walking papers. GaLoser working on a decade of losing and that half-wit Benson keeps him around. Poverty athletic department...
    3 points
  48. At the end of 2019...after a 9-5 season, apparently Benson's first thought is "I gotta extend this guy!". Including the 2019 year, his three year record was 16-20 overall and 9-15 in conference. Loser/Loser. Then, after a 1-3 screwed up spring season he's thinking "I gotta extend this guy." Then, the team completely face plants in the fall of 2021, no big injuries to blame. 2-9 and 1-7 LOSER/LOSER. Now, Benson's chomping at the bits to extend...and he does. Does Rodriguez have to sign off on these things??
    3 points
  49. I used to get 3-4 alumni to join me 3-5 times a year to make the trip up for a couple football games, a couple basketball games and a lax game. Now no one cares. I recruited them and got them into our athletics. They were interested, they were buying tickets, watching games, DONATING. This season I couldn't get ONE to come up with me to a football game. Even having a hard time getting anyone for a basketball game trip. It sucks and me being the fanatic of the group cannot even find a positive spin to put on anything. IT STINKS!
    3 points
  50. Women go wire-to-wire for a 64-44 win, though the final was the biggest margin.
    3 points
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