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DaneFan2k3

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  1. 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"?
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. 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 campu
  5. 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)
  6. 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.
  7. 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.
  8. 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 "
  9. 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).
  10. 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.
  11. 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 attitud
  12. 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)
  13. 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.
  14. 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
  15. Banda went to a Final Four with UMass, possibly a couple of Final Fours. If you can't play for him, maybe you shouldn't be playing. Unless he completely lost his mind, but I dont know.
  16. Maybe it was Will voting for them, knowing he hurt BU's chances and boosted his own for the preseason #1 ranking ... or visa versa, it could have been BU not wanting to vote for us to boost their own chances. I think this poll illustrates why the women's team needs new leadership. Will has moved the men into an enviable position, while Trina has taken what used to be a good and talented team (not her players, mind you) and flushed it down the toilet to a #8 ranking.
  17. Agreed. I in part missed your point. My sub-point was that women's soccer is one of the toughest sports, if not the toughest, to get REALLY good at. Whereas with field hockey and lacrosse, I think it's more feasible to get really good quicker because you're dealing with 100-200 teams instead of 300+. I can't answer why we don't compete with teams that should be on our level. I wouldn't want to come play for a team with our record. At some point you just have to invest a lot of money into the program, and get one really good recruiting class, weed out the upperclassmen (wh
  18. In theory yes, but if you're a top soccer player, and every school is throwing top dollar at you, then where are you going to go to school? And, more importantly, if you're only a borderline "top" player ... and UA throws good money at you but North Carolina (like 20-time National Champion) tells you that you can walk-on or throws books or a couple hundred at you ... Sorry, but UA doesn't compete for those types of players. Abby Wambach, who plays for the US National Team, is from Rochester. She's a really good player for the U.S. team, one of the best up-and-coming players. D
  19. The talent pool in women's sports is decidedly smaller than in men's sports. You've seen the men's team at UAlbany have more success by recruiting players from overseas, but, since women's sports don't enjoy the type of success over there as they do here, there are not international women to really choose from. Thus, you have a pool of girls, mainly from the U.S., already smaller to begin with, and then the top programs generally are able to stock their teams top to bottom with 20 premier players. Figure the top 50 teams each have 15 players (average, some have 20, some have 10) tha
  20. The state already isn't there for most money. What do they provide, about 20% of the overall operating budget? Some "state" school ...
  21. Captians eh? As long as they aren't the team's academic captains I guess we'll be ok.
  22. Well isn't the lax field really fieldturf? That is basically fake grass with a filler around it instead of dirt or sand (artificial filler). Whereas the field hockey turf should be as close to the old astroturf as they can (I'm sure it's better than the old astroturf, but it should be basically flat carpet).
  23. They put you in the regions by conference. I remember asking this a couple of years ago. The reasoning supposedly is that if you put them by actual geography, you could have a team ranked higher in its respective region than a team ahead of it in the conference standings (and that just happens to play in a better/deeper region). i.e. you could have UAlbany ahead of UMBC in the standings, and ranked 3 in the Northeast but (purely hypothetical) have UMBC ranked 2 in a weaker mid-atlantic region (dont know if that is a real region I made it up for illustrative purposes). Hence,
  24. Take it from DP, Mr. 84. Like softball, a regional power. Agree entirely. Being "ranked" usually means top 25, as in the top 25 poll. Being a top 50-75 team doesn't mean anything in most sports - and as I said, theyr'e near the top of the Northeast rankings annually, where they should be. you have to beat the best to be the best. not quite there yet.
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