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AlbanyFan2018

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  1. A little update since no official news or roster being posted. We did land a DU transfer and there were a number of cuts made. Still don't know why we haven't seen a roster. One of the frustrating things, and I have to think it hurts the growth of the program is how we continually don't promote the current players and team. We can do better than this!! Let's go Danes!
  2. I would assume it is the alumni against the current players, but I just saw one of the earlier posts where someone reached out to Coach Marr and the reply was only the scrimmage up in Canada. But for what it is worth from what I was told there is an alumni game of some sort going on today at 4pm, but no idea where they are playing. One of the recent grads I ran into was a key player, and I have to believe the coaches would have love to have him back, but he chose not to play another year and start his career. This is second hand information so can't say for sure, but my understanding is that the guys who returned for another year needed more credits to graduate, and there were guys who could have returned who were ready to move on to the next chapter in their lives. Getting back to the cuts, I agree with you that isn't Scot's style and believe some of it was sort of necessary to get the roster back under fifty or so, and given the struggles the past few years as a way to see who was willing to really work and get rid of guys who were just happy to be around.
  3. I believe there is an alumni game on Saturday. Don't know any details other than that some of the guys are heading down to Albany tonight. As far as the roster goes, I would bet they haven't updated it because there are a lot of cuts coming, and they don't want to add players and the have to remove them. The word I heard late this summer is that the cuts were more about bloated rosters because of the covid years, and getting it back in line with historical numbers.
  4. This is going back to the season that was cut short because of Covid, and the initial talk about the guys in my son's class, and who would come back. If I recall the big constraint was about how many bodies Scott could have on the roster as dictated by the athletic department. That was always Scott's M.O. and I think the cuts are more about school policy.
  5. I ran into two players last week, and it sounds like very few of the seniors are coming back, maybe just one perhaps two at most. They also said there will be quite a few cuts so it will be interesting to see the roster when it comes out. No idea if that will be before or after fall practices start. I think I recall hearing Coach Marr on the radio show say that with the covid classes that he might have to make cuts to get the roster to a manageable number.
  6. Great post. I wish I knew what the root cause was for the defensive breakdowns. If it were me, I would have said we are going to cover your six guys with our six guys and if you beat us great. From my distant vantage point it seemed like they were lost, and when you are creating offense for your opponent that is usually more about being confused than being physically beaten.
  7. I wasn't reading into your post about moving on from Coach Marr, and I agree with you. The decline since the final four appearance has been pretty fast and deep, and the seat should be getting a bit warm.
  8. I would say overall the team got worse, especially the defense. I think I said if I were Vegas the over/under on wins was going to be 4 1/2 and we just got the over. I have no idea if Scott's seat is getting warm, and I think he has earned some time to work through this, but if I were Benson I would demand some changes and I think it begins with bringing in an experienced assistant with no ties to the program. It is long past time to go outside the program.
  9. If I am remembering correctly, I read an article a while ago saying Yunker would be the volunteer coach after this season. I think there are at least two more seasons of Covid repeat that still needs to work its way through the system before things return to normal.
  10. How the mighty have fallen. Really sad to watch this. Vermont is just bigger, faster, stronger, and better.
  11. ugh, I wish you hadn't said anything - two quick goals from totally unnecessary slides.
  12. I was just able to watch the replay on ESPN. I heard Mike on the broadcast say we played no zone, and maybe it was because we didn't want to show it again to UVM. I am not sure if I agree with that at this point in the season. As you said the defense is a mystery, and seeing the same mistakes over and over by the same group of guys just doesn't make sense. None of us know what they are being asked to do, but he either has the wrong combination of guys out there or he has confused the living daylights out of them. Either way that is a coaching problem.
  13. and whatever the pregame meal was don't serve that again! 😀 It was like they ate Thanksgiving dinner before the game.
  14. I had to pull over the car during Roger's interview with Coach Marr. You could absolutely hear the frustration in Scott's voice. I disagree with some of the comments about this being a poorly constructed team. Clearly there isn't an offensive horse on this team the coaching staff can ride as we have had in the past. There are some good athletes on the team, but not the high end guys like an Osika or McClancy, but we do have some solid guys in the midfield who can get up and down the field, and while we don't have the Lyle or Connor at attack there is a skilled group of guys. For the life of me I don't understand with a talented offensive mind, and Canadian in Thomson as the OC we are not running a more Canadian style offense based upon cutting, two man games, and quick passing. We don't have anyone who can break down a defense so why do we continue to see guys trying to do that? I am not going to single out players, having had one that was sometimes ripped on the forum, but we have guys repeatedly dodging into tackling dummies, trying to beat guys from X and it just ain't happening. If a defensive trio can't play a lick of non zone defense then we have the three wrong guys out there or they are being asked to do the wrong things. I think it is a combination of the two. The lack of off ball awareness is mind blowing. There has to be a combination of three guys, or maybe it is tweaking one or two that allows them to play better as a group. in past years it was a small middle getting beat which caused the defense to have to over rotate, but this year that is not really the case, and we just can not play defense. We have a one game season on Friday, and then the Yale and Penn games assuming we win, which we absolutely should, are basically scrimmages the last two games to figure out what the heck is going on, and restart for the AE playoffs. If I see the same garbage, and same guys playing defense and offensive guys dodging into walls then I will have to officially give up on the Danes until we have some major shake ups in the coaching staff/philosophy.
  15. Dane Train lacrosse last night. A win as others have said that could give them all a lot of confidence. So good to see Ramos in the cage. Now that he can play, the way he gets transition going have to think he starts going forward.
  16. We do have several JUCO/transfers making an impact on the roster now. I suspect if Covid had hit during our Thompson/Fields run we would have had a number of top transfers come to Albany. I couldn't even guess why Rutgers has become a top landing spot for so many players, other than playing in the Big 10. OCC will probably be our top pipeline for JUCO transfers, and I never heard if the coaching staff actively scours the top JUCO programs, and not sure what the hit rate is of guys moving from JUCO to Div I.
  17. Well said. We have all been waiting to see that sort of fire from the team and the coaches. I talked with a few of them at the tailgate and you saw a definite positive feeling. A win will do that, but I got the sense as you said that whatever personnel adjustments that were made as well as how we are playing offense and defense have given them more confidence.
  18. Definitely more of a Dane Train sort of effort. We don't have the offensive firepower, but if they play that hard the rest of the way they can still grab a tournament spot by winning the AE tournament. Can Bingo be the team to beat?
  19. Hard to say if Scott has lost the fire or not. As I have said many times I believe he has the job as long as he wants it. From my vantage point during the recruiting process and while we were part of the team, Coach Marr is a big time delegator and relies upon his assistants more than a lot of coaches as well as strong senior leadership. I think Scott needs to reevaluate his commitment level, and surround himself with a staff that complements his strengths and weaknesses.
  20. You lost me on one part of your post. I have said that I thought at the tail end of our time with the program that at least from my perspective I saw this coming, and it started when TD left the program. I agree with everything you said, and in the recent fund raising letter, Marr was praising the defense which again was lackluster at best.
  21. I was hoping that the Maryland loss would fire everybody up, but wow I can't believe how rock bottom things are now. I have been sounding the alarm bell for awhile now, and hoped I would be wrong, but this is just sad and extremely disappointing. The program has been lost for several years IMO, and the chickens have unfortunately come home to roost. Time for a complete overhaul.
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