Wednesday, March 28, 2012

Reilly Officially Returns

I emailed Gannon SID Dan Teliski today to confirm last night's WJET-TV report that John Reilly has agreed to a contract extension at Gannon. Here is Teliski's reply: “Coach Reilly’s contract has been renewed and he will continue to be our head men’s basketball coach. Coach Reilly and the men’s basketball program has the University’s support and we are excited for the 2012-13 season. No details of the contract will be released.”

I haven't weighed in on the uncertainty surrounding Coach Reilly's job for a variety of reasons. First, I'm a self-admitted John Reilly apologist. He was a big influence on me during my college days, so I'm going to defend the guy 100 times before criticizing him. He possesses an second-to-none work ethic and drives his players to perform on the floor and in the classroom. He's a good man that I'd want my son or brother to play for. If a player has the right attitude, Riles will make them a better person ... which is more than I can say about a lot of other coaches who have a higher winning percentage. A lot of other coaches.

The primary reason I haven't commented is because of my background as a supervisor. Nobody, except the supervisor and the employee, truly knows the details of the employee's performance and the circumstances for their results. When you don't have the whole story, you can't make a determination whether the employee should be promoted, retained, reprimanded, or terminated.

None of us have the whole story on Reilly's situation. We only go to games, analyze the stat sheets, and the read the comments of an incredibly handsome Gannon blogger. We don't know what happens behind the scenes with recruiting, classwork, practice, preseason, study hall, facilities, scholarships, attitudes, etc. Some folks are comfortable expressing their opinion when they have a small fraction of the story. I'm not one of them, especially when we're talking about someone's livelihood.

Go Knights!

Sunday, March 18, 2012

Where Are They Now? 2012 Postseason Edition

Regrettably, the only thing to occupy a Gannon fan during this postseason is checking up on former GU players and Golden Knight opponents. I hope next year at this time they're checking us out in the DII Elite Eight.

Kelvin Agee played 23 games at juco Midland College (Tex.), tallying 11.5 points, 5.5 rebounds, and 3.1 assists a game. Midland finished its campaign with a 17-10 mark. With Gannon a year ago, Agee averaged 15 points and 5 boards a game.

Crafty point guard Anthony Clagett was supposed to play for Slippery Rock this year, but never made it through the preseason. I found him on Twitter, but can't find him anywhere else.

There was a lot of hype in Canada when Clinton Springer-Williams left Gannon to move back home to play for Canadian powerhouse Carleton. But Springer-Williams never made it onto the Ravens roster or stat sheet this year. When you have a chance, check out the Carleton schedule. First, you'll notice their 20-game exhibition schedule which stretches from August through October. In the preseason, they scored victories over DI programs Illinois State, St. Louis, Niagara, and UC-Santa Barbara. Carleton coasted to its second consecutive Canadian College championship with a perfect 28-0 mark.

Ramon Smith played little for the Knights as a juco transfer (9 games, 1.1 ppg), so he transferred to Division III Hood College in Frederick, Md. Smith averaged 10.3 points and 4.1 rebounds per game for 16-11 Hood. He erupted for 29 points in a close loss to St. Mary's (Md.).

We didn't see much of Dennis Rumph at Gannon either (4 games, 2 points). So if you want to familiarize yourself with Rumph's abilities, watch this YouTube video of him that he produced hoping to find a new team after leaving GU. I guess the video worked out; Rumph played last season at Division II Lander in Greenwood, S.C. Lander competes in the Peach Belt Conference, the same league George Johnson played in when he transferred to Augusta State (Ga.). Rumph played 25 games for the Bearcats, starting 6 and averaging 11 minutes per contest. He registered 5.7 points, 4.8 rebounds, and 25 blocks on the season. He led the Bearcats in rebounding 7 times last year.

Anthony Simmons
enjoyed another strong year at NAIA Division I Xavier (La.), earning all-conference honors in the Gulf Coast Athletic Conference for the second consecutive season. In 30 games (24 of them starts), Simmons shot 63% from the field while averaging 9.7 points and 6.0 rebounds per game. His stats aren't overwhelming because he averaged 21 minutes a game in a Gold Rush system that sees 11 players receive double-digit minutes of playing time. Xavier, ranked #18 in NAIA play at the end of the regular season, finished the campaign 23-9 after falling in the first round of the national tournament.

I feel bad for Filmore "Mook" Bouldes. He seemed like a nice kid during his lone season at Gannon, and he's had to endure back-to-back 7-win seasons at Division II Missouri S&T (7-20 this past season and 7-18 the year before that). In 26 games (6 starts) Bouldes played 11 minutes a contest and averaged 1.3 points and 1.0 assists.

Jerrell Sanders averaged 11.4 points and 7.6 rebounds per game at former GLIAC rival Ferris State. The Bulldogs were 16-11 overall and 13-7 in the GLIAC North.

Isaac Reid is listed as a redshirt on the roster of Division II St. Joseph (Mo.), a member of the GLVC. Then again, I think half of America is listed on the St. Joe's roster.

Winning the Gary Miller Classic wasn't the only highlight for Daemen. The Wildcats qualified for their first NAIA Division II national tournament since 2006 and ended the season 20-11. GM Classic MVP Casey Sheehan, who lit up UPJ for 24 points in just 23 minutes in the finals, averaged 10.2 ppg for the season.

The only trophy Seton Hill earned all season was the Porreco Cup. The Griffins ended their season 11-16 overall and 9-13 (10th place) in the WVIAC. Porreco MVP Matt Miller averaged 20.1 ppg for the season while past Porreco MVP Chris Giles averaged 18.5. Oliver McGlade, who made the midcourt game winner, averaged just 3.6 ppg.

Monday, March 5, 2012

Postseason Potpourri

I'm creating this post so we can talk about postseason hoops instead of adding to the final game of the season post from Feb. 25.

* Get all the info you need on the Lady Knights' NCAA run by going to GannonSports.com.

* This article from Sports Illustrated on NCAA-bound Creighton does a good job of debunking the myth many fans hold that recruiting is like ordering players from a catalog. You need to work hard and catch some breaks to put the right team together.

* At some point I'll assemble a "Where Are They Now" article about still active former Knights and Gannon opponents from this year. We know that IUP and East Stroudsburg are still alive, but don't forget about Daemen. The Wildcats, who stunned GU in the Gary Miller Classsic, play March 8 in the NAIA Division II national tournament.

* Before you get all worked up during March Madness, please read this article from two years ago to help you keep your priorities straight.

UPDATE 3/7/12: Much to my chagrin, former Kentucky Wesleyan head coach Ray Harper is in the NCAA DI tournament this year. His 15-18 Western Kentucky team upset North Texas last night in the Sun Belt championship. Harper was a WKU assistant but took over the team at midseason after the head coach was fired. You have to check out how the previous coach lost the last game of his WKU career. I'm surprised this didn't happen to Gannon this year.

And former GU president Antoine Garibaldi is going dancing, too. Detroit Mercy thrashed Horizon #1 Valparaiso Tuesday night, 70-50. UDM eliminated Jerry Slocum's Youngstown State Penguins in the Horizon quarterfinals.