Friday, April 19, 2013

Cleve Will Leave

I received a voice mail from a Gannon fan over lunch and just got the press release from GU: Cleve Wright is leaving Gannon to accept the same position at Division I Miami (Oh.). At right is a photo from Miami's 3PM press conference today. Details to follow.

Updated 4/21/13: Before I share my thoughts on this subject, be sure to check out the comments section of this post. Internet message boards are often filled with mistruths, mindless drivel, and character assassination, but Gannon Hoops fans have done a nice job paying tribute to Coach Wright.

I recall talking with a college coach about 20 years ago about the criteria that separates a great coach from a good one. He said there's only one criterion that matters: Would you want your kid to play for them? Add that perspective to John Wooden's definition: A coach is someone who can give correction without causing resentment.

From both those perspectives, Cleve Wright proved to be a tremendous coach at Gannon. He attracted first-class players, molded them into better people and a cooperative unit, and they adored him for it. I've been fortunate to interact witch Cleve over the years and talk at length with others who knew him away from basketball. Everyone described him as classy, a gentleman, humble, great with the kids, kind to everyone, a winner. He not only built a winning program at Gannon, but he constructed a positive community where girls developed into successful young women.

As far as who will replace him, I'd like to start a baseless rumor. This will not be the first time I've done this. Back in 2002 after Jodi Kest resigned, I floated an absurd rumor on my Flagship 1330 radio program that Marcel Arribi was a candidate for the Lady Knights job. He was a Gannon alum, had lots of success in Erie at Prep, and was at that time an assistant for Fordham's women's basketball team. Much to my surprise, when the Erie Times listed candidates for the job, Marcel was among them. The next day the Times issued a correction -- I believe at the behest of Arribi -- that he was absolutely under no circumstances interested in the job. So here's my absurd rumor, circa 2013:

The next Gannon women's coach will be Angie Potthoff, the Mercyhurst Prep graduate and former Penn State All-American who is now serving on the Notre Dame women's basketball staff. After 8 years at national power ND, the Erie native is ready to move home and run her own program.

My source for that is pure conjecture. But it sounds good on the surface, doesn't it? Whoever gets the job won't experience a middle-of-the-road season. The Knights will either have a dream season (win the national championship in Erie) or a nightmare (miss the once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to have a loaded team back and the Elite 8 in your backyard). It will be drama either way.

60 comments:

  1. So happy for him he deserved better. So sad for myself. Certainly a real shocker. just don't know what else to say now.

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  2. Good Luck Cleve, we will miss you.

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  3. The man is a class act on and off the court. Will always be a fan of his teams. Best of Luck Coach, Go RedHawks !

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  4. From a previous post of 4/11-9:26pm.
    EV, I've got salt, pepper mustard, mayo whatever you like on your hat or do want one of mine. This,I want to see.
    Further on Cleve. What a great guy, coach, mentor you name it. This man has the respect of Erie amd evertone in the PSAC. I know he will excell at Miami and if he changes his mind we'll welcome him back.

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    1. I will take some BBQ sauce and a grill, should be good to go :)

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  5. Congratulations to Coach Wright. Thanks for the memories!

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  6. Bummer for us to lose him, but he gaves 11 great years. Congrats and best of luck to Cleve. Great coach ... recruited talented, intelligent, classy players. The fact that so many of them showed up to the Atlantic Regional final speaks volumes. Thanks for everything and best of luck at Miami.

    The talent we have returning should attract a lot of quality applicants for the GU job. Let's see ... we have all but one role player back from an Elite Eight team ... and the Elite Eight will be in Erie ... show up and you've got a shot to win the national championship. And we're playing games in Hawaii next season.

    Also, the Miami / Akron game is a must-watch. Will be a battle of ex-GU coaches ... Jodi vs. Cleve. It would only be fitting if Jacki Windon is calling the game for STO.

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  7. Congrtats to Coach Cleve!!....Fantasic run here, as the Ladies program achieved powerhouse status under his tenure at Gannon. No reason to believe he can't do the same at the next level.

    As for the new coach: Good luck!!....Going foreward, great upside with a full cupboard, major downside if things turn south. Assuming all players stay, this team already has a deep playoff run in their sights.

    Hmmmm....was IUP Coach Dow really let go?? (Have not really followed that storyline..)

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  8. Yes, Coach Dow was let go. See Jim's last blog post.

    As I'm reading more about Miami University (don't call them Miami of Ohio) ... one thing that I note is that expectations are high ... the previous coach was there for 15 years and had was a pretty consistent winner. She led MU to its first NCAA appearance and made the WNIT for at least the past two seasons, which isn't bad for a conference that gets one NCAA bid most seasons. And she was FIRED (or contract not renewed, same thing)!

    This also gets me thinking: Which GU head coach had the most successful career AFTER leaving Gannon? I don't go back as far as some of you, so here are my thoughts:

    Men: Fox -- did not coach again. Chapman -- horrible at St. Bona. Dukiet -- never coached again. Slocum -- decent career at YSU, active.

    Women: Saurer -- retired. Zimmerman -- Asst athletic director at GU. Kest -- solid career at TAM-CC and Akron, active.

    Right now, I'd say that it's a close race between Slocum and Kest. Jodi has the longer post-GU career, but Slocum is winning a decent amount of games at a school where it's been nearly impossible to win. I'd give the slight edge to Jerry, but Jodi probably has more coaching years left and will eventually pass him.

    But I am probably missing somebody who was before my time. Others?

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  9. Two other former Gannon coaches coached at the Division I level after leaving Gannon. John Denny Bayer, who coached Gannon from 1966-70, where he was 79-30 (.725), went on to coach at UNLV from 1970-73, and had a record of 44-36 (.550). His successor was Jerry "Tark the Shark" Tarkanian, in 1973. Also, Jim Harding, who coached Gannon from 1963-66, where he was 57-14 (.803), went on to coach at LaSalle in 1967-68, where he was 20-8 (.714), and then moved to Detroit Mercy (formerly the U. of Detroit), where he was 55-45 (.550) from 1969-73. He led his teams to 2 NCAA Div. I tournament appearances, one at each school. In 1968-69, Harding coached the Minnesota Pipers of the American Basketball Association (ABA), and later served as athletic director at Wisconsin-Milwaukee. In his 8 years at Youngstown, Slocum's record is a woeful 90-150 (.375), and he has had just two winning seasons, 16-15 in 2011-12 and 16-14 this past season.

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    1. Thanks! Would have to say Harding had the most successful post-Gannon career.

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  10. I knew he would leave for DI but sure didn't think it would be until after the 2013-14 season. What a bummer for the ladies and for all of us. Great Coach. Best of Luck!

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  11. Is an absolute bummer for us as fans, but Cleve COMPLETELY deserved this opportunity and hopefully he is able to lead Miami OH to new heights. Just surprised of the timing, figured GU was going to be safe for at least this year. Nothing but the best of luck to Cleve. He earned his opportunity.

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  12. I agree with everything that has been written about Cleve. He pretty much singlehandedly put GU Women's Basketball on the national map. He did a tremendous job taking a program that basically was a warmup act for the Men's program and turning it into a player on the national stage.

    However, it was just suggested to me that Cleve may be planning to take a couple players with him to Miami, like the redshirt from Pittsburgh. Doesn't sound like his M.O., but, if that does happen, how much will our opinions change?

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    1. I guess we should feel the same way we felt about Jerry Slocum when he brought Troy Nesmith from Geneva or John Reilly when he showed up with Aurimas Truskauskus from Brescia.

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  13. Well, with all due respect, Jim, I don't think those are good comparisons because we're talking about different situations.

    Obviously, Slocum and Reilly were coming IN to GU while Cleve is OUT going, but the main difference is that neither Slocum nor Reilly was breaking up a national championship contender when each took players with him from the school he was departing. However, pulling a key player or two from the GU's Women's program at this point would severely sabotage the chances of contending next season. Although Cleve IS the architect of those chances, it would be less than sporting of him to destroy those chances, in my opinion.

    More than anything, it wouldn't be fair at all to GU's returning players who, I'm sure, after a lot of hard work, were looking forward to the potential of a championship run next season when Cleve put a major obstacle in their way by leaving. To add another obstacle by taking a teammate or two with him would likely NOT be in line with what he promised them when he convinced them to come to GU in the first place.

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    1. I think this is a different case though in due respect. Unlike the other two cases where it is D2 to D2 (As far as I remember) this is a jump from D2 to D1, so I think the odds of any player going with Cleve would be MUCH lower. I am basing this off of the belief that if a player on the Women's team was D1 caliber, I think they would have gone D1 to start with more than likely. I can only think realistically of 1, maybe 2 players that this would even be a slightly concern on. I think we are just being paranoid as fans at this point.

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  14. Actually, Slocum moved up from DIII Geneva and Reilly from Brescia, which was then either NAIA or in the beginning stages of moving to NCAA DII, so those were move-ups for them as well.

    Interesting topic is Cleve's replacement. While it might seem like a plum job, it may actually be closer to a no-win situation.

    Think about it-you have a team that is used to playing a certain way in a specific system that is coached in a partcular manner at a school with a fan base that has utra-high expectations, coming off an Elite 8 appearance and having almost the entire team returning. You also have next year's Elite 8 in your home city. Any pressure there at all?

    If you are successful, you were expected to be successful, and worse yet, you get the spectre of having won with someone else's players. If you don't win the Regional and make the Elite 8, or heaven forbid, you don't win the league or don't make the NCAA's at all for whatever reason, you end up looking pretty bad. both in the eyes of the GU fans and the rest of the basketball world (and potential future employers) as well.

    I've always thought that the key to Cleve's success was not finding the most talented players possible (the Tom Chapman method, say) but rather the type of player that fits his system the best and molding them into a contending team through his unique coaching style. It will take a special kind of individual that can gain the confidence/respect/trust of the returning players and reorganize them under his or her own style in a manner that will enable them to accomplish what almost everyone thinks is a given-making the Elite 8 and even winning the national championship. Let's hope Mark Richard is able to find that special a person. It likely won't be easy.

    It should be interesting to see if the current situation (entire team already in place, high expectations, late start-could be June before a new coach is in place-, etc) limits or enhances the desire for aspiring coaches to apply for the job.

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    1. Both Geneva and Brescia were NAIA scholarship schools at the time.

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  15. I agree with Jim. We all felt pretty good when Slocum brought in Troy Nesmith and didn't think any less of Jerry for doing it. Who knows if Troy asked him if he could transfer or Jerry asked him. It didn't matter much to the Gannon fans. We were all pretty happy. Miami fans will also be happy with any player Cleve brings to improve their team and won't think any less of him for doing it. Cleve's job now is to win at Miami....period. I don't personally think Cleve would clean out Gannon's roster. That's not his MO. But if a Gannon player asks to transfer, that's a different story. Regardless of what happens with Gannon's current roster, my opinion of Cleve will not change. He's a class act who put Gannon on the national scene. It was a great ride. No matter who stays and who goes (if any) it's a real tough act to follow for sure.

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  16. https://employment.gannon.edu/JobPosting.aspx?JPID=257

    Submit your application today!

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  17. Just received an email related to Gannon women's hoops. The emails says claims:
    * no Gannon players will transfer to Miami, and early signee Breanna Brennan from Michigan is still committed to GU
    * Gannon players have connected with Brennan about their goals already for next year

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  18. And this is according to...???

    -A GU player

    -A GU fan

    -A Mercyhurst fan trolling this site

    -None of the above

    Seriously, what's the source on this? No need to name names, just the person's credentials for knowing what's going on.

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    1. Considering how close knit that this team is, I completely believe whoever emailed Jim with that information. From seeing how close this team appears to be, I would be shocked if anyone left the team.

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    2. Observer: It is a source who has provided me with good info in the past. If I didn't think the info had any merit (e.g. Mercyhurst fan trolling the site), I would not have shared it.

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    3. follow your own instructions, you post random rumors that you "heard from a guy this weekend" and we're supposed to take that as unwavering fact. My sources aren't second hand but are questioned.

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  19. I see Gannon's mens basketball team signed two freshman recruits. Marcus Jones a 6'2" point guard from Branford Ontario and Nolan Woodward a 6'4" small forward from Montreal. I hope they work out better than Clinton Springer - Williams. Observor it would be nice if you would give some background to your observations. Mine today is the PSAC web site letters of intent signed.

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    1. Bob: Thanks for the heads up. I'll do some research on them and share them with all the Gannon Hoops fans. This could give us a full line of Canadians with Jabs Newby hailing from Ontario. Coach Reilly could sub them in three at a time like hockey.

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    2. I can confirm another signing - Girbran Smith - 6'4" JUCO transfer from Kankakee Community College. Averaged 14.2 ppg, 5.5 rpg, and a 3pt shooter.

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  20. Springer-Williams was the best player in Canada. Then Coach Reilly got him to Gannon. Springer-Willimams is the best Canada player in Gannon history. Jones and Woodard have to be at least as good as Springer-Williams because Coach Reilly only brings the best players ever to Gannon. More and more this is looking like an undefeated season.

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  21. Not sure what you are asking for, Bob. In my last e-mail, I was just asking what the source was for the info (a statement of fact)about the future of the Women's players. If you are asking for background on my comments about Cleve's replacement, that was obviously my opinion on what MIGHT happen, not a statement of fact. Your statement about the new signees was a statement of fact, to which can be attached a source. See the difference?

    I was unaware that I was required to present proof and source information for any opinion I might advance. I thought this was a place that one could give their opinion on topics related to Gannon basketball. That is what I thought I had done. If your opinion differs, I would welcome hearing it as opposed to some hidden insinuation you again seem to be trying to make.

    If your question was about some other observation, please be more specific so I can try to recreate my intent.

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    1. It was most certainly NOT a statement of fact; rather, as was noted in Jim's introduction, it was a claim. Or what might be considered an opinion.
      We are all anxious concerning the future of the women's program, what with the recent success, returning cast and hosting of the Elite Eight. Until there is a definitive statement from Gannon regarding the coaching hire and/or player transfers, all we are dealing with is opinion, conjecture, hope, what have you. Pounding on a podium demanding "credentials" (on a blog? Really?)is all part of it.

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  22. A Gannon fan emailed me earlier asking how can we talk about all-time Gannon Canadian players without mentioning Kwame Manu. So I posted this to ensure he was mentioned.

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  23. I just received this email from a Gannon women's hoops fan who wanted to remain anonymous. I haven't validated any of the claims. It's interesting reading:

    As someone who has a tie to the current Team, I believe it is absolutely essential that the new Women's Coach be named and be on-campus before the end of the semester. There are several members of the Team who are disheartened enough by Cleve's departure that they are considering transfering.

    The new Coach needs to be named and meet with the Team, and with every member of the Team individually before they leave for the summer. As someone stated earlier, this is a very close unit. However, If they are allowed to leave without knowing who is going to lead them next year, I think there is a real chance not all will return. I dont believe the importance of this can be over estimated.

    I hope the AD recognizes the opportunitty that is in front of this Team. Not only to the Team, but the school and the community as well. As Cleve stated on one of his radio interviews before the Elite Eight, nothing is guaranteed in the future and you cannot take these opportunities for granted.

    In addition, given that Kelsey is the only departing senior, this has to be a very attractive situation for a new Coach.
    But again, I believe a decision must be made quickly.

    Lady Knights Fan

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    1. I think that finals are next week.

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    2. I don't think they they will have a coach in place by the end of next week, which is when finals end at Gannon. Seems to me like it would be a very quick turnaround, may just be me on that.

      I guess my only hope is that this team is so tight knit that despite losing Cleve as coach, that the team will come together to overcome this hurdle in the road and be determined to make an even deeper run next year.

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    3. It seems a little unrealistic to have a new coach in place given the job was posted less than a week ago. That would be three weeks between Cleve's announcement and announcing a replacement. Very quick.

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    4. Not that I'm an AD in any way, shape or form, but if it was me, here's what I would've done:
      With Coach Wright's announcement, I'd gather top staff members and spend 2-3 days researching a Top 5 list, then actively pursue those 5. Waiting to post the opening then waiting for the resumes to come in seems a bit tentative for a position like this. As a perennial national contender, the team coming back and the Elite Eight in our backyard, I would try to get the person I identified as the best candidate, rather that the wait-and-sift game. Just my opinion/claim, no credentials, as mentioned.

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    5. From your reasoning, Boze, I wish you were the AD. Sounds like reasonable business plan - and it would be encouraging to the student-athletes to see a focused and driven leadership from the school on their behalf.

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    6. This thread is hilarious, with the Observor's rumor mongering, unnamed sources, everyone with a claim of what is happening, who's unhappy, people talking about leaving. I've talked with 3 of last year's starting five, I've talked with Cleve, no one is leaving, no one is unhappy, they were all blown away by the news, but all of them recognize the opportunity that they have with this collection of players, some have even said that they were surprised it took this long given Cleve's success. They went to the elite 8 last year for god sake and all but one returns with a very strong recruit coming in, where would they transfer that would give them a better opportunity than they have here?

      Boze, resumes were coming in before the job was even posted and have been coming in in a steady stream since. There will be no problem whatsoever filling this position with a high quality individual who can support the mission of the university and continue the level of success to which the women's basketball program has become accustomed.

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  24. Call it rumor mongering if you will (in case your memory is bad, rumors have been pretty much all GU hoops fans have had to discuss during the off-season since the way things are done at the DII level, with almost nothing set in stone until school starts- and it's been that way for a long, long, time), but I again heard, (from a different source this time) over the weekend that the redshirt from Pittsburgh IS indeed leaving to go to Miami with Cleve.

    I'm not saying that that proves that it is true, just that I heard it. I will again, as I did way back when, ask if anyone knows or has heard anything one way or the other on the subject (thanks for the input). I mentioned at the start that this didn't sound like Cleve's style, but I keep hearing the same song again and again. With all this smoke, you have to wonder if there's any fire.

    As for your conversations with players and Cleve, I'm guessing that, unless you are a prominent member of the GU administration (which I doubt-no offense), I'm guessing you aren't going to be told anything negative of any significance (something that might not be popular with the fans in general)that they don't want you to hear.

    To further elaborate on the replacement coach, I have no doubt that GU will get someone with potential to be a good, maybe even great coach. The problem will be, as I said before, that another coach inheriting a collection of players tailored to Cleve's unique coaching, strategizing and motivational style, may not be able to extract the same level of success from them. Getting the players' confidence (since they wil almost all have been here and the new coach will not have been) and trust and melding them into a group that successfully plays his or her style may not be as easy as it sounds.

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    1. I think we all agree with you on the statement that it is going to be a challenge to find a coach that is able to blend in and work as well with the team that we have now as Cleve was able to. That being said, the positive for Gannon is that they should have the ability to bring in a high quality coach. We have to hope as fans that the coach and the players are able to click.

      As far as the rumor on the redshirt leaving, if that were to occur, I will not be as concerned about her leaving as I would be if we were losing a starter. In future years it could bite the team in the butt. The good news being it sounds like Gannon still has the incoming freshman who is (From what I have heard) as good if not better than Jen Papich.

      You bring up a very valid point on the coach and mixing in well with the team, that part is going to be a challenge. If Gannon happens to keep one or both assistants when the new coach comes in, that may help that problem a bit.

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    2. Both assistants are going with Cleve and Lanise isn't going anywhere. Your sources are wrong.

      What you continually do, helps nothing and in fact can be quite damaging to the program. You said,

      "I will again, as I did way back when, ask if anyone knows or has heard anything one way or the other on the subject (thanks for the input). I mentioned at the start that this didn't sound like Cleve's style, but I keep hearing the same song again and again. With all this smoke, you have to wonder if there's any fire."

      I told you specifically, that no one is leaving. You don't keep hearing the same song, you heard it twice, from people who don't know what they are talking about. There is no smoke, your sources are wrong.

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    3. Well so far you are 1 for 1 on what is going to happen, I would take you being 2 for 2.

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  25. OK, Voice of Reason. You pop up on this blog for the first time ever a couple days ago (unless...oh, never mind), and we are supposed to just take your statements as gospel without any reservations because???

    You say "I told you specifically" Wow, that proves it, doesn't it? Please.

    As the late, great, Rodney Dangerfield said in the movie Caddyshack "Who died and made you pope of this dump?"

    And, please explain to me how anything that is posted on this blog "helps nothing and in fact can be quite damaging to the program". C'mon. With all due respect to all the work that Jim has done to establish and promote this blog over almost 5 years, this is an electronic gathering spot populated by around 20 people who have an interest in GU basketball, that's all. Nothing that appears here is going to damage either of GU's basketball programs in any way, shape, or form. Back away from the keyboard, take a breath, and reread what you posted there. Yeah, I know-hilarious!

    I identified what I posted as a rumor (by the way, I have heard it a lot more that twice-I probably heard it from 5 people before I posted it the first time-and have only MENTIONED it twice) and asked for input. Fine, you gave your input. If your sources that can so specifically and unequivocally prove that the rumor is incorrect, that's great. But just because you SAY you talked to players and Cleve doesn't make your rumors any more reliable than mine.

    Lastly, the fact that you so specifically have chosen to criticize my posts when others have mentioned similar rumors without comment make me wonder if what I heard is closer to the truth than not. More smoke.

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  26. First everybody ... please tone down the finger pointing and have a little more respect for each other's opinions. I wouldn't show some of these comments to my daughter as the model for how people should respectfully communicate with each other.

    In that same tone, I have to respectfully disagree with the assertion that "this is an electronic gathering spot populated by around 20 people who have an interest in GU basketball, that's all." That statement isn't factually based. Since I launched this site in 2009, it's received over 270,000 page views. Divided among just 20 people, that's 13,500 page views each. I know you guys are Gannon fans but nobody is THAT big of a fan.

    Anecdotally, I've had way more than 20 people say to me how much they enjoy the blog, and they share with me specifics of what they read. This site is a lot like talk radio. Maybe only a couple dozen people call in or comment, but there are hundreds beyond that who are just listening or reading.

    Another incorrect statement is that "Nothing that appears here is going to damage either of GU's basketball programs in any way, shape, or form." Part of the reason I moderate comments on this site closely is because I've been told that recruits check out the site and have asked coaches about ridiculous issues some folks have raised here. Think about it -- Gannon is recruiting your son, so you'd Google "Gannon basketball." Guess what shows up high in the search rankings? This site. Then you read comments about the coaching staff yelling too much, being inept, why haven't they been fired, you're an idiot, no -- you're an idiot keyboard-breath, I'm not coming to games anymore because this program is falling apart, etc. Would you ignore that data during your visit to the school? Wouldn't that at the very least give you pause because you heard all that negative stuff about Gannon and nothing like that about Cal who is also recruiting your son?

    "Words have special powers...to lift up or put down...to heal or harm. Choose your words carefully." -- A.D. Williams

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  27. Whatever, Jim. Regarding the 20 people comment, I was exxagerating for effect. I would've thought you'd realize that. Relax.

    Since you have now established a precedent, I would expect that you will from now on start analyzing each and every post for content and the post's possible damage to the program, criticize each and every statement, then admonish the poster thoroughly.

    There's consistently been a lot worse and far more potentially damaging vitriol on your blog that you haven't even commented on. Yet one person posting (for almost the first time ever) makes a ridiculous comment about how something I posted (about the very real possibility of whether players may be leaving GU or not-a subject discussed on a local radio talk show on Tuesday) was so horribly damaging to the program and you choose to spend 3 paragraphs criticizing me. Fine. I'll expect the same for every post from every poster from now on.

    Out.

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  28. Just saw Kelley Sunberg on TV24 announce ALL the girls will be returning for next year, less K McCoy
    of course. Great news

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    1. Yes, Great News and a Great Source.

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  29. Another men's recruit for next year. Raphell Thomas Edwards a 6'6" soph transferring in from Univ. Buffalo. That makes three so far.

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    1. if he's legit, he may be our guy to replace Blanton (and by no means am I saying he will fill his shoes, just saying that position). We'll see, we should have him for 2 years! I wont if Coach Reilly can get his teammate to come to Gannon as well, Andre McPhail. He'd only be a soph next year... 6'7 240 (Edwards is 6'6 240).

      Andre McPhail
      Prep School: He started his year at La Jolla Prep where he played 25 games for head coach Bobby Bossman... averaged 14 points and 10 rebound per contest... transferred to Stoneridge Prep in January... played 11 games for the Wildcats and head coach Les Bean and averaged 7.2 points, 8.2 rebounds and 1.8 blocks per game... over the final seven games of the season, had five double-doubles while averaging 11.2 points and 10.3 rebounds per game.

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  30. Here is what this years recruiting looks like as of now
    Brandon Domenick 5'9" freshman preferred walk on to be red shirted this year.
    Mathew Dogen 6'6" freshman
    Marcus Jones 6"2" freshman
    Nolan Woodard 6'4" freshman
    Raphell Thomas 6'6" Junior
    Gibran Smith 6'4' Junior
    Has anyone heard anything else?

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  31. ....possibly a "Devin Taylor-like" (Slippery Rock,all-PSAC) 6-7 inside/outside type of player....

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    1. He's got to bring in some height if he ever plans on making it out of the PSAC first round of the playoffs - that is, if they make it INTO it as well. SRU and IUP would again eat them alive in the post.

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  32. Where'd you get all those names from? Last time I checked PSAC LOI there was only 2.

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    1. Google & Twitter are your friends. The PSAC LOI list is a crapshoot and a half. It depends on if the coach has released the information, I believe. Reilly is typically pretty tightlipped about decisions.

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  33. The PSAC site only lists players that sign National Letters of Intent, junior college and outer four year institution transfers are not required to sign NLI's, and said players do not officially become committed to their transfer university of choice until they are on campus and classes have started, until then, they are not bound to the university like an incoming freshman who has signed an NLI. Reilly is no different than any other coach in the PSAC, and the PSAC doesn't get a partial list from Gannon, they have access to the NLI's through the NCAA.

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  34. Let me say up front that at this time, my interest in the Women's Coaching situation is limited to the remaining tenure of one of the current Team members.
    With that said, is any one else concerned about the length of time it is taking to find a new coach?
    All things considered, I believe this to be an attractive situation for a coaching candidate. The time being taken can be interpreted in two ways: 1. Extreme care is being taken to find the right candidate, or 2. There is an issue of some kind.
    Hopefully it is the former. But as I alluded to, I am not as close to the situation as many of you. I just find it curious and concering that it is taking this long.

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  35. As I have said before, taking the coaching position @ GU sounds very attractive on the surface for obvious reasons, and hopefully will be for the right candidate, but it could also prove to be a no-win situation for a coach as well.

    While having pretty much an entire team in place, the coach doesn't have immediate recruiting issues, but he/she will have to face the dilemma of being the new kid in town while all the players are already here, more familiar with the situation, and, likely, more set in their ways. The new coach will have to try to adjust the way the players are used to doing things into her/his system. Hopefully, the transition will be easy and successful. However, there also exists the possibility that the players were hand-picked by Cleve to fit into his system, and they may not be good fits for the new coach's plans.

    Additionally, the job brings with it an immense amount of pressure, with almost the entire roster of an Elite 8 team returning, a highly-touted redshirt and a highly-touted recruit allegedly on their way in, and, finally, the Elite 8 scheduled to be held 3 blocks from campus. Did I mention a fan base that is already making plans for the National Championship Post-Game Parade? How about them expectations?

    Obviously, we'll never know, but there may be some coaches who hesitated to apply given the situation.

    Lastly, GU is infamous for dragging out the search process, with search committees, lengthy application periods, multiple interviews with different University officials and the like. I was told that the fitst interviews were held on or around May 20-22. They SHOULD be done soon, I would think. But, to answer your question, I don't think the process has taken any longer than it normally does @ GU.

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