Wednesday, April 10, 2013

The Off-Season: Facts & Rumors

College basketball season is over on every level, so the off-season is officially underway. Let the Gannon basketball rumors fly! I haven't heard much of anything yet, but let's use this post and the comments section to keep each other in the loop on what's happening or rumored to be happening.

* GU Fanman said in the previous post that the Hammermill Center could receive a facelift prior to the 2014-15 season.
* We know the Knights will be losing seniors Oscar Mascias, T.J. Wilson, Tanner Furno, Alvin Tucker, Darrell Blanton, and Dmitry Martynenko. I haven't heard anything solid about any underclassmen leaving the program, and it looks like pretty much everyone on the roster attended the Hoops of Hope event at Rolling Ridge Elementary.
* Cleve Wright is still the Gannon women's coach. I'd be surprised if he'd leave with such a strong team returning, but I'd be even more surprised if at least one Division I school didn't press him for an interview. Did you know the Pitt women's job is open? Updated 4/12/13: Duquesne coach Suzie McConnell-Serio got the Pitt job today, so now the Dukes job is open.
* We'll keep an eye on the DI men's coaching openings to see if anyone familiar to the Gannon program gets a shot. I thought this might be the year IUP's Joe Lombardi returns to Division I after 7 years leading the Crimson Hawks.
* I scanned the PSAC member school websites, and there will be only two men's coaching changes this offseason. You already know that Edinboro assistant Pat Cleary is replacing the retiring Greg Walcavich. Shippensburg let go of Dave Springer, who compiled a 144-189 record over 12 seasons, including a 7-20 mark this past year. I bet before you read that last sentence you wouldn't have been able to name the Ship coach even if I had spotted you the "Dave."

If you hear of any Gannon hoops rumors, feel free to share them in the comments section or email me.

20 comments:

  1. I would eat my hat if Cleve were to leave this year. Considering that the team coming back next year are legitimate National Championship Contenders, Cleve would have to get some good offer from a D1 place for him to even consider leaving. It will be a fun year next year watching the women.

    For the guys, I have NO idea what to even expect next year. I have a bad feeling it could be a rough year.

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  2. Youngstown State has a new women's basketball coach and, just like their current men's head coach (Jerry Slocum) and previous women's head coach (former GU assistant Bob Bolden), he has GLIAC connections.

    At Michigan Tech, John Barnes was an assistant to men's coach Kevin Luke and was the Huskies women's head coach for 7 seasons. Bolden left YSU for Ohio University.

    Thanks to Gannon Hoops follower JRD for the heads up on this. For more info, follow the URL below:

    http://www.ysusports.com/sports/wbkb/2012-13/releases/barnes-announce-0405

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  3. I just received an email from a longtime Gannon fan with these rumors. I don't know if any of them are true -- just wanted to add some more fuel to the off-season rumor mill:

    -- John Reilly has signed a 3-year-extension
    -- The GU women's team will be playing a tournament in Hawaii next season
    -- In a preseason exhibition game, the women will play defending Division I champion UConn

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  4. Well it is not Gannon news, but HUGE news out of the IUP Women's Program. Jeff Dow has been fired, not renewed, whatever you want to call it. Along with Dow two of this assistant's are not coming back either. So a potential major shift in the PSAC in respect to the Women.

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    1. Thanks for the scoop. The article in the Indiana Gazette has me scratching my head even more (link below), especially this part --

      (IUP Athletic Director Frank) Condino stopped short of giving a reason for the move, but he said it wasn’t because of dissatisfactory annual evaluations each head coach at IUP completes. “No, it had mostly to do with the situation, that’s all I can tell you,” he said. “It had to do with the situation as it related to the student-athletes and the program.”

      http://www.indianagazette.com/news/indiana-sports/dow-out-as-womens-basketball-coach,17037524/

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    2. Just came across this article from IUP's student newspaper. It says --

      The news was first broken by WPXI reporter Courtney Brennan. Brennan, when reached for comment by phone, said that she received information from the university saying that information from the team alleging inappropriate behavior in terms of his [Dow’s] coaching style.

      According to Brennan, the university wanted to speak out in terms of what happened at Rutgers University with former men’s basketball Head Coach Mike Rice. In an online article on WPXI’s website, it says that “allegations were made against Dow about his behavior as a coach.”

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    3. The Indiana Gazette article really has me wondering what occurred at IUP. It sounds a bit like Dow may have been from the Mike Rice school a bit. I think only the players, Dow, and the IUP upper level administration truly know what occurred. Something had to occur though for IUP to let go of Dow as coach.

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    4. From the Gazette:

      The Gazette has learned that at a practice in December, Dow threw a ball in the direction of freshman Anna Janisch and struck her in the head. Pastorek said the players understood the incident was not intentional and added that it didn’t portray Dow’s day-to-day relationship with his players.

      “We were all a little shocked by it, but all the girls were there and everyone knew it was an accident,” she said. “Nobody thought it was intentional.”

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  5. next year will be Gannon men's best year ever! I just know it! Can't wait! Maybe an undefeated season.

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    1. Undefeated season? !Is Gannon moving to the PIAA?

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    2. Actually we will be in the YMCA League next year. Undefeated...Undefeated? I just hope we make the PSAC Playoffs.

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  6. April 17 is LOI day. Wonder if we will get any releases from our GU coaches?

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  7. If Gannon has actually given Reilly a 3 year extension it will mark the second year in a row that his contract has been extended with no announcement from the administration. Remember when it was the biggest news in town when a Gannon men's coach was seen walking across the street? Just look at what Reilly done has to this once proud program. (I know ... he was 22-7 and coach if the year ... but really)

    Long live Cleve Wright for his recent contributions. Who would have ever guessed that the Gannon women's program would be more widely known than the men's?

    What a shame!

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  8. I remember sitting near the IUP bench a couple times during Women's games (once @ Mercyhurst, once @ GU)and I was surprised with the loud, direct, overly personal manner in which Coach Dow "challenged" a couple players for in-game transgressions that he obviously thought were considerably more heinous that I thought they were.

    Perhaps that type of behavior is what led him to be let go. In this overly-sensitive society, I wouldn't be surprised if a player or her parents complained to the IUP administration.

    I'm no coach, but, IMO, the motivational technique he employed was a lot more insulting and certainly less constructive than it needed to be.

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  9. Rumor on the D2messageboard.com has it that, during practice C Dow threw a ball at (not a pass) at a player in one of his rants. The girl sustained a concussion etc.

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  10. Thought I'd compare the preseason PSAC West predictions to the actual final standings:

    PREDICTIONS
    1. IUP
    2. Slippery Rock
    3. Gannon
    4. Edinboro
    5. Cal
    6. Mercyhurst
    7. Clarion
    8. Lock Haven

    ACTUAL
    1. IUP
    2. Gannon
    3. Slippery Rock
    4. Edinboro
    5. Mercyhurst
    6. Cal
    7. Clarion
    8. Lock Haven

    Wow -- that's the closest I've ever seen the two lists. Only 2-3 and 5-6 were flip-flopped, and that's because Gannon won a tiebreaker with Slippery Rock and Mercyhurst (12-10) finished one game ahead of Cal (11-11).

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  11. GannonFan64: I wouldn't read anything into no announcement of Coach Reilly's contract extension. I never recall any details of Dukiet's contracts, and I paid really close attention to that. If I recall correctly, there was a brief time Gannon announced extensions for their coaches but I haven't heard about any extensions lately. I believe it's just a change in philosophy by the administration and nothing more than that. Being the GM of a small private business, I can tell you I wouldn't want employee contracts to be public.

    GUFanman: The PSAC website's Letters of Intent section hasn't been updated since April 15, but I wouldn't hold my breath for much action from Gannon. First, Gannon already announced incoming freshmen Matthew Dogan (West Middlesex) and Brandon Domenick (New Castle). Second, my understanding is that transfers don't sign letters of intent and those players won't be announced until August or September when they are actually enrolled and attending classes. That's what happened last year with Brandon Emmitt and C.J. Oldham, so I figure that will be the same pattern this year.

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  12. Coach Reilly is coming back for three more years? OMG! That is so great. So we have the coach of the year here for at least three more years. We are lucky. This is going to be such a great season!

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  13. Rumor- Someone told me that she heard (typical path of every GU rumor)that Cleve Wright is leaving Gannon for Miami, OH. Stay tuned for details.

    Really surprised, since giving up the team he had coming back for a mid-major school like that doesn't seem like it's worth it. More prestigious school in a bigger conference would've made more sense.

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    1. Heard the same rumor. If true, can't blame him. For openers, it's probably double the salary that Gannon pays, not to mention benefits, facilities, scholarship money, etc. etc. No brainer. At least the cupboard is full for the next coach, unless several of his players elect to follow him. Stay tuned.

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