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  1. 7 points
    Getting back to the rings. Nothing wrong with critiquing why this program hasn't won anything in nearly 30 years until last season. Nothing wrong with saying the next step has to be winning the tournament. That's obvious. But they should be promoting the shit out of winning the regular season and hats off to PS for doing that on Twitter. Ring the hell out of it. That shouldn't necessarily be his job but somebody has to do it. And I get that we're an athletic department in flux with a new AD, who has to hire two senior associate ADs very shortly. Yet, promoting something that wins is the key. You can only do so much after a 4-7 football season and I like the fact that they have the open practice on Saturday night. And you should put Piggy out front of the promotions due to his years at Maryland, but again, RA hasn't named a starting QB, so there's that. Maybe when he's named starter (probably), they'll start using his name in promotional ads. There's also a few other things I'd be doing on the website and that's a thread for another time. But we all have the same goal. It does get tiresome at times when hearing the negativity (not talking about the cheesy comment by B-Lounge) in basketball. Especially now. We were kicked around for 10 years or so on CAA Zone and deservedly so in some cases because we had one of the shittiest programs in the nation in hoops and football was up-and-down like a rollercoaster, though mostly down. Everyone on here or most know what we went through as fans. That was tough as hell to take from aholes from programs that we used to respect. I would hope that PS keeps it up the Tweeting. It's a positive thing and something we need more from the athletic department. I hate to be the pied piper of Towson positivity, but I'm still trying to create a vibe when things are good in hoops. We had 15 straight seasons of losing and a conference record under 30%. It's been a long ride, but this present staff has knocked down a bunch of doors and has just one to go. It's my own fault that I haven't done enough on social media, especially Twitter to promote this site. I'll try and do a better job this season. Hopefully, football creates some kind of buzz. I don't want a medal. I can't say I love going to 6-8 off-season practices in football and hoops. Getting up early when I could use some extra sleep. I do it because I love this program and want to promote that shit out of it as best I can. I want people to know if the backup point guard is any good or if the freshmen can play or not. Somebody has to. Not going to get that from The Sun or any other publication or radio station. I do appreciate everyone who comes on here and gives their opinions. Sorry that I can be an ahole as well when it comes to dissenting ones. I think we're all passionate about it and that's a good thing. I really hope that this upcoming 2022-23 season will be a special one.
  2. 5 points
    While everybody else is stressing out over football, I will go ahead and pour my thoughts out here. I just need to decompress a bit, and this space is as good as any. As you all either know or will soon be finding out, Towson defeated #7 Pitt on the road this evening, 3-1 (25-12, 25-23, 16-25, 25-18). It was, without question, the best volleyball match Towson has ever played. Pitt may not be quite as good as they were last year (when they made the Final Four), but make no mistake: They are unquestionably a top 20 team at minimum, and they are the best team Towson has ever beaten. They already have wins this season over Hawaii, Texas A&M, Cincinnati, and BYU. But not Towson. And we didn't just beat them, either. We smoked them. They didn't even belong on the floor with us. It looked like we were the team that had just been to the Final Four. Yes, they played an awful match. I don't care. We made them play that way. At just about every single position, Pitt is 3-4 inches taller than us. Our tallest player would be one of their shorter starters. Yet, right from the jump we played like we were the bigger team. We had 9 blocks in the first set alone. That is an unfathomable number for a team like Towson. Occasionally, a powerhouse like Nebraska will get like 12 blocks in a set against a bad mid-major team. Towson grabbing 9 in a set against Pitt? Unheard of. Over the course of the whole match, we out-blocked them 16-3, the final one coming on match point. We just looked, felt, and played big. Victoria Barrett is listed at 5'9". She's probably not even that tall. And yet, of all the offensive players on the floor, it was she who left her mark on the match. She attacked the ball 25 times this match. She scored on 16 of those, and only made 3 errors. 64% of the time that Barrett attacked the ball, it ended up on the floor on Pitt's side. For an outside hitter, that is crazy. Outside hitters usually have low hitting percentages (between 15-30%), as they are often put in disadvantages situations where scoring is highly improbable. Not Victoria, not tonight. It was a career-defining performance on a program-defining night, on the back of a win earlier today against American that we would have considered program-defining 5 years ago. Of course, the whole season won't be like this. This Towson team is good, but we're not THAT good. We're not a top 10 team. We will not make the Final Four, we will probably not make the Sweet 16, and just making the tournament again would constitute a successful season for us. For now, this win doesn't mean all that much. The American match was more indicative of how our season will be (3 tight and nervy sets against a strong mid-major). But maybe, just maybe, it'll make a couple more people in the volleyball world say "oh yeah, I hear they're pretty good" when somebody brings up Towson. Maybe it'll make just a few more people show up for home games this year. Maybe it'll makes us get just one more good recruit that we wouldn't have gotten otherwise. It feels like the culmination of something. But maybe, just maybe, it's the start of something instead. What a day to be a Tiger.
  3. 4 points
  4. 4 points
    Hey guys, I’m not in the State Department, but I’d like to see if I can get you all to bury the hatchet (not in each other’s shoulder blades 😆) and move on. I think it’s safe to say we’re all frustrated with what we saw Saturday night (and going back well before Saturday night, for that matter). It’s a message board, and from time-to-time we’re going to take exception to what someone posts, to varying degrees. At the end of the day, I say take it with a grain of salt. Life’s too short to get too stressed out about this, especially with some of the other stuff going on in the world. Ok, I’m done playing peacemaker
  5. 3 points
    @RundaPower @TuTigers2012 @Blounge my treat - what section should we sit for this shootout? Goh Tigers!!!!
  6. 3 points
    Kudos to the young man. He was a bright spot, no doubt. Interesting that he’s the 1st ROTW we’ve had in 5 years
  7. 3 points
    6-0 and they had over 1000 in attendance last night!
  8. 3 points
    I know I obsess on the depth chart sometimes because it ain't going to be exact. But after watching three scrimmages and trying to figure out if they were experimenting or not, I’m still not sure what we’ll be seeing at Bucknell. Here's what the official Media Depth Chart has and I'll comment on it. I'm also going to add some weight to some of these guys since a lof of them are from their first year here and you know they hit the weight room: LT freshman Dan Volpe (6-6, 305). Shocker if this is true. Had an exceptional camp. But Josh Roberts was the starter at Lafayette who has played RT the last two scrimmages. I see Roberts starting, but maybe Volpe is that good. Backup: R-soph Florian Staheler (6-8, 290). Very tall German recruit who has added some size since he got here. Mabe a year away. LG Senior Alex Desire (6-4, 315). Pretty much a lock to start with Jean Germain getting a late start to camp. One of the few returners with experience. Backup: Senior Mason Cholewa (6-7, 305). Defensive lineman switching to offense, but also playing D. If somebody goes down, he's probably playing offense, but I can't see him playing both at the same time. C Senior Cole Cheripko (6-4, 310). The leader of the line and the offense Backup: Mathias Adjinbaruk (6-3, 325). Played all over the place in the spring and summer from center to tackle. Versatility helps and has good size. However, he'll move to backup guard when Ralph Paige (6-3, 305), the Merrimack transfer returns from a minor knee injury. RG Grad student Julian Singh (6-3, 310). Could also play right tackle. Could move there if Paige comes back and plays guard. Backup: Freshman Joden Nelson (6-4, 285). Highly-regarded player who improved as camp went on and should be future starter at one of the guard spots. RT: Senior Roman Warheit (6-6, 335). Pretty experienced player and one of the first European players to come over and start along with Tibo Debaile. Was nicked up in the last scrimmage so will be interesting if he plays. Backup: Josh Roberts (6-7, 325). Would be surprised if he doesn't start at one of the tackle spots especially against a team and program he knows well. Started seven games last season at Lafayette. WR Grad student Darian Street (6-2, 195). Obvious starter. Most experienced receiver outside of Jabari Allen, who is not listed on the depth chart due to an ankle injury. Backups or slot WR: Soph Brady McElhany (6-0, 170). Had solid camp. Pushed by r-Freshman Sam Reynolds (5-8, 185), a speedy South Carolina transfer and r-freshman Lukkas Londono, who is listed as the backup to.... WR Junior Da'Kendall James (6-1, 190). Norfolk State transfer who can fly. Had some productive seasons there. Backup: Londono (5-10, 185) is listed there, but hmmm. Let me think who they left out. He's 6-2, 205 out of Palotti HS. Initials I.P. TE Grad student Robert Schwob (6-7, 245). Former HS volleyball player and Maryland transfer who played sparingly last season. Haven’t seen him do much in passing game, but can block. Backup: Redshirt sophomore Malik Jackson (6-3, 235). Maryland transfer with some potential. Three-star recruit who didn't play at College Park. QB Grad student Tyler Johnston III (6-2, 215). UAB transfer listed as starter. Was injured in the last scrimmage so do the math. Backup: Grad student Tyrell Pigrome (5-10, 205). Maryland/Western Ky/Ole Miss transfer. Hasn't played since 2020. Best runner since Tom Flacco and probably faster. Can sling it on the run. Will run some RPO with him in the game (whole world knows that). OR: R-freshman Scott Smith (6-4, 210). One of the top players in the spring and summer. Can really sling it in the pocket. Has some ability to run, but probably not worth running the RPO with him in the game. FB Senior Luke Hamilton (6-0, 245). One of the top fullbacks in the CAA. How much will the Tigers use the fullback? Maybe 50% of the time? Depends on how effective the running game is. Backup: Junior Dion Crews-Harris (6-0, 240). Strong blocker and can catch. TB Junior Devin Matthews (5-9, 210). Powerful back who lost some weight from last season. Is quicker and more explosive. Has to be if he is going to start, because last year was mainly a short-yardage and goal line back. Or: R-Senior D'Ago Hunter (5-8, 160) or (5-5, 170). Also nicked up in the scrimmage. He will play, but he's not big enough to be every-down back. Or: Junior Joachim Bangda (5-10, 230). Hard to believe Kent State rarely used him. Big, strong and fast. Be prepared. Backup: Junior Curtis Murray (5-10, 195). Maine transfer and local player who has some shiftiness and third-down back ability, esp. if Hunter doesn't play. Defense DL/E Senior Jesus Gibbs (6-4, 290). Time to dominate. Backup: Grad student Damir Faison (6-2, 265). Kent State/ECU transfer who had a strong camp. DL/NG Grad student Vinnie Shaffer (5-11, 305). One of the strongest players on the team. Last year, he rotated with Sam Gyeni, another strong nose guard with quickness. Backup: DL/NG Grad student Mason Cholewa (6-7, 305). I see Ernie Smith (6-2, 290) as the backup here, though Cholewa can play anywhere on the line. DL/E Senior Bryce Lauer (6-3, 285) is in the mix. Played a lot last season. I would expect Cholewa to start at the other end spot assuming he's not playing on the O-line. Backup: Grad student Shaheem Haltiwanger (6-3, 275). Very talented transfer from SC State who could start here and play some EDGE. OLB: Grad student Jamal Gay (6-1, 215). Former safety moved to linebacker or Bandit position. Backup: Sophomore Daniel Raymond (6-0, 215). Very fast and talented. If he doesn't start, he'll be playing a lot. Star potential. MLB Grad student Ryan Kearney (6-1, 235). Started six games last season. Question is whether he'll start when Oregon transfer MJ Cunningham (6-2, 240) is ready to start. Backup: Junior Sam Alsheimer (6-2, 225). Solid reserve. Expecting to see Cunningham in a backup role at one of the ILB spots in this game. ILB: R-freshman Mason Woods (6-0, 230). Talented redshirt freshman who was a star in the spring. Again, Cunningham will start at one of these spots, probably by the West Virginia game. Backup: Senior Amir Murray (5-11, 230). Juco transfer who has had a solid summer. OLB/EDGE Grad student Tramar Reece (6-4, 265). Big defensive end who was moved over last season to EDGE. Will need to set the Edge and get to the QB. Backup: Grad student Makye Smith (6-1, 240). Stony Brook transfer who had five sacks and two FF with a FR last season. Expect him to play a lot in passing situations. CB Grad student Robert Javier (6-1, 190). I guess it's possible that he starts. One of the few non-transfers in the secondary. ECU transfer Sean Tucker (6-0, 180) not even listed in the two-deep. Ok. Backup: Sophomore Dorian Davis (6-0, 190). So. Illinois transfer who should start somewhere. CB R-freshman Shafeek Smith (5-10, 175). Very talented corner, but not sure he's ready. Didn't play last season. Again, it's the media depth chart. Backup: Junior Makai Self (5-9, 170). Penn State transfer who saw a little time last season. Should play more. S Grad student Robert Topps III (6-3, 210). Kansas transfer who finally gets his shot. More of a free safety with great range. Backup: R-freshman Evan Rutkowski (6-2, 205). Ryan's brother who had a very good spring and summer. S Ubayd Steed (5-11, 180). Played last season and showed some flashes Backup: But come on. Grad student Juwan Burgess (6-1, 200) is not coming off the bench. FG Keegan Vaughan (5-11, 160). Just needs to make 40 and under. Backup: Clayton Harris (6-0, 170). UConn transfer. KO Junior Josh Cupitt (6-0, 170). Strong leg Backup: Soph. Riley Williams (6-2, 210) P Cupitt Backup: Williams, I would expect the Aussie to start, but what do I know? LS R-freshman Patrick Coyle (5-11, 200), Backup: Griffin Patterson (6-5, 235) KR1: D'Ago Hunter Juwan Burgess (wouldn't want to risk him, but again, not in charge. He can fly). KR2: Devin Matthews Not very speedy but powerful Londono (has the extra gear) PR: Hunter Londono
  9. 3 points
    NCAA Tournament is the main goal, but my checklist for the year would be: 1) Win at least nine games in non-conference play 2) Beat at least one of Northern Iowa, Clemson or UMass (who should be a lot better this year under Frank Martin) 3) Finish in the top 80 of the NET ranking (preferably top 60) 4) Win a second regular-season title (and try to do it in a somewhat dominant fashion) 5) Make the finals of the conference tournament (since we haven't done that since 1992) 6) Make the NCAA Tournament I realize No. 6 is the main goal, but these other checkmarks are part of the journey of a successful season. I would be ecstatic if we made the NCAA Tournament and will celebrate it with everyone else here, but frankly I would be disappointed if we made the tournament as 15 or 16 (I know beggars can't be choosers) and got crushed. I think it is important to beat good teams to build experience to gain confidence in those situations, build a good resume to give ourselves a shot to be decently seeded if we can make the tournament, and try to establish some dominance in the conference. Frankly, I think having the NCAA Tournament be the only thing that defines success is short-sighted, but yes like the rest of you it will be a disappointment if we don't make it. We started hitting a lot of checkmarks of being a successful program last year, but obviously missed the big one. I think we need to hold our program to the standard that all these things should be expected and the more checkmarks we hit during the year the better shot we have of being ready to achieve our goal of the making the NCAA Tournament, and who knows maybe winning a game. That is the way we should be thinking.
  10. 3 points
    Exactly, don’t focus on Baltimore/Towson residents. It’s gotta be Towson students first and foremost then alum. Campus keeps growing. There are 5,000 new students this year alone. Get them to Johnny U!
  11. 2 points
    The 2022 Volleyball season began today, and as the resident volleyball guy on this forum, I figured I'd start a thread for this season as the Tigers go for their 4th straight CAA title. Early signs are promising, with two 3-0 victories on opening day over Norfolk State and East Carolina. The team returns many high-quality players from last season, including Senior Middle Lydia Wiers and Junior Opposite Nina Cajic. Fay Bakodimou has opted to utilize her COVID year and return for a fifth season on the outside, where she will be joined by a very good transfer from New Mexico State, Victoria Barrett. Setter is the biggest question mark position, with two new players entering the starting lineup for the first time: Senior Katie McCracken and Freshman Sarah Jordan. Expectations are as high as ever; the Tigers were voted first in the preseason poll and are heavy favorites to return to the NCAA tournament. The real question, though, is if they can take the next step and claim a Power-5 scalp in the tournament. The pieces are there, here's to hoping it comes together.
  12. 2 points
    Finally something we all have been suggesting for a while. Tried a few years ago with the Batemans in that lot, and it wasn’t very successful. Live music will help. Hopefully those who do go to the game stop by and partake.
  13. 2 points
    RA coached a team that made it to the national championship. That is a fact. But nothing of note since. I want Towson football but not with Ambrose anymore. And if this team plays like it did game one, that wish will come true by the end of the season. Program needs fresh life in it when it comes to coaching.
  14. 2 points
    Conferences have a large say in these things. When the Va 3(4 now) were in the caa we signed a solid deal with the now defunct nbcsn. That pissed espn off leading to very few and now even more rare games on their platforms. Unless we are in a tournament or on the road, we will not be on Espn platforms. I didn’t mind games on Comcast and masn much easier to watch other games in all sports around the league. Jmu Charleston Ne and maybe Drexel have their games on some local affiliates, abc, Comcast, NESN but are paid by the schools I think. Still foot promotion of the schools. You don’t know how many times I’d get texts from friends and family “hey we started watching the Towson basketball game thr other day, just happened to be flipping through the channels”. Can't do that with flo sports. You either know about the games and care to watch or don’t have access to the casual/random fan And before people jump on me, yes I know Saturdays game is on PBS(in Maryland) lmfao. Probably better if people don’t watch the people trying to coach and play football up on auburn drive 😂
  15. 2 points
  16. 2 points
    Personally not a fan. Again, we are never going to be Baltimore's anything it also alienates the rest of the state who can pronounce words correctly.
  17. 2 points
    Very strong preview https://staringatthefloorboards.wordpress.com/2022/08/31/colonial-athletic-2022-23-season-preview/
  18. 2 points
    Yes NCAA or bust. For his twitter, it's cringy to me.. just give an intern the login.
  19. 2 points
    So, a few hundred showed up tonight, maybe more to see about a 1.5 hour scrimmage. I think it may have been cut short due to injuries. From what I saw, RT Roman Warheit, WR/KR D'Ago Hunter and WR Jabari Allen all suffered ankle injuries. Allen suffered his in the first drive where he caught the ball and struggled to get up. He was on crutches with a boot after that. I assume ankle sprain and probably a loss of a game or two. The worst injury appeared to be where Tyler Johnston III slid after escaping the pocket and suffered a non-contact injury. Not going to guess on what it was or how bad, but you get the picture. I actually thought TJ looked the best I've seen him and was throwing some quick strikes as they were running a lot of situational stuff mainly with 1s going against 2s on both sides. It's a real shame if that injury was serious. Fortunately, Scott Smith has put his name in the QB race. I really think we could be fine if he started, but the lack of experience is a concern. When given the time, he's as sharp a passer that I've seen possibly since Sean Schaefer, but a taller and more athletic QB with a better arm. However, on his second drive, his pitch to Bangda on a simple running play was so bad they lost about 10 yards on the play and they were putting together a good drive. He also had trouble with a center-exchange. Those are really the only two plays I've seen him mess up since the spring. If you read the comments from RA, you'll see that he hasn't named a QB yet, but could play two. I also like Zach Jackson, who is kind of like a younger Piggy, though not as fast, but throws it well on the run. He and Smith are going to battle it out next spring probably with Nathan Kent. I don't know if Rishon Holmes is going to be in the QB room or the DB room by then. He has a long ways to go as a passer. I think Jo Banga and Matthews will be a very good combo. I'd like another speed back and maybe that will end up being Curtis Matthews. The Maine transfer has some nice shiftiness. Not sure if Hunter plays the first game due to an injury. I'm more worried about the return game though Londono is solid. They had Juwan Burgess back there, who is an excellent safety and can also cover receivers in the slot. What I didn't realize about the former USC commit is that he is blazing speed. Now I wouldn't want to see him on kick returns due to the risk of injury, but he can fly. It was impossible to tell who is starting on the Oline from this scrimmage. Dr. RA was experimenting with RG Julian Sing at left tackle. Warheit was hurt, but I saw Josh Roberts play a lot of right tackle again. Didn't see much of freshman Dan Volpe play left tackle. I still assume Roberts starts at left tackle. I think they want to establish if guys can play a number of different positions. That's another reason why DT/OL Mason Cholewa has been moving around a lot. My concern with him is that he was so banged up last season, not sure why you would want him to play two tough positions. But he's not playing OL unless somebody gets hurt. He was starting at D-ilne tonight. I think the O-line gets a lot better when RG Jean Germain gets back on the field. At that point, when conference play starts, they can move Singh to his more naturally RT position. At WR, I continue to just be amazed at how good Isaiah Perkins is. If they lose Jabari for a couple of games, he could start with Darian Street and probably Brady McElhany in the slot. Perkins caught a TD pass where he just beat Penn State transfer Makai Self pretty badly. He's big, has speed and explosion and good hands. Consistency might be a problem early on as he had a drop as did Matthew Akuchie, the FAU transfer. Corners I think will be Darian Davis and Sean Tucker, both big corners at around 6-0, 190. Charles Peoples was held out tonight. Appeared to have a minor injury. Safety looks like Burgess (6-1, 200) at strong and Robert Topps (6-3, 210) at free safety. All four are transfers and three are newcomers this season. Very athletic and talented, but as always, it comes to the pass rush. Gibbs has to stay healthy because he's basically unblockable. Vinnie Shaffer (5-11, 305) is one of the better nose guards in the CAA. After that? Cholewa is steady against the run at the other DE spot, but I'd like to see more of Shaheem Haltiwanger (6-3, 275) and Damir Fason (6-2, 265), who are more agile. I think Makye Smith and Tramar Reece should be good enough on the Edge. Linebackers will be interesting because sophomore Daniel Raymond has star potential with his speed. I love Mason Wood and Ryan Kearney is solid. Then they just added MJ Cunningham (6-2, 240), who played with the 2s tonight and was mainly on the inside. Though I wonder if they can play him on the Edge. Either way, he'll be ready to start somewhere by conference play and I think they'll bring him along slowly in the first couple of games. More later with RA's comments
  20. 2 points
    Unfortunately, the 3 opponents this week offered no real challenge. Thankfully, there are some tougher non-conference tests to come. Princeton, Radford, and Rutgers will all be fairly tough next week. The week after, though, should be brilliant. They will head to Pittsburgh on Sep. 9-10 to face Bowling Green (one of the strongest teams in the MAC), American (who has dominated the Patriot League for 15 years), and #6 Pitt (who made the Final Four last year). This is the type of nonconference schedule I've been hoping for, and these next two weeks will be a very good indicator of just how good this team is right now.
  21. 2 points
    ^ unless you count the 20 time repeat champion dance team
  22. 2 points
    Best program at the school for last 5 or so years
  23. 2 points
    Rob’s “chess playing” since the 2013 season usually has turned out to be playing checkers…and losing
  24. 2 points
    What I would give to be back at Towson right now until November. I so miss the season changes. I’m very excited about this team and what they may be able to accomplish this season. Enjoy those games and that beautiful campus… Every Fall I start to miss Towson!
  25. 2 points
    not a bad idea, should send a few towson football players uptown with schedules and flyers. Put them up at all the hot spots. Barleys backyard, CVP, rec room, the mall, pasta mista, THB, etc. Take photos and tag everyone on Instagram. Could be big marketing impressions for basically $0

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