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  1. 9 points
    I want to thank the passionate Towson football fans who joined us this season on these boards. The old guys that have been here through thick and thin, the newbies who just joined us and some people who were on CAAZone and decided to pop up. I appreciate it and am only doing this to create a bond among TU fans. This is a place where we can whine, gripe, bitch, applaud, laud, etc. I wish the season didn't end like it did but if not for a 7-4 regular season, I might be talking to just a few loyal people instead of 15-20 or so. We all can disagree about certain things but one thing that we can agree about is that we care about this program. We might be a tiny portion of Towson alums who give a crap, but we are a strong vocal minority. People read this stuff, some coaches, some people in athletics and some do listen to ideas thrown around. On this Thanksgiving weekend, I'm thankful for this small community we've created, even though it's taken nearly 20 years and two different message boards to do so.
  2. 5 points
    The question I have for the numbskulls who made this decision (cough, Tim Leonard, cough) is what is the cost in dollars to have a moribund basketball program, no hope, no alumni engagement, just a worthless activity run by a failed regime. Whatever money is guaranteed to this guy is already wasted - there is no chance of success. If that is the only cost, then go ahead, let him run this program further into the ditch for 5 more years. But if it is worth anything to the institution to have a basketball team that brings alums together, provides a positive social activity for people based on their connection to the school then its high time to stop throwing away seasons and make a change. I'd love to care about Towson basketball again, but as long as the school doesn't care there is no point in anyone else investing their time or interest either. It won't happen, of course, because the Fordham playbook that dictates decisions these days says athletics are unimportant, a waste of resources, and simply an expense that must be managed to lowest possible number. It not whether you win or lose, but how much you paid to play the games.
  3. 5 points
    We just beat a team by 17 on the road, who had taken JMU to overtime, beat Villanova on the road, and we are nitpicking because we didn't win by more?? Really?? Half our starting secondary is injured, our best linebacker has been out since the first game, and our stud transfer D-lineman played like half a game before getting hurt. Oh, and our 1st team all-American running back/kick returner hasn't played since the first conference game of the year. There are two games left and this team is poised to make the playoffs. For once can the players get some credit for winning?? Who cares how many you win by. Especially on the road.
  4. 5 points
  5. 5 points
    JFC, the negativity is already starting! I know my kid is busting his ass off, along with the other boys to have a great season. Let's hold off on the "I expect this team to finish near the bottom of the league once again" talk and support these boys! Shit happens at every school in the country, however, it's about uniting as a team, brotherhood, not dividing!
  6. 4 points
    Where I stand... I'll start by saying that despite the mess this season was and the no-show today in Harrisonburg, I don't feel like anyone should lose their job after the circumstances of this season. The fact we actually finished the season after three (!!) pauses is a credit to the players and the staff for keeping it together. But that's pretty much where my 'praise' ends. Let's start with Skerry. He's a great guy, very personable, changed the culture with Towson basketball especially academically, and I think he could be an asset as an assistant for a program. But let's face it, this program is bottoming out. The peak ended when we lost to W&M in the semis with Benimon and the second smaller peak was after we won in Belfast to start that season 11-1. Since then, we're 40-62 with 4 straight one-and-dones in the CAA Tournament. That's not continuing to build a program. That's having it infested with termites and mold and watching it fall apart. The reason for this is simple -- recruiting and scheme. Skerry has one way to play and that's defense and rebounding. Unless you're Michigan State or Virginia or Texas Tech (among others), you're not gonna get away with that philosophy with too much success for too long. The modern game has changed too much and we have failed to adapt. As a result, we have NOBODY who can reliably create their own shot and when we do have drive-and-kick situations, it leads to various clanks and clangs from the 3-point line. While Gibson and Timberlake are serviceable players, they are wildly inconsistent from a scoring standpoint. Would they start elsewhere? Highly doubtful. That's not to slight them. But to even an untrained basketball eye, they are not the players you build your team around. Let's look at the transfers that we've brought in -- Holland was a waste for this year and maybe altogether if he doesn't stick around. Allen was very meh. Victor didn't show all that much promise either. We sit in a very fertile HS basketball area between Maryland, DC, Northern Virginia, Philly, and Central Pennsylvania. Surely, we can get into the living rooms of players who are stars on their high school teams rather than taking players who are on nobody's D1 radar. We're a school that the expectation should be come March, they should be one of the three favorites to win the conference tournament EVERY YEAR. With the exception of maybe 2 of those Marchs, we haven't been able to say that. Hell, we're just hoping to stay out of the play-in game. More importantly, let's look at the transfers under Skerry. We've lost Four (grad transfer), Zane (should have never taken him back this year, which I said when it first happened), Gorham, and Betrand. I know there are others but these are the main ones I want to focus on. When you lose players like these, guys who were starters and key contributors, there has to be an underlying reason besides 'I want to play in a bigger conference'. And you look at what happened with Betrand last year with him torching Drexel in Philly and then going completely AWOL on the court the rest of the way, how does that occur? I suspect it all comes back to the leader of the program and the schemes involved. So, it's time for Skerry to be put on notice and if there isn't a significant improvement in 21-22, it's time to eat that buyout and find someone a little bit more dynamic who can inject some life into the program and whatever is left of the fanbase. I'm not gonna stop there. @Royal Tiger brings up a terrific point about the administration. Certainly, I don't even pretend to know the goings-on in the department but if a coaching change is made, I don't really think I want Tim Leonard making that hire. He has gotten women's basketball, women's lacrosse, and volleyball right and extending Nadelen on the men's lax side was the right move. But if you truly want to bolster this athletic department, you have to hit a home run with a hire in your two big-revenue sports. When fans return to games (hopefully next school year), what is going to give anyone any incentive to come to SECU? The athletic department has largely failed at getting people into the seats and it's truly pathetic that a state school with the enrollment that Towson has can't regularly get 60% capacity in a 6,000-seat arena. And before we start with the 'oh there's other stuff to do blah blah blah', go talk to some friends at Grand Canyon and ask them how they do it. I know I've harped about GCU before but their results both on the court and in the stands support my argument. If you can improve the product on the court, you will improve the attendance in the stands and the excitement within the program. But as Royal asked, do they even care? If they don't, then we might as well be Kennesaw State or Delaware State or Mississippi Valley State -- teams that put warm bodies in uniforms with the school name on it and trot them out to get slaughtered on a nightly basis. The title of this thread is 1,491 days. What it should be is 10,950 days....the length of time since we were in the NCAA Tournament. That's a little more than a week short of *30 YEARS*. I've tried to be patient and see the bright side of things because I know how tough it is in a one-bid league, especially with the amount of luck involved in the conference tournaments (look at what happened to both Vermont and UMBC today). But I'm sick and tired of getting to March and having virtually nothing more than a mathematical chance to win the conference and get our name called on Selection Sunday. It's time that this school shares my frustration and gets serious about its basketball program and makes significant improvements.
  7. 4 points
    This is like being stuck at the airport and watching your flight time and gate change 10 times.
  8. 4 points
    Rather have parents/family posting on here than a silent board, imo Welcome, Godfather18
  9. 4 points
    And who do we have? Nobody. Read that again. N-O-B-O-D-Y. Every team in this conference with the exception of probably Elon and JMU has someone on the team that when you look at the scouting report, you say, "we need to make sure we stop this guy". We don't have that. And we haven't had that really since Benimon left (you could make the case for Moto or Morsell but they were prone to disappear on their own more than what the opponents did to them). All we have are a bunch of complementary players who, if they were paired with an alpha dog, might light it up on a regular basis as well. And because it's a bunch of spare parts, we get the inconsistency we see on a game-by-game basis. The team that I saw take Florida to the wire is light years away from where we're at now. But given what we've seen in the first 14 games, it makes sense. Play great at Florida, clank a home game against Kent State, throw away a win against Buffalo, blitz the hell out of St. Joe's, come back from yakking a lead against Tulane, embarrass yourselves against NE and in the 2nd half against Hofstra. Get used to it the rest of the season because who knows what we're gonna get on a nightly basis. It comes down to recruiting and while the staff might be 'trusting their eyes', it's become pretty obvious that they need to go see the ophthalmologist. Unfortunately for them, the culture of the program is such that it won't be attractive to someone who would be the alpha dog that we desperately need. The refusal to use the athletes to get out and run and to revamp the offense is a giant black eye on the staff. And for certain players to take steps back in their development also earns the staff demerits. After the way we've shown ourselves against two of the best teams in the conference and what we will likely show in game 3 against the other really good team, I would be shocked if we're not playing in the Friday night loser bowl in the conference tournament. The New Year's Resolution for this staff had better be to take a long soul-searching look inside themselves and make some characteristic changes. Otherwise, the cycle will never change and opponents will continue to brush us aside like what we've seen these last 2 games.
  10. 4 points
    I love the people who try to argue that since Towson basketball was a complete dumpster fire before Skerry arrived that his mediocre results should be celebrated. What good are 18-20 wins a season if you don't go to the NCAA Tourney? As a one bid conference, the only thing that matters is winning the conference tourney. Having 20 win regular seasons in the CAA means NOTHING.....except maybe a trip to the "prestigious" CIT. Also, this defeatist attitude of "who could we hire to do better than Skerry", is comical. Fear or uncertainty about who or what the next coach might be is NOT a reason to NOT make a change. You know what would be nice? A new guy comes in and actually improves the program, gets to the Big Dance a time or two. Maybe that coach gets plucked away from Towson...….but because he's elevated the Towson program, he will have made it a more desirable gig for another successful coach.
  11. 4 points
    If you have HBO or HBO Go, they are focusing on Florida and the first episode has them preparing for Towson. Surprised Liev Schrieber was able to pronounce "Towson" right though caught a little Towzen. The facilities are just incredible. Not surprising of course. Everybody has a crazy S&C coach and this one uses a megaphone. Saw a little Towson film. Then some Flacco first half highlights of him running and dropping the ball. But no mention of his name. Dan Mullen's halftime speech, "thank God their quarterback dropped the ball and their kicker missed." Rob got a little pub at the end with the extended handshake. None of that publicity happens if you play Akron or Toledo.
  12. 4 points
    How does a thread on a 2019 football preview turn into a commentary on T-West's rap career and tats? WGAF. If that's where his heart is, so be it. He gave up his body for three years for this program and led us to places we never thought we'd be. I wish the best for him. Now let's hope Tom Flacco can do some of the things T-West did in good and bad weather.
  13. 4 points
    Again, nobody named them National Champs. It's ok to say positive things about this team. It's alright. You can do that without giving them the CAA title. We have our faults. If anybody decided to every go to a chat, you know I'm bitching about every fault we have. We're going to lose to UMBC or Oakland or Pitt and the streak will be over but when you have the best streak since 1993, it's time to f-ing rejoice. When you've been through 15 straight losing seasons, nothing wrong with bragging a bit. When you get one vote in a meaningless poll from John Feinstein, win two tournaments and Skerry is on every local radio and TV outlet, blog, etc, and we're getting national coverage everywhere...that's a great thing. Sporting News, SI, Mid-major blogs. It's all good in the Towson hood. Preach it to Facebook, Instagram, Twitter. Let's get some more asses in the seats on Saturday. Oh crap, saw the weather forecast. Snow all day. Hope it doesn't stick. BTW, we beat La Salle, who beat Temple. That might be better than beating a horrible Pitt team. They needed OT to beat Mt. St. Mary's at home by 4. We beat Georgia Southern, who beat Wake Forest. Again, solid win on a neutral court. Can we beat Charleston with Brantley back? IDK. I have my doubts because I don't like our post players in terms of size after Thomas. I worry about W&M as well with Knight and Thomas will foul out against him. We need to go back to pressing and trapping instead of just zone pressing but I understand right now we are travel-weary. Once we get in conference play, I want to see that pressure with Tunstall in front of it for 15+ minutes. We need to force more turnovers. Also need to figure out the backup point guard spot. Need EK to play more with backups. Maybe don't start him but bring him off bench to help with ballhandling.
  14. 4 points
    CAA will likely send 5 teams to the playoffs this year (JMU, Elon, Stony Brook, UNH & Delaware). So, we don’t have to run the table to get a playoff bid next year, but rather claw our way into a top 5 finish in the conference. IMHO, the recipe for accomplishing this goal is: (in no particular order) (1) A new offensive coordinator; (2) A tandem of 200+ pound RB’s who can move the pile & absorb the inherent punishment attendant to the position; (3) More explosive plays (20+ yards) from the passing game (4) An influx of talent on the D-Line. Well, now that I’ve fixed the football team, I can turn my attention to less pressing matters, like North Korea
  15. 3 points
    I can't speak to discipline or lack of management off the court when it comes to making sure no one in the program gets a positive COVID test, so I won't go there. I will say that to this point, we have somehow tied for playing the third-most games overall and have played the second-most conference games (that will probably change after this pause) in the CAA. We have only played four less games than Maryland (same total as UMBC, 2 less than Coppin State, same as Morgan State and two more than Mt. St. Mary's, I won't bring up Loyola because the Patriot League has been extra careful), who has a heckuva a lot more resources at their disposal to get through this than we do. My point being is it when it comes to testing players and coaches are in a really tough spot, and it is way too simplistic to blame this solely on them when this is going on all over the country (especially at the mid-major level where there are less resources). If you want to bash something, go back to bashing the on-court product, because the coaches and players have a lot more control over that and we can at least criticize what we can see in front of us rather than wildly speculating on stuff we don't know. I wonder what they will do with the conference tournament. At this point, Charleston, Northeastern, JMU and Hofstra are probably the only teams that deserve to play for a bid. As much as I want to see Towson play more games, I really could not argue with a limited conference tournament from a planning and safety standpoint. I hope they get to play again. I am fine with everyone who is critical of the coaching and wants a change (I can't disagree), but I will say Sunday was the first time this group actually played to the usual strengths of a Pat Skerry team. Prior to that, we were showing all the bad characteristics his teams had shown in his time here and none of the good ones (good defensive rebounding, toughness and athleticism). I would like to see if they can build off that in any way.
  16. 3 points
    Now that it’s UVA, I wonder if it ends up on one of the ESPN family of networks.
  17. 3 points
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  19. 3 points
    I don’t blame him for keeping a few bad eggs. I’d just like to see him make all the eggs, good or bad, into a winning soufflé
  20. 3 points
    As dreadful as this season has been and as much as I rail against Pat Skerry, my 5yr old daughter and I will be in front of the TV tonight, in our Towson basketball jerseys, cheering on the Tigers.
  21. 3 points
  22. 3 points
    Awful play call on that last set of downs. 2 throws on 3rd and 1 and 4th and 1? I know we have Flacco but get the first then you have 4 shots to throw to the end zone. Defense was awful tonight. No d line pressure.
  23. 3 points
    The remedy is....well, it's pretty tough. Why can Elon and UNCW get Ol' Roy into their building? Probably because someone in both programs has a special connection to Roy and he'll do them a favor and bring his Heels in to stomp them. Does Pat have any of those type of connections? No idea. Scheduling at our level is not easy at all because it takes two to make a matchup and I've gotta think that they reach out to a number of A-10/MAC/Big East etc. teams to bring in but the vast majority of those teams are, frankly, too scared to take a road game against a school like us. Why won't Maryland come play us at SECU even if it was a 2 or 3 for 1? Same goes for a Georgetown or a Virginia/VA Tech or a West Virginia. It's because those coaches look at it as a no-win proposition. They don't feel like they need to come into the Baltimore market with their team to mine recruiting and playing against someone like us does nothing for their power rating especially if they should happen to <gasp> lose to us. As a result, we have to scrounge around and get what we can. Personally, I think it's right that we play the Baltimore teams just like I think it's right that all the Philly teams play against each other (even more so if Drexel gets left out). We can't help it that those teams might be down or that people in Baltimore aren't basketball fans enough to pay attention to the locals. I also give Pat and Tim credit for getting us into these various tournaments these last couple of years. Fort Myers was perfect for us, Bahamas was the right class but we weren't ready for it, and Charleston is definitely a step up but it'll be a great barometer to show us what we need to do for the conference season. As for the Goucher game, I don't like it from the standpoint that it's a D3 game that's essentially an exhibition. But having it as the 2nd game of the season and a tune-up before Florida and the Charleston Tournament will get everyone a good amount of reps because depth is going to be necessary in 3 games in 3 days against 3 likely difficult opponents. I'm just curious to hear others' opinions on who they think we should be bringing in and if they understand how scheduling these games works.
  24. 3 points
    It's odd but it's also strange to start spring this early because the weather is still going to be crappy when they end it. So I guess, what is the point of having a spring game in March in bad weather, when we have a spring game in good weather, nobody comes out. But I'm not happy about this. It's not a good way to reach the fans by not having a spring game even if it's just 1,000 people. Of course, they'd want to tailgate even if it's 40 degrees. People want to see Jeff Miller and some of the newcomers. I can't freakin' judge them playing in the sleet and the snow.
  25. 3 points
    It does? It tells you he's an alum who hasn't pursued other opportunities (hard) like every other successful coach in this league or he hasn't lost enough to get fired. But sure, this program sucks. Let's rail about the program after a very nice recruiting class on Early signing date and your dream of the OC gone.

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