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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
    Nobody really knows who two years off will affect us. We did practice in the spring, but since I couldn't get out there, I'm not 100% sure what this team is going to look like. Everything starts with Juwon Pass. If he's a 6-4, 230-pound Flacco, we should be ok. Still might need one more playmaker on offense. You look at that last game against Elon in 2019 and we had Shane Leatherbury. He was the only real burner and the Phoenix knew that. Not having Caleb Smith in that game was also devastating, because he was coming on. Both Shanes are gone, but Jabari Allen is back. At 6-3, 215 with speed and hands, he has a chance to be special. But he has to stay healthy. He wasn't in 2019. The entire offensive line is back along with Darian Bryant. Who is Darrian Bryant? He's a 6-6, 330-pound Temple transfer, who missed the entire 2019 season due to an ACL. Because he was out, we had to move DeMarcus Gilmore to right tackle. Gilmore at 6-3, 360 is more of a guard. He did a serviceable job there, but having Gilmore and Bryant on the right side should be fun for us and not for our opponents. The entire offensive line is back with Bryant and guys like Brenand Cassells and Jon Desire. Kobe Young and Adrian Platt are the only experienced running backs. With Kobe's injury history and freshman Sabias Folley being talented but raw, I'd assume that they add another RB over the summer. Tight end is a bit iffy only because there are a few new guys including Marcus Joyner, a transfer from ODU. I don't expect another Chris Clark, but hopefully Joyner can provide some red-zone help. At receiver, we have some young guys that could really blossom if Pass or Jeff Miller are slinging it around. Charles Murphy should be a veritcal threat along with Smith. Ty'Shaun Granger has a lot of size and we have another big freshman coming in Isaiah Perkins (6-2, 200). But we also have veterans in Ryan Rutkowski, Darian Street, Allen, D'Ago Hunter ajd Daniel Thompson returning. Defensively, with Bryce Carter transferring, Ron Johnson not returning along with Quahon Alexander and Tibo Debaille coming off back issues, we desperately need to add help. Help is coming from what I hear in the form of at least two players. We still have Jesus Gibbs, Bryce Lauer, Marcus Bowman, Sam Gyeni and Vinny Shaffer returning, so we have some talent back, but need more depth and for guys to stay healthy. Kenjuan Manuel (6-1, 300+) arrives from St. John's as a three-star nose guard, but will have to beat out veterans in summer camp. At linebacker, the loss of Ricky DeBerry was softened by the addition of senior Darien Reynolds from Garnder-Webb. Thought that was a great pickup for a proven guy. I think Nygil Johnson finally gets his chance this season at OLB. Christian Dixon started in 2019 for DeBerry, so expect him to be better. We also added Michael Robinson Jr. from Ball State. He should have a role somewhere. Ryan Kearney should be involved as well. Obviously considering the tough circumstances with Chizz, that opens up another spot in terms of depth and on special teams. Watch out for Keyvone Bruton. He's a hard-hitting safety from Temple, who could also play in a Rover-type of a role. The secondary is usually the biggest question mark, but it should be a strength. Brandon Shuman is back. He missed the second half of the season in 2019 and you could tell we really struggled in the back end. We added Mark Collins Jr. (South Dakota), 6-3 D.J. Pratt (UVa) Charles Peoples (Juco/Ga St) and Makai Self (Penn State transfer). Shuman and Peoples could be the starters, but Collins, Self and freshman Shaeek Smith, the No. 2 corner in PA, who could also return kicks. At safety, Jamal Gay returns after an ACL injury that cost him 2019. He's back along with S.J. Brown, who had a pretty good 2019. We lose Coby Tippett, but also should get some help from Robert Topps, the Kansas transfer, who came off the bench in 2019. Bruton could also be moved back there if needed. I wonder if they move a big corner back there but they do have some young guys like Ubayd Steed, who sat out last season, who could be in the mix. It's a long way of saying, we could be pretty good or very good if Pass is the real deal. A little worried about the D-line. In other words, a lot rests on Pass to be the guy.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. 5 points
  6. 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!
  7. 4 points
  8. 4 points
    Opening "A lot of encouraging things. The intent of this group is off the charts. We have to get healthy, but I can't complain about work ethic, attitude, coachability. Our bodies are getting back to what our teams normally look like. I thought last year during the pandemic, I didn't think we look like we normally look. We have some guys that look the part." On Curtis Holland "I thought he looked good yesterday. I'm not a doctor. He's a good enough player to help us. Timberlake comes back tomorrow. We know he's going to help us and has helped us, because he's as competitive as they come." On versatility "For Tiger Fans, Rizzuto and Nolan bring talent, toughness, energy, leadership. They're everyday guys. As a staff, we're encouraged by Charles (Thompson) and Chase Paar playing together and looking good. That is is in the equation. Chase has looked really good the last couple of weeks. He arrived here with a bit of a quad injury. His body has been changing. He has some skills with shooting and dribble handoffs. He's 6-10 and is a wall. He's doing a good job with changing his body. We also have Gibby on the court during workouts and he such a good shooter. Cam (Holden) will be a better shooting threat than people realize. He looks good. He never really lifted so he's benefitting. He can deck it and pass it. Until you are healthy, then you can put it together. We decided to play the veteran guys more together. There is some spacing that can help us. Charles has been great. He's such a worker. He's as tough a guy as we've had. He's a leader. I can't say enough about the type of guys they are. You want everybody to be 100%. That has a lot to do with your success. I can't complain about intent, work ethic, accountability, toughness. It's been awesome." On this summer We had a great summer in Fobbs' senior season. We had our best offensive year. We played more because we weren't as banged up. I appreciated being able to do what we normally had done (no Summer in 2020). We haven't done it in so long. It sounds simple. It's hard to build habits when you don't have a routine. It makes you appreciate what you had. We're out recruiting here. The veteran guys we brought in they look differently. That makes you feel good. You have four guys that have played a lot and you still have Nick, Juwan, Gibson. Juwan is working his tail off. He has skill and is bigger than he ever has been. Played at under 220 last year. Will play at a little under 230. Hick has played well before he got hurt. Gill is a worker. Tyler Coleman is making strides with his body. Has a high IQ. Played for some good coaches. As his body changes, his game will evolve into that. Chris Biekeu is an older freshman. His body looks great. He has to take care of the ball. I've been pleased with Darrick Jones. If he takes care of the ball and continues to work, he is a heck of an athlete. He has to be solid from 3. He has the tools. He's had a good spring. He didn't have any of that last year. There is a path for him ane he controls that. He's doing a good job. Objectives on finishing up practice: 1)Get Healthy. 2)Continue to build habits. 3)As we are playing around with a couple of different concepts, do we do a good enough job evaluating that minus some key guys. It's a little like spring football. Two years when we changed our offense, we used it all summer. We're trying to play with a little better spacing. It would help if we had everyone on the floor. I have four guys that played a lot on a good team. The four transfers we brought in late I trust those guys. We have a freshman in Hicks who has a good path. Curtis Holland is talented enough to play. He has a high IQ. He's very strong, athletic and can shoot. There's going to be competition. We know Nolan, Rizzuto and Timberlake are going to play. As far as the freshmen (along with Jones and Biekeu) can they be everyday guys. Paar moves better than we thought. We're going to play a skilled lineup with two guards, but we can play two bigs. We have some versatility.
  9. 4 points
    100% agree with your post. All of the kids that are transferring in to Towson would be/are impact players at their respective schools. The landscape of top tier FCS has changed. The portal will now become an even bigger part of creating the depth needed to compete for a national championship. Easily the most depth that Towson has ever had. I expect this team to challenge for the National Championship.
  10. 4 points
  11. 4 points
    Really made Towson look fun
  12. 4 points
    We missed out on the playoffs thanks to that crooked AD from UNH that kept putting his team in the playoffs (for like 15 years), when they had no business being there because he had a seat on the selection committee (Marty Scarano). We pasted UNH like 66-35 on the final game of the season to end up with the same record as them, yet they got the bid. That LSU game was fantastic. I wouldn't trade it for the playoffs. We had the lead for a chunk of the game. We rushed for more yards than ANYONE did on LSU that entire season. We had 4 sacks vs. 0 for LSU. We played outstanding. Too bad we didn't get in the playoffs though, to your point, as that might have been our best team ever. If we had Enders the next season, I think we would have won it all. We were featured on 60 Minutes b/c of that game, we made some show like hard knocks for LSU, etc. That was so memorable.
  13. 4 points
    Funny how everybody says "PS is a great guy, but blah, blah, blah" Maybe he is and maybe he isn't. you only know him from afar, but that is neither here nor there. You don't get an extension for being a great guy, just like you don't get an extension for having a team get a 3.0 GPS. maybe you should....but you don't.....So talk about the stuff that matters. The teams have failed to perform at the moments that matter. That is all that matters. It is all that mattered when he got extensions based on numbers of wins....nothing to do with being a "great guy". Keep your eye on the ball......what's good for the goose is good for the gander. You don't need to soften the blow....other coaches have been fired for not winning and they have far less resources that PS. We don't need reasons...we don't need explanations...we need a new coach....period.
  14. 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.
  15. 4 points
    This is like being stuck at the airport and watching your flight time and gate change 10 times.
  16. 4 points
    Rather have parents/family posting on here than a silent board, imo Welcome, Godfather18
  17. 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.
  18. 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.
  19. 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.
  20. 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.
  21. 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.
  22. 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
  23. 3 points
    You'll get used to the negative Nancies floating around this board. Nothing but a natty is acceptable for some.
  24. 3 points
    Now that it’s UVA, I wonder if it ends up on one of the ESPN family of networks.
  25. 3 points

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