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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
    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!
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. 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
  6. 3 points
    Tom Flacco spotted in Federal hill off Fort Ave by the Shoppers
  7. 3 points
    Marketing is pushing this game hard, I love it. Rob was on campus handing out shirts. Players in PAWs handing out stuff too. Ton of buzz on social media. Kudos to the marketing department.
  8. 3 points
    Love it that Rob is out on campus getting students hyped for Saturday!
  9. 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.
  10. 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.
  11. 3 points
    While it is apparent that our guys are not the best offensive players, the coaching philosophy needs to change. Under Pat, we have only twice average over 73 points a game. I can't believe that we just always consistently have inept offensive players, were only 1-2 can average more than 10 points a game. It is a style issue and that needs to change, as college hoops and the CAA is changing and becoming more offensive oriented. I know the response will be "we don't have as much talent and need to rely on out hustling teams," but after 8 years whose fault is that? Yes, we got dealt a sh*tty hand when two players quit on the coaches, their teammates and the program, but we aren't the only ones. Delaware lost Daly, UNCW lost their coach and Bryce two years ago, Drexel lost Isabell. We need to push the ball more, run more creative offensive sets and space the floor better. We have always had to work 10 times harder to get a decent shot than teams we play. Can it be the players? After so much turnover and different types of players, it is not. This year we have taken 100 less 3's than the next closest team. 100! And that team plays a similar one in style to us, Charleston, who also hits a low % of 3's, who has 20 wins. It is not like they are down late in games needing to chuck up 3's. But guess what, they aver 7.5 more points a game than us. Kai Toews, the freshman point guard for UNCW, in 30 minutes per game averages 7.8 assists per game, 210 on the season. We as a team have 255.. That is ridiculous. Toews isn't a great athlete and not the best shooter, but Skerry needs to find players like this. Ones' who wont jump out of the gym, but can handle the ball and run a team using basketball IQ. In 2 Double OT games, we have scored 80 and 71. We have only broke 70 in regulation, 3 times this year at home (one against Loyola and the other an Ivy) How bad is the offense? Games of 61 against WM and 77 and 61 against UNCW (351st of 353 in Defense rankings). UNCW just "held" NE to 81 last night, in Wilmington, with NE missing Puscica and Occeaus. This is not a fire Skerry rant/thread. The team has gotten better lately and gelled. But this is my observation and opinion on the direction of the program overall. It is stuck in neutral (like football was until Tom showed up) and I'm just left wondering, will the next year or two be much better?? We may win a few more games, but will we ever make a run in the CAA? I appreciate what he has done for the program and school as a whole. He is a nice guy and has graduated all of the players, they help out in the community, and helps put on a wonderful annual Autism Awareness event. You can be a good guy and coach, but also win too. His style, philosophy, staff, and plays are just not cutting it.
  12. 3 points
    RA on Practice facilities The kids that are here are not going to care until it gets used. Right now, it's just a hole in the ground. It's going to help with one team if not three teams out of the stadium to practice. It makes practice organization a lot better. If you have 19 sports and just one (outdoor) practice facility, that's insane. We're catching up to what we didn't do for the last 25 years. We stopped practicing on the (old) outdoor facility after the sinkhole debacle. It's always been a disaster. It drains poorly. Grass doesn't grow. It doesn't stay if it does grow. This is a long time coming. Goals coming into both classes? Offensive line and it's still a goal. We had a kid that doesn't want to play football anymore (Carnesale?). We have a kid that wants to graduate early and head to grad school somewhere else to a two-year program, which we don't have. Offensive line numbers. I think we've done a great job, not a good job. Matt (Applebaum) and Scott (Van Zile) have done a great job of identifying scholarship kids that are much bigger and better. I looked at the preferred walk-on weekend and I went back to the first year we started here and our preferred walk-on weekend look better than the scholarship guys back then. They are bigger, stronger, better grades. The clay that we are starting with our much bigger and faster. Immediate needs to fill? Some spots in the secondary. I got rid of more guys in the last three years than I probably did in the first four put together, esp. the secondary. We're still cleaning up bad choices in recruiting on my part. The offensive line thing was huge. As for wide receivers, Daniel Thompson, we had him a year ago. Street, that was pleasant. Getting Marcus (Bowman) and Jesus (Gibbs) was huge. Getting McDonough (the punter) was huge. A plug-in play punter and kicker guy was big. Lot of needs. We're still not done. The world that we live in now. Signing day is anti-climatic. One, there is two of them. The first one is before Christmas. Now you get to this point, half of those guys who are in are not even here in school. As for players to be named later, if there are less than five new guys (transfers) from now through August 1, I'll be massively surprised. Legally I can't say their name yet. They won't be here in the spring. We scheduled spring ball in anticipation for this. We'll have months to watch film and lift weights. On center situation Cole (Cheripko) can do that. Cassels. Truitt. We'll move Perkins back from fullback in the spring. Mullins will move from defense to offense. D'mitri Francis could return for fifth year for depth purposes. On recruits-OL Jean Germain (6-5, 340). He's a big human being who is very smart. If you just look at the linemen alone. The guys that we are bringing in are just as big if not bigger than our current juniors in the program. Andrew Gryzmkowski has done a great job of getting bigger and stronger. Cole Cheripko went from 250 to 290. These guys are doing a walking in the door at 290-315 and they can move. Ricky Santiago. Both those guys came to camp. You get a whole bunch of film of a whole bunch of linemen. Until you see them live in front of you, film doesn't lie, but who they go against does. It's hard to judge. If Santiago is going against Jesus Gibbs and Bryce Carter, he's kicking their butt. If you are over 6-5 and you're long, 6-foot tall pass rushers are terrible. Austin Weiser very impressive and very smart. Can play all over the place. His arms are longer. He's scary smart. On other players Ricky DeBerry playing the bandit spot. In right position. (why not a strong pass rusher?). That's not his position. On OL Feeling good about Cole, he started a couple of games at right guard. Nico (Rusolillo) was going to be here for two more years. All we needed was a right tackle. Now we have to find the guy who will start or come off the bench. Clearly, there will be more people coming in here and finding the right tackle. Carnesale is going to grad school and possibly at Sacred Heart. On RBs Jaelen Thompson (left). He looked at three running backs ahead of him and four (Platt). He just knew the line was too long. Might not add another. Only if it's a bigger back and we find the right guy. We have four tailbacks with playing experience and Shawn Bryan being the fifth. That's plenty. The problem is, I can get a transfer guy and he'd be perfect for that but he'll only have two years. I don't want to bring another big guy in to sit behind three starters and then AP (Platt) will say he's a starter too. When Yeedee goes...We had a line on a freshman to a school that pays "cost of attendance". He was a big back and that would have been good. I'll probably let it transpire for another year and pick up another one. Or one back that is a little older and that has three years to go. Yeedee (coming off shoulder surgery) is probably better that he doesn't practice in the spring so he doesn't hurt other guys. On WRs (Greyshirt WR) Daniel Thompson and (transfer Darian) Street are in class right now. Every single one of those kids are an upgrade. Daniel Thompson is about 6-3, 210ish and has room to grow. He'll put up on 15 pounds in a month. Hellacious blocker. Logan Justice (r-freshman) good straight speed. Very tough. Doesn't change direction well. Kind of tight in the hips and he knows it. He had a good fall. JA'Len Elliott had a great fall. Was on nobody's radar last year. Transfer from D2. Walk-on here. Has a chance to play here. On Leatherbury. More mental understanding and confidence. Much more confident in himself, his game and his game. On Charles Murphy. He's potentially an extremely good football player. Has to put weight on. Great athlete who also played basketball. Street played in the ACC Championship game. He's a ballplayear. When he wanted out of there. Shane Simpson begged me. He said he will be good. He can play. (A three year guy) and is in school now. Having a spring to get your scheme under your built helps. This group is one of the best that ever played here. I coached one of those groups. Jabari (Allen). Everybody knows who he is and got no All-confernece honors. Have to constantly get beter. The leading receiver from two years ago (Greenwood) finished with three catches and didn't finish the year. Complacency is not an option. (Justin Harper) has us blocking downfield better than ever. I have guys 25 yards downfield blocking guys and putting them on their butt. On replacing Sam Gallahan The one thing Sam provided was a physical consistency. There wasn't a DB out there that outmuscled him. All these guys can catch and run. But some of those guys are a year younger or less experienced. You have to practice blocking or adapting to tweaks and changes to the offense. On tight ends Hirschmann, Epps, Myles Wright. Jason Epps moves from quarterback and to tight end and destroyed the defense. He was massively impressive. He's smart and physical. If we teach him how to block, he'll be good. Oh yeah, we have Chris Clark. Healthy enough. Physical, can run, has great hands. Great route runner. Has speed. Needs to run better with the ball. His last year. Myles is starting to step up. He can be as good as anybody we have but has to do it all the time, not 70%. On LT Andrew Garnett He has the greatest potential of the whole group. Size, agility, brains and want to. If you watch the film, early on in the season, if I'm being honest. He was not very good when the season started. He got better. Unlike most guys. He was a Cish player at the beginning and low A at the end. That's just off of two years of high school football. Everything is faster and harder. His improvement was impressive. The only reason he wasn't an all-conference player because he didn't have a foundation. You watch him against hefty competition late in the season and he's owning guys. He's only going to get better. On assistants on offense Scott (Van Zile) will coach quarterbacks. Tyree (Foreman) will coach running backs, what he's better suited for. We'll end up hiring a tight end coach. (he'll be running the offense). We're going to run the stuff that our kids are good at. Everything involves. Whatever we ran in 2011, was different than 2013. Philosophical changes. We had so much success with what we were doing that we stopped completely adapting to what we have. We did a much better job last year. Concern on offense Tight red and goal line. Our stats on third down and scoring was great. Lack of turnovers. Where we lacked was inside the 5. Huge problem. The closer we got, the worse we got. That was a point of emphasis. On Jared leaving It's flattering. When one of your rivals wants to hire one of your own. It's a little sad that I couldn't stop it from happening. I'm not saying brother to brother, my place of business could not stop one of my better empoyees from being hired away. Imagine a Delaware fan having to put up with another Ambrose? He got his first GA job with (Keeler). When I left to go to UConn, I was very close with my brother. It hurt to be away from him for as much as I was. It kind of stuck with me. To be able to work with your brother for 10 years and have the kind of success that we've had together, that's pretty cool and it's rare. When I was at UConn, I saw him like three times a year. On new DC Eric (Daniels) is a young, intelligent, aggresive guy. He reminds me of some other dudes I knew a long time ago. He learned under some great coaches at SMU and understands both sides of the ball. The good part of the scheme that he brings to the table won't be a huge change for us but there will be some. On defense and what has to change Everything. It's hard to be the worst team in the conference and we are. That's just unacceptable. If we were middle-of-the-road, I wonder where we would have wound up. We had the second-toughest schedule I've ever had to coach against. We did pretty well but we can do a lot better. On personnel We miss Monty (Fenner) and Diondre (Wallace). They were the older brothers. Good leaders. Guys are stepping into those roles, slowly but surely on both sides of the ball. Without Zane V. and Matt (Kaufmann). We lost two voices. Now Aaron G. is yelling at guys, that's not how we do that here. That's fun to watch. On new Dl-ine Bowman and Gibbs are here. One of the best, if not the best scout team players last year was Vinne Shaffer (6-0, 310) is here. He's a viable choice. Has great strength. Vinnie has great potential and is a local guy. Bryce Carter and Gibbs can play anywhere. Malik Tyne and Ricky DeBerry. Bryce is probably one of the most underrated players. Waiting on Tibo (Debaille) is healthy but we're going to see if he's available to play in the spring. Bryce Lauer is recovering from surgery and looked good before that. On LBs Marcellus Gaines, Derrick McCoy. Gaines plays bigger than 210. He's really physical. Was on our list early. Loved us early. Locked it up fast. Hacksaw. He's 6-1, 207. Long arms. Big speed. Really smart. Brock Irvin. He's a multipositional athlete. Has a lot of athlete. He's a tweener. He's not big enough to put his hand down and not long enough or fast enough to play LB. In two years, he'll have his spot. His body has to grow into that. Could be 250 or 220. I give our people a lot of credit. He goes to a school where fall-term grads don't get published until February. He's in school now and has three years. On secondary At corner, we got a lot better because we got older. Shuman and Gillette are having great offseasons. Jirhe Love looks like an FBS corner now. He sat in here with me, I was pissed I didn't play but I realized I wasn't ready. Now he says I'm ready. McCants, Troy Vincent is back, Robert Javier looks amazing. Wilson has a chance. I love this safety kid. The kid from Dulaney is a great athlete. SJ Brown and Wynn. Both played safety and quarterback. Their vision in the secondary is amazing. They see it bigger because they played quarterback. Stanley Davis. He went to college with Mantrell (Reaves). He was also a HS quarterback at Petersburg, Va. Got overloked. Good kid. I need to see more. I have high expectations for Jamal Gay. If we did anything wrong, we shoud have played Gay more last year. He's challenging for a starting job and once he gets it, should never lose it. On safeties Communication issues. Tippett didn't play as much as the previous season. That's based on him. You have a guy who is a one year starter in Reaves, but doesn't have the experience of hearing it as much as we'd like. The communication on the back end hurt the most. The guy who struggled the least was Robert Heyward and it showed. Heyward will be at Mike or Will. LB Ryan Kearney is the smartest guy. He gets made when he gets an B so he makes less mistakes. He still has a long way to go. Chizz U. has the greatest physical skills and has big upside. Dymelle Parker is gone. Nygill Johnson is Keon Paye's backup. We could move him to Bandit in a year to replace DeBerry. He just need to step up. He needs to stay there (220). He's one of those guys whose body takes awhile to grow. Special teams Picked up a long snapper that you can't mention. McDonough kid is everything we wanted. Got hangtime. Kickoff time. Can kick field goals. Tippett has great return skill but was undisciplined. Now we have more guy. Shane (Simpson) is good on punt returns but D'Ago Hunter could be special. That's just for punts. I have a whole bunch of guys for kickoffs. We're in good shape. On Europe Started with Tibo. Europe football is blowing up. Our media doesn't cover it. Gus has been going to Europe for years, tied up with a group in Canada. They have camps in France. There aren't many opportunities. I was in a camp in Hawaii, All the island kids come there for four days and there are 1,000 kids. That's the one chance for these kids to be seen by coaches. Same thing for Europe. We've been planning seeds in Europe. Once we got Tibo, it got real. These kids are making two visits a year to see us. Talking about 35 kids. They don't know that there is a difference between College Park and Towson. They don't care. They are incredibly intelligent and multi-lingual. There are more rocks to look under. It was cheaper to fly Gus to Europe instead of going to California. He goes and stays with people we know. As far as what's going to come of it, I can't say yet. I knew it could bear fruit, we started something, a trend. Kickers and punters used to come from Australia. Too many good football players over in Europe. They don't have bad habits. They love it. They play really hard and they are good for our guys. Tibo is good for a team. A bit of a risk? We're not just taking a European guy. We're taking the right one. We're vetting them more. We know what our guys go up against. There a whole bunch of Americans involved in this. They are knowledgeable. These kids are older. ONe of these kids we're talking to is a 21-year old freshman. Played club ball. On not being on TV Doesn't hurt as much being on Comcast SportsNet. NBCSports was nice. Now, nothing is national. If it's on ESPN or a major network, it doesn't matter. It's a different world we live in. Would I like it, it's above my pay grade. Thoughts on the season? Two years without quarterback play. Having the ability to have Morgan (Mahalak). He played three games and one quarter. You cannot win games without a good quarter. Stover was just too damn young. Having consistent play at quarterback pays dividends. The offense wasn't that bad from the season before. A lot of it has to do with quarterback play. Nobody is getting there with an average quarterback. Tom is a very good quarterback. All the pieces were in place. Matt Kauffman went from being not an all-conference player to being first team. How does that happen? Our kids were hungry. Getting rid of some guys. Guys being leaders. Tom was definitely one of them. Outsdie of disaster, we should always be in the top 25. Outside of massive injuries. This year, was more impressive because this was the best this conference has been. When Rhody is winning, Maine is winning, we're winning. Everbody is winning. It's way harder than it's ever been. No league has seven teams that can beat you. On QBs He and I talked about it. (playing baseball). He was a draftable baseball prospect. I wouldn't dare take that away from. The other guys will get reps. This is his one chance. Something he wanted to see if he could do. Tristan (Harris) is going to be able to to back (from ACL). Jeff Miller needs to get more reps. They will be fighting for a job in a year. Very pleased about Jeff Miller. I found out more about Jeff in six months. Found out that he learned more from YouTube. He never got coaching in HS.
  13. 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.
  14. 3 points
    It’s amazing how “fans” shit talk, excuse my language, young college kids instead of sticking by our players and coaches? If you think that they don’t see these comments, you’re insane. Ok, they aren’t the best basketball players or had a rough game, it happens. Their effort can’t be questioned, just their skill and it happens. It’s college basketball. But my heart goes out to these kids, especially Thomas and Mcneil sticking out these 4 years and being apart of a bunch of different causes and programs at Towson and in the community. Yes I’m disappointed, but you guys are ridiculous.
  15. 3 points
    From the Duquesne Board ”My only other experience with TOWSON is many years ago, at OC Maryland for a week and having the pleasure of having a group of very impressive Towson St, ladies sitting next to us on the beach all week. I nicknamed them the Towson State Seduction Team! It certainly brightened up our week at the beach!” LMAO
  16. 3 points
    Jared is a horrible OC but as long as RA is here we are stuck with Jammer.
  17. 3 points
    They could be referring to whether Towson has officially granted them their respective releases. As I understand it, without an official release, a transfer can enroll at a new school, but must pay his own way (or I guess take out student loans) for the year he has to sit out. In other words, no free ride scholarship during the sit out year. So, let me say this-when I 1st heard ZM & Gorham were leaving I was, as a TU basketball fan, devastated. But, the more I ruminate on this, I’ve come around on my way of thinking-I’m now glad that the dark cloud from last years team-of which ZM & Gorham were a part of-has been lifted. Between EK’s bickering, Ingram’s quitting over minutes, Morman being kicked off the team, & now obviously ZM & Gorham having formed their own clique, I say good luck to all of them & its time to look forward, not backwards. My own sense (with the caveat that I’ve never met either young man) is that neither, especially ZM, embody the characteristics I’d like to see in a real “student athlete.” The vibe I get from ZM is that school is an annoyance, to be (barely) tolerated in order to play basketball. If that’s his mindset, fine, leave college & go play for pay. As to Gorham, I seem to recall he was suspended as a senior from his HS team. I’m not privy to why, but it should have raised a red flag as to his character. Bottom line, both have undeniable basketball skills. 1, or both, will eventually get paid, at some level, for their skills. But, they may learn a valuable lesson from all this, which is that the grass isn’t always greener someplace else. I have no sympathy for either. If they want, they’ll get an opportunity to continue playing college basketball at another school & will have a chance to parlay that opportunity into a degree. For either to infer they’re a “prisoner” demonstrates a mindset of one who is spoiled, immature, lacking a certain degree of education, & in complete denial. I’d rather lose without them, then win with them. Frankly, we’ve already lost with them, so their departures are hardly the end of TU basketball as we know it.
  18. 3 points
    I’ve always kept this on the hush but I was apart of the marketing team that increased attendance and sold out the Lehigh game. Wadddell and Mike Hollis had a vision and we did effective marketing. Waddell sent letters out and had us attending events in places where there were possible alumni. We worked nights, weekends, and in the rain. We also pushed the needle with campus promoting which included having the players market too. I pushed for them to not implement the ticket and one card switch because some students such as myself didn’t have time to go pick up a ticket. Behind the scenes Waddell and Mike Hollis knew what it took to bring people in. We also had a very engaged intern and undergrad intern team. After our team graduated and Mike Hollis was offered by the Brooklyn Nets it started to slide. Waddell left the same year. We were very active on the CAA forums and took all good ideas and brought them to life if we could. The Doc page on Facebook played a huge part in getting students but they have done away with that too. We used every outlet possible to bring people in and it worked. I don’t see this anymore.
  19. 3 points
    Final scrimmage was pretty solid in front of some of the season ticket holders. A couple of notes. 1)D'Mitri Francis played left tackle and Antonio Harris moved to left guard. However, Zane Ventemiglia was out with a minor injury, and Aaron Gryzmkowski moved to right guard. That could be a temporary thing as Coach Ambrose said Tuesday everything should go back, assuming that Harris goes back to left tackle The good news is that there are many different options on this line. Personally, I like the size of Francis (325) and Harris (315) on the left side. We should be able to run on anybody. Grzymkowski (290) is more of an unknown quantity as a r-freshman. The cohesion of the line is the biggest question. Matt Kauffman and Antonio Harris are the only returning starters. But at least Ventemiglia and starting center Carnesale played in the spring. 2)Mahalak was sharp. He made some great corner throws over the shoulder to Greenwood and Nick Gray. Greenwood, Leatherbury, Richardson and Kilgore are the top four receivers. Still waiting to see Rutgers transfer John Tsimis get on the field. He apparently returned to practice this week but was held out again. Good to see most of the injured players back on the field like Reece Burnett. Nice to see his big body in there and even if it's just short-yardage and goal line, he's tough to move at 6-2, 360. Also good to see Dorsey back out there at WR. I think he's close to playing as a true freshman. That speed is intriguing. Same with Christian Greaves, who finally got on the field but has missed so much time that he was with the three's. Guessing he'll redshirt. 3)Safeties are a concern. Monty Fenner is fine but opposite him is a concern. Boals and Sheppard are both nicked up. Freshman Cody Tippett was in there with the one's but he's not a given to play due to a clearinghouse issue. 4)Tibo D. continues to play well. He made a nice spin move on what would have been a sack (can't hit QB). Very impressive for a true freshman. He should be in the tackle rotation with Cummings, Clifton Jones, ZHUP, Cook and big Reece, though Nieqquo was out for a change with an injury. 5)Also good to see Joe Green finally make a few big runs on short passes. Having seen much of the tight ends make many plays in the passing game. All are big (6-3, 250+). Zeus Barrio is 6-5, 265 and pretty athletic. He might be the second tight end after Green. Not sure where Metise Moore, Zach Herron and Knudson fit. At fullback, love Nick Vermillion. Jordan Waite should get the start but Vermillion is going to be a fan favorite. If you like short, squatty guys who are athletic (who doesn't hint), he's perfect. I could see him playing as a freshman.
  20. 3 points
    Thought I'd try and update the 28-player recruiting class from February, which doesn't include late additions in Jabari Greenwood and John Tsimis. Also not including 2016 recruits Jabari Allen and Dymelle Parker who arrived in the spring and showed great potential. DB Mitchell Boals (Juco transfer)-fighting for starting safety spot with Brandon Sheppard. DB Warren Buckner Jr. -Injured knee, out for the season and will redshirt. OL Cole Cheripko -One of top freshmen lineman. Probably will still redshirt unless there is an injury to a starter. DL Tibo Debaillie-competing for 2nd unit on Dline. Might be rare true freshman defensive linemen to play. Helped that he played in the spring. OL Josh Diaz-Tall lanky lineman needs a year to put on weight but has talent. LB Christian Dixon - Athletic linebacker from North Carolina has shown some potential. WR Rodney Dorsey- Groin injuries have held him back but he can fly. OL D'Mitri Francis (Juco) - Huge lineman from Florida who played in Juco ball in California. Still learning system. Could start eventually. WR Christian Greaves-One of the top recruits of 2017. Having a tough time getting on the field due to injuries. Fortunately for Towson, they are deep at WR. Might redshirt. OLB Nygil Johnson -Former Nevada commit has flashed potential but why play him right away as a backup if you can bulk him up? LB Abdoulaye Konate-currently on 2nd unit. Very speedy and talented player. OL Ethan Knapp -not on roster OL Jacob Laub - not on roster FB Eric Magnfico - Has worked some at RB. FB/HB type. DB Vashon McCants-impressive player with some size at 6-0, 180 to play corner. TE Metise Moore (Juco)-Pushing for playing time DT John Mullins-Probably a redshirt but dominating at times on third team. OL Bryce Perkins -Another PA lineman who will likely redshirt and likely future guard. RB Adrian Platt-Can return kicks but leaving team for a few days and returning probably didn't help chances of playing this year. Definitely has shown he can play. DB Brion Seagraves - Another NC defensive back with similar size to Tye Smith. Likely future safety. DB Coby Tippett - At some point, well, he'll always be Andre Tippett's son but kid has playmaking ability. Likely redshirt. OL Jackson Truitt - Delaware guard who will probably redshirt. OG Zane Ventimigilia (Juco) -Likely starter at right guard FB Nick Vermillion - This dude is a beast. Linebacker, baseball player. Might play this season. TE Myles Wright -Offseason knee injury. Future star once he packs on a little more weight and recovers from ACL. DB Kobe Young-One of the young stars of the camp. Now playing RB. Could still move back to CB. Very talented.
  21. 2 points
    One thing I forgot to mention was that I was impressed with the play of Tristan Harris, the fourth-string quarterback. I loved his play-fakes and ability to run, even though he's coming off knee surgery and is now listed at 6-2, 220. Really not sure who the backup quarterback is right now, ok Stover, but Harris might be third-string. I like Jeff Miller but he just doesn't fit this offense at all. He's a big pocket passer in a world of dual-thread spread, read-option athletic qbs. Next year, if he's the starter, they'll have to go back to a more traditional offense.
  22. 2 points
    https://towsontigers.com/news/2019/2/16/mens-basketball-perfect-first-half-lifts-towson-past-drexel.aspx First half - best we’ve played all season. Second half - very sloppy on both ends for both teams. But it was great to see shots falling regularly and it’s a good bounceback from Thursday’s loss.
  23. 2 points
  24. 2 points
    Love the First Union reference. It truly fit Philly. FU Center. Sad they changed sponsors. Philly the one city where the Big 5 always play each other. No matter what Villanova is ranked they still play Penn. I’m a believer in Skerry and he’s gonna get it done. We have so much better talent coming through the door now. I’ll be there when we make the dance whether it’s Dayton Ohio or Portland Oregon. We have come too far not to think we won’t ... 58 years for my Eagles 27+ for our Tigers... no sweat When I was at the Burkshire Marriot for the Elon game I spoke to JG in the lobby. He and Zane are gonna get it done for us before they leave. I’m calling it now. I’ll be sending pics with my Towson gear on from the Golden Gate Bridge either basking in our glory or jumping off.
  25. 2 points
    For those of us who watched it on TV, could they show the salad dressing commercial one more time?!?! Holy smokes. What a terrible broadcast. The sideline reporter was hot though.

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