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  1. 8 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. 7 points
    I was creeping on the Hofstra blogs to see what they had to say about the game. "Offensively, you cannot win games when you don't move the ball and don't move people, and when you're not shooting lights out and when you don't have guys who can score enough on their own. Towson plays together. They're a pleasure to watch. HU looks like its struggles for everything it gets. Way too much 1-on-1." Can't say I've seen that written about a TU team in a long time.
  3. 6 points
    Spring Practice Football Update #1 Out there today in the cold weather in the morning at the new lower practice fields. Only issue I had was that my tape recorder on my phone froze up, so I didn't get RA's comments down. However, from what I remember, I asked about pleasant surprises and he pointed out freshman receiver Isaiah Perkins (6-2, 205), who is wearing one of Kobe Young's number (19). The other was S Evan Rutkowski (6-2, 200), Ryan's kid brother who has moved to safety. It's difficult to get a gage on a team with so many players coming in the summer. You look at the list below and many of the transfers are not here. Ralph Pagie Jr., a center from Merrimack, was the only player from that list below who was here. So O-line was a mess with no Jean Germain (injury), Cole Cheripko (off-season surgery) and then LG Alex Desire was hurt in the scrimmage and carted off, though apparently not serious (probably an ankle). So they had Paige at center, Mathias Adjinbrauk (6-3, 325) at left tackle, Roma Warheit at right tackle and big sophomore Ricky Santiago Espinal (6-6, 345) at right guard. I would expect that Josh Roberts, the Lafayette transfer, moves right into left tackle. Will have at least two more offensive line transfers. If Paige does well, they could move Cheripko to guard and at least you have experience with Warheit, Desire, and Germain at the other spots, though I assume they get a right tackle. While that's a very important part as is running back, nothing matters until they find a quarterback. Tyler Johnston (UAB transfer) showed some promise and made one really bad throw over the middle, but his ability to run in the spread makes him very valuable. As I've said many times. with his injury history, I assume they would add another veteran QB. But while last season, Chris Ferguson may or may not have been the best quarterback to do the job, I think if Johnston gets the job, freshmen Scott Smith and Nathan Kent will be much better options. Smith was very impressive in the scrimmage with his touch and at 6-4, 210, he showed surprising ability to run. But I was impressed last summer in very few reps as fourth or fifth quarterback. Today he was in the mix in the top three with Amendola and Kent. I threw some really tight throws including one that was dropped about 40 yards downfield (I believe by a walk-on). But if our O-line was fine and Johnston was injured, I'd be fine with him leading the offense even though I do prefer a dual-threat guy. But Smith was excellent today. Johnston was solid and his throws aren't as tight as Smith, but he usually gets it there and he runs like Enders with a bit of speed and a lot of power. Was hoping to see dual-threat freshman QB Richon Holmes (6-1, 205), but he was not out there. I assume he redshirts unless he has an incredible summer. At running back, Folley impressed but then was nicked up late. It's hard not to like D'Ago Hunter, but he can't last at running back at 5-6, 160 and is so good as a return man. Didn't see a lot of Curtis Murray, the Maine transfers, who was hurt last season. Hoping they can add two more backs. Definitely need a prime back like a Jerry Howard and a speedster. If the season started today, I would say Folley (if healthy) and Devin Matthews are the top two backs. At receiver, Jabari Allen made an incredible catch in the end zone and he looks healthy. It's just a shame he was injured in Flacco's last season and then the QB issues didn''t help last year. Darian Street, Perkins, Daniel Thompson, Matthew Akuchie (FAU transfer) are solid. We could probably use another burner or two. What we really need is a tight end. Malik Jackson (Maryland) and Devin Gill (Ventura College) will arrive in the summer. On defense, I think the line will be ok. RA mentioned that Jesus Gibbs was in great shape after his Achilles' tendon surgery and should be ready for summer camp. He was a huge loss in the middle of the season last year. Mason Cholewa was also playing with all sorts of injuries and it probably didn't help that he played in the spring with JMU. With those guys gone, Vinnie Shaffer was back at nose guard and had an impressive pick-six from about 50 yards. Tramar Reece (6-4, 270) was playing OLB with Oly Okombi, Shaffer and Bryce Lauer, who is a stout 280 now at 6-3. There should be a lot of depth there, but who is going to rush the passer? Another late addition will be Makye Smith (6-1, 240) from Stony Brook. He has five sacks last season and I would expect him to play more on the edge. We are supposed to get a transfer in VMI sophomore-to-be Kandler Martin (6-2, 250), who had 35 tackles, 5 TFLs and one sack as a freshman. Linebacker is a position I expect at least one transfer to replace Christian Dixon, though RA seems to really like Mason Woods (6-0, 235), a freshman who saw very little time last season, but was a 3* coming out of Gar-Field in Virginia. Ryan Kearney and Sam Alsheimer are also in the mix in the middle. I didn't see Daniel Benjamin, the speedy freshman from the fall. Jamal Gay (6-0, 210) moved from safety to the SAM spot to replace Keyvone Bruton, Time will tell if that move works out. But it makes some sense since that position has basically become a bandit where you need guys that can cover in 3 and 4 WR sets. At CB, Makai Self, the Penn State transfer and Charles Peoples along with Jirhe Love were the main guys along with DJ Partt. Again, I see at least one transfer thee. Not sure I want Peoples as my No. 1 corner. Robert Topps impressed at safety. That's another spot where I see a transfer who can play right away will come in. https://towsontigers.com/news/2022/2/2/towson-football-adds-12-on-national-signing-day.aspx Devin Gill – Tight End – 6-4, 240 – Sophomore – Annandale, Va./Ventura College From the Northern Virginia area comes Gill after a year at Ventura College in California as a tight end. Previous to Ventura and Fork Union, Gill was a football and basketball standout at Annandale High, earning 2018 All-Gunston District Second Team at each quarterback and utility. Dumkele Idehen – Linebacker – 6-0, 215 – Freshman – Fort Mill, S.C./Indian Land H.S. The 2021 Lancaster County (S.C.) Player of the Year will suit up for Towson after earning 166 tackles for Indian Land High this past season, averaging 18.4 tackles a contest. He played in the North-South All-Star game at linebacker in Myrtle Beach, earning All-South Carolina recognition. He also was a track standout as one of the best in the 200-meter and 400-meter dash in the area. Malik Jackson – Tight End – 6-3, 230 – Redshirt Sophomore – Laurel, Md./University of Maryland Jackson becomes the second University of Maryland tight end to transfer to Towson in the last two years, following Robert Schwob. Jackson played in seven games from 2019-21 for the Terrapins after a high school career at Meade where he was a three-star recruit and No. 1 tight end in the state of Maryland by 247Sports. Tyler Johnston III – Quarterback – 6-2, 215 – Graduate Student – Spanish Fort, Ala./University of Alabama-Birmingham After leading UAB to a pair of Conference USA championships, Johnson III will play his final collegiate year with the Tigers. A two-year starting quarterback for the Blazers, Johnston III played in 37 collegiate games, earning 4,837 career passing yards, 37 passing touchdowns and 666 rushing yards. A three-star recruit by 247Sports.com out of Spanish Fort High, he led the Toros to a pair of state titles and a perfect 35-0 record, being a top-50-ranked dual-threat QB in the country. Ethan MacNair – Outside Linebacker – 6-0, 200 – Freshman – Somerville, N.J./Somerville H.S. From the Garden State comes MacNair, the Somerville High standout who led the Pioneers to a Group 3 state playoff semifinal and eight victories in 2021. Named one of the top linebackers in the state by NJ.com, MacNair earned 2021 First Team All-Area honors at running back, including having a 300-yard rushing game against St. Joseph. Tommy Nelson – Running Back – 5-7, 175 – Freshman – Eldersburg, Md./Liberty H.S. Central Maryland's own Nelson heads east to Baltimore County to suit up for the Black & Gold. After being a two-time all-county honoree in football and track, Nelson led Liberty High to the Maryland 2A-1A playoffs, including a 71-yard rushing touchdown against Boonsboro. He was selected to compete in the 2021 Baltimore Touchdown Club All-Star Game, being the Metro Team MVP, and joins fellow Liberty grad Nathan Kent. RJ Chapman – Cornerback – Freshman – 6-0, 180 – Clinton, Md. – Rock Creek Christian Academy Roderick "RJ" Chapman comes to Towson as one of the top defensive backs from Prince George's County. Formerly competing with the Pick Six Academy, Chapman helped Rock Creek to a 7-1 record and a No. 6-ranking in the DMV by the Washington Post this past season, including a key pick-six in a victory over McDowell. He is also the cousin of Brandon Coleman, former New Orleans Saints. Rishon Holmes – Quarterback – Freshman – 6-1, 195 – Baltimore, Md. – Milford Mill Academy Charm City's own Rishon Holmes will stay in Baltimore for the Tigers. Holmes is a three-star recruit and the No. 32-ranked prospect from the state of Maryland by 247Sports, serving as a quarterback, cornerback and returner for Milford Mill Academy. He earned All-Baltimore County First Team in the spring of 2021 by Prep RedZone after leading the Millers to a 5-0 record, also being named to the Baltimore Touchdown Club Super 22 in 2020. Joden Nelson – Offensive Line – Freshman – 6-4, 280 – York, Pa. – William Penn-York H.S. Joden Nelson takes the short trek down I-83 from York to suit up for the Tigers. Ranked a three-star recruit and top-50 prospect in the state of Pennsylvania by 247Sports, Nelson earned 2021 GameTime PA YAIAA All-Star and first team all-county status, leading York to a District 3 Class 6A title game as a starting lineman. He is also part of Accountability For Life, the mentorship and community service program at the school. Makye Smith – Defensive Line – Graduate Student – 6-1, 240 – Upper Marlboro, Md. – Stony Brook University Smith will return to his home state as a graduate transfer from Stony Brook University. A defensive lineman with the Seawolves from 2018-21, Smith amassed 90 total tackles, including 7.5 sacks and 17.5 tackles for loss, ranking in the top-10 in the CAA in sacks in 2021 with five. Previous to Stony Brook, Smith was a Washington Post All-Metro player at Frederick Douglass High as a team captain. Elijah Tarlton – Defensive End – Freshman – 6-3, 235 – Chantilly, Va. – Myrtle Beach Collegiate A three-sport standout in high school in football, track and lacrosse Ralph Paige Jr. – Offensive Line – 6-3, 305 – Redshirt Sophomore – Washington, D.C./Merrimack College Paige Jr. returns to the DMV after playing in 10 games at offensive line the past two seasons for Merrimack College. Previous to Merrimack, Paige Jr. earned 2019 Second Team All-WCAC as a standout player at Bishop McNamara. He joins former teammate JaVaughn Faunteroy on the Tigers. Evan Roberts – Offensive Line – 6-2, 285 – Freshman – North East, Md./Myrtle Beach Collegiate Following a year at the Myrtle Beach Collegiate Post-Graduate Academy, Cecil County native Roberts comes west to Towson to continue his career in the home state. A football, wrestling and track standout at North East High, he was a Hawaii Tiki Bowl invitee in 2020 plus was a regional champion shot putter in track. Josh Roberts – Offensive Line – 6-7, 325 – Graduate Student – Virginia Beach, Va./Lafayette College After serving as Lafayette's starting left tackle in 2021, Roberts will finish his collegiate career at Towson. He played at Lafayette from 2018-21, playing in 19 games between left and right tackle. The Virginia Beach-native played high school ball at Tallwood, being named 2017 All-Beach District Second Team at offensive line. Jordan Sampson – Defensive Line – 6-4, 230 – Freshman – Severn, Md./St. Vincent Pallotti Sampson joins the Towson ranks along with fellow St. Vincent Pallotti alumni Connor Maloney, Isaiah Perkins and Brockman Wallace. Sampson served on the defensive line for Pallotti, helping the Panthers win five games during the 2021 campaign. Blake White – Outside Linebacker – 6-2, 205 – Freshman – Cumberland, Md./Fort Hill H.S. Following in path of fellow Fort Hill alum Luke Hamilton, White comes to Towson after leading the Sentinels to the Maryland 1A state title. The 2021 Cumberland Times-News Player of the Year finished last year with 103 tackles, 17 tackles for loss, 1,353 rushing yards and 21 rushing touchdowns, also being named an all-state and all-area honoree. Riley Williams – Punter – 6-3, 210 – Sophomore – Victoria, Australia/Australian Catholic University Williams is the first-ever Towson football student-athlete from Australia. He has competed with ProKick Australia, which trains punters in the country for American colleges, and spent three years at Australian Catholic University. Dan Volpe – Offensive Line – Freshman – 6-6, 305 – Colts Neck, N.J. – Colts Neck H.S. Named a top-10 offensive lineman in the state of New Jersey by NJ.com, Dan Volpe anchored the line for Colts Neck High, leading the Cougars to the 2021 New Jersey South Group IV quarterfinal and the 2020 Shore Conference regular season title. He is a two-time All-Shore, all-division and all-district selection, including First Team All-Division this past season.
  4. 6 points
    https://caasports.com/news/2022/3/4/mens-basketball-hofstras-aaron-estrada-voted-caa-player-of-the-year-five-programs-recognized-with-major-awards.aspx Timberlake and Holden make first team. CT makes second team. CT and Holden make All-Defensive team.
  5. 6 points
    I have been a Major stockholder for 30+ years. Time to reap some dividends
  6. 6 points
    I dont think that message is for idiots like us who follow every move. It's for the more casual person they're trying to convernt into idiots like us.
  7. 5 points
    On Monday afternoon, I was able to speak with new AD Steve Eigenbrot for about an hour at the Towson. Eigenbrot had only been on the job for about 3 1/2 months and has had to hire three new coaches (WBB, SWIM, WTrack). He also is about to embark on his first football season after spending 12 years at an SEC school in Columbia, S.C. What he brought from South Carolina "I would say that based on where TU is right now, and my background having worked in the external side of the shop and sport administrator, two of those opportunities I had that I can bring my experiences from SC and change where we look at in terms of handling things. The external part getting some synergies. We have a number of positions that are open and we are going to need a couple of more bodies which will be important to our future. Sponsorships sales, ticket sales and development. How are they working together and making sure they are the best version of TU and collaborating on campus. I had a chance to hire three coaches this spring. My experience at South Carolina and was able to spend time on search committees. The challenge was trying to figure it out. Leaning on people here. Hiring coach Harper..." My fourth day on the job, Temple's AD called me and said she's (Coach Richardson) on the top of his list. Two days later she was hired. Credit it to her, she made the position much more attractive. We used the same search firm that hired me. Leaning on Dan (Crowley) and Tricia (Turley Brandenburg)." On using South Carolina to get more people in the seats "There are a lot of opportunities here. Nick Saban is complaining about students not coming to the Alabama games. There are challenges across the board with live sport in this day and age. It was part of my life at South Carolina for 12 years. Great ideas at South Carolina maybe don't play at Towson. Trying to get all the smart people in the room that have tried things. What worked and what didn't work? The student population changed or...I haven't been to a Towson football game yet. I got hired on a Tuesday. We played at Wilmington. Won by 24 points on the road. Before the game, I was near some Towson donors. They were like, "We have to make SECU Arena like this." Wilmington is a different market, but what kinds of experiences do kids want in terms of sports." On getting students to games (giving gifts) "The Delaware re-start game. We were giving Calzones to get the kids to games. I'm not beyond for sure." On the CAA "I'm bullish on it. Getting used to the way we interacted with the SEC was different the way we interacted with the CAA. A lot of history and ebbs and flows of the football program. Our profile is one of the better ones in that conference. It's still an attractive place to be. We have the opportunity to be very successful moving on." On Flo Sports and the CAA "I think that it's easy to knock on FLO. The landscape has changed and what are the alternatives. To be able to have CBS Sports and be on National TV it's extremely valuable. We're still trying to figure out the TV deal moving forward. If we were in the future where Peacock, Hulu and other streaming services were interested in competing against Flo, that I'd be surprised to find that out. ESPN, as powerful as they are, and easy as it is to log in to ESPN+, there are production standards, you are not going to be on National TV with any regularity. What are the resources provided? Flo is easy to knock, but the money is real. How many players are there: Fox Sports, Peacock? Or is it just two options? We have new members that have experienced the other alternatives. The fact that we have an opportunity to be on CBS is top of theist. How can you repackage to get linear opportunities?" ADs agree that regardless of who the partners will be, that we need to invest more in our broadcasts. Our arena helps with that (production). Baseball does one camera shoots while the rest of the conference does two. The standard moving forward, regardless of who your partner is, this is what you have to do." On FCS and the future "Just had the conversation with someone that had some tenure in our league that move on to a different role. Being with a Group of Five, with the landscape, the teams that left FCS to compete, I'm not saying this sarcastically, hope for their sake that the way that FBS football thing plays out over the next couple of years that they don't get send down to this level. There are probably some sleepless nights. I'm pretty comfortable where we are. FCS football is well-aligned with the values of being in an institution of higher education. I like where we're at. I don't want to speak ill of others seeking the football thing. It's a complicated and expensive formula. That world is shifting really fast." There are a lot of Power Five schools that aren't making a profit on football. You have to find value in the institutional prestige that you are competing at the highest level." On Marketing for football "We have to develop better marketing plans. We have to have more resources that are involved in trying to promote. We're a little bit short on the external side. We've not realized the synergies that are possible. COVID probably had something to do with it. Investing time, energy, effort and money on staff and/or advertising. Whether it's students and faculty, in our community or alums, all we are crafting plans for. Trying to do a better job. We have to try and do a better job of getting former student-athletes that we want them to be here. You're going to have a short conversation about pro sports in South Carolina. This area is complicated, it's crowded, there's traffic and there's lots of competition for the entertainment dollar. If they are not coming, are we inviting them?" "Part of our history, commuter school, teacher's college. They are becoming less true today. You spend four years on campus and intercollegiate athletics is more a part of the average students' experience. It's something we need to work towards. Osler is a challenge. The University's Master Plan has a bridge over Osler, which will certainly help. Us promoting the program to our students that live here will be very important." Merge campus "At Wilmington, they have a good program. Not all just geography. That kid falls out of his dorm room and lands at Trask Coliseum. It's a nice walk. Long term, it would be nice to have an easier path getting here. " Practice facility on promotion "When I came here, I came here for a study abroad meeting, it's changed a ton. You come here and I met with Pat's recruits and talked to the parents. They are blown away with what they see. They come here and they think they'll see a scene from The Wire. They drive up here and green trees. Uptown is beautiful. We can't afford to be in the same place that we are. We've had some success. We all want more success. Our storytelling. We have to get better at storytelling. I'm very bullish on investment there. Facilities are nice. From a weight room to a training room to mental health. We need to invest and figure ou ways to find more for our kids." On Field House, etc. "Our academic center was moved to the Field House. There are some funds that came from the state and fundraising success behind it. Further advancement to the academic center and field house. Master Plan around the Towson Center. A four-phased approach. We have a lot of square footage. Racquetball courts. Trying to figure out the best for moving forward to fulfill the needs to our student-athletes. It will be 30-40 million price tag. We have to figure out how to make it more functional. One of the things I've been impressed with is that there are no shortage of dreams on South campus of how this could become a better version of how this it today. Don't know that those dreams are necessarily rooted in practical methodology for delivering these dreams. How are you getting these things funded? Doing public and private partnerships with the facility work at my old institution. Is there something else that we can do to get heartbeats on South campus so that this becomes more of a part of the local community and a reason for people in the greater Towson area to come to campus and maybe they stay at the basketball game because they want to a local restaurant? What that is and what it looks like. We have more work to do. We know that there will be more work for the Field House. The Towson Center services a lot of our student-athletes. Trying to figure out what it needs to be." Indoor practice facility "It snows in Maryland. Our lacrosse teams are outside in the winter. They know they are not going to get a lot of practice that day. Trying to figure out viable solutions there. We're studying it right now.Having a meeting about it tomorrow." There's no shortage of great dreams about South campus. Put a hotel there. Three hospitals, a restaurant. Putting a dorm would help. Auburn Drive is a sleepy campus road. Trying to get more concerts there. We do a great job with graduations. Just saw Women's World Lacrosse Tournament. We have a great infrastructure. Drive revenue and pay the bill." On weight room in Field House "Our weight room staff gets in a 5am and trains people through 6pm. Our teams can't get into the single weight room that we have and can't always get in. That's high on the list that we need to prioritize. The Towson Center is another possibility for extra space. What are you going to do in the short term\ that our student-athletes have a better experience from a S&C perspective? That can be multiple millions of dollars. Are you raising the money? We have kids that need to have a better experience. There's the short term and then the long term. I went to some lacrosse games over the spring. We'll keep our eyes on things. There's no shortage of quality ideas. At South Carolina, we were in the process of laying the plan on a public/private project that was part of the football stadium. I need some time to get some wear on the tire and figure out the lay of the land around here." Approach to NIL "One of the things that I'm thankful for is that it's a different part of the conversation. Coming from South Carolina, it wasn't really a part of the recruiting conversations. A year later, it was all the rage. I think that what that means in the mid-major space is something that is being fleshed out. It's harder to raise money. There are not as many people that are quite as passionate. In the high major world, there are collectives to raise money. NCAA has changed some of that. There are schools in our conference that have collective. Not sure that that's going to be part of our future. Feel like the volume has been turned down on NIL. But that's going to change in the next couple of months. I don't know if I have the answer after 3.5 months that I have an answer of what the future what NIL will look like in this athletic's dept. Our state law goes into effect next summer (Alston Image Likeness). You are walking this awkward tightrope. We're not too far away from launching an NIL website that will be a better place for somebody that wants to engage one of our student athlete's to go to and find them. We will support them. The world change and you have to adapt. Over the next year, we're going to watch other changes happen in our landscape. Alston lawsuit. Federal Supreme Court ruled that you can award $5,980 per student-athlete. Starting in 2023-24 can award funds in the CAA. Academic benefit. Some schools tie it to academic outcomes. Getting money in their pocket providing they are meeting their academic marks. Not just by scoring 20 points." https://www.jdsupra.com/legalnews/ncaa-v-alston-the-beginning-of-the-end-9351737/#:~:text=In its unanimous 9-0,related expenses) on antitrust grounds. On Cost of Attendance "Where we are right now, be careful what you say or put it in ink. Our conference is stable of how we are attacking COA. The Alston piece in our conference. Delaware is the only one that does COF, but is not planning on doing the Alston funds. Money going to student-athletes. Most are not going to attack COA for 2022-23 academic year, but never say never. It's complicated. Each institution doing it at as they seek fit it a bit wonky. I get it. There's a fair amount of integrity to it. " UNderfunded Olympic sports Funding sports at a higher level. Making us more competitive in our conference. You have plenty of P5 institutions that don't fund all their sports. Yes, one of the pieces to that puzzle is what do we need to help our sport become more successful. How can you use money in a better way. It would be great to get more scholarships with some of our sports. Ways to be more efficient with your money. And how to fund more scholarships for our student-athletes." More alumni-engagement "Re-examining our marketing. We need to do a better job of welcoming our former student-athletes and offering them tickets. We need to show some more want to. Hired three new coaches. What's been done here and what we need to do better. Those former student-athletes might not want to find the number of the new coach. Marketing perspective. That's my background. Trying to examine what we're doing. Be more engaged with the non-student athletes. Buy tickets. Show up." On Scheduling "In football, we need to play a guaranteed game in football. Unless we can figure out another scenario. In 2026, we have the opportunity to play two guaranteed games, but we're not married to that. The basketball thing is a little bit more challenging. We've worked on trying to put together a tough schedule. Making sure they play a schedule that's appropriate for the team and fans. Really good returning roster. Worked at South Carolina basketball, making some calls to help Pat (Skerry). What does that do for you moving forward. He has to have a schedule where his team has their legs in December. The challenges are real. You have to figure out a schedule that you fell comfortable with. Two spots left in basketball. Can't get people to return phone calls. On seeing a name team come to SECU "Coming this year, will be tough. So many of the teams have their schedules done. There are more games out there to get. Can we be patient? We got Pitt late last year in August." On playing local schools "I haven't talked to Loyola or UMBC. I let Pat steer those conversations. Calling former SEC colleagues. Plenty of that was done. Some calls were more effective than others." Playing Maryland next season in football and in 2025. 2024 is not complete yet. Would like to play Maryland in basketball. A double-header. Get them up to Baltimore. Celebrate Maryland's two largest schools."
  8. 5 points
    Maybe it was a bored Wednesday night for him and wanted to troll the 8 of us in towsonfans
  9. 5 points
    I thought we had the best team coming into the tournament and then watched us live against Northeastern. We all wanted more shooters. We got them. But we also could have used a Brian Fobbs. I don't know if we'll ever win a conference title or get to a final in my lifetime, but I do like the nucleus of people returning and the two incoming freshmen. I like the approach of getting experienced mid-majors instead of projects from high major schools who rarely played. Keep that same formula by getting another experienced point guard, a wing who can create, and an athletic and skilled big. As far as I know, there are no ships available with Gray and Holland (ugh) gone. Of course, Nolan has to make a decision or can just move on to support his family. Rizzuto has a year left, but it was a rough one for him with a knee injury that I assume he'll take care of in the offseason. He's already played four full seasons. Does he want to play one more? Then you have the players on the bench that never really played: Gill, Coleman, Jones and Biekeu. Jones hasn't played at all in two seasons. The writing is on the wall there. Need more athleticism and a point guard that can push the ball more. I liked the fact that we used the press this season for the first time in certain situations. It basically no effect on Delaware tonight. That's where you need length and athleticism. No knock on our freshmen coming in. But I think it's very tough to enter a rotation where you have experience and likely transfers who will play right away. I do like Christian May as a piece who is a team player who can shoot and has some athleticism. Dylan Williamson is a 6-0 scoring guard. Not sure if he can play the point right away, but he can shoot it. The future is still bright guys. I don't know about the CAA finals and getting there or winning it. I do think we're on the right track to breaking down that wall.
  10. 5 points
    If my emotional level for a regular season championship is any indication, I'll be a total mess watching these tournament games. These guys LAUGHED at that 9-point deficit and just as I suspected, they had the lead by the first TV timeout. Chickens never had a chance after that initial deluge. This team is peaking at the exact right time and they're not to be messed with right now. We get to enjoy this for 4-5 days and then it's time to get back to the nitty gritty for the ultimate goal. In the meantime...IT'S FRICKIN AWESOME TO HAVE *OUR* FANS STORM THE COURT AND *WE* GET TO CUT DOWN SOME NETS. Job #1 complete.
  11. 5 points
    This is such a difficult situation for Dan and the department as a whole that it is ahrd to imagine. As Interim, Dan has limited ability to go out on a limb. He is Interim at a time when the CAA has made itself a much weaker league by adding three team that no one really cares about. We will not draw one additional fan to SECU or Unitas Stadium by adding Stony Brook, Hampton and Monmouth. Most fans know that but it is hard to say that out loud. If Towson has any intention of being "Baltimore's College Team", the school needs to be a part of a conference that brings higher profile and more competitive teams here...year after year after year. If JMU from a one horse town of Harrisonburg, VCU from a smaller town and smaller TV Market of Richmond can move to more competitive conferences there is no reason to believe Towson can not do it with the correct leadership.....but that assumes that the goal is to be at a higher athletic level....a question that we can not answer at this point. I do think that this particular hire as AD will be the turning point in Towson Athletics for the foreseeable future. In my opinion, we need someone with Waddell's drive and foresight, but without his lunacy and lack of financial discipline, again, based on the ultimate goal of the university administration. Just a few passing thoughts.
  12. 4 points
  13. 4 points
    Might be the only fanbase that would take a dump on winning a regular season championship and earning a ring for those efforts.
  14. 4 points
    Inexplicably, the writer's email address at the bottom of the story misspells his name: To connect with the author of this story, or to comment, email steve.irwin@1819news.com. I tried to send him a polite correction, but the email bounced back as undeliverable. I checked the top of the story, and his name is Irvine. Strange. Anyway, I re-sent the email to that address; am curious to see if he responds.
  15. 4 points
    Here are some comments from the Cam Holden interview after practice: On chemistry of last year's team "I think the chemistry came together around this time late last summer. I feel like we all clicked together. Make sure everybody is sharp physically and mentally. Today was a great practice, even though it wasn't much basketball. Make sure everybody toughened up and competed. I think it clicked mostly off the court. We're all best friends and a bunch of brothers. It's more off the court than on the court." On new guys "These guys fit perfectly. Sekou was a D2 Player of the Year-a great player. Nyga (Russell), I played against him in my old conference (at Tenn Martin). He brings great energy. Great defender and shooter. Ryan Conway comes from a high major and has great skills. Is a very good scorer and has to learn how to tell with us. We have a great freshman corps. They came in and were ready to compete." On his accolades last season (1st team All-CAA, All-Defense) "My year was great. My teammates trust me. Coming from being a transfer they let me lead and play my style. All the accolades had my name on it, but it should have their names on because they gave me the ball where I wanted. They trusted me on the defensive end to guard 1-through-5." On being unselfish "What I noticed this team, they didn't need a big-time scorer. They needed a piece. A versatile piece that I am. A swiss-army knife that can post up and play inside out. I was that guy that helped gel. Same with Terry Nolan. We helped changed Towson basketball. We re-loaded. A lot of guys say re-build, but we re-loaded." On playing with mask "Playing with a broken jaw was the hardest thing. I had to accept it. The first game against Drexel (on the road), I was complaining to the coaches that I couldn't see (with the mask). Eventually, I just practice every day with it and became something I couldn't go without. I got a new mask that was clear from Ohio State and my face was molded up. By the time I got the clear mask, it was time to take it off." On the CAA Tournament "We had the worst luck going into the semifinals game against Delaware. They were a great team, but it leaves a bad taste in my mouth and adds fuel to the fire. We all look back and think about that game that we dropped. We definitely were a tournament team. So this year is nothing but a revenge tour. The main reason I hopped out of the portal, I just knew I couldn't leave on that note knowing that this team hadn't been in the tournament since 1991. We brought a regular season championship. I'm here to set the tone every day. Now, it's all about the tournament." "It's like a bad nightmare. It was hard to watch tournament teams after that." On cutting down the nets after Delaware "Still a great experience. I never won a regular season championship. Just seeing everyone happy. Students running around. Happy that we could do something special. It's July, I'm thinking about what we need to do at D.C." On what he needs to work on "Catch-and-shoot. We have great shooters. If I shoot the ball better, it will help those guys get open. Free thrown line. I went there a bench. Try to improve." On portal "My ultimate goal was to play at the high-major level. When I look back and think about it, this school took time. I thought about it. I had 15-20 high majors. I returned the call and said this is home. They accepted me from a school that wasn't winning. I felt like I couldn't leave guys like Nic, Charles and Jason. They treated me like family. Made me feel like I was home. I feel like I could finish my career here." To get that ring "We have to get to the end. Playing a team three teams, it's hard to beat them three times. Delaware caught on what we did. They capitalized and adjusted better. Unfortunately, Charles and I were banged up. We never had our true lineup. We were always playing with a different lineup. I played point guard at Elon with all point guards out. (Tyler) Gill did a nice job for a few minutes. We make sure everyone is ready and prepared. When your number is called, you should be ready to go."
  16. 4 points
    So much of it goes back to tailgating and the atmosphere the university has unfortunately created. in 2011, my fraternity, along with a bunch of others would set up in the corner of Lot 11. We would all grill, brought generators and speakers. It was a giant party. We did a good job of policing our own and never really had any issues. I can remember us racing to get to Unitas so we would get a good tailgate spot Now, you have a bunch of rent a cops hassling both students and alumni about what is in their coolers. It’s absurd to me that we treat our guests like children and then expect them to want to come to games. I’m not saying we can have a bunch of 18 year olds just ripping shots from handles of vodka in plain sight, but a bit of discretion can go a long way. If students have stuff in cups, just let them be for the most part, otherwise they’re just going to go uptown and do the same thing there. Two homecomings ago SAFE got on our ass, despite our tailgate being a mix of students, alumni, families and even some folks in their 60s. It’s never pleasant with them either. Never “hey guys, mind putting that in a cup?”. Always just a flex of their wanna be powers.
  17. 4 points
    Richie is currently batting .326 in the majors with 4 rbis. 15-46 with 3 doubles, a steal and just 6 strikeouts. He’s been up and down a few times when Cleveland’s needed a player.
  18. 4 points
    I saw that tweet by Cam over the weekend where he said he was done dirty and he'd never forget it. Whatever 'it' was had better be something a lot more significant than bringing in someone of Sylla's skill. Because if it's about Sylla and Cam was worried about being 'the man', then I feel like that says a lot about his personality and a lot of it is in a negative light. It's hard to figure out what a lot of these athletes are thinking nowadays but this one is incredibly mindboggling.
  19. 4 points
    I know that this is more of an off topic post, but this is where most of the traffic has been recently. Just wanted to remind everyone that today is Towson’s Big Give Day, for anyone interested in donating back to the school. They have many different areas where your donation can go, not just Athletics. https://give.towson.edu/
  20. 4 points
    you know who WONT be in the transfer portal ??????????????????????
  21. 4 points
    It’s interesting that how for so many years we begged for shooters (mainly three point). We finally found a few and now we’re wondering what it would be like to have a slasher like Brian Fobbs, Marcus Damas or Moto with those shooters.
  22. 4 points
    What a great way to clinch the regular season title-at home, versus DE and under adverse circumstances, spotting them a 9-point lead. We were a tidal wave tonight, that washed the Hens away like a sandcastle gets washed away by the tide. In retrospect, that 1st game up in Albany was an indication this team was different than past Skerry teams. The ball movement & 3-point shooting, combined with Charles Thompson’s coming out party, set this team apart. Not to mention being road warriors, going 7-2 in the conference on the road, including running UNCW out of their own house. I have not hesitated to criticize Skerry over the years, but I couldn’t be happier for him, the staff, the players (past and present) and all of us long suffering alum fans. Hats off to Skerry, and I’m damn proud to be a Tiger tonight. HOW BOUT THEM TIGERS!!!
  23. 4 points
  24. 4 points
    It would appear we control our own destiny, though philosophers would likely argue that, by its very definition, destiny cannot be controlled 😆. That being the case, let’s get a W on Saturday and fervently hope we get some help from either our good friends in Philly or Newark.
  25. 4 points
    Put a mortgage payment on the Tigers tonight. No way we don't cover. We are about to get started on the stretch run....

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