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  1. 10 points
    I was obviously wrong with my 9-2 stated prediction. I really thought 8-3 but decided to up the optimism one more notch. Either way, I thought we would make the playoffs and I was very off. I also realize in reading those older posts that I need to proofread my entries better before I submit them. My son is on the team, so I will definitely read the posts and add to them when I can but I will never write anything negative about any players or coaches. I think that would be inappropriate on my part. I know they tried hard and I respect our student athletes and all of the sacrifices they made this past season. Some people my find this weird, but a lot of parents don't talk a whole lot of football with their players during the season. The kids spend so much time with the program that we try to be a buffer and give them a mental break from football when we talk or grab dinner after a home game. Our job is to be positive and supportive. With that said, I respect everyone's opinions on the board and I always look forward to reading everything. The 2022 season starts this Sunday. Hard off-season training will be one of the keys to getting back to the playoffs.
  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
    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.
  4. 6 points
    back to the AD topic. any idea when they are going to start doing the first set of screening or even just laying out the criteria for the ideal candidate? to 88's point above the new AD needs to focus on that sentiment. It's a pretty tired take IMO. I never viewed Towson as a commuter school growing up in the DC area; I very much doubt all the kids from PA, Jersey and New York do. College park and Mason are suburbs of DC, yet both have athletic success at various levels. the point being there are plenty of schools in major metro areas that still create a connection to campus through athletics. Towson needs to stop trying to be 'Baltimore's this... Baltimore's that..' Realize that Baltimore as a whole isn't going to care and focus on the people who have a connection to the school. Just as a mind shift I'd love for people to start thinking of Towson as Maryland's....(pay a branding agency here - honestly anything but teachers college or affordable... no one likes to be called cheap)
  5. 6 points
    Thank you Bk&Gold, my son is Mark and yes I was hyped and optimistic that this team could make a run in the playoffs, in which I am not apologizing for. Parents should always support their sons and the team, and anybody with any sense should know that. Of course it is disappointing to not make the playoffs but I loved, going to the game, Ed’s gracious tail gaits, met some really neat people supporting and rooting for team. I wish coaches and team the best of luck! Mark is now not only a USD Alumni but also a Towson Alumni 4 life! Hope you all have a safe, healthy and happy Thanksgiving.
  6. 6 points
    Nobody should be humiliated on this board, especially parents, for being overly optimistic before a season. It’s almost like you can’t show joy or optimism, or you will get ostracized/bullied to not to post again because you were wrong.
  7. 6 points
    Second scrimmage today. Weather held up. Not as hot as last week. The defensive line really stood out. They got a lot of pressure up front against a pretty good offensive line, especially early in the scrimmage. That's without Elorm Lumor, the Rutgers rush end who may have been nicked up, but they were just holding him out (riding the bike). And that's understandable. You had parents and season ticket holders out today (about 250?) so RA is not going to show everything. But we're fine on D. Really deep. Cholewa is going to be a problem against most Olines. He'll take up two blockers at DE or NG. We haven't had a lot of 6-7, 310-pounders and add him along with Jesus Gibbs (6-4, 290) and Tramar Reece (6-4, 280) and you have size and length that we've never really had. Oly Okombi (6-1, 270) was not there, but I expect him to be a disruptor and Sam Gyeni (6-0, 280) is a solid nose guard. Darrien Reynolds was flying around at inside linebacker. Had one pick off of Ferguson and nearly had another. I think he and Christian Dixon should be a very strong duo. At safety or Bandit Keyvone Bruton is going to a terrific pick up. He can cover inside receivers, can blitz, and hit with authority. He's apparently a lot bigger than his listed 5-11, 195. Guessing at least 215. Corners should be fine with Shuman, Peoples, Collins and Makai Self from Penn State. Have a lot of talent there. I would say Shuman gets the start and maybe Peoples at the other corner. Ferguson is the clear leader at QB. He had some overthrows today and threw that pick on that blitz from Bruton and that was picked off by Reynolds. Also made some nice throws to Street in the corner of the end zone. He can throw on the move so he's not just a statue. I do like Amendola's ability to run, but he's not ready to start. Then there's Jerry Howard. All I can say is watch the first game. I interviewed him briefly. Big and explosive. Doesn't usually go down after the first hit. Love Devin Matthews as well. The freshman who probably would have sat out last season. Runs low and is a compact runner that could see time as a third-down specialist. Also, Curtis Murray (5-10, 190) is finally on the roster. The transfer from Maine, who has four years left. Did not see him out there. At receiver, somebody new to look out for is No. 7 Matthew Akuchie, the FAU transfer. He's long, like Jabari Allen was at 6-3, 205. Ran with the 2s and looked like a starter. Had a really nice catch in the corner of the end zone on a pass from freshmen Scott Smith. He's going to be in the mix somewhere. If he's healthy, you have Allen, Street, Thompson, Caleb Smith, Rutkowski and Akuchie in some rotation. It looks as though they are moving WR/KR D'Ago Hunter to RB, though it may just be an experiment. He's just so small at 5-6ish 160. He's pretty electric in the open field, but don't see him as running back. Maybe I'm wrong. Rob Ambrose comments: On second scrimmage "Needed a long hot one. This was the longest amount of live work we've been able to do. Tons of stuff to evaluate. We're going to be pretty good defensively. We're deep, fast, and big. We're giving our offense a lot of challenges. I don't if there's anybody that we will face that will be that good. We're so deep up front. It's crazy. Injuries "Grim (Grzymkowski) was held out after tweaking his back. We're limiting some guys. There are fights in the trenches and we're getting better." On Cholewa "We have short, quick and athletic. And we have big, long, and strong. That's a great combination. he's happy to be here. On RBs Matthews is what I wanted to see today. I know what Jerry (Howard) can do. I know what Kobe can do. We played a little bit in what D'Ago (Hunter) can do. But you just might have seen the short-yardage back show up today in Matthews. He's not big but he explodes into you. He's powerful. On other freshmen Kenjuan Manuel didn't play today, but is having a great camp. He's really good. He's going to help us. Shafeek (Smith) is going to be really good. Little Rut (Evan Rutkowski) he can help us at four different positions. All those kids look like they are going to play sooner than later. On Cost of Attendance It's a competitive advantage of disadvantage if you have it or you don't. Delaware and JMU have it and we don't. When it comes down to recruits and, all things being equal, they are going to take $5,000 to $2,000 a year that they get from somewhere else and we don't get them. It's a competitive disadvantage in our league. It's the amount that the University declares for extra fees. Room, board, books. There are computer fees. There's travel. They call that the true Cost of Attendance to attend a school. The difference between those numbers can be made up with grant money. If you have it. Delaware and JMU do it. We don't. On NIL It's awesome. It's about time. It's going to be a challenge to handle to some degree. At this level, I don't know how much we're going to have to worry about. I caution the guys that to make sure you are always respectful and take care of the game first. Because without the game, there's no name, image, and likeness. So if you are more worried name, image, and likeness than the game, you are not going to make much money at all. On facilities We're going to have an academic center in the near future. We're having monster conversations about closing that all off (stadium) but you'd have to ask people above me. Jerry Howard on moving from defense back to offense I didn't play that much defense. With COVID, I got a week or two of linebacker play and then I switched back to running back by Game 3. It feels great. I'm supposed to be here as a running back. I want to move to linebacker at Georgia Tech. I didn't p play that much my junior year so to get more reps I wanted to play linebacker. It didn't work out the way I wanted to so I was playing special teams and I moved back to RB. On getting recruited by Rob Ambrose I was telling him it was between Mercer and Towson. And due to the relationship I had with Coach Ambrose was the reason I came here. Strengths I would say I can manipulate the defensive line and to be this big, I have some speed on me. I clocked about a 4.52 at laser at 225. I'm about 218. I'm a lot faster (at the lower weight). On experience It's helpful. We have to make sure we are on the same page. They came from a bigger school, but they may not have the field experience. Towson The goal is to win a National Championship. Starts in two weeks. On running style Feel like I'm electric, but still a bruiser.
  8. 6 points
    Great to be out there at football practice for the first time in nearly two years. One issue I had was with the numbers. Jerry Howard was 31 and he was listed on the roster as 30. I originally thought he was 4, but that was Kobe Young, who is normally 19. Some guys were wearing different numbers than they had on the roster. Let's start with quarterback. There's no doubt, Chris Ferguson is the guy. He has good leadership qualities and has the size (6-3, 235) to run a little when needed. He's certainly not a runner like Tom Flacco was, but I think most knew that. I thought he needed to put more zip on a few balls out there to the sidelines, but overall he was solid. There were also be a lot of play-action, assuming the running game is going to be strong and it should be. I'll get to that later. I do like Jeff Miller. He's has made strides from the last time I saw him. Of course, he's big (6-6, 235) and has a strong arm. He just has to limit the mistakes. If Ferguson wins it, it's because he's experienced (took Maine to the semi-finals in 2018) and takes care of the ball. You don't have to be spectacular with this offense. They will be able to run the football, but you can make plays in the passing game with receivers like Jabari Allen, Caleb Smith, Darian Street, etc. Vincent Amendola (6-3, 220ish) is another big quarterback, who can run. I didn't see enough of him, but I assume he's competing with Miller for the second spot. I like the potential of Nathan Kent from Liberty, who can throw but also is a dual threat. Scott Smith (6-4, 210) is another big gunslinger that can throw it from the pocket. So two seasons ago, Towson averaged just 4.4 yards per carry and allowed 4.2 yards per carry. Part of that was due to the loss of Shane Simpson. But for them to be effective they have to get to close to the 5.0 yards per carry mark and with a 230-pound bruiser like Howard along with Sabias Folley (5-11, 235ish), and a huge, experienced O-line, we should have no problem getting to that mark. To me, the offensive line is everything, but if you have a big back like Howard, who can break tackles, it's going to help. In 2017, we had Kobe Young (328 yds, 4.7ypc) and that was it. Simpson was injured again (3.3ypc) and Ryan Stover was the QB. Rough. In 2016, with Darius Victor injured Simpson stepped up with 784 yards and averaged 5.6ypc. That was another year of injured QB (Morgan Mahalak) and the team averaged 4.3ypc. That was three years after the championship offensive line graduated. With Young back and looking great, Howard, Folley, Devin Matthews (5-9, 210) a pleasant surprise and even D'Ago Hunter lining up in the backfield, we seem to have pretty good depth and should be adding another piece shortly. Not thrilled with Hunter (5-8????, 160) as a back. He's fun to watch, but if he's going to be my main return man, not sure I'd want to risk losing him. He's listed at 5-8, which is a stretch and 160. I know size isn't everything and that doesn't always make great OLines. Morgan State used to roll out some huge lines and some were pretty good and some weren't. It depends on how you carry the weight. DeMarcus Gilmore was in the 360-pound range two seasons ago and he looks like he dropped about 30 pounds, while freshman Jean Germain (6-6, 355) also looked to be in great shape. He was battling a nagging injury and working out on the side. I think we have a line that can rival many FBS line in terms of size. We will average around 6-4.5 and 325 across the line. The defensive line, if he start Cholewa, Reece and Gibbs. You're talking about averaging 6-5 and 290. Not just size, but Gibbs and Reece can both move. So can Oly Olokambi (6-1, 275). Sam Gyeni (6-0, 280) could end up starting at nose guard or they can move Cholewa (6-7, 310) there or Olokombi. I'll talk more about the defense in my report next week. I want to focus more on No. 18 Elorm Lumor (6-3, 245), who should be a huge difference-maker at rush end. Somebody we've been waiting for since #56 was getting double-digit sacks nearly a decade ago. Now, to the safeties. Keyvon Bruton (5-11, 210) is one of those guys you will see all over the field. Check out No. 3. The three-star Temple transfer will play some safety, some linebacker. He's basically a hybrid, which you need. He can hit and he should be able to cover slot receivers. But we will see. Jamal Gay and S.J. Brown are likely the starters and they would have been in 2019 had Gay not torn his ACL before the year starter. I've talked about the depth at cornerback all off-season. That was something we didn't have in 2019. If Brandon Shuman goes down again, we have Charles Peoples, the juco transfer. If he goes down, we have Makai Self, a Penn State transfer or 6-3 DJ Pratt from Virginia. We also have Mark Collins Jr., the South Dakota transfer, who led the nation in batted balls in 2018. All are at least 5-11 except for Self. The best corner eventually could be freshman Shafeek Smith (5-10, 175), who can fly and is a three-star from Philly (no. 2 corner in Pa). Also, the kicking situation is a bit of a question mark. I thought freshman Keegan Vaughn looked very good and may have taken the lead. UConn transfer Clayton Harris really struggled. Now to the interview after the practice. Rob Ambrose Impressions "First live work in the heat since 2019. I'll take it." "We don't look worse for wear. Look pretty sound. I'm pleased. Very pleased." On competitions "Competition makes the world go around. It makes everybody better. 'I'm going to work. I'm a starter. You're not going to take my job away.' We got better. Or the guy behind him works hard and takes his job. Either way, we got better." Steadiest position "Offensive line. Those guys have great chemistry. We have five or six guys that have played tons of games. Great knowledge." On having a year off "It's a year of working out so everybody is bigger, faster, and stronger. We put some feelers from people across the country who played in the spring and they said we got beat up. Well, why wouldn't you be? We're not. We have one injury coming out of the spring and he's practicing now. So we're as healthy as we've ever been. On QBs "We're just throwing them in there and having fun. I thought we did 1000x better than we did today than all of a spring." On young QBs "Young kids with talent. Scott Smith is tremendously accurate and Nathan Kent is more athletic. He's Carroll County Player of the Decade. He's a true athlete." On what the starting QB needs to do "Lead. Run the other 10 guys the right way. Consistently put the ball in the end zone. Don't turn the ball over." On Jerry Howard "He has weight and strength. It usually takes more than one guy to bring him down. We said that last fall. We had to get a bigger back. He fits that bill perfectly." On OL "We haven't had a chance to have them all healthy at the same time. We're figuring out who is our best five and who fits behind them." On DL "We are as a deep as we've ever been in the front 7. This front 7 will rival the front 7 from the national championship (team)." On Olokombi "We recruited him. Wanted him badly. Kent State had...Cost of Attendance gets you." On Reynolds and inside linebackers "Dixon and Kearney are great. We just added so much quality depth. Reynolds was here in the spring. If you don't do your job, somebody else will." "Recruited Reynolds and Howard in high school. Those personal relationships paid dividends down the road." "Guys looking for opportunities. We have guys that appreciate the opportunities." "I loved every team I ever coached. But this group is special. They like each other. They have fun with each other. They work hard for each other. Maybe it was Covid or not playing, but these guys are fun to be with." At corner The depth and the experience is better. Makes them work harder. That's completely open. We would evaluate the depth chart and we'll see. Xavier (Terry) can play safety or corner. The punter is the punter. The fact that Shane McDonough is not first-team all-league is whatever. Lack of respect. You're a two-time all-league player and you don't get notice. You think Aaron Grzymkowski is not pissed off. On practice next couple of weeks "We need to get tougher. Trying to gThe difference between an 11-game season and a 16-game season. The attitude you have to have for your body, if you want to play that long, you have to practice in a way that gets you there and we're not there yet."
  9. 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.
  10. 5 points
    I would think Jared from Subway would have a better chance of getting the gig
  11. 5 points
  12. 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....
  13. 4 points
    Biggest stat is the record....9-4. If you took a straw poll after the non-conference I would be shocked if anyone had us at 9 wins. We've lost to 2 P5's (yes I know Pitt isnt good) and 2 teams that will probably be playing post-season basketball in March. I think the most exciting things for me are; 1) we have multiple guys that can beat you any night 2) we aren't playing down to bad teams, we are blowing them out 3) we can make shots and are scoring inside 4) we are unselfish. I feel like this team really likes eachother and is more worried about the whole than the parts. I am not sure if we've had that since the Bennimon era.
  14. 4 points
    The students were showing up in droves. Then a certain person decided to basically ban tailgating and put cops everywhere because of an accidents. It's never been the same since. Basketball is another story. I guess it's too far a walk.
  15. 4 points
    Yeah, we won but they were to bad teams. Jeez dude, do you ever enjoy a win?? You make a wet blanket just seem damp.
  16. 4 points
    What, I think, would be very helpful and give the fans a better understanding of what this is all about.....is a statement from the President stating what her goal is for Athletics. Just saying "we want to win in football and basketball" would be insufficient. A thorough statement regarding both the competitive and financial aspects of athletics is important. A statement regarding how athletics is to be a part of the entire university experience....as opposed to just being an independent section. A statement clearly defining what is expected of coaches in regard to competition, graduation, fundraising and behavior are all terribly significant. I hope we don't get a "behind closed doors" selection. We also have to realize the world we live in. In the world of sports in media, you notice the announcers/analysts/broadcasters.....there is always representatives of both genders, of all racial backgrounds and total diversity. I know we are not supposed to be talking politics here....and I hope this is not viewed in that light. Without saying if it is good, bad or indifferent, the trend is now toward female ADs, i.e. Delaware----William and Mary, etc. Facts are facts...so nothing should surprise us.......My only hope is that this is an open process, with the President making clear the ultimate goal.
  17. 4 points
    I have the same concern. I want the best person to get the job, regardless of ethnicity and/ or gender. If the best candidate is a progressive Aleutian transgender dwarf, wonderful, make the hire. What I don’t want to see happen is that factors unrelated to who’s the most qualified will come into play, in the names of “diversity” and “inclusion.” I think it would be naive to think that the search committee doesn’t realize it’s selection will be scrutinized by some (including those who have no ties to TU) who won’t be happy if the new AD doesn’t check off certain boxes important to them
  18. 4 points
    You gotta give credit the team fought hard til the end against an undefeated team. Our backups got some good experience and will hopefully grow up faster playing in this type of tournament. Loved seeing the towson tiger logo on live TV. Gotta be happy with the amount of free throws made and trips to the line. If only some of those gimme lay ups went in during the first half it could have been even closer. I liked the heart, grit, balls, but we still lack the brains at times lol stupid mistakes, bad looks, same ol song and dance. Wish we had all our guys but we'll see what the team has still in the tank tonight
  19. 4 points
    I think we need to look further south for the next AD. Pluck an assistant AD from an SEC or Sunbelt school who is ready to take the next step in the career as the top AD. We need someone who comes from a culture in which football is truly treated as the lifeblood of the athletic department, with men's hoops being a close second.
  20. 4 points
    Careful, 2024, optimism is frowned upon around these parts 😉
  21. 4 points
    Mark is one hell of a player - you should be very proud of him! I was super pumped he chose to play at Towson and he didnt disappoint. Best of luck to you both!
  22. 4 points
    Matt- 100% correct, I have actually felt bad for some of the parents on this board. Could definitely see why they would not want to continue posting. On another note, many of FBS transfers may have not worked out the way it was anticipated but I for one am real glad we got Mark Collins and SJ Brown (I know SJ wasn’t new this year) but they were fantastic for us on D. Wish we could keep them another year. There were some others that also did pretty well but those two really stood out to me.
  23. 4 points
    Agreed Towson should be looking to exit but I am afraid for what our AD and CAA commish concoct.
  24. 4 points
    Relying on a conference commissioner that introduced us to Flosports does not invoke a lot of confidence in the caa's future.
  25. 4 points
    Time for a coaching change at the end of this season. Enough is enough.

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