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AtlantaTiger

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  1. AtlantaTiger

    Shane Simpson/CAA Transfer Thread

    I was pulling for him to select Texas. Would have been fun to see what he could do in the Big 12 at a truly elite school. Best of luck to him regardless!
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    2020 CAA season

    That hasn't seemed to be an issue for programs like Marshall, Western Kentucky and Southern Miss that play in similarly sized, rural, markets as JMU. Conference USA could very well be a landing spot.
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    2020 CAA season

    I would argue that JMU brings value despite its very limited media worth. The future of college athletics will be as much of a "land grab" as it will be an "arms race". As there will almost be a seismic shift in conference alignments and memberships, commissioners and ADs will want to add the best/most competitive schools that they possibly can. Does JMU bring a ton of eyeballs? No. Does JMU field high-caliber football on a fairly regular basis? Yes. North Dakota State could more than hold its own in FBS. I would wager they'll be making the FBS jump in the not too distant future as well. Is Fargo a top media market? Not at all. Would conferences love to have NDST's pedigree in among their schools? Absolutely.
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    2020 CAA season

    Of course they wouldn't be considered for a Power 5 conference.....I don't think they have that expectation at all. Conference USA could be a very reasonable destination for a program like JMU. I doubt Middle Tenn or ODU are outdrawing JMU's crowds by very much.
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    And there you have it...a spot has opened up

    If that number is true (7 TOTAL freshmen who have stayed through their senior year in Skerry's 9 years) that might be the most damning indictment against Skerry. I'm stunned by that statistic, absolutely stunned. That's shameful. This program has a revolving door and if we had a competent or interested Athletic Director it would be addressed.
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    And there you have it...a spot has opened up

    Ah yes, that's what's been missing these past 9 years, grad transfers and jucos. That's why Pat Skerry hasn't been able to crack the code on how to win the CAA, he hasn't had grad transfers or jucos. What is it about Pat Skerry that makes you believe that all he needs to win the conference tournament are grad transfers and jucos? Because that's got to what it's all about going into year TEN of this coaching regime. No coach in the CAA will ever have a perfect roster, it's about doing more with less.....it's about getting your team to overachieve, it's about COACHING UP your players. Pat does NOT do any of that. But hey, let's let him have an indefinite amount of time to figure this thing out.....he'll get it eventually.
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    And there you have it...a spot has opened up

    You're familiar with the old saying about the blind squirrel aren't you?
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    And there you have it...a spot has opened up

    This is a very astute and important perspective, TSU88, that needs to be focused on. You are spot-on with your comment. Transfers happen at ALL schools, however, it is very telling about the Towson program specifically. Whereas other programs and other coaches seem to navigate and overcome the constant state of change, Pat Skerry seems to be in this endless cycle of trying to plug holes. In his desperation to get enough guys to fill out the roster, he seems to take anyone with pulse. This is why is seems silly to me to even try to forecast or project how Towson teams are going to fair from one year to the next since they change so dramatically in terms of who's on the roster. ZERO CONSISTENCY. Highly unlikely that this is the last defection from the team. Someone else will almost certainly transfer, dropout or quit. I almost get the sense that when a decent player comes to Towson and experiences some degree of success they start to look around and wonder why they are even at Towson to begin with......they begin to believe that they belong at more competitive/elite ("buttoned-up") programs. This program needs NEW LEADERSHIP!!!
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    2020-21 Schedule

    You would think that, from time to time, programs like Rutgers, Seton Hall, Boston College, VA Tech, Pitt might throw us a bone and come to Towson......solid programs but hardly heavyweight, blue-bloods. Makes you wonder how well connected and respected Tim Leonard and Pat Skerry are in their professions........or how hard they try.
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    2020-21 Schedule

    While I've never been to Phog, Cameron or Palestra, I have been to several games at Hinkle. That place is very hard to beat in terms of atmosphere. It's as close to a time machine as you can get.....right back to 1955. It's a must-see place for die-hard hoops fans.
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    2020-21 Schedule

    How come the Greene Turtle didn't make it in Towson?? I'm long removed from the local scene in Towson but would have never guessed GT would close.
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    CAA Tournament Thread

    That's truly the bigger problem. Culture, or lack thereof. Towson has NEVER been able to establish a true sports culture or identity. TU sports are largely an afterthought for most TU students and alumni. We haven't won enough in our history nor produced enough notable professional athletes to make people care about our sports teams. We lack tradition and brand power. If I had a nickle for every time I've had to explain where Towson is to people here in Atlanta. To your point about the school's president, when the highest levels of the institution's leadership are apathetic or indifferent about athletics, it's a recipe for mediocrity. In my humble (and rose-colored) opinion, Towson should be the type of program that is a legitimate contender for National Championships in men's lacrosse every 3-4 years, a playoff team in football every 1-2 years, and be in serious contention for an NCAA Tourney spot (CAA Championship game) in men's hoops every 2-3 years. However, we lack the funds, the talent and the leadership to do it. What incentive does Tim Leonard have to make any changes to the coaching when there's ZERO pressure to do so and the bar for success is so seemingly low?
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    CAA Tournament Thread

    Had to do a little homework on our last appearance in the NCAA tourney in 1991. Guess I had forgotten that we played Ohio State. If there’s anything in the way of a silver lining, “Towson State” definitely had the best showing of all the 16 seeds that tournament, giving #1 OSU all it could handle and losing by the smallest margin (11 pts). Please, please, please, let this be the year we get back there. Go Tigers!
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    CAA Tournament Thread

    Looking forward to seeing what Jason a.k.a. "Boy Wonder", a.k.a. "Boy Band" a.k.a. "Robin" Gibson does in this tournament.
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    MBB gets 3rd seed; Squeezes by NE 75-72 in finale

    That's kind of my point, Chris. The roster changes every year, assistant coaches come & go and yet Towson hasn't been able to get over the hump in the CAA tournament. The one constant: Pat Skerry. Regular season winning streaks are nice......however, at this mid-major level, in this conference the ONLY winning streak that matters is the one you need to get on in the conference tournament. At this point in the Skerry era, I could not care less about winning 19 regular season games if there isn't a meaningful post-season payoff in the form of the NCAA Tournament.....NOT the CBI, CTI, CVS, CNN, etc. This is all on Pat......let's hope, to your point, HE has learned how to make better adjustments when the stakes are at there highest.
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    MBB gets 3rd seed; Squeezes by NE 75-72 in finale

    "Bet with your head, not your heart." That's the first lesson of wagering. I desperately want Towson to get to the Big Dance. I WANT to believe that they can do it this year. My *heart* tells me that they are capable. However, my *head* tells me to look at our track record in the CAA tourney. Nothing in our CAA tourney history says that we're able to reel off three straight wins. I just hope everyone here has realistic expectations for what might happen in D.C. If Skerry finds a way to pull this off, I will send him a bouquet of flowers with an apology letter and a bottle of his favorite spirit. (Does he drink? If so, anyone know what he likes?) GO TIGERS!!
  17. Couldn't agree more. I know it's not an apples-to-apples comparison, but living here in Atlanta the last 10 years, this Skerry situation reminds me a lot of the Georgia Tech and Paul Johnson situation. A large faction of GT fans became somewhat content, or maybe convinced, that PJ was as good of a coach as they could ever get. GT was bowl eligible most of his seasons and had their fair share of upsets against "elite" schools....by most measures, PJ was a very successful coach. Lots of people saying "who would we get that would be better than PJ"? However, there was persistent feeling among other GT fans that the program could/should achieve MORE. Dump their archaic offense, recruit better athletes, aggressively market the program. Along comes Geoff Collins from Temple. Granted, his first season was rough playing with most of PJs kids, but the excitement around GT football in this city is through the roof. He put together a top 25 recruiting class. They will be a force in the ACC in the next 2-3 years. Towson basketball could/should accomplish a lot more than they have in the Skerry era, and there's someone out there who can do it. Go Tigers!!
  18. You are definitely NOT wrong. Let's see what happens in D.C. next week. I PRAY Skerry makes me eat crow.
  19. An encouraging win for sure. Credit to the entire team and the staff. *Must* find a way to get the job done in D.C.
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    Slow start dooms MBB in 61-51 loss to W&M

    Yes, yes and more yes. While I sincerely appreciate some of the real in-depth game-by-game analysis that is discussed here, I do think there's a bit of wishful (delusional?) thinking that happens here as well. The BIG picture reality is this: History tells us that Pat Skerry teams are NOT built to win big games. Pat Skerry is not a very good, maybe not even a mediocre, recruiter of talent. Pat Skerry's coaching style has NOT translated to winning big games. Pat Skerry has NOT proven to be a great developer of talent.....does he "coach up" his guys and get them to outperform or overachieve their given abilities? Is he an innovative tactician or strategist? I know we all desperately want our Towson Tigers to get to the Big Dance. I believe some of us are also trying to convince ourselves that Pat Skerry can do it. The sample size is big enough at this point in time to know what we have in PS. He's a first class man of the highest integrity. He deserves nothing but happiness and blessings in his life. But he's never going to deliver a team that consistently and realistically challenges for a CAA Championship. Who among us HONESTLY believes that this team has it in them to run the table in the CAA tournament? I understand the nightmare contract and the futility of hoping for some kind of change. Tim Leonard needs to be on the hot seat, if he isn't already.
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    Betrand leads MBB over Drexel 76-69

    This was a great regular season win. However, I'm waiting for a Pat Skerry-led team to do something that they haven't done before, before I start throwing bouquets. Has this team done something that we haven't seen in the previous 8 years? It should be NCAA Tourney or Bust, for Skerry.
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    Betrand leads MBB over Drexel 76-69

    Great win, credit to all the players and coaching staff.
  23. I'm inclined to believe this streak is a bit of "fool's gold". It's always great to win and I give the guys credit for finding ways to pull out the W's. However, we could win out the rest of the year, go 22-9 on the regular season and wind up laying an egg in the CAA Tournament and be left with NOTHING to show for a respectable season...….yet again. I don't trust Skerry coached teams. Until he proves otherwise, I don't think Skerry knows how to win when it really matters. Please, please, please, make me eat crow, Pat.
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    Drexel preview

    As dreadful as this season has been and as much as I rail against Pat Skerry, my 5yr old daughter and I will be in front of the TV tonight, in our Towson basketball jerseys, cheering on the Tigers.
  25. What's also very disheartening is that even if by some miracle Skerry was fired tomorrow, I don't have any faith at all that Tim is qualified or competent enough to find a quality men's basketball coach. His ability to assess and evaluate coaching talent must be called into question. How deep is his network of coaching connections? What would prospective coaches think of HIM as possibly being their boss? Is he respected in the coaching world? Ultimately, new athletic department leadership will be needed.

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