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TSU88

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  1. TSU88

    Back on Pause

    That team in his 2nd year might have been his best. It’s truly a shame that squad, due to the mess left behind by PK, was banned from postseason play, including the conference tournament. We’ll never know, but that team might have won the CAA tournament, notwithstanding PS’s dismal conference tournament record since then
  2. TSU88

    Back on Pause

    Riddle me this ... doesn’t every D1 team, expect the eventual National champion, end the season with a L?😆
  3. TSU88

    Back on Pause

    This is a lost season. Lots of ingredients have gone into the casserole, but for lack of a better cliche, it is what it is. A perfect sh1t storm, as it were. Other than Charles Thompson’s improvement from his freshman to sophomore season, I can’t think of a single positive this season. Best to burn the tape, put it in the rear view mirror, clean house (as far as the roster; the coach isn’t going anywhere) and move on to the 21-22 season. Like it or not, PS gets a pass for this season.
  4. TSU88

    Back on Pause

    Suggests a lack of discipline and lack of institutional control. Other than that, everything is peachy 😳
  5. TSU88

    Back on Pause

    Ok, I’m going to come out & ask the question trembling on my lips ... what are these kids doing that such a small group (12 or so kids) are constantly putting themselves in harms way, as far as COVID exposure? To simply say, “well, there kids, what do you expect” isn’t a sufficient answer IMHO.
  6. TSU88

    Back on Pause

    What am I missing here? Is there a link?
  7. Credit given where, in this case, it’s due. Good W vs a quality opponent, especially given ZM not playing & Gibson missing most of the game. It would appear, based on Mat’s earlier post in this thread, that the ZM era at Towson has come to an end. I’m somewhat melancholy about this. Had he stayed after his sophomore year, who knows, he might have finished as the all-time leading scorer in TU history. As it is, if he’s not back for the remainder of this season, it really doesn’t make much difference. Let’s face it, we lost most of the games he played in this season anyway. What puzzles me is the non-appearance thus far this season of Curtis Holland. Assuming ZM has ridden off into the sunset, now would be a perfect opportunity to see what Holland brings to the table. OTOH, if he sits out the entire season, after getting injured almost a year and a half ago, when he was with High Point, one has to wonder if he’ll ever play at TU, and if he & TU should just part ways. I also wonder if Victor U will be back next season. To say he was underwhelming this season, after having a sit-out year (where ostensibly he would have honed his game) would be an understatement. If he departs, does his brother stay or go? And what about Dottin & Jones? And what about the curious case of Nick Timberlake? He’s been here since the 2018-19 season, but, because of a redshirt his 1st year, and the “free” year of eligibility this season (due to covid) he would only be a sophomore if he comes back next year, despite it being his 4th year with the team. Talk about a career student. Let’s face it, after the debacle this season has been, I wouldn’t be surprised if there’s a wholesale housecleaning in terms of the roster
  8. It appears we have 6 games left: 2 apiece vs NE, Drexel & Delaware. If the line on how many games we’ll win the rest of the season were set at 1/2 (meaning the over would be 1 W) let’s see a show of hands as to who would take the over and who would take the under (the under meaning we would go 0-6 the rest of the regular season)
  9. TSU88

    Fire Pat and Leonard

    I’d be curious to know what, if any, role PS even had in recruiting JB. Remember, he had several outstanding assistants when he started here. Even in the unlikely event PS was solely responsible for recruiting JB, his track record since then is abysmal (Morsell, Moto, Fobbs would be the picks of the litter, I would think)
  10. TSU88

    Fire Pat and Leonard

    I would suggest the paltry number of assists we get every season is to a large degree a byproduct of the fact that we never have good shooters. You can have Kevin Porter (old school Baltimore Bullets reference) passing to Skerry’s recruits and it wouldn’t make a whit of difference because most of them have been/are poor shooters. Unfortunately, his shocking inability, for over a decade now, to recruit a quality PG only makes matters worse
  11. TSU88

    Fire Pat and Leonard

    That’s the end result when you have a coaching staff that can’t evaluate talent (see, Victor U & Allen, just to name a few) & values “hard nosed defense” (which we don’t even have anymore) over kids who are skilled at shooting. Mix these ingredients and you get a bunch of fringe role players, while NE gets the Walkers of the world. At this point, if you were a skilled offensive player, would you want to come play here, the team where jump shots go to die?
  12. TSU88

    2021 Fall Football Schedule is out

    I was giving serious consideration to traveling to the SDSU game; San Diego is a great city. But now, not so sure I want to go to Carson CA/L.A. area.
  13. TSU88

    2021 Fall Football Schedule is out

    Now that you mention it, that’s odd. Two schools are so close geographically and the games are almost always hotly contested. I’d rather see UD on the schedule than the likes of Albany, Stony Brook or URI
  14. TSU88

    Over/under on rest of season

    I too will take the over, though I wouldn’t be surprised if we go 0-6. I’m not hoping we go 0-6, since there’s no lottery draft pick as a prize for doing so, but I wouldn’t be stunned if that were the case
  15. I think you touch on an important point, which is, in one context PS is not the villain in this piece. For all his shortcomings as a coach, he didn’t hold a gun to anyone’s head to get the contract extension, which now hangs around the collective neck of the program like an anvil. PS is getting paid a very handsome salary (I assume in the 400K-500K a year range) and is simply not delivering the results any reasonable person would expect. At some point (and frankly I think we’re already past this point) on-the court results have to matter. I would like to think that the realization that he’ll never get another D1 coaching gig the way things are going would be sufficient motivation for him to finally nail down either a regular season conference title or a conference tournament championship. I suspect he knows this, and is trying his best, but unfortunately his best isn’t good enough
  16. I think we all agree that PS inherited a program that was in the abyss and deserves credit for making the program respectable. He also deserves credit for graduating kids and, while I only know him in a very cursory way, he strikes me as a great family man. OTOH, I believe he has plateaued and that the program is stagnant, at best, and is in fact regressing. I don’t believe he is a good X’s and O’s Coach (see today’s stupefying decision not to foul when up by 3 at the end). I also don’t think he’s a good recruiter or talent evaluator. Certain numbers don’t lie: he’s never won a regular season conference title and his conference tournament record is dismal. His style of play has fostered a continuing pattern of teams that simply aren’t good shooting teams and are often times unentertaining to watch. We’re not talking about a small sample size anymore of his body of work-it’s over a decade now. By any objective metrics, he should be replaced. Having said that, the reality of the (mind boggling) contract extension he received a few years ago is that he’s not on the hot seat; maybe if we stink again next season the seat will start getting a little warm, but I’m not even sure about that.
  17. Let’s dispense with the name calling. We don’t have enough contributors to this board that we can afford to lose any. I feel TU2012’s pain; no questioning the effort today and no question that ZM today scored like the ZM we remember from his sophomore season. Also, very encouraging to see CT’s improvement this season. That being said, I’m glad someone won $100, but it’s unfortunate that the best that can be said is “we played hard” and “we covered.” As that noted philosopher Herm Edwards said, “you play to win the game.”
  18. TSU88

    Late signing day thread

    Shout out to Mat for taking time today to keep us apprised. Looks like a good class on paper. Looking forward to the fall season
  19. TSU88

    MBB falls again to W&M 75-74

    Tend to agree that there will be at least 5 new faces next season. And while I admire Bay Area Tiger’s optimism, I also agree that CT is not a 20/10 guy (few are, for that matter). I would also be satisfied if he were a 12/10 guy.
  20. TSU88

    MBB falls again to W&M 75-74

    So, ZM, Allen & Gray are in their last seasons. There are 3 incoming freshmen committed for next fall. None of these incoming freshmen project as impactful scorers (2 of them are PG’s, meaning at least 1 of them won’t be starting. The other is a lightly recruited 6’7 kid). It’s probably safe to assume PS will try to bring in at least one potential scorer, either as a transfer (assuming the rule that transfers have to sit out a year goes by the wayside) and/or the JUCO route. That means at least 1 player, if not more, on the current squad will have to depart. Will Victor graduate & move on? Maybe Dottin? Will Jones come back, after seeing minimal minutes this season? If Victor leaves, does his brother leave with him?
  21. TSU88

    MBB falls to W&M in first game 84-74

    One of the collateral consequences of this team being so awful is the risk that even the most passionate fans start to lose interest. Speaking for myself, I know I’ve become increasingly ambivalent about this team. It’s hard for me to muster any enthusiasm when I know that for the most part they’re not only going to lose most games, but that their offense is unbearable to watch
  22. TSU88

    JMU postmortem

    32% overall shooting; 26% from 3. Not interested in hearing about covid + injuries. The unvarnished truth is this is a very bad team; can’t shoot & can’t play D. To paraphrase Mike Singletary, “can’t win with these guys.” Every offensive possession is a momentous struggle to get a clean look, usually punctuated by chucking up a brick with the shot clock running out. We’ve almost come full circle ⭕️ from Skerry’s 1st season. He’s plateaued and is now regressing. No tournament in a decade and hard to have any optimism about making it under his tenure, which has years left to go. Safe to say this season is a lost cause, but I’m having a hard time even dredging up a modicum of optimism for next season. Sure, Thompson’s game has improved and so has Solomon’s, and Gibson (who’s not a PG) can be a serviceable backup 2 guard, but as far as I’m concerned they’re all just a tick above role players, which is par for the course for Skerry recruits. No returning players on this roster who’s a difference maker and who here believes any of the 3 incoming freshmen next season are going to be impactful scorers? Same as it ever was, same as it ever was
  23. TSU88

    Towson by the Numbers

    Thanks for taking the time to do this research. What adjectives can I use? Depressing, sobering ...? These stats simply bear out what we all know-we have, by far, the most inept offense in the nation. It’s galling to me that there’s no accountability for this abysmal mess
  24. TSU88

    JMU postmortem

    Consider it a blessing in disguise that you are spared the dubious “benefits” of watching TU MBB games this season. You are spot on about how comments from prior seasons about a dearth of good shooters/passers and players not developing could be recycled and applied to this years team. The players change over the years, but the common denominator is the coach, who isn’t going anywhere for what, another 6-8 years, at least.
  25. TSU88

    JMU routs MBB in Game 2, 78-63

    Allen, ZM & Mims shot a combined 3-22. In this case, numbers don’t lie. Throw in Victor & the 4 transfers playing this season simply have not produced, with the exception of a couple of games by Martin.

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