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1  The Fordham Forums / Fordham Men's Basketball / Re: Recruiting Update on: July 23, 2017, 03:22:21 pm
And more from Pat Lawless:

Junior Ballard, a class of 2018 guard playing for @QpElite (CA), has picked up an offer from Fordham.

Thanks for the updates on these 2 California offers.  I guess we are seeing high activity from Ali Ton.  I would guess that the half dozen Californians we've offered and focused on are products of his network from his UC Irvine days; and the Turkish pipeline is obvious (and fruitful!)

Is Europe really that much further than California?  Wink

Count me in among those agnostic regarding where the athletes come from.  I like "made in America" as much as the next guy if it is possible, but we seem to have challenges that are caused but several well documented speed bumps (academic requirements, losing reputation, NYC not for everyone, working conditions, past coaching turmoil).

There was been talk among us that the NYC/CHSAA talent pool is contracting.  If it is, consider that the pool of D1 players who can also qualify academically might be contracting even faster.  And the kids that are left in NYC are much, much less 'worried' about playing in the south, the Midwest, etc.  The perception of "it could be a nightmare" away from the 'safety of NY is much less relevant.   The information age hurts St Johns, Fordham in this regard.  Even if the pool is not contracting, it sure hurts when more national schools can successfully draw from our reservoir!

Over time I'd be interested in whether a larger sample of foreign players exposes these potential downsides....
-Higher attrition due to homesickness or poor cultural fit into the US
-Higher levels of poaching of our 'discoveries' by large conferences
-Greater outflow of our kids back into their pro leagues.  Unlike a Mandell Thomas (american), there are no roster limits to their own country's teams.
-Inefficient recruiting expenses.  It our cost of recruiting ends up 50% or more than peer programs, that is a budget risk
   
Until any or all of those become problems, we should stop banging our heads against the "domestic only" wall, or the "NYC focused team" wall.
 
2  The Fordham Forums / Fordham Men's Basketball / Re: Chuba Interview on News 12 on: July 23, 2017, 02:54:10 pm
Thanks RoRam ... great find!

Watching Chuba workout makes me think his body will look very different over the next few years.  His frame appears to be able to carry more muscle without compromising his quickness and athleticism. He's a player I really look  forward to watching. 

I think he can become an elite A10 player.
3  The Fordham Forums / Fordham Football / Re: Recruiting Update (Football) on: July 23, 2017, 02:43:57 pm
One of the fastest ways to get confirmed commitment news, hints on where coaches are recruiting, etc . . . is through Recruiting Coordinator Jon Guynes Twitter feed.

Here it is....

https://mobile.twitter.com/coachGuynes

Most of the coaches are as transparent as they can be.  Great source of news from their twitter accounts.
4  The Fordham Forums / Fordham Athletic Department Topics / Re: BUS on: July 17, 2017, 03:38:31 pm
We use Academy, been using them for years. West Point has nice buses too.


I'd rather use the money for painting maintaining and keeping a bus on scholarships.



Keeping a bus on scholarship violates NCAA rules!
5  The Fordham Forums / Fordham Athletic Department Topics / Re: BUS on: July 16, 2017, 01:55:49 pm
I can see it now...

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Give'm a break DR!  The other side will read...

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6  The Fordham Forums / Fordham Men's Basketball / Re: Ivan Raut signs with Fordham on: July 12, 2017, 05:20:51 pm
As I mentioned in a prior post, the best case scenario is that this e.eur/balkan run leads to team unity/chemistry intangible...although that may also hurt a 'team' dynamic and cause an internal split. We've seen that before here. IMO, this just smells a lot like Luka Zivkovic, but I'll reserve judgement.

Chartouny, Havsa, Hicks, Evans, Chuba, Slanina is a competitive six.

In regards to the Rothstein prediction thread, F it. Last, second to last, third to last, it's all the same. Squabbling over defining what a 'bad' season is a waste of time. The A10 looks very strong on paper, go win 16 games if you want to make a statement. Otherwise, the Fordham basement forecasts are fair. The desire to "beat" the forecast by a couple seeds is loser talk. Expect to win. Go win.

"Balkan Chemistry" ... Students of history cringe at that chemistry!

Let's hope those century old grudges stay in that region  Wink
7  The Fordham Forums / Fordham Football / Re: Chase Cracks Top-10 CFB RBs To Watch List-NFL.com on: July 12, 2017, 05:17:54 pm
That is some rarified air that Chase is breathing in.  Awesome to see him get the recognition he deserves.  With his talent and versatility, I think he'd be a great fit in Foxboro.

I'm sure Greg M has made this point to their scouts!
8  The Fordham Forums / Fordham Football / Kicker Andrew Mevis - Freshman Season on: July 08, 2017, 11:39:28 am
Andrew Mevis  Fr.  PK 5-11 190 Warsaw, Ind. / Warsaw Community

Recall that the highest rated commit we got this off season was strong legged kicker Andrew Mevis.   He's been consistently ranked in the top 15 nationally.  He's an UnderAmour All American and a Kohl's Kicker Top contender

Here's a reminder of what we have from this good sized kicker

 http://usatodayhss.com/2016/unbelievable-weapon-andrew-mevis-receives-under-armour-all-america-jersey.

RD  Wink... I think he's looking to steal the job from anyone claiming it! 
9  The Fordham Forums / Fordham Football / Re: Early Prediction/ Vegas/ Army-Rams on: July 07, 2017, 12:43:15 pm
Agreed. 

What we have going for us is that our O should be better than it was when we beat them in '15.  It will all fall into the lap of our new Defensive coaches.  That same season that we had so much difficulty stopping Army's attack, John Bowes' Bucknell team held them to 21.  I remember watching that game and they played much, much better than we did on D.  Hope he can help transfer enough of that gameplan to make it stick. 

That said, they're favorites for a reason and I do think they'll be very, very tough to stop (memories of 0-55). 

Good call on John Bowes experience against them  PA Ram.   

I think we'll give them a very tough game.

Monken has been recruiting well and they have looked good at the prep level
10  The Fordham Forums / Fordham Men's Basketball / Re: DePaul transfer Erten Gazi has committed to Fordham, per a source. on: June 27, 2017, 05:52:10 pm
Great.  Another "solid player off the bench".  That will get things turned around...

JN is going into year 3.  Where are his recruits?  At most schools, year 3 is fairly critical.

Maybe the question that should be asked a little louder is, what the heck is going on with recruiting?  I'm not seeing much of an upgrade in talent, are you?

No... count me among that are very frustrated with our lack of new "starting 5 talent"

Clearly not enough.

I won't let that frustration fall on the back of this kid from DePaul.   I won't let my frustration fall on Ali Ton, because I see his role as finding the hard to find guys overseas.  He seems to do that fairly well.

I lay the apparent scarcity of 3 star and 4 star talent, similar to what the other A10s are getting, on our head coach.  I think he's a very good coach, but I don't see him acquiring enough USA high school A10 talent so far.

But I don't exactly know the headwinds he's facing.
 
I'm not impressed or swayed with those among us who get angry, pushy, or belligerent when another Fordham fan dares to say "facilities."   Because, as you know, facilities, or working conditions, are a BIG factor to recruits. 

11  The Fordham Forums / Fordham Men's Basketball / Re: DePaul transfer Erten Gazi has committed to Fordham, per a source. on: June 27, 2017, 05:21:56 pm
Sorry.  You don't improve a mediocre program by bringing in castoffs from one of the worst programs in the country.  It's not like this guy is the last man on the Michigan State bench.  Could he develop some time down the line?  Maybe.  This is not the kind of player you build a program around.  This is a roster filler.

"Highlight" videos don't mean much with a kid who never plays.  We already have plenty of guys at the end of our bench.  We don't need another down-in-the-tooth program's.  The idea is to recruit up.



Not worth all of the arguing.  I doubt anyone thinks he'll turn around the program.   I think he'll be a solid role player off the bench.

I doubt we are turning away 4 star players right now.

12  The Fordham Forums / Fordham Men's Basketball / Re: DePaul transfer Erten Gazi has committed to Fordham, per a source. on: June 27, 2017, 10:39:13 am
?

Perspective.  The last player on the end of the bench on the worst team in the BE.  This is progress?  Come on guys. This is not solid recruiting.  This is bringing in a warm body. There is no way to spin this as a good get. 

Perspective!   Fordham MBB looking down on anyone in the Big East!

We've made progress.... but I don't think we're at the point where we can look down on BE teams or players. 

I watched his video and I'm impressed with his skill and speed making moves to the basket. Especially against strong competition.

And if he's not, they've got a year to get him a contract to play in Turkey.
13  The Fordham Forums / Fordham Men's Basketball / Re: DePaul transfer Erten Gazi has committed to Fordham, per a source. on: June 27, 2017, 09:54:20 am
So since this guy comes from DePaul, the worst team in the Big East, a team that probably wasn't better than us last year, he's going to perform better than Portly because he's from tha Maac?

Not a certainty....  a very good MAAC player can fit into the A10 also.  That's the other side of the same coin.

But you already knew that.

Personally, I trust generalities when I bet.  I don't let the possibility of exceptions cloud my judgements.
14  The Fordham Forums / Fordham Men's Basketball / Re: DePaul transfer Erten Gazi has committed to Fordham, per a source. on: June 26, 2017, 07:19:15 pm
This is how transfers should work.   Higher conference scholarship player not getting enough minutes..... move down a notch and be a more competitive talent.

I'm assuming Ali Ton knows the kid well enough to confidently recommend him.

Seems like good work..

15  The Fordham Forums / Fordham Softball / Re: Softball Assistant Coach Leaving on: June 22, 2017, 03:02:42 pm
Assistant Coach Reese Mariconda, who had been with us for 4 years, a former Virginia Tech star infielder, is leaving to be Assistant Coach at Georgia Tech.  GT used to be a top 50 team but had fallen off to 155 last year.

Tough time to be losing a key assistant, in the middle of recruiting season.

http://www.ramblinwreck.com/sports/w-softbl/spec-rel/062217aab.html 

Thanks tx.

Any idea how many spots we are recruiting?  All scholarship?
16  The Fordham Forums / Fordham Men's Basketball / Re: All time best Fordham Starting five on: June 22, 2017, 02:48:19 pm

To be clear... I'm not suggesting this point guard is a Top 5 starter.  But in a time when Fordham was playing exciting, competitive basketball... and consistently making the NIT, he was a quality contributor.  Especially in his Junior year:

Eric Brooks - 1987

http://www.nytimes.com/1986/01/09/sports/fordham-coach-thinks-positively.html

This article from 1986, before we played #1 UNC at the Garden, will bring back quite a few fun and relevant memories.  Many great quotes from Penders.  Including our place in NYC basketball relative to the strong St Johns teams (Walter Berry!).

Eric was a pure point guard.  Quick, active on D, unselfish.  And a really nice guy on campus.   BTW... this 85-86 team had a terrific freshman named Joe Paterno.   Overlooked too much in these memory lane discussions.

See the roster and schedule below.  Our OOC schedule included Arizona State, Brigham Young, Stanford, UNC, Notre Dame, Dayton, St. John's, Seton Hall,

Bantum
 F 6-6 2.0 Pts, 1.6 Reb

Eric Brooks
 G 5-9 7.2 Pts, 1.4 Reb, 3.2 Ast

Joe Franco
 G 6-5 7.5 Pts, 3.2 Reb, 2.6 Ast

Lonnie Jones
 G 6-4 5.2 Pts, 1.5 Reb, 1.2 Ast

Don McCormick
 F 6-5 6.0 Pts, 3.2 Reb, 0.9 Ast

Tom Parrotta
 F 6-5 9.2 Pts, 4.2 Reb, 0.6 Ast

Joe Paterno
 F 6-5 12.4 Pts, 4.4 Reb, 1.0 Ast

Fred Quartlebaum
 C 6-3 0.8 Pts, 0.2 Ast

James Robinson
 F 6-7 5.4 Pts, 3.5 Reb, 0.3 Ast

Goran Skoko
 C 6-10 2.6 Pts, 1.6 Reb, 0.0 Ast

Mark Taylor
 G 6-3 2.0 Pts, 0.8 Reb, 2.3 Ast

Frank Williams
 F 6-7 4.5 Pts, 3.8 Reb, 0.8 Ast


 @ Hofstra ECC L 62 75  0 1 L 1 Physical Fitness Center

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Tue, Nov 26, 1985 REG @ Long Island University ECACM W 62 56  1 1 W 1 Schwartz Athletic Center

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Sat, Nov 30, 1985 REG  Monmouth ECACM W 63 54  2 1 W 2 Rose Hill Gym

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Tue, Dec 3, 1985 REG @ Hartford ECACN W 46 42  3 1 W 3 Hartford Civic Center

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Fri, Dec 6, 1985 REG @ Arizona State Pac-10 L 60 63  3 2 L 1 Wells Fargo Arena

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Sat, Dec 7, 1985 REG N Brigham Young WAC L 72 75  3 3 L 2 Wells Fargo Arena

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Wed, Dec 11, 1985 REG @ Seton Hall Big East L 66 73  3 4 L 3 Izod Center

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Sat, Dec 21, 1985 REG @ La Salle MAAC L 66 78  3 5 L 4 The Palestra

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Mon, Dec 23, 1985 REG  Columbia Ivy W 44 43  4 5 W 1 Rose Hill Gym

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Sun, Dec 29, 1985 REG N Stanford Pac-10 W 69 66  5 5 W 2 Lahaina Civic Center

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Sat, Jan 4, 1986 REG N Stetson A-Sun W 71 61  6 5 W 3 Lakeland Center

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Thu, Jan 9, 1986 REG N North Carolina (1) ACC L 68 92  6 6 L 1 Madison Square Garden (IV)

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Sat, Jan 11, 1986 REG @ Saint Peter's MAAC L 45 50  6 7 L 2 Yanitelli Center

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Thu, Jan 16, 1986 REG @ Manhattan MAAC W 87 58  7 7 W 1 Draddy Gymnasium

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Sat, Jan 18, 1986 REG @ Fairfield MAAC L 52 53  7 8 L 1 Alumni Hall

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Mon, Jan 20, 1986 REG  Holy Cross MAAC L 69 72  7 9 L 2 Rose Hill Gym

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Wed, Jan 22, 1986 REG N St. John's (NY) (8) Big East L 47 56  7 10 L 3 Madison Square Garden (IV)

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Sat, Jan 25, 1986 REG N Iona MAAC L 49 81  7 11 L 4 Madison Square Garden (IV)

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Mon, Jan 27, 1986 REG  Army MAAC W 63 56  8 11 W 1 Rose Hill Gym

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Wed, Jan 29, 1986 REG @ Dayton Ind L 59 64  8 12 L 1 University of Dayton Arena

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Sat, Feb 1, 1986 REG  La Salle MAAC W 70 54  9 12 W 1 Rose Hill Gym

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Tue, Feb 4, 1986 REG  Manhattan MAAC W 93 57  10 12 W 2 Rose Hill Gym

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Thu, Feb 6, 1986 REG  Fairfield MAAC L 47 55  10 13 L 1 Rose Hill Gym

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Sat, Feb 8, 1986 REG  Saint Peter's MAAC W 60 42  11 13 W 1 Rose Hill Gym

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Tue, Feb 11, 1986 REG @ Notre Dame (14) Ind L 58 81  11 14 L 1 Purcell Pavilion at the Joyce Center

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Sat, Feb 15, 1986 REG N Iona MAAC L 44 59  11 15 L 2 Izod Center

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Sat, Feb 22, 1986 REG @ Holy Cross MAAC W 69 65  12 15 W 1 Hart Recreation Center

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Tue, Feb 25, 1986 REG @ Army MAAC W 76 63  13 15 W 2 Christl Arena
17  The Fordham Forums / All Other Fordham Rams' Sports / Re: Fordham's Nick Martinez on: June 21, 2017, 12:48:52 pm

Dallas Morning News headline today: Nick Martinez Gives Rangers Boost 6-1  Win over Blue Jays

Nick Martinez has taken a difficult task from Rangers and is making it look easy

https://sportsday.dallasnews.com/texas-rangers/rangers/2017/06/20/starter-reliever-hybrid-nick-martinez-gives-rangers-boost-6-1-win-blue-jays

I think Nick has handled every situation that weve put him in over the last three years about as good as any pitcher weve had, said Rangers manager Jeff Banister. He takes the ball whenever we ask him to pitch, whether its out of the bullpen, starting role. I love that he shows up every single day with no real worry about what were going to ask of him. True soldier in the sense that he wants to be here, he wants to be part of this, and hes going to take the ball and go pitch whenever we ask him to.

..... I continue to be impressed with this Fordham man!
18  The Fordham Forums / Fordham Softball / Re: Softball Coaches Named Co NFCA Mid Atlantic Staff of the Year on: June 14, 2017, 12:21:20 pm
Bridget, Reese Mariconda and Gabby Leuty were named Co Mid Atlantic National Fastpitch Coaches Association Staff of the Year along with Notre Dame's staff.  Bridget won the award in 2010 and 2011 as well.

http://fordhamsports.com/news/2017/6/13/softball-named-nfca-mid-atlantic-coaching-staff-of-the-year.aspx

Here's the entire list.  14 staffs received the honor.  https://nfca.org/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=7503:fourteen-programs-earn-nfca-division-i-regional-coaching-staff-of-the-year-awards&catid=109&Itemid=149&Itemid=152

I've yet to figure out how they assign schools to a region.  e.g., we are in the Mid Atlantic.  James Madison is in the Northeast.

Thanks TX .... this staff has done wonderful things.  We should be proud of them and grateful to them.
19  The Fordham Forums / Fordham Men's Basketball / Re: Recruiting Update on: June 07, 2017, 01:27:13 pm
I'm a glass 3/4 full optimist.  Was very disappointed when Anderson and Sengfelder left.  But hear's the pollyanna's take:

Fordham had that 3 game win streak late.  At that time there were 8 scholarship guys for 1 game (Rhodey) and 7 for the next 2 (Chartouny went down).  And that 7-8 scholarship squad almost went 5-2 down the stretch, losing heart breakers to GW and Richmond, with 2 freshmen playing major minutes (and well).  Slanina, Pekarek, and Zarko all down, Chartouny down for 2 of the wins, and Hicks never played.  Yes, I know there's sentiment for looking at Pekarek and Zarko as addition by subtraction, but they were at least depth, had played significant minutes (Pekarek starting) during win streaks the year before, and by the end we were exhausted and could have at least used extra bodies.

So, look at it as Hawkins, Anderson and Sengfelder leaving from that year-end team.  In come Slanina, Evans, Hicks, Pekarek and Zarko.  Perhaps not an even tradeoff.  But Slanina played major minutes in big wins. 10 and 8 against Davidson, 13 and 7 against UMAss, 15 and 5 with 2 blocks against St. Joe's.  Sure, we had him, but we managed to play fairly well even when he was gone.

Pekarek and Zarko, like I said, they played ok for a winning team in 2015-16.

Hicks and Evans we don't know, but they could be quite good.

Havsa and Ohams are now experienced sophomores.

So now we have 10 scholarship guys instead of the 7 we won some games with during that winning streak last year.  We won the Saint Louis and Duquesne games without Chartouny or Slanina (or Pekarek or Zarko, much less Evans or Hicks). 

I think we have the talent to compete.  We need more.  There are always injuries.  I actually think Saglam will be a good one, too, eventually.

Havsa wasn't announced until late last year, August.  So I hold out hope for more.  But we have 8 guys coming back who have played 15-20 minutes per game or more in winning stretches the last couple of years.  Sure, most as role players, but there's always turnover.  Young guys have to step up. 

So hopefully Ali Ton has another hidden Turk, but even so I think there's a chance with the guys we have to be good.   

 

I'm a hopeful optimist also.  But it is not only your well described pieces coming through, it also counts on our rivals not making significant upgrades over last season.

I'm less concerned about gains at VCU, Dayton, URI..... it's the things SLU, SJU, SBU and GW are doing.  Their offseason changes are my biggest concern in the A10.

It's out of my hands though.... wait and hope.
20  The Fordham Forums / Fordham Men's Basketball / Re: Starting Line Up '17-18' on: June 07, 2017, 01:03:20 pm
Love Havsa.  He just has a flair about him, the fancy passes.  Superficially, I love that aspect. He played a lot late in the year, and yes, cutting down on turnovers is a big deal, as he was prone earlier.  I think Vinseiro mentions he's bothered by the high dribble.  Big drawback on the team has been turnovers.  Can't turn it over nearly 20% per game.  Doesn't work in any system, but given our shooting (hopefully that improves), pace and rebounding, the TO per possession spread is our bread and butter so have to hold onto the ball much better.  Havsa was able to play minutes without too many TOs late in the year.  And he can create for others, tall enough to see over most Ds out top.  Obviously nailing all those 3s late against GW showed some stones.

We will be able to rotate in a lot of guards.  Even with AA gone it's a strength.  Question on Havsa may be on-ball D (and hope his outside shot is for real), but he seemed to do fine last year in the trapping aspect.

I like Havsa too for many of the same reasons.  He even had a few flashes last season that reminded me of one of my all-time favorites... Pistol Pete Maravich.

However, I think he's a solid role player off the bench.  I can't see him keeping up with A10 play for 25-30 minutes a game.  I think it will expose some weaknesses in speed, defense, transition, ball protection, etc.  I hope I'm wrong.
21  The Fordham Forums / Fordham Football / 2017 FCS Top 25 Rankings - Athalon/Craig Haley on: June 07, 2017, 12:50:52 pm
https://athlonsports.com/college-football/athlon-sports-preseason-fcs-top-25-2017



Spoiler Alert....  here are some relevant rankings


#6 Eastern Wash, #8 Villanova, #12 Lehigh, #20 Albany   ...... Fordham at #21

I think we'll top Lehigh and finish higher
22  The Fordham Forums / Fordham Football / Re: Football Schedules 2017-18-19 on: June 07, 2017, 12:42:35 pm
I think we are a one-bid league but I almost view Fordham as an independent.  We've gone off and done our own thing with scholarships and we're still getting the benefit of that.  If we go 9-2, even 8-3 with this schedule and pile up the points, we're still in the play-off picture.  This year should we have a worst case, lose to Army, E. Wash and Lehigh in close games and finish second in the PL but if we win our games by big margins, I could make the argument that we get a bid.

I hope that's correct Coach.

But I think we'll win at least one of those games.   We play Lehigh at home.
23  The Fordham Forums / Fordham Men's Basketball / Re: Recruiting Update on: June 07, 2017, 12:15:28 pm
Are we in an official Fordham University "quiet period"?  Or is this topic link broken?

I feel so down about the lack of announcements that I take it as a good omen.  It's irrational, I'll admit it.

Keep repeating... 'It's always darkest before the dawn, It's always darkest before the dawn, It's always...."

The biggest problem with these late signed international players of ours is that the fans don't have enough time in the off-season to learn how to pronounce their damn names!
24  The Fordham Forums / Fordham Men's Basketball / Re: Players I think we should look into. The Recruiting Speculation Game on: May 31, 2017, 01:50:51 pm
Question is... Does JN, Roach or the MiB want Metta in the gym? around the program? on campus? Sometimes the Skill of a player doesn't necessarily dictate a decision (see Kaep).

Eric P's father just said there is no risk associated with dads hanging around. 
25  The Fordham Forums / Fordham Football / Re: I believe Chase Plays on Sundays on: May 31, 2017, 01:47:15 pm
Terrific Haley piece ranking Chase #1 RB in FCS.

Craig Haley (@CraigHaley) tweeted at 9:08 AM on Wed, May 31, 2017:
Top 10 running backs in the #FCS. https://t.co/14gL1sUVNp https://t.co/MfPSaJHARV
(https://twitter.com/CraigHaley/status/869918420506169344?s=09)

Help Chase and Fordham FB..... retweet it.  Players and prospects love to see fans pushing them on social media
#RamNation  @FordhamFB  @FordhamAthletics  .... help the brand, help the kid, help the program!
26  The Fordham Forums / Fordham Men's Basketball / Bryan Dunston $2.3mill contract on: May 30, 2017, 02:26:29 pm
https://twitter.com/AnadoluEfesSK/status/864797009617793024

This tweet alerts that Bryan Dunston signed a $2.3m 2 year extension in the EuroLeague!

27  The Fordham Forums / Fordham Football / Re: I believe Chase Plays on Sundays on: May 28, 2017, 12:29:52 pm
Chase is ranked the #8 NFL running back prospect here by NFL Draft Bible: http://nfldraftbible.com/inside-the-war-room-2018-running-back-preview/

Thanks RB.

... before I read it I need to say a prayer that the author doesn't compare his run, return and pass catching to Darrin Sproles!  There'll be hell to pay.
28  The Fordham Forums / Fordham Football / Re: Football Schedules 2017-18-19 on: May 28, 2017, 12:26:34 pm

https://www.usatoday.com/sports/ncaaf/sagarin/

Simply looking below us in the Sagarin rankings offers a host of fun match-ups..... my favorites include
Duquesne, Rice, UTEP, William & Mary, Eastern Illinois, Buffalo, Dayton, Texas State, Fresno State, Houston Baptist, Drake, Incarnate Word (San Antonio -Southland Conf), Stetson, Stephen F. Austin, Butler, Jacksonville (FL), U of San Diego, Lamar  ...... I love the Pioneer League, NEC and the Southland Conference for matchups and recruiting areas (Houston, DFW, FL, ILL, PA


For the record... last year's 8-3 Rams were ranked higher than 6 FBS programs.

BTW... our 17 commits and 18 offers are very national...plenty of GA, FL, Ill, OH, TX players.


161  Fordham              AA =  48.90    8   3   39.41( 210)    0   0  |    0   0  |   45.37  178 |   47.35  167 |   50.81  144
 162  UTEP               A  =  48.87    4   8   56.43( 134)    0   0  |    0   0  |   47.21  167 |   47.56  165 |   49.98  153
 163  Duquesne             AA =  48.75    8   3   39.35( 211)    0   0  |    0   0  |   46.01  174 |   47.71  163 |   50.09  152
 164  Weber State          AA =  48.52    7   5   49.07( 169)    0   0  |    0   0  |   45.40  177 |   47.26  168 |   50.12  151
 165  Tennessee Tech       AA =  48.03    5   6   47.63( 175)    0   0  |    0   1  |   46.55  170 |   46.35  173 |   49.29  158
 166  Rice                 A  =  47.95    3   9   61.10(  96)    0   0  |    0   2  |   48.63  159 |   47.71  162 |   47.53  168
 167  Florida Atlantic     A  =  47.75    3   9   58.21( 126)    0   0  |    0   3  |   47.91  163 |   47.92  161 |   47.28  171
 168  Colgate              AA =  47.69    5   5   40.55( 206)    0   0  |    0   0  |   48.58  160 |   47.62  164 |   47.07  173
 169  Saint Francis-Pa.    AA =  47.31    7   5   42.77( 198)    0   0  |    0   0  |   47.15  168 |   46.78  171 |   47.39  170
 170  McNeese State     
171  William & Mary       AA =  47.02    5   6   47.17( 178)    0   0  |    0   1  |   46.08  173 |   45.23  179 |   48.15  166
 172  SE Louisiana         AA =  47.02    7   4   42.65( 199)    0   0  |    0   1  |   44.53  182 |   45.52  177 |   48.52  163
 173  Northern Colorado    AA =  46.89    6   5   49.96( 162)    0   0  |    0   0  |   46.09  172 |   46.49  172 |   47.13  172
 174  Indiana State        AA =  46.78    4   7   55.84( 139)    0   0  |    0   1  |   47.34  165 |   47.06  169 |   46.07  177
 175  Pennsylvania         AA =  46.64    7   3   37.64( 217)    0   0  |    0   0  |   44.06  184 |   45.18  180 |   48.16  165
 176  Eastern Illinois     AA =  46.41    6   5   46.95( 182)    0   0  |    0   0  |   45.57  176 |   46.34  174 |   46.45  175
 177  Nicholls State       AA =  46.28    5   6   46.02( 187)    0   0  |    0   0  |   46.90  169 |   46.15  175 |   45.80  180
 178  Gardner-Webb         AA =  45.95    5   6   49.09( 168)    0   0  |    0   0  |   46.23  171 |   45.32  178 |   45.92  178
 179  Fresno State         A  =  45.77    1  11   64.50(  83)    0   0  |    0   2  |   49.67  155 |   47.53  166 |   42.69  189
 180  Montana State        AA =
181  Delaware             AA =  45.01    4   7   50.13( 161)    0   0  |    0   0  |   45.34  179 |   44.54  183 |   44.86  184
 182  Buffalo              A  =  44.84    2  10   59.17( 118)    0   0  |    0   1  |   43.53  185 |   43.70  184 |   45.71  181
 183  Stony Brook          AA =  44.67    5   6   49.38( 167)    0   0  |    0   0  |   45.23  180 |   45.92  176 |   43.34  186
 184  NC A&T               AA =  44.62    9   3   34.19( 224)    0   0  |    0   1  |   44.29  183 |   44.87  181 |   44.29  185
 185  Missouri State       AA =  44.30    4   7   60.89(  98)    0   0  |    0   1  |   40.70  192 |   43.27  185 |   45.90  179
 186  Dayton               AA =  43.71    9   2   27.39( 250)    0   0  |    0   0  |   40.60  193 |   42.09  187 |   45.48  182
 187  NC Central           AA =  42.98    9   3   30.92( 234)    0   0  |    0   1  |   37.14  202 |   40.12  195 |   46.25  176
 188  Wagner               AA =  42.43    6   5   41.30( 204)    0   0  |    0   0  |   41.55  191 |   41.37  191 |   43.08  187
 189  Portland State       AA =  42.18    3   8   50.92( 158)    0   1  |    0   1  |   44.77  181 |   42.42  186 |   40.64  192
 190  Towson               AA =  42.05
 201  Texas State          A  =  38.00    2  10   62.38(  90)    0   0  |    0   0  |   37.95  199 |   38.31  199 |   37.51  201
 202  Stephen F. Austin    AA =  37.81    5   6   45.69( 191)    0   0  |    0   0  |   37.49  200 |   38.09  200 |   37.44  202
 203  Sacred Heart         AA =  36.61    6   5   33.93( 225)    0   0  |    0   0  |   35.92  208 |   37.20  203 |   36.18  204
 204  East Tennessee State AA =  36.28    5   6   54.28( 143)    0   0  |    0   0  |   33.86  211 |   35.72  208 |   37.17  203
 205  Bucknell             AA =  36.18    4   7   40.25( 208)    0   0  |    0   0  |   37.25  201 |   36.08  207 |   35.50  209
 206  Monmouth-NJ          AA =  36.04    4   7   47.11( 180)    0   0  |    0   0  |   36.22  207 |   36.26  206 |   35.53  208
 207  Dartmouth            AA =  35.57    4   6   39.01( 212)    0   0  |    0   0  |   37.07  203 |   36.35  205 |   34.11  213
 208  Lamar                AA =  35.39    3   8   47.29( 177)    0   0  |    0   0  |   37.07  204 |   36.89  204 |   33.34  215
 209  Eastern Kentucky     AA =  35.05    3   8   46.77( 185)    0   0  |    0   0  |   36.26  206 |   35.47  209 |   33.98  214
 210  Prairie View A&M     AA =
 211  Houston Baptist      AA =  33.88    4   7   44.90( 195)    0   0  |    0   1  |   30.18  221 |   32.16  213 |   35.78  205
 212  Drake                AA =  33.66    7   4   28.89( 243)    0   0  |    0   0  |   29.55  224 |   31.90  215 |   35.69  206
 213  Holy Cross           AA =  33.37    4   7   40.70( 205)    0   0  |    0   0  |   31.29  215 |   32.03  214 |   34.58  211
 214  Idaho State          AA =  32.78    2   9   55.67( 140)    0   0  |    0   1  |   34.03  210 |   33.19  211 |   31.69  219
 215  Abilene Christian    AA =  32.70    2   9   45.06( 194)    0   0  |    0   0  |   34.20  209 |   32.40  212 |   31.95  218
 216  Rhode Island         AA =  32.40    2   9   48.00( 172)    0   0  |    0   0  |   28.62  225 |   29.89  221 |   34.69  210
 217  Columbia             AA =  32.38    3   7   38.15( 214)    0   0  |    0   0  |   31.59  214 |   31.20  218 |   33.06  216
 218  Sacramento State     AA =  32.23    2   9   47.04( 181)    0   0  |    0   0  |   31.20  216 |   31.66  216 |   32.65  217
 219  Yale                 AA =  32.12    3   7   41.86( 202)    0   0  |    0   0  |   28.06  228 |   29.65  222 |   34.47  212
 220  Cornell              AA =
 221  Alcorn State         AA =  30.91    5   6   29.26( 241)    0   0  |    0   0  |   30.65  219 |   30.29  219 |   31.08  221
 222  Incarnate Word       AA =  30.30    3   8   40.45( 207)    0   0  |    0   0  |   29.86  223 |   29.50  223 |   30.63  223
 223  Lafayette            AA =  30.17    2   9   45.82( 190)    0   0  |    0   0  |   30.88  217 |   30.28  220 |   29.50  225
 224  Presbyterian College AA =  29.96    2   9   52.70( 149)    0   0  |    0   0  |   27.18  232 |   28.53  226 |   31.42  220
 225  Bethune-Cookman      AA =  29.87    4   6   31.55( 230)    0   0  |    0   0  |   29.87  222 |   28.94  225 |   30.11  224
 226  Brown                AA =  28.47    4   6   36.07( 218)    0   0  |    0   0  |   28.61  226 |   28.48  227 |   28.09  226
 227  Northwestern State   AA =  28.21    1  10   46.77( 186)    0   0  |    0   0  |   31.90  213 |   29.23  224 |   25.40  234
 228  Elon                 AA =  27.50    2   9   51.38( 157)    0   0  |    0   0  |   27.31  230 |   27.75  228 |   27.10  228
 229  Hampton              AA =  27.13    5   6   31.36( 231)    0   0  |    0   0  |   27.29  231 |   27.07  231 |   26.80  229
 230  Central Connecticut  AA =
231  Robert Morris        AA =  27.06    2   9   45.32( 192)    0   0  |    0   0  |   28.37  227 |   27.53  230 |   25.88  232
 232  Jacksonville         AA =  26.77    5   5   29.16( 242)    0   0  |    0   0  |   24.42  234 |   25.80  233 |   27.83  227
 233  Georgetown           AA =  25.61    3   8   37.64( 216)    0   0  |    0   0  |   27.02  233 |   26.41  232 |   24.14  236
 234  Florida A&M          AA =  25.09    4   7   34.45( 221)    0   0  |    0   1  |   22.52  238 |   23.87  236 |   26.34  230
 235  Marist               AA =  25.09    5   6   27.34( 251)    0   0  |    0   0  |   22.92  237 |   23.89  235 |   26.21  231
 236  Austin Peay          AA =  24.48    0  11   49.46( 166)    0   0  |    0   0  |   27.92  229 |   25.64  234 |   21.63  241
 237  Norfolk State        AA =  24.30    4   7   34.27( 222)    0   0  |    0   0  |   22.22  239 |   22.34  238 |   25.78  233
 238  Texas Southern       AA =  23.16    4   7   29.86( 237)    0   0  |    0   0  |   23.99  235 |   23.33  237 |   22.40  238
 239  Morehead State       AA =  22.39    4   7   27.41( 249)    0   0  |    0   0  |   22.93  236 |   22.09  239 |   22.06  240
 240  Alabama State        AA =
241  Alabama A&M          AA =  21.53    4   7   30.91( 235)    0   0  |    0   1  |   19.37  241 |   20.01  241 |   22.80  237
 242  Campbell             AA =  19.61    5   5   24.74( 252)    0   0  |    0   0  |   18.82  243 |   18.59  244 |   20.19  242
 243  Stetson              AA =  19.50    4   7   28.32( 247)    0   0  |    0   0  |   18.85  242 |   18.92  242 |   19.78  243
 244  Savannah State       AA =  18.50    3   7   32.80( 228)    0   0  |    0   0  |   17.04  248 |   18.63  243 |   18.64  245
 245  Valparaiso           AA =  18.27    4   7   31.27( 232)    0   0  |    0   0  |   17.60  246 |   17.54  246 |   18.64  244
 246  Jackson State        AA =  17.92    3   8   30.08( 236)    0   0  |    0   0  |   18.18  244 |   18.02  245 |   17.43  247
 247  Howard               AA =  17.30    2   9   33.12( 226)    0   0  |    0   0  |   17.60  247 |   16.85  247 |   17.14  248
 248  Morgan State         AA =  16.85    3   8   29.78( 238)    0   0  |    0   0  |   14.36  249 |   15.39  249 |   18.16  246
 249  Butler               AA =  16.64    4   7   29.38( 240)    0   0  |    0   0  |   17.66  245 |   16.64  248 |   15.89  249
 250  Delaware State       AA = 
29  The Fordham Forums / Fordham Softball / Re: Softball in the NCAA's on: May 28, 2017, 11:54:28 am
In the first day of the Super Regionals, #16 Alabama upset #1 seed Florida 3-0 with all runs unearned, and #5 UCLA beat#12 Ole Miss 8-7 in 11, twice coming back from 2-runs down and 2 out.

On day 2,#4 Florida State beat #13 LSU 3-1.
Florida came back to win vs Alabama 2-0 and force a game 3.
#2 Arizona had a walkoff 3-2 win vs #15 Baylor.
#3 Oregon beat #14 Kentucky 4-0.
#5 UCLA eliminated #12 Ole Miss 1-0 and moves on.
#6 Washington won 10-4 vs #11 Utah.
#8 Tennessee beat #9 Texas A&M 8-1.
#10 Oklahoma beat #7 Auburn 4-0.




Tex... these updates help to fortify your point earlier on the difficulty of a private school being a consistent Top 25 contender.    However, should Fordham decide to keep softball as a top 3-4 athletic priority .... it seems to me that the lack of these same giants in the Northeast opens an opportunity to be a consistent top program in the Northeast.  From that perch it gives us the chance to occasionally crack that top 25 and go deeper in the tournament on strong years. 

Seems like an achievable goal with prioritization, planning and resources.   In a sport where the diploma generally holds higher value than top men's sports .... Fordham has a leg up due to our academic strength.
30  The Fordham Forums / Fordham Men's Basketball / Re: All time best Fordham Starting five on: May 27, 2017, 03:51:18 pm
I used to play with Don when I was a senior in h.s.  He had already graduated Fordham, but he brought the same intensity to our pick up games.  Tough guy.

.... and Don cost me a girlfriend at Fordham  Angry

He was taller and better looking than me.  I couldn't compete at the time.  He might have saved me years of misery though.
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