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1  The Fordham Forums / Fordham Men's Basketball / Re: Scholarships/Management on: Yesterday at 03:56:56 pm
Only Fordham would outsource sports information to the NSA.
2  The Fordham Forums / Fordham Men's Basketball / Re: Scholarships/Management on: December 15, 2017, 11:51:02 pm
Too bad, because as someone said, Zarko leaves it all out on the court and it would be fun to watch him.

Question here is, if he stays out this year, can he apply for another year of eligibility at Fordham? If so, how does that impact our recruiting?
3  The Fordham Forums / Fordham Men's Basketball / Re: Scholarships/Management on: December 14, 2017, 08:50:38 pm
Thanks. Very helpful.
4  The Fordham Forums / Fordham Men's Basketball / Re: Recruiting Update on: December 13, 2017, 09:56:29 pm
Hofstra is the Harvard of Nassau County

The Harvard of Hempstead, at least.
5  The Fordham Forums / Fordham Men's Basketball / Re: Scholarships/Management on: December 13, 2017, 09:55:16 pm
Giving 2 scholarships to redshirt transfers is a calculated risk. Leaves you with 11 scholarship players, most programs only use 8 or 9 regularly anyway. If no one gets injured, no harm done. If, as happened with Fordham, we have 3 scholarship players apparently sidelined for the season, that's just bad luck and you made a bad gamble.  Only question here is whether JN knew Zarko would be out for 2017-18 when he brought in the second transfer. [For that matter, do WE even know? There's been no announcement about him, or to my knowledge, any of the sidelined player].

One question about redshirting -- with Bunting and Ohams, do we have to apply for redshirt status now, or could we wait until their senior years to make a decision?
6  The Fordham Forums / Fordham Men's Basketball / Re: Recruiting Update on: December 13, 2017, 06:55:37 pm
Article from Zagoria on Donatas Kupsas recruitment.

http://www.zagsblog.com/2017/12/13/2018-forward-donatas-kupsas-talks-recent-official-visits/

On his visit to Fordham

It went great. Fordham is a great place and its close to Manhattan, said Kupas. Its in New York, close to my high school and my friends are out here. Its also a high academic school with great basketball.

Where did they take him to see the "basketball"?
7  The Fordham Forums / Fordham Men's Basketball / Re: Fordham @ Rutgers PreGame/InGame - 12/12, 7:00pm on: December 13, 2017, 11:45:08 am
I don't think you can draw too many definitive conclusions from a game in which you only had 6 scholarship players available. Same as last year when injuries started to hit, JN did not play the walk-ons, but let the regulars play extended minutes, which they'd better get used to.  If there was one player you did NOT want to lose last night, it was Slanina, but there you are.

In what is clearly a down year for the A-10, numerous conference victories are possible. But not, I think, if we lose any more players.
8  The Fordham Forums / Fordham Men's Basketball / Re: Fordham @ Rutgers PreGame/InGame - 12/12, 7:00pm on: December 12, 2017, 08:43:33 pm
What happened to him? 

Good question. Isn't he supposed to be showing off for the pros?  
9  The Fordham Forums / Fordham Men's Basketball / Re: Fordham @ Rutgers PreGame/InGame - 12/12, 7:00pm on: December 12, 2017, 07:57:58 pm
Down 36-28 at half with Slanina out and Tavares/Chartouny combining for one lousy point. We can take this game but these guys have to start producing.
10  The Fordham Forums / Fordham Men's Basketball / Re: Fordham @ Rutgers PreGame/InGame - 12/12, 7:00pm on: December 12, 2017, 07:53:29 pm
I noticed that last game.  Very thin black band and wears it off the forehead.  It may be a thing in the Euro leagues, but c'mon man this is the USA.

If it helps him shoot, I don't care if he wears a lace garter.
11  The Fordham Forums / Fordham Men's Basketball / Re: Fordham @ Rutgers PreGame/InGame - 12/12, 7:00pm on: December 12, 2017, 02:12:09 pm
I think we'll make a game of it, but Rutgers has size up front and a good upperclass backcourt. I think we go as far as Chartouny can take us, but I'm guessing FU 60, RU 70.
12  The Fordham Forums / Fordham Men's Basketball / Re: Fordham vs. St. Francis - PreGame/InGame 12/9, 3pm on: December 12, 2017, 02:09:45 pm
Well, the loss of Ohams and Bunting for the season certainly limits our ability to try different "looks" out there. What we're seeing, and what we'll see the rest of the season (barring further injury, heaven forfend) is a smallish 8-man rotation that will have matchup troubles against some foes. Doesn't make for great watching, but I'm sure JN would rather win ugly than lose with elegance.

We've been hamstrung for a long time by a losing culture. One gets the impression that JN is breaking that, if nothing else.
13  The Fordham Forums / Fordham Men's Basketball / Re: Fordham vs. St. Francis - PreGame/InGame 12/9, 3pm on: December 11, 2017, 06:26:31 pm
Hard to say how much enjoyment one could have had watching those players stagger to what, by my count, is a composite record of 115-259 (.307, which now looks like our shooting percentage some nights). Suffice it to say Fordham was not the "cradle of coaches" during that era.

But to revert to the earlier discussion, the plain fact is that our program is in fact configured for the lower reaches of the NEC, MAAC or America East, and attempting to compete in the A-10. Our small and old gym has hampered us in attracting talent, and now at old, small and empty, it's even worse.  Fact is, our OOC home games will be with small conference foes no one cares about. And the Administration has done zip to build a fan base.  I believe Monmouth played Kentucky at MSG last weekend. Monmouth. If you're a long time Ram fan, that probably made you throw up in your mouth a little.

14  The Fordham Forums / Fordham Men's Basketball / Re: Fordham vs. St. Francis - PreGame/InGame 12/9, 3pm on: December 10, 2017, 11:00:15 am
Just watched the highlights from yesterday's game and was struck by the fact that apparently no one goes to these games. A few thoughts from a 50 year follower of Ram basketball: one - must be a terrible experience for the players; two - at least it's easy to duplicate crowd noise in practice; three - is there any serious consideration to eliminating the program and if not, why not ? How does the university benefit from this ongoing embarrassment ?

Don't get us started. One thing that strikes me is that, after earlier efforts to publicize the team, there seems to be absolutely nothing at all this year -- no ads, no online presence, nothing.

I suspect the AD is resigned to the fact that this is how McShane wants things, and there's no point in trying anything new or different while he's still University President.
15  The Fordham Forums / Fordham Men's Basketball / Re: Fordham vs. St. Francis - PreGame/InGame 12/9, 3pm on: December 09, 2017, 05:37:27 pm
We should look into putting one of those invisible dog fences around the 3-point line. Players can hide collars under their socks. When they go outside the 3-point line, they get a shock. ZZZZAP!!

Coach Crawford can work the controls. Will give him something to do while we're on "O".
16  The Fordham Forums / Fordham Men's Basketball / Re: Fordham vs. St. Francis - PreGame/InGame 12/9, 3pm on: December 09, 2017, 05:16:43 pm
Take the W. Our 22% 3-point shooting is less than our D-1 low. What's the opposite of "excelsior"?!
17  The Fordham Forums / Fordham Men's Basketball / Re: Fordham vs. St. Francis - PreGame/InGame 12/9, 3pm on: December 09, 2017, 04:32:46 pm
46-25. St. Francis is very not good.
18  The Fordham Forums / Fordham Men's Basketball / Re: Harvard @ Fordham Pregame/In-game 12/6/17 7PM on: December 07, 2017, 10:48:55 am
You're right, we now lead the nation in having the lowest 3pt%.  We're #1, we're #1!

But what's important here is that we held Harvard to 47...

Yes, 47-point games are that fast-paced, exciting brand of basketball that fans like to see.
19  The Fordham Forums / Fordham Men's Basketball / Re: Star Wars Day on: December 07, 2017, 12:57:23 am
Honestly, if it's more than a 30 minute commute for you, I would pass on going out of your way. Judging by the production of the first few games, crowd interest, etc., it seems as if the administration is half-assing everything this year more so than last when it comes to the game day experience. Just my 2 cents.

+1
20  The Fordham Forums / Fordham Men's Basketball / Re: Harvard @ Fordham Pregame/In-game 12/6/17 7PM on: December 07, 2017, 12:56:10 am
I am not sure Pekarek vs. Raut, but for the other, coaches don't like drama around their teams. It's called the reverse mama.

I agree (as Ace drops the mic and walks away . . . ).

But seriously, there are several games like this every year, and have been every year for the past 25. It's disheartening, and it explains the lack of fan response. Good fans will stick with you through thick or thin, but they expect a little "thick" every now and again. We just haven't had that (Glenn Batemon notwithstanding).  Perhaps it's because there are so few fans, but the Administration does absolutely nothing to excite or engage their fans (hiring security guards to control their movements at games doesn't count).

Yes, a new facility would presumably build some fan excitement. But with the current Athletic Administration in place, I'm not sure. "The fans" or even  the concept of fans, has been missing from this program for a long time. I hate to say it, but the game day experience at Rose Hill this year is not notably different from that when I was an undergrad, decades ago.

I can only imagine how folks working at other Athletic Departments must view their counterparts at Fordham. "You're under NO pressure to put fans in the seats?" "You don't have to do ANY dedicated athletic fundraising?" Must be nice, but of course the Fordham folks are working at a dead-end program.

One almost expects to find the Athletic Department listed in the University Catalogue under the heading "After-School Activities".
21  The Fordham Forums / Fordham Men's Basketball / Re: Recruiting Update on: December 04, 2017, 10:56:34 pm
I may be wrong but I think JN would love to get another front court player like Rhoomes. He was able to take full advantage of his size and agility. Unfortunately it isn't likely to happen at this stage.

True. And lest we forget, his first 2 seasons, Rhoomes was the poster child for bad hands and dumb fouls. But he grew into his role, and, in his senior year, was the focal point for delivering our first winning season in a decade. That's why I cringe when fans judge a player after a few games and even after a season. Good things take time.  Down the stretch in his senior year, there wasn't a player in the A-10 who wanted to see Ryan lining up against him.
22  The Fordham Forums / Fordham Men's Basketball / Re: Recruiting Update on: December 04, 2017, 08:36:17 pm
Kupsas sounds like he'd be a strong addition to an already promising recruiting class. As for the weight thing, few college big men play at their high school weight. JN did well with tall, lean players in the OVC.  In his third A-10 year, he understands the physical requirements of the league. Strength training was his very first priority when he came here.  If Kupsas needs to gain a few to bang in the conference, he'll gain a few.  I loved Rhoomes' back-to-the-basket play his senior year, but we knew then that was a strategy borne of necessity and not the way JN intended to play in the long term. 
23  The Fordham Forums / Fordham Men's Basketball / Re: Harvard @ Fordham Pregame/In-game 12/6/17 7PM on: December 04, 2017, 12:14:28 am
there is a university president I follow who sits with the students when he attends sporting events.  What a concept!

Considering what we charge students, could we vouch for Fr. McShane's safety?
24  The Fordham Forums / Fordham Men's Basketball / Re: Star Wars Day on: December 04, 2017, 12:04:47 am
I'm reliably advised that Frank McLaughlin himself will be dressed as Darth Vader [he'll be able to point at numerous alumni and say "I am your Father!"] , and that Jeff Neubauer will wear a sashed robe and use a light sabre to draw plays on the clipboard during timeouts, assisted by Obi-Wan Crawford. Dave Roach will dress as Yoda and provide a Fordham sports update at halftime. ["Soccer men's NCAA quarterfinalists we were!"]. Drinks at Dagger John's will be delivered to your table using The Force, which will speed up halftime considerably.

Leave quickly after the game ends, because the Rose Hill Gym will be done up as the DeathStar and, with any luck, will be destroyed by fighters shortly after the final buzzer.
25  The Fordham Forums / Fordham Men's Basketball / Re: Why cant our players shoot? on: December 01, 2017, 04:25:36 pm
Funny how Marcus Stout is mentioned in the IP as a great shooter. By my count, he took the most missed shots of any player in Fordham history. But he had confidence, wanted the ball at key times and -- most importantly -- played with a core of guys who had chemistry and esprit de corps. Chemistry has been lacking for awhile.
26  The Fordham Forums / Fordham Football / Re: Coach Moorhead to Mississippi State ! on: November 28, 2017, 10:01:48 pm
Two years after Fordham into a Power 5 HC job!  That should be able to engender some interest in our coaching position if it becomes available.
27  The Fordham Forums / Fordham Men's Basketball / Re: Fordham vs E.Tenn St. - Pre-Game/In-Game 11/29/17, 7pm at RHG on: November 28, 2017, 09:47:38 pm
I'm cautiously optimistic for tomorrow night. Won't be there -- flying to LA and Pasadena -- if I were landing earlier I'd think about going to watch Mr. Austin's next HS game. Our strength is in the backcourt. The Florida State game showed we don't handle size well. ETSU is also backcourt-oriented. We force a bunch of TOs and ETSU turns the ball over a bunch. We're home, and if we have focus, I think we can win this. I'm going with Rams, 73-70.
28  The Fordham Forums / Fordham Men's Basketball / Re: Fordham vs E.Tenn St. - Pre-Game/In-Game 11/29/17, 7pm at RHG on: November 28, 2017, 12:14:52 am
The phrase "led by 3 senior guards" always puts in a chill in me. Guards live by their wits. As one recruit once told Al McGuire "Seniors just . . . know things!" And I like their coach, Steve Forbes.

That being said . . . this is an ETSU team still finding themselves. They're projected to be a mid-table Southern Conference squad. That's a level of competition we should be able to -- NEED to be able to -- hang and bang with.  Third game of a four-year contract. We need to take them out this time.
29  The Fordham Forums / Fordham Men's Basketball / Re: Fordham vs. Manhattan Jaspers Pre-Game/In-Game, 2pm - 11/26/17 on: November 27, 2017, 07:31:54 pm
Harvard-Yale and Lehigh-Lafayette have their big rivalry game in football, this should be ours in basketball.  Fordham and Manhattan have to agree on the importance of respecting and building this up as an authentic NYC rivalry and Thanksgiving tradition.  It's in both of their interests to do so given where they are at. 

There has to be a scheduling rule that it always takes place on a certain day (for example: Saturday night).  It just shouldn't change for anything short of a public safety situation, with Sunday being reserved strictly as the fallback option.  When you do this, yes you may have to pass on certain tournament opportunities, but you get the benefit of getting better crowds, press coverage, etc.. 

Agree. And Fordham and Manhattan have honored the tradition. It has to be the longest continuously-played rivalry game in the area.  Years ago, it was the last regular season game for each team, and played in the Garden to large and vocal crowds. Most years, one team or both would be striving for post-season, and the game was considered a showcase for NIT or even NCAA selectors. And there was booze, pranks and lots of fun.

Conference schedules no longer permit that kind of scheduling, but I agree it would work well as a Thanksgiving tradition.  Friday or Saturday night would be preferable, but both schools should work to make it a Thanksgiving tradition, if we can't use it as the season capstone.
30  The Fordham Forums / Fordham Men's Basketball / Re: Tracking Our *CURRENTLY* Signed/Committed Recruits on: November 27, 2017, 07:25:51 pm
My name is Fahro and I'm an Alihodzic.

Well, I'm drinking to forget . . .
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