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1  The Fordham Forums / Fordham Men's Basketball / Re: Starting Line Up '17-18' on: Yesterday at 11:27:16 am
SI's A-10 season projections are up.  These are usually pretty good, if prone to the same problems all projections have.  How are they supposed to know what guys are "in the best shape of their lives" mentally and physically a la Will Tavares (we'll see when the rubber hits the road).

https://www.si.com/college-basketball/2017/10/19/atlantic-10-projections-preview-team-rankings-standings


We've got a bit of a mystery team this year. "Chartouny and the question marks", one might say. Really no one else who had a sold full-year performance last season. But a lot of guys who showed flashes of brilliance. Given Neubauer's evident ability to coach, I'd say there's reason for cautious optimism.

One note: Coach likes to play seniors. I don't think Zarko will play the minutes SI predicts, but I bet he plays more minutes than you think.

2  The Fordham Forums / Fordham Men's Basketball / Re: Fordham New team podcast on: October 15, 2017, 04:08:58 pm
#4 is best yet.  Petty's learnin' to fly (into great wide open). Keep it up kid!

Absolutely. Thanks, Brenton and keep up the good work.  [Am I alone in wondering why our crack athletic department isn't providing this sort of publicity for the team?]
3  The Fordham Forums / Fordham Football / Re: K Patrick Murray: Bucs reach deal to replace Nick Folk on: October 11, 2017, 08:37:23 am
Article from Tampa paper about Patrick:

http://www.tampabay.com/sports/football/bucs/patrick-murray-rejoins-bucs-feeling-like-an-improved-kicker-and-better/2340641
4  The Fordham Forums / Fordham Men's Basketball / Re: Starting Line Up '17-18' on: October 09, 2017, 11:14:41 pm
Glad to see an organized practice, not like the previous coach's half-unsupervised shootarounds. Guys look to be working hard.
5  The Fordham Forums / Fordham Men's Basketball / Re: Nick Honor PG 2018 Commits on: October 04, 2017, 10:56:46 pm
Two other tough Penders players were Bill Calhoun and Don McCormick. You posted up in your spot in the frontcourt, Calhoun would move you out of it. You got the ball in the corner against McCormick, your ribcage would be black and blue. I don't know if Don was invisible to referees, or just the best ever at knowing when they weren't looking.
6  The Fordham Forums / Fordham Men's Basketball / Re: Recruiting Update on: October 02, 2017, 10:15:49 pm
Adrian Nunez, 6-5 forward out of St. Thomas more who Fordham has offered, signed with Michigan. Instead of playing for a Beilein disciple, he'll play for the man himself.
7  The Fordham Forums / Fordham Men's Basketball / Re: Recruiting Update on: October 02, 2017, 01:15:52 pm
Too bad you keep posting about these non issue players and nobody wants to come here because of our facilities and we can only get foreigners and JUCOS. Oh wait, never mind.

 Roll Eyes

In California, there is sort of a cachet to "going East" to college. A player might discount the gym in favor of the overall uniqueness of the experience. Recruiting in California is a smart move for us, since we have an assistant with ties to the coaches there and we face less "oppo" recruiting from regional and local rivals.
8  The Fordham Forums / Fordham Men's Basketball / Re: Recruiting Update on: October 01, 2017, 10:21:21 pm
More pointedly, have you seen some of the COEDS at Long Beach State?  "We got our own Buzzbomb from Pasadena (or is that Perris?)".
9  The Fordham Forums / Fordham Men's Basketball / Re: Chris Austin 2018 6-4 SG commits on: October 01, 2017, 10:11:30 pm
Excellent! Welcome, Chris!
10  The Fordham Forums / Fordham Men's Basketball / Re: Recruiting Update on: September 30, 2017, 05:32:42 pm
Well played, both!
11  The Fordham Forums / Fordham Men's Basketball / Re: Recruiting Update on: September 30, 2017, 09:21:14 am
Well, I've posted pretty regularly for over a decade. And I'm pretty excited that we've signed Honor. And I've not a clue as to how the coming year will go, but I'm hopeful. Unlike previous coaching staffs, this one does give the players what they need to compete successfully, in terms of strategy, skills coaching, etc.  I remember the first Neubauer-coached game I attended, and saying "Whoa! This is different!".  That being said, the facilities are wanting. Not gonna stop with that until I'm sitting in a new arena, in a seat with my name on the back of it.
12  The Fordham Forums / Fordham Men's Basketball / Re: Recruiting Update on: September 30, 2017, 08:54:49 am
Inasmuch as Marquette's signed a pair of 4-star power forwards for next year, I doubt they're green with jealousy. That being said, if Mr. Honor is as impactful as either of their two current starting guards, we'll all be quite happy.
13  The Fordham Forums / Fordham Men's Basketball / Re: Recruiting Update on: September 28, 2017, 12:01:11 pm
   So John are you really saying it was a problem that on June 21 there was a post that said we offered  Nick Honor? We probably offer 15-20 guys per year wouldn't you like to know who they are? Some times a player  may think he was offered when he was not but if multiple sources confirm it why wouldn't you want know who we are REALLY recruiting? I could do without the recruiting suggestions (where a poster says we should check out player X) but otherwise I want as much info as possible.

I'm not sure why folks think that post was a criticism of anyone. Of course, it's welcome to know that Fordham offered X or Y, or that Z made an official/unofficial campus visit.  But typically, staffs target priority recruits and there's some reporting about who particular schools are targeting, or which schools a given prospect is most attracted to. You see it all the time on Zagsblog, albeit with higher profile recruits. The coaches can't talk, but players do, as do their HS and AAU coaches.  [Although, with all the bags of cash that seem to be getting dumped around with high-level recruits, perhaps Zagsblog will morph into a financial page]. 

Perhaps we're just not high profile enough for folks in the media to do this kind of reporting. Or perhaps its just that, since our staff is obviously casting its net nationally and internationally, word just doesn't make it back here.  Hey, I'm all for information, keep it coming.   
14  The Fordham Forums / Fordham Men's Basketball / Re: Nick Honor PG 2018 Commits on: September 27, 2017, 11:23:11 pm
My wish for a nice early period commit has come true. Well done, coaches!
15  The Fordham Forums / Fordham Men's Basketball / Re: Nick Honor PG 2018 Commits on: September 27, 2017, 11:09:01 pm
He's a 5'10, 190 lb. Point Guard from Lake Highland Prep in Orlando, FL.  Good scorer and passer, strong for his size. Looks like we beat out JMU, plus he got those offers RamRunner12 mentioned.

Welcome, Nick! (It's an honor).
16  The Fordham Forums / Fordham Men's Basketball / Re: Recruiting Update on: September 24, 2017, 03:47:36 pm
Start with the fact that our coaches cannot talk specifics to alums about recruits - it's an NCAA violation. I get my info here from a few guys I know who run recruiting report services for college coaches and another source and only have the time to do that - barely. If you don't find the information "terribly helpful," I invite you to do the research to provide a deeper context. That would be "helpful."

No time, running a firm. In the office right now, in fact. And none of this was a criticism of you. Just trying to deal with the frustrations some posters express. Other programs are no doubt aided by reporters who do some digging. We don't have that (not even that Costello guy who used to cover us for Bleacher Report).

Coaches can't talk. But sometimes players do. As do their HS and AAU coaches.

All that being said, an early signing period LOI from someone good would be welcome.
17  The Fordham Forums / Fordham Men's Basketball / Re: Recruiting Update on: September 23, 2017, 11:43:17 pm
I'm sure one can troll the internet and social media and find plenty of "Fordham coaches are watching Basketball Jones" at some tournament, and "Fordham has offered Hoops Smith from such-and-such school".  The information is interesting, but without context, not terribly helpful. Now, if we get some information about who the coaching staff considers a top priority, or which player might be seriously looking at Fordham -- much more helpful. Obviously, that information may not always be available, although other programs' fans seem to have a better handle on who they're pursuing than Fordham does.
18  The Fordham Forums / Fordham Men's Basketball / Re: 2017-18 Schedule Released on: September 16, 2017, 11:49:27 am
Interesting plan.  Hard to believe the Mt Vernon arena actually was a decent idea.  Don't forget though, we don't charge students.  If we got good and students starting attending in a significant number, (1500?), knock 25% off those numbers.

Even if you did that, the numbers would make far more sense than current ones. [And when teams get really good, free student tickets tend to go out the door, or get paid for through an activity fee].

As for the cash cow aspect, a business trip took me last month to St. Louis. School wasn't back in yet, but SLU's arena was advertising a full slate of events for the public.
19  The Fordham Forums / Fordham Men's Basketball / Re: 2017-18 Schedule Released on: September 15, 2017, 04:25:46 pm
I don't even think it's an arena thing in terms of profit. I think it's a fan base thing. If we were selling out 15 times a year, we'd likely have to be so good to warrant games being moved to Barclays or MSG. If you bump it up to $100 dollars a head for 15 games with 10K attendance, it'd still be joke once you take out the rent. And let's face it, our fan base isn't strong enough for 10K per game.

Yes, but you accurately point out the irony and futility of our current situation. If we pump up the fan base to a solid 3000 per game, we're bleeding red ink. If you pumped it up to 10,000, you don't much improve your prospects, since renting MSG for, say $200,000 a date, takes a $20 per ticket bite out of 10,000 tickets. And [1970-71 aside, we live in more jaded times], you're not going to push your fan base from 3,000 to more than 10,000 overnight.  Let's say you can develop a solid fan base of 6,000. Renting MSG could accommodate them (sadly, there are no mid-sized arenas in the NYC area), but it would be an absolutely financial bloodbath.

On the other hand, let's say we had a 7,000 seat arena on or near campus. You tell the coach, "OK, we're pulling in 2,500 a game, your job is to try to fill the rest of those seats". Say the coach delivers crowds of 6,000 at $25 a seat, that's $150K per game. Get 15 home games, that's $2.25 million in ticket revenue per year. Something like that would make economic sense for the school and the program. Fill the joint, get $30 a seat . . . you can do the math.

[Also, as I've said many times, a mid-sized arena in the NYC area could, with proper management, be a cash cow for other events.]
20  The Fordham Forums / Fordham Men's Basketball / Re: 2017-18 Schedule Released on: September 14, 2017, 10:16:50 pm
There are also not enough seats in the RHG to matter.

Even if you sold every seat in the RHG at full price for every home game, what would that come to?

If one assumed 3000 salable seats (generous) at $20 apiece, a sellout would get you $60,000.  If you had 15 sellouts a year, your ticket revenue would be $900K. Well, that covers the salary of maybe the head coach and his top assistant . . . and nothing else. No travel, no scholarships, no equipment, no other staff or front office folks. A joke. If you had 15 sellouts per year at $40 a head . . . still a joke.

But no, our arena's fine, no need for a replacement . . .  .
21  The Fordham Forums / Fordham Men's Basketball / Re: Story on Former Ram Jermaine Anderson on: September 11, 2017, 12:23:29 am
Jermaine is very much appreciated in Canada, and really will go down as one of the major players in Canadian basketball history. Hopefully, when his playing days are over, Team Canada has a position for him. In any interview I've ever seen, he mentions Fordham in the first two minutes. It would be fun to get him down for a game this season, while two of his countrymen grace our roster.
22  The Fordham Forums / Fordham Men's Basketball / Re: 2017-18 Schedule Released on: September 06, 2017, 11:47:46 pm
Freedonia?!  Hail, Hail, Freedonia . . . . Oh, wait, not that Freedonia? My bad. But I really wanted to meet Rufus. T. Firefly.
23  The Fordham Forums / Fordham Men's Basketball / Re: Recruiting Update on: August 29, 2017, 03:56:17 pm
Wonder if we sign anyone in the early signing period this year.
24  The Fordham Forums / Fordham Men's Basketball / Re: Starting Line Up '17-18' on: August 27, 2017, 12:16:53 am
Ed Bona was about Chuba's size, and no one complained about him not being strong enough to compete.
25  The Fordham Forums / Fordham Men's Basketball / Re: 2017-18 Out Of Conference Schedule on: August 24, 2017, 11:25:09 pm
That's actually a nice OOC home schedule for us--I like getting some oddball teams into the RHG...

Respectable OOC schedule with a lot of interest. Almost like someone's been . . . dare I say? . . . thinking things out.  Now let's get the team healthy and ready . . . not that many weeks until practice officially starts.
26  The Fordham Forums / Fordham Men's Basketball / Re: Why the RHG is to be Named for McGlaughlin on: August 23, 2017, 10:00:33 pm
You are making a big assumption here - that Frank was really capable. I don't see any real differences in the Administration after Dave came in. He simply applied the skills he had to make improvements and convince the President and BOT to go along with him.

Roach simply worked harder and smarter.
27  The Fordham Forums / Fordham Men's Basketball / Re: Why the RHG is to be Named for McGlaughlin on: August 22, 2017, 11:58:25 pm
A Maserati in neutral could still go downhill pretty quickly.

An apt description for Pecora's Fordham cost and performance.
28  The Fordham Forums / Fordham Men's Basketball / Re: Why the RHG is to be Named for McGlaughlin on: August 18, 2017, 12:11:30 am
This is like getting a tattoo that says "Mediocre" on one bicep and "Incompetent" on the other.
29  The Fordham Forums / Fordham Men's Basketball / Re: San Jose State to hire Jean Prioleau as head coach on: August 15, 2017, 11:40:08 pm
Jean's coaching at a large state school that's not the state's flagship school (Cal). And there are other state schools (UCLA, SDSU) with higher profiles. While we at Fordham like to think that state schools dump unlimited funds on their colleges' athletic programs, that's not true. While I think you'll find the taxpayers have built SJSU a decent facility. you're likely to find that the operating budget is no greater than Fordham's, and likely a lot less. Jean's going from a state flagship to a school in the California State U. system -- a cut below the University of California system -- and will face institutional constraints from Day 1.  That being said, SJSU is an attractive school in a happening city. He will either tap into local private funds to build the team into a power, or, as someone said above, "take two NCAA appearances" and call his agent.

One can do it. I remember watching Fresno State win the NIT in the Garden years ago. Not sure if that was when Tarkanian coached them, or after, but they clearly had something going, and a HUGE group of fans who'd made the cross-country trek.

Good luck to Jean. He's certainly paid his dues and earned his shot.
30  The Fordham Forums / Fordham Men's Basketball / Re: San Jose State to hire Jean Prioleau as head coach on: August 13, 2017, 08:15:00 pm
SJSU is a challenging position. Any program whose coaching vacancy is getting filled in August would by definition have to be. Jean's spent a couple of decades coaching in the Midwest and West, he goes into the position eyes open and with some knowledge of what needs to be done. Does anyone who knows Jean really think he's going in there without a plan?

It's a state school that's not the flagship, and gets limited funding (sort of like when UNCC was in the A-10, and we compared their funding to UNC's). But it's in the heart of the capital of Silicon Valley, there's a whole bunch of corporate money there, and I think Jean means to build the program up with external resources. Remember, he was a physics major. He's going to be able to speak to these folks on their own terms.
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