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Providence coach Ed Cooley -- my favorite Big East coach -- was my seat mate today at a charity breakfast in Bridgeport where he was the guest speaker. Ed, whom I know from his coaching stint at Fairfield University, began our conversation by saying: "Syracuse will have a scary good team this year." As Ed is very friendly with Jim Boeheim, I suspect Jim may have had input into that assessment.

Ed's response when I asked him what we can expect this season from Paschal Chukwu (our transfer from Providence): "He won't score much, but he will be a fabulous defensive presence for you around the basket."

When I complimented Ed on Providence's great season this year, he responded: "We were doing pretty well until we ran into North Carolina in the tournament." When I reminded him the same thing happened to SU (running into UNC), he replied: "Yes, but we ran into them in Raleigh, not at the Final Four." We then both thanked the Basketball Gods for banning NCAA post-season play in North Carolina this season (thereby depriving both Duke and UNC of two "home games").

And he shared something newsy (which has not been announced publicly): Ed told me he will be one of the assistant coaches for the 2020 USA Olympic basketball team under new head coach Gregg Popovich).

Ed is a dynamic and moving speaker. For anyone planning a charitable event in New England, especially for a charity that benefits inner city children, I could not think of a better speaker. He was essentially raised in an inner-city foster home, and he can really relate to the mission and successes of organizations such as the Cardinal Shehan Center.


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popovich??

I thought he retired with Duncan or would be by then.
 

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Providence coach Ed Cooley -- my favorite Big East coach -- was my seat mate today at a charity breakfast in Bridgeport where he was the guest speaker. Ed, whom I know from his years of coaching at Fairfield University, began our conversation by saying: "Syracuse will have a scary good team this year." As Ed is very friendly with Jim Boeheim, I suspect Jim may have had input into that assessment.

Ed's response when I asked him what we can expect this season from Pascal Chukwu (our transfer from Providence): "He won't score much, but he will be a fabulous defensive presence for you around the basket."

When I complimented Ed on Providence's great season this year, he responded: "We were doing pretty well until we ran into North Carolina in the tournament." When I reminded him the same thing happened to SU in March (running into UNC), he replied: "Yes, but we ran into them in Raleigh." We then both thanked the Basketball Gods for banning NCAA post-season play in North Carolina this season (thereby depriving both Duke and UNC of two "home games").

And he shared something newsy (which has not been announced publicly): Ed told me he will be one of the assistant coaches for the 2020 USA Olympic basketball team under new head coach Gregg Popovich).

Ed is a dynamic and moving speaker. For anyone planning a charitable event in New England, especially for a charity that benefits children, I could not think of a better speaker. He was essentially raised in an inner-city foster home, and he can really relate to the mission and successes of such organizations.


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you must be wearing Orange pants then... ;)
 

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Hope at some point, we play Providence again in basketball. Maybe in a tournament at MSG? Maybe a home and home.

That would be fun. I never want to an SU game at the Dunk and regret that.
 

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Hope at some point, we play Providence again in basketball. Maybe in a tournament at MSG? Maybe a home and home.

That would be fun. I never want to an SU game at the Dunk and regret that.
The Dunk is a really easy venue to visit. Right off the interstate ... and surrounded by parking garages and restaurant/bars. It is even close to the Amtrak station. It is the perfect place for a Saturday afternoon game for folks in Metro NYC. Up and back in one day.
 
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Providence coach Ed Cooley -- my favorite Big East coach -- was my seat mate today at a charity breakfast in Bridgeport where he was the guest speaker. Ed, whom I know from his years of coaching at Fairfield University, began our conversation by saying: "Syracuse will have a scary good team this year." As Ed is very friendly with Jim Boeheim, I suspect Jim may have had input into that assessment.

Ed's response when I asked him what we can expect this season from Pascal Chukwu (our transfer from Providence): "He won't score much, but he will be a fabulous defensive presence for you around the basket."

When I complimented Ed on Providence's great season this year, he responded: "We were doing pretty well until we ran into North Carolina in the tournament." When I reminded him the same thing happened to SU in March (running into UNC), he replied: "Yes, but we ran into them in Raleigh." We then both thanked the Basketball Gods for banning NCAA post-season play in North Carolina this season (thereby depriving both Duke and UNC of two "home games").

And he shared something newsy (which has not been announced publicly): Ed told me he will be one of the assistant coaches for the 2020 USA Olympic basketball team under new head coach Gregg Popovich).

Ed is a dynamic and moving speaker. For anyone planning a charitable event in New England, especially for a charity that benefits children, I could not think of a better speaker. He was essentially raised in an inner-city foster home, and he can really relate to the mission and successes of such organizations.


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I like Ed Cooley. I think he's a very good coach.
 

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Joyce, your stories are simply legendary.

Ed Cooley is one of my favorite coaches as well. I always wish the best for his team's. One of the good guys, for sure. Had a lot of bad luck early in his Providence run with injuries, ineligibles, and transfers. But he knows his stuff.

And A-freakin-MEN on the NCAA ban for games in North Carolina. About time Duke and UNC have to travel like the rest of the teams.
 

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I saw Ed Cooley speak a few years ago at a charity dinner in Manhattan. While I knew he was the head coach at Fairfield, I didn't have the background on his personal story. WOW, what a speaker...incredibly impressive and motivating.

I'm glad to see him succeed at Providence and hope he continues to find success...against everybody but Syracuse. :)
 

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Providence coach Ed Cooley -- my favorite Big East coach -- was my seat mate today at a charity breakfast in Bridgeport where he was the guest speaker. Ed, whom I know from his coaching stint at Fairfield University, began our conversation by saying: "Syracuse will have a scary good team this year." As Ed is very friendly with Jim Boeheim, I suspect Jim may have had input into that assessment.

Ed's response when I asked him what we can expect this season from Paschal Chukwu (our transfer from Providence): "He won't score much, but he will be a fabulous defensive presence for you around the basket."

When I complimented Ed on Providence's great season this year, he responded: "We were doing pretty well until we ran into North Carolina in the tournament." When I reminded him the same thing happened to SU (running into UNC), he replied: "Yes, but we ran into them in Raleigh, not at the Final Four." We then both thanked the Basketball Gods for banning NCAA post-season play in North Carolina this season (thereby depriving both Duke and UNC of two "home games").

And he shared something newsy (which has not been announced publicly): Ed told me he will be one of the assistant coaches for the 2020 USA Olympic basketball team under new head coach Gregg Popovich).

Ed is a dynamic and moving speaker. For anyone planning a charitable event in New England, especially for a charity that benefits inner city children, I could not think of a better speaker. He was essentially raised in an inner-city foster home, and he can really relate to the mission and successes of organizations such as the Cardinal Shehan Center.


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I always root for Coach Cooley, unless something bad's going to happen to SU as a result. Total class act from everything I've ever seen. Great story, Joyce. Thanks.
 

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You probably all know this but another reason to like Coach Cooley is his team beat Villanova at Villanova last year playing 2-3 zone defense the entire second half. I just had to imagine some of those fans were feeling Orange in the depths of their losing pains. Ah, the little things in life...
 
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Good for Cooley on the Olympic thing. He's getting the recognition he deserves as a very good coach, one of my favorites.
 

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Good for Cooley on the Olympic thing. He's getting the recognition he deserves as a very good coach, one of my favorites.

He has done a really good job at Providence, and is a really good guy, I like him a lot, even though the Providence fans leave a lot to be desired.
 

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