- Aug 23, 2013
This prediction was not based on a Syracuse connection; rather, connections with a number of top-level mid-major coaches.His logic is sound, but Thamel is about as far from unplugged with regards to our program as possible for a major journalist.
His prediction might be based upon a reasonable set of logic, but it's no more than a guess.
Re: Attracting a top level mid-major coach when the time comes--
Thamel, in his discussion with Waters, said that he had investigated this a few years ago. He mentioned specifically talking with Archie Miller (who was then at Dayton) and Chris Mack (Xavier). The interest in the SU job was not high.
Thamel thinks SU will make an internal hire/promotion. Certainly, with events at Duke and UNC, that seems to be the trend.
This prediction was not based on a Syracuse connection; rather, connections with a number of top-level mid-major coaches.
It was more than a couple of years ago, because A. Miller had not moved on to Indiana yet. It was not hypothetical, because he named names (and there may have been more than the two he mentioned). And, neither of us knows how "haphazard" those interviews were.Rather, a haphazard, hypothetical interview he did a couple of years ago, extrapolated to today's circumstances.
It's a sound theory. Doesn't mean his conclusion is right.
It was more than a couple of years ago, because A. Miller had not moved on to Indiana yet. It was not hypothetical, because he named names (and there may have been more than the two he mentioned). And, neither of us knows how "haphazard" those interviews were. many years until JB retires
If anything, based upon what Duke and UNC just did, today's circumstances would seem to be more favorable to his conclusion. What the college basketball world will look like in 2 or 5 or however many years until JB retires--who knows?
You could also say that in our worst stretch under JB, we managed to make a final 4 and 2 sweet 16's and still haven't had a losing season. We're kind of spoiled.He’s not talking about the AP top 25 ratings. He’s talking about overall program strength/prestige. And btw, we were ranked in the AP top 25 at the end of last season.
It’s today’s Ursula Anders thinking she should get another iconic bikini scenestill don’t know what it means. Are we telling recruits we’ve been a top 25 program the last 10 years? I don’t even know how prevalent something like that would even be. I think it’s something overblown as usual.
SU just has the biggest building. If Kentucky had a 35k arena, they would fill it. Probably Indiana, too.It was a good discussion. Pete kind of poo poos Syracuse, saying there is no reason SU should be good at basketball.
I have a quibble here. CNY has the most basketball fans in the country and they are unbelievably loyal and fanatical about their team. Who else is going to draw 25K for a weekday night game in the middle of a blizzard?
That alone differentiates Syracuse from any other program in the country, with the possible exception of Kentucky.
Lappas, a former Nova assistant, got the job before WrightExcellent article on Jay Wright on The Athletic. Played at Bucknell. Assistant at U of R, Nova and Vegas pre Hofstra and is good but not great at Nova for first few years.
He wouldn't get a sniff here using some of the prerequisites some posters want for our next guy. Proving I guess there is no cookie cutter process or hire. Could be someone out there lurking in the weeds who is in Wildhack's line of vision, who the fans are totally unaware of. Going to be an interesting transition either way, and say a lot about a lot of people in the SU orbit.