Posted tagged ‘VCU’

Poor Second Half haunts Fordham in 85-66 loss to VCU

February 28, 2014

The Sports Cycle’s Donnie Dwyer is at the Rose Hill Gym as Fordham loses it’s 5th straight game 85-66 to VCU. Freshman Jon Severe and Sophomore Mandell Thomas had 14 points apiece while Senior Guard Branden Frazier had 10 points in the loss. Junior center Ryan Canty had 2 points to go along with 10 rebounds and 4 blocks. The Rams take on LaSalle this Saturday at 5pm on their home floor.


Atlantic 10 basketball is having scheduling issues already

May 25, 2012

Via Andy Katz:

The Atlantic 10 will discuss and then likely decide Thursday on how it will schedule with 15 teams next season, according to commissioner Bernadette McGlade. The A-10, which will wrap up spring meetings Thursday, will have 15 schools in the league because VCU left the CAA immediately. Temple and Charlotte don’t leave for the Big East and C-USA, respectively, until 2013. The A-10 will add Butler in the fall of 2013. Xavier coach Chris Mack said one format discussed was to have each team have two partners (four games) and then play the other 10 five home/five road. McGlade said the A-10 has been looking at creative alternatives.

I like that the A-10 is becoming a powerhouse conference but this scheduling seems to be out of sorts. As a Fordham fan this is going to be hard to play VCU and Butler in the future. The talent coming in better live up to the expectations or else they will be in the Patriot League or MAAC. I liked how you would play three teams twice and try to play everyone else one time in your conference. With VCU coming in immediately it causes a problem both for future bids to NCAA Tournament and makes the Duquesne’s and Rhode Island’s turn from 4 win conference teams to 2 win teams…

The coaching carousel: Bruce Weber fired at Illinois

March 9, 2012

(AP Photo/Michael Conroy)

Illinois fired Bruce Weber  Friday, one day after the Illini lost to Iowa in the first round of the Big Ten tournament.Weber will not coach in the NIT — if the Illini (17-15 overall, 6-12 Big Ten) were to be selected — or in any other postseason tournament.

Weber said recently that the buyout on his contract is $3.9 million.

Weber coached the Illini to the Sweet 16 and NCAA championship game in his first two years in Champaign, losing to North Carolina in the 2005 national final.

But Illinois hasn’t advanced past the second round since, and did not reach the NCAA tournament three times in Weber’s nine-year tenure.

VCU’s Shaka Smart is expected to be a candidate for the job. Smart, who took the Rams to last year’s Final Four, and Illinois athletic director Mike Thomas once worked together at Akron.

Weber becomes an immediate candidate to return to Southern Illinois, where he coached before replacing Bill Self at Illinois when Self left for the Kansas job.

SIU athletic director Mario Mocca has been monitoring Weber’s status, according to sources. Mocca fired Chris Lowery, a former Weber assistant, this year.

Once considered an NCAA tournament-caliber team, the Illini lost 12 of their last 14 games. Thursday’s 64-61 loss to the Hawkeyes sealed their fate, and they face an uphill battle just to be selected for the NIT.

Weber was 210-101 overall and 89-66 in Big Ten games at Illinois.

Coaching college basketball to me is an extreme mystery. The way these coaches move around is insane. Look at Pat Knight. Goes from Texas Tech to Lamar. Or how about Keno Davis from Drake to Providence and now is jobless. I don’t get why Illinois would fire Weber. I don’t think it was his fault. Throughout the season the team was a top 25 team and almost beat Missouri during the winter break. Sometimes people blame the coach more than the players and that’s why he gets the shaft. Now it’s time to move up the rankings again and see if he can get back to a top conference. Look at what Paul Hewitt did at Georgia Tech. Championship game team in the NCAA and good tournament runs and now goes from the ACC to the CAA in George Mason. What a life it is to coach college basketball. One year, you are talk of the town. The next, your job searching…