Acting AD: not content with our results
 3/21/2018 3:10:08 AM      Replies: 45

gonzo3/16/2018 12:18:01 PM

Inbox just a minute ago:


Dear Colonials Fans,

Thank you for your continued support for our men’s basketball program this season.  As a former student-athlete, coach and current Acting Athletics Director at GW, I am proud of our young men. They have displayed a high level of determination during a period of time marked by leadership changes throughout the University and our department.

That being said, we are not content with our results from the 2017-18 men’s basketball season.  There is not a coach, student-athlete or staff member who believes we met our goals or achieved our potential.  Our staff, led by Maurice Joseph, is taking this time to reflect on what went well and what needs improvement.  GW aspires to preeminence, and we will work tirelessly to build champions in competition, in the classroom, and in the community. We will do this in a manner that you can be proud of, as we will not compromise our values.

Our competitive goals will continue to be a priority, however, educating and preparing our student-athletes for life beyond Foggy Bottom will always be our highest priority. GW student-athletes are known for being able to achieve excellence in all areas of their life and our men’s basketball team is no different. We aspire to be an example of what Division I athletics should look like, and we look forward to our continued work in developing future leaders.

I cannot thank our alumni, donors, fans and my staff enough for their continued support and passion for our student-athletes.  As we embark on this off-season review, I ask that you continue to believe in our work and help ensure that we will RAISE HIGH in 2018-19.

Raise High,

Tanya Vogel
Acting Athletics Director

Don't forget to tune into ESPN2 tomorrow at 1:30PM to watch our Atlantic 10 Champion Women's Basketball team take on the Ohio State Buckeyes in the opening round of the NCAA Tournament!


bobo3/16/2018 12:21:22 PM

Looks like MoJo has been given a 1 year deadline to turn the ship around or we're moving on from you and the staff message.  Message that is now public.


bo knows3/16/2018 12:33:18 PM

Have to agree with Bobo but there are likely going to be changes in staff and personnel for next season. Stay tuned. This email laid the groundwork for those changes.


gw05093/16/2018 12:53:55 PM

Gonna pile on and agree with Bo and Bobo, interesting choice of words and tone from the Acting AD.  I believe a statement like this was needed and long overdue.


Gotta say though, saying we aspire to "preeminence" is a pretty bold claim to make and one that will require significant work by whoever our new AD is, especially in fundraising.  Hard to be preeminent with limited funds and facilities.


I hope this helps some on the board breathe a little easy that the current admin is not deliberately destroying the basketball program.  




gw alum abroad3/16/2018 1:26:40 PM

I am going to pile on, but with a diferent tact. How the bleep is reminding people to cheer on the women in the NCAA's a post-script? That should be item 1.

It does make it look like MoJo is being put on notice. It is also the most candid public statement I have seen from GW in ages, maybe ever. That goes for the whole University, not just the AD.


tiki torch bobo3/16/2018 1:31:58 PM

Or we will come for him with our Tiki torches.  Mojo you are on notice. 


bigfan3/16/2018 1:41:48 PM

She has the right tone.

Bo Knows, are we talking about assistants?

Assume they are expendable from that bizarre situation now that the lawsuit is over.

Not sure it is a direct marker. Too many things could be fudged.

Ok with cleaning house entirely if the assistants are removed. In terms of program development, best to leave the whole bizarre series of events behind us.

 We are really scraping bottom and a play-in win at the A-10 tournament on our home turf with an NBA-level player on the team doesn't cut it.

Tanya is impressive in GW background, but quite linked to the former athletic administration.

Hope that if she stays in this position, Tanya not only talks the talk, but walks the walk. 


the real dude3/16/2018 1:47:05 PM

To repeat Bobo and Bo Knows, I believe Mojo will be given at least 1 more year (with the school's financial situation being a major factor). This email appears to be coming from someone is who is working hard to have the interim tag removed. It also appears to be a solicitation for money, something that has slowed to a trickle these past 2 years.



bm3/16/2018 1:48:56 PM

OK with any of the assistants leaving except Coach Johnson.

gw05093/16/2018 1:54:07 PM

Am I wrong to think that if changes are made to the assistant coaching staff that we should look to fill the spot with someone connected to the region?  I think we need someone with ties to the Phlly/Baltimore/DC programs, either historically (a la Strickland or Sutton) or a current AAU or High School coach. As much as we think GW should be a national destination due to our location, it still is mostly a regional school.

long suffering fan3/16/2018 1:55:11 PM

Vogel likewise expressed her disappointment in the season when she briefly spoke at the pre-game reception prior to the A-10 tournament game vs. Fordham.   Hear that, posters like Maine Colonial.   It doesn't sound like she is buying the argument that "35 is better than 23" in terms of a measurement of success.    As I have said in the past, the most important thing for the men's basketball program...even more than the current roster or coach, is the commitment of the university to a quality program.  So long as the university remains committed, it will turn around.     


bobo3/16/2018 2:04:03 PM

ML is to blame. Need to dig out from the gutter.  Just don't think a young, no experience  Black man who reports to a  white woman is a good strategy to rebuild the program.   


porter713/16/2018 2:07:46 PM

Wait, I'm confused.  I thought we were trending upward?  : ) 


I read this the same way The Real Dude does.  This looks like a soliciation for money.  I think she knows that a lot of the fan base isn't happy, and when they aren't happy, they aren't giving.  I think this is a smart move on her part to ease some of the alumni relations issues. 

I also think Bo Knows makes a good point.  I think we are going to need to see some changes in staff next season.  I think it will be a hard sell to a lot of people that they recognize issues with the program, but yet make no changes to the leadership.  I'm not saying MoJo here, but I think it would be wise to bring in an assistant who would help with this game and personnel managment, which is the area I think he has struggled in.  A former head coach from a smaller school would be a great choice (i don't have any names offhand). 


la fan3/16/2018 2:10:54 PM

Mojo has a steep hill to climb.  Anything below .500 next year and the writing is on the wall.  And Mojo has to do it losing Yuta, Steeves and Bo.  I know new talent is coming in, but still...


bobo3/16/2018 2:29:35 PM

There were suggestions of bringing Kevin Sutton back to GW from Pitt.  I guess GW could bring in a more experienced previous head coach to help MoJo as Porter suggests but that's a real sign of weakness.  If you're going to be the head coach for a good D1 school, you should be fully competent at game and personnel management.  This isn't some training program GW is running for aspiring head coaches.  


bobo3/16/2018 2:34:46 PM

This is what I mean, this job isnti some training program gw is running for black coaches. A white man would be held to a different standard. Why hire a woman to be the AD? Anyone but another white man I guess.  


formercolonial3/16/2018 3:09:42 PM

She is just lobying for the job-pretending to be tough. She was PN's lapdog even though he fired her as soccer coach a few years back. A new AD will be hired soon. Sutton has no shot of rejoining the staff. Same with Strick.


nj colonial3/16/2018 3:24:55 PM

This is consistant with what I have been saying. GW is in transition and is dedicated to returning Men's Basketball to "preeminence", like the progress of our Women's team which won the conference tourney and is in the Big Dance this season.  I like this letter from the Acting AD.  Both her and MoJo need to prove themselves and fight to remain in their jobs . 

Raise High the Buff & Blue!


some of you have serious issues3/16/2018 5:06:33 PM

The remarks about black coach/white woman are repugnant.  Shame on you. Just stop. 


what it really said3/16/2018 9:54:11 PM

What that email really said is, we aren’t planning to make the changes needed to turn the program around, but please, fans, leave us alone so we can put off the inevitable for at least a year. 


wisconsin colonial3/17/2018 11:11:52 AM

imteresting that I didn’t get this even though I contribute $ to men’s BB every year. Only sent to season ticket holders?


tennessee colonial3/17/2018 6:07:09 PM

Ditto Wisconsin. No message at all.


gw05093/17/2018 7:00:31 PM

It must've only been to season ticket holders.  I donate $0 outside of my season ticket purchase and got the email.

tommy lloyd3/18/2018 10:49:18 AM

Can we please go after Tommy Lloyd?  His European recruiting success could only improve going from Spokane to Washington, DC.  He'd be a perfect fit.

Tommy Lloyd resume


brian paul3/18/2018 11:10:20 AM

Gonzaga has a 15 man roster, and routinely carries 2-3-4 redshirt kids.  Can GWU do that, too?


nj colonial3/19/2018 9:50:35 AM

I'm still a Dooley fan (fire up the program with a loyal Colonial) but Tommy Lloyd is impressive and seems like a great fit for GW.


bobo3/19/2018 12:03:21 PM

Ryan Odom?


bobo3/19/2018 12:49:05 PM

Richard Spencer?


the real dude3/19/2018 1:20:17 PM

I received the email and I haven't donated money to the athletic program since shortly after the NIT Championship win. They must just use the same master list of donors.

We have zero chance of getting a coach like Odom or Lloyd. Good young coaches will not be interested in coming to GW for at least another few years until we can dig out from this mess.

I'm with NJ Colonial, we should be focusing our time and attention on Dooley, who we may have a chance on getting because of his GW ties.


tommy lloyd3/19/2018 7:26:46 PM

It's a no-brainer.  Tommy Lloyd is arguably the best recruiter of non-US based players in the NCAA.

Gonzaga assistant coach Tommy Lloyd gives Bulldogs edge in foreign recruiting

Bring him to DC and let him become a legend!


the trolls3/19/2018 7:43:17 PM

Bo, Porter, MV, Future and Real dude are five different human beings. They just happen to post at the exact same time saying the exact same things. Totally normal. 


nj colonial3/20/2018 11:41:23 AM

Bump - just to knock down the stupid threads dwelling on the recent past.

la fan3/20/2018 2:55:26 PM

Tommy Lloyd plus DC’s appeal to international recruits would get me excited about this program again.  But it would be a big move on GW’s part.  Does the school want to spend that kind of money on its basketball program?  

GW really does have a great history of international recruiting.  It’s something that the program can actually boast about.  I always thought that international plus some decent DMV area players could make GW a top 50 program.  


nj colonial3/20/2018 4:13:55 PM

LA + 1!  And yes, GW has the money and will spend what it takes.

the mv3/20/2018 4:27:07 PM

Really NJC?  GW has the money and will spend what it takes?  When has this ever happened with this program?

Tommy Lloyd is the coach-in-waiting at Gonzaga.  Do you think he's picking up and moving across the country for $800,000/year?  That could be around what he's making today given how far the Zags program has come.  My guess is that he wouldn't talk about any other job for less than $2 million/year. 

If this were the correct number, is GW still spending what it takes?  I can't possibly see how.




gwlaw3/20/2018 5:06:51 PM

NJC, I want some of what you're smoking.

MV, GW can't pay anyone $800,000 a year.

Go online and read the Hatchet for the last 3 months. People are being let go every week, there's still a 10% required cut across all departments in effect and our dependence on tuition dollars as a percentage of operating costs is the highest among our peer schools, which we just amended in order to be more realistic and look better. We are likely to fall further back on the upcoming USNWR ratings to boot.

NJC, wake up and come back to reality.



brian paul3/20/2018 5:14:27 PM

Worrying about the USWNR ratings is the modern, collegiate equivalent of fretting about how many angels might be dancing on the head of a pin.

I don't see Tommy Lloyd leaving the sweet gig he's got at Gonzaga, and that go's triple for Few. 



the mv3/20/2018 5:20:03 PM

GWLaw, that makes sense.  I was estimating a number that I knew would be on the high side yet in the ballpark of what ML had been earning.


rich maier3/20/2018 5:47:28 PM

MV, you beat me to it. GW may have the money but has never spent big bucks on a MBB coach. It would be a shock if GW did this time.


brian paul3/20/2018 5:59:18 PM

What the big boys get paid:

rich maier3/20/2018 6:37:46 PM

BP, how did you attach that article? If I send you my GW diploma, can you do the same so everyone can see I'm using my real name, I did graduate from GW and my wife is jewish. Much appreciated.

tommy lloyd3/20/2018 7:23:47 PM

Man behind Gonzaga's worldwide appeal waits in wings for opportunity to lead

What better city to recruit internationally than in Washington, DC?  In a mid-level conference that would be easy to dominate with the right coach/recruiter?

ruserious3/20/2018 7:47:02 PM

what alternate universe are some of you living in?


notta hater3/21/2018 3:10:08 AM

You cannot make chicken salad with chicken sh**! It’s a garbled message at best to the boosters asking them to give. She’s also messaging that GW’s team faces challenges because it does not cheat like all others and will not entertain one and done stars (the ones who go to the NBA not the ones who transfer). Odd problem - she should not be sending out a message saying the head coach is at fault and responsible (a casual observer of hoops knows that already). Tone and responsibility is at the top. The top of the basketball program is not MOJO it’s the AD. She should be mentioning her name as the responsible person. She’s not going to last long by pointing fingers by name in an external message as an executive (reads like the United Airlines messages after they beat up the passenger and had many mishaps and setbacks). Note she did not give the ladies team coach credit by name in the closing footnote.

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