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Created: 10/21/2014 10:20:37 PMReplies: 14
10/21/2014 10:20:37 PM - FredD - 519 posts (#41)

There is an article on McKillop and Davidson over on the ESPN website.  Largely paint by numbers except that it points out the advantages for a coach who stays committed to a school that is the right fit.  As has been repeated by many here, better to be a king at Davidson (or GW) than chum at DePaul or Seton Hall.

http://espn.go.com/mens-college-basketball/story/_/id/11729969/davidson-coach-bob-mckillop-need-bigger-job

I think Davidson is a really good fit academically and geographgically and if all the happy talk in the piece is emblematic of the buyin and commitment McKillop gets then they will be just as hard to play against as I thought they'd be.

10/22/2014 10:26:07 AM - The MV - 4,445 posts (#3)

Great article.  That's a coach who automatically commands your respect.  I actually saw a lot of similarities between ML's situation and McKillop's situation.  ML is now raising his family in the area that he grew up in and more importantly, where he and his wife want to be.  There is a lot to be said for being happy where you are and with what you have.  Georgetown and Maryland will always be in the picture due to where they are located (along with the $ they can offer), but I really don't foresee a situation where ML relocates outside of the DC area at least until most of his children are out of the house.  Stranger things have happened but my strong sense is that he will be the head coach of GW (or Georgetown or Maryland) for at least the next ten years.

10/22/2014 11:31:18 AM - NJ Colonial - 1,702 posts (#17)

ML will stay at GW.  Let's stop this insecure speculation. 

10/22/2014 12:11:25 PM - Columbia Heights Colonial - 284 posts (#78)

Here's my counter argument NJ Colonial.

ML will not stay at GW.

No way to ever know. Speculation will always be speculation, unless the facts change. Best to just ignore it.

10/22/2014 2:22:59 PM - GW Alum Abroad - 2,299 posts (#12)

The fact is that at some point ML will leave GW, but in who's lifetime I cannot predict. 

10/22/2014 2:36:57 PM - BM - 4 posts (#243)

IMO Davidson and Bonnaventure outperformance and UMass underperformance will be the surprises in the A-10 this year.  If you put a gun to my head (or just asked me nicely), I'd guess GW will also underperform the #2 ranking.

10/22/2014 3:25:20 PM - The MV - 4,445 posts (#3)

NJ, sure it's speculation but it's not being delivered as insecure.  ML has already coached at Maryland and if one day he was chosen to be the head coach there, given everything about that job, there's just no way I could see him passing it up.  Georgetown is less of a slam dunk though many but not all  of the reasons why he would leave GW for Maryland apply here as well.   All I've done here is provide what I feel is a realistic possibility.  He could become the next head coach at Syracuse one day but I don't think he would do it.  He may never get offers to coach Maryland or Georgetown.  Lots of possibilities regarding his future.  Pointing out those that don't bode well for GW  doesn't translate into being insecure, just realistic.

10/22/2014 10:48:56 PM - Tim4 - 760 posts (#32)

Agree with BM on Bonnie's. Disagree on Davidson. Think there will be a GMUesque learning curve. 

would take Dayton rather than umass as my underperformer

10/23/2014 7:41:19 PM - NJ Colonial - 1,702 posts (#17)

By insecure I am referring to the tired old, outdated notion that a coach in the DMV would leave GW for GU or MD.  I'm sick of it - GW is right now the top hoops team in the nation's capital and from conversations I've had with ML and Nero - and Knapp, I think this is likely to continue.

And yes, I am still enjoying the view through my Buff & Blue colored glasses!

10/24/2014 7:19:39 AM - pops - 348 posts (#64)

NJ Colonial, +1!

10/24/2014 9:06:04 AM - alum1 - 676 posts (#34)

Agree with MV. Realiy is reality.  The guy has a relatively large family, no special affinity to GW, is a Maryland native, and (like many of us) a healthy ego.  So don't understand why anyone would think he's automatically tucked in at GW for life.  I don't see GU...not from ML's angle, but from GU's angle.  They'd probably rather tear down the school than tale a coach from GW.

As for MD, its an inevitable lure, in my humble opinion.  They can pay an awful lot of money and he has a natural connection there on a couple of fronts.  I do think the Big 10 is a net negative for MD vs what the ACC would have been, so that's something that's reasonably good for GW, I think all things being equal.  Same for Georgetown...the Big East ain't what it used to be.  So it all comes down to ND's money and his connection to the school.  Other factors will wiegh in also -- How long does Nero stay, and if he leaves, who replaces him? Are facilities going to be good enough to be competitive longer term?  Does fan support build to something that's sustainable, along with fundraising?  And many others, obviously. I thik he's safe through next year becasue he knows next year is his "ticket," so to speak,

Staying in the area is a resonably good conculsion.  But to suggest he ain't ever leaving GW is no sure bet.  Here's to Coach Turgeon to have a decent year!

 

10/24/2014 1:12:29 PM - Monument - 555 posts (#40)

"GW is right now the top hoops team in the nation's capital and from conversations I've had with ML and Nero - and Knapp, I think this is likely to continue."  Certainly have four unbiased opinions in that bunch.

JT III is not going anywhere any time soon so I do not understand why there is any talk of a Hoya vacancy.  IMHO, ML would take a good hard look at a UMD offer.  GWU could not match the $s or the Power Conference, but college sports aint what they used to be, so who knows?

10/24/2014 1:49:07 PM - ziik - 2,573 posts (#9)

My brother went to UMd, and its law school, my sister-in-law went to UMd and its med school. I used to visit for parties (60's, 70's) That was in the pre-sofa burning era. Instead, the football team would show up, and toss rolls of tp into the toilet, flush, and run. There always was a lot of smoke, and occasionally a trans. girl group, usually the Supremes, who were very, very good. Plus, if you were so inclined, you could dance with Diana Ross. 

I hope the U is mor esophisticated now, but, my guess parties like those still flourish. And, What sort of school is UMd? football, basketball? Heck, I recall it was a track school, because it wasn't all that good at anything else. I think it will revert to being a football school, and, basketball is gonna take a back seat. And, where do you recruit? What style will work in the not-so-big, but oversized 10? 

I actually think GU is a bigger threat to take ML from GW, esp. if they beef up their facilities. But, it seems to thrive on inbred coaching selections, and I see something like that continuing. ML can be as  Catholic as the Pope, but he may not be GU Catholic. 

I dearly hope we keep him. Given the international flavor and the local transfer factor, GW is poised for a Gonzaga-like run, and ML can be king of the hill, like Mark Few, for the next--as long as he likes. 

We will know more if we bring in Yuta's brother, a Dane, an Argentine, or an Aussie. Maybe there are a couple of Belo's or big Lithuanians who yearn to be freer. GW can be the school of opportunity for a slew of guys who decide after a year in Kansas or Oklahoma,, Vermont or FLorida, that they just want more.

 

 

10/24/2014 1:56:47 PM - bobo - 2,963 posts (#7)

Who knows if Lonergan would even be offered the UMD job IF their coach gets fired in the next couple of years and IF Lonergan is interested in going there.

UMD's last coaches came from the Big 12 and Big 10.  They see themselves as a basketball powerhouse.  Likely they would want to go after a coach from a lower tier BCS program that is showing progress and going to multiple NCAAs like they did getting Williams from Ohio State and Turgeon from T A&M.

10/24/2014 2:06:59 PM - NJ Colonial - 1,702 posts (#17)

Monument:  I am proudly and consistantly biased.  Raise High!

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