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I need one
11-23-2017 11:44 AM
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I'm sorry MB, I don't buy that. Butler, Witchita State, etc. aren't power 5 schools and they don't seem to be on the "wrong side of the equation." Eshan was a hire made by the players and a disinterested AD. And it is showing.

I believe it is much easier to compete at the highest levels of Basketball than Football, and as a student when we were ranked #1 in America I am really disappointed that we continue to accept mediocrity in basketball.
11-24-2017 12:05 AM
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(11-24-2017 12:05 AM)PTBlazer Wrote:  I'm sorry MB, I don't buy that. Butler, Witchita State, etc. aren't power 5 schools and they don't seem to be on the "wrong side of the equation." Eshan was a hire made by the players and a disinterested AD. And it is showing.

I believe it is much easier to compete at the highest levels of Basketball than Football, and as a student when we were ranked #1 in America I am really disappointed that we continue to accept mediocrity in basketball.

I totally agree...a couple of really good basketball players can completely change a team - unlike football...the players and (MANY) fans made a bad hire...for now we live with it
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11-24-2017 12:28 AM
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(11-24-2017 12:28 AM)Dragonz Lair Wrote:  
(11-24-2017 12:05 AM)PTBlazer Wrote:  I'm sorry MB, I don't buy that. Butler, Witchita State, etc. aren't power 5 schools and they don't seem to be on the "wrong side of the equation." Eshan was a hire made by the players and a disinterested AD. And it is showing.

I believe it is much easier to compete at the highest levels of Basketball than Football, and as a student when we were ranked #1 in America I am really disappointed that we continue to accept mediocrity in basketball.

I totally agree...a couple of really good basketball players can completely change a team - unlike football...the players and (some) fans made a bad hire...for now we live with it

UAB could be one of those teams if we invested in the program, instead of hiring a whippersnapper for pennies who can't coach.

I believe we are on the path to becoming one of the highly successful "mid major" college football programs, because we are finally investing in the program at a higher level.
11-24-2017 12:40 AM
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RE: A Serious Question for Memphis Blazer - Or Any Other UAB Hoops Guru ...
I don't blame posters for wanting to walk away from the hire of BBHC Ehsan, but I remember many thoughtful posts claiming it was the right thing to do. "He knew the players, they knew and liked him and that would provide continuity". Human nature can be like that.

I don't know Ingram, his level of interest or anything else, but a new guy on the job might have been reluctant to go against many program supporters who he didn't know. I'm sure he was reminded of UAB's financial constraints as well.

What I want to know from our basketball "gurus" is what facility upgrades might help the team prepare better to play competitively against teams like we lost to. I know we have an improved locker room, but I'm talking about spaces for better play -- like the new turf for the FB team. Has anything been added since Bartow Arena was built? Providing the millions for improved new facilities has certainly helped the FB program. What can be done for BB?
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11-24-2017 01:29 AM
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(11-24-2017 12:05 AM)PTBlazer Wrote:  I'm sorry MB, I don't buy that. Butler, Witchita State, etc. aren't power 5 schools and they don't seem to be on the "wrong side of the equation." Eshan was a hire made by the players and a disinterested AD. And it is showing.

I believe it is much easier to compete at the highest levels of Basketball than Football, and as a student when we were ranked #1 in America I am really disappointed that we continue to accept mediocrity in basketball.

#1 in America ? Top 20, yes. Not #1.

As far as accepting mediocrity, you do realize we have a limited budget and its not like we could have gotten gregg marshall in here when haase left.

At the time, most of us were still a little tipsy over the NCAA win and we probably thought we were better than we actually were.
Maintaining the team seemed like a priority in light of the large number of transfers whenever a new coach is brought in.

There were no names mentioned that were clearly better choices. I remember thinking that we might be talking to Kermit Davis and I was not sure how I felt about that if we were. (It took him a long time to get MTSU rolling) I have no idea if we had any interest in Davis or not. But, it would have made sense. But how many of us would have been happy getting him and losing 2-3 of our players?

Ehsan is not going to be fired any sooner than the end of his 4 year contract unless we just post 2 more terrible seasons. And even then, I'm not sure they will fire him. So we need to hope he improves.

And we have a lot of issues that you cant blame solely on the coach.

Nick is not back to where he was.
HaHa has regressed.
But Coke is playing like a first team all conference guy and Scootie is nothing short of a fantastic steal of a recruit.

The season can still be salvaged and we have the talent to win the conference. But so do 3-4 other teams. So it will not be easy.
If Nick gets the cobwebs out and Haha sees a shrink, we could still be pretty good this year.
11-24-2017 07:24 AM
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UAB was going low budget with that hire from the time Dr Evil announced football was coming back. The big raise Haase received was more political theater than good business. When we really needed quick action and a raise up to $1 million in salary was in the Spring of 2004. Instead we screwed around with Mike Anderson's raise when we should have been showing him maximum love. Sigh.

Ehsan was an easy, and cheap, choice by a puppet AD and a fan base holding on to the hope of the Iowa State win. Blaming the fans misses the broader point about the state of our overall athletic program. Football is in great hands but we still have a complete bastard sitting in the President's Office that at best doesn't care about Blazer athletics. The AD he hired is there to execute his "vision". So even if a booster coughed up the buyout $ for Ehsan's contract, does anybody trust Watts to get the next hire right? We held a search for AD and ended up with Ingram, also a cheap, learn-on-the-job hire.

Ehsan is flopping and there isn't one damn thing we can do about it other than hope he gets better.

Bill Clark is The Man and football is now our premiere sport. Unfortunately, the rest of our men's team sports are in the toilet.
11-24-2017 08:35 AM
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(11-24-2017 12:05 AM)PTBlazer Wrote:  I'm sorry MB, I don't buy that. Butler, Witchita State, etc. aren't power 5 schools and they don't seem to be on the "wrong side of the equation." Eshan was a hire made by the players and a disinterested AD. And it is showing.

I believe it is much easier to compete at the highest levels of Basketball than Football, and as a student when we were ranked #1 in America I am really disappointed that we continue to accept mediocrity in basketball.

You named two. There are a few more exceptions. There are more than three hundred other schools that prove me right.
11-24-2017 08:49 AM
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We've got over 3 years of this with Lee now. He's not going to change, especially with the laid back, be your friend, young coach we have.
11-24-2017 09:26 AM
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First of all, I am real happy with what we have going on in football, at least on the defensive side of the ball. We are in good hands there, and the donations to the FB program have been phenomenal. I wish I could say the same thing about the basketball program, but we blew it with Mike Anderson, and have been mediocre ever since, with no real chane for better days in sight.
11-24-2017 09:33 AM
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