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The women deserve a thread too. No news on the Owls (good or bad), but this is interesting news.

Vic Schaeffer of Mississippi State (plus stops as an assistant at Arkansas and Texas A&M, and a head coach at Sam Houston State before that) is heading to Austin to become the new women's coach there.

https://www.clarionledger.com/story/spor...951356001/
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(04-05-2020 06:12 PM)Fort Bend Owl Wrote:  The women deserve a thread too. No news on the Owls (good or bad), but this is interesting news.

Vic Schaeffer of Mississippi State (plus stops as an assistant at Arkansas and Texas A&M, and a head coach at Sam Houston State before that) is heading to Austin to become the new women's coach there.

https://www.clarionledger.com/story/spor...951356001/

Quote:Schaefer signed a four-year contract extension at Mississippi State in 2018. The new deal gave him an average of $1.596 million per year. He would have earned a bonus of $375,000 if he was still MSU's head coach in July of next year.

Brian Davis of the Austin American-Statesman reported that he expects Schaefer to make roughly $2 million per year at Texas.

Wow!
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They are stupid to give out that much money.
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(04-06-2020 08:17 PM)dragon2owl Wrote:  


Sorry, but the real "Dr. Bishop" appears 42 seconds into this video:


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Sounds like ODU's McCray is heading to Mississippi State.

Seems official now. Think she'll thrive in the SEC. I don't think many of her recruits were ranked and she still almost won the conference after only a couple of years. Really good gameplan against us in our first matchup and seems to be universally well-regarded. She should be a force with SEC recruits.
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Some chatter here that the LA Sparks may draft Eric Ogwumike to play alongside her sister.
https://fivethirtyeight.com/features/the...ams-needs/

Quote:the wing position will be the most competitive for a starting spot, as veteran stars fill the other four positions for Los Angeles. And when it comes to simply getting minutes, it might be easier for a draft pick to crack the backcourt rotation than the frontcourt, which already features Candace Parker, Nneka and Chiney Ogwumike, Maria Vadeeva and Marie Gülich. Maybe there is room for a third Ogwumike — guard Erica (Rice) — in Los Angeles? If not Erica Ogwumike, players like Stella Johnson (Rider) or Ciara Duffy (South Dakota) could be good backcourt options.
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FYI, draft is on. Second round is about to start. There are 12 picks each round.
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Erica was selected 26th by New York.
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(04-17-2020 07:36 PM)dragon2owl Wrote:  Erica was selected 26th by New York.

Wow-- good for her. That's considerably higher than most predicted. 04-cheers
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Dealt to Minnesota
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Congrats to her. 4th WNBA pick in Rice history. The others were Marla Brumfield (2nd round, pick #22 by Minnesota in 2000), Kirra Jordan (3rd round, pick #41 by Seattle in 2000), and Valeriya Berezhynska (3rd round, pick #42 by Detroit in 2008).
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So other graduates include Mulkey, Ellig, and Alao. Based on her tweets I'm assuming Mulkey is back next season as a graduate student. What about the other two?

Edit: I see that Ellig is doing her MBA at Rice.
Edit 2: Found that Alao is heading to University of Florida for a doctorate in sociology.
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Too bad we are losing Temi to Florida. I always thought she was going to be are next good 6th player coming off the bench.
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I'd be a bit surprised if we don't add another player or two before next year begins. If Alao is gone, we're only at 13 out of 15 scholarship players. And we'll have 4 new scholarships who will be seniors next year so that would be 6 potential spots for 1 class, which is quite a bit. Maybe a grad transfer will be added (although that wouldn't do anything to change the 6 needed spots for the 2021 recruiting class). A regular transfer would be fine too, even if they have to sit out a year.
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Maybe we can pick up someone from the PAC 12 since California is still imprisoned.
(05-17-2020 10:24 AM)Fort Bend Owl Wrote:  I'd be a bit surprised if we don't add another player or two before next year begins. If Alao is gone, we're only at 13 out of 15 scholarship players. And we'll have 4 new scholarships who will be seniors next year so that would be 6 potential spots for 1 class, which is quite a bit. Maybe a grad transfer will be added (although that wouldn't do anything to change the 6 needed spots for the 2021 recruiting class). A regular transfer would be fine too, even if they have to sit out a year.
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Sounds like Langley is being linked to the Duke job (per ESPN and, subsequently, The Roost).
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(07-06-2020 11:02 AM)elw4796 Wrote:  Sounds like Langley is being linked to the Duke job (per ESPN and, subsequently, The Roost).

Here's a link to a Duke Chronicle story (July 5) about the search, and some highlights: https://www.dukechronicle.com/article/20...ey-harding

Duke Chronicle Wrote:... The Blue Devils aren’t an elite-tier program anymore, either, so no, Adia Barnes isn't going to leave Arizona. And Duke Athletic Director Kevin White hasn’t shown any predilection for internal hires during his tenure, so don’t go running out to bet on current assistants.

That being said, the facilities and the resources at Duke are second-to-none, and recruiting is far easier in Durham than Starkville, Miss., or Corvallis, Ore. And though there isn’t significant booster support, the athletics department has shown its willingness to put significant funds behind the team in the past.

Here’s who Duke might be looking at to get itself back to elite status:

Gail Goestenkors is not being considered because “the school wanted to…not look to the past,” according to an ESPN source. The report disclosed that Duke is using a search committee—smart choice—though the immediate exclusion of one of the more well-known candidates is a head-scratcher. Perhaps they’re confident in another, newer face to the program.

The favorites:
Jennie Baranczyk, Drake head coach ...
Mark Campbell, Oregon associate head coach ...

Tina Langley, Rice head coach
Langley has rebuilt the Rice program in no time, leading to their best-ever four-year stretch, after having spent seven years as an assistant coach at powerhouse Maryland. There’s little known about her Power 5 ambitions, though.


Kelly Bond-White, Texas A&M associate head coach ...
Joy Smith, Clemson assistant coach ... (former Duke player)
Lindsey Harding, Sacramento Kings player development coach ... (former Duke player)

The contenders:

Katie Meier, Miami head coach ...
Kevin McGuff, Ohio State head coach ...
Kyra Elzy, Kentucky associate head coach ...
Alana Beard (Arguably the greatest Duke women's basketball player in program history) ...

The long shots:
Ryan McCarthy, Alaska Anchorage head coach ...

Vanessa Blair-Lewis, Bethune-Cookman head coach
Blair-Lewis took her program worst-to-first while being lauded for her interpersonal relationships. This would be an out-of-the-box hire, but her accomplishments are frankly more impressive than Langley’s or Baranczyk’s.

Al Brown, former Duke assistant coach ...


Other names to watch:
Sam Miller and Jim Corrigan, Duke assistant coaches;
Jackie Nared, Arizona assistant coach;
Dean Lockwood, Michigan State associate head coach;
Shannon Perry-LeBeauf, UCLA associate head coach and former Duke assistant coach;
Jonas Chatterton, Oregon State associate head coach;
Lindsay Gottlieb, Cleveland Cavaliers assistant coach;
Michelle Clark-Heard, Cincinnati head coach.
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(07-06-2020 11:02 AM)elw4796 Wrote:  Sounds like Langley is being linked to the Duke job (per ESPN and, subsequently, The Roost).

Here's a link to the ESPN story (July 2) and the potential candidates it mentions: https://www.espn.com/womens-college-bask...p-mccallie

Quote:Joanne P. McCallie stepped down at Duke on Thursday after 13 seasons in Durham, North Carolina. That leaves one of the biggest coaching jobs in women's basketball open, and it will draw enormous interest.

McCallie had her share of success at Duke, and at Michigan State and Maine before that. But with one year left on her contract at Duke and no extension coming, it was time for a change. One could argue it's past time, because Duke has lost its place among contenders for a national championship. McCallie reached the Elite Eight four times, but topped out there. For Duke to try to regain true elite status, it had to move on from McCallie. ...

Gail Goestenkors
Duke could bring back the architect who made the program a powerhouse. Taking over in 1992-93, Goestenkors transformed the Blue Devils, who mostly had been an afterthought even in the ACC. In 15 seasons, she went 396-99 and led Duke to four Final Four appearances. In 2007, she was lured away to Texas, but it wasn't the right fit. Goestenkors stepped down in 2012 after failing to get past the second round of the NCAA tournament with the Longhorns.

Since then, she has coached as a WNBA assistant, done broadcasting work and has been a coaching consultant. At age 57, she says her batteries are fully recharged, and the Blue Devil fan base likely would be energized to welcome her back. ...

Katie Meier, Miami
Lindsay Gottlieb, Cleveland Cavaliers
Adia Barnes, Arizona

Tina Langley, Rice
A former assistant at Maryland, Langley has made a name for herself as a head coach at Rice. She is 115-43 with the Owls, and her 28 wins in 2018-19 were a program record. She was Conference USA Coach of the Year that season. The Owls were 21-8 this past season.

Langley, 46, has experience in the ACC from when the Terrapins were still in that league -- she was part of two Final Four trips with Maryland -- and also as an assistant with Clemson.


Michelle Clark-Heard, Cincinnati
Jennie Baranczyk, Drake
Shea Ralph, UConn assistant
Joy Smith, Clemson assistant
Curt Miller, Connecticut Sun

Other male candidates who might be considered are Louisville's Jeff Walz ... and Virginia Tech's Kenny Brooks.
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(07-06-2020 11:02 AM)elw4796 Wrote:  Sounds like Langley is being linked to the Duke job (per ESPN and, subsequently, The Roost).

And finally, here's a link to Matt Bartlett's At the Roost article (posted today), which links to both the ESPN and Duke Chronicle stories: https://attheroost.com/2020/07/06/rice-w...a-langley/

The article's conclusion:

Quote:Langley doesn’t seem to be the type of coach who would jump at just any job. She spent five years at Toledo and seven at Maryland. People matter to her, but so does education.

If just any other Power 5 program came calling, Langley’s adoration of the Rice administration, academics and culture she’s helped build would help the Owls withstand their advances. But Duke, like few others, can rival the academic power Rice wields. That’s not to say Langley would be out the door if or when the Blue Devils come calling, but she might be willing to listen. She’s earned that right.

Rice Athletics had no official comment.

Coincidentally, Bartlett had just posted a glowing assessment of Langley and her achievements on July 1: https://attheroost.com/2020/07/01/rice-w...-to-climb/

Quote:Rice women’s basketball has soared to new heights under head coach Tina Langley. With her at the helm, the future remains bright for the Owls’ program. ... Langely signed a new five-year extension following the 2019-2020 season, keeping her at South Main through 2024. At this point, Langley has done enough to stay at Rice for as long as she would like.
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