T.G.I.F: Thank God It’s Friartown 03.29.13

@FriarFrenzy —  March 29th, 2013 3:19 PM —  Comments
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-It was a fine NIT run for the Friars, capped off by a great and entertaining effort under difficult circumstances.

-A tremendous experience for players, coaches and fans and a true building block for the program.

-Baylor is flat out good and a tough matchup for this team anytime, anywhere.  In this case Providence essentially had no break between games.  They began their travels to Waco, via Boston, immediately after Monday night’s hard-fought win over Robert Morris and had to take on a very talented and athletic Baylor team, who was equally invested in winning the game, on Wednesday in their arena.

-The Friars went blow-for-blow for 35 plus minutes in a high octane contest but understandably wore down in the end.

-The maturation of this program under Ed Cooley has been a work in progress from day one and what was satisfying and exciting about the second half of this season is that it provided us with the first visible and quantifiable breakthroughs.

-The Dunk was a great scene for the Charlotte and Robert Morris NIT games.

-A testament to the Friartown faithful, who really helped get those games closed out.

-Cooley’s impromptu postgame address to the fans was great to see.

-But my favorite part was the coach getting frustrated with the band as they kept playing, unaware that Cooley was trying to say something.

-Good thing to because I think Cooley, in his frustration, had a few choice words that got muffled out by the music.

-Can’t wait until next year.

-A little investment advice.  Sell your JoS. A. Bank stock because the suits are going back in the closet baby.

-Actually, first I can’t wait until April 28th which is the deadline to declare for the NBA draft.

-Should be an interesting month in just another ho hum offseason in Friartown, right?

-When asked about Ricky Ledo’s status on Thursday by ABC6’s Ken Bell, Ed Cooley repeated previously made comments saying he hopes Ledo, “does the right thing” and stays in school but that he will support Ledo in his decision either way.

-Cooley also told Bell that he got a pedicure last year, liked it and plans on getting another one soon.

-He had his nails painted black and white of course.

-What do you call someone who administers a pedicure?

-A pedicurist?

-Whatever it is, if they mess up on Cooley’s feet do they get the focus machine?

-Getting back to Ledo, if you are looking for a point of reference, according to Zags Blog and SNYtv, St. John’s freshman and Big East Rookie of the Year JaKarr Sampson will likely be staying with the Red Storm for another season.

-Regardless of what happens with Ledo, Cooley has not ruled out adding another recruit to next year’s roster per the Providence Journal’s Kevin McNamara.

-The Friars have had success historically in finding good players late in the recruiting process (See Sharraud Curry, Bryce Cotton and LaDontae Henton).

-All the best to Vincent Council in his future endeavors.

-The coaching carousel is intriguing each year and the first really significant domino has fallen with Ben Howland out at UCLA.

-No movement yet on the established name front with VCU’s Shaka Smart and North Carolina State’s Mark Gottfried pledging to stay put while Jamie Dixon and Pittsburgh agreed on a new long term deal as rumors swirled about Dixon’s heading west to take the UCLA job.

-However our friends to the south took a hit as URI assistant Bobby Hurley will take the reins at Buffalo.

-Who knows?  Maybe Bobby and brother Dan will meet sooner than later when the Atlantic 10 is forced to add Buffalo to the conference.

-Actually have to give kudos to the Atlantic 10.  They have taken significant and virtually unavoidable conference realignment blows and could easily have become the “Titanic 10” if not for some smart and swift maneuvering.

-More A10 departures are likely over the next year or two as the Big East rounds out but they have navigated the conference realignment waters as well as could be expected, adding VCU and Butler last year and quickly scooping up George Mason earlier this week when the Big East took  Butler and Xavier.
-Getting back to coaching changes, wonder if Andre LaFleur gets a few calls?

-If he does, it will not be as many as Florida Gulf Coast University’s Andy Enfield though.
-Hey Red Sox brass.  Here is a brand management strategy for you…..Go get a good team.

-That said, the Red Sox are primed to overachieve this year given the ultra low expectations.

-Under promise.  Over deliver.

-The Red Sox will be scouting the minor league Lehigh Valley IronPigs hard this season.

-Not to find players but to gage the impact of the IronPigs’ new urinal gaming system on the fan experience and revenue generation.

Please don't shake your money maker. Please. Don't. (Photo from usnews.com)

Please don’t shake your money maker. Please. Don’t. (Photo from usnews.com)

-Here’s hoping everybody stays in their lanes.

-It’s good to see the Red Sox gave up lying about the sellout streak for Lent though.

-I tried to peel back the onion and all I found was more onion.

-Hope the Easter Bunny is good to you.

-This will probably be the last TGIF installment for this season.  I need to study for my pedicurist exam.

-Thanks for reading and for your comments.  You all are the best.  I will catch you on Twitter (@FriarFrenzy) in the meantime.  See you in the fall and GO FRIARS!!

Have a great weekend Friartown.  Be safe.

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