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From the press release:

Statement from the presidents of the seven basketball member schools of the Big East conference

Earlier today we voted unanimously to pursue an orderly evolution to a foundation of basketball schools that honors the history and tradition on which the Big East was established.  Under the current context of conference realignment, we believe pursuing a new basketball framework that builds on this tradition of excellence and competition is the best way forward.

We are grateful to our Commissioner, Michael Aresco, for his exceptional leadership of the Big East Conference.  We have been honored to be associated with the outstanding group of institutions that have made up the Big East.  While we pursue this opportunity for our institutions, we believe the efforts of the past two years have established the foundation for an enduring national football conference.

We look forward to building this new foundation with an emphasis on elite competition and a commitment to the development of our students engaged in intercollegiate athletics.  That is where we will now spend our energy as we move forward.

Also, the Providence Athletic Department released the following:

PROVIDENCE COLLEGE MOVES TO SOLIDIFY ITS ATHLETICS FUTURE

PROVIDENCE, R.I., DECEMBER 15, 2012: – As was announced earlier today, Providence College is one of the seven basketball schools in the BIG EAST Conference which voted to pursue an orderly evolution to a foundation of basketball schools that honors the history and tradition on which the Big East was established.

“Providence College has enjoyed a proud tradition as a founding member of the BIG EAST Conference,” Providence College President Rev. Brian J. Shanley, O.P. said. “I want all our donors, alumni, fans, students and especially our student-athletes to know that we have worked diligently to get to this point. We believe that today’s vote moves us further toward a solution that will put Providence College and the other six basketball institutions in a position for long-term success. We are working toward a model that is very similar to what BIG EAST founder Dave Gavitt first envisioned more than 30 years ago when he left Providence College – a conference comprised of basketball schools that would be branded and which would compete at the highest of levels in the national spotlight.”

“We are also working to provide Head Men’s Basketball Coach Ed Cooley with the resources he needs to compete and excel at this level. We have committed to Coach Cooley that we will extend his contract and we are working on the details of that at present,” Fr. Shanley said.

“This is a monumental day for Providence College and its Athletics Department,” Athletics Director Bob Driscoll stated. “We are taking the necessary steps to secure the future of our basketball programs and of our entire athletics department. We felt it was vital for us to strengthen our bond with the other six basketball institutions and to provide a long-term solution in an ever-changing conference landscape. Having Coach Cooley lead our men’s basketball program for the long-term and ensuring that he has the necessary resources to compete on a national level are key components for a strong and vibrant future for our athletics department.”

“I am very excited about the direction of our men’s basketball program,” Cooley stated. “I want to thank Fr. Shanley and Bob Driscoll as they are working extremely hard to position us and to put the pieces in place that will allow us to continue to build Providence College men’s basketball so that we can compete and win at the highest echelons of the sport. Providence is my home and it is where I want to be. We still have work ahead of us in our quest, but today marks another big step towards our goal.”

 

Anyone else got a case of the Moondays? The latest news in Friartown regarding the Friars next game against URI on Thursday surely will not help. Adam Zagoria spoke with Ed Cooley today, and apparently Bryce Cotton is going to be out of commission for a week with a really sore knee. Considering how serious the injury could have been, that is actually really good news. However, Ice will still miss the big rivalry game against the Rams leaving the team with no point guard yet again. There was speculation that Kris Dunn would make his PC debut considering the dire roster situation, but Zagoria also tweeted that Ed Cooley said only 6 players (The “Sexy Six”) will be available. Looks like Cooley is playing it safe regarding Kris Dunn’s shoulder, and he will give it another two weeks for a likely debut in the first game of the 2nd semester (December 18th against Colgate).

There hasn’t been much about when Vincent Council is expected to return, but there are rumblings that the injury may be a little worse than expected.

UPDATE: Apparently Cotton has NOT been ruled out, and neither has Dunn. *Throws hands up in the air*

Bryce Cotton: No Knee Damage

dave@friarblog —  December 1st, 2012 7:20 PM —  Comments

According to Kevin McNamara on Twitter, Bryce Cotton has no knee damage from his awkward land during the Mississippi State game today. Breathe a sigh of relief for now, Friartown.

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I long for the days of the Iron 7. The Sexy Six didn’t even last a full week. Now it’s possible the Friars could be looking at the FAB FIVE. Remember how Bryce Cotton turned on his ankle early in the game against UMass last night? It didn’t seem to bother him the rest of the way, as Ice played a phenomenal 40 minutes will the ball mostly in his hand.

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The ankle must have been really sore when Cotton got up today, because I’ve learned that he may not play tonight. If that’s the case, Ed Cooley will be down to 5 scholarship players against Penn State tonight. Josh Fortune and LaDontae Henton would presumably handle the ball.

UPDATE: Bryce Cotton will not be playing tonight

 

Vincent Council Likely Out 4-5 Weeks

dave@friarblog —  November 14th, 2012 7:19 PM —  Comments

It was clear that Vincent Council was not close to returning any time soon, but an update from Bill Reynolds in the Providence Journal might have shed some light on when we could expect him back.

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Notre Dame Bolts to ACC

dave@friarblog —  September 12th, 2012 6:14 PM —  Comments

I dislike Notre Dame. I dislike their endless supply of big, goofy white forwards who always seem to pile up individual hardware. I dislike Mike Brey and his endless supply of mock turtlenecks coaching teams with low expectations to the top of the standings. I dislike the Notre Dame male cheerleader who tried to get in my face at the BIG EAST Tournament several years ago because I said something derogatory toward ND and added “You’re a male cheerleader” after his rebuttal. As a BIG EAST fan, I’ve learned to live with these things as long as it helped build the brand of BIG EAST basketball. Well, almost a year since the fleeing of Syracuse and Pittsburgh, Notre Dame is helping take down that brand and The Conference That Dave Gavitt Built by joining the ACC.

Notre Dame will join ACC as full member w/exception of football. ND will play 5 football games annually vs. ACC, sources told @
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What does this mean for PC? A lot will depend on if there is any other movement from the remaining chess pieces. The conference isn’t dead yeeeeeeeeet, but how many repeated kicks to the face and groin can the conference take? The ACC stated today that there are no plans to add a 16th member, but there has been lots of speculation that a basketball-only school would make sense. Losing Georgetown or St. John’s? Hello Atlantic-10-like conference! Louisville, Rutgers, and UConn have all been spending their day on FindAConference.com, so they certainly can’t be trusted to help rebuild things. Will the basketball-only schools decide to finally break away and form a new conference? If these teams that want to bolt don’t have any better short term options, do they look to add another solid basketball program like Xavier? What about UMass?

There is an important TV deal for the BIG EAST coming up that everyone is saying will not be affected, since Notre Dame was not playing football here anyway. But how much stability can that bring assuming it’s financially beneficial for schools like Providence?

For now, PC fans will just have hope the conference can weather another storm, and allow Ed Cooley to continue to grow the program within a highly competitive collection of teams who are all on the same page.

rec_e_ledo_5761-300x168After weeks and weeks of days where everyone thought “Today we will definitely find out of Ricky can play this year!”, today was finally the day Friartown heard from Ed Cooley about the NCAA’s decision.

Kevin McNamara of the Providence Journal first reported the news late this afternoon.

Ricky Ledo can practice, but not play, at PC as a freshman

The NCAA’s ruling allows Ledo to be on scholarship and practice with the Friars but not play in games in his freshman season. Ledo began classes at PC this week and all indications are he’ll remain at the school under the no-games restriction and play for the Friars in 2013-14.

The NCAA cannot comment on eligibility rulings. Providence College coach Ed Cooley said Ledo “is in good spirits. He’s appreciative of being here but he knows he has work to do. This is a great opportunity for Ricky.”

Other coverage: ESPN, GoLocalProv, CBS Sportsline, NBC College Basketball Talk, Friar Basketball, Nathan Blue

While obviously a big blow for this season with a roster that is now looking incredibly thin for the out of conference portion of the schedule, the potential for next year assuming Ledo does stay on looks incredible. Everyone knows that the front court has been PC’s weakness the last few years, and would be still a question even with the expected recruiting class. Next year Ledo could join Kris Dunn, Ice Cotton, and Josh Fortune in the back court, with a front court consisting of LaDontae Henton, Kadeem Batts, Brice Kofane, Carson Desrosiers, and Tyler Harris. Friar fans wanted to see Ledo on the court to help steal some games this season, but moving to next year could create a really dangerous team. Stay patient, Friartown.

What’s also crazy is to think that in late December when Kris Dunn is able to start getting the cobwebs off his healing shoulder before appearing in games, the scrimmages in Alumni will be the following:

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It’s move in day for freshman at Providence College today, and it’s confirmed that Ricky Ledo is on campus getting situated. There is still no word on wether or not he is cleared to play by the NCAA this season, but he is nonetheless going through some orientation stuff in the meantime (you know, getting his student ID, finding the new on campus Dunkin’ Donuts etc). Good news forthcoming? Let’s pray.

Here is a pic of Ledo snapped by @vinnytrav

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See Also: 10 Reasons Why the NCAA Should Clear Ricky Ledo

In searching for some new Ricky Ledo news around the darkest corners of the Internet (aka Twitter search), I came across an article that seemed normal from the text in the Tweet. However, once I clicked on the post from the so-called “The Sports Junkie”, I had a lot of laughs since the contents were obviously hilariously translated from another language and back.

Elite Providence partisan Ricardo Ledo available statute on eligibility

Here are some of the gems:

But Dunn, ranked by Rivals.com as a No. 16 actor in a category of 2012, will be out until during slightest December and might skip a whole season after undergoing shoulder medicine over a summer.

Sweet, so while Dunn recovers from his “shoulder medicine” he can participate in some Theatre performances at Providence College.

Ledo needs to find out how a NCAA Eligibility Center manners on his high propagandize transcript, that shows he change among 4 high schools in 5 years, thar Providence Journal reports. He could be ruled a non-qualifier, definition he would not be authorised to play, use or accept jaunty aid.

When I applied to schools, I didn’t even dream of getting jaunty aid!

“I’m anticipating for a best. we unequivocally haven’t talked about what could occur if it doesn’t work out for me,” Ledo said.

That second sentence actually sounds reasonable.

Providence manager Ed Cooley also pronounced he be carefree things will work out. “I don’t know if it’s anticipating opposite wish though we have 0 feel for it. We’ll see.”

I like how we are adopting the Major League Baseball use of manager instead of coach. Does that mean Ed Cooley will have to wear a uniform on the sidelines? Well, at least “he be carefree”.

Thar 6-6 Ledo be deliberate one of a best scorers in this year’s recruiting class, and alighting him was a manoeuvre for Cooley, who be entering his second season as conduct coach.

Conduct coach! Ha!

Ricky Ledo Decision Coming This Week?

dave@friarblog —  August 13th, 2012 11:11 PM —  Comments

Hold on to your effin’ hats Friartown, because this week could determine which direction this season goes. Multiple sources are saying that the NCAA’s decision on Ricardo Ledo’s status could come as early as this week. Are you enjoying your summer so far? Well, it’s either going to come crashing to a sudden halt or erupt into a furious celebration filled with giant sighs of relief. It’s all up to the whims of the NCAA Clearinghouse, so hopefully Mr. NCAA-Eligibility-Approver-Guy is having a good day when Ledo’s papers need a final stamp of approval.

Scott Cordischi of GoLocalProv laid out the different scenarios depending on the ruling, including:

If there is no ruling by the time the fall semester starts at PC or if he is ruled a non-qualifier, Ledo and his family will also have to decide what would be their best course of action. It is likely that he would attend junior college which could potentially open up a whole new can or worms. Interestingly enough, Ledo has been playing this summer at CCRI with some of the Knights men’s basketball players who made it all the way to the NJCAA Division 2 National Championship last season. Would that familiarity with players like the talented Desmond Williams be enough to persuade Ledo to attend CCRI? Who knows? Let’s also remember that Ledo may, in fact, also want to stay close to home to play in front of family and friends which could also help a program like CCRI land him. However, there will be other marquee junior college programs like a Monroe Community College in New York that would likely make a strong run at him too.

Hopefully it will not turn to that. Let’s just hope we hear *something* one way or another in a timely fashion so he isn’t forced to leave Providence College behind.

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