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Friartown News and Notes 11.2.12

dave@friarblog —  November 2nd, 2012 1:20 PM —  Comments

All the notable news, links, pictures, and video in and around Friartown and college basketball all in one digestible, tasty place

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Here is an interesting picture from the Friars practice yesterday. It seems Batts was sitting out with ice packs on his shoulder (and not wearing football pads). I really hope it’s not too serious since Cooley cannot afford to lose anyone early on in the season. Also, Kris Dunn appears to be rehabbing with some sort of wand apparatus. Or maybe he was a ninja turtle for Halloween.


notes Scott Cordischi of GoLocalProv also noted yesterday that Kris Dunn was seen taking 15-17 foot jumpers in practice on Wednesday which is certainly a good sign.

link Men’s Basketball Game Notes Vs. Rhode Island College

Gametime is 7PM at the Dunkin’ Donuts Center. It will also be televised on COX.

Scouting Rhode Island College: Rhode Island College posted a 23-7 mark during its 2011-12 season, including a 10-4 record in the Little East. The Anchormen i nished tied for second with Western Connecticut and Keene State. The Anchormen also went 14-0 at home. RIC made the Little East Conference championship as a third seed entering the tournament. They advanced to the championship game before being defeated by No. 1 seed Eastern Connecticut in the i nals, 82-60. The team is led by 6-2 senior guard Tahrike Carter. The 2013 All-Little East guard averaged 10.0 ppg, 5.5 rpg and 4.2 apg last season. Head Coach Bob Walsh, a 1994 graduate of Hamilton College and former Friar assistant coach, enters his eighth year at the helm of the Anchormen in 2012-13. He has presided over one of the most successful periods in the program’s storied history as RIC has made seven consecutive trips to the postseason and six straight appearances in the NCAA Tournament-one of only i ve teams in the nation to accomplish this feat. Walsh has led RIC to the Sweet 16 three times and the Elite Eight once

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The Friar Daily 9.12.12

dave@friarblog —  September 12th, 2012 9:57 PM —  Comments

All the notable news, links, pictures, and video in and around Friartown and college basketball all in one digestible, tasty place.

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Some Friar promotion at TF Green Airport.


linkYahoo!: Notre Dame’s move to ACC didn’t make losers out of Big East, Big Ten and BYU

Dan Wetzel makes some fine points regarding what Notre Dame leaving could do to the BIG EAST — Except trusting that ACC commish John Swofford is telling the truth saying they will not add a 16th team.

Seriously, it was. No, losing Notre Dame in basketball and other sports isn’t a plus. And yes, it will likely lower the amount of money the Big East can demand in its current television negotiations, but only a little. TV money is about football first and Notre Dame wasn’t in the football league. As for basketball, the Irish program is fine, but hardly a big national draw that drove up hoops revenue.

More coverage: GoLocalProv, Providence Journal, ESPN, NBC College Basketball Talk

notes Hey Xavier, what’s up? That Atlantic 10, it just doesn’t treat you right. The way you deserve. I can see it in your eyes. We should hang out sometime. Don’t worry, I won’t let you near Cincinnati right away.

link Statement From Athletics Director Bob Driscoll

I hope you know what you are doing, Mike Aresco.

“While we are disappointed by today’s news of Notre Dame leaving the BIG EAST Conference, we understand that conference realignment is part of today’s collegiate landscape. We have been through this scenario in the past, and came out strong. With the outstanding leadership in the conference office led by Commissioner Mike Aresco, the BIG EAST Conference will continue to be one of the premier athletic conferences in the nation.”

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Peter Thamel of the New York Times wrote a very in depth article on the shady recruitment of Nerlens Noel. Included are some revelations of the actions of former PC assistant, Chris Driscoll.

New York Times: Everybody Wants a Piece of Nerlens Noel

Remember when Coach Cooley came in, and the first thing he did was tell Chris Driscoll to go hit the road? There was some controversy surrounding this move, considering it could potentially sever the BABC pipeline that Driscoll supposedly brought to the table.  Apparently that was Ed’s most important move of the offseason, since Driscoll was nothing but a scumbag in his one year with the team.

When Providence named Chris Driscoll an assistant in the summer of 2010, the move stunned many in college basketball. Driscoll had little playing experience beyond high school, his highest basketball position to that point had been as an assistant with a prominent amateur team, and he had not graduated from a conventional college.

What Driscoll did have was access to the top players like Nerlens Noel in the Boston area, a precious commodity for Providence, which was trying to keep pace in the Big East.

Driscoll found himself in the middle of controversy during his season at Providence. Laurel Cannon, the mother of guard Gerard Coleman, called Providence administrators and claimed that her son was asked by Driscoll to fake an injury in order to lose games. The reason he asked, Cannon told Providence administrators, was so Coach Keno Davis would be fired and Driscoll could take over.

Coleman refused Driscoll’s request, his mother said, sending him a text message that said “the man in me” would not allow him do that.

“No one wants someone to see their child used as a product; no one does,” Cannon said. “He had us fooled. He really had us fooled.”

She informed Providence’s athletic director, Bob Driscoll, of Chris Driscoll’s request, but Bob Driscoll, who is not related, said he investigated and did not find reason to take any action.

“I took what his mother said very, very seriously,” Bob Driscoll said. “If that happened, it’s a fireable offense. Chris denied it and said it was a misunderstanding, and we moved on from there. I can’t tell you whether it happened or not.”

First of all, did we really have to do anything extra intentionally to lose games the last few years? Did Driscoll think that 3 wins versus 4 would lead to a quicker firing? Second of all, WHAT!? That’s it? He denied and they moved on? That’s a pretty serious allegation from a player and his parent, and that’s how it’s treated? Bob Driscoll, we’ll get to you a little more in a sec.

During last season, there were always rumors floating around that Keno Davis and Chris Driscoll did not see eye to eye (and even got into a fight?), and Driscoll was always telling recruits not to look at PC etc. Well, there this….

Chris Driscoll had a strong relationship with Noel before was hired by Providence, helping to steer him from Everett to Tilton. Just days before he took the Providence job, Driscoll drove to the house of Tilton Coach Marcus O’Neil in Eliot, Me. According to O’Neil, Driscoll told him that he thought Davis would be fired at the end of the season and that Driscoll felt he had a chance to replace him.

“He told me that he thought he was going to be the next coach at Providence College and that I could be his assistant,” O’Neil said. “All I had to do was help him to get Nerlens Noel to commit to Providence College.”

So how was this clown hired in the first place?

Bob Driscoll was primarily responsible for hiring Chris Driscoll at Providence. He identified him as a candidate and suggested him as a possible assistant to Davis. Chris Driscoll received a multiyear contract, which is not standard for assistants.

One of the lines on Chris Driscoll’s résumé appeared to be dubious but apparently did not raise suspicion at Providence. He claimed to be a 1996 graduate of Amhurst University. Two of the country’s leading experts on fraudulent schools, the Illinois professor George Gollin and the former F.B.I. agent Allen Ezell, said that the apparently now-defunct Amhurst University, which billed itself as a distance learning center, was a diploma mill, essentially a school that awards a degree for money rather than the actual completion of coursework.

Gollin said that if Providence had investigated, it would have taken it little time to determine Amhurst’s illegitimacy. (A phone call placed to the number listed on Amhurst University’s Web site went directly to voice mail, and a message left received no response.)

Bob Driscoll said that Chris Driscoll passed a background check and that he was subject to the typical human resources review. Chris Driscoll also contended in his biography that he had an interim coaching record of 97-2 and won eight national championships with the Boston summer team, numbers that Papile said were exaggerated. Officials from a Massachusetts-based charity that Driscoll was involved with, Community Teamwork Inc., laughed when told that he claimed he raised $10 million; they said the actual figure was less than $100,000.

“If I had thought or learned that he didn’t have a degree or had surreptitious things on his résumé, we never would have hired him,” Bob Driscoll said. “I was under the impression he had a degree and it was legitimate.”

This is all very, very shady, and Bob Driscoll comes across pretty poorly. I find it hard to believe they didn’t realize this clown had no education or coaching qualifications, and was simply brought in to deliver players. Keno Davis did a lot of wrong things in his time as coach of Providence College, but it didn’t help that his AD brought in a guy that tried to get him fired even before he took the job. He’s very lucky he brought in Ed Cooley who had the balls to get rid of this cancer, and move the program in a direction away from this type of garbage.

On Wednesday night, the Friars hosted a “Boston Sports Night” at the Black Rose in Boston. Friar alumn Craig Belhumeur (@TyphoonCraig) attended the event, and wrote up a great recap of his experience. Thanks Craig!


by Craig Belhumeur

Excitement could be sensed upon walking through the door at Boston’s Black Rose Bar last night for PC’s Sports Night. Coach Cooley, Coach Leaman, Coach Seymore and Coach Deraney were all in attendance, including Cooley’s new right hand man, Andre Lafleur. Prior to Coach Seymore calling for everyone’s attention, Bob Driscoll and the coaches made their rounds throughout the room to speak with the fans and supporters that could make it to the event. Cooley sat down with me and my friends for a short while and talked about how intense his practices are.

“Come watch, just let my secretary know your there and come on in”, he told us, as he said he wants everyone to see how hard this team is going to work.

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Bob Driscoll Remembers [Video]

dave@friarblog —  December 15th, 2009 5:57 PM

Iona still got you down?  Check out this quick video/commericial just uploaded by COX where PC Athletic Director Bob Driscoll talks about the Pitt game last year (ah happy memories) and also his relationship with COX Sports.


Providence College President Rev. Brian J. Shanley, Athletics Director Bob Driscoll and Head Coach Keno Davis are featured in a story about college basketball. The interviews were conducted by 2007 Providence College graduate Ian Orefice.