Welcome to another Friarblog Pregame Buffet, a new feature I hope to make regular on this site. This buffet comes with all-you-can-eat videos, audio, images, lists, and everything else you need to have a good time.
Like most buffets this is short on words, but long on content. Read/listen/watch on to get everything you need to fill up on before the UConn game at the Dunk tonight at 7:00!
This afternoon, it was announced Gerard Coleman was officially transferring from Providence College due to “personal reasons”. He currently does not have a destination school set.
With Bilal Dixon officially gone as well, the scholarship limit is at the max again with the addition of Baker and the loss of Coleman.
Coleman has been a constant target for Friar fans to rail on this year, but I am sad to see him go, and think he could have done some great things the next two years. PC has been struggling with keeping guys on the team for quite some time, and I really thought he would have been a solid 4 year Friar, able to develop an important role on this team going forward even with he talented class coming in. That being said, if he was unwilling to buy into the system or adjust to a different role on the team, it may be best for both parties for him to part ways. I wish him the best luck wherever he lands.
I’ve also gotten word that Cooley will be meeting with Kiwi Gardner soon to figure out his situation. Stay tuned.
After Jeff Goodman tweeted that Gerard Coleman would likely be transferring along with Ron Giplaye and Bilal Dixon, GoLocalProv.com published a story with some quotes from Ed Cooley on the whole situation. While Bilal Dixon is definitely not coming back next year, he’s not quite sure where all this talk about Coleman and Giplaye are coming from.
Reached by phone Wednesday night, Friars head coach Ed Cooley said, “the report out there is not true as far as I’m concerned.”
“I just met with the guys on the team yesterday and none of this (transferring) was discussed with Ron or Gerard. I don’t know where that report came from but it didn’t come from me,” he said. “Maybe it’s players talking or something like that, but those guys have said nothing to me about leaving.”
Cooley said that he was going to call Goodman after he got off the phone with me to talk to him about the report. Many Friar fans wonder who Goodman’s “source” may be on Coleman. One person close to the program wondered if it was former Friar assistant coach Chris Driscoll who came to PC from the BABC to join Keno Davis’ staff. When Cooley was hired, Driscoll was not retained. Some suggest that the recent defections of BABC players may be somehow related to Driscoll or wonder if he is advising any of these players. Goodman lives in the Boston area so Driscoll may very well be that “source” he is referring to.
Definitely sounds like some BABC involvement (Coleman and Giplaye both played there), and maybe the players just haven’t told Cooley yet? I don’t know, but sounds like nothing is final yet.
According to Jeff Goodman of CBS, Gerard Coleman is likely to transfer. There have been some rumblings of this over the past week that I hoped would pass over, but sounds like the Friars back court next year will not as deep as originally thought.
Also confirmed what we’ve known for quite some time, Bilal Dixon and Ron Giplaye are definitely transferring.
RT @GoodmanCBS: Providence guard Gerard Coleman likely to transfer, source told CBSSports. Friars will definitely lose Bilal Dixon and R ...
On the latest Ed Cooley Radio Show last night, Coach Cooley said he expects Gerard Coleman to play on Saturday against DePaul. Coleman came down with the flu before the Georgetown game last weekend, and was sick all week. Already a pretty lean dude, Gerard Coleman lost 6 or 7 pounds and is now down to a “Lou Ferrigno-esque” (according to Cooley) 161 lbs at 6’5.
“I gotta give him some of my weight”, said Ed Cooley.
Hopefully he has his appetite back, and can put down several deep dish pizzas while staying in Chicago. It’s a slight upgrade over Golden Crust.
Coleman sat out Friday’s practice, the result of a flu bug that leaves the sophomore’s status against the Hoyas very much up in the air.
“Gerard hasn’t felt well all week,” Cooley said. “He’ll be a game-time decision.”
He’s went back to Everett to review transcripts blah blah blah (which he actually disputed via Twitter). The end of the article is what’s important.
The word is out that Providence College has emerged as one of the favorites for his service.
Not sure if they are referring to the Cordischi report (the only real place it’s been said anything like this), but still crazy nonetheless. According to Jeff Goodman on Twitter, Noel will be visiting Providence unofficially this week, and Kentucky February 17-18.
Nerlens Noel (Tilton 2012) – This was Noel’s first national appearance since announcing his intentions to graduate this year as a member of the 2012 class early Thursday morning. Providence fans packed the gym to see him as they made the cut of his seven final schools along with Kentucky, Syracuse, Connecticut, Florida, Georgetown and North Carolina. Dominance doesn’t even begin to describe the defensive effort put forth by Noel as he tallied 10 blocks to go along with countless more altered shots. It reached a point where REDA coaches could be heard screaming at their players who even attempted to challenge the big man as a shot in the lane against Noel was basically a turnover.
The question isn’t where we will be ranked, it’s more of what they are going to say this week.
16. Providence: There are no moral victories, so no solace for the Friars in taking West Virginia to OT. But that’s really all Ed Cooley is aiming for right now — building confidence and a new attitude in his program.
Some interesting stuff about Orlando Sanchez, sometimes the forgotten target with all the hoopla about Sampson, Obekpa, and Noel.
Reached over the weekend, Mustangs head coach Jeff Brustad stated that the Friars “have done an excellent job in terms of being visible and interacting with him when they come to games. Orlando definitely knows who they are and I would say (PC) would have to be in his top five. PC has the need for some frontcourt help so it may be a good fit.”
The Monroe coach said that Sanchez could probably make a decision now, but given his lack of familiarity with the U.S., Brustad believes that it behooves his player to hold off until after the season. Cincinnati, West Virginia, St. John’s and Mississippi State have also expressed strong interest.
“It was in his best interest to not give out his number and not deal with any official visits like that,” Brustad. “We’ll save that for the end of March and beginning of April.”
The Friars went on a big run to close out the 1st half against Rutgers to set them up for their 2nd BIG EAST win of the season. Here was a sweet play by Vincent Council to set up a lay in by Gerard Coleman.