Thursday, December 5, 2019

Early season recap: some good, some bad

Hello GW fans! The first nine games of the Jamion Christian are behind us, and the good guys are 4-5. Not half bad for a brand new coach.

Here's a quick recap of what's been good so far, and what's not. Let me know in the comments what else you think.

Good

  • Positive press -- I've seen a decent amount of articles and blog posts about the team and especially Jamion Christian; see here and here, for example. Nice to see that after some quiet years. People see optimistic in the media. The recent BU buzzer beater also merited short articles from major publications.
  • The record -- Can't complain about 4-5 so far this season, even if some of the losses have not been great
  • Arnaldo Toro -- he is playing like a beast: 10.2 points and 10.4 rebounds a game, including 20 pts and 24 boards against American, which also set a GW record with 13 offensive boards. The stats were even higher until he had a game with foul trouble.
  • The young guys -- Jameer Nelson Jr and Jamison Battle are both scoring in double figures, and almost everybody has looked good in flashes 
  • Armel Potter -- 14 points per game
  • 3 pt defense -- holding opponents to .256 against
  • Beating Evansville -- if you use the transitive property, Evansville beat Kentucky, and GW beat Evansville, so...
Bad
  • Bad losses -- Towson, Morgan State, American -- woof
  • RPI -- 316 currently
  • Toro's injury -- it was a big loss for the games he was gone
  • Justin Mazzulla transferring -- he seems like a good player, but wasn't getting much time. Hopefully it just wasn't a fit with Christian's system
  • The season start -- the good guys four of the first five to low level teams
  • Field goal defines -- opponents are shooting .430 vs .408 for GW

Friday, July 26, 2019

End of an era: GWHoops.com has shut down, but there's a new message board for us GW fans

Big things are afoot in GW fandom, and it's the end of an era. GWHoops.com, the longtime message board created and managed by superfan Herve, has shut down. Herve posted a funny LCD Soundsystem-referencing farewell message. (Sing it to the tune of "Losing My Edge.")

Herve ran the message board with his own elbow grease in his spare time since 1998, and it was the #1 source of GW rumor, fun and news around (with this site a close second, sometimes.) He served as a moderator, coach, and ringmaster for all those years. In recent times however, a few very persistent and annoying trolls took up residence there. I also get the feeling that he just got tired of running it. (For a while, the heading of the site has been "help is not coming.") And after 21 years, I think he fully deserves a break.

So thank you Herve for providing a place for lots of to learn about the latest happenings, argue with each other, debate theoretical GW player dunk contests, organize bar meet ups at NCAA tournament sites, and much more. I even met a few now real-life friends on GWHoops. If you see Herve around, buy him a drink or give him a high five.

But all is not lost. An enterprising fan named Barry set up a new message board, complete with registration and a promise to have tough moderators. It's at gwhoops.boardhost.com and I already see a few of the familiar faces (aka internet handles there) without any of the trolls, so far. So check it out, and thank Herve for everything.

Here's the GWHoops farewell message:

1998 - 2019

Yeah, I'm losing my edge.
I'm losing my edge.
The kids are coming up from behind.
I'm losing my edge.
I'm losing my edge to the kids from Long Island and from Northern Virginia.
But I was there.
I was there in 1993.
I was there in the Marvin Center ballroom for the Sweet Sixteen with George Michael reporting live.
I'm losing my edge.
I'm losing my edge to the kids whose footsteps I hear when they get on the decks.
I'm losing my edge to the Internet seekers who can tell me every member of every good GW basketball team from 1997 to 2005.
I'm losing my edge.
To all the kids in Madison and Guthridge.
I'm losing my edge to the Whole Foods shoppers in little jackets and borrowed nostalgia for the unremembered eighties.
But I'm losing my edge.
I'm losing my edge, but I was there.
I was there.
But I was there.
I'm losing my edge.
I'm losing my edge.
I can hear the footsteps every night on the decks.
But I was there.
I was there in 1995 at the first upset of a #1 in Smith Center history.
I was staking-out a top row bleacher seat with much patience.
I was there when Mike King hit two free throws with no time left on the clock.
I yelled, "Don't miss. You'll never play again."
I was there.
I was the first guy calling for starter's minutes for a freshmen-year Chris Monroe.
I was in the old gold seats.
Everybody thought I was crazy.
We all know.
I was there.
I was there.
I've never been wrong.
I used to run a good message board.
I knew everything before anyone.
I was there when Karl Hobbs leaked his own firing.
I was there when Wilmore air-balled the shot heard around Foggy Bottom.
I woke up happy in Greensboro in 2006.
But I'm losing my edge to better-looking people with better ideas and more talent.
And they're actually really, really nice.
I'm losing my edge.
I heard you have a VHS compilation of every good GW dunk ever done by anybody.
Every great throw-down by Dirk Surles. All the Omar Williams facials.
All the Pinnock highlight reels. I heard you have a DVD of every block Yinka Dare did.
I heard that you have a bootleg of every seminal Kwame Evans three-pointer made against New Mexico State, UMass, Maryland,Virginia Tech.
I heard that you have compilation of every good Rogers pull-up jumper and another of all his steals from 1998.
I hear you're taking graduate transfers and international players and are throwing your defensive game-plan out the window because you want to make a winner. You want to have Gonzaga's record.
I hear that you and your team have sold your souls to AAU and purchased some top-100 recruits.
I hear that you and your team have cut ties with AAU teams and deal only with high school coaches.
I hear everybody that you know is more relevant than everybody that I know.
But have you seen my roster?
Darrio Scott, Valery Khamenia, Lafonte Johnson, Andrei Sviridov, Matija Debevec, Darnell Miller, Adama Kah, Rene Harry, Ricky Lucas, Kinte Smith, Anthony Wise, Lewie Helton, Mark Lund, Rodney Patterson, Jaason Smith, Daymon Warren, Jaz Cowan, Marquin Chandler, Daniel Soares, Daniel Soares, Daniel Soares, Daniel Soares
You don't know what you really want.
You don't know what you really want.
You don't know what you really want.
You don't know what you really want.
You don't know what you really want.
You don't know what you really want.
You don't know what you really want.
You don't know what you really want.
You don't know what you really want.
You don't know what you really want.
You don't know what you really want.

Friday, March 15, 2019

Entire coaching staff fired, national search to start

Big news, though to me not unexpected. The university emailed today to say the entire coaching staff has been let go, and there will be a national search for the next coach.

I really like Maurice Joseph, but he's 24-42 over three seasons including 9-24 this year and 4-14 in conference. I also like that there will be a national search and that they want GW to make the tournament regularly. Good luck to Coach Joseph and his staff, and thank you.

ESPN has a story about it too. Here's the statement on the GWSports.com site, plus an email from Athletic Director Tanya Vogel. 


WASHINGTON — George Washington University Director of Athletics and Recreation Tanya Vogel announced today that Maurice Joseph will not return as head coach of the men's basketball program.

In three seasons, Joseph compiled a 44-57 record, including 9-24 in 2018-19. GW saw its season end on Thursday with a loss in the second round of the Atlantic 10 Championship.

"This is a difficult day because Maurice has led this program with high integrity and has always been a great representative of George Washington University. He has been a part of our staff for eight seasons, earning a degree and meeting his wife, Kristen, a fellow GW graduate here. We hope they will always feel like a part of our family."

"This decision was necessary because we are not reaching our full potential on the court. Our university leadership and I have high expectations for what this program can achieve in the near future. We will move forward with a national search for our new head coach who will help us get back to competing for Atlantic 10 Championships and being in the conversation for NCAA bids on a regular basis."
And the email:
Good morning,  I want to alert you to some news regarding our men’s basketball program. Earlier today, I informed our men’s basketball coaching staff that I am making a change and they will not be returning. This is a challenging day here in Foggy Bottom, as these men have dedicated many years of their lives to GW and our men’s basketball program. I am grateful for their commitment and their service to our young men. I wish Coaches Joseph, Turner, Paulus and Holm the very best in their future endeavors.

  As you know, our charge is to be the very best, positive displays of discipline and excellence for our university. Your program has a storied history of excellence and is the most visible program at GW. Our next leader will be charged with returning your program to the excellence that you helped to build. This means winning in the classroom, in the community and in competition. We will win the right way.

There will be a national search for the next head coach. We are committed to this search process and look forward to introducing you to our next head coach later this spring. We remain determined to continuing our work together as we create and sustain our programs with the highest levels of discipline and excellence.
I appreciate your support.
Sincerely,Tanya Vogel Director of Athletics & Recreation




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