Monday, March 20, 2017

Seven Teams that Should be Eager to Hire Lorenzo Romar

After writing about why University of Washington’s men’s basketball program should fire head coach Lorenzo Romar after 15 seasons, Washington’s AD Jen Cohen actually followed suit and let Romar go last Wednesday, March 15. The move came as a shock to some, but makes sense logistically.
While Romar’s Washington tenure was tumultuous, bringing a severity of highs and lows, it was time for a change. Despite reeling in once-in-a-generation type recruits throughout his tenure, Romar’s slow deteriorated of the program over the past several years proved to be his undoing.

What will Romar do next? No one is quite sure. His wallet got a lot heavier as he received a $3.2 million buyout. He is still a good coach despite his little knowledge of X’s and O’s. However, with 351 teams in Div-I, there has to be a handful of school that would hire him. I

East Carolina Pirates: This seems to be the new slam dunk pick with the Missouri job being filled last week. Romar has a daughter in the Carolina area so going out east isn’t out of the question. Also, with South Carolina emerging onto the big stage following its historic win over Duke in the Round of 32, East Carolina is now the odd team out in a basketball-thriving Carolina area. ECU’s last winning season was in 2014 and their latest NCAA Tournament appearance came 24 years ago, so to say that Pirates basketball is in need of a winner is an understatement.
Rutgers Scarlet Knights: With Northwestern making the NCAA Tournament for the first time ever this year, Rutgers basketball has officially become the laughing-stock of the Big Ten. They haven’t made the Tourney since 1991 and I highly doubt that streak is coming to an end soon. From 2007-2013, Washington made five different trips to New York so there must be something about New York that Romar likes. His recruiting skills will come in handy as playing road games at Indiana or Michigan State seems to be easy to convince people. Also, Rutgers basketball could benefit from some Top 100 recruits to create buzz.
Boston College Eagles: Another team that is in complete disarray right now. Once upon a time Boston College contained a pretty good program that peaked in 2006 when they suffered a one-point loss to Villanova in the Sweet 16. Since then, it has been downhill for quite some, hitting rock bottom two years ago, finishing winless in the ACC. This year wasn’t much better as the Eagles finished 2-16 in ACC and 9-23 overall. Despite it being a tough conference, drastic measures should be taken to get the Eagles back to respectability.
DePaul Blue Demons: Another laughing-stock, another team that makes perfect sense in the Romar sweepstakes. DePaul has been bad for almost forever, with their last NCAA Tournament appearance coming in 2004. Somehow, they played in the brutal Big East back in the day. Since the conference carousel started up in 2011, DePaul has won a total of 17 conference games, winning two this past season.
Missouri State Grizzlies: Missouri is out of the question, but would Missouri State be an option? Sometimes I think the MVC needs a powerhouse team that can rival Wichita State. Before Washington, Romar coached at Saint Louis so he knows the area. Romar also has a history of winning conference tournaments and the MVC is one of the most competitive conference tournaments top-to-bottom in Division I and therefore, any MVC team that hires Romar would be a great hire.
Tennessee Volunteers: Rick Barnes is their coach right now but for how much longer? He currently has the program stuck in neutral. Similarly to Washington, Tennessee has lost some flare since 2011 for whatever reason. John Calipari and Romar have had great recruiting battles over the years, none more controversial then when Terrence Jones de-comitted from Washington to Kentucky. Some people say that may have costed Washington a chance at the National Title. Who knows what happens in Rocky Top, if Barnes’ situation doesn’t work out, Romar should be up for consideration.
San Diego Toreros: San Diego’s rival, San Diego State, is coming to the end of a great run of excellence across the town so we know basketball can succeed in San Diego. As everyone knows, the WCC is almost a one-team conference with Gonzaga controlling everything. Even St. Mary’s and BYU haven’t been able to dethrone Gonzaga. To make things more interesting, Mark Few and Romar extremely dislike each other and would make for a great rivalry if San Diego got good. It’s something that the WCC needs because the conference gets no respect, not even Gonzaga is respected on the East coast. San Diego’s last claim to fame was a one-point OT win in the first round 2008 NCAA Tournament. Since then, they haven’t even sniffed another appearance.
These are just some teams that should take full advantage of Lorenzo Romar being on the open market. If a team hires Romar, they will be hiring a coach who is a great person, leader, role model and most importantly an outstanding recruiter.

Sunday, March 12, 2017

2017 Bracketology - Final

East                                                                                    Midwest

1 Villinova  
 1 UNC 
16  Troy /Texas Southern 
 16 Jacksonville State Mt. St. Mary's  
Buffalo 
Greenville 
8 VCU
 8 Oklahoma State  
9  Va Tech  
 9 Northwestern 
4  Florida 
 4 Virginia 
13 South Dakota State 
 13 Princeton 
Tulsa
Sacramento
Notre Dame 
 5 Purdue 
12 Nevada 
 12 Bucknell 
3  UCLA 
 3 West Virginia 
14 FGCU
 14 Iona 
Salt Lake City 
Orlando 
6  Iowa State 
 6 St. Mary's 
11 Vanderbilt  / Wake Forest 
 11 Seton Hall 
7 South Carolina  
 7 Maryland 
10  Providence 
 10 Marquette 
Milwaukee 
Buffalo
2 Louisville   
 2 Kentucky  
15 East  Tennessee State 
 15 North Dakota  
  West 
  South 
1 Gonzaga 
 1 Kansas 
16  UC Davis 
 16 UNC Central 
Salt Lake City 
Indy  
8 Arkansas 
 8 Dayton  
9 Xavier 
 9 Miami 
4 SMU 
 4 Cincinnati 
13 New Mexico State 
 13 UNC Wilmington 
Tulsa 
Milwaukee
5 Minnesota 
  5 Florida State 
12 Vermont 
 12 Kansas State / USC  
3 Oregon 
  3 Baylor 
14 New Orleans 
 14 Kent State 
Sacramento 
Tulsa
6 Butler 
 6 Wisconsin  
11 Rhode Island 
11 Middle Tennessee
7 Michigan 
 7 Creighton
10  Wichita State
 10 Michigan State 
Greenville 
Indy  
2  Duke  
 2 Arizona 
15 Northern Kentucky  
 15 Winthrop 
On The Bubble 
Last 4 IN 
USC
Vanderbilt 
Kansas State 
Wake Forest



First 4 Out


Cal
Illinois State
Syracuse
Monmouth




Next 4 Out


Georgia
Iowa
TCU
Illinois

Bracketology - March 13th 4:04pm ET

East                                                                                    Midwest

1 Villinova  
 1 UNC 
16  Troy /Texas Southern 
 16 Jacksonville State Mt. St. Mary's  
Buffalo 
Greenville 
8 VCU
 8 Oklahoma State  
9  Va Tech  
 9 Northwestern 
4  Florida 
 4 Cincinnati 
13 South Dakota State 
 13 Princeton 
Tulsa
Sacramento
Notre Dame 
 5 Purdue 
12 Nevada 
 12 Bucknell 
3  UCLA 
 3 West Virginia 
14 FGCU
 14 Iona 
Salt Lake City 
Orlando 
6  Iowa State 
 6 St. Mary's 
11 Kansas State / Wake Forest 
 11 Seton Hall 
7 South Carolina  
 7 Maryland 
10  Providence 
 10 Marquette 
Milwaukee 
Buffalo
2 Louisville   
 2 Kentucky  
15 East  Tennessee State 
 15 North Dakota  
  West 
  South 
1 Gonzaga 
 1 Kansas 
16  UC Davis 
 16 UNC Central 
Salt Lake City 
Indy  
8 Arkansas 
 8 Dayton  
9 Xavier 
 9 Miami 
4 Florida State
 4 Virginia 
13 New Mexico State 
 13 UNC Wilmington 
Tulsa 
Milwaukee
5 Minnesota 
  5 SMU
12 Vermont 
 12 Vanderbilt USC  
3 Oregon 
  3 Baylor 
14 New Orleans 
 14 Kent State 
Sacramento 
Tulsa
6 Wisconsin  
 6 Butler 
11 Rhode Island 
11 Middle Tennessee
7 Michigan 
 7 Creighton
10  Wichita State
 10 Michigan State 
Greenville 
Indy  
2  Duke  
 2 Arizona 
15 Northern Kentucky  
 15 Winthrop 
On The Bubble 
Last 4 IN 
USC
Vanderbilt 
Kansas State 
Wake Forest



First 4 Out


Cal
Illinois State
Syracuse
Monmouth




Next 4 Out


Georgia
Iowa
TCU
Illinois

Saturday, March 11, 2017

Bracketology - March 12th

East                                                                                    Midwest

1 Villinova  
 1 UNC 
16  UNC Central/Texas Southern 
 16 Jacksonville State Mt. St. Mary's  
Buffalo 
Greenville 
8 VCU
 8 Oklahoma State  
9  Va Tech  
 9 Northwestern 
4  Florida 
 4 Cincinnati 
13 South Dakota State 
 13 Princeton 
Tulsa
Sacramento
Notre Dame 
 5 Purdue 
12 Nevada 
 12 Bucknell 
3  UCLA 
 3 West Virginia 
14 FGCU
 14 Iona 
Salt Lake City 
Orlando 
6  Iowa State 
 6 St. Mary's 
11 Kansas State / Wake Forest 
 11 Seton Hall 
7 South Carolina  
 7 Maryland 
10  Providence 
 10 Marquette 
Milwaukee 
Buffalo
2 Louisville   
 2 Kentucky  
15 East  Tennessee State 
 15 North Dakota  
  West 
  South 
1 Gonzaga 
 1 Kansas 
16  UC Davis 
 16 Texas State  
Salt Lake City 
Indy  
8 Arkansas 
 8 Dayton  
9 Xavier 
 9 Miami 
4 Florida State
 4 Virginia 
13 New Mexico State 
 13 UNC Wilmington 
Tulsa 
Milwaukee
5 Minnesota 
  5 SMU
12 Vermont 
 12 Rhode Island/ USC  
3 Oregon 
  3 Baylor 
14 New Orleans 
 14 Kent State 
Sacramento 
Tulsa
6 Wisconsin  
 6 Butler 
11 Vanderbilt 
11 Middle Tennessee
7 Michigan 
 7 Creighton
10  Wichita State
 10 Michigan State 
Greenville 
Indy  
2  Duke  
 2 Arizona 
15 Northern Kentucky  
 15 Winthrop 
On The Bubble 
Last 4 IN 
USC
Rhode Island 
Kansas State 
Wake Forest



First 4 Out


Cal
Illinois State
Syracuse
Monmouth




Next 4 Out


Tennessee
Iowa
TCU
Illinois