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Where is the mystery candidate? 3 months 1 week ago #341653

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tom bradley wrote: The common concern those who have been contacted seems to boil down to security. Mully was the face of SJU, and beloved by all. So when the question has been asked"why wasn't Mully offered some kind of extension?" Answer: blah, blah, blah. Question: "wouldnt it made more sense to offer a two year extension with a lower buyout if expectations were not met next season? Answer: blah, blah, blah...so what I am hearing was Mully was expected to stay next season, and the playing hardball and handcuffing him scares people away. Cragg should of announced they were working on an extension, and then if they couldnt agree to a much lower buyout, or a snag was hit, the tree would be much fuller!


If you think Cragg was operating independently from the university President you are sadly mistaken. Everyone knew that the foundation had cracks. Especially after Matt bolted in a New York minute.
Look, like it or not, our favorite son was the one playing hard ball here. He still had 2 years remaining on his contract. A fifth year was expected of him before an extension was discussed just as with Lavin. Had he been successful in various areas over the past 4 years no one would have denied him an extension. Facts are he wasn't and recruiting was tanking faster than the Titanic. I think those closest to Mully knew his heart was not into it any longer and this was a good time to walk away as if money and security were an issue. Security? Money? He didn't need either. Dedication to the job long term? Going into his fifth year his wife's permanent address was still in California with Chris living in an apartment. Mitch Richmond was half way out the door and was half hearted about his job.
This talk of an extension was a smokescreen for all parties.
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Where is the mystery candidate? 3 months 1 week ago #341654

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tom bradley wrote: The common concern those who have been contacted seems to boil down to security. Mully was the face of SJU, and beloved by all. So when the question has been asked"why wasn't Mully offered some kind of extension?" Answer: blah, blah, blah. Question: "wouldnt it made more sense to offer a two year extension with a lower buyout if expectations were not met next season? Answer: blah, blah, blah...so what I am hearing was Mully was expected to stay next season, and the playing hardball and handcuffing him scares people away. Cragg should of announced they were working on an extension, and then if they couldnt agree to a much lower buyout, or a snag was hit, the tree would be much fuller!


If you think Cragg was operating independently from the university President you are sadly mistaken. Everyone knew that the foundation had cracks. Especially after Matt bolted in a New York minute.
Look, like it or not, our favorite son was the one playing hard ball here. He still had 2 years remaining on his contract. A fifth year was expected of him before an extension was discussed just as with Lavin. Had he been successful in various areas over the past 4 years no one would have denied him an extension. Facts are he wasn't and recruiting was tanking faster than the Titanic. I think those closest to Mully knew his heart was not into it any longer and this was a good time to walk away as if money and security were an issue. Security? Money? He didn't need either. Dedication to the job long term? Going into his fifth year his wife's permanent address was still in California with Chris living in an apartment. Mitch Richmond was half way out the door and was half hearted about his job.
This talk of an extension was a smokescreen for all parties.


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Where is the mystery candidate? 3 months 1 week ago #341656

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The program was left in terrible-condition Rebuilding is really hard ,we need a coach who has a pipeline and can bring in immediately top recruits. A big good center would be a nice start. But I feel only a real exp high profile coach would be able to it it quickly
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Where is the mystery candidate? 3 months 1 week ago #341659

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Bradley's post outlines exactly what I've been saying regarding Mullin. The job was a paycheck to him and nothing more as evidenced by his actions. If he really did have a soft spot for SJ he wouldn't demand every penny of the buyout. It would be like having a close family friend charging max price to install floors or something. The idea is that you give people close to you a bit of a break as a nice gesture out of respect. That never happened with Mullin...with every bit of new info coming out about him, the happier I am he's gone. The NBA guys as coaches just don't seem to care as much...they turn into divas after years and years living in mansions and probably paying for everyone to do everything. Of course he didn't grow up rich in the old-school pre-hipster Brooklyn, but he has certainly been living very lavish for decades. Get someone in here who is established but still willing to put in the hard work.
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Where is the mystery candidate? 3 months 1 week ago #341662

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Short week with school closed Th & Fri. It would be nice to have a little clarity, in extremely tightly managed process that only Cragg seems to have a handle on, by mid week.
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Where is the mystery candidate? 3 months 1 week ago #341791

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The longer the selection of the next coach takes has me wondering why there are no candidates hopefully in their thirties, coaching in the high mid major leagues like the A10, AAC, MAC, who would be interested in the SJU job.
We have Cluess from one of the lowest mid majors at sixty and now the Loyala coach at fifty. I guess I was wrong about just how desirable the job is. We really look like a mid major and not a very high one either.

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Where is the mystery candidate? 3 months 1 week ago #341800

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Enright wrote: The longer the selection of the next coach takes has me wondering why there are no candidates hopefully in their thirties, coaching in the high mid major leagues like the A10, AAC, MAC, who would be interested in the SJU job.
We have Cluess from one of the lowest mid majors at sixty and now the Loyala coach at fifty. I guess I was wrong about just how desirable the job is. We really look like a mid major and not a very high one either.


Yeah, I'm starting to wonder about this myself. And when you think about it, our last 2 head coaches were Mullin--who wasn't even a coach and hence no other NCAA team was looking to hire him--and Lavin, who hadn't coached in seven years.

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Where is the mystery candidate? 3 months 1 week ago #341868

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Paultzman wrote: Short week with school closed Th & Fri. It would be nice to have a little clarity, in extremely tightly managed process that only Cragg seems to have a handle on, by mid week.


lol Like I vsaid the whole time, the week after the nc game.

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Where is the mystery candidate? 3 months 1 week ago #341873

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P Simmons wrote:

Enright wrote: The longer the selection of the next coach takes has me wondering why there are no candidates hopefully in their thirties, coaching in the high mid major leagues like the A10, AAC, MAC, who would be interested in the SJU job.
We have Cluess from one of the lowest mid majors at sixty and now the Loyala coach at fifty. I guess I was wrong about just how desirable the job is. We really look like a mid major and not a very high one either.


Yeah, I'm starting to wonder about this myself. And when you think about it, our last 2 head coaches were Mullin--who wasn't even a coach and hence no other NCAA team was looking to hire him--and Lavin, who hadn't coached in seven years.


Just maybe they know better then to accept the job, don't mean it in a negative way, but you gotta ask,
why hasn't anyone accepted it?

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Where is the mystery candidate? 3 months 1 week ago #341876

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I think the reason it has been so quiet, is because we want to build a Major College Program but want to spend for a coach at bargain basement prices. The two just don't go together.

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