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Where is the mystery candidate? 1 week 4 days ago #340845

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Pouring rain today down here and I'm in our local Publix supermarket looking for a nice wine to have with a fish stew I'm making for dinner. I have my red St. John's hat on (which my son claims looks like a MAGA hat) and a guy asks me if I need help looking for wine. I say no I'm ok and he then asks me who is going to be your next coach.
Turns out he grew up in Providence and is a huge PC fan. We gab for a while and he says PC made the right move by taking Cooley a local guy who'd never want to coach anywhere else - says Hurleys are state school guys, need to get a private school guy. Wound up talking hoops for a good 10 minutes or so. Hats are great conversation pieces!
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Where is the mystery candidate? 1 week 4 days ago #340850

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MAGIC JOHNSON....MIKE JARVIS COACHED PATRICK EWING,SO WHILE KEVIN BOYLE SOUNDS GOOD..WHO KNOWS...DONT THINK CLUESS IS THE ANSWER.. WHY HASN'T HE EVER BEEN MENTIONED FOR OTHER JOBS..REMINDS ME OF FRANK MULZHOFF..DONT WANT ANOTHER CARNESECCA LINKED COACH...

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Where is the mystery candidate? 1 week 4 days ago #340851

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ctstorm wrote: A number of posters alluded to a mystery candidate who would thrill us and that Hurley and Cluess were mere feints. Time for him to emerge from the shadows. Or maybe there are some other Duke alums who are looking for a raise from their current schools and their names can be floated.

For the record I would love to see Pitino and would strongly support Cluess. At this point I might even welcome Norm back. Mostly I would l like to see a decision and not a soap opera.

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Don't believe everything you read on this site.

Most (not all) posters that post on the site would have you believe they know more than they do. Recall the repeated criticism former Coach Mullin received last summer by the "insiders" over his refusal to add Rice to his staff only to have it come out that Mullin sought to add Rice to the staff but was overruled by the Administration.

There is no mystery candidate.
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Where is the mystery candidate? 1 week 4 days ago #340852

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Just keep in mind that any candidate or mystery candidate is going to have to be satisfactory to SJU's beancounters. It is clearly apparent that the school either doesn't have or doesn't want to spend bigtime money on the basketball staff. It seems oddly inconsistent with the direction the new AD wants to go in, but it seems pretty clear that the Hurley hiring did not happen due to the money involved, and Iona has pretty well telegraphed that they are going to want to be bought out of Cluess contract, which may well be the holdup there. And who knows how much they are paying Mullin to not coach.

At the end of the day they are either going to have to find an up and comer whose school has not locked him up, a retread who's willing to work at a discount (yes Pitino comes to mind here), or they are going to have to suck it up and spend the money. Otherwise, St. Jean really will end up as the coach.

And to think all of this could have been avoided if they had hired McKillop years ago .. or Jay Wright instead of Jarvis ... or Cluess instead of Lavin ... or either of the Hurleys instead of Mullin. Not that anybody (cough cough) said that each of those times. Well, no use crying over spilled milk. But don't be surprised if SJU manages to spill some more for being pennywise and pound foolish.

FWIW, my "mystery candidate" would be Frank Martin, but that would require a real financial commitment.
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Where is the mystery candidate? 1 week 4 days ago #340859

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BOB BARKER wrote: MAGIC JOHNSON....MIKE JARVIS COACHED PATRICK EWING,SO WHILE KEVIN BOYLE SOUNDS GOOD..WHO KNOWS...DONT THINK CLUESS IS THE ANSWER.. WHY HASN'T HE EVER BEEN MENTIONED FOR OTHER JOBS..REMINDS ME OF FRANK MULZHOFF..DONT WANT ANOTHER CARNESECCA LINKED COACH...

BOB BARKER IS THAT YOU?

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Where is the mystery candidate? 1 week 4 days ago #340862

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PharmDJohnnie11 wrote: What about Kevin Boyle?

-He's won 4 out of the last 6 high school championships at Monteverde.

-He has local ties, winning 5 state titles at St. Patrick's in NJ, and played at Seton Hall, and St. Peter's.

-If RJ Barrett goes top 3 this year in the draft (he will) he would have coached 6 top 3 NBA draft selections since 2011 including Kyrie Irving, Joel Embiid, D'Angelo Russell and Ben Simmons.

-He'd definitely bring some recruiting clout with all his high school and AAU ties.



I'd definitely look into him if I were Cragg. Can't hurt.


He's 56 years old. Not much different than TC.

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Where is the mystery candidate? 1 week 4 days ago #340863

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Would Billy Donavan survive a first round exit? Would Cragg survive a marillac ambush if he made him wait a week? I’m guessing no on both of those but I doubt there’s any chance he’d be interested in the first place.

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Where is the mystery candidate? 1 week 4 days ago #340864

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bamafan wrote: BOB BARKER IS THAT YOU?


Bamafan, come on down! You're the next contestant on The Cap Lock Is on the Left Side of the Keyboard!

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Where is the mystery candidate? 1 week 4 days ago #340867

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Paultzman wrote: Other names in the mix at St. John's include Porter Moser of Loyola-Chicago and Ryan Odom of UMBC.
Zagoria fwiw


If it's a choice between the two of them, I'd pick Odom (Moser's resume before last year's Final Four is actually not that great, and they were an 11 seed, so it's not like he built a program, or anything like that), but either one would be very, very underwhelming, at least to me.

Even Odom probably would not be a candidate if that Virginia game didn't happen last year, but at least he's won games consistently. To me though, he's a less proven Tim Cluess, so I would just pony up for Cluess, if that were the case.

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Where is the mystery candidate? 1 week 4 days ago #340869

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Amaseinyourface wrote: Would Billy Donavan survive a first round exit? Would Cragg survive a marillac ambush if he made him wait a week? I’m guessing no on both of those but I doubt there’s any chance he’d be interested in the first place.


Come on Harkless. Do it for SJU

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