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Thursday, January 08, 2009

"No, the season didn't die... it just went to go live with a nice farm family"

Thanks to a scoop from the Hot Dog, we now know that:

A) I was wrong about Corey - he's BENCHED for the Albany game
B) Tyler Morris is OUT FOR THE YEAR with a torn ACL.
C) Carlos Strong is OUT FOR THE YEAR with a torn meniscus.


First, I feel for the guys who got hurt, especially Tyler. Ever since he got to BU, the kid can't stay healthy long enough to tie his shoelaces. He was the heart and soul of the team during his Rookie of the Year season, and it killed him last year when he wasn't able to contribute -- this is going to be even worse on him.

This team was going to have a hard enough road getting back to its old form... now it has to try it without two of our best players. For a season that started with so much promise and potential... this is a real shame.

Neither Carlos nor Tyler had been playing up to his potential yet this year - but they are important players that contribute a lot to this team. Suddenly, our backcourt -- which was the supposed strength of the Terriers -- is now missing two of its best shooters.

Marques Johnson will now play the point position for about 38 minutes per game. Before this happened, I was going to suggest getting Marques more minutes on the floor as a way to help the offense flow a little better - now we'll be getting it whether we like it or not.

But suppose Marques or Corey needs a break, or gets into foul trouble, or God-forbid gets injured... who comes into the game? Of the remaining guards on the roster, Sherrod Smith leads in minutes played with... 2. Total. For the season. And even he's more of a wing player. Could this be the emergence of the mythical, rarely-seen but never-verified Sam Tully, or --dare I say it-- Tunde??

Oh man, we're in trouble...

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At 11:01 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Terrible that those guys got hurt...maybe if Wolf would have been spreading the love a little more, as opposed to giving his starting 5 30 plus minutes every game and getting his bench no experience he would be in a better spot. It seems Wolf could be one of the worst basketball coaches I have seen at this level. I have heard rumors that he regularly kicks kids/the team out of practice when they mess up or piss him off. Does not make much sense to me. Whenever I see the guy coach it seems like he can't control his emotions and he is always yelling, freaking out, banging his chair, and being a crazy bastard, instead of staying calm and coaching his players effectively regardless of the situation (i.e. his JOB). I personally think BU on the whole is not run very well and its clear that the athletic department does not know how to make moves when moves are necessary. I am sure I could find a handful of talented coaches that would die to coach at BU and probably do it for less money than Wolf makes (add in the fact that I'm sure his son gets a free education and you are talking big money). Wolf has some fundamental problem that prevents him from connecting to his players and getting the most out of them. This is why kids want to leave, this is why the team cant win, this is why BU will never get to the next level. I am not sure what kind of guy the AD is but if he has any brains he would have already started his search for the next BU Men's basketball coach. There is always next year.

At 11:09 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Coach Wolff, please leave a comment. I would love to try and understand the reasoning, logic, and purpose for your coaching techniques. Perhaps you went to a school I am not familiar with?

At 2:23 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

DWolff severely lacks inter-personal and motivational skills. He has no idea how to coach an effective offense. He is a pretty good defensive coach. A lot of kids that aren't top prospects, but are decent, want to come to BU for the education, environment and city. And American East is not the toughest league to compete in.
DWolff basically has achieved the minimum that could be expected at BU, given the overall situation.
The fact that he falls out with so many people and gives no one confidence shows just how weak he is as a coach.
Playing his son, a marginal player at best even with his strong work ethic, while running off much more talented kids, should have already cost DWolff his job.

At 2:52 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Raja Bell left because Coach D at one point questioned him about his choice of a girlfriend. Figure that one out.

At 2:54 PM, Blogger Tall-boy said...

Thanks for commenting you guys, and for commenting on the previous posts if you're the same people.

I'm fascinated to see how much of a groundswell there is calling for Dennis' head. Is it the same one guy on this blog posting anonymously over and over? Or are there really like 8-10 people who are chiming in?

Either way, I appreciate the input. It's actually nice to know there are other people out there who care about the direction of this program

At 3:41 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

You guys are a joke. Wolff has a very good record at BU. It is a tough school to recruit for in this conference. The other schools have no academic standards and as such can recruit players with poor grades and suspect character. It is easy to criticize when you have never stepped on a basketball court and have no earthly idea what you are talking about.

At 3:44 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I have posted one comment on this article and one each on two previous articles. As far as the others are concerned, from the writing style it does not appear you have the same person writing multiple comments.

I posted the Raja Bell comment which was by the way a quote from Raja Bell himself.

I want to say something more though. I don't know Dennis Wolff. He probably has these kids' and the university's best interest in mind at all times. I don't want to bash him. Say what you will about his son but he was a Boston Globe All-State selection and works his ass off. I don't want to bash him either.

All of that being said, I regularly attended BU games from 1981 - 1985 when I attended BU and from 85 till I moved far away in 1989. I was there for the Holy Cross game when Tony Simms went coast to coast to win the league championship. I saw John Teague "man-up" as a 6'4" center when Gary Plummer was academically ineligible. I say Jay Teague hit the winning shot against Cincinnati in Walter Brown Arena.
I was and I am a big fan of BU Basketball.

I like hockey. Hockey is fine. Watching a hockey game live is great. But I always wished that BU had a nationally prominent football or basketball team. It does something for school spirit ... and it does something for the school's overall prominence (John Silber's statements aside. As an additional aside our former university president did a great many things for the University. But he lacked any understanding of the symbiotic relationship between a university and its athletic teams).

The football dream i.e. 1A, bowl games obviously died a long long time ago. But every year I wonder -why praytell couldn't this school have a basketball program in the Big East, the ACC, hell - the Atlantic 10. What does Gonzaga (America's Team?)have that we don't have.

Well, I've gone on long enough. This year, at this point, is over once again as far as BU basketball is concerned. Oh, I'll watch the games / listen / read etc. Maybe Coach Wolff resigns or gets fired at the end of the season. Maybe the school hires the next Rick Pitino or at least a Mike Jarvis. Then we'll have a couple of years of America East success before whoever that person is jumps ship for Providence or George Washington or some other step up the ladder.

Then, as always, we will be right back where we started from.

85 Alum

At 3:52 PM, Blogger Tall-boy said...

Great post, 85 alum. I think all of us have the same dream about BU hoops/athletics.

All I can say is, I hope you don't give up hope. Whoever the coach ends up being, I'm sure not ready to give it up.

At 4:18 PM, Blogger The Hot Dog said...

"You guys are a joke. Wolff has a very good record at BU. It is a tough school to recruit for in this conference. The other schools have no academic standards and as such can recruit players with poor grades and suspect character. It is easy to criticize when you have never stepped on a basketball court and have no earthly idea what you are talking about."

Look at the team the last 3, now 4 years. Basically, every year Wolff's son has been here.

Look at the talent he's lost (Tony Gaffney in particular).

I'm not saying anything, but every commenter on here has made valid points and it's clear that every commenter has seen and been around BU basketball enough to know what they're talking about.

BU also has the College of General Studies, where most of the players begin their BU academic careers.

At 5:37 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Gaffney had character issues.

At 5:41 PM, Blogger Tall-boy said...

I'm not going to disagree with that, and you could DEFINITELY say that about Raja Bell.

At 6:21 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

you clearly haven't stepped on a basketball court or played any sport for that matter, because its not about making excuses about why he sucks, its about doing what it takes to be good...and I would not call a record of 230-184 or a .556 winning percentage "a very good record." We each pay close to 50,000 a year to go to school here. I am sure that Wolff makes very good money... and mediocre just does not seem good enough...

At 10:08 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Wolff has lost his mind (and the rest of his hair) over the past 4 years. Anyone who goes to the games can see that. He screams, he yanks his kids, and makes them afraid to play.

At 10:50 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Tony Gaffney is a great guy. Even when he was being frozen out and run out of BU by Dennis Wolff, he kept his mouth shut about the situation and remained the team's biggest cheerleader on the bench. Anyone else remember that from those last games? Imagine how he felt, dying to get into the game to help his teammates win, only to be frozen out by Wolff.
Gaffney doesn't have character issues.
They love him at UMass, and what is not to love? A positive kid that just loves to play, and play hard. Could he have done what he is doing at UMass, playing for Wolff?
The biggest character issue occupies the first seat on the BU bench.

At 1:08 AM, Blogger the High Roller said...

I remember one of his last games was against vermont, when wolff pretty much refused to play him. We went into overtime and four of our players fouled out, so wolff had no choice but to put him in. He had a couple steals, a couple dunks, and ended up securing the win. I'm happy for arms, it's good to see him playing every game.


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