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Monday, March 16, 2009

BJ Bailey is still coming to BU

Great news out of New Jersey, as BU star recruit BJ Bailey has decided to honor his commitment to BU despite the firing of head coach Dennis Wolff. Michael McGarry of the Press of Atlantic City says it had a lot to do with 1) BU's academic rep and 2) Orlando Vandross.

The [firing] caused Bailey to rethink his decision. He decided to stay with Boston University primarily because of the school's excellent academic record, Spirit coach Jamie Gillespie said in an email Friday night.

Bailey also was happy that Terrier assistant Orlando Vandross has been offered the associate head coaching position on the new staff, according to Gillespie. Vandross was the Boston University coach that had the most contact with Bailey during the recruiting process.
Thank goodness for O. The article says he has been asked to remain as associate head coach on the new staff, and not just during the transition period -- new information? I wonder if that will make it harder to attract the best coaching candidate.

Anyway, this confirmation by one of our future stars can only be taken as good news. Now, we just hope that none of our current stars decide to hit the old dusty trail.

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At 8:41 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

While it is not unusual for an assistant coach to remain on staff after a coaching coaching, any new coach is going to want to choose his own assistants.
Chances are Vandross has more than a year left on his contract, and the new coach will be told that he can fill the staff with his own people.
So Vandross stays another year, and perhaps beyond if it is a good fit.
What is highly unlikely is that Vandross is the new head coach.

At 12:46 PM, Anonymous Brad said...

Like I mentioned in my earlier post when everyone was hysterical that BJ Bailey chose BU because of the academic reputation of its school of management. Not because of Dennis Wolff. I hope we can finally put this topic to rest.

At 9:57 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Yup, everyone was really "hysterical" until Brad got here to calm things down. I was afraid all the Anonymous commenters here were gonna tear each other to shreds. But Brad's level head really saved us all. Thank you, brave Brad, for your deep insight and cool head throughout this crisis.


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