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Wednesday, March 11, 2009

Wolff Was 2 Legit 2 Quit

ESPN.com's Andy Katz spoke with recently shit-canned BU head coach Dennis Wolff:

"Wolff said he was in New York recruiting and was called back to Boston to meet with administrators. Wolff said he was asked to resign. He refused and was let go."

Damn. Well, you can't call the guy a quitter.

Story mentions he's in the process of negotiating a buyout now. Said AD Mike Lynch, "This decision was not made quickly or easily. However, after a thorough analysis, I believe that a change in leadership is in the best interests of our men's basketball program."

Wolff won 247 games over 15 years at BU.

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At 10:59 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Ding dong, the witch is dead. The wicked witch of BU basketball is dead!
Not literally, of course. We wish no physical ill will on DWolff.
But the man had to go.
Too many good players and good kids had left the program in recent seasons.
Too many underachieving seasons in America LEast.
Too much boring basketball, even when the team was pretty successful.
The program was never going to grow under a control freak who generated no excitement whatsoever.
And playing his kid to the detriment of the whole program may have made him a good Dad but a horrible coach.
Congratulations to Mike Lynch for recognizing the problems and for pulling the trigger when he did, when some questioned whether he had the b*lls to do it.
Lynch had the b*lls, and maybe he can find someone that will make bball exciting and fun, something that DWolff was incapable of doing.

At 11:23 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Pat Skerry, the assistant coach at Providence College would be a good fit. He has a lot of local ties and has the reputation of being a top notch recruiter.

At 4:29 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

If BU is looking for a head coach with positive experience, Bentley's Jay Lawson is worth a serious look.

At 5:07 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Wolff has the most wins in school history simply because he has held the longest tenure. You don’t think Pitino or Jarvis would have accomplished those wins had they not been swooped up by larger programs? During the Jarvis years, we believed the program was turning the corner to becoming a solid mid-major program; a program worthy of entrance to a conference akin to the A-10. The program has taken a step back since Wolff, and his predecessor Bob Brown, have taken the reigns. Two NCAA appearances in 15 years, each of which were embarrassing losses, does not make a dynasty. And by the way, most successful programs do not consider NIT appearances to be a grand accomplishment. This school deserves better.

At 6:40 PM, Anonymous Neil said...

Great move and great show of guts by Mike Lynch!
I want the youngest hotshot assistant coach you can find who is willing to take the job. No retreads, no 60-year olds who won a lot of Dvision II games. No sad, mopey people (like Wolff) who make basketball seem like a chore. No one over the age of 35 need apply, better yet make it 30.

At 12:42 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

All of these stories calling DWolff the winningest coach in school history. Well, he was also the losingest coach in school history.
Two NCAA appearances in 15 years is pretty lame from America Least, and the first one was thanks to Tunji Awajobi, who was a Bob Brown recruit. BTW, Brown was even worse a coach than DWolff.

Neil, how old are you? Or better yet, what school are you currently in?
I don't care how old the next coach is as long as he can play an up-tempo game that is fun to watch and can put BU in the NCAAs as long as they are in America Least, and hopefully facilitates a move to a better league like the A-10.
If he is young hotshot like Pitino was, then fine.
If he is a more experienced local that was itching for a chance like Jarvis, that is fine too.

The next guy needs to be able to generate some excitement, on and off of the court. Winning will go along to doing that, and the coach that can do that would be ageless.

At 10:20 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Wolff has two NCAA appearances in 15 years and got blown off the floor in both games.

The first one he won with kids he never recruited like Tunji. The other was because of a Stain Dhont miracle 3 pointer with less than a second on the game clock.

Incidently before that miracle shot Wolff blew a 7 point lead with less than a minute to go.

At 10:34 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Today's Globe reports that Pitino's son is a possible replacement for Wolff.

"Pitino's name is on that list, along with two other Louisville assistants, Steve Masiello and former Celtic Walter McCarty. Other candidates include Pittsburgh associate head coach Tom Herrion, Boston College assistant Pat Duquette, Providence assistant Pat Skerry, and former Providence coach Tim Welsh. Another possibility is BU assistant Orlando Vandross."

At 11:18 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Richard Pitino, son of former BU coach Rick Pitino.
Why not Mike Jarvis Jr., a former BU player and son of Mike Jarvis?
Or Brett Brown, a former BU player son of Bob Brown?
Or how about Matt Wolff, now a former BU player and son of ...

Nepotism was a big part of this season's failure.
If a Richard Pitino or a Mike Jarvis Jr. (who also has a lot of experience as a college assistant) gets the job, then nepotism should play no part in it.

Daddy Pitino is well know as a job broker in the college game. Some of his protege's have worked, some have been disasters. I hope Lynch keeps that in mind and isn't swayed, unless he truly believes the candidate would be the best for BU without another Daddy's input.

At 11:31 AM, Blogger Tall-boy said...

I agree with that last comment, Anonymous. We should not confuse Richard Pitino with Rick Pitino.

At 11:21 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Please don't hire Pitino. We need to move forward not back in time. Not to mention that he has this whole Eddie Munster look about him.

At 1:51 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Rick Pitino is using all of his butt buddies like Blauschun, the Providence Journal's Bill Reynolds and Big East commissioner Mike Tranghese, who all worship at Ricky Boy's Altar, to promote his kid for the BU job.
Reynolds, who couldn't find the BU campus with a brand new GPS, wrote in today's paper that Young Richard was the favorite for the job. If asked who BU's AD was, Reynolds wouldn't have a clue.

At 4:33 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

The more I think about it, the more I like the prospect of Andre LaFleur, even as a Louisville fan. Being the son of a successful coach doesn't mean the offspring will experience the same success, just look at Sean Sutton and Pat Knight's stints as head coaches. Besides, I think half of Binghamton's roster is older than Richard Pitino


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