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Wednesday, April 15, 2009

Meet BU's new head coach, Pat Chambers

After being called out by good friends, anonymous commenters and none other than AD Mike Lynch, it's time to update the blog. I'm redefining the phrase Better Late Than Never.

As you may or may not have heard, BU finally hired a coach after a month-long search: Mr. Pat Chambers, formerly assisting on the Villanova sidelines. My first reaction, of course, was: Who? The media kept telling me we were looking into these big names like Richard Pitino and Tim Welsh and Fran McCaffery. It only mentioned lesser-known names like Pat Chambers in add-on sentences at the ends of articles about those other guys. And if you used the BU Hoops Blog as your sole source of information on the search, you still thought Tony Jones was the main candidate for the job (sorry).

I'll admit I let myself be drawn into the celebrity search. I liked the idea that a Richard Pitino could come in, energize our players and our fanbase and turn BU into a perennial winner in no time. It sounds nice, but the reality is that doesn't usually happen. It takes tons of hard work, skills gained through experience, and time to build something like a basketball program. It doesn't just happen because you bring in a big name.

That was something I realized the day Pat Chambers was introduced as the new men's basketball coach. I didn't know much about Coach Chambers except that he spent 5 years at Villanova, rising from Director of Basketball Operations (booking hotels and flights?) all the way to associate head coach (X's and O's plus head recruiter). And truth be told, 5 years doesn't seem like that long to be coaching at the highest level.

But anyone who had any doubts about Coach Chambers taking over the program and making it successful should take the time to watch the introductory press conference (I'm looking at you Jake O'Brien). The guy is young and energetic, enthusiastic and optimistic to a fault, and just seems to be a guy that college players could relate to. He also seems like he could be a hard-ass if he wants to (he's got the military haircut for it anyway).

A young, hungry, up-and-coming assistant coach is who we've been hoping for in this program - somebody like Leibovitz, Lonergan, Pikiell and Broadus, who have all been making their marks on this league. And if all goes well, we'll be looking for another coach in 3 or 4 years (although the same could be said if all does not go well at all).

There's no way to know right now if this is a good hire or not. That will be decided in 2 or 3 years by what is produced on the court. For now, however, put me in the effin-pumped column. I think the future's bright for BU basketball.

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At 12:14 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Can't agree with you more

At 12:36 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Very excited as well. It'll be nice to see Chambers pretty much build his own team in a few years when all the snrs graduate and he'll be able to bring in his own recruiting class.

At 1:03 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Full Court Press reports that both rising sophomore and AE Rookie of the Year Jake O'Brien and incoming freshmen guard Daniel Munoz have been granted official releases from their commitments to BU.


At 8:16 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

UMass guard Gary Correia is transferring to BU. He will have two seasons of eligibility left, beginning in 2010-11.

It doesn't make up for Gaffney and Brower, but at least it is one coming in the opposite direction.

At 4:37 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

La Salle guard Daryl Partin is transferring to BU. He was a sophomore this past year, so he'll have two more years of eligibility left after sitting out one. He averaged around 4 points per game last season, but really made strides at the end of the year, highlighted by a 30 point performance in a win over UMass.
Also seen where Marquette forward Patrick Hazell has committed to come to BU

At 8:19 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Promising...but what's your source(s) on all these transfers?

At 8:24 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...


There's a note somewhere around the middle of the page on Jeff Goodman's blog about Partin.

I saw the news about Hazell posted on the AE Message Board by someone, but we'll wait and see about an actual source on that one

At 3:27 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hazel to BU linkage:


At 11:39 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Just saw this morning where BU is going to be a participant in the 2009 Puerto Rico Shootout

Here's the link:


Exciting times...

At 7:26 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Some day this blog will be updated. And someday BU's basketball program will be worthy of some offseason attention.
Apparently not yet.

At 7:33 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Looks like Correia is staying put at UMASS per Goodman.

At 10:54 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

O'Brien is staying at BU. Chambers has his own blog.
Is this blog still in operation, or will be have to get a NCAA bid tp get some news on it?

At 1:43 AM, Blogger Tall-boy said...

Yup the blog is still operational, it's just in hard-core offseason/hibernation mode. I was waiting until JOB decided to shit or get off the pot, so I could do a complete "comings and goings" post. now i have no excuse... look for an update tomomorrow.

thanks to everyone for posting updates in the comments

At 3:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Thanks, Tall-boy.
Some of us do care about BU, and hopefully more people, especially students, will begin to care about it under Pat Chambers.
There is an opportunity here to make the program more relevant than it has been in recent years, perhaps all the way back to the Jarvis-Pitino years.
Your blog is part of that opportunity.

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