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Men's Basketball » Special Announcement - 10/23 @ 11AM » 10/18/2018 10:51 am

Mulder
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I plan on attending this meeting.

I like the idea overall.

But I agree with Duq81 on a new facility - unless they are going to completely gut the old building and really come up with something new and innovative it really isn't THE answer, just an answer.  And I really don't like the pictures that have been circulating if that's the best example someone can come up with (other than perhaps the facade along Forbes that they show).  How about buying the property across the street and putting up something new there?  Or relocate the fire station on the corner and use the whole block for something new?  All probably too expensive.  But if you are going to do something let's do it right. 

That being said, Pres. Gormley and  AD Harper have both surprised me numerous times in the past few years with the kinds of things they have done to promote Duquesne academically and otherwise and the men's and women's teams in particular.  What I often thought they were going to do was surpassed by what they actually did.  So I'm looking for that on Tuesday.  I want to be pleasantly surprised like these 2 gentlemen have done before.

Men's Basketball » RMU » 9/19/2018 10:15 am

Mulder
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Competing for best in the City is irrelevant and is reminiscent  of the Duke's fan who, at an introductory session in AJP prior to the season with then new coach Jim Ferry wanted to know if we could beat Pitt. 

For Duquesne, beating Pitt is not the goal - winning the A10 and getting to the NCAA is.  For RMU, playing and beating Duquesne and/or Pitt should not be the goal either.  No one is clamoring for these games anymore and I agree with Towson above that it sounds like Pitt crying about PSU - move on. 

Men's Basketball » Why Catholic Colleges Excel at Basketball » 3/31/2018 6:36 pm

Mulder
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I disagree with the Hon. J. McVay in that the current impetus may be money but the tradition began with that need to foster the catholic immigrant over a century ago who had no place else to go.   When that social justice aspect of the church found that the black experience should be considered and, as the article said, when the original immigrants were able to move away from a city oriented life the African American experience in the city continued the catholic college's educational goal along with those immigrants.  It was the history of these schools that continued into the monetary impetus today if anything.

And I agree that the southern baptist religion had little to do with Alabama, Kentucky et al.  It was their recognition that the African Americans that the catholic and smaller schools fostered on their teams were beating the pants off their all white squads that led them to see the dollar signs that a successful program would bring.  Much more dollar oriented than the catholic history in this regard.

Anyway, that's my opinion, respectfully. 

This is 3 posts for me in the last week - time to go back to lurking before I get into trouble. 

Men's Basketball » Design released for the Palumbo? » 3/31/2018 9:13 am

Mulder
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It is an old proposal. Don't care for it much. Looks interesting because it is different.  But that's its only appeal. Keep working.

Men's Basketball » Off Topic » 11/03/2017 10:36 am

Mulder
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Dormont is a good option but the T line there is the slower of the 2.  Castle Shannon might be a good location to search for an apartment as that covers both lines including the faster blue line.  Anything along route 88 in that vicinity could work. 

Men's Basketball » Duquesne - Raising Funds to aid Hurricane Harvey effort » 8/30/2017 12:47 pm

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Pres. Gormley provided the following letter to alums via email:


Dear Members of the Alumni Community,As Hurricane Harvey continues to unleash devastation upon the Houston area and the Gulf Coast, we at Duquesne have watched helplessly from a distance. Powerful images of the storm reveal the destruction and human suffering: wheelchair-bound senior citizens in waist-high water waiting to be rescued, homes wrecked, streets turned into rivers and residents crying in despair.Equally powerful, however, is the strength of the human spirit and the overwhelming response to unite and do whatever it takes to help. Heroes have emerged on the scene across the hardest-hit areas of Texas. These include 29-year-old Zachary Dearing, who took charge of a shelter when there was no one else to lead. Or Abe Minor, a postal worker who used his nephew’s boat to rescue 20 people, pets included. Or SWAT Officer Daryl Hudeck, who carried a mother and her baby in waist-high floodwaters. The “Cajun Navy,” a volunteer group from Louisiana formed after Hurricane Katrina, have arrived in Houston to assist. And thousands of emergency responders all along the coast are doing their part.Although we are 1,300 miles away, Duquesne University of the Holy Spirit has important connections to the Houston area—some students call that the region home and more than 250 alumni live in the Houston area alone—with many more residing along the coast. We also have a strong Spiritan connection. St. Benedict the Abbot parish is led by Spiritan pastor Rev. Clement Uchendu, and Houston is home to the North American Province’s Spiritan Office for Mission Advancement. We pray for their safety, as well as for the millions of people whose lives have been impacted forever.My own Harvard Law School classmate, Sylvester Turner, currently serves as Mayor of Houston and has literally been in the eye of the storm. Along with many others, I am praying for his strength and his wisdom during this period of crisis.At

Men's Basketball » Duquesne MBB to make Harvey donation » 8/30/2017 12:44 pm

Mulder
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Pres. Gormley also announced via email to alumni that the University is doing a crowdfunding effort to raise money.  The text of  his letter and link to the donation site are here (I will also post this seperately):


Dear Members of the Alumni Community,As Hurricane Harvey continues to unleash devastation upon the Houston area and the Gulf Coast, we at Duquesne have watched helplessly from a distance. Powerful images of the storm reveal the destruction and human suffering: wheelchair-bound senior citizens in waist-high water waiting to be rescued, homes wrecked, streets turned into rivers and residents crying in despair.Equally powerful, however, is the strength of the human spirit and the overwhelming response to unite and do whatever it takes to help. Heroes have emerged on the scene across the hardest-hit areas of Texas. These include 29-year-old Zachary Dearing, who took charge of a shelter when there was no one else to lead. Or Abe Minor, a postal worker who used his nephew’s boat to rescue 20 people, pets included. Or SWAT Officer Daryl Hudeck, who carried a mother and her baby in waist-high floodwaters. The “Cajun Navy,” a volunteer group from Louisiana formed after Hurricane Katrina, have arrived in Houston to assist. And thousands of emergency responders all along the coast are doing their part.Although we are 1,300 miles away, Duquesne University of the Holy Spirit has important connections to the Houston area—some students call that the region home and more than 250 alumni live in the Houston area alone—with many more residing along the coast. We also have a strong Spiritan connection. St. Benedict the Abbot parish is led by Spiritan pastor Rev. Clement Uchendu, and Houston is home to the North American Province’s Spiritan Office for Mission Advancement. We pray for their safety, as well as for the millions of people whose lives have been impacted forever.My own Harvard Law School classmate, Sylvester Turner, currently serves as Mayor of Ho

Men's Basketball » Prayers for my dad » 6/06/2017 11:35 am

Mulder
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Stew - haven't been on here much so I just noticed this.  Prayers to you and your family.

Men's Basketball » Rest in peace, Bill Piekarski » 4/03/2017 9:49 am

Mulder
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It was a while ago but certainly recall his time as a Duke.  Condolences to  his family and friends.

Men's Basketball » Mike Lewis II Update » 3/30/2017 4:08 pm

Mulder
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Duques102 wrote:

WashPaRick wrote:

I'd guess that the 3 recruits have kept in contact with each other as well as the current team members. They've been anticipating playing together for months and now that we've made the right hire (according to most) I can see them deciding to honor their commitments. I'd imagine sitting out a year would be tough on these kids who love to compete.

Exactly, how can you justify with yourself sitting out a year when you were willing to play for Ferry when you could still come to the school that recruited you when the new coach is OBVIOUSLY an upgrade on paper and you have the facilities upgrade coming.

He has to be he type of coach that players love to play for when you see how close he and Lebron continue to be despite Lebron becoming one of the most famous people on the planet earth.

I think the only way they don't stay is if a dream school comes calling. Like you said why else would you leave a situation you committed to when the situation has now become 10x better here.

I agree but I think kids just think about this stuff differently.  Once they get a little perspective kids start to think more logically as you stated here.

Men's Basketball » Okay now that we have a coach... » 3/29/2017 2:28 pm

Mulder
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Box & One wrote:

I see these guys have been rated as 2 stars.

So - I have kind of a rhetorical question set, but interested in other's perspectives:
- How does that compare to DU prior recruits and their performance & growth in the A-10?
- And do we think all things the same on a recruit rank - our current coach gets more out of that talent level?

And I'll add anything on the recruits we signed and their status especially in light of the fact that Coach D is offering?

Men's Basketball » Keith Dambrot » 3/28/2017 11:05 am

Mulder
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Wow - reading through this entire thread is like a roller coaster.  What it says about twitter, facebook, news and fake news is amazing. 

Duquesne getting Dambrot is like coming out of the desert after 40 years at least to this point.  Is it possible that we have finally hit it right?  It sure seems like it.  It's sure hard to be pessimistic right now anyway (which is my usual state when it comes to DU hoops).

Men's Basketball » Thank you Mr. Harper for ... » 3/28/2017 10:46 am

Mulder
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agreed - Thanks Mr. Harper.  Keep it going!.

Men's Basketball » It's time » 3/26/2017 10:02 am

Mulder
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" I would like to remind you that there is no saint without a past or a sinner without a future. "

Pope Francis

Men's Basketball » If you could turn back the clock? » 3/25/2017 9:04 pm

Mulder
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My 2 points early on were that they would not fire Ferry and that people would be surprised at the kind and type of coach who would come here.

Certainly not a Ferry fan but I said that because of the recruits we had - the Mikes - & recruits coming. I said that because I didn't believe they would think firing him would be a good idea because there would be little interest in a good new coach coming. We would at best get a reclamation project. But when they did I was fine with that since I assumed they had a direction unlike the mess that was GA. Maybe they do.  I think now the only one who makes sense is Rice

Men's Basketball » We do not have a new coach » 3/25/2017 12:35 am

Mulder
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I'm sorry to keep repeating myself to anyone who may actually read what I post but I'll say it another way - anyone who didn't see this coming hasn't been paying attention.  When people pushed for Ferry to be fired - and I did agree reluctantly that it was perhaps time for him to go - if they didn't expect this circus, this lack of interest in the job, the opportunity to stay where you are and use Duquesne's search to perhaps fatten your wallet - they haven't been paying attention.  You never were going to get the coach you wanted no matter how many lists you made.

I would hope that Harper did this because he thought it was best (unilike Amodio) and didn't just listen to people complain.  And I hope he realized that this was going to be a tough sell no matter what.  He had to right? 

For what it's worth and at this point, my take would be try Lombardi and hope that he knows the situation from his past experience or hire Mike Rice,  It's going to continue to be a circus anyway so go with the proven, though lower level coach from IUP or let the circus play out and hire Rice.  Hiring Lombardi wouldn't be a loss because of local ties.  And hiring Rice if he can prove he has reformed can be shown as someone willling to offer forgiveness and that's right in our wheelhouse - that's what we do.  I see little value in going with a different low level coach or some assistant.

Men's Basketball » New coach thread » 3/23/2017 3:20 pm

Mulder
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Sorry but how does anyone know what Harper is doing?  Just because it is reported on social media does not make it so.  For all anyone knows half or more of the names associated with the latest hiring were never considered or, if they were, were never offered.  People are playing with everyone on social media and maybe it's time to just not believe anything until Harper comes out with a statement. 

A reporter sees something on social media and contacts the coach, King, Fife, whoever and they say they aren't interested.  Maybe they aren't and maybe they were never offered. 

This is going to be a difficult process made more difficult by this crap on the internet.

Men's Basketball » New coach thread » 3/21/2017 8:59 pm

Mulder
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I agree with Dukes2012 we don't know what happened. We likely have very competent leadership that is suffering from 40 years of bad moves and incompetence. That was my thinking when I noted that we would not get the guy most think we will get.   We may have to go the redemption route. Someone like the other Rice.

I say that hoping we are still in the game with some. But the names that were put forth by various posters are dropping like flies.

Men's Basketball » New coach thread » 3/20/2017 6:15 pm

Mulder
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Duques102 wrote:

Mulder wrote:

Duques102 wrote:

Don't even see how it's relevant, everyone has to start somewhere.

Sorry just personal preference. 

Considering that I'm not in on the decision its relevance above simply a point of conversation - which I assume is going on here and not influencing major decisions - is not important. If I somehow stumbled on a board that features highly influential people I will stop commenting.
 

Sorry man not trying to come at you, I honestly have 0 influence or insight. I just meant I don't think it's relevant that he coached under Stallings with what he's done after that. His success and positive track record was a result of what he did after he wasn't with Stallings anymore, that's all I meant.

Understood. I just saw some comments on the board linking the two & while I like Rice I don't like Stsllings and so was trying to state - badly - that association with Stallings s isn't a plus to me. No problems with me on this.

Men's Basketball » New coach thread » 3/20/2017 4:16 pm

Mulder
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Duques102 wrote:

Mulder wrote:

Don't like the link to Stallings necessarily.  Is that an advantage?  But seems like a solid pick otherwise.

Don't even see how it's relevant, everyone has to start somewhere.

Sorry just personal preference. 

Considering that I'm not in on the decision its relevance above simply a point of conversation - which I assume is going on here and not influencing major decisions - is not important. If I somehow stumbled on a board that features highly influential people I will stop commenting.
 

Men's Basketball » New coach thread » 3/17/2017 9:01 pm

Mulder
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I don't think much about Dunlap as a reporter but I guess he does have a track record with some sources.  He also seems pretty arrogant generally. 

Regardless, looking at the video from the Patrick School, adimittdly a small sample, I could feel better about Rice.  Someone's going to take a chance on him sometime and if he is reformed yet still intense he could be very good.  By the way, I also thought Chavannes looked good in that small sample

I'm not advocating for Rice because I think he may have a difficult time initially at least recruiting with his reputation.  But he wouldn't be the first coach with baggage to come back from the grave to succeed.  This was partially my point in previous posts with the type and kind of coach we may get.  When it comes to reputations and regardless of what we may pay and how Harper et al sound, we aren't exactly on fire either. 

I still think it will be tough to get the kind of coach many want considering the rep we have.  And of course if we did decide Rice is reformed and the best pick the local media will probably go nuts - after all they need something to talk about.  But if we are just going to end up with some other retread I'd almost rather consider Rice - again not promoting him, just thinking out loud.  As Catholics we are big on forgiveness, aren't we?

Curious whether El Duque with his NJ roots has any info on or feelings about Rice based on his work there.

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