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Vauxhall and IU

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  1. Vauxhall and IU

    College Bball Thread

    Never dreamed I'd ever be rooting for UNC, but it actually kinda makes sense. As IU fans, we're primed to root for an African-American coach named Davis who speaks with a southern accent and was a former assistant who took over from a legendary white-haired Hall of Fame coach and subsequently took the team to the national championship game in his first year or two on the job. I'm betting there are others I'm forgetting but that's a pretty surprising number of parallels just off the top of my head.
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    Dane Fife leaves IU staff

    I think the real takeaway here is that Dane Fife was one bad cat. I mean he had a completely different bag from Woodson. I mean, he just couldn't groove. And when two cats can't groove to the same tune...one of them gets fired and the "Facebook dad" contingent of the IU fanbase gets real, real mad.
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    Dane Fife leaves IU staff

    I'm kinda shocked how many people seem to think this somehow reflects poorly on Woodson. Look, let's be honest: a LOT of us (not all, clearly, but a lot) assumed, consciously or subconsciously, that Fife was in line to be our next coach. It's only after a rupture like this that it becomes clear just how dysfunctional and problematic it would be to even have that idea floating around. It's not hard to envision a scenario in which Fife internalizes that idea and starts sending signals that he thinks it's already his program. Woodson can't allow the perception that he's not in charge, nor should he have to. I'm sure that's an especially sensitive issue considering the perception among *some* fans that IU "settled" for Woodson after the Stevens debacle. So it's completely fair for Woodson to make moves to make it crystal clear who's in charge if he gets the sense that someone in the program doesn't fully understand or respect that. That's not the same as being a prima donna or demanding obsequiousness from the assistants. Again, I don't have any inside info, this is all just pure speculation and my gut feeling about what kind of dysfunction there may have been between Woodson and Fife.
  4. IUBB social media touting this, as they always do with this sort of thing. I get it, but it kinda feels ominous, like the committee is going to start going out of its way to pick the biggest names possible for the First Four regardless of whether the teams deserved better. Since we never get the respect we deserve to begin with, this gives me a sinking feeling we're an easy mark in that regard. Probably won't be the last time we see IU in a play-in game.
  5. Vauxhall and IU

    Chuck Crabb Retires

    Definitely the end of an era at AH. If you never got to experience this man saying the name "Hanner Mosquera-Perea," you never experienced true joy. Hats off to an IUBB legend.
  6. I just took that as CMW acknowledging the shadow Knight still casts over the program, which has been kind of an elephant in the room for the last few coaches. Just the optics of seeing the new IU coach talk so much Knight right at the top of his introductory press conference was extraordinary. That would've been unimaginable with the last few hires. I'm not saying it's better one way or the other, but it is a signal that there's some sort of weight that's lifted, and that the way the program connects its past and present is going to be different going forward.
  7. Any schmoe can make a fluke EE or FF run, as we've learned from our last two coaches. But you're not going become a consistent FF/NC threat without being the caliber of team that routinely wins conference championships. If Woodson has us near the top of the B1G every year, I don't care if he hangs another banner. This isn't just about instant gratification, this is a long term investment in the health of the program.
  8. Vauxhall and IU

    General New Coach News

    Early in the week we were saying how this coaching search had entered "silly season" because Woodson's name had started popping up. It's now Saturday and we're having academic debates on whether it's wrong to steal a loaf of bread to feed your starving family. I trust the process and all, but I'm kinda starting to think we need to hire a coach sometime soon. Before we're all led away in straitjackets.
  9. Vauxhall and IU

    General New Coach News

    It is the primary driver, but it's compounded by the fact that he's also a mediocre coach. If he was a great coach, I could understand there might be fans with the "win at all costs" mentality, even if I wasn't one of them. But he's not even very good! To me, he'll always be the guy whose team scored 7 points in a half against pUKe. On top of that, it would conform to every single accusation of our fanbase being stuck in the past and not being able to move on from Knight. He has literally less than zero upside. But none of that would bother me THAT much if not for the Pierce stuff. That's beyond the pale. I'll get behind a mediocre coach, if that's our coach, but I won't get behind someone who does something like that.
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    General New Coach News

    It's all right here: https://www.crimsonquarry.com/2017/3/18/14966490/steve-alfords-pierre-pierce-iowa-sexual-assault If I knew anything about coding, I'd create a bot that just auto-replies that link to anyone who so much as dips their toes into Alford talk. Most people with strong opinions on Alford know about this, but it hasn't stuck to him nearly as much as it should (i.e. he's still apparently viewed as employable by other schools).
  11. Vauxhall and IU

    General New Coach News

    Yes, absolutely we still would. The Alford "haters" contingent (of which I am proudly a member) oppose him for reasons that have nothing to do with basketball. I don't care if his style is fast Oats style or slow Bennett style, I don't care if it's modern NBA style or a literal peach basket, I will never, ever in a million years accept Alford as coach of IU. In fact, part of the reason I experience such visceral revulsion at all the "IU Guy" talk is that I know that for a lot of the Facebook grandpa type fans, "IU Guy" is code for "Alford." #NeverAlford
  12. Vauxhall and IU

    What are the qualifications to be IU coach

    1) Has no history of horrifically botching, lying about, or interfering in the handling of sexual assault cases involving his players; 2) is relatively clean at least within reason. Doesn't have to be a boy scout, but no Pitino types either; 3) is not just a mid-major flavor of the week. That doesn't necessarily mean no mid-major guys, just that they need to have had success deeper than just a fluke tourney run; 4) appreciates what this job is. That does NOT have to mean an IU Guy™, but just someone who sees this as a destination job and appreciates the challenge and privilege of coaching for this fanbase rather than seeing it as a burden. They don't have to publicly relish their job 24/7 as demonstrably as Tom Allen, but you should get a sense from hearing them speak that they're awed by what it means to coach here. EDITED TO ADD: 5) as far as on-court product, I'm not real hung up on style, as long as they can do one thing: actually MAKE ADJUSTMENTS. If something's not working, do what literally any other basketball coach on the planet would do and CHANGE what's not working. Flexibility, adaptability, and not letting pride cloud their judgement about what needs adjusting.
  13. Vauxhall and IU

    General New Coach News

    This thread has officially started to resemble this scene. "So you want a young coach who could be here 25 years, but who's already had years of tournament success at a major P5 program, who runs a clean program and graduates players but is also willing to play in the gray area, who has NBA connections but also knows every Indiana high school coach, but doesn't JUST recruit Indiana, and who also - and this is crucial - somehow both is and isn't a former IU player?" Us: "Yeah!"
  14. Vauxhall and IU

    General New Coach News

    My brain is starting to turn to mush reading these threads. Here's what I know: four years ago I was following our coaching search just as intently as I am now, and I didn't learn about the hire from here or Twitter or anywhere else. I learned about it from this post ⬇️ on the official IU Basketball Facebook page. My hunch is we'll probably hear about the new hire the same way. I might need a break from this.
  15. Vauxhall and IU

    General New Coach News

    I'll be honest, I don't follow much of what goes on out west and I had no idea about the history with Oregon players and sexual assault, and Altman lying about what he knew in multiple instances. Holy **** that was bad, like, almost Alford bad. Disqualifying.
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