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#701      
I have to say, I got sucked into the “OMG our assistant coaches are leaving” thing a bit. No more. This program is on its way back up and there is no way Josh and Brad let it slide backwards. They are all in and we will get good people. Everybody talks about Coleman and Antigua’s connections. Do you think Brad has a few too? ILL
 
#702      
Alright, a lot of stuff has happened the last few days and things are changing as I speak. Here is what I have heard:
Coaches:
First-OA and Chin should be announced next couple of days (as we all know).
Next-Gentry to Gonzaga is VERY possible. Wouldn't be suprised to see it happen.
Underwood is talking to several guys for the openings. There is a lot of interest and we are willing to spend top dollar for the staff. Hearing our man from Oregon is very interested and would be my #1 most likely candidate right now.
Some names for rumored assistants should start coming out the next few days. Heard 3 or 4 who are at the top of that list today. We should have our guys hired in the next few weeks.


Players:
Back/staying from what I have heard (people in question): Belo, Plummer, Melendez, Goode.
Looking good: Payne
Who knows: Podz. they are not happy about the Chin situation. At all. They have their reasons. Brad is communicating with them, and I still think Podz will stay. Podz would be the only one I could see leaving at this point...........


Recruiting News:
Hearing positive vibes on the Kofi situation. Still a long way to go. Would be shocked to see him follow OA if he decides to come back to college.
We are right there with Tre Mitchell. Really like our chances, even without OA. Would change the outlook of our season next year. Don't think he is the only transfer that we will be going after either ;)

Stayed tuned for more names. Certain names should start to leak soon. Maybe even certain alumni :sneaky: hint hint.....
I try to stay a bit more under wraps when I don’t have the most positive info, but yeah Podz might be an issue.
 
#703      
Wait is this true?
Who comes off the bench Chet or Kofi. Do we have enough scholarships? What if Jalen Suggs wants to come too?
Happy Jim Carrey GIF
 
#704      
There are many interested AC candidates, including some alumni. Some of the names you've heard, and some you have not. We should hear some things very soon, and other things later. Gentry very much might go to Gonzaga unless he stays here. Many people are saying that all of the players are staying, except for the ones who might leave. They have reasons that I cannot detail now but will if those reasons are reported on another board. The situation remains fluid. Kofi might return, but he also might stay in the draft. And we are sitting well with many of the rumored transfers! #insidersarcasm #siryachtgotnothingonme #lightenupimjustjoking
 
#705      
New Orleans
There are many interested AC candidates, including some alumni. Some of the names you've heard, and some you have not. We should hear some things very soon, and other things later. Gentry very much might go to Gonzaga unless he stays here. Many people are saying that all of the players are staying, except for the ones who might leave. They have reasons that I cannot detail now but will if those reasons are reported on another board. The situation remains fluid. Kofi might return, but he also might stay in the draft. And we are sitting well with many of the rumored transfers! #insidersarcasm #siryachtgotnothingonme #lightenupimjustjoking
You sound awfully certain about all this
 
#706      
Podz-Got to be a real bummer when you feel extremely good and comfortable about your son's college choice...great school, close relationship with the ac who recruited you, head coach whose system fits your game...and then boom. Your main connection says "I'm outta here. Hope the family connects with our new ac's and BU can convince Podz to stay. Really excited about his skillset...would hate to lose him.
 
#707      
Podz-Got to be a real bummer when you feel extremely good and comfortable about your son's college choice...great school, close relationship with the ac who recruited you, head coach whose system fits your game...and then boom. Your main connection says "I'm outta here. Hope the family connects with our new ac's and BU can convince Podz to stay. Really excited about his skillset...would hate to lose him.
plus didnt podz choose and sign to Illinois over Kentucky, exactly where Chin went? tough situation, hope he likes Brad and his new teammates enough to stay
 
#708      
Alright, a lot of stuff has happened the last few days and things are changing as I speak. Here is what I have heard:
Coaches:
First-OA and Chin should be announced next couple of days (as we all know).
Next-Gentry to Gonzaga is VERY possible. Wouldn't be suprised to see it happen.
Underwood is talking to several guys for the openings. There is a lot of interest and we are willing to spend top dollar for the staff. Hearing our man from Oregon is very interested and would be my #1 most likely candidate right now.
Some names for rumored assistants should start coming out the next few days. Heard 3 or 4 who are at the top of that list today. We should have our guys hired in the next few weeks.


Players:
Back/staying from what I have heard (people in question): Belo, Plummer, Melendez, Goode.
Looking good: Payne
Who knows: Podz. they are not happy about the Chin situation. At all. They have their reasons. Brad is communicating with them, and I still think Podz will stay. Podz would be the only one I could see leaving at this point...........


Recruiting News:
Hearing positive vibes on the Kofi situation. Still a long way to go. Would be shocked to see him follow OA if he decides to come back to college.
We are right there with Tre Mitchell. Really like our chances, even without OA. Would change the outlook of our season next year. Don't think he is the only transfer that we will be going after either ;)

Stayed tuned for more names. Certain names should start to leak soon. Maybe even certain alumni :sneaky: hint hint.....
Reading between the lines a bit, I'm guessing Gentry is probably gone. I think Podz is, too. I'm not looking to be pessimistic here, but when these rumors are out there, it usually means something is happening. JMHO. If I'm wrong, my apologies!

I'm also guessing the alum is Frazier. If we add Chet, Mennenga, and someone like Daniyal Robinson, that's a great staff. I think it'll take big bucks to lure Mennenga, though. And Frazier will need to be enticed with a large role here.
 
#709      
Yep, that was it! All three bands were amazing. Went on to see Soundgarden several times and Chris Cornell was just such an incredible vocalist. Saw Nirvana and Jane's Addiction there too, I believe. Many other great shows at Mabel's, Trinos, including some awesome local bands.

Ministry played Mabels the day before Jane’s Addiction. Pretty good weekend. Nirvana actually played Trito’s Uptown above White Hen Pantry to a pretty small crowd. They blew off the first show booked several months before and had to beg for a second chance. They then showed up late and drunk and took so much time getting their gear on stage that they only got 4 or 5 songs in before the lights came on. Folks were pissed as the tunes they played were amazing.

I toured with Dave Grohl the summer of ‘88 when his old band Scream opened up for Agent Orange, who I was working with. In 2006 I later produced the film Kurt Cobain: About a Son that used Kurt’s own voice for the narration. Crazy to think that this September will mark 30 years since Nevermind was released.
 
#710      
NW Suburbs
Remember the tweet from Ked saying that major factors in Podz committing were his dad talking about Illinois with Eric Hutcherson (AH's dad) and Luke Goode recruiting Podz directly? Maybe we have more on our side than we think.
 
#711      
People keep throwing out names for potential new ACs and the names seem to center round recruiters and alums. Obviously recruiting is huge, but what about the actual coaching/player development aspects? OA and Chin seemed to have checked the latter boxes as well as the former — and within two different groups, big men and guards. Using the most recent potential staff listed above — Frazier, Mennenga, Daniyal Robinson — is there expertise coaching big men as well as guards in that group? Again, recruiting is huge, but when putting together our wish list for new staff members we have to remember player development.
 
#713      
Decatur
Funny question to this situation, but if I am a kid being recruited by Chin and he has blatantly lied to me about my recruitment why in the world would I want to follow him to KY? Yes I know its KY but once a liar always a liar.. Think personally I would believe more what BU has told me than Chin.
 
#715      
Would UK take Podz? I’m thrilled we got him and think he has the chance to be very good, but based on his level of competition I feel like we had some questions about his ability to compete at this level. Just seems like too big of a stretch for UK to me. Hope I’m right!
 
#716      
Kentucky offered Podz a scholarship during the recruiting, so I would say, yes they would. Now, when he committed Podz said he was 110% committed, so...well, I don't know.
 
#717      
Who knows: Podz. they are not happy about the Chin situation. At all. They have their reasons. Brad is communicating with them, and I still think Podz will stay. Podz would be the only one I could see leaving at this point...........

Is the “Chin situation,” they’re mad because he left and they feel lied to

OR

They’re mad because they feel their guy wasn’t treated right and that’s why he left
 
#718      
Funny question to this situation, but if I am a kid being recruited by Chin and he has blatantly lied to me about my recruitment why in the world would I want to follow him to KY? Yes I know its KY but once a liar always a liar.. Think personally I would believe more what BU has told me than Chin.
Especially because Chin — the man you have a great connection with — convinces you to choose Illinois over Kentucky. I’m guessing his pitch wasn’t “yes, Kentucky is better in every way except for fact they don’t have me.” So how after selling Illinois over Kentucky, can he keep a straight face in saying KY is better place/fit for Podz? And why would Podz and his family believe him? Even if his dream was to play at Kentucky, following someone who “lied” to him there just seems very odd. But I don’t have any idea what goes on in the minds of 17-20 year olds.
 
#719      
There are many interested AC candidates, including some alumni. Some of the names you've heard, and some you have not. We should hear some things very soon, and other things later. Gentry very much might go to Gonzaga unless he stays here. Many people are saying that all of the players are staying, except for the ones who might leave. They have reasons that I cannot detail now but will if those reasons are reported on another board. The situation remains fluid. Kofi might return, but he also might stay in the draft. And we are sitting well with many of the rumored transfers! #insidersarcasm #siryachtgotnothingonme #lightenupimjustjoking
Bravo
 
#720      
Especially because Chin — the man you have a great connection with — convinces you to choose Illinois over Kentucky. I’m guessing his pitch wasn’t “yes, Kentucky is better in every way except for fact they don’t have me.” So how after selling Illinois over Kentucky, can he keep a straight face in saying KY is better place/fit for Podz? And why would Podz and his family believe him? Even if his dream was to play at Kentucky, following someone who “lied” to him there just seems very odd. But I don’t have any idea what goes on in the minds of 17-20 year olds.
Excellent Take
 
#722      
There are many interested AC candidates, including some alumni. Some of the names you've heard, and some you have not. We should hear some things very soon, and other things later. Gentry very much might go to Gonzaga unless he stays here. Many people are saying that all of the players are staying, except for the ones who might leave. They have reasons that I cannot detail now but will if those reasons are reported on another board. The situation remains fluid. Kofi might return, but he also might stay in the draft. And we are sitting well with many of the rumored transfers! #insidersarcasm #siryachtgotnothingonme #lightenupimjustjoking
Spot on analysis...thanks!
 
#723      
People keep throwing out names for potential new ACs and the names seem to center round recruiters and alums. Obviously recruiting is huge, but what about the actual coaching/player development aspects? OA and Chin seemed to have checked the latter boxes as well as the former — and within two different groups, big men and guards. Using the most recent potential staff listed above — Frazier, Mennenga, Daniyal Robinson — is there expertise coaching big men as well as guards in that group? Again, recruiting is huge, but when putting together our wish list for new staff members we have to remember player development.
Not only these 3 are proven good recruiters, each are well versed in player development, particularly from what I know about former ISU Redbirds/ISU Cyclones coach Daniyal Robinson with the bigs and Chet Frazier with the guards.
 
#724      
Is the “Chin situation,” they’re mad because he left and they feel lied to

OR

They’re mad because they feel their guy wasn’t treated right and that’s why he left
Not sure I would say that Chin lied....maybe more like I'm recruiting for U of I....and I can tell you it's a great place that will help you become the player you hope to become...great program with good people on staff and a ton of talent coming in that you would help become something special....people come and go within any great program...(ex: Ayo....possibly Kofi..) but the program is solid and getting better...coming to Illinois you can be a part of one of the best up and coming programs in the country
 
#725      
North Bethesda, Maryland
I agree with quite a bit of what I’ve read...lots of interesting takes. My feeling is that BU must be telling the recruits that they have seen the level of AC’s that are hired at UI, and they will replace OA and Chin with the same level of expertise.