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  1. 12 points
    I’m sorry but how the hell was ButlerDad on an advisory committee for this university? He seems to only be here to bash any suggestion that UB, the largest and most comprehensive state university in arguably the most powerful state in the country, could possibly do better than playing in a conference with a bunch of 2nd tier Ohio schools and directional Michigan’s. I encourage everyone to always aim higher and ignore outside opinions like this. It may be far fetched and down the road but AAC is certainly not impossible by any stretch of the imagination.
  2. 8 points
    Good things were happening with UB Basketball. Cierra Dillard named Honorable Mention All-American C.J. Massinburg also named Honorable Mention All-American Nick Perkins Selected to play in NABC All-Star game I realize these are all seniors that won't be here to help the teams next year, but every honor garnered by our players, makes UB more visable to those outside of our little community, and maybe even to prospective coaches.
  3. 8 points
    Spoke with Segu. He is excited about the new coach and seems to be in good spirits. He has enough confidence that he'll work with any coach. For now, we save one of UB's top recruits ever.
  4. 8 points
    Let’s celebrate and give thanks for two incredible teams and coaches which will go down in the record books of UB athletic history. Women after losing tons of talent and leadership win the MAC tournament over their nemesis and tremendous foe CMU to get to championship where they beat an excellent Ohio team. They overcame adversity with the suspension of Summer. They displayed grit against Rutgers and then fought UCONN for 40 minutes. As FLJ said for UCONN to get another NCAA title they had to go through BUFFALO! And she was not kidding. What a valiant effort! They put Buffalo women’s basketball on the map and earned the respect of everyone in women’s college basketball. Thank you Coach Jack! You are awesome! Thank you to the best individual basketball player to ever don a UB women’s basketball jersey. You gave thrills to many and made UB women’s basketball a must see for so many at UB and in the WNY community. We wish you well in your professional basketball journey and broadcasting career! The men! 32 f’ing wins! 32-4! 16-2 MAC regular season wins! Another MAC title! Another NCAA tournament appearance! Four in five years! UB men’s basketball like the the women’s team is known and respected nationally! Beating WVU! Beating SU in dome! Winning Belfast tourney! CJ dropping 43 in WVU! Nationally ranked first time ever! Ranked 19 consecutive weeks! Ranked as high as #14! Will likely be ranked at seasons end! Nate one of 11 nominees for NABC Coach of the Year! Character, class and integrity coursing through the program from coaches to players. Nate’s extension made possible by generous donors! Thank you all for being fantastic ambassadors for UB, Buffalo and WNY!
  5. 8 points
    All, Posts about kids will be deleted.
  6. 6 points
    If the UB men’s basketball team wins the MAC tournament again next year, I will get Jim Whitesell’s face tattoo’d on my chest to constantly remind me that I was wrong about this hire I fully believe in his coaching ability, I just have my doubts that we will be able to recruit as aggressively as we did with Hodgson
  7. 5 points
    Committed. Good scoop @trueblue32 https://www.instagram.com/p/Bwh35s0BjT_
  8. 5 points
    Our search wasn't the disaster that St. John's is in the midst of, but I would argue it was poorly executed. We hired an internal candidate after a significant delay. Our recruiting class bailed during this transition- aside from Andre Allen, the decisions were announced deliberately, well into the search. A more decisive move to ensure continuity (Whitesell or He Who Won't Be Named) may have prevented some of the defections. Our coaching hire was announced on the Saturday of the Final Four. The press conference was Monday. This prevented any appreciable networking/interviewing of assistant coaches at the prime event for such wheeling and dealing each year. As such, we are still down an assistant coach, and just hired our second. It also prevented us from regaining any recruiting momentum (hired during a dead period). Lastly, we wasted resources hiring a search firm only to select an internal candidate. This, alone, is damning. IMO, the decision (internal vs. external) needed to have been made months prior. Oats was walking- we all listened to "Gonzaga of the East" but he always added "leave for stupid money." Stupid money was surely coming this off-season. ADMA was not prepared. Love that Whitesell has the support of our returning players. I will accept the supposition that he is a superior basketball mind to Hodgson. Time will tell if he was the right selection. But the coaching search was poorly executed and cost us precious momentum, even if he ultimately proves to be the right man for the job.
  9. 5 points
    Segu posted to his Instagram today a thank you to Hodgson. In it he says “rooting for y’all unless y’all play us”. I like the sound of that
  10. 5 points
    This is nonsense. We aren’t Kennesaw State or Stetson. We’ve made the tournament 4 out of 5 years, have a great current roster, and are a launching pad for coaches into 7 figure salaries. I’m sorry if I’m being an ass but this “no one wanted the job” narrative is garbage
  11. 5 points
    However it went down this statement is a week too late.
  12. 5 points
    Ok buddy, maybe your world is all about dollars. I know that is the way that most people look at it. Maybe that is why she is leaving. Maybe she is upset that more wasn't done to promote her program. I don't know what it is, but additionally I can't say for certain that we have done enough to try to keep these coaches here either. We gave them a raise, yippee. They earned it. They won games. They put more asses in seats than in year's past also. No matter what raise UB offered them, a "big program" easily can afford more, and has snatched them away. Could there have been more done for them, beyond a raise here that isn't comparable to another place? Could 500-1000 more people at each of the women's games made her feel that it was worthwhile to be here, versus go for more money and have less support? As for the "MAC IS A STEPPING STONE", I hear you. If I could sign up for a new coach every 3 years who will have the success of the past 2, making the NCAA tourney 2/3 years, winning a game or two along the way, I'd sign up for it. Surely, I'd rather have someone long term who could continue that pattern, but okay, I'll buy in to the stepping stone for a moment. How many "good" coaches do you think we can hit on? Can we hit a home run each time like we did the past two? Everyone hires who they feel is the best. Some are great like Nate/FLJ. Some are mediocre, like Reggie. Some are less than that. If we don't hit a home run with the next men's and women's coach that walks in the door, every single bit of the momentum is lost and we are back to the "Reggie days" or the "Dozier days". Our women's program had several misses prior to FLJ. I don't wish to sit in the stands among a couple hundred people anymore. I enjoyed the 2k-3k people at many games this year. I support UB athletics (basketball especially as I greatly enjoy it and have for 20+ years) and get quite tired of the same rhetoric spewed by UB fans saying "we can't" and "we won't" because of one reason or the next. We no kidding we can't or won't if we don't even try. I don't consider giving raises with buyouts that equal 15% of the term of the contract "trying". I don't consider 0 promotions for students during the MAC season for women's basketball "trying". I don't work for UB. I am not a millionaire who can donate 7 figures annually. I'm a "regular person" with a "regular job" who loves his school and teams, and in turn, loves those who are a part of it. I'm happy to donate annually. If everyone who played sports at the school and/or graduated from the school donated even $100 annually, we wouldn't have to worry about low-balling a contract offer, because we'd have more than enough to pay anything. When they leave, a piece of me leaves too. It's why I got tired of hearing about "metrics" all season long. Why haven't I heard that word in the last week? Because it didn't matter. It never did. 31 wins in the regular season mattered, and we were still a 6 seed. Maybe that's why he left. How much better can a team do than 31 freaking wins, yet still get slighted with a 6 seed. Maybe getting only 2 MAC teams in, and getting set up against UCONN and ND in the 2nd round for those teams, not getting a 100% deserving Ohio team into the tournament, maybe that's why FLJ says that it can't be done here. Maybe it's all about the Benjamins. Regardless, I wish to support these teams. Ok, rant over. I'm just sad to see 2 people who have been here for 6 years and made many hours of my life better, leave. We're better off having had them here, but I will absolutely miss them and their families. I simply hope that we can hit those home runs and build/maintain recent success. If not, it will become a very dark set of days for UB athletics. I'm hopeful, always the optimist, but also the realist.
  13. 5 points
    And hiring someone with head coaching experience is more valuable than someone who has never lead a program. And yes, I would say being a head coach of a national level high school program, qualifies someone as having head coach experience. Nate had the experience. Hodgson doesn't. He is a huge gamble. That's what Hodgson did when he got on the private Jet with Nate. He wasn't focused on the Buffalo job or the Buffalo team. He was looking at the assistant coaching job. He wasn't pathologic in his desire to lead Buffalo. A coach that walks away from Fort Wayne to compete for National Titles at Michigan State is someone who wants to one day win their own National Championships. Otherwise, we would only be talking about coaches like John Beilein--who has neve been an assistant coach. If being a head coach is so great, Hodgson would have put his name in for Niagara or somewhere else that was still a reach for him. That's what someone with a pathological focus on a title would do. He has not shown he wants to be at Buffalo. He would have never went to Alabama if he did. He deserted the team when they were in crisis. He leaked to the media that he wants the job and that the team will be decimated if they don't hire him. He has shown a lack of character. He hasn't been working for UB--who is paying him--since Nate left. You call it a power play but I see it as much more. It is unscrupulous. And I believe that his recruiting and coaching is likely the same. I don't want someone like that in the program. I want people with class who can win the right way. Fife would be a great hire. So would Lanier. And many others. I am over Hodgson.
  14. 5 points
    Because it's UB's lot in life, to be a stepping stone program. And as long as we're all being honest about it that's fine. But Oats was really spinning yarns about staying until that "dream job" opened up. And I assumed "dream job" meant a blue blood program or UW or Marquette, someplace near his home. And even then, I understand. You don't sneeze at $2.4MM/yr and the chance to run a P5 program. But is ghosting the school, fans and players the way to go about it? Like ButlerAlumDad said, you can leave with class or you can leave like you are escaping a hostage situation. I thought better of him.
  15. 4 points
    I'm confused. I thought the coaches were just sitting on their hands doing nothing for the last 10 days.
  16. 4 points
    This might classify as that journalistic info that has pissed people off today lol
  17. 4 points
    Another productive discussion about the thread topic at ubfan.com 🙂
  18. 4 points
    She just got picked 8th in the second round by Minnesota! I'm so happy for her. I look forward to getting her Jersey
  19. 4 points
  20. 4 points
    They went from ~40 to 12 to 6 and hired Coach Whitesell. This past 2 weeks was weird but I'm very happy with where we've landed. I'm not going to dwell on anything. We have a coach, time to fill out the staff/player roster and get ready to win some basketball games.
  21. 4 points
    Hey, I can't help it if he wants to search his name and pop in and say hi, I'd be welcome to that. He has 5x the class Fife does.
  22. 4 points
    It's all that Kevin guys fault. He got in a Twitter fight with Fife. Lol. Just kidding
  23. 4 points
    The point is, the administration wanted Whitesell to go up against some of the top names in the business for this job and not just hand it to him if he wasn't the best fit. This should make us even more confident that he crushed his interviews over everyone else
  24. 4 points
    Jim Whitesell in my opinion is a great choice, especially if he can get a top recruiter to be on his staff With that said why did it take so long? It comes across like you settled for someone you didn't really want to hire in the first place
  25. 4 points
    I don’t want a HC who is Twitter beefing during the Final 4
  26. 4 points
    That's because a team meeting wasn't called. The AD called a team meeting and that is when the team was informed. One or two athletes walking into the office and asking Oats why he and Hodgson were packing up all their things is not telling the players that you're leaving. It is getting caught trying to duck out of town.
  27. 4 points
    1. Considering what others have written, it seems clear that "those players" means "those players that I spoke with" (and not necessarily a team meeting with all the players). 2. It is a week late. This is 100% a CYA thing. Whether he had to be convinced to do this -- who knows. 3. How else is Alnutt supposed to respond to a tweet like that? He has to be appreciative in public, of course. It is part of the job. I hope this ends the discussion about Oats and we can move on. For me, I liked the guy. I thought he was a breath of fresh air. A straight shooter. He seemed humble...even a bit of an "aw shucks" sort of guy at times. But this past week has shown me he was more of a wolf in sheep's clothing. I guess part of it had to be an act, so the fact I didn't really catch it was me being naive. Even if Oats left and did it the right way, I probably would still follow him on Twitter and root for him to be successful. But regardless of how many retweet his week-late message or say "thanks, coach" in a tweet, he's really just burned his bridge (and BH poured some more gas on it). So...good riddance. And, of course, an "unfollow" on Twitter. Go Bulls...next coach in.
  28. 4 points
    I’ve convinced myself that Murray is the guy. I apologize to anyone who agrees with me because this probably means we won’t hire him.
  29. 4 points
    It’s all about perception. And the perception is that Oats and Hodgson have been classless. Buzz Williams got hired by A&M today and what did he do...spoke directly to his VA Tech players. By all accounts his exit was graceful. Enough so that the VA Tech basketball Twitter handle thanked him. Conversely Oats just high tailed it outta here on a private jet, did not speak to players and never thanked UB and the fans. Classless. Hodgson...was down in Alabama on recruiting trips all while claiming he wants the UB job. That sure is a new way to try to impress a prospective employer. He went dark for 6 days on Twitter leaving his profile all UB while on these Alabama recruiting trips. Again sends a bad impression. He was actively trying to play both sides when in reality he has a job in Alabama waiting for him. Again...classless. As for Alnutt and some agreement...I highly doubt Alnutt would let it be allowed that an employee of UB could essentially run away from his responsibilities here in a time of need to go represent some other school...on recruiting trips no less. And again if there is some agreement and Hogdson really wants the UB job then his 100% attention should’ve been on the team and crisis management. Not enjoying private jet flights to recruit 5 star players in warm Florida. Classless.
  30. 4 points
    Murray's Louisville profile quotes Chris Mack calling him a "superstar" and states he's been the lead recruiter for Xavier and Louisville. That's appealing. And Bill Murray at UB games would make us forget the Blue Collar schtick fast. I'm really rooting for this now.
  31. 4 points
    I largely agree with on Hodgson this except for the season ticket holder quip. Listen, if you, or other STH are so damn fickle in your support that you would cancel your tickets because the coach you like wasn't hired...we can't count on your support anyway, so good riddance.
  32. 4 points
    Hodgson is also in Tuscaloosa dangling a Hawkins commitment (to us or Alabama) in our AD's face so I'm not sure how good of a culture fit this is moving forward. We need a sustained, positive culture for this program. Maybe I'm wrong but as much as I initially wanted continuity and to play "save the recruits" at all costs, it just doesn't feel right anymore.
  33. 4 points
    No. Wrong. Without the extension his buyout is WAY less. I’m sorry but I’d rather the team have an extra 300k to work with than protect some fans hurt feelings.
  34. 4 points
    I mean isn't an agent's job to make his client as much money as possible, in turn making himself as much money as possible? It would be irresponsible for him not to do that. Him doing research and not just signing on the dotted line of the largest contract seems pretty reasonable. Oats made it clear the Gonzaga vision was always contingent on support from the University and 800k and no dedicated practice facility isn't that. If you convinced yourself that he was gonna stay here for pennies then that's on you. I'm probably as romantic about the program as anybody but I don't know how Oats could have been any more straight forward than he was.
  35. 4 points
  36. 4 points
    No interviews. Hire Hodgson today. He will likely be able to keep most of the team + recruits together. The same exciting brand of basketball. Doesn't need to win over the locker room and continues the lineage of hiring within in the same fashion that Gonzaga did to become who they are. Hodgson is from WNY and in the time to come it success follows having your whole life here it becomes a much longer long term destination. Onward and upward!
  37. 4 points
    This is really irrelevant to the title, but also nice reminder. Mark Few went to the sweet 16 four times in 15 years. Took him 15 years to get past that hump and made it to the elite 8 and then 2 years after that went to the title game and lost. I guess if we are patient enough, better things to come than the second round! (I'm really just trying to distill hope in everyone)
  38. 4 points
    I strongly agree with this statement. For the first time Nate’s game plan and in game adjustments, or lack there of, came up small. My biggest criticism was the constant attempts to drive to the rim into 3 lengthy defenders and force up shots or turn the ball over. It was clear TT was collapsing the defense yet we made no adjustment to penetrate and kick out to shooters on the perimeter or rotate the ball to an open shooter. We kept trying to force an up tempo style, which yes is our style, but we’ve proven we can also win games that are slower paced. We had success in the 1st posting Perkins up (they had no answer for him down low) yet we completely abandoned that and went back to iso ball with little ball movement. 11 assist 16 turnovers. Credit TT but top to bottom we were outclassed for 2 hours. Not indicative of who we were all season.
  39. 4 points
    Relax people. If you are over emotional, take a nap and come back tomorrow. Nobody should be banned. Everyone and their mother knows how unbelievable this team was. We could only Hagen dreamed of being this good a few years ago. We must hold our head up high and get ready to support our future team who will continue to march us to new levels. Great season! Join me in being proud for this tough team.
  40. 4 points
    Ohio Bobcat here hoping both you teams keep winning and, while I know the women's game doesn't draw as much attention, I would particularly love it if you found a way to take down UConn.
  41. 4 points
    Today is the day that we prove that Hurley left us to step up in Salary, to a better conference, but not to a better program. GO BULLS!
  42. 3 points
    I run DI coach searches...no fancy showrooms...no high rent districts. I have very low overhead and I pass the savings on to my ticket holders! I contract with other athletic directors ...in many cases the same people that are hiring the coaches for our competitors. These folks hire our coaches that are, size for size, spec for spec, exactly what our competitors offer. The difference is that I can hire them for 1/3 to 1/2 of their "supposed" cost by simply waiting ten days. I hire coaches for less...a lot less. Mark Alnutt
  43. 3 points
    That exchange is absurd for an assistant coach and possible Bulls candidate to engage in. I can’t imagine why he would even be lurking unless he thinks he may be our guy. How exactly does he think this will play regardless of where he winds up coaching? Hi- I’m Dane Fife. I quit my last mid major job because it was too hard to win at. I’m back at a P5 school, my comfort zone. Buffalo and other mid majors should settle for mediocrity because of the available resources. When we of Blue Blood heritage stoop to grace you with our coaching wisdom, you should be thankful for .500, if you’re so lucky. Oh, and by the way, I’ll engage fans in twitter throw downs- and not with relevant facts, but to make fun of the number of followers they have.
  44. 3 points
    I actually haven’t been on here much since we lost to TT. That and then the oats news just really put me in a slump. I’m sorry people want to move on taking about just a new coach but I kinda wanna get my feelings out on the whole situation. Maybe it’ll make me feel better. I don’t really blame oats for tripling his salary. I’m just really upset about him saying he wanted to build something here. I know that’s just how this business works but damnit I just wish we could get someone here that was actually sincere about that. I’m so terrified of us dropping back to insignificance and the odds are seriously against us. Yea it’s just business but it really screws us over. We are going to lose recruits and I’m not going to be surprised one bit if we lose graves/segu/Williams. We just need to hope and pray the new coach can do what Oats did and kept the ball rolling here in buffalo. Im also pretty upset that there’s still been no statement from oats to us about anything and it all seemed so abrupt. I just can’t inagine that if he had any feelings towards buffalo that he would make this kind of decision in a matter of like 2 days. Seems like bama was really interested in him. You really think they wouldn’t wait a little bit? He’s already off offering people we had offered and he hasn’t even said goodbye. It’s a little bit of a slap in the face. The contract extension is good for us and maybe that was his parting gift to us but it’s still a sucky situation and we are going to be lucky if this doesn’t cause a massive downward spiral. I really just thought we were finally building an athletics culture here and now we’re screwed and likely back to square one. I’m thankful of the amazing last couple of years we had but I don’t want to just be a flash in the pan. Remember when Loyola-Chicago said that? Yea that didn’t age well... I’m not really someone who knows what possible candidates there are out there I just want someone who will stay.. Hurley was great breaking the barrier and getting us in the tourney but there was no doubt from the start we would be a stepping stone so it almost hurt less. It hurt that he took our players but little did we know, that wouldn’t make a difference. I didn’t like how whiney he was even when he was with buffalo and we saw he still throws stupid hissy fits on the sideline at ASU so I’m not sad at all about him moving on. Oats hurts more though. Liked him much more as a person and a coach and I really want to build something here. I guess shame on me for thinking he was sincere. Although one of the current assistants might be our best bet to retain players and recruits I just feel like they would jump ship immediately after any success. If I was AD I’d be most interested in the person most sincere about staying. Not sure if Leipold has had any offers but we know he stayed at whitewater for forever and I’m under the impression it was tough getting him away. That’s the kind of person I want.
  45. 3 points
    This is why I couldn’t have cared less about the worthless contract extension Oats signed a few weeks ago. The media was very excited over it. It was just a visual pleasure. I was always just curious of the buyout.
  46. 3 points
    I echo all that was said above. As an alum I’m so proud of both programs and grateful for this run. Who knows what the future holds but at least I can say that in my lifetime Buffalo basketball dominated the MAC and won some tournament games. Let’s keep building. The best is yet to come.
  47. 3 points
    As I drove home, I looked back at the season as a whole (instead of just today), and I refuse to be bitter about it. We had too much fun. So much to be proud of, so much to feel good about. The ride was going to end at some point though. Today however - you remember all those games this year when we would gripe about some things at halftime and then catch ourselves, "but they're up 12." Hey, the foul shooting was bad, or the three's weren't dropping, or they laid off during some stretches, but whatever, they ended up winning. At some point those things were going to catch up to them, and that day was today. Tons of credit to Texas Tech, they outplayed, outcoached, outworked UB. They were prepared, they knew how to defend the Bulls, they frustrated our scorers, they crashed the boards. This was the one time all year that I thought I saw some dejection and defeat in the faces of these Bulls. I liked how they weathered the early storm and came back, but the could not put together enough plays to keep it a game. The Bulls had shots that were open, they missed too many of them. Perkins - stepped up today in a game that needed it. CJ - plenty of garbage time buckets but was invisible most of the time before that Harris - wasn't afraid to shoot, but TT didn't let him drive the lane Jordan - knocked down a couple three's Graves - invisible like CJ most of the first 3/4 of the game Texas Tech - their rebounding was killing the Bulls. Not just second chance points - it kept the Bulls from hitting them up the floor quickly in transition. UB destroyed a taller Arizona State team on the boards on Friday, but Texas Tech had the height AND outworked and out-positioned them tonight. Everyone, this Red Raider team is a very good team. They're a 3 seed. I didn't like how this went down today but I'm not ashamed at losing to a better team. Thank you Bulls for representing the school and the community so well. We all had so much fun. I can't wait to see what you have in store for us next year.
  48. 3 points
    This is over. Awesome year and I couldn’t be more proud of our boys.
  49. 3 points
    Arguably our biggest game ever? At least with last year we knew we were getting one more year with the core team. ill be at a bulls watch party in Nashville i don’t want it to be over today. Let’s go bulls!
  50. 3 points
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