If UC is not a NCAA tournament team in 2009, does Cronin survive to coach 2010?
Should he? No.
As much as it pains me to say it, who would replace him? The UC athletic department is so far in the red, there is no money to hire a big name coach. If the money was there, the reality is most probably wouldn't want the job. I think the way the whole Huggins situation played out left a very sour taste in mouths of many coaches. The upside is Zimpher is now gone, but her replacement has yet to be determined. They would likey hire the latest flavor of the month from the mid-major ranks, on the cheap, and I'm not sure if that would be any better than what we've got.
Fingers crossed he can land Lance. I'm wondering if he ends up being cleared, that all the schools that backed off will jump back into the picture right away.
I too have my fingers crossed for Stephenson. Fans of other schools will bash UC if he signs here, but the reality is if he was being recruited by their school most of them would be excited to see him sign there too.
Well, one source says Lance chose UC. Huge pick up by Mick. We'll see how this all plays out, but I'd say Mick is pretty sure he'll play this year or he wouldn't go through with it. Thats why I think UC backed off the Reik deal. Either way, I think this could completely change the outlook for the upcoming season.
Gates/Vaughn/Wright/Thomas/Stephenson - not bad at all. I just hope the egos don't get in the way and that those guys compliment each other, they are capable of being VERY good, despite some depth issues still - a top 5 Big East team is not out of the question at all.
I'm not saying they are related, but I think the reason Mick backed out of that was because he didn't believe Reik would be playing college basketball. I'm sure he didn't want to waste the time on a recruit that was returning from injury and wasn't even a certainty he would be eligible. I would think Mick is fairly certain of Lance's eligibility.
Is Mick really that certain of Lance's eligibility or is he desperate to land a top 10 recruit (understandable)?
With all that "Born Ready TV" etc. etc. etc. and with the fickleness of the NCAA, I don't think anyone can be "fairly certain" of Lance being eligible.
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I agree it is worth the risk. Mick needs to make some moves and if this Stephenson deal ends up working out well then it could be a precursor to Mick getting involved with more blue chip guys. Lance COULD be very, very good for the UC program. It wouldn't be great for the program's rep if Cronin takes him and he then doesn't qualify, but it's still a smart risk to take in a very tough Big East.