Despise Jimmy Patsos - we know all about that coaching fraternity thing. We know how you all stick together. And we know he was a long-time assistant, just like you were, before he got the Loyola job. But we don't like him. Don't like him at all. He's all about the attention he gets - and making sure he gets it. The best way to do that is win games - Patsos can't do it - so he does other things. We don't like that. The student section calls him "Psycho" with good reason. And the fact he coaches Loyola makes it even worse. We hope that you never go through a one-win season, but if you do - make sure the W is Loyola.
Schedule Gettysburg in the preseason - the rules have changed in college basketball - and teams can play non D-I opponents before the season and not have it count. They can also schedule scrimmages during that time period. That has been the option Milan Brown took. Two scrimmages. Closed Doors. In recent years - one against Morgan State, one against UMBC. We say dump one of those, and play a home game against Gettysburg. There are plenty of Mount fans that cross the Mason-Dixon Line to come to home games, many from Gettysburg. Give us all an early look at the team - and generate some buzz by playing the game that used to be a huge rivalry. And if you happen to lose (think Lemoyne) remember it doesn't count.
Get Holy Cross on the schedule - Patriot League teams have been a fixture on the schedule recently. We like that fact. It's a non-conference game against level competition. Let's get a series going with Holy Cross - and find out if that job really was a step up.
Get a shooter - I'm speaking for most fans here - get somebody who can just shoot the lights out...a Mark Scallion, Kevin Booth, Rusty Rauh, Chris McGuthrie type. Somebody who can find a home at that 3-point line and let the crowd count along with Rick McCauslin.
Play tough competition - and at home - We know that big schools don't like to come to the ARCC. We know why. Heck Jim Boeheim told Coach Phelan, he wouldn't play there for $100,000. But when good competition comes - like Niagara, Vermont, Navy, James Madision, Lasalle, Butler and Delaware in recent years, the crowds have come out as well. So we know there have to be $$ games on the schedule, but pick those home and homes wisely - and get some good competition in our barn.
Play the Area D1's - We already suggested dropping a scrimmage with UMBC or Morgan State. Why not pick one of those up as a game? Keep playing American, Georgetown, George Mason, Navy etc. Add a Coppin State, UMES, Drexel or Duquesne. Give the fan base a chance to goto those games - and give MASN an excuse to pick them as well.
Don't forget to recruit North - The majority of players in recent times come from the south. And that is fine - they've been plenty talented. But the league is north - the alumni base is north - and the student body is generally north. And they play some pretty good basketball in District 3 of Pennsylvania which is just north of the campus. Rumor has it there are some big time players at the Area PA high schools, whose college eligibility starts soon. The staple may have to be South - and the DC/Baltimore Metros - but a player from South Central PA, Philadelphia or Jersey each year wouldn't be a bad thing.
Connect with the Past - The Mount has a great basketball tradition. We're not asking you to be the next Jim Phelan. We'll settle for 700 wins. But use the resources that are available. There are a lot of folks who love Mount basketball - and a lot of folks willing to help. We know this is a New Era of Mount Basketball - and we want to embrace that. But we won't ever forget the past - and we don't think you should either. An assistant coach with Mount ties would be a great start. Somebody like a Paul Edwards, Sam Atupem, Riley Inge, Fred Carter or Silas Cheung.
Read the Fan Blog - Seriously, if reading a Richard post doesn't get you fired up or understand the passion of Mount fans - the whole thing may not go well for you here. Because I'll tell you what, I've been at games where there were 33,000 people - and the noise was just unbelievable - and the level of play was high and the fans were spectacular, but no more passionate than what you see at the Mount. The Mount has