Assessing an Awkward Coaching Situation in Corvallis

Posted by Connor Pelton (@ConnorPelton28) on April 2nd, 2014

Craig Robinson said these words following Oregon State‘s season ending loss against Radford, a game played in front of fewer than 1,500 fans in Corvallis.

That game ended his sixth season in Corvallis, with no single campaign resulting in a postseason finish higher than the CBI, and comprising the lowest attendance totals in Gill Coliseum history. Needless to say, Beaver fans aren’t happy and would like to see a change. Still, with that all laid out on the table, I thought Robinson’s joke was hilarious. Timely, self-deprecating, and unexpected — a perfect combination for a laugh in my book. Unfortunately, his boss, athletic director Bob DeCarolis, did not find it as humorous, which is understandable since he has been in Robinson’s corner since day one. “A bad joke at a bad time,” he said the next day. A little over a week later, DeCarolis penned a letter to his biggest boosters, telling them that he had chosen to retain Robinson as head coach for another season.

The relationship between Robinson, the athletic department and Oregon State fans has grown incredibly awkward. The coach needs fans to buy tickets in order to attract recruits. The fans have stopped coming until they start to see a winning product. And there won’t be a winning product until the recruits head to Corvallis. It’s a vicious cycle, one that Robinson has been tasked with breaking. What he doesn’t seem to understand is that his mouth is getting him in trouble. And I’m not talking about his joke to reporters last month. It’s the other quotes like, “Next year’s team could be ranked in the Top 25.” Not likely when he loses Roberto Nelson, Devon Collier, and Angus Brandt. Or, “If Eric Moreland returns, we will be one of the top teams in the conference.” He’s already building in excuses for next season six months before practice even starts. No one wants to hear that. And then there is his agent, Rick Giles, saying that the 2013-14 Beavers were “two wins away from the NCAA Tournament.” Um, try two wins away from the NIT — maybe. The empty promises, excuses, and over-inflated expectations aren’t cute anymore. It’s annoying and a waste of time.

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Big East Twitter Must Follows

Posted by George Hershey on November 11th, 2013

The college basketball season has begun and Big East teams are ready to battle it out for another exciting season. Here at the RTC Big East microsite, we attempt to get to all the news in the league, but with 10 teams and so much going on, it’s impossible to report and analyze everything. Here is a list of relevant websites and Twitter follows that will keep Big East fans up to date on all the happenings on the Big East this season.

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Big East

Marquette Golden Eagles

Bloggers,Beat Writers & Fan Sites

Georgetown Hoyas

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Here’s the Big Ten Hoops Must-Follow List

Posted by Deepak Jayanti on November 8th, 2013

We live in the Twitter era, where following certain beat writers and correspondents with direct access to Big Ten programs will help you as a fan keep up with your respective teams throughout the season. At the Rush The Court Big Ten microsite, we will also attempt to provide insightful opinions and analysis about the Big Ten over the next five months. You can follow our writers – Alex Moscoso (@AlexPMoscoso), Deepak Jayanti (@dee_b1g), Brendan Brody (@berdnon4), Jon Batuello (@jcbatuello), Max Jakubowski (@airmax11267) –  for all the latest articles about Big Ten hoops. The following is a list of writers who consistently provide excellent coverage about specific Big Ten teams and should be followed on Twitter by all Big Ten fans.

If You Follow These Big Ten-Related Accounts, You'll Be Covered

If You Follow These Big Ten-Related Accounts, You’ll Be Covered

Enjoy the Big Ten season by following these writers and staying close the Rush The Court Big Ten Microsite!

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Your SEC Hoops Twitter Must-Follow Guide

Posted by David Changas on November 8th, 2013

As we approach the start of the 2013-14 season, we think it’s important that you have access to all the latest news you can get about the SEC, and we all know that Twitter is the best way to do that. That’s why we’ve compiled this list of must-follows for all 14 SEC squads.

If You Follow These SEC-Related Accounts, You'll Be Covered

If You Follow These SEC-Related Accounts, You’ll Be Covered

Alabama

Arkansas

Auburn

Florida

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ACC Basketball Twitter Must-Follows: Part III

Posted by Chris Kehoe on November 7th, 2013

In the third and final segment of RTC ACC’s Twitter must-follow series, we take a further look at the remaining eight teams in the ACC. This list is not all encompassing but a quick look at some of the more prominent accounts to follow for news and insight on teams around the ACC. This may include coaches, players, writers, and/or bloggers. So without any further delay, Rush the Court brings you the part three finale of our ACC Twitter rundown (click here for Part I and Part II).

Malcolm Delaney of Virginia Tech finds himself in the 'Alumni Spotlight'

Malcolm Delaney of Virginia Tech finds himself in the ‘Alumni Spotlight’

Virginia

 Cavaliers Starting Five

 Other Official Accounts

 Alumni Spotlight

  • @mikescott Mike Scott currently plays for the Atlanta Hawks and with a little over 17,000 tweets, he is certainly active on social media.

Duke

Blue Devils Starting Five

  • @dukeblueplanet The official account for Duke basketball run by their recruiting and communications coordinator.
  • @BlueDevilNation Run by Mark Watson, the publisher of Blue Devil Nation.
  • @BlueDevilLair Adam Rowe (RTC alumnus) runs this account that represents 247sports.com and provides great insight into recruiting and Duke basketball news.
  • @laurakeeley The Duke beat reporter for The Raleigh News & Observer as well as the Charlotte Observer.
  • @dukebasketball Coverage of Duke hoops from The Chronicle, Duke’s independent student newspaper with their own articles.

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ACC Basketball Twitter Must-Follows: Part II

Posted by Chris Kehoe on November 5th, 2013

In the second of a three-part segment here at RTC ACC (see part I here), we take a further look into the incredible social media phenomenon that is Twitter and its all-encompassing foray into athletic culture. This second part will delve deeper into Twitter accounts to follow based on specific ACC teams, whether newspaper columnists, bloggers, alumni or current coaches or players. For any teams not included in this second piece, look for them to be revealed in a later third and final article on the subject. The following is a breakdown of five ‘must-follow’ accounts for each respective team, followed by some official accounts consisting of players and/or coaches and special bonus category at the end of each school’s section.

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Maryland

Terrapins ‘Starting Five’

  • @nickfaustLIVE With over 9,000 tweets, Nick Faust gives prolific insight to the day-to-day life of a Terp student-athlete.
  • @_es1 Evan Smotrycz is a fun follow and has a good Big Ten and ACC knowledge base.
  • @TerpsInsider Follows Maryland football and basketball with the help of two Washington Post beat writers.
  • @alex_prewitt Washington Post sportswriter focusing on Maryland athletics with over 15,000 tweets.
  • @insidemdsports Publisher of InsideMDSports, a 247sports.com site, has helpful recruiting knowledge.

Other official accounts that are worth a follow

  • @CoachTurgeon Head coach Mark Turgeon.
  • @umterps Official Twitter of Maryland athletics.
  • @Dez32Wells Dez Wells, Maryland’s best player and former Xavier transfer.
  • @StuckLikeChuck1 Charles Mitchell, you’ve won us over with that username.

Random Alumni Spotlight

  • @DrewNicholas12 Was a member of the 2002 national championship team, played in Europe, and is good for some savvy insight on Maryland and the ACC from time-to-time.

Clemson

Tigers Starting Five

  • @ClemsonMBB The official account for Clemson basketball, ran by head coach Brad Brownell.
  • @KJMcDaniels The Tigers’ best player and a Clemson fan favorite.
  • @maniebeingmanie Manie Robinson is a Clemson football and basketball beat writer for the Greenville News.
  • @orangeandwhite An account exclusively dedicated to Clemson sports.
  • @brink_aim Writes about Clemson for @orangeandwhite above, a clear Clemson superfan.

Other official accounts

Random Alumni Spotlight

  • @bnice21 Bryan Narcisse played for Clemson for two years and then the South Carolina native was drafted by the world famous Harlem Globetrotters. Diehard ACC fans will remember Narcisse as the forward roaming the hardwood in the fashionable Rec Specs.

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Tim Miles Brings His Positive Attitude to Nebraska Basketball

Posted by Kevin Trahan (@k_trahan) on November 4th, 2013

Kevin Trahan (@k_trahan) submitted this article after attending the Big Ten Media Day in Chicago on October 31.

After Nebraska fell behind to Illinois 35-23 at halftime last season, Huskers coach Tim Miles didn’t like what he saw. So, he tweeted about it: “We played with zero pride.” The tweet didn’t help play on the court — Nebraska went on to lose the game, 71-51 — but the halftime tweet has become a staple for Miles, dating back to his days at Colorado State. The Twitter legend began in Fort Collins, too, at the urging of marketing director Ben Chulick. “He came to me and he said, ‘Listen, we want you to Facebook or Twitter or whatever it is,’ and I’m like, wait, what’s Twitter, what’s Facebook? I had no idea,” Miles said. “So when he said what it was, I’m like, we’re not doing Facebook. I graduated with 13 kids in my high school class. I already know where they all are, I don’t need to reconnect. So what’s Twitter again? 140 characters. I’m like, I can do it. I can do 140 characters.” As it turns out, he can do it quite well. Technically, it’s not Miles tweeting out his thoughts from the locker room. “I just say it to [the sports information director], ‘We better flippin’ rebound,’ and then he edits it appropriately and we go from there.” But technicalities aside, the halftime tweet and Miles’ overall Twitter presence — he has nearly 50,000 followers — are among the best in college basketball, even if the Huskers can’t yet match that on the court.

Tim Miles appears to be very comfortable at the podium with the reporters, despite Nebraska's position in the Big Ten landscape.  (AP)

Tim Miles appears to be very comfortable at the podium with the reporters, despite Nebraska’s position in the Big Ten landscape. (AP)

Nebraska is known for its athletics. The football team is built on great tradition and the women’s volleyball and women’s basketball programs are both consistently good. Heck, even the bowling team is a winner. “We won the bowling deal,” Miles said. “I watched that on ESPN. I was going nuts. It was good. We were good at bowling.” The one thing Nebraska can’t seem to win at? Men’s basketball. The Huskers have not been to the NCAA Tournament since 1998, and in Miles’ second year in Lincoln, he made sure to point out at Big Ten Media Days that his team was supposed to finish near the cellar.“I see we’re picked 12th out of 12 again,” Miles opened with. “And it’s not just by you guys. I see it’s by everybody.” That’s not sarcasm; the fact is, Nebraska probably won’t be very good at basketball this year. But luckily, Miles doesn’t care for facts. “I understand why we are — facts in life are really interesting,” he said. “I’ve always tried to ignore them.”

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ACC Basketball Twitter Must-Follows: Part I

Posted by Chris Kehoe on November 4th, 2013

In today’s increasingly technological world, so much of the daily breaking news and interaction happens over social media sites. Fans can interact with players, analysts and writers to voice their opinions and visa versa. ACC basketball is no different and has a large presence on Twitter. In the first of a three-segment series on some of the most insightful and entertaining ACC basketball accounts on Twitter, we take a deeper look at the conference-wide accounts that provide a wide breadth of knowledge across the ACC. The subsequent two parts will break down team-specific Twitter handles that are also worth a follow. These are some accounts worth checking out:

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Conference-Wide Twitter Follows

  • @ACCSports covers both ACC basketball and football; also located on accsports.com.
  • @ShaneRyanHere a staff writer at ESPN.com’s Grantland; also the editor of Tobacco Road Blues.
  • @lebrownlow Lauren Brownlow is a freelance writer for Fox Sports Carolina covering the Triangle and ACC sports.
  • @thedevilwolf Ben Swain is a co-host of the Walk-Ons podcast and is good for frequent sarcasm and a chuckle.
  • @bretstrelow ACC basketball reporter for the Fayetteville Observer is also a voter for the AP Top 25 Poll.
  • @accmbb The official Twitter account for ACC Men’s Basketball.
  • @DavidTeelatDP an ACC reporter for the Daily Press.
  • @rtcACC Independent voice of college basketball. Pretty much the best site ever.
  • @CBSSportsACC CBS’ ACC coverage, as told by Sean Bielawski and Shawn Krest.
  • @stephenschramm Schramm also writes for the Fayetteville Observer (like Strelow) and covers ACC basketball.
  • @joeovies Ovies is a Triangle radio talk show host for ESPN’s The Fan in Raleigh, with a good track record and insight on ACC sports.
  • @AGoldFan the other half of the Raleigh’s The Fan talk show, Adam Gold is another valid contributor to the ACC sports scene.
  • @CaultonTudor Tudor covers the ACC for Raleigh’s WRAL news.

Feel free to follow these members of the Rush the Court ACC family as well: @rise_and_fire@kellenlc@bradjenk@prohibitivefav.

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#notjustforplayers – College Coaches Are Starting to Figure Out Benefits of Twitter

Posted by BHayes on August 20th, 2013

Bennet Hayes is an RTC columnist. He can be reached @HoopsTraveler.

Twitter may be just seven years old, but the social media tool has already found ubiquity in the world of college athletics. Rare is the college athlete (particularly in the revenue sports of football and basketball) without a Twitter handle, and rarer still is the day that passes without a major college basketball or football headline breaking from the Twitter-verse. College hoops recruits and transfers often use their 140-character snippets to announce their first, or next, college destination, while current players are keen to keeping their followers aware of breaking news from their program, summer plans, and even personal injury statuses. Quite simply, Twitter fuels the college basketball rumor mill. But for as much relevance as the platform has found within the game, one group that has failed to universally embrace it has been the head coaches. Coaches have no accepted industry standard to follow on how much to tweet, what to tweet about, or even whether to tweet in the first place. Their wide variety of approaches to the tool prompted The Sporting News to take a deeper look at how the head men in the Power Seven (AAC included) conferences use Twitter. Their findings make for a fun read – and should prompt a follow or two, but also provide an entrée into an emerging topic – how exactly are coaches using Twitter as a tool for growing their program?

Tim Miles May Not Be A Household Name Yet, But He Is Getting Closer With Every Tweet

Nebraska’s Tim Miles May Not Be A Household Name Yet, But He Is Getting Closer With Every Tweet

Back in 2009, Twitter was considered so toxic that Mike Leach banned his entire football team (Texas Tech at the time) from using it. Four years later, that very same Mike Leach has over 40,000 followers and uses his feed to inform Washington State fans of happenings both relevant (“practice went great in Lewiston”) and irrelevant (“one of my favorite TV shows was Magic City on Starz. Wish they hadn’t cancelled it.”). Leach’s college hoops coaching brethren have made a similar discovery. Leading the way in the Twitter world, as he does in many other categories, is Kentucky’s John Calipari. Coach Cal’s 1.2 million followers are more than nine times as many as the second most-followed college coach (Indiana’s Tom Crean), and he uses his Twitter notoriety in exactly the way a solid front-runner should. Befitting his on and off-court personality, Calipari tweets often and honestly, mostly making sure that UK fans are privy to all the happenings around his program. When you are speaking to a fan base as populous and interested as his Wildcat supporters, there is no need to reinvent the wheel. Goal number one should be making program information easy and accessible, and Coach Cal does that as well as any college coach in the Twitter business.

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Presenting the Comprehensive ACC Basketball Twitter List

Posted by ARowe on October 15th, 2012

We are going to do everything we can this season to keep you up to date on the latest news and information regarding the Atlantic Coast Conference here at the ACC Microsite. However, with 12 teams of 13 scholarship players, over 360 total games and 228 conference games, some things are bound to fall through the cracks. To help you stay on top of things, we have collected a comprehensive list of twitter accounts for all 12 ACC teams, their coaches, players, beat writers and bloggers. Please let us know if we missed anyone, as I’m certain there are some worthy follows out there. Hit us up at @rtcAcc.

Special thanks to Patrick Stevens (@d1scourse), Matt (@hokieguru), Steven (@akulawolf), Greg Wallace (@aimclemson), Brian Favat (@BCInterruption), Michael Rogner (@RunTheFloor) and Brian (@StreakingTheLawn) for all their help cultivating this list.

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  • TheACC.com This is the official site for the Atlantic Coast Conference. They produce valuable video content and provide an easy interface to look up stats, conference standings and historic categories of everything you could want to know about the ACC. Follow on twitter @TheACC
  • ACC Men’s Basketball Direct link to the Official ACC Men’s Basketball site. If you don’t want to sift through all that pesky football, lacrosse and soccer information, this is where to go. Follow on twitter @ACCMBB, mainly for links and breaking news.
  • ACCSports.com Jim Young and a litany of veteran ACC writers keep you up to date on just about everything happening in the league. He’s a valuable twitter follower @ACCSports and has a links only twitter account @ACCSportsLinks
  • SCACCHoops.com Jon Pence created this site from scratch where you can play ACC Fantasy Basketball and look at advanced stats for all the teams and players around the league. He also pulls stories from bloggers around the conference to keep you up to date on your favorite teams. Follow @SCACCHoops for links, commentary and occasional updates on his Game Sim application, which he claims knows all.
  • Fox Sports South Andrew Jones covers the ACC, the Carolina Hurricanes and the Carolina Panthers for Fox Sports South and Fox Sports Carolinas. Follow him on twitter @AJonesFoxSports for links and commentary.
  • ACC Insider Brett Friedlander covers all ACC Sports for the Wilmington Star News. He’s always up for a good conversation on twitter @StarNewsACC
  • David Teel ‏ @DavidTeelatDP Covers the ACC for the Daily Press
  • CBSSportsACC ‏ @CBSSportsACC CBS’ ACC-focused Rapid Reports blog
  • Michael Kelly ‏ @MKellyACC ACC Senior Associate Commissioner
  • Bret Strelow ‏ @bretstrelow Covers ACC Basketball for FayettevilleObserver.com
  • Stephen Schramm ‏ @stephenschramm Covers ACC Basketball for Fayetteville Observer
  • Joe Ovies ‏ @joeovies Half of the Adam and Joe show on 99.9 The Fan ESPN. Mainly covering Tobacco Road athletics.
  • Adam Gold ‏ @AGoldFan The other half of the Adam and Joe show.
  • @Jeffrey Fann ‏@TalkinACCSports Proprietor of AllSportsDiscussion.com, where he and @HokieGuru blog about everything ACC.

Team-Specific

Florida State

Players

Bloggers and Beat Writers

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Mark Gottfried Connects With NC State Fans on Twitter With “#FreeRodneyPurvis” Hashtag

Posted by Chris Johnson on August 10th, 2012

Christopher Johnson is an RTC columnist. He can be reached @ChrisDJohnsonn.

The advent of interactive web-based communication services like Twitter, Facebook and blogs has allowed coaches to connect with fans in a more direct and personal way than ever before. We witnessed an excellent example of this newfound coach-fan correspondence this summer when Kentucky head coach John Calipari, addressing UK fans directly as “Big Blue Nation,” explained in a long-form blog post on his personal website his new “nontraditional” scheduling philosophy as a roundabout way of rationalizing his refusal to continue the program’s decades-long home-and-home series with border rival Indiana. In “Forming a nontraditional schedule for a nontraditional program,” Calipari focuses on three main points: “Preparing our players for the postseason”, “our fans” and “the financial component.” He laid out his thoughts eloquently, a thoroughly-composed argument that shone some light on why he dared put an end to one of the nation’s deepest and most hostile hardwood conflicts.

With Purvis’ eligibility in question, Gottfried is offering comforting words to Wolfpack fans (Photo credit: Rob Carr/Getty Images)

Calipari’s philosophy (and staunch insistence on playing at neutral sites, such as Lucas Oil Arena) didn’t jibe well with Hoosiers coach Tom Crean, who feared the idea of UK staging an annual recruiting fair in his program’s backyard metropolis, Indianapolis. The talks fell through, and college hoops fans nationwide will lament the loss of one of the sport’s most riveting ongoing territorial battles. But Calipari’s direct approach in addressing UK’s legions of fans made sense in more ways than one. Rather than voice his opinion through the traditional media, Calipari proceeded to convey his thoughts via his own personal mouthpiece. It was forthright, frank and an altogether noble gesture from a man who, even to his own fans, seems to exist within his own impenetrable realm of coaching regality.

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Tom Crean’s Twitter Mistake Reflects Poorly on New Digital Recruiting Freedoms

Posted by Chris Johnson on August 6th, 2012

Christopher Johnson is an RTC columnist. He can be reached @ChrisDJohnsonn

In response to an increasing number of maddeningly trivial secondary NCAA violations and a widespread rise in the use of smartphone-friendly forms of communication, the NCAA officially removed the coach-recruit digital contact barrier this June when its new cell phone-related recruiting rules went into effect. The new guidelines allow coaches to bombard players who have completed their sophomore year of high school with instantaneous messaging services such as texting, emailing and Twitter direct messaging. Coaches and assistants long rued the seemingly inane restrictions limiting today’s most efficient and instant forms of communication. Fewer contact controls will facilitate more frequent communication while eliminating the ever-present fear of committing a menial rule-break. Coaches can now rest easy knowing their digitized messages will safely reach a recruit’s inbox without having to regret pressing send. The result: A distinctly modernized recruiting world with streamlined communication and a newfound safeguard from the constant threat of an unsuspecting NCAA bylaw wreaking its retributive justice. The new rules makes life easier on the NCAA, too, as the organization no longer has to spend countless hours monitoring the flow of cell phone communication between coaches and recruits.

The NCAA’s new regulations allow coaches to reach recruits instantly with smartphone communication (Photo courtesy Jonathan Ferrey/Getty Images).

For the players, the long-term implications of the new contact protocol aren’t quite as rosy. Coaches that for years had wielded a restricted range of communication devices — and restricted usage on those devices — can now reach their desired prospects with the simple push of a button. The means and power to reach recruits now lies in the palm of their hands. Eliminating letters and unofficial visits in favor of texts and emails seems like a pretty fair deal for both sides, provided coaches don’t abuse their expanded degrees of communicative freedom. And therein lies the problem. In a hyper-competitive recruiting market, where coaches work tirelessly to land top high school talents, recruits can be overwhelmed by a barrage of texts and emails. Building a strong bond between player and coach is an integral aspect to any successful recruiting pitch. Now that coaches can make those connections with a few clicks on their handheld device, excessive contact is inevitable.

On Friday, Indiana coach Tom Crean provided a glimpse of what goes into the Division I college hoops recruiting pitch and brought to light another potential downside to the new guidelines. Here’s the tweet that appeared on Crean’s public feed:

“I am doing great. I have been thinking about you alot since last weekend. A whole lot. How are you doing?”

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