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kuhlero
June 07, 2016, 11:21:25 AM by kuhlero
Views: 329 | Comments: 2

This pick up is huge,  a former Elite 11 QB, was watching game film on this kid and he has the potential with the offensive line we have to put up big numbers. Throw in Aaron Jones, and we could be putting up big numbers on game day, hopefully our defense holds their own.

How long till football season????
Chanson
June 06, 2016, 10:30:06 AM by Chanson
Views: 464 | Comments: 5

The 2016 basketball recruiting class that is.

I have confirmations from tweets and various sources that Barrett, Moore, Barnes, & Cameron are on campus and should be registering for the Summer 1 session. I didn't get anything about K. Jones, but he only lives a few hours away and I am not worried about that kid at all.
Anyway, all 5 kids will be Freshmen and all with 4 years of eligibility. We all obviously have our expectations on Jones, but the two other kids I have my eye on are Moore and Cameron. Those two will be our wing/slasher players we need desperately that Lee Moore left and also that JWash & Flaggert fell short.

Artis (1), Omega(2), Flaggert(3), Winn(4), & Willms(5) will be the starters with Touchet, Moore, Cameron, & Jones being the immediate back ups. I think Thomas should gain that confidence come middle of the season while Barrett, Barnes, & Silva will be in the wings learning and possibly red shirting. I'm betting Venegas sees time between Willms, Thomas, Winn & Jones.
kuhlero
May 28, 2016, 07:40:16 PM by kuhlero
Views: 1556 | Comments: 14

Why Buddha transferred. ..
May 15, 2016, 10:46:16 AM by collegehoopswatch | Views: 440 | Comments: 2

Miners have an outstanding associate head coach in Bob Cantu who has a great recruiting talent and reach for the squad.  We chatted up with him on the podcast on www.collegehoopswatch.com.

The Link:
http://collegehoopswatch.com/2016/04/05/marching-to-madness-episode-12-utep-assistant-bob-cantu-and-national-title-recap/
kyyote
May 12, 2016, 11:57:51 AM by kyyote
Views: 678 | Comments: 9

rnet Message Boards and Blogs

I think this broader topic is worth exploring.  There are so many aspects to consider.  For instance, there is the local media's symbiotic relationship with the college athletic department.  The college sees the media as free publicity to promote and sell the college's product and make fans happy, promote the university, etc.  The media represents the fans and their desire to be informed, entertained, support the university.  These are two different perspectives that are in harmony at times, and at odds at other times. Some fans would be happy with the Athletic Department's Media Relations issued statements for their coverage, while others want the dirt.

Then there is the topic of radio call in and internet message boards, which allow fans to throw in their two cents.  There is a whole new and different dynamic involved with these.  There are the Coach's Shows that take fan phone calls, often from a local bar, and broadcast them.  Then there are the call in shows like Sports Talk, hosted by a local media person. Finally, there are these newfangled things on the innerweb called blogs and message boards, often, but not always hosted by local persons with very varied backgrounds, motivations, impact, and so on.  Universities have had to learn how to deal with this new media.  How do they handle the dipstick fan with too much time on his hands and a website when his damned website is getting 250,000 hits a month on the internet thing.  What's a hit, anyway?  This internet thing was changing things.  Damnit!

There's this journalistic ethics and integrity stuff.  Does the radio host or message board host have any?  Are they expected to, or are they to simply allow the fans voices to be heard?  Is it the same for radio and boards?  Where does the line cross from host stimulating discussion to setting agendas, or moderation become censorship.   This one is "uge".  Where is the line that separates reporting news and opinions,  and opinions about news.  What about the opinion media person who also serves in a news role?  Can they?  Would the fan's answer be different from the coaches and player's?  I can tell you from my own experience that I was faced with many decisions such as these-AND I am not looking to make a profit or survive financially, so those aren't considerations most must face.  As the publisher of Kyyote's Den I have come to understand that I have responsibilities when I post that others don't have.  I freely admit that I stumbled into the position, knew nothing about what I was doing or what the animal is that I would eventually be riding.   Oh, another thing I have learned is that when you are in the saddle, others watch, judge the ride, your style, the animals style, and everything else.  There will be cheers, and jeers.  Oh, and there will always be an East German judge that will give you a 7 when all of the other judges scores were nines and tens.  But like I heard a great con-artist say once, "They only try to tackle you if your the one with the football."

So, what are your thoughts on the subjects?

 
kyyote
May 11, 2016, 08:54:47 AM by kyyote
Views: 780 | Comments: 13

There are two things to talk about.  One is how there was an ambush and the other was the reason for the ambush.  Let me start by saying that I in no way claim to be a card carrying, paid "journalist".  However, the internet did provide a different outlet for sports coverage, and with a quarter million hits a month during the CMP heyday the Den was certainly a player, and for awhile I did provide an outlet for news.  I attended many press conferences, for a number of sports and coaches, so I can speak about this a little from a certain perspective. 

Let me start with the ambush.  No doubt, this was the spider waiting for the prey to get good and stuck to the web, then in for the bite to paralyze, and a nice long wrap to mummification.  Kaplowitcz has THE Miners talk show in town.  The only one.  That means that he has power.  He is not simply a reflection of the fans, which is what he would claim, he also sets tone, and steers conversations in directions he chooses.  Let me add that I have worked with Steve and he is a fine person.  But, let us not forget that Steve is a self made man who has risen to where he is because he is ambitious knows that in his business you need to have an audience.  So, Steve has let us say, allowed the flames, if not fanned them, of discontent and perhaps too much used the vehicle of transfers to do it.  That works great for him and his fan call in show. 

Media has a strangely symbiotic relationship with sports teams, and perhaps even more so with college teams.  They need each other.  But, there is a reason Marshawn Lynch doesn't speak to reporters and it is because they are always looking for the "story" and the "stories" aren't nice write ups about players donating their time to Boys Clubs.  If a reporter starts reporting on the teams dirty laundry, he will be uninvited, or be shunned.  So, some criticism of the team is allowed if it is seen as being honest and on target, but be careful because if you are allowed inside and are seen as less than honest or off target, well think how you feel when you believe a trust has been violated.  Then, throw in the fact that your living and in some cases your whole life's work perhaps, such as I feel CTF believes is included in what is being discussed.

So, this thing had been building.  Some will say that CTF should have taken Kappy aside and given him a clue. Some will say CTF shouldn't have had to because of the trust.  I will take a third track, probably leaning toward CTF's side.  I believe that CTF wasn't calling him out for simply violating the trust.  He was calling him out for not doing his homework.  Kappy's excuse was that it is an OPINION show.  Played exactly into what CTF was saying.  If your show is an opinion show, it is up to the host to be knowledgeable enough to present facts to base opinions on-not to feed into them.  CTF has coached the Bulls in Chicago and the Trojans in LA.  He has had plenty of pro's criticize him.

Now, the ambush.  Floyd is a grown up man and has been working in a real grown up man's world for 50 years.  Ask yourself if Don Haskins would suffer a fool.  I am not saying that Kappy is a fool, but he has stepped into the ring.  He thinks that because he won a couple of fights in a Tough Man competition that he can step in the ring with a weakened old guy.  Shit...Who let the kid put on trunks and step into the ring to spare?  So, this was a put you in your place thing.  It was also, very specifically a spend some time in a gym and learn the sweet science and then when you are just giving opinions you will at least base them on some knowledge.  But, the reason the old man beat his ass for awhile instead of just knocking him the fuck out was because of the personal insult to the old man's integrity.  Again, ask yourself what would have happened if Kaplowitcz had insulted Don Haskins integrity.   Integrity?  Yes.  Tim Floyd has said that this is not just a job coaching a basketball team.  This is the team that he loves in the town that he loves basically taking over the business his "father" built up over decades.  So yeah, he was beating his ass like a rented mule.

I would bet 5 bucks that Steve learned the lesson of his professional life.  A few, actually.  I would bet another 5 bucks that once Steve's asshole stops hurting he will learn from the lesson and not be hard headed.  Well, maybe three or four bucks, anyway.  We will see.

As for the press conference news, I think CTF did clear the air about some of the questions many have had.

Some people these days don't understand that their are some people who believe that a handshake or a man's word are better than a contract.  There are some people who would damned near kill you for calling them a liar to their face.  I know, these days people talk a lot of shit.  Some people don't.  Anyone have any questions about what kind of man Tim Floyd is?  Not me.  I knew who Don Haskins was, too. 



Dawgma
May 10, 2016, 03:59:58 PM by Dawgma
Views: 627 | Comments: 8

Saw a video on periscope through Ritter where Floyd was discussing this year's recruits.  Kaplowitz asked a question and Floyd came back with why don't you tell me since you've been saying there is trouble with the team.  He said he was doing his listeners a disservice about what he says on his show and started reading off stats "since I have you here" about the number ofor transfers this year.  Didn't hear what ksppys response was...someone needs to post that video.  I'm at work....
April 29, 2016, 12:29:02 PM by USAFminersfan | Views: 289 | Comments: 0

Chanson
April 27, 2016, 11:04:51 AM by Chanson
Views: 1910 | Comments: 30

OK, this is obviously theoretical, but that is what this site is for. Plus, the other post I put up caught a ton of outside attention and I wanted to keep this among the loyal Den true members.

2014 could have been great, but we struggled with perimeter play.
2015 could have been great, but we struggled with post play.

The even mix is there know with what we have. Ced, Wash, & Hunter found a way to be good, but couldn't close. We lose them and we found ways to win with a star studded back court, but couldn't close. We only lost Morris and Moore, but gained a lot more with some interior players. Until I see actual proof that Omega is gone, then I am counting him as playing next year. That being said, we have experience coming back and I seriously like what I see.

Artis- This is our modern day Hardaway (you like that, huh). He had his struggles, but who doesn't with a new team.
Omega- Takes the place of Moore and we all know he can with his speed (preferably controlled).
McSwiggan- Not proven, but his experience and maturity equals that of Moore & Morris. We all have seen his footage against superior players on a global scale. He sat on the side of D1 ball for a year, like Winn.
Winn- Proven stud and we have him for another 3yrs
K.Jones- Sat on the side for a year & was THE reason for a state championship. This guy is coming as Ced after 2yrs.
Willms- Knows he needs to avoid injury and won't be as reckless on the court. This guy shut down Trzuski from AZ. He is good.

Flaggert- Can't drive, but can do everything else
Bhudda- Will have all offseason to work on footwork and post moves. He will be effective.
Thomas- Played like he didn't know the system or speed of the game. He does now and when he was on, he showed that he was good.
Touchet- Can fill the 1 through 3 positions and I loved how this kid was not afraid. Coaches love this kid
Barrett, Cameron, & Barnes will be limited, but Barrett plays like a water bug while Cameron is a Moore type of player, but needs the D1 experience to get better.
Silva- I'm hoping will Red Shirt, especially with the nice size we already have.

We have the right mix and can make up for the losses with a lot more options in the paint. If we can get back to the CTF standard defensive play like we saw in 2014, we win the CUSA tournament.
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