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The Mine / Re: EPTAKE5's SHORT TAKES 8-1-14
« Last post by NMSU sucks on August 01, 2014, 11:18:27 PM »
I'm surprised Barbee didn't land a head coaching job.  Floyd was a hell of a coach back in the day but Barbee is a much better coach than Floyd is right now. This year there are no excuses for not winning Cusa and making the NCAA tourney. If Floyd can't get it done at least Barbee is available. Cusa was much tougher when Barbee was here and he got us to the tourney.
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The Mine / Dog days
« Last post by NineteenRabbit on August 01, 2014, 10:14:52 PM »
I've been watching interviews with coaches and players here and there around the league--media days and etc. As one might expect they all say pretty much the same shit: leadership, discipline on and off the field, working hard, staying healthy, learning from mistakes, getting better and yadda yadda yadda and di di ti di--dog days blather; you know, someone's in the kitchen with Dinah, playing on the old banjo.

Kug was the only coach who talked specifically about recruiting for the future and looking down the long road. Speed, size and mean eyes in the trenches on both sides of the ball were what he said he'd be looking for first every year--discipline and dedication as well as raw talent. He also talked about how he was encouraged by how well and how quickly his defense had bought into the 4-2-5 and that he expected the guys to executed it far better this year than last. He mentioned conditioning as the best way to avoid serious injury and that light injury just had to be played through for success on the field to be possible; there again dedication and focus played huge rolls.

Showers talked about how frustrating his own injury had been--how difficult it was to overcome and how eager he was to resume his leadership roll at qb now that he was healthy again. He said he believed the Miners would be throwing the ball quite a bit more this year, and he was excited about that.

Today is the first of August, so we have thirty more dog days before they tee it up in Albuqurque. If I were a rich man I'd fly my jet up there for that one.

Fire in the hole!

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The Mine / Re: EPTAKE5's SHORT TAKES 8-2-14
« Last post by EPTAKE5 on August 01, 2014, 09:53:40 PM »
2.Observations: Kentucky has no shortage of talent on its frontline

By Jon Rothstein | CBS Sports
August 1, 2014 10:25 am ET

D'Angelo Russell will play some point guard as well as 2-guard for Ohio State.

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1. Karl Towns may be Kentucky's best NBA prospect.

But that doesn't mean he's going to immediately play major minutes for the Wildcats. Towns, a 7-foot freshman, has all the tools to be a terrific player and brings a different dynamic than some of the other big men John Calipari has had since he has been coach at Kentucky because of his ability to shoot the ball and extend the defense.

Towns has a "Channing Frye" type feel to his game and his presence will add spacing and isolate whoever is playing the other front-court spot in the low post. Nevertheless, Towns' biggest hurdle next season may simply be just getting on the floor. The Wildcats return four players up front -- Willie Cauley-Stein, Dakari Johnson, Marcus Lee and Alex Poythress -- who were a part of last March's run to the national title game and add arguably the top freshman power forward in the 2014 class in Trey Lyles.

Neither Lyles nor Cauley-Stein will play during this team's upcoming trip to the Bahamas due to injuries and that could open the door for Towns to get his feet under him early. Armed with a lethal pick-and-pop game as well as the ability to dive and finish at the rim, the New Jersey native has all the tools needed to be a dynamite player for a long time. It will be interesting to see how Calipari manages his front court with six players in the mix for three positions.

Look for Lyles and Poythress likely to see time on the wing at small forward early in the season in an effort to get everyone their fair share of minutes.

2. D'Angelo Russell will play both back-court spots for Ohio State next season.

Anyone who has watched Russell play knew he was going to immediately provide the Buckeyes with some much-needed offense, but the other thing he's going to bring to Columbus is the ability to play some point guard. Calm, poised, and mature beyond his years, the 6-4 lefty is also capable of facilitating and running an offense in addition to being a double-figure offensive threat on a nightly basis. An excellent passer that can see over most defenses, look for Russell to be Ohio State's primary ball-handler when Shannon Scott isn't on the floor.

3. Xavier's Jalen Reynolds is primed for a breakout year.

The 6-9 power forward has gained at least 10 pounds since the end of last season and is now over 230. Built like an Adonis, Reynolds showed flashes of his capabilities a year ago as a freshman but looks ready to take a major step forward as a sophomore.

A 17-point, 16-rebound outing against St. John's put Reynolds on the national radar but that was his only double-double during all of last season. Now a year older and more physically ready to dominate, Reynolds and Matt Stainbrook should give the Musketeers arguably the best power forward/center combination in the Big East. If you're putting together a list of breakout players for next season, Reynolds better be on it.

4. Lack of size will be an issue early on for Marquette.

Newly minted Golden Eagles coach Steve Wojciechowski has his work cut out for him in November and December. Marquette has one player on that stands over 6-7 -- Indiana transfer Luke Fischer, and he won't be eligible until Dec. 16 when the Golden Eagles host Arizona State.

What does that mean for the Golden Eagles until then? Power forward Steve Taylor (6-7) will likely be the starter in the pivot with veteran Juan Anderson (6-6) and sophomore Deonte Burton (6-4) occupying the other minutes at power forward. Marquette will host Wisconsin, visit Ohio State, and play in the Old Spice Classic in Orlando before Fischer is eligible in December.

5. Chad Frazier's departure from UAB hurts Conference USA.

The Blazers had a chance to be a factor nationally in November and December with games against North Carolina and LSU in addition to a trip to the Battle 4 Atlantis in the Bahamas and that will be harder to accomplish without a lead guard like Frazier.

The 6-4 guard was granted his release this past week after a recent domestic violence issue and his departure drastically alters the outlook for the Blazers. A high-major talent, Frazier averaged 17.7 points, 4.3 rebounds and 3.3 assists last season while making 61 three-point shots and shooting 33.9 percent from long distance.

Without Frazier, coach Jerod Haase will look at Virginia Tech transfer Robert Brown, sophomore Denzel Watts, and freshman Nick Norton as possibilities to be UAB's starting point guard next season.
This and that

Villanova's Kris Jenkins is now down to under 12 percent body fat, according to Wildcats associate head coach Baker Dunleavy. The 6-6 forward had 20 percent body fat when he arrived on campus a year ago and averaged 4.1 points and 1.8 rebounds in 11.7 minutes as a freshman. Villanova needs mileage out of Jenkins next year as a stretch power forward off the bench to give them the necessary spacing they need to execute offensively.

Memphis coach Josh Pastner said three different players -- Markel Crawford, Rashawn "Pookie" Powell and Dominic Magee -- are getting reps at point guard as the Tigers get ready for a trip to Montreal. Crawford and Powell redshirted last season; the 6-3 Magee is a true freshman. The Tigers have arguably the top power forward/center combo in the American with Austin Nichols and Shaq Goodwin but don't have a floor general who has played a minute of collegiate experience.

Williams (Division III) transfer Duncan Robinson will visit Davidson this weekend and Michigan on Monday. The 6-8 forward averaged 17.1 points and 6.1 rebounds last season at Williams.

Louisiana Tech will have plenty of chances to make a splash during the nonconference portion of its schedule. The Bulldogs will visit Temple and NC State in November and also play Syracuse in the Carrier Dome in December. Coach Mike White's squad is the consensus favorite in Conference USA and returns one of the nation's most underrated back courts with Alex Hamilton (14.5 points in 2013-14), Raheem Appleby (11.2 points) and Kenneth "Speedy" Smith (7.7 assists).


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The Mine / EPTAKE5's SHORT TAKES 8-2-14
« Last post by EPTAKE5 on August 01, 2014, 09:40:03 PM »
1.        UTEP Football Opponent Preview: Old Dominion Monarchs

By asalom @anthonysalom on Aug 1 2014, 11:00a +
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UTEP will square off against new C-USA foe Old Dominion in their home league opener October 11th in the Sun Bowl
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Sean Kugler's UTEP Miners will welcome former FCS power Old Dominion into the Sun Bowl in early October, and will look to get their home league slate off on the right track.

ODU enters their first full year as a member of the FBS, coming off an 8-4 campaign that saw them fall to ECU (52-38), Maryland (47-10), Pittsburgh (35-24), and North Carolina (80-20), while knocking off Idaho (59-38) in five games against FBS opponents.

The truth of the matter is that while this is a program that has seen nothing but success since its (re)inception in 2009 (haven't won less than 8 games in a season), there's no telling how they will transition into playing at the FBS level.

Offensively, the Monarchs will return star quarterback Taylor Heinicke, who passed for more than 4,000 yards and 33 touchdowns, while completing better than 70% of his passes, and throwing just 8 interceptions in 2013.

Heinicke has done nothing but improve, and impress, throughout his college career. Now, as a senior, he'll look to lead Old Dominion to their first ever bowl game.

As a team, the Monarchs threw the ball about 45 times a game in 2013, which would have ranked them 7th in the nation. We should expect more of the same as they enter Conference USA.

For Heinicke, he'll have several top targets back on the outside, but gone is senior Larry Pinkard (68 catches, 1020 yards) who was dismissed from the team a couple weeks ago. Stepping in to fill the void will likely be senior Antonio Vaughn (60 receptions, 843 yards) as well as a pair of other wideouts who totalled better than 500 yards a year ago.

The Monarchs will have to look for a replacement in the backfield with the departure of running back Colby Goodwyn. And despite the team being such a high paced, air it out offense, the running game (159 ypg) still plays a big role.

Senior Cam Boyd, who rushed for 450 yards on 76 carries last year, as well as sophomore Gerard Johnson, will look to take over the lead roles in the Monarch backfield.

Now, who will be opening the holes for those two is a completely different question. Gone are left tackle Jack Loney, left guard David Born, and right tackle D.J. Morrell. The two returners, center Josh Mann and right guard Connor Mewbourne have a combined 33 starts, but no one beyond those two has more than 6 career starts.

Couple that with that fact that only four total linemen have any career starts at all, and you could have an area of concern. This is a team that thrives on the play of its quarterback, and is able to open up the run with the pass, but a lack of experience up front could throw a wrench in the system as the program steps up to a bigger stage.

Old Dominion, defensively, will return 10 of 12 starters, but that might not necessarily be a good thing. That unit gave up a total of 408 points in 2013, good for an average of 34 points a game, and that average ballooned to over 50 points a game against FBS opponents.

Up front, the Monarchs will return sophomore end Terrell Reid and senior tackle Preston Smith, along with every other started from a year ago. Reid and Smith should lead the way though, and combined for nearly 50 tackles, better than 10 for loss, and 5 sacks in 2013.

In the middle, ODU will return senior Andre Simmons and sophomore Richie Staton, who combined for nearly 120 tackles, but there's no guarantee they'll assume their starting roles in 2014. A trio of JUCO transfers battled it out during the spring for all three spots in the middle, and could find themselves in the mix for starting roles.

As far as the secondary goes, junior Fellonte Misher returns as the leader of the group, totaling a team leading 74.5 tackles to go along with a pair of interceptions and fumble recoveries.

He should assume the starting role at strong safety with guys like senior Reggie Owens and sophomore Sandy Chapman filling the corner slots, and sophomore Rob Thompson filling the free safety role.

Special teams remains a huge question for the Monarchs heading into 2014. Graduated are punter Jake Walsh, placekicker Jarrod Brown, and the team's top three returners.

An interesting note though, Heinicke happened to punt 13 times in 2013, for an average of 41 yards a kick. While we probably shouldn't assume he'll become a full time punter, it is something to keep an eye in certain situations.

All in all, the Monarchs are a team that are primed to make a smooth transition into the FBS level of play. That is, if their defense can find a way to become more consistent.

The offense, led by Heinicke, is one that has shown they can put up points against just about anybody, but that defense has also shown it will give up points to just about anybody.

Still though, the Miner defense will have to be primed and ready to take on a record holding QB, and a high powered offense that could easily cause them trouble. If this one becomes a shootout, I'm just not sure we'll be able to put up 40-50.
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The Mine / Re: EPTAKE5's SHORT TAKES 8-1-14
« Last post by Minermojo on August 01, 2014, 04:39:47 PM »
I just hope his new digs doesn't stipulate a PR type of job because he doesn't have a stitch of humility or desire to befriend people.
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The Mine / Re: Football goddammit!
« Last post by kyyote on August 01, 2014, 03:43:06 PM »
He won it not too long back.
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The Mine / Re: EPTAKE5's SHORT TAKES 8-1-14
« Last post by chanson on August 01, 2014, 03:18:46 PM »
4.                                           TONY BARBEE

  Retweeted by Aaron Rich
Kyle Tucker @KyleTucker_CJ    13h

Can confirm UK expected to soon announce the hiring of former Auburn head coach Tony Barbee to a non-coaching, administrative role.

   AND THEN IT HAPPENED !


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Former UTEP head coach Tony Barbee has reunited with his mentor John Calipari at Kentucky

Today it was announced that former UTEP head coach Tony Barbee has joined the Kentucky men's basketball coaching staff as a 'special assistant' to the head coach.

The article released by the university states that he will "take on an administrative role" within the staff, and is taking over the spot formerly held by Rod Strickland, who left to take an assistant role at South Florida.

Barbee, of course, was the head coach of the Miners from 2006-2010, taking the Miners from 14-17 in his first year, to 26-7 in his final year, with a first round loss to national runner-up Butler in the 2010 NCAA tournament.

Following that memorable season, Barbee bolted for greener pastures in the SEC at Auburn, but compiled just a 49-75 record while there, failing to break the .500 mark in any season. He was fired from Auburn this past March.

Tony Barbee was recruited by Coach Cal while at UMASS, and played under him there, as well as served as an assistant to him at UMASS and at Memphis prior to coming UTEP.

Make sure to stay tuned to MinerRush for coverage of all things UTEP sports. Also, make sure to on Twitter and as always don't forget to like our Facebook Page. Picks Up, and Go Miners!
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Damn. The guy can barely keep his head above water with and admin position. I hope he is still there when we play them in 2016. I will be at that game in Maryland.

Go Miners
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The Mine / Re: EPTAKE5's SHORT TAKES 8-1-14
« Last post by EPTAKE5 on August 01, 2014, 10:36:41 AM »
5.                                  Keith Olbermann

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Don't forget Bark In The Park for @EPChihuhuas Sunday. These uniforms auctioned to benefit El Paso Humane Society              http://moby.to/y29kci
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The Mine / Re: EPTAKE5's SHORT TAKES 8-1-14
« Last post by EPTAKE5 on August 01, 2014, 10:34:41 AM »
4.                                           TONY BARBEE

  Retweeted by Aaron Rich
Kyle Tucker @KyleTucker_CJ    13h

Can confirm UK expected to soon announce the hiring of former Auburn head coach Tony Barbee to a non-coaching, administrative role.

   AND THEN IT HAPPENED !



USA TODAY Sports

Former UTEP head coach Tony Barbee has reunited with his mentor John Calipari at Kentucky

Today it was announced that former UTEP head coach Tony Barbee has joined the Kentucky men's basketball coaching staff as a 'special assistant' to the head coach.

The article released by the university states that he will "take on an administrative role" within the staff, and is taking over the spot formerly held by Rod Strickland, who left to take an assistant role at South Florida.

Barbee, of course, was the head coach of the Miners from 2006-2010, taking the Miners from 14-17 in his first year, to 26-7 in his final year, with a first round loss to national runner-up Butler in the 2010 NCAA tournament.

Following that memorable season, Barbee bolted for greener pastures in the SEC at Auburn, but compiled just a 49-75 record while there, failing to break the .500 mark in any season. He was fired from Auburn this past March.

Tony Barbee was recruited by Coach Cal while at UMASS, and played under him there, as well as served as an assistant to him at UMASS and at Memphis prior to coming UTEP.

Make sure to stay tuned to MinerRush for coverage of all things UTEP sports. Also, make sure to on Twitter and as always don't forget to like our Facebook Page. Picks Up, and Go Miners!
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The Mine / Re: Greg Foster
« Last post by Haskins Fan on August 01, 2014, 08:15:58 AM »
Congrats to Coach Foster.
Foster is coming up very fast. He is a smart coach and knows the game.
I think that he will be an NBA coach in 5 or 6 years.
I would like to see him replace Coach Floyd when he retires. The only
obstacle that I can see is the $$$. The sixers couldn't match what the Bucs
are paying, so he will be a high commodity.

Go Miners.
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