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The Mine / Re: Bob on HC Search For Women's BB
« Last post by zyxwvutsru on Today at 11:37:16 AM »
*bump*

Our starting PG, Lulu McKinney, graduated in three years, and is leaving the program as a graduate transfer.  This one hurts.  She was quoted at the press conference announcing the new coaches hire. Said she and the returners were looking forward to playing for him. Now she is gone. Wants to be closer to home.

Who is next?

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I personally have pretty high expectations for our program.  It wasn't all that many years ago we were considered one of the top mid-major programs in the country.  I am OK with that.  We aren't a Kansas or a NC, where we just pick which kids we want.  I don't want to make the sacrifices in integrity to become a UNLV or Memphis.  So I understand there is a ceiling and I'm OK with that.

My expectations are higher than being a top-half team in a really crappy conference.  If we were consistently a top 3 team in a crappy conference I would probably be OK with that.  You can't win it every year, and the conference is what it is.

I also recognize the NCAA has continued to screw everyone not in a power conference.  They will basically take every team with a winning record from those conferences, and only one from all the others.  it's not fair and it hurts everyone else.  But that also is what it is.

At the end of the day, you have to just be consistently awesome where you are.  And we have not been achieving that.

We do have a reasonable chance to be one of the top couple teams in conference this year.  And maybe we can build on that.
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Well...

Maybe the conference and the coaches need to get together and build up CUSA. Memphis leaving put us in the shitter, but AAC has dipped lower and lower every year and Memphis is not helping.
CUSA has fantastic coaches and they really need to take some pride and step it up. The top 5 in the conference should push it like AAC is doing. I mean by booking and winning against some big schools as well as staying on a consistent winning drive against opposing teams in the conference.

I can't be all Debbie Downer year after year like some of you. I am a little more positive than most. I totally understand that let downs year after year have a toll and not having big expectations help to ease the disappointment. You all are still Miner fans and while I will respect it, I can't go too far down that path.

Go Miners
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Last years basketball team was the 2nd worst team I have seen at UTEP in30 years and they still finished in the top 4 in the conference.  There are so many awful teams/programs in this conference it is amazing.  As soon as they get half way decent their coach leaves (UAB, Rice, La Tech) and they have to start over again.  CUSA will never get more than one team in because of the bottom 6 teams in the conference.  You can put as much lipstick on this pig as you guys want be this conference is still a pig and it boarders on pig shit.

And what's worse is we're not even the second best program in this conference. We play a very big part in how bad this conference really is. I would have thought we'd dominate this conference most years since the realignment,  but that has been anything but the case...
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Last years basketball team was the 2nd worst team I have seen at UTEP in30 years and they still finished in the top 4 in the conference.  There are so many awful teams/programs in this conference it is amazing.  As soon as they get half way decent their coach leaves (UAB, Rice, La Tech) and they have to start over again.  CUSA will never get more than one team in because of the bottom 6 teams in the conference.  You can put as much lipstick on this pig as you guys want be this conference is still a pig and it boarders on pig shit.
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UTEP will have a chance to win because CUSA is an awful conference.


It can't be "that" bad if the cusa representative has beaten it's foe in the Ncaa tourney for two years. I agree that from around the 7th place team down it's not that good. jmho
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UTEP will have a chance to win because CUSA is an awful conference.
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It's always a big IF with Floyd as coach but IF the players coming back and coming in are all really a part of the team that actually plays this season then yes, the team should be in the mix for a conference title. The pre-season trip to Costa Rica in August will be a big help in getting the players used to each other and hopefully they will start to jell. The early season tourney in Puerto Rico in November should further that along. This team should have a decent pre-conference record, especially compared to last year.

Frisco will be an interesting experience. Hope it turns out to be UTEP east during the tournament.
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I believe they have a legit shot in winning it. I'm not saying we will, but we have a good shot. CTF and the team learned their lesson last year and will not have a horrible start. That was just too embarrassing to repeat. Middle Tennessee lost their top guys as well as UAB. The big contender would be Western Kentucky while Rice or Marshall will be the sleepers. I think the top 5 will be Old Dominion, Middle, Western, UAB, & UTEP.

The home game against Western Kentucky will be huge, luckily it's here at home. Hopefully the Miners pick up a win in that one just like the big win this past season against Middle Tennessee.
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>>CTF and the team learned their lesson last year and will not have a horrible start.

I have every confidence that the team learned their lesson, but has Floyd?  You can't coach the team you wish you had, you have to coach the team you have.  Mid-season he accepted that, but will that continue?  If it does, he can be successful here.  I think he got lazy in the area of coaching and a lot of the players that left were because of him trying to make a square peg fit in a round hole.

The word on Haskins was that he could beat you with his players and then turn around and beat you with yours.  I used to believe Floyd was like that, and I think he once was.  But it takes a sort of humility to recognize that as a coach you need to adapt each year.

If Floyd can show that he really has learned that lesson, then I'll get back off the Fire Floyd wagon.
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