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Recon: Miami

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daytoninventionsGone are the days of medieval torture, where men would brutalize each other using various implements of punishment. Heretics would oftentimes be hung, drawn and quartered. Blasphemers were admonished by being burned at the stake (there were many tortures methods involving the feet, which in retrospect seems bizarrely sexual somehow).

Eventually the Church, having grown bored of selling indulgences and various other grifts, took notice and condemned torture practices. And it was good.

The University of Dayton, having grown bored of imposing astronomical tuition and various other grifts, took notice of UD’s tortious tilts with Miami University and condemned the matchup for the 2013-14 season. And it was good.

Now it’s back and I’m not sure who to blame. Sodomites? Tim Wabler? Am I being redundant? Most Flyer fans hoped that the Miami series was done with, purged from our lives forever. It was not to be. It is back, full of scorn and vengeance. 

The one saving grace? Like most embarrassing moments, the Miami/UD game will not be televised. But details will emerge and a victor shall be named. Only a royal decree can save us now.

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negroes_with_guns-01Everyone’s favorites octoroon Charlie Coles is dead and buried, replaced by John Cooper — formerly the head coach of Tennessee State. Cooper, as you may know, is a black dude like Mr. Coles. Coincidence? Maybe.

My skepticism is always heightened when a school replaces a black coach with another black coach (and I do concede this says as much about me as it does the “system”), as it seems to suggest that the school was specifically targeting black candidates. 

I haven’t done the math, nor plan to, but I suspect black coaches are more commonly hired as successors of black coaches than white ones. Schools that break the racial seal seem more likely to go black-to-black with their coaching hires.

Some of these black hires are obviously initiated as symbolic indicators of the school’s progressiveness and cultivated thinking. For instance, it is not happenstance that the Ivy League currently features three black coaches in their eight-member conference. It goes without saying that programs in the Ivy League aren’t as concerned with winning as schools in the Big Ten or Big 12 are — whether that somehow relates to a black coach’s ability to get a coaching opportunity may or may not be related — and perhaps sending a message of inclusion is as important as actual success on the court. 

One thing I do know, no school with a big time football/basketball program seems willing to go black-to-black when their coaching vacancies are concerned. There was no way Kentucky was going with another black coach after Tubby Smith, just as there was no doubt Notre Dame would go Caucasian after shit-canning Tyrone Willingham. It seems college sports programs with heightened profiles tend to revert to the status quo after taking a chance on a black coach (which made the hiring of Wayne Tinkle shocking to me at Oregon State. The Beavers basketball program is typically the type of situation that lends itself to going black-to-black. I would have bet good money that OSU would have replaced Craig Robinson with another black coach, but the rarest of rare occurred, I was wrong).   

Do not get me wrong, I am not saying John Cooper was offered the job at Miami simply because he and his predecessor were black (you can peruse Cooper’s record at Tennessee State and make that declaration for yourself). What is not up for debate is that the success and support Coles’ enjoyed at Miami made Cooper’s candidacy at the school much more viable. 

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Miami is 2-4 so far this season, with a harrowing two-point loss to Elon being the RedHawks latest setback. Cooper’s team returns three starters from last year’s club that went 13-18 and finished fourth in the MAC’s East Division. The 8-10 MAC performance was actually an improvement on two straight seasons where the Hawks finished in the division’s cellar. 

For various reasons, the RedHawks played almost half the season with just seven scholarship players on their roster. Miami’s response to their limited lineup was to scour the JUCO ranks (typical state-school bullshit, right, Donoher?), the Hawks brought in three junior-college players, and restock with freshmen. Depth won’t be an issue for Cooper this season, inexperience and chemistry will. The head man in Oxford labeled this season’s non-conference slate as an “opportunity for rediscovery,” which in coach-speak means “expect a lot of losses, bad ones.”

One thing that hasn’t changed is Miam’s style of play. The same frustrating offense pace and defensive treachery will be on display later tonight as the Flyers take the court in Millett Hall.  The RedHawks are lucky if they crack sixty points and will be fortunate not to get out-rebounded by at least ten boards. Three-point shooting seems to be the one area where the Hawks have shown some competence, connecting on 37% of their attempts from behind the arc this season.


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Will Sullivan • G (6’3″/190) • Sr.
11 ppg, 3.0 rpg, 55% 3fg

One of those guys that seems like he’s been playing forever. A very good shooter with space.

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Geovonie McKnight • G (6’3″/182) • Jr.
10.2 ppg, 2.8 rpg

A pure slasher, ath-a-let-tick.

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Willie Moore • G (6’3″/198) • Jr.
4.2 ppg, 3.8 rpg

Transfer from Oregon was immediately eligible last season. Was suspended the first nine games last year for “improperly” selling some of his Oregon gear.
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Eric Washington • G (5’10″/178) • Jr.
10.0 ppg, 5.3 apg, 3.2 rpg

Transfer from Presbyterian, has been a shining light in a sea of darkness so far this season.

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Chris Bryant • F (6’8″/200) • Jr. 
6.5 ppg, 4.8 rpg

I hate dudes that wear tights, looks silly as hell.

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LJ Livingston • C (6’10″/190) • Jr.
5.2 ppg, 2.8 rpg


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Kalif Wright • F (6’7″/237) • Jr.
4.0 ppg, 1.7 rpg

Wide-bodied JUCO with some range.

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Zach McCormick • G (6’2″/160) • Fr.
4.0 ppg, 1.7 rpg 

You see him, you know what he’s about.

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I’m not giving Miami much of a chance against the Gem City Cagers, but I will say that Millett Hall has routinely produced some of the worst shooting displays in Flyer history. Even so, Dayton is clearly the more talented team and should have little trouble holding off the home side. Flyers win, 69-55. 

To close, an oldie, but a goodie:



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