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RichlandsAlum last won the day on June 28 2018

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  1. Picking up on observations about the college recruiting game (at least as it pertains to soccer). Three kids from Liberty are planning to play at the Division III level next year. One of those is actually going to run track, but also plans to explore the possibility of walking on the soccer team at his school. (And a fourth kid is actually going to play football at a Division II school.) The most intriguing case to me is the kid who -- by every possible estimation -- is the most talented member of the team (and probably one of the most talented overall in the history of the program). He has played travel ball at the highest possible level for several years, participated in the Olympic Development Program, and pretty much done everything possible to put himself out there for consideration. I don't think Division III was what he had in mind -- although I have little doubt that he will play brilliantly at that level. But he just doesn't stand out in terms of his physical profile. I'm sure that the fact that we are finishing the season with a losing record and far short of qualifying for the regional playoffs probably isn't helping him much, either. (Then again, that last point obviously didn't impact the ability of the other two seniors to move on to the next level.)
  2. Musselman was announced at Arkansas yesterday.
  3. The only names that appear to have been on the "list" that we'll ever know about are Young, Ryan Odom, and Kevin Willard. But I think it's reasonable to believe that Forbes was at least on the radar. He is doing a great job at ETSU and probably gets some looks from ADs at "higher level" schools. My opinion is that the combination of relatively short tenure as a Division I head coach and his age probably work against him. Seems like a fantastic fit for the job he currently holds. (Of course that last statement applies just as much to Young at Wofford -- but he had some other intangible qualities that moved the needle, comparatively speaking.)
  4. I think it's both a good hire and a wise one. Tech is likely staring down the barrel at a drop off next year. Would have been true even if Buzz had reversed course and decided to stay (never a realistic option -- but one that Whit Babcock was forced to view as such). That dynamic probably chased away several bigger names, who are past the point at which they want to tolerate a losing year on their resume. After doing a reality check and identifying the pool of options who would be willing, it appears that Babcock zeroed in on his top choice there and landed him. No guarantee of success on the court (there never is, of course). But that's a pretty shrewd way to do business. And if Young can get the Hokies back in the big dance within 3-4 seasons, this might be the hoops equivalent of a Beamer-esque hire (given Young's SW VA roots). Completely open to what would have been a better realistic option, but hard to imagine one.
  5. I currently live about an hour and 15 minutes away from Farmville (where Longwood is located). In Virginia terms, it's simultaneously centrally located but also in the middle of nowhere. From an athletic standpoint, it is in a very tough spot. Only 15 years removed from Division II and didn't secure membership in a conference (the Big South) until 2012. The softball program is the only team that has made much of that opportunity. The baseball team has been historically competitive (and done well at the Division III and II levels). But to date their basketball program hasn't made it past the semifinals in the Big South tournament. Exposure of any kind is good for them, but there isn't a lot of cachet associated with the CBI, playing on ESPN Plus, and/or competing against a directional Mississippi. If anything, Southern Miss probably has a lot of the same challenges as Longwood and represents the relative height of the ceiling that Longwood could expect to achieve. Very good programs in teacher education (which was the purpose behind its founding). In fact, if you want to be a public school teacher in Virginia, Longwood is a very solid choice. The university overall can probably be categorized as up and coming. Serving as host site for the 2016 vice presidential debate probably did more overall for promoting a positive brand than anything else.
  6. #$@&!!!!! I liked things a lot more a few weeks ago when they were boring. I think we will look back to yesterday as the exact point when Reds surrendered the title to City.
  7. Fellow Nats fan/sufferer here. Overall I think Washington is better off without him -- but Philadelphia is the one landing spot where he has the greatest potential to do harm to our team. Seems like Harper has always hit the ball well in Citizens Bank Park. My kids gathered up all the Harper-specific stuff they have for the garbage. But I'm hanging on to it for a couple of days. Thinking about mailing it in a package to him with a few bucks from the boys' allowance -- since he seems to be so hard up for cash and all.
  8. Will be curious to see how the Maroon Tide fare against Martinsville (both on March 12th and the 21st). Liberty scrimmaged the Bulldogs pretty even last night at their place (1-2 aggregate score over three 30 minute periods). Very physical team that -- predictably -- plays in the style of their local travel club (PYSL).
  9. That Sixers group was definitely fun to watch -- especially if you were a Sixers fan (which I was at the time). I didn't personally witness the '92 Richlands state championship game. I was away at college then and had to stay and take the Graduate Record Examination on the exact date that the Blues captured the title. And yes, the amount of information that folks have to contribute and are willing to share here is pretty unique.
  10. Kinda relevant, but I would offer up the 1982-83 Philadelphia 76ers as the all-time best combination of talent on one team. That starting lineup -- Dr. J, Moses Malone, Mo Cheeks, Andrew Toney, and Bobby Jones -- only lost 18 games all season (including the playoffs).
  11. This isn't in response to anyone or any other post (I'm a big "to each his own" kind of guy) but the pace of the game is one of the things that appeals to me most about soccer. At the professional level, it's great to see highly skilled players plying their trade for at least 45 minutes straight without commercial interruption. The simultaneous competitions (including international play) also enhance my appreciation of the sport. Haven't seen USMNT live yet, but live matches at the upper levels of soccer that I have attended have been a blast.
  12. Outstanding coach who earned widespread respect, including that of this Hokie fan. May he rest in peace.
  13. This past summer I was very confident that Pulisic would be coming to Anfield. Although I'll admit to being disappointed -- particularly knowing that the Reds will have to see him twice a year in Chelsea blues -- Shaqiri has proven to be a great (and economical) addition to the lineup and we may have the opportunity to duplicate that somewhat with Fekir. Timing of the announcement coupled with loss to City also makes for a bad couple of days. Still cautiously optimistic that this is our year, but I do think the EPL race will ultimately be tight down the stretch. If Liverpool stumbles against the bottom of the table (as the Reds have been prone to do) the next few weeks, that would certainly make things a lot more interesting overall. That said, I agree completely that this is a great thing overall for American soccer and I'm glad to see Pulisic receive this kind of personal recognition and reward.
  14. Go Cougars! We lived in the Vance attendance zone the last few years that we lived in Charlotte. And although we didn't have a direct connection, we were counselors for our youth group at church and a lot of our kids there were part of the first classes at the school. Attended many games in the earliest days of the program, so it's nice to see them do well.
  15. Great going, G-Men! You've done Tazewell County and the whole of God's Country proud.
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