Wednesday, September 11, 2013

Bobby Hurley lands a four star point guard at Buffalo

When Bobby Hurley took over the Buffalo coaching job many knew that the job was a project. Hurley would need time on the recruiting trail and to get some of his own players in the program.

Hurley has a building block for the future as Buffalo landed four star point guard Lamonte Bearden from Germantown (Wisconsin) High School. This could be a very important recruit for Hurley as he looks to establish the Bulls as contenders in the MAC in the future.

How did Bearden slip through the cracks? Yahoo's Jeff Eisenberg says academic concerns played a role in him landing at Buffalo instead of a high major school. San Francisco, Oregon State, and Saint Louis also were in the mix for Bearden's services. In the end Bearden said that Buffalo was the place for him and that Hurley can help him become a better point guard.

 ‘Even though I didn’t visit some of these other schools, I just knew that Buffalo was the best school for me. They use a lot of ball screens and I like a lot of ball screens,’ he added. ‘I think I fit their program real well.  ‘That was one of the reason I committed,’ Bearden said. ‘He was a good point guard. I think he can help me develop into a better point guard.’

Hurley has his point guard of the future now let's see him build around him.

"It Girl" of the week: Dana Hamm

The "It Girl" of the week is Dana Hamm.

Doug Williams fired as coach of Grambling State

After an 0-2 start and  following a 1-10 season in 2012, Grambling State has fired head football coach, the legendary Doug Williams.

The Tigers have went in a different direction and retained running backs coach George Ragsdale as the interim coach.

Williams received a call around 8 a.m. and was called into GSU President Frank Pogue’s office. Pogue handed a letter to Williams and told him the school was going in another direction. According to a news release, Grambling has bought out the remainder of his contract.

“There wasn’t a lot of conversation. I told him ‘OK’ and I was gone,” Williams said.

Sounds kind of anticlimactic doesn't it. Williams didn't put up a fight or badmouth his superiors on the way out of the door.

  “At this point it don’t really matter,” he said. “A decision has been made and it is what it is. Leash or no leash, we all gotta deal with what happened.”

“He’s the president and he has the power,” Williams added. “Whatever decision he makes, we have to live with it because that’s his decision.”

Pogue was grateful for Williams' time served and dedication to the school.

“We recognize Doug Williams’ many contributions to our football legacy and we express our deep appreciation for his service to Grambling State University and we wish him well in the future,” Pogue said.

Personally I think Williams probably deserved better but in the world of what have you done for me lately athletics someone had to go. Maybe there is more to the story and maybe it'll come out but don't expect to hear anything anytime soon.

Williams' son, D.J. is the starting quarterback and will remain at the school.