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Date Posted: 10:26:57 02/15/03 Sat
Author: Lou
Subject: Re: Loyola an attractive place for a coach?
In reply to: Eagle 's message, "Loyola an attractive place for a coach?" on 07:59:54 02/15/03 Sat

I agree with you 100% that Loyola has the resources and the location to be a competitive place. That is why what is going on is so frustrating. I think the administration wants a winner, but they have not contributed to us being a winner, if that makes sense.

Hicks seems to be a decent person, and might be a great coach. But unfortunately I think he was put in a bad situation. Remember that most college coaches end up fired, so the success rate isn't great to begin with. With that in mind, a smart hire is one who has ready-to-go advantages, such as knowledge of the conference or connections in the local recruiting scene.

Hicks was plucked out of Albany, NY, and told to make an impression in one of the most competitive recruiting areas in the country. He also had little to no D-I experience, so no real credibility with the kids he was trying to recruit. Simply put, he was an outsider running around a land full of insiders. In that regard, it is easy to see how he would fail in the recruiting wars.

Picking him despite that is the administration's fault, a decision that seemingly had as much to do with being friendly with Hicks as using poor basketball judgment. I believe Hicks shares some blame as well, since I keep hearing people like MacDog who know basketball well talk about how little organization there is to the team. (I am in Georgia, and don't get many Loyola games on tv down here.)

So back to my original statement, that most coaches fail, add to the fact that Hicks entered at a disadvantage, and unfortunately it is easy to see how things have gotten so far off course. I know hindsight is 20-20, but it seems someone should have realized this before he was hired.

Eagle I too miss the days where we were competitive in the conference. The MAAC this year is interesting, because most every team is capable of beating everyone else (even Manhattan), with one notable exception. I am sick of Loyola being the exception.

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