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John Groce Officially Hired

John Groce as the head coach at Akron   78 members have voted

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12 minutes ago, akronzips71 said:

 

And as always we are back to this. KD's teams were able to win the MAC and get to the Conference finals, but not do much of anything else.

 

Time for a change.

 

Everyone knows the things that we didn't accomplish.  But, our 3 MAC Tournament Titles is the most of any team in the league over his tenure.  We actually won almost as many Tournament titles as we won Regular Season titles.  

 

I'll be interested to see how excited you are to sing the "change" tune as we progress through this impending drop off in wins.  

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5 minutes ago, Blue & Gold said:


Couple things I take away from that article

 

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“Obviously we need to recruit right now,” Groce said. “... We had three official visits this past weekend. We have three this weekend. We have two the following weekend. We have two the middle of the week this week.
 

“We have a lot coming at us, but I do understand the most important thing is to make sure we have the right people in the locker room, the right people on our staff and the right people on our support staff. It’s about people. We’ll figure out the other stuff later.”



 

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Groce also hired Cole Pittis, a former Mount Union assistant who previously worked on Dambrot’s staff.

 

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55 minutes ago, mes102 said:


Couple things I take away from that article

 



 

 

Pittis is going to be the operations manager.

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17 hours ago, kreed5120 said:

In a 1 bid league the goal should always be to win the conference as that's your only chance to make the tourney. The Zips came up short, but it was no fault of Big Dog as him and Ivey were the only ones who performed. Antino and Kwan combining for 5 points on 2/12 shooting is what sunk the Zips vs Kent.

High IQ player? He had offensive numbers based off Dambrot. That is why POY. Huge loss? Nah.  Only if we are subtracting from overall team weight. 

 

You must have missed his D v. Kent in the championship game... Liability in transition and ball screen D. 

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9 hours ago, LZIp said:

Now maybe Blackburn will stop crying about the "Akron connection" and his boy Nick Dials.

FYI... 1. Dials is not my boy 2. I am for Akron guys being here, especially for the ones that got this program going. They deserve it and, quite frankly, they were the toughness that the Zips have not had since. And the best team the Zips have ever had. I have pulled for Joyce, Dials and Travis to be on staff... 

 

And how is Pittis an "Akron Boy"? It is a Ford boy if anything... 

 

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4 hours ago, Blackburn said:

they were the toughness that the Zips have not had since.

 

100% agree with you on that point.   I actually think we unfortunately ventured away from seeking those kinds of guys over the course of KD's tenure as we sought players with higher levels of athletic talent.  

 

I also would not put Pittis in the category of being an "Akron Boy" either, just because he was a low level assistant here for a short time.  At the same time, I also don't think that his light and brief connection should bother those on the other side looking for a "clean break from the old staff" either.  

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5 hours ago, Blackburn said:

High IQ player? He had offensive numbers based off Dambrot. That is why POY. Huge loss? Nah.  Only if we are subtracting from overall team weight. 

 

You must have missed his D v. Kent in the championship game... Liability in transition and ball screen D. 

 

Revisionist history. The dude made 62.5% of his shots despite consistently facing double teams this year, which placed him among the tops in the entire NCAA. It's not like Dambrot was out there shooting the basketball for him. A coach would be a moron not feeding the ball to a guy who makes 62.5% of his shots who also shown the ability to find open teammates by his ability to attract extra defenders.

 

I was at the MACT and saw him score nearly 40% of our points against Kent. We lost because Antino and Kwan combined for 5 points on 2/12 shooting. Big Dog and Ivey were really the only 2 players who showed up that game. Without Big Dog we would have lost by 20.

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Yeah.  Big Dog won't be missed. . .

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. . .only if you are subtracting him from overall team weight.

 

Such a classy take.

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6 hours ago, Blackburn said:

High IQ player? He had offensive numbers based off Dambrot. That is why POY. Huge loss? Nah.  Only if we are subtracting from overall team weight. 

 

You must have missed his D v. Kent in the championship game... Liability in transition and ball screen D. 

If it was based on offensive numbers, wouldn't Marcus Keene have been POY?

 

I realize there's a whole lot of butt hurt in Zipland, but let's transfer that hurt into enthusiasm for the new regime, not revisionist history.  Sure, it's painful that we're in a period of transition, but that doesn't need to result in the knee jerk reaction that everything under the prior regime was substandard.

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41 minutes ago, clarkwgriswold said:

Sure, it's painful that we're in a period of transition...

Not painful to me whatsoever. It's exciting. We have a chance to go from Lolla to Porter. It doesn't get any better.

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54 minutes ago, Captain Kangaroo said:

Not painful to me whatsoever. It's exciting. We have a chance to go from Lolla to Porter. It doesn't get any better.

 

:NCAAC:

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