|Posted by Dash on February 3, 2015 at 4:40 PM||comments (0)|
Just a reminder that tonight's game is at 8 pm and is being broadcast by the American Sports Network (ASN). WMYV (Triad TWC channel 1245) is the normal carrier of local ASN games. However, tonight they will be showing NC State at Wake Forest at 8 pm. If you have an over-the-air signal, you can watch the game on channel 48.2. Otherwise the game will be carried streaming here.
|Posted by Dash on January 29, 2015 at 10:50 AM||comments (0)|
At the end of the UNCG-Chattanooga contest on Saturday night, Spartan head coach Wes Miller went on a tirade at second year UTC coach Will Wade. If you haven't seen the exchange, it's in the final 3 minutes of the ESPN3 video replay feed. You can clearly see Miller pointing at Wade and then towards his bench while saying something in a very heated manner. You can then clearly see Wade mouth the words, "What is your problem?" The video then continues on with Miller storming through the handshake line and down the tunnel. Coach Wade looks a bit rattled and the TV crew comments on what it could have been about.
Chattanooga Time-Free press writer Mark Wiedmer wrote a story on Sunday that included this little blurb ...
That game over, losing coach Wes Miller chose to get in UTC coach Will Wade's face for a comment Miller thought he overheard a UTC assistant make to an alumni group before the game. Every coach should stand up for his team, but when you're 6-15, as the Spartans are, you might want to focus your energy on winning games instead of ripping opposing coaches.
This is the second very public outburst from Miller in the last three weeks. Early in the second half of UNCG's victory over VMI on January 14th, Coach Miller again got in the face of another coach. This time it was UNCG associate head coach Mike Roberts. The exchange took place at the the under 16 media timeout in the second half and can be seen clearly on the SDN replay (around 1:31 mark of the video). It seems to continue on into the next segment of game action. As a spectator in attendence that night, I can tell you it made all of the Spartan fans near me cringe.
I can't begin to speculate what either of these exchanges were about. However, I can say that for a team that is currently looking at another sub-10 win season, it doesn't look good for the head coach to be erupting at people in public. We've all seen the recent stories about Doug Wojik (Charleston) and Mike Rice (Rutgers). I'm not saying that coach Miller has done anything remotely close to what those two coaches did to their teams. I'm simply saying that this is out there in the sports public's consciousness. I'm also pointing out that it should be in the front of the minds of coaches and athletics administrators of a university that's in the process of selecting a new chancellor. With factions inside UNCG that believe the school devotes too many resources already to athletics, I would really hate to see individuals giving those people ammunition. This is a very important time for UNCG athletics, and I think it's a much better idea to handle some of these issues in private.
|Posted by Dash on January 25, 2015 at 10:10 AM||comments (0)|
In an update to Thursday's post, Ben Dickinson has taken an indefinite leave of absence from the men's basketball team for personal reasons. This is according to UNCG and was also reported during the radio broadcast onThursday night. No word on the Verbal Commits post that he is transferring.
|Posted by Dash on January 22, 2015 at 3:00 PM||comments (0)|
According to Verbal Commits and several unconfirmed rumors, junior forward Ben Dickinson has informed the UNCG coaching staff that he plans to transfer out of the program. This is still just a rumor as there has been no official word from UNCG. I will update as I get more information.
Dickinson (6'9" F/Alexandria, VA) is in his first season with the program after spending the last 2 season at Loyola Marymount. He has played in all 19 games and is currently averaging 2.3 points and 2.3 rebounds per game in 10.5 minutes. Dickinson began his career with Binghamton before leaving there after his freshman season due to a coaching change.
The Spartans will face Samford tonight at 8 (EST). The game will be carried live on SoConDigitalnetwork.com.