April 29th, 2015
Well, its time to shut down Hoopstalk until October. As always , its been an interesting trip since last October.
First, I want to thank all of you who read the blog, and special thanks goes to all of you who took the time to write your comments, whether they were in support or critical. From the very first blog, I told folks that I wanted Hoopstalk to be a forum for UH basketball fans, no matter their opinions of the team or the blog.
Its was a fascinating year, and the fall-out still is to be determined. Over the summer and into early Fall, any sanctions arising out of the NCAA investigation will be determined. I expect UH to announce any self-imposed sanctions within a month or so. Coach Arnold's claims against the UH are proceeding thru a grievance process and who knows if subsequent litigation will ensue arising out of his termination. I hope not.
We have a new coach and he has lots of work to do in a very short time. Finding a staff, completing recruiting, setting a schedule that folks want to see, etc etc etc. And Benji hopefully will land on his feet at another institution.
The players need to get thru the semester with passing grades and hopefully all will decide to stay. UH cannot afford to lose any more players as it will severely impact its APR.
Budget issues continue to plague the UH athletic program. Its impacts every sport, basketball included. Somehow answers need to be found as to how to minimize the red ink.
As far as wins and losses, it was a successful year . 22 wins after all the turmoil and uncertainty is a tribute to the team and coaches. And making it to the championship game of the tournament was something we haven't seen in quite sometime. Was it a perfect season? Of course not. Except for Duke, it wasn't for many teams. There were off the court issues, some disappointing losses to the better teams in the league, and a weak schedule that really didn't interest the casual fan, But all in all, it was a season that we will remember for the way this team played defense, hustled in every game, and provided us fans with lots of thrills and "w"'s.
Tonight is also the final radio Hoopstalk. We have had a great season of guests, listener phone calls, and discussion and debate. I want to thank all of our sponsors and listeners who make the show possible.
Hoopstalk will hopefully return in October, both in print and on radio. Not sure whether that's a promise or a threat.