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Quin Snyder Leaves MIZZOU With No Regrets. Will MIZZOU Regret Running Him Off?
Quin Snyder Leaves MIZZOU With No Regrets. Will MIZZOU Regret Running Him Off?
Well, another coaching change at The University of Missouri! Trying to break thru and join the nation's elite basketball programs, Mizzou forced Quin Snyder into resigning as head coach of the men's basketball program last Friday.
Are we expecting too much, too quickly? We have a brand new, state-of-the-art basketball arena which seats 16,000. We had a 39 year old coach who had achieve some success in his first four years. In fact, as dismal as the past three years have been, Snyder's overall winning percentage was second only to that of legendary Norm Stewart. Will MIZZOU and its loyal fans ultimately regret losing this 39 year old coach who came to us at the tender age of 32 from the Duke basketball program? The pressure is now on Mike Alden, Missouri's A.D., to make a great hire!
I've read commentary from many sportswriters during the past 6 days. The following article appeared in the Columbia Tribune today. If you are into college basketball, this article may be of some interest. And if not, you may want to stop right here and go read a good joke or a good sex story instead.
Some in the erotic/sensual category I've recently read and enjoyed are [post 239049] by SensuallyKatey and My inner freak... by Synn74. In the joke/humorous story category, I have recently read and enjoyed [post 238558] by MOfunNOWWOW and [post 238406] by saddletrampsk.
Quin Snyder leaves MU with no regrets.
Coach failed to get Tigers to elite status.
By STEVE WALENTIK of the Columbia Tribune’s staff. Published Thursday, February 16, 2006
Discussion of Quin Snyder’s tenure in Columbia seemed of secondary importance during Tuesday night’s news conference.
Quin Snyder was 126-91 in his nearly seven-year tenure as coach of the Missouri men’s basketball team. Snyder resigned last Thursday.
It got lost in the search for an explanation of how he arrived at that point: sitting on a stage at the Holiday Inn Executive Center, formally announcing his resignation after nearly seven seasons as the University of Missouri men’s basketball coach.
Snyder did not shape the conversation that way. He did not lash out at Athletic Director Mike Alden or any other members of the university’s administration. He also did not express bitterness at the way he said his separation from the school came about, with an athletic department official - known to be radio analyst Gary Link - informing him before last Thursday’s practice that his contract would be terminated at the end of the season and giving him the option to step down.
"I’m not going to come in here and hang my head and pity myself because I got to be the head coach at Missouri at 32 and we went to the Elite Eight and finished .500 in the league - in fact, over .500 - and it’s as good as any league in the country," said Snyder, who seemed upbeat under the circumstances. "I would have liked to do better, and I would have liked to keep going and try to do better. But that’s someone else’s opportunity now."
Snyder, 39, acknowledged it had not been perfect. Despite qualifying for the postseason six straight years - four NCAA Tournaments and two NITs - some of the goals he set out for himself when he took over the job went unmet.
When Snyder was introduced as the 15th head coach in Missouri history in 1999 at a similar function at the Reynolds Alumni Center, he brought with him the promise of greatness, having played and coached under Mike Krzyzewski at Duke University. As he succeeded legendary Coach Norm Stewart, he was expected to lure top-level recruits to Missouri, coach them to compete with the best teams in the Big 12 and guide the Tigers to their first Final Four.
But despite convincing prep standouts such as Kareem Rush, Linas Kleiza, Rickey Paulding and Arthur Johnson to don black and gold uniforms, Snyder, whose overall record was 126-91, was never able to lead that talent to any better than a fifth-place finish in the Big 12.
"One thing we were never able to do is crack that upper echelon of the league - those four teams that went to the Final Four," Snyder said. "That was always a goal of mine. That’s something to look back on and think, ‘I wish we could have done that.’ But that was something we were still striving for.
"… We beat Oklahoma a few times recently. We beat Kansas a few times recently. We beat Oklahoma State a few times recently. We couldn’t beat Texas."
Snyder finished 13-30 in his tenure against those four schools, including games in the regular season, the Big 12 Tournament and the NCAA Tournament. He was 51-27 against the rest of the Big 12.
He finished with a 5-10 record against the archrival Jayhawks, though he won the last two meetings, including an 89-86 victory Jan. 16 at Mizzou Arena. It was his last win as Missouri’s coach.
That victory was followed by a six-game losing streak, during which the Tigers lost all six games by double-digit margins, the last one a 26-point defeat on the road against last-place Baylor. By that point, it seemed inevitable that Snyder’s time in Columbia would soon come to a close.
He said he still was not prepared for when it happened.
Asked how difficult it was to inform his players Friday afternoon, Snyder called it: "The most difficult thing I think I’ve ever done. I tried to be as composed and as logical and thoughtful about all this, and it took me about 10 seconds to ask for someone to get me a towel. And I had about three of them thrown at me from every direction."
Snyder, throughout his tenure, developed a reputation for being close to his players and was proud Tuesday night when he talked about the e-mails he’d received from former players Clarence Gilbert and Paulding, both playing overseas, and a phone call from Tajudeen Soyoye, in medical school in Miami.
One of his greatest successes was the number of players - from Gilbert to Jason Conley - he helped receive college degrees at MU.
One who did not was Ricky Clemons, whose only season in Columbia will long be remembered for the controversy yet to completely go away. The episode began when Clemons was arrested for assaulting a female acquaintance, included an ATV accident and bizarre jailhouse conversations caught on tape, and contributed to an NCAA investigation of Snyder’s program.
Snyder was asked if there was one thing he’d take back in his tenure, would it be Ricky Clemons?
"I think that’s a more complicated question than I’d be able to answer off the cuff like that," he said. "That’d be something that I would really reflect on. Certainly, that situation was a difficult one for a number of people, but it’s one that I feel like we’ve worked through, and in spite of obstacles and challenges, we had recovered from."
But the Clemons saga gave steam to the NCAA investigation, and that eventually produced sanctions - including scholarship restrictions and the inability to recruit off-campus for one full year. That, coupled with bushels of bad publicity, made it difficult for Snyder and his staff to duplicate their earlier recruiting success. And the early departure of Kleiza to the NBA coupled with the transfers of reserves Spencer Laurie and Jeffrey Ferguson left the coach with a depleted roster this season.
"People may not believe me, but I think we’ve done one of our best jobs this year," Snyder said. "And it always hasn’t been reflected on the scoreboard."
But Snyder knows the results on the scoreboard are what ultimately led to his ouster.
He said he believes the program is on solid ground, with a recruiting class of three signed for the fall and a current roster that includes only two seniors.
Snyder expressed appreciation to Alden for taking a chance on him and said he’d always have fondness for Columbia, particularly because his son, Owen, was born here.
He said he did not know if he would coach again.
"Basketball has been in my blood since I was 6 years old," Snyder said. "I would imagine at some point that I’ll find my way back into basketball in some capacity. I probably won’t be playing anymore."
Before deciding whether to pursue another job, he said he plans to take some time with his family and come down from his first head-coaching experience.
He’s spent nearly seven seasons in the limelight with pressure piling on him and rumors all around. Sometimes, it was difficult. But he said he did not regret going through it.
"This opportunity is one that comes along to very few people in a lifetime," Snyder said. "It’s been seven of the best years of my life. I’d do it again in a second."
So then, for any who have read this far, I want to know "Do you think Missouri will regret forcing this 39 year old coach to resign?"
non illigitimae carborundum
2/16/2006 5:10 pm
No - Based on the information you've provided in this and other posts, I don't think they will regret the decision in the long run. |
P.S. Thanks for the links to the other blogs!
2/16/2006 10:07 pm
Well being a Missouri girl and FANatic, anything for the good of the team. Hooray Hoorah Mizzou Mizzou! Truthfully, I think they should have kept him but seems like since hitting 40 I don't like change as much as I use to. Time will tell.......either way, you know who I'm rootin for|
just a squirrel trying to get a nut
2/17/2006 12:52 am
"Erotica" and coaching? My oh my Tiger!.. you are Diverse! |
2/17/2006 6:40 am
Whispersoftly5 - I am hoping for the best but fearing the worse! When we lost Dan Devine to the Green Bay Packers in 1970, we had finished the decade with the winningest football program in the nation. What has ensued for 3+ decades is a continuing search for a coach who can return Missouri to its glory years. I have seen so many coaching changes, promises of good times to come, etc. that I am very nervous about what we are now doing with our basketball program.|
MOfunNOWWOW - Rip 'em up! Tear 'em up! Give 'em hell! TIGERS! I hope we can improve our situation!
tillerbabe - Did you know that the University of Washington was trying to lure Quin Snyder away from us after his first four good years at Missouri? Unfortunately, TB, I know more about sports than I do erotica!
2/17/2006 12:00 pm
thanks for mentioning my lameass joke sweety..|
2/17/2006 2:32 pm
saddletrampsk - I always enjoy your jokes sweetie! |
2/18/2006 4:45 am
Hi MzHuny! Of course you are! Everyone from Kentucky is either a Wildcat or Cardinal fan! You gotta go see the movie Glory Road based upon the upset of Adolp Rupp's Kentucky team in the 1966 NCAA Championship by the UTEP Miners (then Western Texas University).|