Tag:Blaine Taylor
Posted on: September 29, 2011 9:13 am
Edited on: September 29, 2011 10:04 am

Blaine Taylor not only one with new look at ODU

By Jeff Goodman

It was the first time Blaine Taylor's four daughters had ever seen him without The Stache. And one of them is 31 years old.

"They looked at me like I was some strange serial killer," Old Dominion's head coach, known for his mustache, told CBSSports.com. "They were just staring at me funny."

They have gotten used to it - and so has, Taylor, who has no plans to bring it back. (Unfortunately, we have no photos, yet, of Taylor without The Stache.)

"I didn't cut it to grow it back," he said.

It's just one of the major changes Taylor has endured this offseason. He also dropped some excess baggage and will have a completely different core this season at ODU.

Four starters are gone off last year's team that won the CAA tournament - Frank Hassell, Ben Finney, Darius James Keyon Carter. The fifth, Kent Bazemore, will likely miss the first month of the season with a foot injury.

"Every guy on the team will be in a different role," Taylor said. "We're going to have to preach a little patience."

The team that will play in the Hall of Fame tournament in late-November will have a drastically different look than the one that will be on the court for CAA play in, say, February.

Bazemore, who is still in a boot, should be back at full-strength by the heart of CAA play. Richard Ross, a redshirt freshman forward, should be academically eligible in the second semester - and Clemson transfer Donte Hill will also be eligible.

"I'm invigorated by the changes," Taylor said. "We've been picked to win the league the last couple of years. We're picked off the pace this year and are literally a dark horse. I'm a big horse racing guy and a dark horse is one that people aren't talking about, but has the ability to surprise."

Taylor isn't ready to speculate on Bazemore's timetable, saying that he's still a "long ways off from working out."

Taylor said that guys like senior Chris Cooper and redshirt junior Nick Wright will need to step up along the frontline - and the same goes for senior guards Marquel De Lancey and Trian Iliadis.

"We've typically been a program that has gotten much better in January and February - even with a veteran team," he said.

But this team has a completely different look than its predecessors. It's almost as unrecognizable as the head coach without The Stache.

Photo: AP
Posted on: March 15, 2011 10:37 am

Coach Speak: targets for Oklahoma and NC State

Will Doc Sadler stay in the Big 12?

Posted by Eric Angevine

Two more expected firings have come down the pipe as we prepare for tournament coverage. Oklahoma let Jeff Capel go, and N.C. State finally ended the Sidney Lowe era.

One of the first things we like to do in these situations is look to see which coaches are on fan wish lists and try to sort out which are fantasies and which might actually happen.

Oklahoma: It's hard to believe that the man who brought us Blake Griffin is gone, but everything for Jeff Capel went downhill when the electrifying dunker left school early to go to the NBA. Strange names come up in the local newspapers for this one. Doc Sadler is mentioned, which isn't all that odd except that he's already struggled mightily to build a winning program at a football-oriented Big 12 school. It speaks well to the respect he has in the coaching community that both Texas Tech and Oklahoma have kept an eye on him. Right up there with Sadler is Marquette's Buzz Williams, who has also been mentioned for the Tech job. Billy Gillispie is on everyone's radar, so throw him in there, too.

The strange names are these: the Norman Transcript tosses out Miami's Frank Haith and UConn women's coach Geno Auriemma. Haith seems to be on the hot seat in Miami, but his history as an assistant at Texas (from whence he got the Miami job) may make him a popular choice. Auriemma is at the pinnacle of his sport, and has shown no willingness to toss that away in favor of the challenge of rebuilding a men's program just to show he can do it. Until Jim Calhoun retires, I wouldn't expect Auriemma to ever look at making that move.

N.C. State: Sidney Lowe's firing is so fresh that the local columnists haven't really weighed in with their wish lists yet. The website Sports by Brooks has a fanciful list (which they shoot down as well) of Rick Barnes, Tubby Smith, Sean Miller and Mark Fox. Three of those coaches are in the NCAA tournament. Barnes is slotted in at the school that figures to own and operate the Big 12 from here on out. Miller and Fox are seeing their rebuilding efforts start to pay off at Arizona and Georgia, respectively, so why start over after just two years? Tubby Smith doesn't really seem like he wants to leave Minnesota.

The guys at Backing the Pack have some candidates on their list that seems sensible. Xavier coach Chris Mack would be a great get. Some other mid-major geniuses on the list are Cuonzo Martin (Missouri State), Chris Mooney (Richmond) and Blaine Taylor (ODU). Any of those gentlemen would be a fine choice as well.

State allegedly has $3 million a year set aside to lure a top coach, so it'll be interesting to see who jumps at the bait of repairing this once-proud program.

We'll do this again when the next round of coaches gets the axe, and we will, of course, keep you apprised when hirings happen. They're so much nicer than firings.

Photo: US Presswire

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