Posted on: March 6, 2011 4:58 pm
Edited on: March 6, 2011 5:00 pm
Jim Les is out as Bradley's men's basketball coach after nine seasons at his alma mater, a source confirmed to CBSSports.com on Sunday.
An official announcement is expected shortly.
The development was first reported by FoxSports.com's Jeff Goodman.
Les led Bradley to the Sweet 16 of the 2006 NCAA tournament, but the Braves never finished better than fourth in the Missouri Valley Conference in his nine years. They finished last in the league this season with a 4-14 MVC record. They ended their season Friday with a loss to Wichita State in the MVC tournament.
Posted on: January 13, 2009 7:01 pm
Edited on: January 13, 2009 7:10 pm
There's a video making the rounds today of Bradley doing the ... MVC Shuffle?
Yes, the MVC Shuffle.
It is both funny and ridiculous,
I think my favorite verse belongs to
My name is Sammy, I'm the point
My play has 'em standing all over the joint
I love to dive and dish the pass
Giving our engine that extra gas
They say I play like our Coach Les
No offense, but I'd kick his ass
Get behind us and you will see
We are out to win the M-V-C
Either way, the bit reminded me of my favorite college basketball commercial, the one SMU did for Matt Doherty.
Click the link and tell me what you think.
Posted on: November 24, 2008 12:54 pm
Edited on: November 24, 2008 12:54 pm
Bradley will return to the court today for the first time since I saw the Braves in Florida eight days ago. So I'll use that hook as an excuse to tell you that I don't know exactly where the Braves will finish in the Missouri Valley Conference, but that I'm confident they won't finish where they were predicted after seeing them up close.
The Braves were picked fifth.
But I believe they'll be better than that once Andrew Warren is healthy (still recovering from a broken right foot) and able to team with Dodie Dunson, an Iowa State transfer who is adjusting well at Bradley. He's averaging 18.0 points and serving as the Braves' key perimeter defender, evidence being how he held Illinois-Chicago's Josh Mayo to a 5-of-14 shooting effort and played well in spurts against Florida's Nick Calathes.
"Dodie is just a heckuva player," said Bradley coach Jim Les. "He plays with great enthusiasm, and he wants to guard. He wanted to guard Mayo and he wanted to guard Calathes, and he's going to be an awfully good player for us."
I know the 81-58 final at Florida was lopsided, but it was a game in which the Gators made 14 of 32 3-point attempts and pulled away because of that barrage. Put another way, had Florida sank a more normal rate of its 3-point attempts -- the Gators are shooting 32.8 percent from beyond the arc on the season -- we would've had a respectable final margin, which is why the blowout loss should be put into context, particularly when you also consider that Warren (Bradley's top returning scorer) was in street clothes.
Bottom line, I think Bradley could be a surprise once it enters its MVC schedule.
Even if the Braves enter with more losses than Illnois State or Creighton.
"I like this team," Les said. "We'll go through some growing issues here in the non-conference; that's why we're doing this, to get ready for our league. But I'm going to be awfully excited about our team heading into January."