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Old 12-10-2012, 04:07 AM   #1 (permalink)
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ESPN blurb on Former Xavier Elite 8 Staff

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2. The Xavier staff that took the team to the Elite Eight and lost to Duke in 2004 has had quite a rise in the coaching profession this season. The head coach was Thad Matta. The top three assistants are all undefeated as head coaches so far: Sean Miller at Arizona, John Groce at Illinois and Alan Major at Charlotte. The latter two are by far the most surprising. Groce has been dubbed a rising star after the way in which he took Ohio to the Sweet 16. He pulled off one of the most impressive wins in the non-conference with a road win at Gonzaga Saturday night. Major is off to a surprising undefeated start in the 49ers last season in the A-10. Charlotte still has tough games to come but did win the Great Alaska Shootout and knocked off rival Davidson. Miller has the best team in the Pac-12. It won't be a reach at all to see at least three of the four coaches on that staff -- Matta, Miller and Groce -- in the NCAA tournament. Major probably has the most work to do but it's not out of the question.
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Old 12-10-2012, 06:20 AM   #2 (permalink)
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Old 12-10-2012, 07:17 AM   #3 (permalink)
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Re: ESPN blurb on Former Xavier Elite 8 Staff

I really like Sean Miller, John Groce and Alan Major. Always seemed like good guys when had the chance to talk to them.

Thad is kind of a tool, IMO.
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Re: ESPN blurb on Former Xavier Elite 8 Staff

Thanks for sharing that.

Congrats to Charlotte as well. Keep him happy and who knows what happens for your program from here.
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Old 12-10-2012, 09:39 AM   #5 (permalink)
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Re: ESPN blurb on Former Xavier Elite 8 Staff

Major has totalled revamped Charlotte's roster (outside of Braswell) and our style of play. It's very refreshing and we're excited for our future. A10 play will be tough, I think we'll exceed the preseason expectations. I don't think we're a top 5 team in A10 as of now, we're young and need to see how we start conf play off. We have a brutal Feb schedule.
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Re: ESPN blurb on Former Xavier Elite 8 Staff

I just found it interesting that not too far back, Xavier had 4 head coaches sitting on its bench, and not to mention 3 of the 4 who've been very successful, and one who is trending in that position this year.
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I really like Sean Miller, John Groce and Alan Major. Always seemed like good guys when had the chance to talk to them.

Thad is kind of a tool, IMO.
Completely agreed on all four. Thad is not a very likable guy, but he certainly can coach (and recruit).
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Completely agreed on all four. Thad is not a very likable guy, but he certainly can coach (and recruit).
In my opinion, Matta is the best coach (and recruiter) I have seen at Xavier since I came here nearly 30 years ago. Miller and Mack (I think) would be in the next tier, followed by Prosser and Gillen. Bob Staak was coaching when I came to Xavier, but I didn't see him long enough to have an opinion about him.
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In my opinion, Matta is the best coach (and recruiter) I have seen at Xavier since I came here nearly 30 years ago. Miller and Mack (I think) would be in the next tier, followed by Prosser and Gillen. Bob Staak was coaching when I came to Xavier, but I didn't see him long enough to have an opinion about him.
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Pete Gillen might not be as great a coach, but he is the greatest person.


Sometimes we glorify people in death beyond what the reality was in life, but not in this case. Skip Prosser is one of the nicest, down to earth, regular guys you would ever have wanted to meet. Had the pleasure of hoisting a few with him over the years, and was a pleasure every time.

Don't get me wrong, love Joe-bag-of-doughnuts Gillen too. They took what Staak started and grew Xavier Basketball into what it is today.
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I agree with both posters above. Gillen, and especially Prosser, were the nicest and classiest coaches in the Xavier coaches I ranked earlier. Both were excellent spokesmen for the university, and both placed academics first. I loved having both men associated with Xavier, but just didn't want them here as head coaches.
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Niner fans love Gillen, he was the color guy for the Great Alaska Shootout.. Gillen gone wild!
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I agree with both posters above. Gillen, and especially Prosser, were the nicest and classiest coaches in the Xavier coaches I ranked earlier. Both were excellent spokesmen for the university, and both placed academics first. I loved having both men associated with Xavier, but just didn't want them here as head coaches.
I am really not sure Gillen could have done much more as a head coach before he left. 202-75 record as a head coach at X. That makes his average year 22-8. 9 years, 7 NCAAs and an NIT.

Looking back at the numbers all the way to 1982 reminds me of just how crazy spoiled we are as X fans.
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