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Old 05-05-2017, 08:07 AM   #31 (permalink)
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^ I'm pretty sure both 2017 and 2018 players can take official visits right now.
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I'll delete this if it's to offensive, but here is a rare look at our new basketball coach during the spring football game. Starts with him and ends with him. Feeling really old as Matt McCall looks really young.
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Matt Vautour has a nice article about Marcus Camby getting his degree today.

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When he retired he wanted to keep the resumption of his academic pursuit a secret, mostly to surprise his mother, whom he promised the degree to before his first class at UMass. From his Houston home, he finished a 20-page paper to complete an independent study last month and got official notice from the school that he’d be in the graduating class of 2017. He mailed his mother Janice, who still lives in Connecticut, an invitation to attend.

“I sent the first one to my mom,” said Camby, who told his sisters so they could be with his mother when the invitation arrived. “My sister said she broke out in tears. She was so excited and so happy. She’s all into it. That’s all I can really ask for, especially on Mother’s Day weekend. My mom is probably more excited than I am.”

Invitation No. 2 was mailed to Lexington, Kentucky. John Calipari, his coach at UMass, is making the trip north to be at the event.

“It meant a lot to him. He’s excited. He said he wouldn’t miss it for the world,” Camby said. “We share a lifelong bond and I wanted him to be part of it.”

Their bond was on public display last month as Camby was prominently featured in ESPN’s 30 for 30 documentary on Calipari. “One and Not Done” discussed the controversy at the end of Camby’s UMass tenure where he took money from an agent. Camby thought the portrayal was fair.

“It had to cover tough topics, things that happened over 20 years ago that I had to relive. I don’t have a problem doing that,” he said. “Hopefully up-and-coming athletes can learn from my mistakes and my experiences.”

He’s hoping those same up-and-comers take something from what he’s doing this weekend, too.

“I always wanted to get my degree. I was just extremely lucky and fortunate to be able to go to the NBA,” said Camby, who thanked academic advisor Jamal Watson for helping him navigate the online path. “But it was something I know my mom wanted me to accomplish ever since I was a toddler. It was for her and for my kids. I can’t preach going to school and education stuff if I don’t have my degree. Being a parent, I’ve always stressed education. Now my kids can see their dad as a college graduate. My oldest will be in high school next year. I want her to go to UMass.”

Camby has remained on good terms with both the school and the basketball program, and was looking forward to meeting new coach Matt McCall and seeing the plaque marking the newly christened “Marcus Camby video room” inside the program’s practice facility not far from where his retired No. 21 hangs in the Mullins Center.

But this weekend isn’t about basketball. He’s content to be one of many in traditional graduation garb with 25 friends and family looking on. His cap and gown (sized for people 6-foot-9 to 6-foot-11) arrived last week.

“It’s pretty big,” he said laughing. “But it looks good on me.”
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Good for Marcus, one of Olean General Hospital's more famous former patients.
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I'd love to see more people who go pro coming back and grabbing a degree after. I know Larry Fitzgerald got his while playing in the NFL (and for much of the same reason Camby did, because he promised his mother). Anyone else of note that people can think of?
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Adding a picture with our AD Ryan Bamford, Marcus, Cal and Matt McCall
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I always liked Camby. Good for him.
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I remember when VCU was recruiting him. He ultimately committed to Texas Tech but then Tubby went to Memphis. I guess even though he followed Tubby he soured on that decision. I remember him not missing any shots in his YouTube mixtape so UMass got a good one.
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I'm excited to see what we can get out of these guys, unfortunately we have a lot of sit 1 play 3 or play 2 guys coming in, so it'll be the 2018 season when we get to see them working.

Just really glad to see McCall doing what he can to get some decent players coming in here. Wasn't dealt an easy hand at all but is still making some good plays with it.
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I'm excited to see what we can get out of these guys, unfortunately we have a lot of sit 1 play 3 or play 2 guys coming in, so it'll be the 2018 season when we get to see them working.

Just really glad to see McCall doing what he can to get some decent players coming in here. Wasn't dealt an easy hand at all but is still making some good plays with it.
Some posted that after Kelsey meet with the players and found out what a rebuild job he would have to do, ran. McCall embraced, hit the door running and see some nice recruits signing.
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Some posted that after Kelsey meet with the players and found out what a rebuild job he would have to do, ran. McCall embraced, hit the door running and see some nice recruits signing.
Yup, I read some of that too...and quite frankly if it's true then I'm much happier about what happened than before. I don't want to have a coach trying to take the "easy way" to a winning program at a higher level, I want a coach who feels he needs to work to make his team do well.
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