I have always been a HUGE Phil Martelli fan. I want to lash out at someone.
The seat of "Dean of A10 Coaches" will remain open until someone else steps up and advocates for this conference as long and as hard as Phil (and Chaney before him) did. Sad to see him go this way.
If a friend of mine went on a message board and advocated for my firing/resignation almost ad nauseum, we would not be friends anymore. Odds are we never really were.Phil was one of the first people I met at SJU when I took my first tour in 2008. My tour made a quick stop at the then Fieldhouse, and Phil was on his way to his office. He talked to a group of four or five of us for ten minutes. He didn't make me decide to come to Saint Joseph's, but he was one of many people I would meet who'd help me realize that I should.
He's truly a friend. We've had lunch. We've strategized about student engagement. I do not have glee.
There is a very good argument to make him lead assistant to Bernie. He's an institution in this league.I understand the basketball decision.
But I love Phil Martelli as a coach in our league. Loved how he was a fierce advocate for everyone in the conference.
Loved how when he was ranked kept talking about the other teams in the conference and how good the league was and said "This league is getting FOUR NCAA bids" when everyone sane said "uh, Phil, who's number four?" And then someone (Richmond I think) won the tourney to be our fourth.
Loved how when St. Bonaventure got fucked, Phil was livid and stayed up all night after the Selection Show, calling every single sports radio station he could just to tell the world we got done dirty.
He needs a job in this league. Maybe not as a basketball coach, but as an Assistant AD (fundraising?) at St. Joe's, or the "face" AD there. Or A-10 Assistant Commissioner for Basketball, where administration bounces our ideas off him first before taking it to coaches. A liaison with officials or something.
We need Phil on TV during Championship Week, talking about our league.
Fair point. I should have said that Phil is someone whom I have total respect. I can still have that respect and advocate for a necessary, and painful, change.If a friend of mine went on a message board and advocated for my firing/resignation almost ad nauseum, we would not be friends anymore. Odds are we never really were.
When Bona got screwed, Bernie issued a statement and it was... YAWN.There is a very good argument to make him lead assistant to Bernie. He's an institution in this league.
It's not fake news, I'll say that.I see that there is a lot of fan support for Jameer Nelson. This seems like a risky hire given he has no coaching experience and he is replacing a legend that the new AD just fired. Is this just emotional reaction or does it have legs?
I like it for several reasons. I question it's viability too.So, what do you think?