He abdicated half of his job, while York was on the road helping recruit that last necessary player. Just like he grabbed the last bit of money on the table even though it was harmful to the future of the program, he refused to do that last little bit to help UNH get over the hump. Stop the narrative about his tireless devotion to winning.
"If you take this year's record we've got to up it by six games," he said. "We've got to win six more games and that would get us to 21. With 21 we'd be back in the NCAA tournament. That's what we want to do. We want to compete in that thing every year."
UNH Hockey: From "Why Not Us' to "Woe is Us"
I think the entire "braintrust" needs to brush up on things. They all seem to be laboring under the impression that 21 wins magically gets you into the NCAA, regardless of strength of schedule.
Although cutting him some slack, he may know it but can't tell his simplistic and disengaged boss the truth to stop scheduling cupcakes.Lowry: That brings up the strength of schedule. It's going to be harder given that the schedule and the teams you're playing out of conference this year. Is it going to be harder to accumulate the points that you need to get an invite to the NCAA tournament?
Souza: The PairWise formula is an algorithm beyond my math capabilities. All I know is that you're right on the money. You need to win in non-league games and the bottom line is that the more games you win the easier it is to get into the NCAA tournament. You definitely need to win your fair share of Hockey East games.
In terms of strength of schedule, I don't know... certainly, the stronger your schedule maybe gives you a little bit of wiggle room to lose a game here or there. The bottom line is that we want to win. You hit the nail on the head, you want to win the majority of non-league games. If you do that, you finish in the top half of hockey east, you've got a good chance of making to the NCAA tournament. That's about as cut and dry as it gets. You know all the Hockey East teams are going to be competitive. Last year we had six teams in the tournament, it's amazing. Six out of 16. It's a tough conference and we want to be at the top of it.
Just looking at this year's PWR should tell them 21 is not the magic number.
Rank Team PWR W-L-T Win % Win % Rank RPI RPI Rank
1 Denver 59 28-6-4 .7895 2 .6073 1
2 Minnesota-Duluth 58 23-6-7 .7361 3t .5977 2
3 Harvard 57 24-5-2 .8065 1 .5917* 3
4 Western Michigan 56 22-10-5 .6622 10 .5701 4
5 Minnesota 55 23-10-3 .6806 8t .5676* 5
6 Boston University 54 23-10-3 .6806 8t .5657* 6
7 Union 53 25-8-3 .7361 3t .5623* 7
8 Massachusetts-Lowell 52 24-10-3 .6892 7 .5572 8
9 Cornell 51 20-7-5 .7031 5 .5501 9
10 Notre Dame 50 21-10-5 .6528 12 .5499 10
11 North Dakota 49 20-14-3 .5811 21 .5496 11
12t Providence 47 22-11-5 .6447 14t .5478 12
12t Penn State 47 22-11-2 .6571 11 .5478* 13
14 Ohio State 46 21-10-6 .6486 13 .5467 14
15t Air Force 45 24-9-5 .6974 6 .5433 15
15t Boston College 45 20-14-4 .5789 22 .5384 16
17 Vermont 43 20-13-5 .5921 20 .5351 17
20 Quinnipiac 40 23-14-2 .6154 17t .5299 20
25 Canisius 35 21-10-7 .6447 14t .5171 25
26 Robert Morris 34 21-11-4 .6389 16 .5137 26
27 Minnesota State 33 22-13-4 .6154 17t .5126 27
28 Michigan Tech 32 22-14-7 .5930 19 .5116 28
29 Bemidji State 31 22-16-3 .5732 24 .5047 29
36 Bowling Green 24 21-17-2 .5500 27 .4926 36
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Essentially, Umile walked into a super situation, nearly killed it, then got lucky McCloskey came along. When he no longer could piggy-back off of the work of his assistants, his success ceased. You can understand the Borek supporters' lament that Borek -- for all of his own flaws -- really was asked to do too much on his own while burdened by Umile.
Now, managing this by delegating is not as easy as I make it sound, but Umile ultimately bears the burden of not having done enough to help during the good times to put them over the top, and not doing enough during the bad times to prevent the slide. That will be his legacy -- just enough to fall short.
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Montreal Expos Forever ...
Montreal Expos Forever ...
Wow. At the risk of being told "Stay out of our thread!" it suddenly looks as though the "let's dump on DU" crowd has emerged out of the woodwork. I knew it would happen eventually, but apparently there's more repressed anger out there than I originally thought...
It started to get nasty like this a few years ago with Parker also.
As Kiefer Sutherland said in A Few Good Men, "I see no need to trample on a man's grave."
Like I have said I give Coach a ton of credit and understand the nature of sports having been involved in one way or another for well over half my life.
And I was not surprised he's coming back next season but that doesn't excuse the fact that UNH hockey seems to have been neglected and that needs to change. The team deserves better.
I see only Tom Cruises and Demi Moores in this thread, fighting to expose the shining light of the truth!
In all seriousness, Chickod, let me know how you think you and other BU fans would have acted if the BU admin had not acted in the best interests of the program and instead let Parker set his retirement date (at least 3 more seasons down the road) and pick his own (inexperienced) successor...
The reality is long before it got to this point BU 'encouraged' Parker to leave and then hired a long time NCAA assistant with AHL head coaching experience...
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