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    Quote Originally Posted by Snively65 View Post
    Sounds like you are predicting that DU reaches the NRR right on the nose?
    I believe Coach needs 14 more W's to get to the NRN.

    I dunno, but scoreboard's predicted OOC record seems a mite optimistic, given that the program hasn't done quite that well these last two seasons against cupcake-laden OOC schedules. IF Coach is going to get to the NRN, I still have this sneaking suspicion it's not going to happen until the MBPBEGAM "playoffs" roll around. White knuckle, edge-of-your-seat, seat of the pants, right down to the wire stuff. Must-see Umile TV.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Chuck Murray View Post
    I believe Coach needs 14 more W's to get to the NRN.

    I dunno, but scoreboard's predicted OOC record seems a mite optimistic, given that the program hasn't done quite that well these last two seasons against cupcake-laden OOC schedules. IF Coach is going to get to the NRN, I still have this sneaking suspicion it's not going to happen until the MBPBEGAM "playoffs" roll around. White knuckle, edge-of-your-seat, seat of the pants, right down to the wire stuff. Must-see Umile TV.
    If through some kind of miracle, our Cats scratch and snarl their way to a regular season eighth place finish (ahead of Yukon, Maine, and UMass; I know, highly improbable), maybe BS35+5 will reward the STH's with a 10% discount for the MBPBEGAM games at the Whitt? Of course, as a non-STH and senior, I would get a much better deal, and likely go to a couple of those games, to see UNH coaching history being made.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Chuck Murray View Post
    I believe Coach needs 14 more W's to get to the NRN.

    I dunno, but scoreboard's predicted OOC record seems a mite optimistic, given that the program hasn't done quite that well these last two seasons against cupcake-laden OOC schedules. IF Coach is going to get to the NRN, I still have this sneaking suspicion it's not going to happen until the MBPBEGAM "playoffs" roll around. White knuckle, edge-of-your-seat, seat of the pants, right down to the wire stuff. Must-see Umile TV.
    You are right. My 8-2 OOC record is optimistic. I have a funny feeling that it will be more like 6-4. I just think it really should be 8-2. Won't be surprised if I'm wrong.

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    Re: UNH Wildcats-The Back Nine and Beyond!

    Beware of ties this season. As far as The Quest for the NRN is concerned, a tie is as good as a loss. The only redeeming feature of a tie this season is it *might* help to secure home ice and/or a more favorable pairing for the MBPBEGAM "playoffs", and hence provide our protagonist with more chances (if necessary) to attain the NRN.

    I'm getting goosebumps just thinking about it ...
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    Quote Originally Posted by Chuck Murray View Post
    Beware of ties this season. As far as The Quest for the NRN is concerned, a tie is as good as a loss. The only redeeming feature of a tie this season is it *might* help to secure home ice and/or a more favorable pairing for the MBPBEGAM "playoffs", and hence provide our protagonist with more chances (if necessary) to attain the NRN.

    I'm getting goosebumps just thinking about it ...
    Do you think that we will see Ty Rone getting pulled for an extra attacker in a lot of tie games, especially during the second half of the season?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Snively65 View Post
    Do you think that we will see Ty Rone getting pulled for an extra attacker in a lot of tie games, especially during the second half of the season?
    Only if he wants to haha. Heading to the eclipse epicenter in Columbia SC!!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dan View Post
    Well, this is just working out exactly as Dick and Marty envisioned isn't it? Looks like they were finally able to teach the young, inexperienced lad something about coaching at UNH in the 20teens! How to ignore recruiting and most specifically your top recruits in order to ensure your best don't end up on campus and you end up with low end talent. The UNH way as of late! I'm certainly glad Umile stuck around the past three years - and especially this last season - to instil this traditional value in Mike...
    Apparently it is:
    “Coach Umile’s return to complete the third season of his contract and the transition of Mike Souza to head coach is what we set out to accomplish three years ago,” UNH athletic director Marty Scarano said in a statement. “Mike will definitively become the 14th head coach of UNH hockey at the completion of the 2017-18 season.” We are fortunate to have Mike Souza here already changing the culture in recruiting, and he will hit the ground running at the conclusion of next year.”
    I think we now see Mike's general philosophy:
    Souza said, “but when you work at a place and played at a place with a long-standing tradition like UNH has, you speak from the heart and that resonates with families.”
    Maybe not.


    Own it Marty.

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    Big changes coming to UNH. Careful what you wish for!!

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    06-05-2015, 01:33 PM #873
    I would be surprised if either of these two are the presumptive successors. Hopefully they make it an easy choice, but lets look: Souza has [only] been coaching since 2011, and Stewart has not established his chops at a top 5 HE program. Depending on when Umile decides to walk away, we might have a better idea, but I would expect them to look outside the current assistants.
    Quote Originally Posted by Greg A View Post
    Lot of speculation here in terms of when Umile will retire but, assuming he does so within the next 2-3 years, the job opening will not come with a lack of applicants. The big question is how many will be D1 coaches, how many will be hot shot assistants, and how many will come from other levels of hockey (juniors, prep, etc.). And what will be the weeding out process? Will it be more the top level applicants looking at the pay scale, the amenities for athletes, the support in the classroom, etc. and figure out it is not worth it? Or will UNH have to look at the group of applicants an realize that the real creme de la creme is just not interested. I don't think it will come to that but I do think the next couple of years are big for UNH, to be seen again as a program on the rise rather than just floundering around.
    Quote Originally Posted by Chuck Murray View Post
    I'd like to think Coach Umile had/has the foresight and good sense to level with both of these guys (Stewart, and presumably Souza) and tell them they have a great opportunity BUT there can be no guarantees regarding either being a successor. These guys are all going to have to cooperate, because if they don't (1) the program at their alma mater will suffer from it, and (2) that will show neither of them is made of the right stuff to step into the big job. IF promises have been made - and I doubt very much any have been - I frankly don't see any reason or justification for one. Neither has been a head coach anywhere before, so no one has "stepped down" (or arguably even taken a lateral step) to accept their UNH position.
    Never underestimate Dick's foresight and good sense!

    Souza announced as successor
    Quote Originally Posted by Greg A View Post
    I can't believe that this is true, that when the hiring of Souza is announced, it will also be announced that Umile will be retiring the year after next, to be replaced with someone with a record that is as thin as Souza's is. Mind you, I think Mike is a great guy, at least he was in all the interactions I had with him back when he was a player. And I do think he is an earnest, hard working, up-and-comer. But to think that he would be anointed the new coach would be mind boggling to me. It would lead me to ask Marty Scarano, what happened to the notion that you would only hire someone with Division 1 head coach experience? If Umile was going to designate someone as his successor, why wouldn't it be the man who has been his chief recruiter for the last 12 years rather than someone who is just establishing himself. Just doesn't make any sense.
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    I can't argue with anything you say Greg.
    Quote Originally Posted by Greg A View Post
    As I said before, Umile announcing his retirement and naming as his successor an assistant at three different D1 schools, none of which have had any level of success, would fly in the face of what I always thought would be a search focused on head coaches with D1 coaching experience. Again, it would be mind boggling.
    Quote Originally Posted by Chuck Murray View Post
    Pretty much agree, and strongly agree with the part in bold.
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    Re: UNH Wildcats-The Back Nine and Beyond!

    Quote Originally Posted by NCAA watcher View Post
    Own it Marty.
    Sure seems like everyone saw this disaster coming except for those closest to the program. Hard to argue with any of it, except for Bomber's warning. Recruiting getting worse was always a risk, perhaps expected once the hire was made - we'll see if UNH's current coaches are willing to change/work to improve recruiting practices or if UNH's admin is willing to make the hard decisions if eventually necessary. I have serious doubts...

    As for Borek, I doubt the future would be any better if he stayed. As of this week, he is ahead of schedule at Providence and is already at the Bourque, White and Reid stage of the downswing. Replacing Borek was a good move. Making a questionable hire and letting Umile dictate his own departure/replacement was a less good move...
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    Quote Originally Posted by Dan View Post
    Sure seems like everyone saw this disaster coming except for those closest to the program. Hard to argue with any of it, except for Bomber's warning. Recruiting getting worse was always a risk, perhaps expected once the hire was made - we'll see if UNH's current coaches are willing to change/work to improve recruiting practices or if UNH's admin is willing to make the hard decisions if eventually necessary. I have serious doubts...
    Marty has shown himself incompetent throughtout the process (and in the women's fast track into oblivion). Unlike his apparent hiring process, I tend to look at track records.

    As for Borek, I doubt the future would be any better if he stayed. As of this week, he is ahead of schedule at Providence and is already at the Bourque, White and Reid stage of the downswing. Replacing Borek was a good move. Making a questionable hire and letting Umile dictate his own departure/replacement was a less good move...
    While you and I share a view about Borek's overall rank (though mine has shifted to slightly more favorable once I saw the effect of the anchor on recruiting), his results are still well above UNH. He lost two impact kids to the OHL, but still has three other kids among the top 42 USA prospects:

    http://www.ushl.com/news_article/sho...rer_id=2650688

    I see 4 BU; 1 BC; 1 Northeastern; 3 Harvard.

    Still scanning the list to find the UNH kids.... I'll get back to you on that.
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    Re: UNH Wildcats-The Back Nine and Beyond!

    Not to change the subject........but....did any other season ticket holders receive this e-mail from Jon Danos?

    Dear valued Season Ticket Member,

    Your feedback is always important to us, and many of you have indicated that game day parking is a necessary
    area for improvement. As a result, we‚€™re pleased to announce two new options exclusive to our men‚€™s hockey
    season ticket members:

    1. Starting 90 minutes prior to each game, the front portion of Lot A (located closest to the Whitt‚€™s pedestrian access)
    will be accessible only to Season Ticket Members. Parking is offered on first-come, first-served basis in this section
    and will be based on available capacity until one hour after the start of the game. Additionally, UNH will provide easy
    exiting capabilities from this lot, so you will have direct access to Main Street.
    2. The second option includes paid parking at the Strafford Lot, located in close proximity to the Whitt. THERE IS A VERY
    LIMITED SUPPLY OF THESE SPACES, which are available to season ticket members only for $10 per game on the day of
    the game. Exclusive access to the Strafford Lot will begin 90 minutes prior to the game until one hour after the start of
    the game, pending availability. Season Ticket Members arriving to Strafford Lot after it‚€™s filled to capacity will be redirected
    to park elsewhere.

    Please review the map below for your reference. Both A Lot and Strafford Lot will be managed by Athletics personnel, and you will
    be required to present your 2017-18 UNH Hockey Season Ticket Member card to the attendant(s) in order to gain admittance to these
    controlled lots.

    We hope these operational improvements will enhance your game day experience and offer a new level of convenience. Any questions
    can be directed to Ciaran Cullen at 603-862-0287 or ciaran.cullen@unh.edu.
    Bear in mind, the Strafford lot (across from the former New England Center) has been a FREE PARKING lot on game night since I can remember. Now, season ticket holders will be forking over $10 for the "privilege" of parking in the Strafford lot to "enhance their game day experience". Or, you can hustle your butts over to "A" lot and try and grab one of "open spaces" in the front of the lot near the sidewalk (free, for now anyway ) provided such spaces will even be available come game time.

    I get it. Parking for events at UNH (and probably at most other schools) sucks. I know that this a noble gesture on the adminstration's part to try and rectify the situation with the ever-dwindling supply of season-ticket holders, but IMO, they're going about the wrong way....and I can imagine plenty of PO'd fans showing up for the first game expecting free parking in Strafford lot only to be turned away. And no, you HAVE to be a season ticket holder AND pay 10 bucks to park there. Not a season ticket holder? Enjoy the frozen tundra trek across the expanses of "A" lot.

    Can someone tell me why I decided to renew again??
    Move along folks, move along....nothing to see here.....

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    Not to change the subject........but....did any other season ticket holders receive this e-mail from Jon Danos?



    Bear in mind, the Strafford lot (across from the former New England Center) has been a FREE PARKING lot on game night since I can remember. Now, season ticket holders will be forking over $10 for the "privilege" of parking in the Strafford lot to "enhance their game day experience". Or, you can hustle your butts over to "A" lot and try and grab one of "open spaces" in the front of the lot near the sidewalk (free, for now anyway ) provided such spaces will even be available come game time.

    I get it. Parking for events at UNH (and probably at most other schools) sucks. I know that this a noble gesture on the adminstration's part to try and rectify the situation with the ever-dwindling supply of season-ticket holders, but IMO, they're going about the wrong way....and I can imagine plenty of PO'd fans showing up for the first game expecting free parking in Strafford lot only to be turned away. And no, you HAVE to be a season ticket holder AND pay 10 bucks to park there. Not a season ticket holder? Enjoy the frozen tundra trek across the expanses of "A" lot.

    Can someone tell me why I decided to renew again??
    Yes Scott I received the email as well. Ridiculous; I never park in A lot; always in the Strafford but I'll be darned if I'm forking over 10.00 to park there now!!! That adds an extra 180.00 (excluding playoffs) to my "fan experience". Right.
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    Back to Swillings for me, I guess, or the Green Houses. Will stick with my half price seniors tickets on a game by game basis.

    Other option to attend more PSU Tigers games looking increasingly more attractive to me.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Snively65 View Post
    Back to Swillings for me, I guess, or the Green Houses. Will stick with my half price seniors tickets on a game by game basis.

    Other option to attend more PSU Tigers games looking increasingly more attractive to me.
    Am def going to catch up to those PSU games for 5 bucks AND free parking!! Let me know and we'll pregame at Biedermans 😉

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    Staunch defender of UNH that I am, the $10 Strafford lot parking privilege for season ticket holders is tone deaf.
    I will not be out cheered in my own building.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Darius View Post
    Staunch defender of UNH that I am, the $10 Strafford lot parking privilege for season ticket holders is tone deaf.
    Can't imagine the backup on the street heading into the lot; traffic coming from both sides but I imagine the genius' at the U have figured that out. What about the spaces on the street?

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    Quote Originally Posted by HockeyRef View Post
    Can't imagine the backup on the street heading into the lot; traffic coming from both sides but I imagine the genius' at the U have figured that out. What about the spaces on the street?
    Many season ticket holders already pay (contribute?) big $$$ to park in the Alumni and Edgewood lots. A percentage of those using Strafford are not season ticket holders so they will not be allowed to contribute to the back up. If this plan tweaks enough Strafford lot parking season ticket holders into dropping season tickets then UNH might actually lose money.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Darius View Post
    Many season ticket holders already pay (contribute?) big $$$ to park in the Alumni and Edgewood lots. A percentage of those using Strafford are not season ticket holders so they will not be allowed to contribute to the back up. If this plan tweaks enough Strafford lot parking season ticket holders into dropping season tickets then UNH might actually lose money.
    On top of what they have already lost for STH this is just one less perk but wait that cheaper hot dog...🙄 Maybe ecat can share his "secret" parking place?

    I get it too but seems they have it backwards; Stafford lot FREE to STH and charge the rest. To me free parking in A lot is no bargain. Oh well.

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    Quote Originally Posted by HockeyRef View Post
    On top of what they have already lost for STH this is just one less perk but wait that cheaper hot dog...🙄 Maybe ecat can share his "secret" parking place?

    I get it too but seems they have it backwards; Stafford lot FREE to STH and charge the rest. To me free parking in A lot is no bargain. Oh well.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Darius View Post
    Staunch defender of UNH that I am, the $10 Strafford lot parking privilege for season ticket holders is tone deaf.
    Agreed 1000%. Only thing more tone deaf this week has been the beyond hilarious ESPN/Robert Lee snafu.

    Quote Originally Posted by HockeyRef View Post
    On top of what they have already lost for STH this is just one less perk but wait that cheaper hot dog...�� Maybe ecat can share his "secret" parking place?

    I get it too but seems they have it backwards; Stafford lot FREE to STH and charge the rest. To me free parking in A lot is no bargain. Oh well.
    Totally agree (and I haven't been a STH since the early '90's). The latest kick to the ... groin for the loyal STH's.

    Charging for A Lot? Get back to me when UNH and Amtrak work out a more direct route from the lot to the arena that doesn't require fans to rely on mountain climbing gear, and then trying not to fall into oncoming vehicular traffic once you reach the *summit*. Are pedestrian tunnels illegal in Durham? Just sayin' ...
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    Quote Originally Posted by Chuck Murray View Post
    Agreed 1000%. Only thing more tone deaf this week has been the beyond hilarious ESPN/Robert Lee snafu.



    Totally agree (and I haven't been a STH since the early '90's). The latest kick to the ... groin for the loyal STH's.

    Charging for A Lot? Get back to me when UNH and Amtrak work out a more direct route from the lot to the arena that doesn't require fans to rely on mountain climbing gear, and then trying not to fall into oncoming vehicular traffic once you reach the *summit*. Are pedestrian tunnels illegal in Durham? Just sayin' ...
    It's laughable when I think of how empty parts of that Stafford lot is on most games. Well I made the choice to dive in once again so guess I'll invest in ice gear and a sled dog team..(most likely I'll fork over the blasted 10.00 and whine about it incessantly) 🙄😳 Kills me how they think they are doing STH's a "favor".

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