• Great Day For UMass Basketball: Creampie From The Boners Forces Derek Kellogg To Be Fired



    Great Day For UMass Basketball: Creampie From The Boners Forces Derek Kellogg To Be Fired

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    Great day to be a UMass basketball fan:

    Free at last, free at last. Thank the good lord, we are free at last!!

    The Minutemen lost to St. Bonaventure for the third time this season, and in doing so was bounced out of the Atlantic 10 tournament. We didn’t just lose either. We got raped. They were up by 25 at one point and their leading scorer graduated from St. Peter Marian (Matt Mobley). We got within 13 because they stopped trying and ran out the clock. We are the Boner’s bitch, and that’s sad. Because St. Bonaventure isn’t a real school. No one’s ever heard of them, no one cares about them, and they wear poop colored uniforms. UMass finished with a 14-18 record, 5-15 in conference. This move was a no-brainer. So yea, thanks to the Boners for making this decision an easy one.

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    Derek Kellogg is a nice guy, and I’m sure he’s got a heart of gold. But we’re talking about Division 1 basketball here. There are no sacred cows, and being a nice guy shouldn’t ensure job security. Plus, he’s making over a million dollars a year and is the highest paid state employee. Quite frankly, the fact that he played high school basketball in Springfield, and was part of the dynasty UMass squads from the 90’s, is the biggest reason that he was able to keep a job for 9 years while going 67-83 in a mediocre conference.

    Kellogg is a good recruiter, but he can’t coach. This is what coaching looks like in the UMass locker room before the biggest game of their lives:

    So what’s the strategy coach? “Level 5.” That’s the plan. Level 5. Shocking we lost the game by 20.

    They don’t run offensive plays. It’s insane. It’s literally just four guys standing around doing nothing, while the guy with the ball runs around and tries to get open on his own. Any high school coach could do a better job. This year he brought in a top 25 freshmen recruiting class. Yet he couldn’t get one guy on the all conference freshmen team in a mediocre conference. That tells you everything you need to know – dude can’t coach.

    Some of the players are not happy:

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    But they don’t run the team. More importantly, they’ll get over it. If these guys wanna play ball after college, they’re gonna have to develop. And that wasn’t gonna happen under Kellogg because he can’t coach. If Ryan Bamford brings in a good coach who can sell them on the program, then they’ll move on. And yes, some of them are going to transfer. But I’d much rather see what happens with a team with less talent and a different coach. Because I know what the alternative is.

    Can’t tell you what a chub this Bamford quote gave me either:

    “Decisions like this are always difficult but after a thorough review of our men’s basketball program, I believe that a leadership change is needed to realized a higher level of competitive success expected at UMass,” athletic director Ryan Bamford said in a statement.

    A higher level of competitive success EXPECTED at UMass. I love it!!! There’s so many mediocre UMass fans out there who accept mediocrity from their team because we’re UMass and the 90’s were a fluke. It’s our job to be mediocre. Fuck that. I wanna win.  And so does Ryan Bamford. 

    The bottom line is that with Derek Kellogg the ceiling was a first round ass raping in the NCAA tournament. That’s literally as good as it gets. He never once finished in the top four of a mediocre conference. If this is good enough for you, then you’d make a great Bills fan. But being from the greater Boston metropolitan area, I expect more. I don’t care if they’re worse next year. You have to try something. Sticking with the same guy who’s proven that he doesn’t know how to coach is an exercise in futility.

    This was a great firing because it sent the message that UMass is a serious Division 1 basketball program. A mediocre school with low expectations hangs onto a coach like this. A school that expects more send the message that the only thing that matters is winning.

     

     

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    Discussion

    1. Alvin Einstein


      Sure their Basketball team sucks but I hear they have an exceptional Math team and isn’t that important as well?

      1. XYZAffair


        That’s a lot more important than a basketball team

    2. Independent Thinker


      Colleges that place such a high emphasis on having winning sports teams need to ask themselves the following question: Is our goal to have outstanding academics that produces scholars who will be able to compete in the world, or are we more interested in having winning athletic teams?

      If the choice is having fine athletic teams, then go out and recruit the biggest and best, although they may not necessarily be the brightest, but we don’t need to have the brightest in this country anymore because all we have to do is bring in more Indians to fill the gap, at a lower wage as well.

      The fact that the basketball coach is the highest paid state employee sends a clear message as to where the priorities lie.

      1. XYZAffair


        That’s a very good thought. Another problem lies in the fact that there are too many worthless college degrees as well.

    3. True Reality Speaks


      If only Auburn High would do this to their varsity & JV basketball coaches. Enough with this “coaches have to be teachers” or kids of former principals BS – and bring in people that know basketball and how to coach high school kids. The self-important poseurs there now are coaching for the additional $$$ and their own ego trips. They ought to go coach elementary kids so they can actually learn the game – and not cause half the players to quit or stop playing a game they love.

    4. Next victim


      He ripped the state off, take the money and run from the taxpayers.

      1. White Pride White Power


        Let’s call the job what it is: babysitting black thugs.

    5. Paul Larson


      Kellogg began his coaching career at George Mason University where he was an assistant for two seasons (1997–99). He then moved to Youngstown State for the 1999–2000 season. From 2000 to 2008, Kellogg was assistant coach of the men’s basketball team at the University of Memphis, under Calipari.

      In Kellogg’s first year as head coach, the UMass Minutemen finished with a 12–18 record. Though disappointing, the season featured wins over three teams that would reach the NCAA Tournament: Kansas, Dayton and Temple. UMass also nearly upset Xavier, who also made the NCAA Tournament.

      The 2009–10 season for UMass finished with a 12–20 record. Kellogg’s squad, with many first-year players for UMass, had notable wins against Memphis and Rhode Island in the regular season’s finale, which arguably knocked the Rams off the NCAA Tournament bubble. The Minutemen also broke an eight-game losing streak in the Atlantic 10 Tournament, with a first round win over Charlotte. Six of the Minutemen’s opponents would go on to the NCAA Tournament, though UMass went 0–7 in games against those teams.

      In the 2010–2011 season Kellogg’s Minutemen improved to a 15–15 record with a 7–9 regular season conference record in the Atlantic 10. The team started the season 7–0, but faltered down the stretch ending the season 2–8 in their last 10 games. They did have notable wins in the regular season over RPI top 100 teams Rhode Island twice and Dayton. They earned a home Atlantic 10 tournament game at the Mullins Center for the first time since 2003, but this time lost 78–50 to Dayton. After this loss and a previous loss to Fordham, there was talk that Kellogg should be fired after three seasons. However, on March 9, 2011, UMass athletic director John McCutcheon announced that Kellogg would be back for the 2011–2012 season.[3] Kelogg’s not quoted as saying “I deserve every penny. I’d like to see you get these stupid fucking [email protected]@az to do something besides drugs.”.

      Paul Larson

      1. Paul Larson


        I didn’t write that. I don’t know Derek Kellogg. I don’t care to. However I do enjoy me some Kellogg’s cereal. Personally, Frosted Flakes are my favorite. As the tiger says, They’re Grrrrreat! But Tony the Tiger (a progressive democrat) isn’t without controversy. Most against Big Oil and the International Olympic Committee (fascist organization).

        Tony the Tiger began his trademark debut with Kellogg in 1952. The Tiger was used as a cartoon character featured on every box of Kellogg’s Frosted Flakes. The iconic feline was federally registered as Kellogg’s Frosted Flakes trademark. Furthermore, the registration and classification was under food products. Twelve years later one of the top oil companies, Exxon Mobil, began using a similar tiger as a promotional mascot within gasoline products. Exxon then followed through with protocol and federally registered its tiger under petroleum products category. Unlike the Kellogg slogan behind the voice of Thurl Ravenscroft “they’re Gr-rr-eatttt” Exxon Mobil Corporation also had a slogan “put a tiger in your tank.”

        The two major companies shared peaceful relations between the two iconic tigers. Throughout the time of coexistence the companies combined spent over a billion and a half in advertising in the cereal and petroleum industries. Neither companies faced any issues amongst each other, however, in 1992 this all changed. Exxon Mobil opened a new business sector and product line through the promotion of the existing Exxon Tiger. The company failed to expand its federal trademark registration to its newest product line sector. Prior to Exxon’s newest business addition of opening convenience stores “Tiger Marts” and selling foods and beverages, the company was cleared of all trademark litigations. After the announcement of Exxon Mobil new product line, Kellogg quickly filed a suit. The latest unnamed tiger Exxon was exploiting to sell food and beverages crossed the trademark boundaries. The confusion of using very similar tigers as a mascot for food products did not sit well with Kellogg. The lawsuit consisted of: trademark infringement and dilution, and seeking an injunction prohibiting the further use of the Exxon tiger. After several court appearances, millions of dollars, different rulings, and years of waiting the Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals decision finalized the case.

        Tracing back to 1986, Kellogg battled with a different situation in regards to trademark. During the preparation of the 1988 Summer Olympics by South Korean organizers agreed on the games’ mascot Hodori that was very similar to Kellogg’s Tony the Tiger. The very popular cereal company had concerns about the similarity and raised some red flag with trademark registration that same year. Kellogg continued to stress that Tony the Tiger was an advertising tool used on almost every cereal box so confusion of a comparable tiger which only difference shown is the addition of distinct five-ringed Olympic badge around his neck. Sports news and critics stirred up so much controversy and is remembered as “Hold That Tiger” battle of tiger trademark.

        Paul Larson

        1. Atty Richard N Vulva


          Mr. Larson,
          Please properly cite your references or I will be forced to file suit for plagiarism.

          Atty. Richard N. Vulva

          P.S. I like that Tony the Tiger wears a bandana, but was forced to sue the Kelloggs Corporation on behalf of the estate of Western cattle rustlers.

    6. Publius


      It is shocking how little support both UMASS Hoops and Football get from both students and alumni. UNH seems to have much more school spirit. Even UVM and URI.

    7. JoeMomma


      Another tombstone to add to the graveyard.

      1. FatFingr Lou


        What’s Bruiser doing these days? I mean Flint, not the Legally Blonde dog.

        Well, either one could help

        1. FatFingr Lou


          Well, I googled and found, sadly, Reese Witherspoon’s Bruiser went to the rainbow bridge last year, after 18 happy years.

          Despite that, he still could be the best UMASS coach since Calipari

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