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Rob Dougherty

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Conshohocken, PA (via Allentown, PA )

Member since 26 September 2016 | Blog

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  • SPORTS MOMENT: Brad Lidge striking out Eric Hinske to win the 2008 World Series.
  • COLLEGE BASKETBALL PLAYER: Tony Carr
  • NBA TEAM: Philadelphia 76ers
  • MLB TEAM: Philadelphia Phillies
  • SOCCER TEAM: Tottenham Hotspur

Recent Activity

Comment 04 May 2017
We are, hopefully, 3 years from Carr, Stevens and Watkins leaving. We will have a really good idea if Pat can sustain recruiting success by that time (2018 and 19 will see as many as 5 or 6 openings over that time). Also, if Pat is still our coach by the time our current core leaves, then that would show he is capable of some level of success. He isn't surviving 3 more seasons if we don't play well.
Comment 04 May 2017

Then the quandary becomes, is this team better and growing because of the core 4, or has Chambers really turned the corner?

I don't really understand this line of thinking. Coaches can't win without players, if we have players that can lead us and are improving, then that's a positive reflection of Chambers.  

Comment 04 May 2017

Well, part of our issues in basketball for years were tied to Tim Curley, for sure. He had no interest in investing in the program. Pat has made huge in-roads into Philadelphia and the DMV, but he doesn't get to keep his job forever without some on court success. 

Comment 02 May 2017
Well Pat's biggest issue was he had no scholarships available for the most important period in recruiting (summer 2016). A lot of 2017 players signed early LOIs, making them unobtainable even with the newfound openings. Looking at what was available, Pat and his crew were stuck. They couldn't go into the season with 4 guards. I do agree that we should be incredibly concerned given how important 2017-18 is that we will likely need to rely on freshmen in spots, especially ones that aren't regarded highly. I am not overly confident, but I am going to trust in the most talented core that we have had in years, and hope everything else works out.
Comment 04 Apr 2017

It certainly appears that our guys cut less weight than everyone else. You see the monsters they have at Ohio State, Bo Jordan looks like he could wrestle Bo Nickal without breaking a sweat. NaTo is a jacked 133-er too. But I also think you hit the nail on the head with re: to offensive wrestlers too. Cael just gets the most out of guys, Joseph/Kemerer were very much in the same tier coming into college, and look where they are now after the same period of time. He just gets these guys improving year to year, no matter who it is. 

Thankfully weight cuts are a trend that has been declining, not just in wrestling, but in MMA as well. I've had to cut weight for jiujitsu tournaments (cutting from 170-175 to 155 is not hard, but it's not easy), and it's not a particularly fun process. I've been working to lower my walk around weight to 155-160 to make the cut much easier for me, even if I know it'll give me a size disadvantage. 

Comment 28 Mar 2017

It's all pretty quiet on that front so far, but that of course doesn't mean anything. It's still early, many more decisions for transfers will be made over the next week or two. 

As far as your concerns for next season, we'll see! It all depends on how much our core guys improve, as it always was going to. 

Comment 28 Mar 2017

Having one recruit for the class ahead is not uncommon at this point for college programs. To my knowledge, we only had Nazeer Bostick going into the summer where we landed Lamar and Tony (and Joe too after he decommitted). Having one recruit, one who looks to be pretty good like Myles Dread, is a good thing. Obviously, the keys for us moving forward are keeping Dread, and building on the class. 

To me, our best case scenario could very well be something like Dread, Cohill, Forrester, Littles (the absolute best case scenario). I don't expect us to land all of these kids, but if we did, then that's a huge win for the program.