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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

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Comment 19 Jul 2017

This is a bit loaded. Are you concerned Myles won't sign the early LOI in November and bail in April if PSU doesn't make the tourney (which I would not say as an absolute, they will have a decent chance)? Because this post has pulled me in like 5 or 6 different directions in terms of what you could possibly be thinking here. 

Comment 14 Jul 2017

That is one of the additional rumors that have been swirling as to why. That does not really fit Cael though, he's usually been pretty flexible with guys wanting to switch weights. Heck, there was rumored controversy surrounding Bo Nickal last year moving up to 184, but Cael let him do it. If Suriano can't stay at 125 healthily, then it's irresponsible to let him compete. As much as Cortez or Keener could figure into plans at 133, it doesn't make sense to hold back Suriano imo since he has more potential to place high than those 2. 

Comment 14 Jul 2017

This is my gut feeling as well with re: to something going on behind the scenes. There have been a few rumors as to why Suriano may be looking to transfer, however, they never seemed to hone in on any one in particular. Instead of unfairly speculating on the "why," I decided to omit it. 

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.