Woj on Coach K, Team USA

Adrian Wojnarowski has a different take on Coach K and Team USA. Agree or disagree, an interesting read. http://sports.yahoo.com/news/nba-needs-to-pull-stars-from-usa-basketball–which-is-showcasing-only-duke-s-coach-044717393.html

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Malcolm Mitchell Book Club

Terrific 3-minute video about Georgia star wide receiver Malcolm Mitchell.  A great watch for all of your players, a star not afraid to step outside of his comfort zone who takes great pride in learning. http://www.cbsnews.com/news/football-star-shows-you-cant-judge-a-book-by-its-cover/

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Chip Kelly’s Influence

“Coaching is one thing and one thing only: It is creating an environment so the player has an opportunity to be successful,” Kelly told those high school coaches. “That is your job as a coach. When you teach him to do that, get out of his way.” http://grantland.com/features/chip-kelly-philadelphia-eagles-nfl-influence/

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Jay Bilas

Some thoughts I really liked from Jay Bilas at the University of Florida coaching clinic in 2014 from what he has learned covering practices (Thanks to Buzz Williams for passing them along): “We want the defense at high-intensity but the offense to slow down – a contradiction.” “Games are about performance and nothing else.  Too […]

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UMaine Basketball Reflects on 9/11

Local NBC station with a nice story on how our program participated in a Heroes Run and reflected on 9/11. http://www.wlbz2.com/story/sports/ncaab/2014/09/11/team-participates-in-heroes-run/15483959/

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APR

Mike DeCourcy with a very intelligent take on unintended consequences of the APR. http://www.sportingnews.com/ncaa-basketball/story/2014-09-10/oregon-apr-college-athletics-ncaa-academic-fraud-dotson-artis-altman?utm_source=dlvr.it&utm_medium=twitter

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Wasted Recruiting Trip

My first year at Rhode Island College my assistant Matt O’Brien gave me a list of kids he saw that he wanted me to call on.  The first call I made was a kid from New Jersey, and I spoke to his coach.  He told me the kid just committed to George Washington.  Matt and […]

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9/11 Heroes Run

Our basketball team participated in a 9/11 Heroes Run in downtown Bangor on Sunday, a 5K race organized to benefit victims of 9/11 and wounded veterans and heroes who are first responders in this country.  The proceeds helped benefit the Travis Manion Foundation.  You can read more about Travis below and visit the website: http://www.travismanion.org “1st Lt. […]

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Chinese Divers

If you’ve never read Daniel Coyle’s “The Talent Code” or his follow-up “The Little Book of Talent” you are missing out on an inside look at some of the best talent hotbeds in the world and how they operate.  This is from Coyle’s blog on the culture of Chinese Divers and how they develop their […]

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The Schedule

Our 2014-15 Black Bears basketball schedule was released, and can be found at this link: http://www.goblackbears.com/sports/m-baskbl/2014-15/schedule Scheduling is one of the more important and misunderstood parts of running a college program.  There are so many factors that go into scheduling that make it difficult.  You want to set up your schedule to look a certain […]

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