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    Default Pitinos Goal for Iona

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    struck gold in recruiting as he has 5 commitments who r labeled 4 star players by some but trust me with Pitino’s teaching & motivating talents they will become 5 star PTPers . His goal is to make Iona the GONZAGA of the East . DON’T BET AGAINST IT

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    Quote Originally Posted by Zagdawg View Post
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    struck gold in recruiting as he has 5 commitments who r labeled 4 star players by some but trust me with Pitino’s teaching & motivating talents they will become 5 star PTPers . His goal is to make Iona the GONZAGA of the East . DON’T BET AGAINST IT
    Don’t bet against a. Team trying to become Gonzaga? All these schools that have tried have failed, so I’m not going to bet on any lol
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    Quote Originally Posted by Zagdawg View Post
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    struck gold in recruiting as he has 5 commitments who r labeled 4 star players by some but trust me with Pitino’s teaching & motivating talents they will become 5 star PTPers . His goal is to make Iona the GONZAGA of the East . DON’T BET AGAINST IT
    This smells fishy AF.
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    Can he do it without strippers and payola?

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    A few years back I started a thread about all of the teams that thought they could/should/would become the next Gonzaga.

    Add Iona to the list.

    edit to add: it was last year. Here it is again.

    http://guboards.spokesmanreview.com/...hlight=Gonzaga

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    Excluding power 6 conferences, which team IS the closest to Gonzaga in terms of tournament wins or regular season wins in the last decade?

    Doesn’t seem like any other school is even close. Maybe Cincinnati? WSU? Which other non p-6 teams routinely even make the dance?

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    Quote Originally Posted by LTownZag View Post
    Excluding power 6 conferences, which team IS the closest to Gonzaga in terms of tournament wins or regular season wins in the last decade?

    Doesn’t seem like any other school is even close. Maybe Cincinnati? WSU? Which other non p-6 teams routinely even make the dance?
    Creighton and Butler would have been the obvious choices before they got sucked into the Big East. After the two you mentioned, I'm going to throw out a few that came to mind: VCU, Belmont, and Dayton.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Zagdawg View Post
    His goal is to make Iona the GONZAGA of the East . DON’T BET AGAINST IT
    Good luck with that.
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    I see it going like Larry Brown’s stint at SMU. A couple decent years, borderline Top 25, then resigns in yet another scandal.
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    Next closest? I think Xavier. They've probably missed the Dance a few times, but they have a solid history going back about 30 years. Started real small, in the now defunct Mid Continent Conference or something like that. Then A-10 and Big East. Have won a game or two or three in the Tourney a bunch of times. The difference between them and Gonzaga is that they've been a stepping stone and have had a bunch of different coaches, but they kept it rolling even with frequent changes.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bogozags View Post
    I think his goal is to ensure that the "new" strippers and hookers are paid appropriately so that they won't blab as the last group did...

    I detest him and what he has done...He left UMass and they went on probation and he was fired from UL and probation followed...how did he not get banned for five years as others have for lesser offences?
    Pitino never coached at UMass, you're confusing him with Calipari.

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    Quote Originally Posted by bdmiller7 View Post
    Pitino never coached at UMass, you're confusing him with Calipari.
    You are so darn right!

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    Quote Originally Posted by seacatfan View Post
    Next closest? I think Xavier. They've probably missed the Dance a few times, but they have a solid history going back about 30 years. Started real small, in the now defunct Mid Continent Conference or something like that. Then A-10 and Big East. Have won a game or two or three in the Tourney a bunch of times. The difference between them and Gonzaga is that they've been a stepping stone and have had a bunch of different coaches, but they kept it rolling even with frequent changes.
    That's a good one too, but I thought we were counting the Big East as a power conference.
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    Quote Originally Posted by sonuvazag View Post
    That's a good one too, but I thought we were counting the Big East as a power conference.
    Okay, could be Power 5 +1. They accomplished plenty before moving to the Big East. Anyway I saw Butler and Creighton mentioned as well.

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    Quote Originally Posted by CarolinaZagFan View Post
    I see it going like Larry Brown’s stint at SMU. A couple decent years, borderline Top 25, then resigns in yet another scandal.
    I can’t imagine any scenario in which Pitino stays at Iona long enough to build a sustained powerhouse at that school. If he enjoys any success at all, he will use that as a springboard to his next coaching opportunity at a bigger program. He’ll only stick around, until some desperate athletic director offers him a better gig.

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    Larry Brown at SMU, good comparison

    wanting to be the next Gonzaga has become grandiose. Made more sense 10 years ago, even 15. But now, if after 20 years you're still standing, no, more than that, if you continue to punch and win above your weight class while you grow and put those pounds on, so you actually become a true heavyweight whose future continues to look brighter, then maybe.

    But why not just be the next iteration of Iona, or Buffalo, or whoever? My answer: because the 'next Gonzga' thing is an easy sell to recruits and fans, it's become that magical...not just a dream, but realized. The tough truth would be a different path, Pitino instead going for the short term emotional window painting a fake future of Decades of Dominance. The other side of the equation is: after this, where else would he go? He's 67. We'll see

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    Quote Originally Posted by webspinnre View Post
    Good luck with that.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Zagdawg View Post
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    struck gold in recruiting as he has 5 commitments who r labeled 4 star players by some but trust me with Pitino’s teaching & motivating talents they will become 5 star PTPers . His goal is to make Iona the GONZAGA of the East . DON’T BET AGAINST IT
    I wonder if Dickie V would actually take that bet. It couldn't be for a single year obviously, so at his age, money would have to be placed in a 'winner takes all' trust fund, for 20 years later. That would be the only way to see if they replicated what Gonzaga has done.

    Would he give odds?
    It's not funny.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Zagdawg View Post
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    struck gold in recruiting as he has 5 commitments who r labeled 4 star players by some but trust me with Pitino’s teaching & motivating talents they will become 5 star PTPers . His goal is to make Iona the GONZAGA of the East . DON’T BET AGAINST IT
    Who labels them 4 stars, their mommies? None of the big recruiting sites have any of these guys above 2 stars.

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    I don’t see the four star recruits, but regardless of how you feel about Pitino in general, if there’s anyone that could accomplish this at Iona, it’s him. What he was able to do at Providence in just two years was incredible (although having Billy Donovan in the team doesn’t hurt), and there’s a reason in the hall of fame. You put him in a bottom-15 league with even some 2-3* guys and he’ll run through it every year until he retires for good.

    I’m not a fan of the guy, but he’s an amazing coach.

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