Mercer fired Bob Hoffman.

Mercer fired Bob Hoffman.

Postby AP » Mon Mar 11, 2019 2:52 pm

Tis the season I guess.
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Re: Mercer fired Bob Hoffman.

Postby AP » Mon Mar 11, 2019 3:52 pm

For the record, sub-KenPom 200 years since 2011: 1 for Mercer; 7 for Samford. Samford was in the 300s more times than Mercer was in the 200s.

Must be something below the surface if this is a rational decision. It is entirely possible this is irrational as well.
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Re: Mercer fired Bob Hoffman.

Postby SAM1014 » Mon Mar 11, 2019 3:57 pm

Maybe now we can finally get a win against them. 0-12 is not a good look
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Re: Mercer fired Bob Hoffman.

Postby Smurf » Mon Mar 11, 2019 4:02 pm

AP wrote:For the record, sub-KenPom 200 years since 2011: 1 for Mercer; 7 for Samford. Samford was in the 300s more times than Mercer was in the 200s.


This is depressing.
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Re: Mercer fired Bob Hoffman.

Postby SU DOG » Mon Mar 11, 2019 5:54 pm

Wonder if another BOB will soon be next? I don't know about the wisdom in firing Hoffman, but I do know that Mercer will not be satisfied with anything less than good athletic results, and this comes from their president on down.
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Re: Mercer fired Bob Hoffman.

Postby AP » Mon Mar 11, 2019 6:39 pm

SAM1014 wrote:Maybe now we can finally get a win against them. 0-12 is not a good look
I couldn't believe this was correct, so I went back and checked it. Yep. 0-12 against Mercer since they joined the SoCon.

Since 2015 (when Mercer joined the SoCon, SoCon went to a 2x through schedule, and Scott Padgett took over), here's our record against our comparator schools in league play:
Furman: 3-8
Mercer: 0-12
Wofford: 1-9
utC: 3-9

Since 2013:
Furman: 6-9
Wofford: 2-11
utC: 4-12
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Re: Mercer fired Bob Hoffman.

Postby Smurf » Mon Mar 11, 2019 7:20 pm

If ya couldn't sport a .500 conference record when the league was in the bottom third of Division I basketball conferences, how can we reasonably expect to knock on the door of a .500 conference record when the league is in the top third of Division I basketball conferences?

Honestly, it's ridiculous that this is what it comes down to....we are looking just to break .500 in the league for the first time since joining the SoCon as some sort of milestone. How pathetic.
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Re: Mercer fired Bob Hoffman.

Postby sudog03 » Mon Mar 11, 2019 7:52 pm

Me thinks this has as much to do with the player getting killed during a drug deal a few years ago and a couple more getting suspended afterwards than it does W/L record.
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Re: Mercer fired Bob Hoffman.

Postby AP » Mon Mar 11, 2019 7:58 pm

It's possible. The team Samford put on the floor was better than any of those teams from 2014 on. Not as much individual talent, but a much better team.

For next season, player retention and development will take them places recruiting can't. Noticed Sharkey already announced he'd be back, which is a good start. You're (likely) bringing back 4 starters and every bench contributor but Lakic. Add Jalen Dupree into the mix, which gives you another relatively big body.

Mercer likely gets worse, so maybe you split that one (or sweep them). If you can sweep the bottom 3 from the SoCon from this year, that's 7-8 wins. Steal one from utC and one from the top 1/3 of the league and you are over .500.
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Re: Mercer fired Bob Hoffman.

Postby sudog03 » Mon Mar 11, 2019 8:26 pm

If at least 2 of Richey, Miller, Forbes, or Young doesn't get hired out of the SoCon, teams are doing it wrong.
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