The feedback is positive from all basketball circles about Madsen's leap back to the Bay Area.
This comes as zero surprise. He's a personable, quality human being with strong ties to both the college and NBA games. Let's get that NIL funded so he can recruit at the highest levels.
Men's Basketball specific.
The acclamations of his peers are indeed impressive, hopefully we can turn around the program quickly.
Well Knowlton is not very popular right now, but he seems to lean towards high character individuals, which I can respect. Now if we can just help put the other ingredients in place to start winning again!
It's Noice to have some positive buzz around Cal MBB for a change! The Worthy call, live on the set, is priceless! Hopefully, this will carry over to recruits and the portal! Also, great to see Shareef give an endorsement to MM! #GoBears
There is a great sound bite from Shaq talking about his relationship with Mark Madsen including how much he appreciated Madsen’s authenticity to himself. Worth the few minutes and exciting to think these are the types of people who support him.
I would say Cal are lucky that Stanfurd stuck with Haase and didn't go after Madsen.
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I get the impression there might have been more advocacy for him behind the scenes than we realized.
I think it will turn out to be a good hire.
We were always going to have two types of a Coach: One that flounders for 3 years and we end up firing or one that rebuilds the program above .500 with an NIT bid or hope for the NCAA tourney shot, but then leaves for a better job after 3-4 years.
I think Madsen is the latter, but that’s ok.
He’ll set the foundation that will make Cal more attractive for a new Coach, thus broadening the list.
Our new AD will just have to make another good hire when that time arrives.
According to a BI headline both Rodney Brown and Devin Curtis have reaffirmed their commitment. Because it's April 1 and I can't read the actual article take it with a grain of salt even though this would represent the first joke in BI history.
Both players still have Cal in their IG bios and Brown RT'd Madsen's hiring.
Seems like a good hire.
Gets the most out of his players - check
Turned a weak program around - check
No red flags - check
Connections to NBA legends - check
Understands the school culture - probably close enough
Recruiting - unproven but maybe the NBA connections will help?
I should do some "editing" of Nash's statement, transfer it to another background, insert "ak_A_bear" in place of Mark's and magnet it on my fridge.
Mark may not be a Fisher for compliments but is glad the Lakers find him Worthy of the job.
If the recruits still expect Fox, it might as well be Rick Fox.
Sort of interesting that AAR when to South Florida, eh? Anybody have info on this?
My guess is that he (and/or his wife) wanted to be closer to Atlanta (Tampa is an easy flight). But USF is a curious choice. Actually sort of a sleeping giant in that it is the only public university in the rapidly growing Tampa Bay area, but there is little tradition there. Cal has had its problems in the recent era, but it still is a much more prestigious job than USF.