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Old 04-18-2012, 06:36 PM   #1
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Reaching the Summitt (FBCB)

So because I changed my FBCB to an entirely women's setup, I've never altered it for solo play. It's how I play now and I've almost become invested in it.

With Pat Summitt announcing her retirement today and someone mentioning the insanity of 1098 wins over a career, I was wondering what it would take to do what Tennessee has done in women's basketball.

Ironically in my ongoing dynasty I've been managing since 1941, Tennessee hasn't missed a tournament and are the most successful program in the game. But taking over that program would be too easy.

So rather than try to follow her legacy at UT, we're gonna pick a new program and create a coach who is the same age as Pat was when she took over UT and let said coach for 38 years at the same school. We'll compare their histories and while she'll never "BE" Pat, I think it'd just be a fun dynasty to compare the level of success and see if a program could manage to reach those heights accounting for the advantages financially and coaching-wise they'd need to match it.

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NCAA Champs Season Team Record Opponent Score -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- 2052 South Carolina Gamecocks 33-5 Portland Pilots 57-55 2051 Indiana State Sycamores 37-1 Portland Pilots 82-76 2050 Miami Hurricanes 31-5 Nebraska Huskers 88-80 2049 Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets 31-7 Portland Pilots 96-88 2048 Miami Hurricanes 28-9 Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets 79-73 2047 Tennessee Lady Vols 30-6 South Carolina Gamecocks 83-65 2046 Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets 32-5 Hofstra Pride 81-66 2045 Hofstra Pride 33-3 Arkansas Razorbacks 70-50 2044 Towson Tigers 31-4 Penn State Lady Lions 60-41 2043 Illinois Illini 26-14 Arkansas Razorbacks 95-93 2042 California Golden Bears 30-7 Duke Blue Devils 81-78 2041 Penn State Lady Lions 35-2 Hofstra Pride 70-62 2040 Penn State Lady Lions 34-3 Southern California Trojans 88-76 2039 Arkansas Razorbacks 35-5 Pittsburgh Panthers 95-90 2038 Nebraska Huskers 31-5 Duke Blue Devils 88-81 2037 Portland Pilots 30-10 Kent State Golden Flashes 73-57 2036 Arkansas Razorbacks 40-1 Texas Longhorns 71-68 2035 Southern California Trojans 34-3 Texas Longhorns 91-77 2034 Purdue Boilermakers 31-6 Nebraska Huskers 81-71 2033 Duke Blue Devils 33-4 West Virginia Mountaineers 83-66 2032 Penn State Lady Lions 38-0 Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets 106-90 2031 Penn State Lady Lions 37-1 Nebraska State Pronghorns 91-75 2030 Akron Zips 35-3 Alabama Crimson Tide 87-85 2029 Kennesaw State Lady Owls 34-3 Nebraska State Pronghorns 72-70 2028 Nebraska State Pronghorns 34-5 Illinois Illini 74-66 2027 Kennesaw State Lady Owls 40-0 Wyoming Cowgirls 94-77 2026 Kennesaw State Lady Owls 38-0 Nebraska State Pronghorns 66-51 2025 Tennessee Lady Vols 34-4 Towson Tigers 95-78 2024 Nebraska State Pronghorns 37-3 Purdue Boilermakers 88-54 2023 Nebraska State Pronghorns 38-1 North Carolina Tar Heels 71-67 2022 Nebraska State Pronghorns 37-2 St. John's Red Storm 87-76 2021 Tennessee Lady Vols 32-4 Miami Hurricanes 105-64 2020 Duke Blue Devils 32-6 Vanderbilt Commodores 79-68 2019 California Golden Bears 31-5 Purdue Boilermakers 90-64 2018 Purdue Boilermakers 37-2 Arkansas Razorbacks 89-87 2017 Nebraska State Pronghorns 37-1 Iowa State Cyclones 107-67 2016 Duke Blue Devils 33-4 Iowa State Cyclones 99-90 2015 Nebraska State Pronghorns 38-0 Iowa State Cyclones 108-84 2014 North Carolina Tar Heels 36-2 Duke Blue Devils 70-67 2013 North Carolina Tar Heels 36-2 Nebraska State Pronghorns 87-59 2012 Nebraska State Pronghorns 35-3 North Carolina Tar Heels 90-71 2011 Pittsburgh Panthers 31-5 St. John's Red Storm 75-60 2010 Louisiana State Lady Tigers 30-7 Towson Tigers 88-77 2009 California Golden Bears 33-5 Southern California Trojans 74-73 2008 Tennessee Lady Vols 35-3 UCLA Bruins 74-55 2007 Iowa State Cyclones 28-8 Mississippi State Lady Bulldogs 85-74 2006 Purdue Boilermakers 34-4 Mississippi State Lady Bulldogs 81-73 2005 Notre Dame Fighting Irish 32-7 Georgetown Hoyas 58-55 2004 Tennessee Lady Vols 36-2 Rutgers Scarlet Knights 62-57 2003 Southern Methodist Mustangs 27-10 California Golden Bears 70-64 2002 Nebraska State Pronghorns 37-1 St. John's Red Storm 86-70 2001 Mississippi State Lady Bulldogs 34-3 Maryland Terrapins 86-76 2000 Notre Dame Fighting Irish 36-4 Iowa Hawkeyes 81-59 1999 Houston Cougars 27-10 Tennessee Lady Vols 76-51 1998 Tennessee Lady Vols 36-4 Nebraska Huskers 99-96 1997 Wyoming Cowgirls 37-1 Cambridge Governors 84-48 1996 Notre Dame Fighting Irish 34-5 Tennessee Lady Vols 79-76 1995 Cambridge Governors 32-6 Morgan State Lady Bears 82-50 1994 Oklahoma State Cowgirls 36-2 UCLA Bruins 80-72 1993 Oklahoma State Cowgirls 34-4 North Carolina State Wolfpack 90-70 1992 Rocky Mount State Cardinals 37-0 Vermont Catamounts 89-62 1991 Wyoming Cowgirls 38-1 Rocky Mount State Cardinals 90-71 1990 Temple Owls 25-12 Wyoming Cowgirls 90-82 1989 Connecticut Huskies 37-0 Oklahoma State Cowgirls 123-93 1988 Oklahoma State Cowgirls 38-0 Tennessee Lady Vols 111-72 1987 Connecticut Huskies 37-0 Vermont Catamounts 100-94 1986 North Carolina Tar Heels 35-3 Iowa State Cyclones 76-67 1985 Oklahoma State Cowgirls 37-0 Tennessee Lady Vols 105-77 1984 Villanova Wildcats 33-4 Connecticut Huskies 73-67 1983 Villanova Wildcats 33-6 Tennessee Lady Vols 89-63 1982 Xavier Musketeers 22-13 California Golden Bears 67-59 1981 Georgetown Hoyas 29-7 Iowa State Cyclones 71-58 1980 Rutgers Scarlet Knights 34-6 Iowa State Cyclones 66-56 1979 Stanford Cardinal 29-7 Villanova Wildcats 66-57 1978 Mississippi State Lady Bulldogs 32-5 Florida Gators 80-70 1977 Villanova Wildcats 33-4 Columbia Lions 83-59 1976 Florida Gators 37-3 Rutgers Scarlet Knights 67-60 1975 Georgetown Hoyas 32-4 Arizona State Sun Devils 64-55 1974 Connecticut Huskies 29-7 Southern California Trojans 58-36 Season Team Record Opponent Score -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- 1973 Houston Cougars 31-4 Florida Gators 69-60 1972 Tennessee Lady Vols 34-3 Villanova Wildcats 78-59 1971 Oklahoma State Cowgirls 30-5 Washington Huskies 79-69 1970 Arizona State Sun Devils 32-6 Notre Dame Fighting Irish 76-59 1969 Notre Dame Fighting Irish 29-7 Mississippi State Lady Bulldogs 91-85 1968 Connecticut Huskies 38-1 Florida Gators 81-61 1967 Connecticut Huskies 38-0 Arizona State Sun Devils 89-77 1966 Stanford Cardinal 35-3 Oklahoma State Cowgirls 95-85 1965 Connecticut Huskies 36-2 Tennessee Lady Vols 76-68 1964 Houston Cougars 34-4 Georgia Lady Bulldogs 75-66 1963 Stanford Cardinal 25-11 Florida Gators 79-69 1962 Texas Longhorns 30-9 Oklahoma State Cowgirls 82-63 1961 Duke Blue Devils 36-2 Western Michigan Broncos 73-66 1960 Duke Blue Devils 30-6 Southern California Trojans 72-66 1959 Virginia Cavaliers 32-4 Houston Cougars 76-73 1958 Texas A&M Aggies 31-6 Southern California Trojans 89-74 1957 Baylor Lady Bears 35-3 Arizona State Sun Devils 73-67 1956 Ohio State Buckeyes 33-4 Baylor Lady Bears 81-73 1955 Houston Cougars 29-9 Purdue Boilermakers 64-62 1954 California Golden Bears 35-3 Arizona State Sun Devils 74-61 1953 Tennessee Lady Vols 33-4 Southern California Trojans 84-43 1952 California Golden Bears 34-4 Tennessee Lady Vols 105-82 1951 Duke Blue Devils 33-6 Connecticut Huskies 64-59 1950 Tennessee Lady Vols 37-1 Arizona State Sun Devils 79-58 1949 California Golden Bears 32-6 Tennessee Lady Vols 74-68 1948 Michigan State Spartans 34-4 Southern California Trojans 78-75 1947 Stanford Cardinal 34-5 Purdue Boilermakers 89-84 1946 Virginia Cavaliers 30-8 Pepperdine Waves 58-50 1945 Tennessee Lady Vols 33-5 California Golden Bears 86-55 1944 West Virginia Mountaineers 28-8 St. John's Red Storm 76-45 1943 Tennessee Lady Vols 30-7 Virginia Cavaliers 76-60 1942 Maryland Terrapins 37-1 North Carolina Tar Heels 87-76 1941 Oklahoma Sooners 25-11 Stanford Cardinal 85-80


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Old 04-18-2012, 07:16 PM   #2
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Sue Charles will be the name of our 22-year old coach. She grew up tagging along with her dad, a successful high school coach who won multiple state titles. After her high school career ended, she enrolled in college and played D1 basketball at Wisconsin-Green Bay. She graduated early at age 20, because she was harboring the idea of going to graduate school to become a school psychologist.

"I was really done with basketball. Loved the game, but was sure I was done with it."

But when she enrolled at Nebraska State, she was made an offer she couldn't refuse upon graduation from her masters program. Word was out that she was still working out and that many of the players -- male and female -- were using her to work them out. "I told her she could be our assistant coach. She thought about it for about fifteen minutes and realized that she'd never get an opportunity like that so soon again and with that, she was on our squad," said athletic director Pete "Skippy" Bitterman.

But before the first game of the season, head coach Mark Altshull suffered a debilitating stroke that rendered him incapacitated and unable to start the year. The responsibility fell on the staff to serve in his stead, but Bitterman thought not twice about making the 22-year old Charles his interim head coach.

"We were a new program in D1 and really didn't know who wanted to get. Anyone's who's ever met her felt like she was gonna be a coach someday. I thought it'd be good for her to get the experience that might serve her well down the road..."

With that, Sue Charles and the Pronghorns of Nebraska State University in Kearney were apt to join Division 1 after years at the D2 level.


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Old 04-18-2012, 07:37 PM   #3
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Nebraska State (Real life: Nebraska-Kearney) is located on I-80 in Kearney, Nebraska. It's essentially the state university of western nebraska. What's ironic and unplanned about the selection of bringing this D2 school to D1 is that in my current solo dynasty that we'll be continuing for this one (And if you read the old Cambridge FBCB girls dynasty with muns, still the same file) is that Nebraska in the Big Ten has become a successful program.

The Lady Huskers have been successful under their own young coach, 28-year old Lily Aguilar who in her 3rd year took the team to the NCAA Finals, defying all expectations and so..basketball renaissance is going on in the state in the women's game.

The idea here is for Nebraska State to capitalize on this success.

The Pronghorns are going to spend at least their first two seasons as an independent. Not sure what conference they'll end up in after that, but we'll figure it out.

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Old 04-18-2012, 07:59 PM   #4
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Rules of Engagement

So I'm going to try to balance between being too much of a stat dump, but I don't want to wax poetic either. So I think we'll probably focus on each season as it happens, focus on recruiting and just realize that the goal is to build a winner here and that she's going to get the resources to do that. We're trying to win 1000 games, we're not trying to suck perpetually.

With that in mind, my scheduling for the first year is to go after wins and not worry about much else. We'll get an entire squad of walkons, of course. There won't be a lot of money to spend since we're an independent to start and so, we'll just go after players that can help us win and then try to build slowly from there.

I'll be creating recruits of course, with the hopes that the infused talent can possibly land in our laps but really...the goal is to build fast a la South Dakota State in real life..but on steroids.

So I'll run through the first seasons with a schedule, talk about recruiting and then recap the season's tournament. If there's specific information you want to know (e.g. anything random or stuff like who she marries, ha.) then you can ask and I'll put it out there otherwise I'm just gonna blaze through this before I get discouraged and/or bored.
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Old 04-18-2012, 09:10 PM   #5
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1999-2000 SEASON PREVIEW

We loaded up on transfers, hoping to scratch out the best squad we could honestly. Pat had it easier even though she was doing the laundry of her first team. Luckily, Sue has a student manager for that.

I will say the empty cupboard experience is fun. You get 13 scholarships from Day 1 and then the walkons come after that. So you get to really fill out your roster if you want with whoever is available, not saying that many/all of them are quality, but it's a pretty sweet scenario to start off with.

That said, I made the miscalculation of getting way too many freshman and so we're gonna be a young team with a young coach.

Here's the roster:

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NEBRASKA STATE PRONGHORNS General Player # Pos Yr Ht Wt Sch Acd Status Hometown -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Moriah Barnhart 55 SF Fr* 5-10 207 Yes 81 OK Panhandle, TX Fatoumata Carruthers 13 SG Fr* 5-9 174 Yes 84 OK Princeton, NJ Ella Flores 5 C Fr 6-2 212 No 77 OK Oakley, KS Sofia Foster 1 SG Fr* 5-7 193 Yes 68 OK Apopka, FL Iain Gidley 21 C Fr* 6-1 245 Yes 98 OK Deltona, FL Ally Jackson 32 PF Fr* 6-3 222 Yes 75 OK Daingerfield, TX Charlotte Lernoult 45 C Fr 6-0 204 No 69 OK Carquefou, France Danielle Morabito 40 PG Fr 5-6 159 No 81 OK Zionsville, IN Antoinette Mullier 23 PG Fr 5-10 158 No 71 OK Charlie Lake, Canada Aaliyah Pearce 44 PG Fr 5-7 162 No 88 OK Dana Point, CA Madelynn Poisson 53 PF So* 6-0 195 Yes 76 OK Hopewell Junction, NY Ava Ramsay 20 SF Fr* 6-1 191 Yes 43 OK San Antonio, TX Brianna Stocks 0 PF So 6-1 241 Yes 43 OK Alma, WI Anne Tompkins 33 SF Fr* 5-10 210 Yes 40 OK Salem, NJ Azul Washington 25 SG Fr 5-9 181 No 53 OK Hudson, WI

Gidley is a former 3-star recruit who transferred from Florida and Ramsey transferred from Virginia Tech and is the player I expect we'll run the offense through this year as she's a horse. Our walkons won't factor much, but we'll come into next year with a few schollys to offer up, but with us being independent for the next two years at least, we'll probably be slim pickins until we can get somewhere more permanent.

When it came hiring coaches, the idea was to save enough money for recruiting, since we knew there was no way that we'd really be able to get anyone out of this world. The idea was to get experience since our coach was so young. Not sure they are folks we'll keep around for the long haul, so I won't even introduce you.

Financially, the program is in decent shape though with a total budget of $368k. That's solid for a mid-major in this universe, as it's more than any of the other independents are spending, more than Nebraska-Omaha and would essentially put us near par with spending the Summit League or the WAC, which is about what I was hoping for to begin with.

Our first year schedule is, like I said, loaded with teams that would give us games and not much more than that. We were happy to get a few games against in-state teams that everyone knows. If you'd like a future game against a program you know, feel free to ask and I'll try to make it happen.

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Old 04-18-2012, 09:26 PM   #6
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I realize the schedule is frontloaded. Also an accident of having to schedule so many games at once. But so it goes. There are some "money games" early on purposely to simulate what real life might be like.

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NEBRASKA STATE PRONGHORNS Schedule Date Opponent Record RPI Result Score Record -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- 11/16/99 at #16 VCU 0-0 125 11/18/99 at #9 Rutgers 0-0 66 11/20/99 at #2 Nebraska 0-0 99 11/22/99 Colorado State 0-0 223 11/26/99 Alaska Anchorage 0-0 377 11/27/99 UMBC 0-0 8 12/02/99 at #1 Wyoming 0-0 229 12/04/99 Florida International 0-0 319 12/09/99 Nebraska-Omaha 0-0 179 12/11/99 South Dakota 0-0 183 12/16/99 at Air Force 0-0 221 12/28/99 Cal Tech 0-0 361 12/31/99 North Carolina A&T 0-0 208 01/02/00 at Georgia Tech 0-0 28 01/07/00 at Stephen F. Austin 0-0 303 01/09/00 Tennessee-Martin 0-0 252 01/13/00 Keensberg State 0-0 373 01/15/00 at Northern Connecticut 0-0 379 01/16/00 at Bantam 0-0 365 01/21/00 Boston University 0-0 3 01/22/00 at IPFW 0-0 177 01/26/00 at Belmont 0-0 36 02/04/00 at Wyoming Poly 0-0 388 02/06/00 at SIU Edwardsville 0-0 248 02/10/00 at Howard 0-0 204 02/12/00 at Scottsbluff State 0-0 364 02/17/00 Idaho State 0-0 74 02/19/00 at New Mexico State 0-0 339 03/01/00 Northern Arizona 0-0 78
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Old 04-19-2012, 01:36 AM   #7
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THE FIRST CLASS (1999-2002) Pt. 1

Going into the 1st year, it was obvious that we knew that Coach Summitt never had a losing season. So I was trying to schedule with that in mind, hoping that Coach Charles would have a potentially similar fate. The world is a lot more competitive now than it was in the early 70s for women's basketball, but I still tried to set things up to provide her with the most success possible.

Luckily, there are a lot more teams now and so..it was a lot easier to setup a schedule that would give us something to work with and the team of transfers seemed to get the job done led by our two standouts.

I think the easiest way to do this dynasty is to just recap each four-year class. That way, I don't have to do the stat dump thing and can instead just focus on performance and highlight anyone that's worth talking about.

So with that, let's recap Coach Charles First Class (1999-2002)

1999-2000
First season in D1 for the program and Nebraska State didn't miss a beat from its D2 days, going a surprising 23-7 in the regular season. Despite key losses, the squad played some tough competition early in the year which gave them a strong (inflated?) RPI and helped the school to its first postseason appearance in the bigs. The Pronghorns earned a #4 seed in the West region of the WNIT.

WNIT 1st Round: (4) Nebraska State 97, (5) Western Michigan 67
WNIT 2nd Round: (1) Drexel 80, (4) Nebraska State 75

So the first season ends with a record of 24-8. Coach Summitt went 16-8 in her first season, giving Coach Charles a 6 game lead to start her career.

No #1 seeds made the NCAA Final Four that year. (3) Houston beat (3) Mississippi State in one semi-final and (2) Tennessee beat (2) Notre Dame in the other one. Houston beat Tennessee in the national championship. It's their 4th title in program history, but the first one they'd won since 1973.

2000-2001
Our recruiting class was ranked #95th in the nation, inking four three-star recruits including the best player in Nebraska, Ximena Lafreniere.

We will be independent again this season, but have a short list of conferences that we might be interested in. They include the Summit League, Big Sky Conference and the fictional Blue Sky Conference comprised of schools I created (some were suggested by people here) and the Western Athletic Conference.

Depending on which league we join, there's a possibility we'll be able to start in our new conference as early as next season, otherwise we'll be two years away. I have divested control of recruiting for the time being, mostly because it's time-consuming and I want to sim years not be bogged down trying to find the best players for the team, plus this first group of kids are so young that there aren't many scholarships for a bit anyway.

Down the road, I'll be adding potential recruits to deepen the Nebraska pool but I haven't done that yet.

SEASON RESULTS
So this year was a bit different than last as the games were backloaded since I scheduled a bunch of home and home series purposely. So it added a different complexion to our late schedule and might have cost us a few wins.

We ended the 2nd regular season at 26-5, but firmly outside of the Bubble Watch’s predictions for the tournament, mostly due to a strength of schedule that was 361st in the nation (though our RPI was 78) and so it looked like another trip to the NIT for Coach Charles and the Pronghorns. But despite that, we were making a name for the program and people were noticing the little engines that could from Western Nebraska. That was the goal all along and sets the table for what we hope were future successes.

In the 2000 NIT, we were the #3 seed in the South Region.
WNIT 1st Round: Nebraska State 67, Carolina State 53
WNIT 2nd Round: New Mexico State 95, Nebraska State 92

So for the 2nd straight year, we make a departure in the second round of the WNIT. We end the 2000-01 season with a final record of 27-6. Wake Forest beat Georgetown in the WNIT.

In the NCAA Final Four, (1) Notre Dame beat (1) Washington and (5) Iowa knocked off (3) Nebraska to face off in the final, which was won by Notre Dame, their 3rd title overall, the last coming in 1996.

With no scholarships to give this year, there won’t be a recruiting class. But maybe that’s a good thing while the conference situation gets figured out anyway.


Ava Ramsey is coming off a season were she was National Freshman of the Year and a 3rd team All-American. Not bad for a player that didn’t fit at Virginia Tech. This season, she’s a 2nd-team All-American and really the only reason this team is nearly as good as it is. Topping her was Iain Gidley, who at the center position was a 1st-team All-America. This surprised me, but anytime you get a recruit from Florida I suppose it’s a good thing.


2001-2002
Season three starts with the decision on a conference. Our options are 1) Summit League 2) Big Sky and 3) Western Athletic Conference. We could probably win the WAC right now with our current squad, but it’s a pretty down on its luck league and we’re not sure what that’ll do for our SOS and so forth. The Big Sky is probably a better fit and the Summit League is the best fit. The problem with the latter of the three is largely that we’d end up being in the same conference as Nebraska-Omaha and that might hurt recruiting because we’ll both essentially be playing for the same possible tourney bid each year.

In the end, the decision was made to join the WAC. We will become members of the WAC effective this season. Hooray, we’re in a conference!

The WAC’s membership in this universe is comprised of:

New Mexico State
Idaho
Texas State
Utah Valley
UT-San Antonio
Southern Utah
Alaska Anchorage
Boise State
Texas-Pan American
Sacramento State
Denver

Last year, Utah Valley won the conference tournament and was a 16 seed. New Mexico State who beat us in the WNIT were the regular season champ going 16-2 in the conference. The AD raised $17k to put our budget over to $461k. That puts us as the top budget program in the WAC which isn’t saying much but is pretty nice in the grand scheme of things. With two players on our roster who are among the best in the nation, we’re hoping for a tournament appearance. Anything less would probably be a disappointment.

We’ll finally have two scholarships to use for recruiting freshman, as two of the players I initially recruited will be seniors this year. What’s even more interesting is the motherload of players that we’ll lose in two years -- SEVEN -- we’ll really have to rebuild the team then. We’re hoping that we can have enough success in the next two years to warrant having a club to really build.

Here’s our roster for the upcoming year sans any walkons we get:

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NEBRASKA STATE PRONGHORNS General Player # Pos Yr Ht Wt Sch Acd Status Hometown -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Madelynn Poisson 53 PF Sr* 6-0 197 Yes 76 OK Hopewell Junction, NY Brianna Stocks 0 C Sr 6-1 242 Yes 43 OK Alma, WI Fatoumata Carruthers 13 SF Jr* 5-9 175 Yes 84 OK Princeton, NJ Ally Jackson 32 SF Jr* 6-3 224 Yes 75 OK Daingerfield, TX Iain Gidley 21 C Jr* 6-1 247 Yes 98 OK Deltona, FL Sofia Foster 1 PG Jr* 5-9 196 Yes 68 OK Apopka, FL Moriah Barnhart 55 SF Jr* 5-10 209 Yes 81 OK Panhandle, TX Ava Ramsay 20 SG Jr* 6-1 193 Yes 79 OK San Antonio, TX Anne Tompkins 33 SF Jr* 5-10 212 Yes 40 OK Salem, NJ Ximena Lafreniere 41 SG So 5-10 183 Yes 25 OK Cozad, NE Emily Camper 43 PF So 6-0 241 Yes 57 OK Veteran, Canada Chloe Desmuelliers 11 C So 6-6 229 Yes 27 OK Longlac, Canada Katharina Schwager 34 PG Fr* 5-2 164 Yes 56 OK Kempten, Germany
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Old 04-19-2012, 09:22 AM   #8
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2001-2002 SEASON RESULTS

Into the 3rd season, the Pronghorns were not newbies into their new conference going 21-9 (14-2, WAC) and claiming the #1 seed in the WAC tournament. They steamrolled through the tournament knocking off Alaska-Anchorage and Texas State to set a date with Sacramento State for a bid to the NCAAs. Nebraska State knocked off the Hornets 100-85 and claimed their first WAC title.

We're going to the dance! Coach Charles matches Pat Summitt's record going to the tourney in her 3rd season, as the Vols finished 3rd at the AIAW in Coach Summitt's 3rd season.

The Pronghorns are the #13th seed in the Midwest region and have a date scheduled with the Notre Dame Fighting Irish (26-6), the defending National Champs and have made back to back Final Fours. No small feat.

NCAA 1st Round: Notre Dame 84, Nebraska State 66

With the loss to Notre Dame, we end the year at 24-10.

In the Final Four, 10th seed Towson performed the upset winning the Midwest region and faced off against in-state Maryland, the 4th seed out of the East Region. In the other semi-final 1-seed Mississippi State beat 4th seeded Florida in an all-SEC semi. Mississippi State beat Maryland in the title game to win their 2nd overall and first since 1978.
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Old 04-19-2012, 12:37 PM   #9
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2002-03 SEASON RECAP

In Year 4, we’re taking the training wheels off and we’re going to schedule much tougher opponents. Coach Summitt was known for scheduling tough regular season games and while our conference can’t match the SEC, we’re going to go out and find tough non-conference in the interim.

We went into this season with seven scholarships. It’s going to be a real adventure replacing all of those spots on the roster, but I’m going to see what we can do to fill as many as possible, though leaving us a bit of space might be nice. Not sure we’ll get any of our targets, but we’ll try. So far, the problem is that top recruits would rather go play for Wyoming -- we’ve lost so many kids to them -- and Nebraska isn’t yet producing the kinds of recruits we can really use in our program, though I always go after the best players in NE, SD, ND, MN and even Missouri. Wyoming produces even less than we do, so they have to dominate the region and do. Titles will do that for you though. So we’ve been having to hit overseas kids because they’re less biased against us, except it’s expensive to recruit lots of those kids. It seems like the right tactic to build this program up though.

Since we’re about to lose two of our standouts, I’ll start to chronicle a Pronghorn Hall of Fame so that we can recap the best players to ever done the Blue and White.

SEASON RECAP
Seems this year, we were the Murray State of our league. It also coincided with the emergence of point guard Sophia Foster who transferred from George Washington. The former 2-star recruit from Florida has done extremely well for us in her senior year, but has always been a quiet scorer putting up double digits in all four years she’s been here and was 2nd-team All-WAC last year.

We ended the regular season at 28-1 (15-1 in the WAC) and so, now it’s conference tourney time. Our schedule was not as strong as I thought it was gonna be. We were actually 335th in SOS this year. Our RPI was 26 at the end of the WAC tournament which culminated with a 54-41 win over UT-Pan American to claim our second straight WAC title and to again make the NCAAs.








Hilariously, we’re the #2 seed in the South Region and our first game? Against Summitt’s alma-mater UT-Martin.

NCAA 1st round: Nebraska State 71, Tennessee-Martin (22-11) 53
NCAA 2nd round Nebraska State 68, 10th seed VCU (25-10) 57


In the Sweet 16, we lucked out in the sense that there were upsets. #14 MTSU knocked off defending champion Mississippi State in the 1st round and 11th seed Clemson pummeled Stanford and so, we knew we’d end up with a low-seeded team in our first Sweet 16.

NCAA Regional Semi-final Nebraska State 85, MTSU 56 (25-11)
NCAA South Region Final Nebraska State 80, SE Louisiana 69 (28-8)

With a trip to the Final Four on the line, the upsets kept coming as we focused against 9-seed SE Louisiana who beat #1 North Carolina State in the Round of 32 and then knocked off #5 seed UConn in the Sweet 16. These kids are not going joking around.

The club was starting three seniors, but wasn’t enough to stop the Pronghorns from making their first Final Four. It’s an astounding ascent for a team that was made up largely of cast-offs from other programs and it’s setting the stage for bringing Nebraska State into the big time.

For once, I’m recapping the Final Four from being in it rather than just talking about the other teams. In this year’s Final Four we have two 3-seeds in Florida (27-8) and St. John’s (30-8) and we’ll be pitted against West region champ, 6-seed Iowa (29-8) in the other semi. Iowa’s current class lost in the title game two years ago and lost in the Elite Eight last year. They are battle tested and ready. Florida is making back to back Final Four appearances, while St. John’s is in the Final Four for the first time since 1944.

We are a team with SEVEN seniors, so naturally we're extremely experienced. That's surely why this is going so well. We have four players scoring in double figures, we rebound well and while in the earlier years Ava Ramsey was our dominating player, we've got a lot of contributions now.

FINAL FOUR
Nebraska State 83, Iowa 73
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In the Final, we will face St. John's who were in the Final the last time they made the Final Four.

2002-03 NATIONAL TITLE GAME

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Coach Summit made her first Final Four (if you count AIAW, which I do) in her 3rd season. It took Coach Charles until her 4th to do it. But in her 1st try, she won a national title. It was an unlikely ascent for the Pronghorns, but the real question is whether this is a flash in the pan fueled by aggressive recruiting and a lot of luck (and senior-laden roster) or whether they'll be able to sustain it over time.

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2003-04 SEASON RECAP

This year was most certainly a tougher schedule than the program had ever seen before. That's how it's going to roll now, purposely so that the wins aren't as easy to come by especially playing in the WAC.

When you lose seven seniors, you're going to have to come back and have a much tougher year the next season and 2003-04 was precisely that for the Pronghorns. Coupled with a much harder schedule to boot, this was going to be the year where Coach Charles came back down to earth.

The Pronghorns were the #2 seed in the WAC tournament after going 18-13 in the regular season. It'll take running the table in the tourney to get back to the NCAAs after last year's success.

We lost to Texas State 78-77 in the WAC semis, which means we'll be headed to a craptastic tournament since we weren't the regular season champ in the WAC.

Sure enough, we're headed to the A4 tournament as a 12th seed, which isn't really indicative of anything specific, that tournament will place regular season teams in no-bid leagues ahead of us and low-seeds always do well in that tourney. Not that we will, just indicating what it means.

A4 1st Round: Nebraska State 91, (5) St. Francis-PA (20-11) 89
A4 2nd Round: Nebraska State 74, (4) Hetfield (20-11) 68
A4 Semi-Finals: Nebraska State 69, (9) Fairfield (20-13) 60
A4 Championship: (3) Davidson (24-11) 90, Fairfield 73

In the A4 title game, we lost to Davidson ending the year at 22-15.

In the NCAAs this year, the Final Four was comprised of (9) Tennessee, (7) SMU, (3) Butler and (4) California.

In the national championship, SMU beat Cal. SMU won the WNIT last year and it was their first national championship.
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After five years, Pat Summitt had a .759 win percentage. After five years, Sue Charles has a .770 win percentage. She's ahead with 1 national title, had coached 9 All-Americans and has two conference titles to Pat's 1 at this point.

Sue Charles won't match her streak of 38 straight tournament (AIAW/NCAA) appearances, since the Pronghorns missed the NCAAs their 1st two years and missed against this year.

The 2003 recruiting class was ranked #40, the highest in program history and the only WAC program in the Top 50 (or Top 100, for that matter) and it included two four-star recruits for the first time, too.

The administration is getting restless with the WAC, feeling we've clearly outgrown it and have begun shopping for a new home for the program.

The options are:

Summit League (prestige: 2)
Horizon League (prestige: 3)
Major Conference (prestige: 4)

The Major is a mid-major superconference I formed to bring a bunch of mid-major teams that were having a ton of league success together years ago. It's probably the most tempting of the three because it'd be most like an SEC-like environment for the program. We'd also never leave. The difference is, we'll get roasted in that league.

The members are currently: (prestige)

VCU (88)
Butler (69)
Vermont (59)
Wyoming (90)
Drexel (70)
Xavier (53)
Rice (60)
Rocky Mount State (50)
BYU (50)
Gonzaga (41)
Cambridge (57)

If you read the old Cambridge dynasty, you'll know they're still around here with new coaches. Wyoming is a juggernaut thorn in our side and other programs are no joke either. It's a tough league night in and night out.

So with that as the bar, I think it's probably the best destination for the Pronghorns. We'll be moving to the MAJOR Conference. Financially, we compete well with those programs as our budget is actually bigger than theirs and yet, those teams still have lots of national success.

Anyway, we'll spend one more year in the WAC before making that move.
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2004-05 SEASON RECAP

This season was easily the worst of Sue Charles career. After a 16-14 regular season and going 10-6 in the WAC (tied for 2nd with a bunch of other teams...everyone just beat up on each other this year) they had to play a play-in game in the WAC tournament.

Despite that, the team put their game faces on and managed to beat Southern Utah, Texas State, Sacramento State and Utah Valley (the latter as the 10th seed who were on a huge run of their own at 10-23) to claim the WAC tournament title and with it, their 3rd NCAA bid in 4 years.

SEASON RESULTS
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The Pronghorns were a 14-seed in the South Region.

NCAA TOURNAMENT
1st round: #3 Towson (28-5) W, 81-67
2nd round: #6 San Jose State (26-9) W, 77-69
Sweet 16: #2 Oklahoma State (26-7) L, 72-58

So we fall in the Sweet 16. Not bad for a team that really had no regular season business being in the tournament at all. But we clicked at the right time and behind the efforts of Wyoming transfer Harper Cromer (C) and 4-star recruit Gracia Leon (SG) we were able to maximize and really it's a nice foundation for what we'll possibly be able to do next year.

With only one scholarship, we probably won't be bringing anyone in to impact things -- no freshman signed during the early period -- but we're still pleased at the end result as we head to what's going to a bloodbath of a conference next year.

If you hadn't noticed, I just update the season results for the coach in the first post. So if you just wanna see how close she's getting to 1098, you can do that up there.

In the Final Four this year, it was 1) Tennessee, 5) UNC, 2) Nebraska and 5) Rutgers. Tennessee beat Rutgers to claim their 7th title in school history.

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2005-06 Season Recap

With a few Top 100 recruiting classes under the belt, the Pronghorns are hoping for big things, especially after last year's surprising Sweet 16 run.

This was buoyed by the school's first 5-star recruit:

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RECRUIT DETAILS #45 PG Marie Hunley -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Height: 5-10 Weight: 158 High School: Jay High School Hometown: Jay, FL GPA: 2.18 Test Score: 950 Rating: ***** Attributes: -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Type INS JPS FTS 3PS HND PAS ORB DRB PSD PRD STL BLK QKN STR JMP STA -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Current: 46 46 28 29 58 38 18 32 21 26 65 31 91 42 47 23 Potential: C C D C A A F C D D A C Season Stats: -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- PTS OREB REB AST TOS A/T STL BLK PFS -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- 11.9 0.5 4.3 6.6 1.1 6.00 2.5 0.6 4.1 Shooting Averages: -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- FGM FGA FG% FTM FTA FT% 3PM 3PA 3P% -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- 5.2 10.7 .486 0.5 1.2 .435 1.0 3.3 .292 Recruiting Notes: -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Qualified: Yes Committed to Nebraska State Rankings: #21 Overall, #3 PG, Southeast Region #6 Overall, Southeast Region #1 PG High School Awards: None Top 5 Schools: Houston, *Nebraska State, Nebraska, Villanova, North Carolina State

It was a much better year for the Pronghorns upon joining the Major Conference. Rather than play down to the competition, the ladies blossomed in a big way.

After a 25-6 regular season, Nebraska State lost to Vermont in the conference semi-finals. Wyoming went on to beat the Catamounts to claim the conference tournament title. Despite that, the Pronghorns who went into Selection Sunday ranked 6th in the nation will surely be in the tourney this year.

We are the #4 seed in the Midwest Region.

NCAA TOURNAMENT
1st round: (13) IUPUI, W 98-59
2nd round: (5) California, W 91-74 Gracia Leon put up 43 points in this game. She is an absolute machine.
Sweet 16: (1) Nebraska, L 77-55

When I saw this matchup, I thought the AI had a huge sense of humor. This is obviously the first playoff matchup between the cross-state rivals. Nebraska is still the top dog in the dog park, but the Pronghorns and the state faithful view this as the chance to finally topple the dragon at the top of the mountain.

Not this year, though. Nebraska pummels us and we end the year at 29-8. Still another strong season for the club and with a 5-star and a 4-star recruit coming next year, one has to expect big things for a program that's continually on the rise.

In the Final Four, we had (1) Nebraska, (8) Georgetown, (1) NC State and (3) Notre Dame. The title was won by Notre Dame over Georgetown. It's Notre Dame's 4th title overall and their 3rd since 1996. Notre Dame has only missed the tournament once in school history (1946) for what it's worth and their head coach was actually Nebraska old head coach.

Emeka Iwu was named National Freshman of the Year. Gracia Leon was a 1st team All-American.

Here's the roster for next season:

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Old 04-19-2012, 05:48 PM   #17
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COACHING TREE

The following are members of the Sue Charles Coaching Tree as head coaches:

Frederique Rigsby, UNLV
Emily Grande, UCLA
Addison Tran, Louisville
Madison Glass, Ohio State
Isabella Slover, Scottsbluff State
Gianna Ramey, Kansas
Juliana Poling, Northern Illinois
Grace Bassett, Green Bay
Allison Nelson, San Francisco
Dayana Powell, North Dakota
Ella Walter, Wyoming State
Chloe Arsenault, Cal State-Northridge
Chaya Bergin, Hawaii
Ally Ison, Nebraska-Omaha
Skylar Denton, Yellowstone
Marie Hunley, Bethune-Cookman
Alyssa Duty, Brown
Addison Murray, Wichita State
Maddy Neely, Louisiana-Monroe
Gabrielle Jackson, Cambridge
Andee Hooper, Northern Illinois
Juliette Chaplin, Holy Cross
Aiyana Taylor, Milwaukee
Abbigail McGehee, Chicago
Julia Brinkley, UMKC
Sarah Fowler, IPFW
Halyee Murray, UTEP
Alison Fisher, Rutgers
Claire Nichols, UConn
Amy Lewis, TAMU-CC
Rachel Cole, Nebraska State
Emily Jones, CSU-San Fernando Valley

As new assistants go on to be head coaches, I'll add them to the list mostly so that I can keep count for the very end, since as coaches eventually retire the game won't keep an accurate count. If people leave these jobs or get fired, I won't edit. The idea is just to see how many of her former assistants went on to be head coaches in the future.

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Old 04-19-2012, 06:35 PM   #18
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2006-2007 SEASON RECAP

So to start Coach Charles 8th season, we lost to Cosby, an independent team 71-70. I suppose flukes do happen. But after that? Well...let's just say it was a long year of the different sort.

When you have three lottery picks on your roster, it can be a game changer and for us, the game has indeed changed.

Fueled by Garcia Leon's 24.2 PPG and the tandem of Emeka Iwu (15.0 PPG, 6.4 RPG) and Lily Thompson (6.3 APG, 13.7 PPG), the Pronghorns were unstoppable through the regular season.

The Major Conference thing has worked out better than I anticipated, but because we've risen to the occasion not because the competition has wilted.

After a perfect regular season in the conference (28-1, 16-0) we had to get through the conference tournament to a likely 1-seed, a team first. They accomplished the task with aplomb and went into the tournament 31-1.

We were the #1 seed in the West Region.

NCAA TOURNAMENT
1st round: 16 Bucknell, W 86-66
Just a programming note, South region #2 seed Nebraska lost to 15-seed Grambling State 86-83
2nd round: 8 Clemson, W 80-63
Sweet 16: 4 Arkansas, L, 104-84

And with that, the dream season ends! Very disappointing as I thought this was surely the year we were going to go all the way after so much success. But for the 3rd straight year we lost in the Sweet 16.

In the Final Four:

4) Arkansas, 3) Mississippi State, 1) Purdue, 2) St. John's.

Purdue beat St. John's in the title game. It was their first title in school history.
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Old 04-19-2012, 06:40 PM   #19
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After eight seasons, Pat Summit had been to 1 NCAA Final Four and had a career record of 197-58 (.772)

After eight years, Sue Charles has a career record of 218-65 (.770) and has been to one NCAA Final Four.
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Old 04-19-2012, 07:05 PM   #20
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you should join the Big 10 and terrorize Nebraska your conference is too easy.
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Old 04-19-2012, 08:57 PM   #21
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2007-2008 SEASON

There are at least two more players headed to the Pronghorn Hall of Fame after this year. The real question is whether this season will be the year Nebraska State gets past the Sweet 16?

We'll be losing six seniors this year and I'm letting the AI do all of the recruiting, so whoever we end up with will be at the behest of our computer overlord. One has to think that with three lottery picks on our roster -- easily the best team on paper in school history -- we'll have to do better this year. But we'll have to see how it all flops out.

The schedule is a bit of a mixed bag. Some challenging games, but also some games we ought to win. I won't bog down these threads with extraneous details unless someone is dying to see them.

Nebraska State ended the regular season 26-2, going 16-0 in the Major. Their two losses came against Top 25 opponents vs. Illinois and at Rutgers. We won the conference tournament title over 10th seeded Gonzaga. Will this be the year we make it back to the Final Four? Will it be considered a huge disappointment if we don't? I'd like to think so, given the talent we'll be losing after this year.

We're the #1 seed in the West region.

NCAA TOURNAMENT
1st round: 16) Ball State, W 101-69
2nd round: 8) Arkansas W, 78-54
Sweet 16: 5) Purdue W, 72-63
Elite 8: 10) Iowa State L, 91-86

With a trip to the Final Four on the line, we lost...to a 10th seeded Iowa State team that was on a hellbent path to the Final Four.

I don't even know what to say. It's just really disappointing. We end the year at 33-3.

There were two double digit seeds in this year's Final Four. Iowa State faced Illinois, a 2-seed. In the other semi, it was 1-seed Mississippi State and 11-seed South Florida. In the final, Iowa State became the highest seed to ever win the national title, knocking off Mississippi State.

What a season.

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Old 04-19-2012, 11:27 PM   #22
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PRONGHORN HALL OF FAME

#21 Iain Gidley (1999-2002)
#20 Ava Ramsey (1999-2002)
#12 Gracia Leon (2004-07)
#32 Emeka Iwu (2005-08)
#0 Alyssa Duty (2008-2011)
#11 Lorena Geary (2009-2012)
#13 Nadziejan Adamicz (2012-2015)
#26 Daniella Cook (2014-2017)
#0 Matilda Wandering Soul (2014-2017)
#10 Rosalina Guerrero (2015-2018)
#53 Brooklyn Winburn (2015-2018)
#31 Izabella Morgan (2019-2022)
#31 Aiyana Taylor (2023-2026)
#23 Alexis Shedd (2023-2026)
#5 Skylar Ramos (2027-2030)
#33 Dulce Chavez (2028-2031)

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you should join the Big 10 and terrorize Nebraska your conference is too easy.

If we had D1 football, I'd make the move. But no way that's happening in a state where the Huskers are kings. So yeah, we can't go there. I'd like to do it for the competitive reasons but I don't think it makes sense.
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2008-09 SEASON RECAP

A diminished schedule left us firmly on the bubble at the time of the Major Conference tournament. We finished the regular season 22-7 and needed a few conference tourney wins to solidify what was a near bid to the tournament.

We lost in the conference quarters to Butler. The Major Conference tourney is way earlier than any other leagues and so, the fact that we won't play for several weeks before Selection Sunday could push us out. We'll be 23-8 for the committee, our RPI is 26 and SOS is 69. It should be a good enough resume to put us over the top, but...it's anyone's guess what'll happen.

We will be moving to the Missouri Valley Conference next year. While it's technically a step down (a 4 prestige from the Major's 5 now) the budgets are actually higher in that conference than the league we're in now and our budget went down when we switched conferences which I didn't see coming and that annoyed me. Plus, I just think it'd be better for the program to be in a league with regional rivals rather than a random assortment of programs. So it gives us all of the competitive advantages of the Major Conference with more money to spend. Seems like a win-win.

So much for staying, I know. Well, as it turns out after this season I just dissolved the Major Conference and sent all of the teams back to where they came from. It frees up an auto-bid, which is good and it enables those teams to go back to doing what they were doing before -- in theory -- and that's being successful in their respective leagues rather than beating up on each other.

NCAA TOURNAMENT
We were awarded the 10th seed in the West Region. So the streak continues in spite of ourselves. Can we go on an Iowa State-like run towards to the title? Probably not, but let's see what happens.

1st round: (7) Houston, W 70-64
2nd round: (2) UCLA, L 84-64

And with that, we're out. But not especially shocking given that the team wasn't really playing especially well. So we end the year at 24-9. The team loses just one senior, albeit an influential one in Emeka Iwu, but...there's a lot to be hopeful for.

In this year's Final Four, UCLA knocked off UNC (also a 2-seed) and in the other semi-final, Tennessee, the lone top seed to make the Final Four beat Purdue. In the title game, Tennessee claimed their 8th national championship over UCLA. It's worth noting -- I just found this out -- that the head coach of that UCLA team? Former Nebraska State assistant Emily Grande who was in her first year after three years at San Diego. So the coaching tree continues to grow, branch out and succeed at a high level.

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Going into the 2009-10 season, it's already 11 seasons into the career of Coach Charles. It has been a largely successful campaign for her, as she's established Nebraska State as a player on the women's college basketball scene. But as we've learned, titles are not gimmies no matter who you are.

This year's roster lacks size and doesn't really have the depth we're accustomed to seeing. But after a few years of good yields in recruiting, this is probably the most complete team we've ever had in terms of a starting five.

Loretta Geary is a transfer from NC State, who was #3 in her class overall. This five-star recruit somehow fell into our laps and we couldn't be happier. After losing Iwu, having a third cog to complement Hunley and Duty will probably make us a lot better off.

We don't expect to have huge problems with the MVC this year, but we'll have to bulk up the schedule to compensate for the drop in weight class and it'll be during the non-conference that we can really see whether this team will be able to tourney tested or not.

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NEBRASKA STATE PRONGHORNS General Player # Pos Yr Ht Wt Sch Acd Status Hometown -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Brianna Roundy 51 C So* 6-1 239 Yes 65 OK Owensboro, KY Lorena Geary 11 SF Fr* 5-10 218 Yes 25 OK Marietta, GA Alyssa Duty 0 SG So 5-10 184 Yes 28 OK Kansas City, KS Marie Hunley 13 PG Sr 5-10 174 Yes 8 OK Jay, FL Alexa Carden 45 SG Jr* 5-4 160 Yes 44 OK Columbia Heights, MN Sofia Fillmore 23 PG So 5-7 186 Yes 28 OK Sterlington, LA Diamond Saxton 14 PF Sr* 6-5 229 Yes 71 OK San Francisco, CA Aubrey Jones 2 C Jr 5-10 194 Yes 97 OK Albuquerque, NM Francesca Calvin 21 SF So 6-2 194 Yes 64 OK Tulsa, OK Charlotte Tedder 10 C Jr* 6-2 231 Yes 27 OK Keystone Heights, FL Phoebe Villar 55 C So 6-1 233 Yes 27 Redshirt Hill City, KS Iris Rolle 12 PF Fr 6-1 226 Yes 59 Redshirt North Highlands, CA
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Ok, so the 2009-10 season was a new one for us playing in the Missouri Valley. We had a few injuries earlier in the year that kept us from maximizing things, but in the end, we went 11-5 in the conference and won the conference tournament.

Our overall record heading into the tourney was 26-7 and we were ranked 8th in the nation. Despite that, we ended up getting a low seed in the NCAAs, we were a 10-seed in the West region.

The team was led by senior Marie Hunley, our first 5-star recruit who felt some pressure to really get us over this hump of playoff flameouts. She was bolstered by the dynamic sophomore Alyssa Duty, a 5-star nab we took out of Kansas which in my mind singled our ascent into the upper echelon of midwest programs.

1st round: 7) SMU, W 84-65
2nd round: 2) Florida, W 69-56
Sweet 16: 3) Rutgers, W 76-74
Elite 8: 1) USC L, 76-66

With that, another year on the doorstep of the Final Four and we couldn't get the job done. We end the year at 29-8. We have a strong class replacing Hunley and another senior, so I'm pleased with what we'll be doing next year but...it's unfortunate we didn't have the pieces we needed to really get over the hump. Still, we squeezed a lot of out not a ton with a smaller rotation and not the depth we've had in the past.

Final Four: 1) USC 3) Arizona State 2) Cal 2) Nebraska

Cal beat USC 74-73 in the national title game.

In case you were wondering, Nebraska has four Final Fours since Nebraska State joined Division 1 and five overall (they made the title game the year before we moved up)

Our recruiting class for next year? #3 in the nation, our highest ever. Our only real pro prospect from the outset is the junior Alyssa Duty. But we'll have a nice core to work with, which isn't something we've had in a while with some real horses at each position and less undersized than we've been too in recent years.
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2010-2011 SEASON RECAP

Those dominant Pronghorns you know and love are back with aplomb kids.

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#1 NEBRASKA STATE PRONGHORNS Schedule Date Opponent Record RPI Result Score Record -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- 11/07/10 vs. Mississippi 17-13 57 W 87-75 1-0 11/08/10 vs. Davidson 18-14 114 W 94-57 2-0 11/17/10 at Southern Wyoming 17-13 160 W 77-64 3-0 11/25/10 North Carolina 23-11 33 W 73-71 4-0 11/27/10 at Purdue 20-11 52 W 89-54 5-0 11/30/10 Drexel 19-11 60 W 85-74 6-0 12/02/10 at Hawaii 13-19 189 W 81-64 7-0 12/07/10 Nebraska-Omaha 5-26 359 W 87-50 8-0 12/10/10 Chicago 23-9 82 W 95-48 9-0 12/12/10 at Xavier 11-19 360 W 105-60 10-0 12/17/10 UCLA 21-10 17 W 98-47 11-0 12/23/10 Evansville 9-22 262 W 65-50 12-0 (1-0) 12/25/10 Penn State 21-12 6 W 77-61 13-0 12/30/10 at Wichita State 14-16 244 W 82-64 14-0 (2-0) 01/01/11 at Drake 21-9 48 W 89-76 15-0 (3-0) 01/08/11 Wichita State 14-16 244 W 72-53 16-0 (4-0) 01/13/11 at Creighton 11-20 210 L 72-65 16-1 (4-1) 01/15/11 Indiana State 12-19 125 W 86-63 17-1 (5-1) 01/22/11 at Missouri State 18-14 90 W 83-62 18-1 (6-1) 01/26/11 Hofstra 15-15 104 W 77-44 19-1 01/29/11 Southern Illinois 15-16 169 W 89-48 20-1 (7-1) 02/03/11 #23 Northern Iowa 26-7 24 W 97-50 21-1 (8-1) 02/05/11 Missouri State 18-14 90 W 76-68 22-1 (9-1) 02/10/11 at Bradley 14-16 191 W 79-57 23-1 (10-1) 02/12/11 at Evansville 9-22 262 W 74-51 24-1 (11-1) 02/17/11 at Indiana State 12-19 125 W 66-58 25-1 (12-1) 02/19/11 at Illinois State 14-16 211 W 74-49 26-1 (13-1) 02/24/11 Drake 21-9 48 W 94-77 27-1 (14-1) 02/26/11 Creighton 11-20 210 W 81-36 28-1 (15-1) 02/28/11 Brigham Young 9-20 192 W 68-43 29-1 03/04/11 vs. Indiana State 12-19 125 W 91-72 30-1 03/05/11 vs. Missouri State 18-14 90 W 88-54 31-1 03/06/11 vs. #23 Northern Iowa 26-7 24 W 76-55 32-1

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#1 NEBRASKA STATE PRONGHORNS 30 Min Averages Player Pos GP GS Min Pts Orb Reb Ast Stl Blk To Fls +/- -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Alyssa Duty SG 33 33 30.0 21.5 1.2 6.0 2.8 1.2 0.4 2.1 2.9 23.0 Aubrey Jones PF 33 33 30.0 6.9 1.5 5.0 1.5 0.9 0.4 1.4 2.6 22.7 Alexa Carden PG 33 33 30.0 11.5 1.7 3.7 3.8 0.7 0.1 1.6 2.7 20.9 Lorena Geary SF 33 33 30.0 17.2 3.1 7.1 2.5 1.4 0.2 1.1 2.3 20.8 Brianna Roundy C 33 33 30.0 9.1 3.0 9.3 1.2 0.5 3.2 1.1 1.6 20.8 Sofia Fillmore SG 33 0 30.0 12.1 1.5 4.8 6.3 2.1 0.2 2.7 2.7 15.7 Charlotte Tedder C 33 0 30.0 6.9 1.9 9.4 1.0 0.2 0.2 1.4 3.3 10.7 Francesca Calvin SF 33 0 30.0 8.9 1.5 5.0 1.5 0.3 0.6 2.4 2.9 10.4 Alexis Lumpkin PG 1 0 30.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 7.5 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 7.5 Miranda Gordon PG 33 0 30.0 9.8 1.4 3.0 2.2 1.1 0.0 1.7 2.7 4.8 Kimberly Weiler PF 33 0 30.0 8.1 1.0 2.2 0.7 0.5 0.0 1.3 3.9 1.5 Sydnee Castel C 0 0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 Lea Thierauf SF 0 0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 Gabriella Richie PF 0 0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 Mariam Obrien SG 5 0 30.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 5.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 -30.0

We're the #1 seed in the Midwest Region. Will this be the year, in Coach Charles 12th year that we'll reach the promised land? For context, the girls on our roster are insane. Geary was rated #3 in her class, Jones #28, Duty was rated #11th, Fillmore #40, Roundy #53 and Carden was #70. The only one we'll be losing of that five is Carden, but we have THREE top 100 recruits redshirting right now (that's our class from last year that was rated 3rd and I might be ending up with a few more recruits to add to that list, to fill out our bench.)

The point is? We're at the point where we're starting to expect to win, not just be happy to be there. Too much money and energy is being invested in the program now for us to do anything other than 1) Beat the Huskers 2) Win championships.
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Old 04-20-2012, 05:11 PM   #28
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NCAA TOURNAMENT 2010-11
1st round: 16) Loyola-IL, W 111-49
2nd round: 9) Purdue, W, 75-74
Sweet 16: 12) UT-San Antonio, W 80-71
Elite 8: 3) Georgetown, L 75-66

A programming note. For the first time that I've ever noticed, a 16 seed beat a 1 seed. Austin Peay beat UConn 75-74 in the East Region.

We end the year at 35-2. I suppose the bright side is, we're bringing almost the entire team back and our eight-man rotation will be waaaaaay deeper than it's ever been in the 12th years that Coach Charles has run the program.

2010 FINAL FOUR: 3) LSU 3) Florida 3) Georgetown 7) Towson

LSU beat Towson 88-77 in the national title game. It's their first championship.

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Old 04-20-2012, 05:53 PM   #29
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After 12 seasons, Coach Charles is 339-87 with a win pct of .796. She's now 34 years old. I haven't decided if we'll change her name if she gets married off yet, but feel free to make some suggestions, since Coach Summit was originally Coach Head, after all. Season 13 is when Pat won her 1st title. Sue has already one under her belt, but we're getting to the point in her career where Pat did extremely well. From Season 13 through 25, she made eight Final Fours and won six titles.

So we'll really get to see how much Coach Charles compares as we get through the next decade or so.

What do you all think so far?

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2011-12 SEASON PREVIEW

So we've caught up to the real world now. We'll have seven scholarships going into this year, since last year's recruiting didn't really go as well as I'd hoped. We'll lose the dynamic Alyssa Duty this year, as well as three other key role players. The other three scholies are freed up from us cutting some walkons I'd been carrying.

The one thing that I think has separated this program from others is our lack of depth. We could never really run a full eight-man rotation because our role players are near walkon quality the past few years or transfers with serious flaws. So even with 3 or 4 blue chippers we weren't able to hang with programs that boasted super deep ballteams.

The hope is after this year, we can get closer to that position perhaps with a few transfers to fill out a roster of 3-4 blue chip recruits.

With this as the 13th year, we naturally want to claim a title. Missing the Final Four again is going to be a huge disappointment. Two of our assistant coaches left for Head Coaching jobs and were replaced and the hope is the new coaching staff will help move things along a bit.
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2011-12 SEASON RECAP

After a strong regular season that ended 29-1 with a 16-0 regular season, the Pronghorns lost to Drake in the MVC semi-finals which cost the team a #1 seed for sure. But after the way the past few years have gone down, maybe that's for the best.

1st round: 13) UAB, W 100-59
2nd round: 5) Stanford, L 88-83

Season ends with a record of 31-3. Winning is harder than it looks, folks.

I think there's a 95% chance we're going to change conferences too. We just need to be challenged, because racking up victories in crap conferences isn't good for the challenge of trying to be Pat. I think the Big 12 is going to come calling after this year.

Final Four: 9) Providence, 4) St. John's 4) Pittsburgh 1) Towson

Pitt beat St. John's in the title game. It was their first title.
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2012-13 NEBRASKA STATE ROSTER

Here's the Pronghorns 2012-13 Roster for your persual. We're drawing from all over the place.

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#1 NEBRASKA STATE PRONGHORNS General Player # Pos Yr Ht Wt Sch Acd Status Hometown -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Lorena Geary 11 SF Sr* 5-10 222 Yes 25 OK Marietta, GA Mariam O'Brien 24 PG Jr* 5-6 195 Yes 74 OK Cheshire, CT Sydnee Castel 25 C So* 6-4 222 Yes 75 OK Fabregues, France Lea Thierauf 15 SF So* 6-0 195 Yes 58 OK Gotha, Germany Gabriella Richie 30 PF So* 6-2 222 Yes 69 OK Ogden, UT Mia Miele 40 SG So 5-8 183 Yes 46 OK El Paso, TX Khloe Jackson 4 PG So 5-7 169 No 32 OK Lincoln, NE Macy Reynolds 23 C Fr* 6-1 245 Yes 22 OK Carterville, IL Yuming Jiang 5 PF Fr 6-11 221 Yes 71 OK Chengdu, China Gabrielle Jackson 55 PF Fr 6-6 248 Yes 44 OK Omaha, NE Nadziejan Adamicz 13 PF Fr 6-5 239 Yes 75 OK Katowice, Poland Andee Hooper 20 PG Fr 5-10 182 Yes 67 OK Alliance, NE Addison Murray 31 SG Fr 5-8 179 Yes 18 OK Imperial, PA Iris Harris 41 C Fr 6-1 227 Yes 15 OK Walker, MN
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The first year in the Big 12 was a success. Not only did it help us, but Wyoming ended up winning the Missouri Valley and will make their first tournament appearance since 2005.

We won the Big 12 tournament and headed into the tournament at 29-3. We were the #1 seed in the Midwest region. In contrast to past teams, this team was very well balanced offensively and otherwise. And I'd struggle to attach the "star" pin onto any of the women specifically. They're a pretty cohesive unit and our rotation is pretty deep all the way down the bench for the most part. It's weird having a 4-star kid you can insert playing 8th, 9th or 10th in the rotation. It's quite the luxury.

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NEBRASKA STATE PRONGHORNS Averages Player Pos GP GS Min Pts Orb Reb Ast Stl Blk To Fls +/- -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Lorena Geary SF 32 32 32.9 17.7 3.0 7.6 2.6 1.8 0.4 1.8 2.4 14.6 Nadziejan Adamicz PF 32 32 31.9 17.7 3.2 10.0 3.9 0.7 1.3 1.9 2.6 14.1 Mia Miele SG 32 32 26.9 15.1 0.7 3.2 1.9 1.8 0.2 2.8 2.5 11.7 Mariam O'Brien PG 32 32 29.8 11.2 0.7 2.9 8.4 0.9 0.3 1.8 2.8 14.1 Sydnee Castel C 32 0 14.6 7.2 1.1 3.4 0.9 0.6 0.2 1.4 1.3 4.3 Yuming Jiang C 32 32 25.2 5.5 2.0 6.7 1.3 0.7 0.2 1.2 2.1 11.9 Lea Thierauf SF 32 0 11.2 5.2 0.8 1.9 0.7 0.8 0.3 0.6 1.3 1.1 Andee Hooper PG 32 0 10.7 2.7 0.4 1.1 0.7 0.5 0.1 0.9 0.9 0.8 Gabriella Richie PF 32 0 9.4 2.6 1.2 3.2 0.5 0.0 0.8 0.8 0.6 3.3 Macy Reynolds C 31 0 4.7 0.6 0.4 1.3 0.1 0.1 0.1 0.2 0.6 -1.4 Khloe Jackson PG 29 0 2.7 0.4 0.1 0.2 0.5 0.1 0.0 0.2 0.1 0.8 Gabrielle Jackson PF 0 0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 Addison Murray SG 0 0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 Iris Harris C 0 0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0

We are the #1 seed in the Midwest region in this year's tournament.

NCAA TOURNAMENT
1st round: 16) North Dakota, W (97-66)
2nd round: 8) Nebraska, W (91-81)
THE COMPUTER HAS A SENSE OF HUMOR
Sweet 16: 4) Oklahoma State, W (100-65)
We split the season series with these guys, with each team winning at each team's respective home. Now at a neutral site? I'm not sure what to expect to be honest. But as it turns out, it wasn't anything to worry about. Our girls were ready for the task.
Elite 8: 6) Portland, (94-78)

And with that win, Nebraska State will head to our first Final Four in 10 years!

FINAL FOUR: 2) Tennessee, (95-87)
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Nebraska State 95, Tennessee 87 -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Tennessee (29-6, 13-3): Player Pos Min Fgm-a Ftm-a Off Reb Ast PF Pts Serena Holman C 27 4-6 0-0 0 8 0 3 8 J. Destombes PF 24 2-2 0-0 1 6 0 2 4 Carmen Siegel SF 28 5-12 4-4 1 3 5 3 14 Denisse Lorfeuve SG 33 11-14 2-2 3 4 0 2 28 Kynlee Lamar PG 32 4-15 5-5 2 3 10 3 14 Reagan Bane PG 11 2-4 0-0 0 2 3 3 6 Claire Swartz SG 13 3-7 0-1 0 0 4 1 9 Aryanna Collins SF 3 0-1 0-0 0 0 0 2 0 Gabriela Deason PF 19 1-2 0-0 1 3 1 1 2 Emily Schneider PF 7 0-1 0-0 1 2 0 1 0 Maria Heiß PF 2 0-0 2-2 0 0 0 0 2 Charlie Rivera C 1 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 0 0 Turnovers: 15 (S.Holman 4, J.Destombes 1, C.Siegel 1, D.Lorfeuve 3, K.Lamar 2, R.Bane 4) Blocked Shots: 4 (S.Holman 2, J.Destombes 1, G.Deason 1) Steals: 7 (S.Holman 1, J.Destombes 1, C.Siegel 1, K.Lamar 1, C.Swartz 1, E.Schneider 2) 3P FGs: 10-29 (S.Holman 0-1, C.Siegel 0-3, D.Lorfeuve 4-6, K.Lamar 1-8, R.Bane 2-3, C.Swartz 3-7, A.Collins 0-1) Nebraska State (34-3, 14-2): Player Pos Min Fgm-a Ftm-a Off Reb Ast PF Pts Yuming Jiang C 31 0-1 0-0 0 3 2 2 0 Nadziejan Adamicz PF 35 12-18 2-3 1 10 6 2 26 Lorena Geary SF 35 9-16 4-5 6 13 1 2 26 Mia Miele SG 35 5-13 0-1 3 5 4 4 11 Mariam O'Brien PG 33 6-12 2-2 2 3 11 1 19 Sydnee Castel C 11 2-5 2-2 1 1 0 1 6 Lea Thierauf SF 6 1-1 2-3 1 2 0 0 5 Gabriella Richie SF 1 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 0 0 Andee Hooper SG 5 1-1 0-0 0 1 0 0 2 Macy Reynolds PF 3 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 1 0 Khloe Jackson PG 4 0-0 0-2 0 0 0 1 0 Turnovers: 14 (N.Adamicz 3, L.Geary 4, M.Miele 2, M.O'Brien 3, L.Thierauf 1, A.Hooper 1) Blocked Shots: 5 (L.Geary 1, M.Miele 1, M.O'Brien 2, S.Castel 1) Steals: 6 (M.Miele 3, M.O'Brien 2, S.Castel 1) 3P FGs: 11-26 (Y.Jiang 0-1, L.Geary 4-5, M.Miele 1-7, M.O'Brien 5-11, S.Castel 0-1, L.Thierauf 1-1) Player of Game: PG Mariam O'Brien (BRASKA)

Other semi-final: 2) Iowa v. 1) North Carolina, (North Carolina W, 104-95)

So we're back in the title game for the first time in a decade. UNC last won a title in 1986, so we're both fighting droughts, though they've made every tournament since then. Their roster boasts two sophomore stars in Emmy Rosenberg and Ekwueme Saro-Wiwe, the latter would be the 1st pick in the draft we let players leave early in this league (we don't, since the WNBA doesn't...)

The programs have played once in history and we won that lone meeting. I feel confident that we can win this, we have a lot of weapons to throw at them, but it's hard to say.

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Old 04-21-2012, 06:39 PM   #34
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If Pat's advantage was that she coached during the nascent stages of the NCAA and prior, then Sue's advantage is that she's coached in an era where 30-win seasons are theoretically easier to come by as an elite team.

With the squad only losing one senior (Lorena Geary) one has to fear the 'Horns next year and perhaps the year after, as again there will only be one player lost next year too.

Scary proposition, especially when you consider the 3 redshirts who'll see action this coming year. It makes you start to understand how to build a program that constantly reloads a la a UConn or Tennessee in real life. I'd see them operate in the game, but never really understood how it happens myself since I'd never built an elite program from the ground up before.

But now that I'm watching it happen, it's sort of fun (also, completely insane) how these things come together and even as they recruit Top 10 class after Top 10 class, you see how hard it is to claim titles year after year.

So with that, let's get to Season 15.
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2013-14 SEASON RECAP

Imagine if Kentucky had brought back their entire Starting 5...for four years straight. Essentially, we're doing some variation of this and it didn't occur to me until now how sort of ridiculous that is. But that's the scoop here.

The expectations couldn't be higher and the real test is going to be whether the women can rise to the occasion or whether Nebraska State will wilt until the pressure.

The regular season ended with a #2 seed in the Big 12 tourney, but the Pronghorns rolled through the tournament knocking off Iowa State, the top seed in the conference final. They go into the NCAAs with a record of 29-5.

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The SEC led the field with 7 bids, Big East & Big 12 had 6, Big Ten and ACC had 5 apiece.

We earned the #1 seed in the Midwest region and will play the winner of a play-in game.

NCAA TOURNAMENT
1st round: 16) Eastern Illinois, (W 80-43)
2nd round: 9) Kentucky (W, 80-62)
Sweet 16: 4) Houston (W, 90-79)
Elite 8: 7) NC State (W, 93-81)

FINAL FOUR
It's going to be a Big 12 party, apparently.

1) Iowa State 1) Nebraska State 1) North Carolina 5) West Virginia

We face off against West Virginia in the other semi-final. We only played them once this year, it was in Kearney and we beat them 96-71. But of course, none of that matters right now. They're 25-10 and boast four scorers averaging in double figures including Elizabeth Hill, who is putting down over 20 PPG, more than anyone on our team individually.

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The national title game will be a rematch of last year's title game between Nebraska State and North Carolina.

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UNC claims their first title since 1986 and we go home on the losing end.
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Here's the current list of coaches with the most wins in my particular universe. Because why Coach Charles is chasing Pat Summitt, there have been luminaries in this game prior to her arrival that are worth noting.

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Coach Wins Records # NAME SEASON RECORD CURRENT TEAM -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- 1. Veronica Gower 2016 1108 Retired 2. Britney Miller 1985 1037 Retired 3. Rosa Harkins 1973 948 Retired 4. Melina Lefebvre 1973 912 Retired 5. Sue Muldowney 2028 901 Nebraska State 6. Neveah Bragg 1993 874 Retired 7. Yaretzi Irizarry 2015 872 Retired 8. Nevaeh Lavigne 2010 858 Retired 9. Esme Nesbitt 2027 829 Retired 10. Hailee Gambill 2027 825 Retired 11. Jade Neal 1977 815 Retired 12. Natasha Jones 2028 787 Iowa State 13. Madeleine Hebert 2024 786 Retired 14. Jade Dorsey 1971 785 Retired 15. America Ripley 1980 783 Retired 16. Macie Vann 2022 782 Retired 17. Carly Tolson 2017 758 Retired 18. Gisselle McCulley 1969 757 Retired 19. Sophia Bennett 2018 751 Retired 20. Quinn Kerby 1970 746 Retired 21. Hadassah Woodward 2001 715 Retired 22. Madison Johnson 2015 711 Retired 23. Brielle Twitty 1968 702 Retired 24. Alayah Stumpf 1995 698 Retired 25. Rosa Drake 1977 696 Retired 26. Miah Oliver 1985 695 Retired 27. Hadassah Jones 1981 693 Retired 28. Ashley Doody 1979 691 Retired 29. Makayla Lovett 1966 687 Retired 30. Amiyah Vogt 1997 676 Retired 31. Journey Young 1975 670 Retired 32. Darrisha Metcalfe 1989 665 Retired 33. Emily Smith 1996 652 Retired 34. Victoria Ross 2014 652 Retired 35. Shaleigh Josephson 1973 644 Retired 36. Rylie Bridgers 1972 642 Retired 37. Micaela Bosco 2003 642 Retired 38. Chaya Urquhart 1967 637 Retired 39. Doniece Crawley 1972 634 Retired # NAME SEASON RECORD CURRENT TEAM -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- 40. Arely Silva 2011 628 Retired 41. Zaniyah Marshall 1977 621 Retired 42. Barbara Jones 1962 619 Retired 43. Mikaela Danforth 1994 618 Retired 44. Emerson Lattimore 1990 607 Retired 45. Taryn Dameron 1988 604 Retired 46. Lily Aguiar 2028 603 St. John's 47. Camille Polston 2023 602 Retired 48. Violeta Rountree 1977 601 Retired 49. Jayla Fabian 2014 601 Retired 50. Abigail Dillingham 1962 598 Retired Coach NCAA Championships Records # NAME SEASON RECORD CURRENT TEAM -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- 1. Sue Muldowney 2028 7 Nebraska State 2. Melina Lefebvre 1973 6 Retired 3. Macey Kelm 1959 4 Retired 4. Rosa Harkins 1973 3 Retired 5. Nevaeh Lavigne 2010 3 Retired 6. Talia Thomas 1961 2 Retired 7. Gisselle McCulley 1969 2 Retired 8. Mira Thomas 1971 2 Retired 9. Jade Neal 1977 2 Retired 10. Evie Cohn 1985 2 Retired 11. Sage Dabney 1990 2 Retired 12. Nia Hovey 1992 2 Retired 13. Mikaela Danforth 1994 2 Retired 14. Malaya Speck 2000 2 Retired 15. Daniella Barhorst 2010 2 Retired 16. Victoria Ross 2014 2 Retired 17. Jolene Brown 2022 2 Retired 18. Hailee Gambill 2027 2 Retired 19. Viviana Bishop 1942 1 Retired 20. Aniya Beasley 1950 1 Retired 21. Braelynn Nesbitt 1951 1 Retired 22. Darrisha Mercer 1955 1 Retired 23. Esme Sparkman 1955 1 Retired 24. Esme Jett 1963 1 Retired 25. Brielle Twitty 1968 1 Retired 26. Esme Hurst 1971 1 Retired 27. Jade Dorsey 1971 1 Retired 28. Arianna Brothers 1976 1 Retired 29. Reyna Bromley 1977 1 Retired 30. Emilee Dumont 1977 1 Retired 31. Raelynn Mardis 1977 1 Retired 32. Ashley Doody 1979 1 Retired 33. America Ripley 1980 1 Retired 34. Hadassah Jones 1981 1 Retired 35. Britney Miller 1985 1 Retired 36. Willa Mackenzie 1987 1 Retired 37. Alayah Mowery 1988 1 Retired 38. Isis Dayton 1991 1 Retired 39. Alicia Speck 1992 1 Retired # NAME SEASON RECORD CURRENT TEAM -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- 40. Maya Mueller 1996 1 Retired 41. Mariam Jeter 2003 1 Retired 42. Aspen Flora 2005 1 Retired 43. Kaia Myrick 2006 1 Retired 44. Kayleen Moye 2009 1 Retired 45. Emma Moore 2012 1 Retired 46. Isabella Soukup 2012 1 Retired 47. Jayla Fabian 2014 1 Retired 48. Veronica Gower 2016 1 Retired 49. Caitlin Craven 2016 1 Retired 50. Jay White 2018 1 Retired

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So we have four seniors this year, but they are mostly just role players and not of the impact variety. They'll be key components in helping us move forward this year towards what we hope is a 3rd straight Finals appearance and another title, but with another #1 recruiting class under our belts, we're expecting good things.

What I've decided to do is for the next ten years, I'm just going to let the AI control everything (well except the notional human character so she doesn't take another job...) and then see what happens.

My thinking is that it's been a bit too easy with a human controlling stuff and it might be better to see what the computer does with her over the next decade. So we'll sim through the next 14 years, since I did the recruiting for this current class.

That'll put us in line to coach her 30th season through her 38th and final season to see how she does. I'm hoping that a successor emerges sometime over the next 20 years or so too. Most anyone now would be too old to do it, but perhaps we'll find an assistant we can keep on for a long period of time or someone on the staff by then will be good enough to handle the shift.

Not that I intend to go further necessarily. But just saying...

In a naming footnote, Sue Charles married John Dickinson Muldowney and they've had one son they named Trevor. She had him after the 2013 season when she was 38.

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What I've been doing through this portion in addition to simming, is making sure when assistants leave I've been replacing them with first-time assistant coaches who become former players of the program since the game can't do it automatically.

So then the coaching tree is like Pat Summit's where it's full of former players.
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Ok, so 14 years are up but I'm gonna run through a 15th year before taking over the program again. It'll be Sue Muldowney's 30th season and so, I'll have seasons left before she retires. Her record and team's results through the years we simmed are available in the first post. Also showed you the updated wins record. In our universe, it's 1108 so Sue has about 9 years to get 200 or so wins.

She has more titles than any coach, 2nd in win %, more all-americans and more conference titles.

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We are into the 32nd season of Coach Charles-Muldowney's tenure as the 1st and only head coach that Nebraska State women's basketball has ever known.

There are six seasons left, as we're going to retire her after her 38th season.

Still plotting the best way to go through the recaps...but I have been updating everything in the first thread so you get a sense of how things have been going.
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It's the 35th season of Coach Sue Muldowney's career. It's sort of amazing how time flies when you consider that we were just getting started here not too long ago. But she has single-handedly built the program at Nebraska State. There are whispers that might be ready to "pursue a new challenge" and quietly, the school has begun pinging possibilities for her role, knowing that as she nears 60 she will want to step down, as she's said always that she "never intended to coach forever."

Here's the roster heading into the current season, which I had nothing to do with. I've stopped recruiting for the program ages ago and so their performance over the past two decades or so hasn't had anything to do with my input:

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#2 NEBRASKA STATE PRONGHORNS General Player # Pos Yr Ht Wt Sch Acd Status Hometown -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Kara Owens 35 C Sr 6-4 236 Yes 89 OK Houston, TX Jaylen Swinford 12 SF Jr 5-7 191 Yes 15 OK Clear Lake, WI Emily Humbert 10 C Jr 6-2 243 Yes 91 OK Sanger, TX Anna Kalinin 4 PF Jr 6-5 237 Yes 35 OK Kirov, Russia Jette Deguenther 13 PG Jr 5-7 166 Yes 42 OK Freiberg, Germany Chloe Weese 0 SG So 5-4 166 Yes 31 OK Shoreham, NY Kenzie Wesson 42 SF So 5-11 237 Yes 68 Unhappy Pensacola, FL Addison Baron 44 SG So 6-0 173 Yes 53 OK Washburn, WI Matilda Anderson 5 SG Fr 5-7 183 Yes 20 OK Rockhampton, Australia Elin Vanover 2 PF Fr 6-4 208 Yes 97 OK Godley, TX Abigail McConnell 32 C Fr 6-1 229 Yes 62 OK Littleton, CO Tenley Rayfield 40 SG Fr 5-9 199 Yes 82 OK Edmonton, Canada Masego Jaja 30 PG Fr 5-5 152 Yes 29 OK Yeovilton, UK

Muldowney is 47 wins away from tying Veronica Gower's record of 1108 set in 2016 after she retired from Iowa State. The difference is, Muldowney got all of her wins at the same school. She has the highest win percentage currently of any coach, surpassing the .857 set by former Tennessee coach Macey Kelm back in 1959 where she won 4 titles in 19 years.

Her eight titles and 24 conference titles tops the list and she's coached more all-americans (46) than any other coach by nearly double.

So there's a wonder about what's her motivation to stay around other than chase the wins record and perhaps get to 10 titles.

With that said, we're going to see how the next year goes while also monitoring the upstarts. I can't decide what I want to do next. Whether I ought to follow the progress of the next coach to follow her with the program or move on to some other challenge in this universe.

Whether she'll catch Coach Summitt or not is seemingly inevitable, but given the challenges of doing it how Pat did when she did it, says a lot. Still, building a program into a formidible one is saying a lot too. And when it's all said and done, no coach in the game will have ever done what Sue Muldowney did and with that...we'll need to see if someone can follow HER act and reach the milestones she's set.

Because that might be more impossible than our initial task.
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Old 04-29-2012, 11:37 PM   #42
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With three seasons left in her career and nearing the record for most wins, I'm tempted to add some levels of difficulty as she reaches her quest since we're now so close.

One of those was the geographically illogical move to put the Nebraska State squad into the SEC. I figured it was crowning pinnacle of the story since it was based on Pat Summitt's club in the SEC. Evening out the league with 16 was founding member Georgia Tech. It makes the SEC even more formidable than before and there will be absolutely no breaks in that schedule.

There were some other conference moves, like adding Pitt to the Big Ten, West Virginia to the ACC, Tulane and Wyoming to the Big 12 (remember, Wyoming is actually good in this universe and has been for a while...) and so we'll see what the new universe looks like.

I also, for the first time, turned on academic suspensions because I want to make the next 4 years really hard and want to see what kinds of results it produces. Also jacked up injuries for the same reason. It won't necessarily stay that way, but...that's what we're doing for at least the next year to see what happens.
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Old 04-30-2012, 02:36 PM   #43
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All right, so I've decided what I'm going to do.

In a move best termed as unorthodox, when Sue Muldowney retires I'm going to reboot this dynasty in a completely different state maintaining the history of Nebraska State but with a new program.

I'm thinking I'd like to keep going, but in a state that actually produces its own in-state talent.
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Old 05-01-2012, 02:37 AM   #44
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Moving on...

I've been trying to figure out precisely how we'd end Sue Muldowney's career. As of her 36th season, she passed the all-time wins mark. I've been trying to figure out a way to get back to the roots of the story in a sense while focusing on the coach's end and I've come up with a solution.

The twist in our story is now that Sue Muldowney is being forced out by the program that she built from the ground up. School officials are privately wondering whether or not she's losing her touch, despite a streak of NCAA tourney appearances, Top 10 recruiting classes and are wanting to groom her replacement now while the program is stop at a high place rather than waiting for some kind of inevitable decline before pushing the coach out when she's too old to coach.

Coach Muldowney is sure that she does not want to step down or retire, because she feels she still has a lot left to give. So after an impasse, the two parties decide to meet to discuss what they'll do about her future. It's evident that she's probably never going to coach another game with the program. Alums are upset, but are split as they understand that the program needs to move forward.

The school wants Coach Muldowney to move into a VP role with the university, but she's not interested in any ceremonial jobs. She wants to coach plain and simple.

Nebraska State seems to believe that she will not get hired by most schools due to her age and the fact that she can't be afforded. They also don't want her to leave though.

In the end, the decision will be made for Coach Muldowney to leave. Officially, the parties will say it's a retirement. But she will then crop up a few months later taking over a job at another program. The rules are that it needs to be a program with a prestige at 70 or lower.

I haven't decided whether she'll just coach the last two years of her career and stop at 58 or if she'll coach for longer and establish a new legacy elsewhere. The story arc now turns to this idea that the John Wooden of women's hoops has moved on. The questions will abound whether she can duplicate her success elsewhere, with no help from me or anything like that. It'll be straight up a coaching job of an unprecedented scope.

Naturally I have no idea where she'll go or anything yet, but...stay tuned!
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Old 05-01-2012, 11:34 AM   #45
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"Coach, we need to part ways here..."

Part of this story arc is trying to figure out what would possess a program to pass on someone who has built them up. Perhaps in the modern era, we've seen it more. Though 58 is considered young, she's had the helm of the program from the start.

Meanwhile, the coach decides that she's good enough to do it anywhere and believes that's precisely what she'll do. From the start, she rules out elite programs. Too many friends in those situations and too big a fishbowl. She wants to go someplace off the beaten path like where she started knowing that she can make a name for a place like that and the people will be continually grateful for what they get.

The biggest difference? The drop in resources compared to what she's used to at Nebraska State.

But before we get to that point, we're going to need to evaluate the possible programs that are vying for what will rival Peyton Manning leaving the Colts for most interesting free agency move we've seen.

She's going to be looking for a program that 1) hasn't had a lot of success 2) that's in a mid-major conference and 3) where there are a lot of seniors so she can immediately begin recruiting and can remake the program in her own image.

I'm not sure if being in a place with its own local recruiting base is a priority, but I imagine that it will be after years of coaching in relatively barren Nebraska.

Next, we'll profile the finalist programs and pick her next job.
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Old 05-01-2012, 02:05 PM   #46
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COACH MULDOWNEY'S FINALIST LOCALES

Sue Muldowney has been asked to leave Nebraska State. Officially she will retire and not return for her 37th season, but she will turn up a few weeks later as the new head coach of a completely different program after 36 years at the helm of the program at Nebraska State.

Her goal is to find a program where she can make an impact. We haven't decided how long she'll stay coaching, it might be for the next two years or it might be longer than that.

We also don't know who will be the person to replace her at Nebraska State, but we'll tackle that after we figure out where she's going. I originally was thinking only mid-major, but as I've gone through I feel like there are some intriguing possibilities that we need to consider.

The only coach in this dynasty's nearly 100-year history to claim titles with multiple teams was Melinda Lefebvre who won 3 titles with Duke, before leaving for UConn and winning three more in the 1960s and 1970s.

IUPUI (Prestige: 36, Summit League)
Budget: $287,625
#2 rated facilities in their conference, have made the NCAAs 6 times in their history, but only once in the last 25 years. Roster boasts six seniors.

FGCU (Prestige: 28, Atlantic Sun)
Budget: $265,000
Last NCAA appearance came in 1977. Pretty much barren situation, but at least they're in Florida.

North Florida (Prestige: 24, Atlantic Sun)
Budget: $260,000
Last NCAA appearance came in 1979. Pretty much barren situation, but at least they're in Florida. Coach has had the job for eight years.

Creighton (Prestige: 65, Missouri Valley)
Budget: $497,500
It's not an upgrade, but from the perspective of "stay in the neighborhood and show them whose boss" this move would make sense. Two years removed from a 26-win season were they made the NCAAs.

Kentucky (Prestige: 67, SEC)
Budget: $576,250
Obviously not a mid-major. But the program has made 12 NCAA appearances ever and only has one Sweet 16 in school history. Making it easier, they're without a coach.

New Orleans (Prestige: 39, C-USA)
Budget: $338,812
Only the 7th year of the program, they've made one post-season tourney in their existence. Seems less likely an option, since the coach is a Louisiana native. But I thought it was an interesting program to put on the list.

USC (Prestige: 100, Pac-12)
Budget: $800,000
I actually had UCLA here, as they've never won a national title either. But USC has made more Final Fours than any program never to win a national title (11). They also don't have a head coach at the moment, making this the almost perfect landing spot for a Hall of Fame coach to cement her legacy.

Florida State (Prestige: 74, ACC)
Budget: $602,500
Have been to the Sweet 16 four times but have never reached the Elite 8 in program history. Have made 3 NCAA appearances in the past seven years, but have never been able to get over the hump as a program. Obviously in Florida where recruiting might be easier to manage, too.

Seems like the likely outlet is to pursue a major conference gig, because she wants to prove she can still coach at a high level, especially since there are major conference gigs actually available. Because really, the only thing left to cement her legacy would be taking two schools to national titles.

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Finalists for the Nebraska State Head Coaching Job

The hardest job is following a legend. Now we need to figure out who will replace Sue Muldowney as head coach at Nebraska State after 26 years. If the choice is made to go to the pipeline, there are these names:

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Frederique Rigsby, UNLV
Emily Grande, UCLA
Addison Tran, Louisville
Madison Glass, Ohio State
Isabella Slover, Scottsbluff State
Gianna Ramey, Kansas
Juliana Poling, Northern Illinois
Grace Bassett, Green Bay
Allison Nelson, San Francisco
Dayana Powell, North Dakota
Ella Walter, Wyoming State
Chloe Arsenault, Cal State-Northridge
Chaya Bergin, Hawaii
Ally Ison, Nebraska-Omaha
Skylar Denton, Yellowstone
Marie Hunley, Bethune-Cookman
Alyssa Duty, Brown
Addison Murray, Wichita State
Maddy Neely, Louisiana-Monroe
Gabrielle Jackson, Cambridge
Andee Hooper, Northern Illinois
Juliette Chaplin, Holy Cross
Aiyana Taylor, Milwaukee
Abbigail McGehee, Chicago
Julia Brinkley, UMKC
Sarah Fowler, IPFW

Now not all of these coaches are currently working as head or assistants. Some have retired, but I wanted to keep a chronicle of all of them so we'd know. A number of them are former players too, which adds to it.

Let's take a look at some of the finalists for the position after a search committee went through and whittled all of the pretenders out:

Chaya Bergin
Head Coach, Duke
Age: 57
Career Record: 464-213
The problem here is she's actually just a year younger than Coach Muldowney. She's two years removed from leading Duke to a national title, the first of her career. If Muldowney were truly retiring, then you'd have to think the first call would go to her, but with the circumstances as they are, it feels like you almost have to go with a younger coach. But should one of them not want the job, Bergin would be a great fallback option to lead the prorgram after a few years.

Ella Walter
Head Coach, Rutgers
Age: 55
Career Record: 427-285
Another one of those coaches who has done well since getting her career going, but whose age would seem to disqualify her. Also, Rutgers last made the Sweet 16 eight years ago. Not exactly the signs of "turning things around" in Jersey. Still, a good Plan B if Bergin weren't interested.

Gabrielle Jackson
Head Coach, Missouri
Age: 40
Career Record: 117-107
Now we're talking. Alumna who was a 4-star recruit out of Omaha. Didn't have much of an impact on the program, but has proven her worth as a coach. She spent three years as an assistant before taking over at Cambridge, spent a year at Akron leading them to the Final Four and has now been at Mizzou for 3 years. Problem? Well, the Tigers haven't been very good and since she's not even the most famous alumna of the program coaching, it'll mix the audience if she were to be hired. But still, a Final Four appearance is no small feat, especially for a young coach.

Addison Murray
Head Coach, Northern Iowa
Age: 40
Career Record: 187-133
Another lightly used former player that went on to be a coach. She left after serving four years as an assistant during the three-straight title run of the early 20s. After starting at Wichita State, she left for Tulane and is heading into her 4th year at UNI where she took a program taht won 9 games in her first year to back-to-back 20+ win seasons. A much better fit probably than Jackson.

Juliette Chaplin
Head Coach, Marist
Age: 31
Career Record: 91-95
Will be remembered as a key player on title teams during her career (2023-26) but was not a star. Still, as a youngster and well-regarded young coach, could be a useful pick to consider if the program strikes out on a better regarded alumna.

Aiyana Taylor
Head Coach, UW-Milwaukee
Age: 30
Career Record: 71-61
She's still in her first coaching job after leaving the program in '30 after four years under Coach Muldowney. All-time leading scoring program history and one of only two players with over 3000 points in her Nebraska State playing career, all-time assists leader and steals.

Heading into her 5th year, she's taken the program from two 11-win seasons her first two years to back-to-back 20-win seasons. They lost in the Sweet 16 this year after winning the A4/USCAA tournament in '33. Best of all, her jersey number hangs from the rafters which will provide instant credibility. She's the fan's choice hands down.


Alyssa Duty
Head Coach, Georgia
Age: 45
Career Record: 175-181
3rd leading scorer in program history, but easily the player that's most associated with Nebraska State basketball in the annals of history because she was part of some of the first teams to ever exist. She graduated in 2011, just 12 years after the program was founded. Her coaching career hasn't taken her to the most successful places. After three years at Brown, she spent seven years at Alabama State before joining the Bulldogs this year. She's a good coach, well-regarded and seems to boast the right balance of age, with experience and embodiment of the Pronghorn spirit. She's the favorite of the majority of the boosters.

So those are our finalists. Truly have not made a decision yet.
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Old 05-01-2012, 10:11 PM   #48
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Alyssa Duty. Pipeline time.
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Old 05-01-2012, 10:13 PM   #49
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and definitely USC.
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Old 05-02-2012, 01:36 PM   #50
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The USC tie opportunity was too much to pass up. Coach Muldowney, just 15 days after announcing her retirement at Nebraska State inked a 2-year deal to become head coach at USC.

"This is an opportunity I couldn't pass up," she said. Meanwhile, the replace her the program went back to its deep well of talent and hired former Pronghorns star Alyssa Duty. It came down to Duty and 30-year old Milwaukee head coach Aiyana Taylor who took the Panthers to a Sweet 16 last year. But in the end, the decision was made to give the job to the more experienced Duty, who has had three straight winning seasons at SEC counterpart Georgia.

Aiyana Taylor doesn't want anyone to cry for her. She's was also a finalist for jobs at DePaul, Kentucky, could've taken Duty's job at Georgia if she wanted it too. In the end, she opted for the golden goose gig at Purdue, the defending national champions. A huge jump for her, but being in the midwest already made them comfortable and it's the kind of job where the program hoped essentially that she could become like her mentor and have an extremely long career in one place.

So we'll be following both USC and seeing what happens at Nebraska State in passing to see how the mentor and the student do.
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