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Holy Cross fires HC Milan Brown

per Alex Kline
carney2

Confirmed on the Cross board.  Lots of happy purple people today.

Still, not sure how much good it does them.  They have administration support that is a mirror image of ours.  Does putting a new guy on the bench really change the culture?

You have to hand it to them, though.  They've done one thing that it doesn't appear could ever happen at Lafayette - hold a coach accountable.  They've actually made winning a part of the coach's job description.  Are ya listening, Bruce?!!!
bethlehempard

Holy Cross fired Sean Kearney in 2010 after one season. He was paid for three more. Brown was 69-83 in five seasons.
We've been a 13-17 team for the 14 seasons before this.
By our standards Brown was right on pace. We are 74-84 over the last five years, slight above our 21st century average.
We have a chance this year to wipe out some of the culture of losing.
Last league title, last NCAA appearance: 2000.
MB was 42-43 in league play. During that same time we have been 42-44 (or close to that including the tournament).
Firing Kearney didn't help HC much.
Franks Tanks

carney2 wrote:
Confirmed on the Cross board.  Lots of happy purple people today.

Still, not sure how much good it does them.  They have administration support that is a mirror image of ours.  Does putting a new guy on the bench really change the culture?

You have to hand it to them, though.  They've done one thing that it doesn't appear could ever happen at Lafayette - hold a coach accountable.  They've actually made winning a part of the coach's job description.  Are ya listening, Bruce?!!!


Don't forget that Holy Cross has a new, young AD that is unlike the typical "watch the budget and don't get my boss mad" Patriot League AD.  Agree that the culture from the administration at Holy Cross is like ours, but the guy running their athletic department is nothing like Bruce.
Lafalum

Their AD could not do this without support. Basketball is a priority for them but this is not the first coach he has fired. There does seem to be a change in attitude which comes from getting an AD from the outside who has negotiating power.
bison137

carney2 wrote:
Confirmed on the Cross board.  Lots of happy purple people today.

Still, not sure how much good it does them.  They have administration support that is a mirror image of ours.  Does putting a new guy on the bench really change the culture?




When it comes to basketball, I don't think that's the case at all, assuming you mean that negatively.   First of all, they ate $400K by firing MB now, after eating about $1.2M with Sean Kearney.   Secondly, they have plans for an expensive new practice facility and I imagine you will see changes to the Hart as well.

When it comes to the "minor" sports, the culture admittedly has been quite different.
bethlehempard

Perhaps the best thing about crossports isn't the passion and vitriol, but how it claims unabashedly that the Crusaders are the 1987 1aa football champions.
carney2

Franks Tanks wrote:
the guy running their athletic department is nothing like Bruce.


Can we place an order and get one too?  Please.
seenalot

Amen.  That won't happen until the glow of 150 dims a bit more.....but the overall picture wont change by just sitting still.
Lafalum

seenalot wrote:
Amen.  That won't happen until the glow of 150 dims a bit more.....but the overall picture wont change by just sitting still.


I think Bruce is over 60 now, so I expect he will be there until his retirement. Ohanlon will be year to year and Tavani is nearing retirement. There will be big changes in the staff in the next several years. I have a strong feeling all their replacements will become from internal promotion. McKitrick is looking more and more like Bruce's replacement when the time comes.
sader87

bethlehempard wrote:
Perhaps the best thing about crossports isn't the passion and vitriol, but how it claims unabashedly that the Crusaders are the 1987 1aa football champions.


No one in 1-AA was beating HC that year...playoffs or no playoffs.

Congrats on the win ovah Bucky today.
bethlehempard

Thanks and you may well be right about 1987. I saw that team it was great.
However in 1AA there wasn't much play outside the region. That's make comparisons tough. All your games were in the Northeast.
That was a great team and it's a dam. shame that it wasn't allowed to go.
SixtyEighter

Alex Kline is the son of a Lafayette grad class of 1976.
SixtyEighter

Milan Brown might still be coaching at HC if his plyers didn't make bone head plays to lose the game Wenesday but he might actually have called one.Query - is he a better or worse coach than Diane Nolan ?Or the same ? He would probably still be coaching at Lafayette because he is merely disappointing as opposed to just plain awful.

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