Ball State picks Lehigh's Taylor as b...

Ball State picks Lehigh's Taylor as basketball coach

There are 20 comments on the The Indianapolis Star story from Aug 7, 2007, titled Ball State picks Lehigh's Taylor as basketball coach. In it, The Indianapolis Star reports that:

After a second NCAA investigation into Ball State athletics prompted IUPUI's Ron Hunter to stay away, the Cardinals turned to a basketball coach with a history of quick turnarounds.

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Teddy

United States

#1 Aug 8, 2007
I hope Billy Taylor recruits Indiana and the Midwest. Ronny Thompson seemed to think he had to go to the East and West Coasts for players, which just made no sense. Did Thompson recruit any Indiana kids at all?
MiroArt

United States

#2 Aug 8, 2007
Who does Ron Hunter think he is ? He is the one who was calling all the news stations saying he was going to get the job. Everybody knows that he is the biggest self promoter in the business. Tom Collins I will be the first to say is an idiot but even Tommy did not like Hunter. Hunter was using IUPUI by creating interest from the Ball State job so he could get paid more. Hunter could not play when he played with Ron Harper and he sure cant coach. What program would want a guy to represent their school the way Hunter does on the sidelines? I am disgusted with this guy ever since he was a jock sniffer to Ron Harper at Miami.
llimmj

Indianapolis, IN

#3 Aug 8, 2007
Why is this article mostly about Ron Hunter? Ron Hunter was NEVER OFFERED THE JOB. He was a candidate, who decided to pull his name out, nothing more.

I like this move, and wish it had happened when both Billy and Ronny had interviewed for the job last year. T.C. has spoken of getting a coach who can recruit the Midwest, Indiana included. So I'm sure Billy will do so.

In the mean time, Billy has one of Ball State's top freshman classes in a long time. Hopefully they will be as pleased as I am with the hire and decide to honor their commitments.
CardFan12

Redwood City, CA

#4 Aug 8, 2007
We wish Billy Taylor the best at BSU. You have our support. Show everyone what you've got.
Bob

Fort Wayne, IN

#5 Aug 8, 2007
Go Ron! Keep the faith and continue to do well!
Bob

Fort Wayne, IN

#6 Aug 8, 2007
MiroArt wrote:
Who does Ron Hunter think he is ? He is the one who was calling all the news stations saying he was going to get the job. Everybody knows that he is the biggest self promoter in the business. Tom Collins I will be the first to say is an idiot but even Tommy did not like Hunter. Hunter was using IUPUI by creating interest from the Ball State job so he could get paid more. Hunter could not play when he played with Ron Harper and he sure cant coach. What program would want a guy to represent their school the way Hunter does on the sidelines? I am disgusted with this guy ever since he was a jock sniffer to Ron Harper at Miami.
Get a life! If you were making $100K and had a chance to double the money or at least improve your income, you would be in your boss' office today!

Academic institutions wrestle with high paid coaches versues lower pay for folk with terminal and professional degrees; however, the same is true when you look at the salaries that teachers make versus the crew at a manufacturing plant.

This is not about Ron, this is about the free market. Stop hatin!
Mike

Chesterfield, MO

#7 Aug 8, 2007
Glad to see someone from my hometown moving up in the world! He is a class act that learned from some pretty good coaches in high school and college. He will represent BSU well.
New coach-Old coach

Indianapolis, IN

#8 Aug 8, 2007
I am a BSU Alum,and think Taylor is a great choice. He has a huge mess to clean up, and will need a lot of support. Taylor has learned well from Phelps and others. I hope he recruits In Indiana, Michigan, Ohio, and the remainder of the midwest. Not too may years ago, Chicago and Detroit brought Ball State some great players, so I hope he looks in those areas as well.
As far as Thompson goes: I think he stunk as a coach, but I do not think he lied about the racial letters. I am a white male who grew up in Muncie, and found the Universiy to be very good old boyish. The city of Muncie was the same, and 97% of the cities white people DO NOT like black people. Some of my better friends are black, and I met them in the city schools and at BSU.
Here we go again

Huron, OH

#9 Aug 8, 2007
Lehigh faced some rules troubles under Taylor and decided to officially forfeit 13 games from the 2004-05 season because of an ineligible player. The school said it misinterpreted an NCAA rule concerning a player for whom it did not accept some transfer credits.
Sigmund Freud

Indianapolis, IN

#10 Aug 8, 2007
After the revelation of additional potential NCAA sanctions..new coach Billy Taylor was put on suicide watch....he was quoted as muttering "how could I be SO STUPID..what have I done with my life?"
Bob Knight

Cincinnati, OH

#11 Aug 8, 2007
Here we go again wrote:
Lehigh faced some rules troubles under Taylor and decided to officially forfeit 13 games from the 2004-05 season because of an ineligible player. The school said it misinterpreted an NCAA rule concerning a player for whom it did not accept some transfer credits.
I just read that same article and was going to post it on here as well.

This is the most ridiculous hire I have seen BSU do in years! This just makes a bad situation worse.
FactMan

Chicago, IL

#12 Aug 8, 2007
Yep,#9, and were you aware that those transfer credits would have been accepted anywhere else, and were only rebuffed by Lehigh's high academic standards?

I don't know how a screw-up interpreting a transfer-credit rule by the athletic administration at Lehigh was Taylor's fault, but hey, that's just me.
Bob Knight

Cincinnati, OH

#13 Aug 8, 2007
New coach-Old coach wrote:
I am a BSU Alum,and think Taylor is a great choice. He has a huge mess to clean up, and will need a lot of support. Taylor has learned well from Phelps and others. I hope he recruits In Indiana, Michigan, Ohio, and the remainder of the midwest. Not too may years ago, Chicago and Detroit brought Ball State some great players, so I hope he looks in those areas as well.
As far as Thompson goes: I think he stunk as a coach, but I do not think he lied about the racial letters. I am a white male who grew up in Muncie, and found the Universiy to be very good old boyish. The city of Muncie was the same, and 97% of the cities white people DO NOT like black people. Some of my better friends are black, and I met them in the city schools and at BSU.
"97%", what part of you @55 did you pull that number out of? I grew up around Muncie and went to BSU as well and that is not the case. "Some of my better friends are black".....who cares if your friends are black and where you met them? When are people going to quit playing the race card? You are only fueling the fire.
Bob Knight

Cincinnati, OH

#14 Aug 8, 2007
Here we go again wrote:
Lehigh faced some rules troubles under Taylor and decided to officially forfeit 13 games from the 2004-05 season because of an ineligible player. The school said it misinterpreted an NCAA rule concerning a player for whom it did not accept some transfer credits.
It should be noted that the 13 games they forfeited where only games they won. The games they lost they didn't have to forfeit.
Neil Reed

Evansville, IN

#15 Aug 8, 2007
Yeah, I get all my NCAA info from Knight
8 and 13

Indianapolis, IN

#16 Aug 8, 2007
Reply 8 tells it like it is. Reply 13 is two faced
Indiana Sports Fan

Cincinnati, OH

#17 Aug 8, 2007
8 and 13 wrote:
Reply 8 tells it like it is. Reply 13 is two faced
Reply 16 is useless.
For the record

Evansville, IN

#18 Aug 8, 2007
There is race relations issues in Muncie, and you'd be blind not to know about it. It was reported on CNN that the campus advised black women to not walk alone on campus in the 2005/6 school year. There were some other stories, but that one sticks out the most.
Neil Reed

United States

#19 Aug 8, 2007
Stop hatin' on me you sorry imposter.
Kevin

Stamford, CT

#20 Aug 21, 2007
FactMan wrote:
Yep,#9, and were you aware that those transfer credits would have been accepted anywhere else, and were only rebuffed by Lehigh's high academic standards?
I don't know how a screw-up interpreting a transfer-credit rule by the athletic administration at Lehigh was Taylor's fault, but hey, that's just me.
That is completely untrue. Many of Joe Knight's credits were in phys ed. Under NCAA rules (not Lehigh's), credits are not allowable at any school where they can't count for a degree. Hence the credits would not have been counted at any school that doesn't have a phys ed major - not just Lehigh.
BTW, the NCAA rules on transferring credits are VERY clear. To screw up on this required either incredible incompetence by a bunch of Lehigh people (including Taylor) or else deliberate cheating.

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