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About a month after being named the Hofstra Pride’s new coach, formerFriar coach, Tim Welsh, was arrested for

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DWI. Early this morning Welsh was stopped by a police car in Levittown (Long Island), NY.  He was given a Breathalyzer and allegedly blew a 0.18.  Hofstra University has already taken action:

“We have learned through media reports of the charges against Mr. Welsh.  Effective immediately, he has been suspended without pay, while the University investigates the charges against him.”

As this story is relatively new, these are the only major developments as of yet, but we will try to stay updated with the ultimate action the University will take.

Ahhh, you never like hearing about a story like this.  It really is too bad.  We were happy for Tim Welsh, we had a good little run as an analyst, but then it seemed like he was going to settle into a good fit at Hofstra.  Not so much.  Not even a month on the job and this happens.  It’s disappointing.  We aren’t about to get all preachy about drunk driving, but there is clearing no place for it ever, and that’s all we have to say about it.

Similar situations have hurt other college coaches in recent memory, it will be interesting to see what Hofstra’s ultimate disciplinary action is.  You do have to give the University credit for taking swift action in the suspension though.

We really do hope it works out for Time Welsh at Hofstra, but he has just made for a very difficult start.  Hopefully he gets his stuff together, and doesn’t make any more bonehead moves like driving drunk.  But after he is disciplined by the school and by the law, we hope he can have success as a basketball coach.

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Over the last two or three weeks there had been rumors on campus that both Jonnie Lacy and Russ Permenter were going to be playing the rest of their college basketball elsewhere.  We were reluctant to report, because as we said they were just rumors, but now Kevin McNamara at the ProJo has confirmed that Russ and Johnnie will be leaving the team. Russ and Jonnie will join Kyle Wright who will also not be returning next. year.  It is unclear on where either player intends on transferring.  Their departure will leave open two additional scholarships for next season, but it is unlikely that Coach Keno will use both of them.  Lacy’s departure leaves the team with only one true point guard, which Kevin McNamara has said might be filled by Darion Anderson, who is set to graduate from Northern Illinois this year, but still has one year of eligibility left.  Anderson is 6’2″ and 23 years old.  Even with him the Friars would only have 11 scholarship players on the team next year, as they would be saving other scholarships for future classes.

First is Russ.  We doubt that the Russ transfer will be noticed too much.  With the all the holes left to fill by the Weyinmi team’s graduation he was more of a filler player.  A bigger player to help out Bilal… and the freshman James Still and Kadeem Batts.  As we all know though, Russ didn’t really work out.  He had limited minutes where he was largely ineffective on offense and picked up fouls quickly.  He didn’t seem to have the toughness as other bigs in the BIG EAST, which hurt especially because he didn’t have great size as a big either.  In his defense, we could only imagine how difficult the transition from JUCO to the BIG EAST is.  Yes, other players have been very successful in it, but there are plenty who haven’t.  Also we always wondered how much Russ liked Providence.  For those who knew Russ around campus it was clear that he was a Texas man.  While we have players from very different parts of the country, we think the Texas/New England transition may be a little difficult on some.  But all that is just opinion.  Although Russ didn’t work out here at PC, we wish him all the best luck in wherever he lands.  His facebook status recently had information about Lubbock, Texas.  As we are sure most of you know Lubbock is home to Texas Tech.  So who knows maybe Russ will land there.  It’s D1 and it’s in Texas.  But in all seriousness, good luck to Russ in the future.

Now on to Johnnie Lacy.  This one is definitely worse than the Russ transfer.  Most immediately it leaves us with only one true point guard for next season.  We have seenpoint guard by committee and point forwards and all those things in the past, and they just don’t work out as well.  Yes, there is Duke Mondy to relieve Vincent Council at times, but we weren’t huge fans of Jeff Xavier acting as point, and no offense to Duke, but we think he is much better suited as an off guard like Jeff was.  We don’t know too much about the guy Keven McNamara mentioned but we will look into him.  We are disappointed that things didn’t work out for Johnnie Lacy.  He came into Providence as a solid recruit, and was even one of ESPN’s freshman to watch in the BIG EAST.  We thought, and still think that he has a ton of potential, but just wasn’t able to get things going.  A large part of that was that Sharaud was the main man, and Vincent Council emerged as the best frosh on the team and one of the best in the BIG EAST.  But we thought that in this upcoming year, with Sharuad gone, and no new point guards coming in that Lacy would get some time and momentum and put together a good season.  However, with the signing of Naadir Tharpe, we think Lacy saw the writing on the wall and realized that while next year might be better, we was soon going to be the third point guard on the depth chart.  So we can’t really blame him for wanting to find more playing time, but we are disappointed that things didn’t work out with him, because we though he was going to be a big part of the teams future.  But like Russ, we wish Johnnie luck in his future.  We have no idea if he will head back to Milwaukee or where he will wind up landing, but we will keep you updated.  In the meantime we thank him for his year with the Friars, we will try to keep track of him in the future, and we wish him well.

The off season coaching carousel continues with former PC Head Coach Tim Welshheading to Hofstra University to take over the reigns.  He will replace former coach Tom Pecora who left to take the Fordham job.  Welsh has signed on for a five year deal with the Pride, and a press conference will be held tomorrow to officially introduce him.

As most all of us know, Coach Welsh spent the last couple years working with SNY/Comcast/ ESPN as both a studio analyst and a game commentator.  He was well liked in those positions, but wanted to get back into coaching.  His name had been linked with the Seton Hall job earlier on and the Siena job more recently; however, Welsh has found his home in Long Island with Hofstra.

We wish Tim Welsh all the luck in the world.  Sure Hofstra is a couple steps down from the BIG EAST, but it was a launching pad for such coaches as Jay Wright.  Welsh has great success on the Mid-Major level with Iona so maybe that will translate over to Hofstra.  Who knows maybe, Welsh does well at Hofstra and finds himself back in a major coaching position.  But anyway, while we liked Welsh as a TV analyst we are happy that he has gotten himself back into the coaching game.  Good luck, and we will check in to see how he does next season.

Back on December 12 Ryan Gomes suffered a high ankle sprain in Sacramento.  Gomes recovered from the sprain andsaw action on December 26 against Washington.  Since his return; however, Minnesota coach, Kurt Rambis has had him on the bench.  Starting in his place is Damien Wilkins, the five year veteran out of Georgia.  In his six starts Wilkens has struggled at times while Gomes has had some decent performances off of the bench; however, it looks like, at least for now, Gomes will be coming off of the bench for the Timberwolves.

Last night we unexpectedly ran into Geoff McDermott, who is back in town this weekend to the Friars take onIona. We weren’t able to talk for long but we were able to find out a little bit about what he was up to.  We didn’t take quotes or anything as it was a casual conversation, so we won’t give you the dialog, but we can give you the jist.

Geoff is up for the weekend visiting with Chris Baudinet to attend the Iona game.  Geoff is from New Rochelle, NY (where the Iona campus is) and knows players on both teams.  Naturally he will be rooting for the Friars.  He said that recently he has been trying to get healthy.  We weren’t sure what his ailment was, but he was being evaluated by physicians.  He plans to ultimately return to the court.  Since the European teams are already underway with their seasons, he will use the rest of this year to get healthy and improve his conditioning before attempting to sign overseas.

It was good to see Geoff back around.  Look for him to be at the game tonight.