Minnesota was not ranked in that game.
Actually yes I have spoken with and have been in the presence of JD. Dont go assuming. I also have spoken to many of his ex players. Very few liked the guy and fwiw our AD didnt much care for him either.Have you ever spoken to J.D. one on one? I doubt it because you wouldn’t have made as preposterous statement as you just did.
The man had his faults, but he certainly deserves more respect than you are giving him. Our program was nothing before J.D. He put us on the map, recruited Duncan, Lamb, Schlegel, Stinnie et al and took us to the tourney first and regularly. I doubt seriously that you could have done one tenth as good.
As much as I love Men he doesn't make the starting 5. I go Jabo, Nard, Bodine, Ed, Gerald. If I had to chose Red. I move out Ed and put Bodine on the ball. Either Ed or Red is my 6th man. Monty was a friend but I dont think he was as good as those guys.In their primes, I'd love to see a game between the Rams' '70s all-stars and an all-star team of the past 10 years. My '70s' first unit would be Sherod and Henderson at the guards, Harris at the stretch forward, Dark on a wing and, of course, Ren Watson supplying his long arm of defense on the post. Kirk tooting the whistle. Bench wouldn't look bad, either, with Monty Knight poppin' the nets from three-land.
As much as I love Men he doesn't make the starting 5. I go Jabo, Nard, Bodine, Ed, Gerald. If I had to chose Red. I move out Ed and put Bodine on the ball. Either Ed or Red is my 6th man. Monty was a friend but I dont think he was as good as those guys.
I have echoed this many times. There was a definite program shift after JD left. He did some incredible things with a very young program that had minimal facilities. Had we not had that break, it would be interesting to imagine what trajectory the program would have taken. I am happy with the current path but is worth wondering.I think it needs to be mentioned that VCU made one NCAA appearance in 18 years after JD left the program. Say what you want about the guy, it took almost 20 years to get us back to where he had the program when he left.
Unfortunately I was at VCU when the "dark ages" began. I did get a great season my freshman year in 1984-85 and the 1988 team was really good. Kendrick's era gave me some great moments too. I call those the years of the small guard. For some reason the coaches always recruited guards under 6 feet back then. Or to me it seemed like it. Some were bigger like Dom Jones. Not slighting them because some like Lamar and Bo were great on the offensive.Seven seasons under .500 and one season right at .500 two season one game over .500.