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WBB Assistant Coach Rumor

Discussion in 'Colorado Basketball Message Board' started by Buffnik, May 14, 2010.

  1. Buffnik

    Buffnik Real name isn't Nik Club Member Junta Member

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    I don't know if there's any truth to this one, but I saw someone else post it on a premium site (so I guess I'm not the only person who heard this). Since I don't see how it could do anything but help the Buffs if this got out even if there's no truth to it, I'm going to go ahead and post it.

    Supposedly...

    Sheryl "The female Michael Jordan" Swoopes is in town interviewing to join Lappe's staff.

    I'm no expert, but I assume it would be good for recruiting if we are able to bring in Swoopes, with her Texas roots, national name recognition, multiple WNBA MVPs, multiple WNBA Championships, multiple Gold Medals, NCAA National Championship and NCAA Player of the Year (plus a boatload of scoring records). :wink2:

    Cross your fingers.

    And don't be too pissed at me for posting this if it turns out to be a false rumor. :lol:
     
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  2. Daaah

    Daaah Club Member Club Member

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    Yeah but what about Kennard?
     
  3. buff4bcs1985

    buff4bcs1985 Hail to the King

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    :lol: my buddy who knows this guy said his brothers sisters best friends boyfriends cousin from California said he'd be there
     
  4. sliderNcider

    sliderNcider MacLovin Club Member

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    Would be awesome if true but I'm not buying it
     
  5. El Gringo

    El Gringo Pura Vida Club Member

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    http://www.buffzone.com/ci_15091722

    This would be huge for the program if she accepts (I am assuming that the offer is a foregone conclusion).
     
  6. dyemeduke

    dyemeduke Well-Known Member

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    I really hope this happens, but I wonder about one thing. She came out as a lesbian some years back, and as a coach, she'd be in the locker rooms with the girls she recruits. I wonder how girls would feel about having a lesbian coach...

    I personlly don't think it'd be a problem for her recruiting. I mean, if I were a HS bball stud right now, and MJ came out of the closet but was still recruiting me, I'd still be tempted to go play for him.

    It'd be a good get from a recruiting perspective. I'm surprised she isn't coaching somewhere already.
     
  7. AlferdJasper

    AlferdJasper Well-Known Member

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    In a perfect world, nobody would care if/when she came out. I would think most of the recruits would be more interested in what she could teach them on the court and not so interested in her personal life. I mean, if Martina Navratilova wanted to give you tennis lessons, would you care what she did on the weekends?

    Can only speak for myself, but my kids are very comfortable with being around people regardless of orientation, and have good friends of both sexes who, uhm, like both sexes. It doesn't seem to be as big an issue with the younger generation; they've grown up with more accepting attitude. (Excepting, of course, those who have led small-town sheltered lives, don't know any gay people, or have a religious background that prevents tolerance.)

    Let's hope it's a non-issue for CU and the players if she is interested in coaching here.
     
  8. Buffnik

    Buffnik Real name isn't Nik Club Member Junta Member

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    ^^^This^^^

    And I'm glad I didn't end up being a total douchenozzle with this rumor. :lol:
     
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  9. AlferdJasper

    AlferdJasper Well-Known Member

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    :thumbsup:Belated rep for a good rumor proven true.
     
  10. DBT

    DBT Club Member Club Member

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    I think it would be an issue with some recruits and their parents. Sorry.
     
  11. Daaah

    Daaah Club Member Club Member

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    Sad, but true.
     
  12. DBT

    DBT Club Member Club Member

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    It will depend, a lot, on what kind of atmosphere there is on the team. The comfort level a recruit and her family feels. A coworker's daughter was recruited to a big time program a few years ago. There was a lot of outward "stuff" going on during her recruiting trip. Lets just say that she was very uncomfortable during her recruiting visit. So, it will be up to the coaching staff to run a professional program. I hate to even discuss this stuff because it will most assuredly lead to an argument.
     
  13. El Gringo

    El Gringo Pura Vida Club Member

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    I wonder how recruits would feel about a heterosexual male as a head or assistant? That doesn't seem to be a problem, and frankly there is more likely to be sexual harrasment by a male coach and female player than by a lesbian coach and female player.

    If anyone is closed-minded enough to think that just because she is gay, she is going to hit on the player, please go find another school to play for.
     
  14. Buffnik

    Buffnik Real name isn't Nik Club Member Junta Member

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    I don't think it would be as big of a deal as some people seem to think.

    Why would someone care? Unless they had a strong prejudice, I can't see how it would matter.

    There really is no good argument a parent could make why he/she would not want his/her adult daughter to have a lesbian basketball coach. The only argument I thought about that may have some credence is not wanting a lesbian in a "role model" position around your daughter because that goes against the morality you have taught. But that doesn't wash, because it's not like that same parent is going to vet every professor within his/her daughter's chosen major to make sure there aren't any gays that are teaching in that department, that the university doesn't have any gay advisors, etc.

    But maybe I'm just expecting people to be logical, a lot of people aren't, and there is a whole lot more prejudice out there than I realize.
     
  15. DBT

    DBT Club Member Club Member

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    In this day and age, a male coach had better damned well have policies in place where no male coach is ever alone with a female player. I would think the same rule would apply if the coach were a known lesbian, wouldn't it? It isn't about being close minded. Its about not being naive.
     
  16. Buffnik

    Buffnik Real name isn't Nik Club Member Junta Member

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    More importantly:

    We've got a chance to have Sheryl ****ing Swoopes involved with our basketball program. This could be a MONUMENTAL get for CU. It would be unbelievably cool to have Swoopes hanging around campus and in Boulder. We're literally talking about the greatest women's basketball player to ever lace 'em up.
     
  17. DBT

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    Yeah, she'd bring instant cred to the program, I'd think. I don't know if she can coach or not. Sometimes, superstars suck at coaching. They usually do. But the "star" factor could really help.
     
  18. AlferdJasper

    AlferdJasper Well-Known Member

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    Yes.

    And any parent who wants their daughter to succeed at basketball knows who Swopes is, and would probably really want an opportunity to work with her.
    Come on Lappe: seal the deal.
     
  19. MrFrumpylane

    MrFrumpylane Well-Known Member

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    While I think Swoopes would be a steal, especially for a women's program like CU's. But this brings up my question: Why CU? There are many many other women's programs that have more tradition, facilities, larger budget, fan support, etc.. that she could have pressed for. e.g. Is it because Boulder is a homosexual friendly town? Not trying to put a knock on Swoopes, just looking for the connection.
     
  20. BeBe

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    Unfortunately, Swoopes orientation could provide some other coaches a way of 'negative recruiting'. There are still coaches out there who would sink that low.

    There's this potentially disturbing quote out of the press conference when Missouri hired their new coach this spring: "I'm very blessed to have my staff here. This is something very unique for Division I Women's basketball. A staff where the entire staff that is married with kids. Family is important to us. And we live it every day." These could be innocent remarks or they could be disguised 'we won't subject you daughter to lesbianism' remarks. We shall see.

    Still, I would be delighted to see Swoopes on Lappe's staff. She would provide instant credability and open doors that might otherwise be hard to open. If I were still playing bball, I would LOVE to learn from the best.
     
  21. Buffnik

    Buffnik Real name isn't Nik Club Member Junta Member

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    Of course some will negative recruit.

    But the positive outweigh the negatives, imho. And the last thing I want is to see CU become Penn State: http://lesbianlife.about.com/od/sports/a/RenePortland.htm

    We can win and win big without bowing to that type of bigotry. It should not scare us away from hiring good people.

    Besides, I want players who simply want to win and achieve greatness. Give me a team of girls that doesn't care about anything but that. Missouri, Penn State and others can have the players who are more concerned with who their coach fell in love with.
     
  22. AlferdJasper

    AlferdJasper Well-Known Member

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    Any coach, anywhere, anytime could become a problem. There isn't any reason to go off on this tangent on this coaching candidate. As someone pointed out, just as likely or more so that a male coach would approach a female player. BUT IT'S UNLIKELY FOR ANY COACH TO DO THIS! Careers are broken with any inappropriate player/coach interaction, regardless of gender.

    Let's get back to talking about what a coup it would be for Swopes to want to come to CU. She is the best-known female pro basketball player I can think of. She has great name recognition. I hope she can coach, but I'd be glad to see her just for the impact in recruiting.
     
  23. BeBe

    BeBe Club Member Club Member

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    Totally agree. I think she would also be good for attendance at CU WBB games.
     
  24. Denver_sc

    Denver_sc Club Member Club Member

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    You know, you should go ask Geno Auriemma's teams... that guy took over a pretty good program and has struggled to get recruits.

    All jokes aside, for the vast majority of recruits I would bet this is a non-issue.
     
  25. sweaty teets

    sweaty teets Club Member Club Member

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    you guys do know lappe is a lesbian right?
     
  26. BeBe

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    One possible connection .... Swoopes first Olympic team (1996) had Ceal Barry as one of the assistant coaches. Maybe they got to be friends.
    Also, as to why she isn't already coaching .... she was still playing professionally summer of 2008 and so has been retired for less than 2 years. She has recently filled in coaching at a high school for a coach who is on leave. Maybe this taste of coaching made her decide she'd like to get into coaching for real.
     
  27. absinthe

    absinthe Ambitious but rubbish. Club Member Junta Member

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    she had been playing in Greece as recently as January with an eye towards working her way back into the WNBA.
     
  28. Daaah

    Daaah Club Member Club Member

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    The name is fitting.
     
  29. AlferdJasper

    AlferdJasper Well-Known Member

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    Didn't know, don't care.
     
  30. sweaty teets

    sweaty teets Club Member Club Member

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    neither do i, just pointing out it doesn't matter which way swoopes swings when the head coach is already switch hitting.
     

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