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    [quote author=lamar1 link=topic=37042.msg39290#msg39290 date=1340748564]
    Any truth to opening season with 1o consecutive road games? Wow! Are we joing the SWAC or MEAC?? Who will we be playing at home non-conference?? Thanks
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    We aren't joining the SWAC or MEAC, but we will not have many non conference home games. It was a combination of things. Taking the non-d1 schools off the schedule, adding the Charlotte home game last season, playing in the Pre-Season NIT, playing guarantee games, and the SLC adding 2 conference games have made our schedule challenging. I have been pounding the phones trying to get some things worked out, but it looks like we will not be in the Montagne much until December. We had a change in philosophy in all facets of our program, including scheduling and we are working hard to get our schedule to the point where we are bringing in quality teams to play at the Montagne.

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    Re: Online Q/A with LU basketball coach Clif Carroll

    [quote author=clifcarroll link=topic=37042.msg39304#msg39304 date=1340792073]
    [quote author=TBonesLU link=topic=37042.msg39286#msg39286 date=1340744577]
    What role do you see for each newcomer in the event they get extensive playing time? (Feel free to combine a few if they are like in attributes)

    Wilson
    Blanks
    Webb
    Muepo
    Hancock
    Smith
    Minton
    Mitchell
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    I hope that Wilson can come in a be a leader along with the returning guys. He has good experience in a structured system and has the ability to be one of the better players in the SLC.

    Blanks is lightning fast and plays with a lot of creativity. He can really get up and down the floor and defend the ball 94 ft. He will find minutes because he will defend and he could see significant minutes when he gets control of the offense.

    Webb is a very versatile guard. He can play point or off. He is the best passer I have ever recruited. Because of his size and strength (kid weighs over 200 and can bench over 300) we will be able to,let him guard almost anybody on the court which allows us to play some crazy lineups. He will give us a steady hand at the guard spot early on in the season and allow the young guys to develop. On top of all of that, he is a basketball junkie and his enthusiasm for the game is contagious.

    Muepo is a freak physically and athletically. He is a big 6-7, and can move. He is a little raw offensively and hasn't played in a system like ours. He is the type of player that could dominate the SLC for a few years once he figures out what he is doing out there.

    Hancock is a flat out knock down shooter. He is a basketball junkie and a gym rat. It will be interesting to see how he transitions to an American style of basketball.

    Smith is a dynamic guard who has a tremendous upside. I could see a scenario where he could be a significant player if he catches onto the system. He has every tool to be an all SLC guy by the time he leaves LU.

    Minton is the kind of kid that doesn't get a lot of respect because he doesn't pass the eye test. He is too small to be a D1 guard. He doesn't look like he shoots it all that great. There isn't a lot of flash to him. But, he has that something different about him that makes him a winner. He is tough as nails and has ice water running through his veins. He is the kind of kid that I will take on my team any day. I have a feeling that he will use pure guts to get on the floor.

    Mitchell is a super talented, tough, and competes his ass off. He doesn't say much or show much emotion,but he comes to win. No doubt he will be a big part of what we are doing next year.

    Half the battle for new guys is to learn how to compete everyday. The kids that figure that out will get to play. Some of them will take longer. You have to remember that most of these guys have not been in strength and conditioning programs and study hall programs like we have. The kids that can get everything straight off the court have the best chance to get on the court.
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    Thanks for the long and detailed post!

    EDIT: By the way, congratulations on the baby boy!

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    Re: Online Q/A with LU basketball coach Clif Carroll

    Coach Carroll, congrats on the new baby and thanks for answering our questions on such a busy day for you!
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    [quote author=coachacola link=topic=37042.msg39309#msg39309 date=1340804247]
    Coach Carroll, congrats on the new baby and thanks for answering our questions on such a busy day for you!
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    It didn't become a busy day until about 4:00 yesterday afternoon. We thought we had another 3 weeks till Waylon came, but we were pleasantly surprised yesterday afternoon.

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    Congrats Coach Carroll on becoming a new dad.

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    I've had season tickets since '85. Looking forward to new players and new season, I have always enjoyed the summer pick up games to learn the new players. Coach would you keep us informed when the pick up games start.....Thanks

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    Re: Online Q/A with LU basketball coach Clif Carroll

    Coach, I had the pleasure of spending some time with you this past year. I love the story of how you got your job at Tech. I don't know if that is something you would want to share, but I think some people would love to hear it? I look forward to taking you to Rudy's the next time you come to Plano.

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    Coach Carroll you basically already answered any question I might have had because I know you can't go into recruiting. Congratulations on the birth of your first son and thank you for taking time to answer our questions and joining BRI. Cardinal's for Life!!!!

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    [quote author=Reddykilowatt link=topic=37042.msg39400#msg39400 date=1341011305]
    I've had season tickets since '85. Looking forward to new players and new season, I have always enjoyed the summer pick up games to learn the new players. Coach would you keep us informed when the pick up games start.....Thanks
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    We are bringing all but 3 of the guys back on July 10. We are allowed to have team instruction this summer, so we will have open practices a few days a week. I'm sure that the guys will get together and play most every day though. Email me at Clifton.carroll@lamar.edu and I'll give you the days and times when we figure them out. just to let you guys know, all of our practices are open. Any of you are more than welcome to come and hang out at any time.

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    [quote author=planoallen link=topic=37042.msg39402#msg39402 date=1341020220]
    Coach, I had the pleasure of spending some time with you this past year. I love the story of how you got your job at Tech. I don't know if that is something you would want to share, but I think some people would love to hear it? I look forward to taking you to Rudy's the next time you come to Plano.
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    What's up Allen. Allen found me standing in line at Rudy's in Allen. We had a great talk that night. The story about how I got my job at Tech is best told in person. Haha. We have a few guys on our recruiting list from your area. I'm sure I'll be back in Plano soon

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    [quote author=bigred360 link=topic=37042.msg39405#msg39405 date=1341029168]
    Coach Carroll you basically already answered any question I might have had because I know you can't go into recruiting. Congratulations on the birth of your first son and thank you for taking time to answer our questions and joining BRI. Cardinal's for Life!!!!
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    I can speak generally about recruiting. All specific names have to be left out. Thank you for the well wishes. We got to take Waylon home yesterday and he actually slept a lot last night. He is a blessing and we are going to enjoy him.

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    Re: Online Q/A with LU basketball coach Clif Carroll

    First off, thanks again Coach for joining and giving such detailed and quick responses to the questions asked.

    Second, congrats again on the baby boy. Good looking kid, I know you're proud. We cant wait for ours in late August.

    Third, I have a couple questions. Is the coaching staff coming together with the departure of Coach Price and the promotion of Kermit Holmes? And with the departure of so the seniors of last years team who do you hope and who do you guys expect to step up and take a leadership roles on this team next season?

    Thanks again!

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    Okay Coach, generally speaking is there anyone in the area worthy of recruitment of Lamar? No names or schools needs. I was just wondering if we might add a local at somepoint..Again, like Mike said that for everything and again congratulatons on the birth of Waylon.

    Mike, let us know when your baby is born. I'd like to send a gift!!!

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    Re: Online Q/A with LU basketball coach Clif Carroll

    Coach, I know in the Knight system you don't designate players as 1,2, 3, 4 or 5s. However, I'm trying to get a better feel for the projected role of Rhon Mitchell. It seems like I remember at one point Coach Knight said if Rhon would have been eligible last year he would have been competing for some of Charlie Harper's playing time. Most on this board think of Mitchell as a 2 guard, but it seems to me he has the size to play multiple positions including an undersized small/power forward position just as Harper did the last couple of seasons. I'd like to hear how the staff projects him. I think regardless of position, he may be in the running for freshman of the year in the SLC.

    Thanks for your insights and congratulations on the birth of your son.

    Gary Linthicum

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    Re: Online Q/A with LU basketball coach Clif Carroll

    [quote author=Mike link=topic=37042.msg39472#msg39472 date=1341247484]
    First off, thanks again Coach for joining and giving such detailed and quick responses to the questions asked.

    Second, congrats again on the baby boy. Good looking kid, I know you're proud. We cant wait for ours in late August.

    Third, I have a couple questions. Is the coaching staff coming together with the departure of Coach Price and the promotion of Kermit Holmes? And with the departure of so the seniors of last years team who do you hope and who do you guys expect to step up and take a leadership roles on this team next season?

    Thanks again!
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    Thanks Mike. Young'uns are a blessing, and I'm really enjoying the experience.

    The coaching staff is coming together quite nicely. Kermit was incredibly gracious last year when the new staff got to Lamar. He was a huge help to me during the transition and proved that he was a valuable piece to our puzzle. I am really happy to have him in a recruiting role. We actually have a bit of news coming down the pipe as it pertains to the staff. I don't think I can comment on it yet. When the news breaks, then I'll be more than happy to talk about it.

    Stan, Donley and Nikko have really showed a great attitude so far. Stan has put in a lot of work in the weight rom and gym. The other two aren't on campus yet, but have been active in keeping in contact wit the other players. I'm not concerned about leadership on this team. I think we will have some great locker room guys this season.

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