UTC's Jim Foster - Not Coach of the Year. Why?

Editorial

Wednesday, March 5, 2014 - by B.B. Branton

Let's cut to the chase.

How in the sam hill is Chattanooga coach Jim Foster not Southern Conference women's basketball coach of the year?

Who are we kidding? He should have won in a land slide. Maybe the voters don't like the sweaters.

Announced earlier today from the conference office, Furman coach Jackie Carson is the 2014 SoCon women's coach of the year selected by the coaches and media.

Let's do a comparison of seasons by the two coaches.

Jim Foster ... 26-3 ... team has won 22 in a row ... players have had to adjust to a new coach and new system and evidently have made a seemless transition

If the No.1 seed Lady Mocs win the SoCon tournament, Foster and UTC will be 29-3 and he will have taken four different schools to the NCAA tournament ... he might receive some national coach of the year votes

Jackie Carson ... 18-11 (fourth year at Furman)  team has won its last five in a row

In the Southern Conference

UTC  18-0  (I think that means a perfect score)

Furman 12-6

Note: UTC beat Furman handily, twice;  62-44 at home  71-54 at Furman

Furman has a veteran team with four returning starters so it's not as though Furman is 18-11 with a young team  UTC also has a veteran team with five seniors and 2013 player of the year in Ashlen Dewart,

Key Wins/Losses:

UTC - wins include Alabama (14-15), Auburn (16-13), Colorado State (22-6), UAB (15-12)

Losses: Tenn. (24-5), Minnesota (19-11), Hawaii (15-11)

Furman - wins include High Point (20-9), Coastal Carolina (15-15), Yale (12-14)

Losses include (6 in the SoCon) Arkansas (19-10), Georgia (19-10), Mercer (15-12)

SoCon Stats

UTC is No.1 in nine (9) categories ... Furman (1)

UTC is ahead of Furman in 15 of 21 categories

As the great American philosopher John P. McEnroe and his side kick Chris Evert might scream ...

"You Cannot Be Serious!"  

contact B.B. Branton at william.branton@comcast.net

 


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