"Don't give up......Don't ever give up." -- Jimmy V
Relax bro. Seth's not going anywhere this year. We'll continue to be mediocre for at least one more year. But when he does go, I can see it's going to be really hard on you.
FYI - my ex-girlfriend wanted to get married, so I guess she thought I was a good kisser.
I agree 100%..... and I think there's a good chance that any coach who could beat Seth's performance and meet the expectations of many VT basketball fans (there are a lot of unrealistic expectations, IMO) would not run a clean program. Careful what you wish for....
Tampa Tribune (Florida)
April 3, 2003, Thursday, FINAL EDITION
Seth's Chatter Wasn't Enough To Win At USF
BYLINE: MARTIN FENNELLY, firstname.lastname@example.org
SECTION: SPORTS, Pg. 1
LENGTH: 532 words
It was exactly seven years ago today that a New Yorker arrived in Tampa and started talking as fast as his tongue could carry him. He told us South Florida basketball was a "sleeping giant." Seth Greenberg seemed a refreshing wake-up call to arms.
We know better now. We knew better two years ago. Or was it four years ago? Was that when we realized we'd been had? When we decided that words came out both sides of Seth Greenberg's mouth and none of them explained how the sleeping giant slipped into a coma?
After seven seasons and two glittering NIT tournament losses, the Greenberg era is over at USF. But wouldn't you know it, Seth is the one laughing. The joke is still on us.
It wasn't USF that ended Seth's employment. It was Seth! Greenberg is running himself out of town, to Blacksburg, Va., to coach Virginia Tech, barring any late snags, like Seth changing his mind or Virginia Tech failing its drug test.
It's a great day for Hokies basketball.
It's a greater day for Bulls basketball.
He Made His Own Mess
It didn't help that Jim Leavitt, starting with less than Greenberg - nothing, in fact - put USF football on the map while Seth put USF basketball in the morgue.
But Seth made his own mess.
He talked and talked. He was funny and quotable and that seemed an upgrade - at first - from Bobby Paschal, the man Seth succeeded. The man who made two NCAA Tournaments to Seth's none.
Seth didn't get it done. He won only eight more games than he lost in his seven seasons in Tampa. He was 16 games under .500 in Conference USA. He was 0-20 against ranked teams. There was never talk of the NCAA Tournament. Or even the NCAA bubble. USF lived on the NIT blister.
You could have heard crickets at Bulls home games this season if crickets hadn't made other plans. Boosters fell away. During a game this season, a USF player actually refused to go into a game. There were people Seth lost, and not just by losing.
Seth talked and talked. He spoke of his love for Tampa and building USF while at the same time trying to claw his way out, to Miami, to Oregon State, anywhere but here.
Seth stopped being the problem a while ago. He was what he was. It was USF athletic director Lee Roy Selmon's job to hold USF basketball to a standard. Selmon responded by awarding Greenberg a one-year contract extension, the kind of move that can get a guy's name taken down off a highway. Lucky for Lee Roy, Seth hit the road.
Time To Look At Long Haul
Where does USF go from here? It gets serious. USF makes winning basketball a priority. It goes young. It goes long haul. It finds a coach with the energy - and sincerity - to do a job that can be done, no matter what Seth said. Or did.
Seth isn't our problem anymore. And we aren't his. We wish him well. He is back where he belongs, or close to back.
He'll coach in the Big East, sometimes surrounded by city slickers.
You know, Seth might just make it.
He'll wow them at first in his new job. He'll make people laugh and dream. Why, the man could sell DVDs in Amish Country. Seth will talk and talk.
Bet people in Blacksburg don't even know that Virginia Tech basketball is a sleeping giant.
That's the one. Not sure where you found it but thanks Hoophead.