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Swansea Fires Bob Bradley: The End of American Managers in the Premier League

Bob Bradley's firing/sacking by Swansea City yesterday set off the predictable firestorm in the U.S. soccer media. Old battle lines were drawn and both sides took to the modern version of Agincourt: Twitter. The pro-USA crowd immediately accused Swansea, the Premier League, and fans of not giving the former USMNT coach a chance because he… Continue reading Swansea Fires Bob Bradley: The End of American Managers in the Premier League

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Quote of the day – April 20, 2016

Stay hungry, stay foolish. Steve Jobs How often do we see people or groups of people lose that drive and just "play it safe"? Maybe it is because they have been in a job for a long time, or they achieved success early and cannot replicate it? When I first read this quote, I thought… Continue reading Quote of the day – April 20, 2016

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Search Firms and College Athletics: A Match Made in Heaven

Two stories came out this week involving college athletics and "headhunter" search firms. The first was an article by CBS's Jon Solomon on the rise in money spent by college athletic departments on hiring college football coaches. According to their analysis, the eleven schools examined spent on average $70,000 on fees to firms to find… Continue reading Search Firms and College Athletics: A Match Made in Heaven

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Roy Williams and Overthinking An Easy Choice

In the aftermath of what is being called the best national championship game ever, the constant analysis of the final ten seconds of the North Carolina/Villanova game focuses on the final two shots. However, one aspect that struck me almost immediately has been overlooked by most of the game recaps - how wide open Kris Jenkins… Continue reading Roy Williams and Overthinking An Easy Choice

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Why My Man-Crush Antonio Conte Will Thrive at Chelsea

Paolo Bandini at The Guardian has up the kind of piece I have always wanted to write, an excellent breakdown of the new Chelsea manager Antonio Conte. I have long been a Conte fan for a number of reasons: he managed by beloved Bari to their most recent promotion, he's a smart tactical manager, and he's not… Continue reading Why My Man-Crush Antonio Conte Will Thrive at Chelsea

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Mike Brey and the Opposite of Modern Leadership

Every year, the NCAA basketball tournament surprises us. There is a team (or teams) that don't belong because they were better the year before: their best players graduated, they lost their superstar coach, or they just had a mediocre season. Notre Dame is one of those teams this year - they lost two of their… Continue reading Mike Brey and the Opposite of Modern Leadership