So the rumors about Trish Stafford-Odom turned out to be true. While the article on the front page claims "we never liked her anyway," the fact is that she brought premier talent to Duke over the past couple of years. Also, we lost another recruiter to Louisville. I am very concerned about this loss of top-level talent and the future of the program. As far as I could tell, recruitment - along with defense - was our strength, not Coach P's in-game play calling.
Also, going over to your rival is obviously making a statement that things did not end well. I am wondering if anyone has any insight into why we are losing good people, and losing them in a very bad way.
Looks like some non-compete clauses might be in order for new hires...
True, It wasn't clear, I was suggesting a non-compete clause would at least be appropriate within the conference. I don't think it's very ethical to go over to your biggest rival. Once again...follow the money.
Carolina's ethics as of late are certainly not exactly an example of what's to be desired in college sports. They'll do anything and hire anyone...
I have heard some hints from people that Coach McCallie is hard to work for. I certainly don't want to hear from anyone who still harbors a resentment because Duke "let go" Coach Goestenkors. She left of her own accord. And it wasn't her fault Duke didn't hire an ex-Dukie as coach, either.
But, yes, I would like to know why Odom was unliked by many here. Attitude problem? Poisonous personality causing discontent within the program? Too tall? After all, she's certainly turned into an ogre now.
Man, if your Mom made you wear that color when you were a baby, and you're still wearing it, it's time to grow up!
What's up with this? Why would a great recruiter want to go from Duke to work with Sylvia Hatchell?
There's no doubt that Sylvia is hoping to get a 2-for-1 deal w/ TSO's niece, 6'7" Imani Stafford (who is also the sister of Javele McGhee and daughter of Pam McGhee)...
If the Duke community is puzzled (and someone anxious) about what's going on with the WBB, how can it be expected that potential recruits in the future won't feel even more puzzled and uneasy?
I think whatever problems the program has--if any--need to be identified and addressed now not later.
One quick way to pretty much cut the legs off the speculation about TSO, why she left, what the impact will be, etc. ... might be to expeditiously hire someone as a senior assistant with a GREAT record for recruiting.
Honestly, I think the "we never her liked her much comment" is completely classless. She literally changed the face of our recruiting from the moment she got to Durham, and did a great job landing some incredible classes. Hopefully, building on what she started, we can continue the recruiting success. But if those with short memories will look back before her arrival, Coach P's detractors biggest complaint was recruiting ability.
As far as her going to the heels, that's completely classless too. But I loved having TSO in Durham.
Completely agree. I just don't think there are that many recruiters like her out there. She out recruited Pat Summitt for Eliz Williams and a point guard for 2013 - forget her name, but we just got a verbal from her. Let's see if she sticks to that verbal.
If we're "concerned" that it wasn't the right thing for UNC to hire one of our staff, why did we turn around and do the same thing with conference rival Wake Forest. At the least this is a public relations blunder whether the new recruiter is extremely talented or not.