By: Longing for Oscar (1,028 posts) - 4/25/2011 6:40:08 PM

It may have already been reported by the Hatchet or one of the board insiders, but in case it wasn't....

I have been informed that Hobbs was not fired; he quit.  The primary reason Karl quit was because of GW's refusal to extend his contract beyond next year.  A secondary reason is because, sadly, there are issues with Eric Copes who may not be admitted to the university.  I don't have all the details yet, but it appears as if there are certain conditions associated with his admission that may not be fulfilled, although, it's not necessarily a dead deal yet. 

This is another sad day for GW.  Most of the players didn't like the news.  Also, my speculation, but I'm thinking we lose Lasan next if he's not happy with whoever replaces Karl.  

By: Top 68 (179 posts) - 4/25/2011 6:53:50 PM

Lasan would really take 2 years out of college basketball?  I find that very hard to believe.  Of course he could leave but at some point, he might want to play basketball and where would he go?  He doesn't really help Kansas or a team like that this year and with the one and done turnover rate, he would quickly be passed over at a school like that.  VCU seems the only logical choice but again would require him to miss another year.

By: GW26 (267 posts) - 4/25/2011 7:03:12 PM

If this is true, more importantly the Copes issue, I'd be sick to my stomach. If GW wants to go play in the America East and is not going to let in prime talent in to complete with the big boys -Xavier's and Temple's of the world, then do it. I don't want to be dragged along. I'm already getting the nauseating feeling that these America East conference conenctions are going to come into big play here now in the coaching hire. (Nothing against that conference but there's a big difference between the AE and the A10).

We just started from scratch the past few years and were looking extremely promising for the next season. Why tear it down now and start again?

By: del taxi (155 posts) - 4/25/2011 7:11:04 PM

agree with GW26.  i stayed out of the keep/fire hobbs debates, but i tended to side more with the posters on the A10 board who thought GW was making a comeback and setting ourselves up nicely to make a run the next couple years.  i'm considerably less confident in that now, particularly if we lose some/all of these recruits like dayton did after bringing in a new coach and letting all the assistants go.

By: Bigfan (2,829 posts) - 4/26/2011 2:04:51 AM

Seriously, if Karl Hobbs and Roland Houston didn't realize that Erik Copes, basically recruited for GW since he was an embryo and committed at age 14 or so, wouldn't qualify and couldn't find a way for him to qualify (like say get 900 in the SATS and passing high school grades in a range of subjects), not only should they have 4been fired, they should not receive a buy-out.

They should, in fact, pay GW back for the last couple of years of their salary. Unless the Administration is demanding 1500 SATs and unweighted 3.9 averages, which one tends to doubt severely, there is no reason this should come as a surprise. If Copes wasn't prepared to be qualified, then Hobbs looks like a genius game coach compared to his ability to get a recruit to qualify after 3 years of commitment.

By: GW Alum Abroad (2,456 posts) - 4/26/2011 4:50:11 AM

AP is sticking by its story that KH was fired after refusing to step down.

By: herve (9,159 posts) - 4/26/2011 7:48:53 AM

Even the University says "released" and I'm not hearing but "let go":

By: danjsport (1,195 posts) - 4/26/2011 8:44:16 AM

I have no problem with the school having standards for players that they'd admit- even without Omargate.  I would love to know what a player needs to do to qualify.

By: Dootie Bubble (1,850 posts) - 4/26/2011 8:46:53 AM

KH wasn't fired he was let go when GW realized that the economy is faultering and decided to downsize.  Sometime this week or next when the admissions numbers are in the university may decide to upsize and hire another head men's basketball coach.

Copes released per Post!/PostSports Post twitters Copes released from LOI by GW


Filling in some blanks

Here are some details relating to what's transpired with the program over the past couple of months. Regarding the firing of Karl Hobbs: Russ Ramsey has wanted to get rid of Hobbs for the past few years. In Ramsey's view, Hobbs didn't recruit well an