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Friar Rewind: A Look Back at Ed Cooley’s Return to Providence

"Who do you think should be the next head coach?" This is the question I'm discussing with another basketball fan as we lazily jaunt down the back stairs of Harkins Hall on a late March afternoon. The question was not new, nor was the answer singular in opinions. Since Keno Davis had been unceremoniously dismissed...

In Tough Times Friartown Sticks Together

It wasn't supposed to end this way. I've started writing this article maybe five different times, and every time I type the first part of that sentence I stop, and try to think of something better to say. I don't want this to be the opening statement on one of the last articles of the...

Friars Continue To Write Their Narrative

"Fans can anticipate things about the season before they even happen." Remember that line? I wrote that back in November at the start of the 2019-2020 Providence Friars basketball season. The article, written just two games into the season, was a celebration of the promise the Friars were showing for the year. Towards the end...
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Friars’ Fortunes This Season Defy Easy Explanations

"So, how's Providence this year?" I get asked this question a lot, and if you've been following my columns I have had varying answers from the extremely positive to the highly pessimistic. How would I describe this team? I have spent the better part of the last 24 hours (post St. John's loss, for anyone keeping...
David Duke

Frustration Is Now Mayor of Friartown

FRUSTRATION. That's the word that continually comes to mind as I think about how I want to write this article. Right now, I'm frustrated. And by the conversations I've been having with various fans, I don't think that word is unique to my current Providence basketball experiences. There are many reasons fans such as myself are...
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Friars Offer Fans High Ceilings and Low Floors

Recap: Into the Crevasse: Things were a bit rough before they got better for the Providence Friars. Since we last spoke the Friars had a couple rough ones against URI and Florida before pulling themselves together and playing two (mostly) complete games against Texas and Georgetown. It's not really a secret that Florida was the most...
Ed Cooley and Team Members

The Friars URI Problem … And Some Others

That Rivalry Game on Friday... It's that time of year again; the most underappreciated rivalry in the country is about to take center stage. The Providence Friars will square up against a very talented Rhody Rams team, led by stud Fatts Russell, and, for the Friars, this could be a problem. The Rams have been playing...
Alpha Diallo

The Friars Evolution is on Display this Season

Let's be honest, fan to fan: after a while, we all become familiar with patterns that the Providence Friars have historically followed. We know the expectations, we can read the preseason scouting reports and injuries, we know the opponents far enough in advance, and there's enough math to make Isaac Newton's head spin. Fans can...
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For Friars and Huskies, A New Chapter

On March 9, 2013, UConn played under the Big East banner for the last time. Though the postseason was set to begin days later, the Huskies would get no last trip to Madison Square Garden, nor would they get a bid to any postseason tournament. Their season was ending there, in Gampel Pavilion, along...
What's Next for Zion

What’s Next for Zion?

Hey, did you hear? Duke is out of the NCAA Tournament. Yup. It's true. After someone made the claim that March is ruled by chaos and that Duke would be unwise to try and coast despite being incredibly favored to win the whole thing, the Blue Devils got bounced by Michigan State in a single-point...