When Your College Coach is Fired Before Prom…

Almost seven years ago to the day, the headline in the NY Post’s sport section read “St. John’s fires basketball coach (Norm) Roberts.”

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As we are currently witnessing, the grim reaper is a busy muthafucka in March… Washington axed Romar… Indiana fired Crean… UMass cut ties with Kellogg… LSU dumped Jones… The grim reaper ravages coaching staffs across the country with no mercy…

Often overlooked in the carnage are the young people who’s fledgling careers are disrupted before they have a chance to begin.

My youngin, Ronald Roberts (pictured below left), got caught up in this particular firing…

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No bullshit… My youngin can kiss the sky… His vertical is easily 40 inches+… He’s agile, explosive and extremely aggressive when attacking the basket… Time after time after time, I’ve seen him have to tilt his head to avoid banging it against the rim… These attributes plus the fact that he is a first class young man and a very solid student made him a HIGHLY desired college prospect in 2010…He was one of the top schoolboys coming out of North Jersey…

Roberts had reputation for dunkin’ HARD on dudes! Watch yo muthafuckin head!! A lil’ raw in the skills department coming out of high school, he was a relentless and tenacious rebounder… He was destined for the Big East, St. John’s and Madison Square Garden…

A few months earlier, Norm Roberts texted him non-stop… Came to his house suited and booted, sat in his living room, ate dinner with his parents, visited his school and chopped it up with his AAU coaches… Roberts did everything necessary to convince him to come to St. John’s.

Roberts committed…

Then St. John’s fired Roberts… Before he went on his prom, Roberts had to regroup…

The new St. John’s coach, Steve Lavin wanted to go in another direction… Fortunately, one of the new assistants, Tony Chiles, was a man of the highest integrity. He made sure that the Roberts family was appropriately informed and facilitated his connection with his long time friends on the St. Joseph’s staff…

Roberts went on to have a wonderful collegiate career at St. Joseph’s… I got see him dunk on at least a hundred victims!

Roberts and St. Joseph’s lived happily ever after…

Phil Martelli and St. Joseph’s were there to provide a soft landing for Roberts…

Same shit just happened to Clifton Moore and Tom Crean!

What will happen with Moore? Will the new coach value his skill set? Will he want his “own guys”?

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Should Moore reopen his recruiting?

Should the AD release him from the Letter of Intent?

This is the type of shit families need to think about when committing…

The things they don’t tell you are IMPORTANT!

Enjoy your prom youngfella…

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