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    I just spoke with Melvin Ejim ---

    I just got off the phone with Melvin Ejim. He is taking the wait and see approach.

    He did tell me that if T.J Otzelberger is retained, he'd say in Ames for sure. If it is anybody else, he'd consider that and other options. I'll have a full story up shortly.



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    Re: I just spoke with Melvin Ejim ---

    Also, keep in mind that he is signed for next year.



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    Re: I just spoke with Melvin Ejim ---

    Good deal, I want Ejim to stay bad, even if he is one of GMac's recruits. Kid looks fantastic.


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    Re: I just spoke with Melvin Ejim ---

    Thanks for the report Chris. I wouldn't count on anything until we hire a new guy and see what everyone thinks.



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    Re: I just spoke with Melvin Ejim ---

    If anybody hadn't figured it out already coach Otz is the real deal. He's the one bringing in the big name players and he's the one they play hard for. He has the relationships with the players that Mac was never able to achieve.


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    Re: I just spoke with Melvin Ejim ---

    But Otz also has been here for the past 4 years. He should certainly get a great raise to stay - but in no way is he HC material right now. Not to mention he wouldn't play any different of style and that is one of the things we need.


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    Re: I just spoke with Melvin Ejim ---

    CW gets mad props from me for his coverage on this situation. Hell of a job that last 24 hours my friend...



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    Re: I just spoke with Melvin Ejim ---

    I hope Ejim makes it to ISU. He sounds like a quality player and a good guy too.


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    Re: I just spoke with Melvin Ejim ---

    Quote Originally Posted by Jeremy View Post
    But Otz also has been here for the past 4 years. He should certainly get a great raise to stay - but in no way is he HC material right now. Not to mention he wouldn't play any different of style and that is one of the things we need.
    I respect your opinion Jeremy but you do not know what style of play he'll go with. Neither do I. Nobody does!



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    Re: I just spoke with Melvin Ejim ---

    Quote Originally Posted by ChrisMWilliams View Post
    I respect your opinion Jeremy but you do not know what style of play he'll go with. Neither do I. Nobody does!
    Fair enough, that is very true. I really like the guy and think he can be the difference between a quick rebuild and a no-go, but I don't think he's HC material at this point. Certainly worthy of twice his pay to get him to stay though.


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    Re: I just spoke with Melvin Ejim ---

    Quote Originally Posted by Jeremy View Post
    But Otz also has been here for the past 4 years. He should certainly get a great raise to stay - but in no way is he HC material right now. Not to mention he wouldn't play any different of style and that is one of the things we need.
    I agree with this. If possible he should be in line for the first assistant position and should be paid accordingly. I would think that if we brought in an assistant from somewhere else he would get a look.

    Jeremy-How do you feel about Nurse as a head coach? I know he doesn't have the college experience but he has very extensive experience and success at pretty high levels. Let's say if we could have Otz, Grayer and Nurse would you be in favor of him. I would say that for Nurse to be our head coach, Otz would need to stay. he would need the connection help. I just really think that the high caliber prospects would be drawn to a guy that has 20 years experience in getting guys ready for the next level.


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    Re: I just spoke with Melvin Ejim ---

    I think Nurse is a great x an o kind of guy, a great "coach". I question his recruiting abilities, but that isn't really the critical need for the HC. But, he doesn't have any name recognition and even if your HC doesn't need to recruit, his name has to be at the very least recruitable.

    I think he could be a great fall-back guy, but certainly 3rd or 4th on my wish list. Regardless, I think JP knows this hire is make or break on us remaining a basketball school and it's going to take 1.2 mil or so to get a decent coach, otherwise it's strictly risk vs reward on taking a shot at somebody like Nurse.

    I wouldn't be upset with Nurse getting the job, but it would be a great disservice if JP didn't have a couple higher profile candidates interviewed as well. We know we can get Nurse, we have to shoot higher though.


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    Re: I just spoke with Melvin Ejim ---

    Really... really... want to see Ejim stay!

    I've been waiting to see his game for a while now!



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    Re: I just spoke with Melvin Ejim ---

    Nurse is the man and bump TJ's salary to keep him on. Grayer could be retained as well.

    Nurse brings one more recruiter in and we are full steam ahead.



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    Re: I just spoke with Melvin Ejim ---

    Quote Originally Posted by isuno1fan View Post
    Nurse is the man and bump TJ's salary to keep him on. Grayer could be retained as well.

    Nurse brings one more recruiter in and we are full steam ahead.
    agree 100%!



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