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Niko Medved to Drake

PostPosted: Sun Mar 26, 2017 8:10 pm
by 20terrier15
Just saw on WSPA, Niko Medved is apparently leaving Furman for Drake.

Re: Niko Medved to Drake

PostPosted: Sun Mar 26, 2017 8:24 pm
by lawdog
Mildly surprised. Ruck?

Re: Niko Medved to Drake

PostPosted: Sun Mar 26, 2017 8:34 pm
by boulder3m
What is the deal with Furman athletics? Their golf team finished 18th out of 21 in their own tournament. Does the administration and alumni support athletics, or is that beneath them?

Re: Niko Medved to Drake

PostPosted: Sun Mar 26, 2017 9:31 pm
by Terrier13
Definitely surprised that Medved made the (lateral?) move to Drake. With his class coming back next year, I would have expected Furman to be the SoCon favorite- now, I'm not so sure. I guess he wanted out of Furman badly enough to take the small upgrade to Drake and the pay raise rather than waiting a year and likely getting an even better opportunity if he were to win the conference and make it to the NCAA Tourney. Makes me glad that MY has stuck with Wofford over the years, even when he's had the opportunity to interview at larger programs. While I'm excited for the increased opportunity our team will have next year in conference play, I am somewhat disappointed for our conference- Medved was a good coach and, for the sake of our conference, we need good coaches and teams to push the SoCon brand and get respect for our league, even if we're to remain a one bid league, it would still be nice for seeding purposes.

Re: Niko Medved to Drake

PostPosted: Sun Mar 26, 2017 9:34 pm
by Ruckus
FU is a lacrosse school now :)
Mildly surprised at this. Trying to get the back story now.
Can only be 2 things: money or family.
He and his wife just had a baby 2 -3 weeks ago.
I thought he did a great job for them. His team loved him.
They are still playing BTW: beat Campbell in the CIT yesterday.

Re: Niko Medved to Drake

PostPosted: Sun Mar 26, 2017 10:52 pm
by youngterrier
This will happen with a young, successful coach in a midmajor conference.

Glad Coach Young isn't, well, young

Re: Niko Medved to Drake

PostPosted: Mon Mar 27, 2017 12:00 am
by woffordgrad94
I'm not sure I would consider Furman to Drake a lateral move. Drake is in the Missouri Valley Conference with programs such as Wichita State, Southern Illinois, and Northern Iowa. They have gotten multiple teams in the NCAAs on some occasions (although Drake itself has not had a lot of success lately- hence why they are changing coaches).

It appears Nedved is leaving NOW even though FU is still playing in the CIT with a chance to win that tournament. He couldn't even finish out the season with them...to me he did Furman and his team a bit dirty.

Re: Niko Medved to Drake

PostPosted: Tue Mar 28, 2017 12:40 am
by Eyes of Old Main
woffordgrad94 wrote:He couldn't even finish out the season with them...to me he did Furman and his team a bit dirty.


I would agree. Medved is a great coach, but he always seemed a bit shady to me. Furman fans are probably hurt by the sudden departure and its circumstances, but considering the mes they were in when Medved got there they are probably at least happy to be in a better place this time around.

Re: Niko Medved to Drake

PostPosted: Wed Mar 29, 2017 2:01 pm
by Art Vandalay
I see where Matt McCall of UTC is rumored to be moving to UMass. I'm surprised he's going anywhere after the last half of the season

Re: Niko Medved to Drake

PostPosted: Wed Mar 29, 2017 2:18 pm
by walliver
Eyes of Old Main wrote:
woffordgrad94 wrote:He couldn't even finish out the season with them...to me he did Furman and his team a bit dirty.


I would agree. Medved is a great coach, but he always seemed a bit shady to me. Furman fans are probably hurt by the sudden departure and its circumstances, but considering the mes they were in when Medved got there they are probably at least happy to be in a better place this time around.


Drake's first choice took the job and almost immediately untook it. The UMass fiasco is well known. Drake may not have given him an option. It may have been a "take it NOW or we get someone else" deal.

Re: Niko Medved to Drake

PostPosted: Thu Mar 30, 2017 1:07 am
by Eyes of Old Main
Art Vandalay wrote:I see where Matt McCall of UTC is rumored to be moving to UMass. I'm surprised he's going anywhere after the last half of the season


The probably want to go ahead an get him to sign on the dotted line so he can have plenty of time to sign them a bunch of junior college transfers.

Re: Niko Medved to Drake

PostPosted: Thu Mar 30, 2017 3:23 am
by woffordgrad94
Furman was soundly defeated 77-51 by St. Peter's in the CIT semifinals...gotta believe the coaching situation affected them some.

Re: Niko Medved to Drake

PostPosted: Thu Mar 30, 2017 11:30 am
by youngterrier
UTC coach to UMASS.

One would think the three teams in the mix next year are going to be ETSU, UNCG, and us

Re: Niko Medved to Drake

PostPosted: Thu Mar 30, 2017 1:36 pm
by lawdog
The Furples should be good too. They should be able to attract a competent replacement for Medved.

Re: Niko Medved to Drake

PostPosted: Thu Mar 30, 2017 2:04 pm
by Ruckus
I am hearing assistant Bob Richey, who was holdover from the Jackson regime, is a leading candidate. He is the interim coach as well.