Witherspoon Speaks Out

Seldom is a coach completely blindsided when the lose their job but Reggie Witherspoon Was

Very frank discussion by Witherspoon about the change at UB. In Typical fasion for the long time Buffalo Coach the discussion was topical, polite, and honest. The former Buffalo coach (gosh that feels wrong to say)invited the media into his home to clear the air. It was the first time he has gone public with extensive comments since he was fired Friday.

There is a pretty disturbing note here and it's that according to Coach Witherspoon UB Athletic Director Danny White told him Friday that he had decided back in December to make a change after the season. December was a low point to the season and that pretty much meant it was dance or go home for the long tenured coach. Witherspoon deserved to know that his job was on the line.

"I expected to resume the conversation we had just prior to the season. He acknowledged we had that conversion and he said he wished he didn’t have the conversation. He said that he made up his mind in December. I asked him if we were 20-14 instead of 14-20, he stopped me and said, ‘We’d be having the same conversation.’ -- Reggie Witherspoon

Tony. Watson and fellow senior Richie Sebuharara who each finished their careers in Buffalo's quarterfinals loss to Kent were in attendance Monday. Mark Bortz and Jason Bird, members of the 2005 team also showed up.

Without sounding like he was making excuses Witherspoon enumerated some of the challenges UB faced in the MAC compared to their foes.

"An example is that Akron is about a four-hour bus ride and we take that bus ride. They took a charter jet. Ohio will take a charter jet. We have the highest academic standards in the conference and we’re doing this with less of a tradition than everybody in the conference. … We haven’t had a graduate assistant or a director of basketball operations. Our staff has been greatly scaled down. The MAC did a survey two years ago … and we were last or next to last in almost every item of resources."

So far no current players are talking about transferring and Witherspoon, even now a friend of the University, is hoping that does not happen. One great thing about the coach was his commitment to mentoring these players to compete not only on the court but in the Class.

"I hope they didn’t express they no longer have a reason to be here. I hope that’s not the case.... We certainly are doing everything we can so that doesn’t become the sentiment."

Three Point Shot: Letting Spoon go makes sense *IF*!

1) Witherspoon is given next season because he has built one hell of a team. Make no mistake if someone comes in here and wins a MACC next season it proves nothing of that coach. This is Witherspoons team for the next year or two.-- Grade: Fail!

2) Witherspoon is made aware that his job is on the line. Performance reviews and conversations are only effective and meaningful if they are honest -- Grade: Fail!

3) This move happens before a lot of money gets put into the program. UB had a great deal with Witherspoon who made a lot from a little. If this move happens it should include creating a more fiscally competitive team. -- Grade: TBD

X
Log In Sign Up

forgot?
Log In Sign Up

Please choose a new SB Nation username and password

As part of the new SB Nation launch, prior users will need to choose a permanent username, along with a new password.

Your username will be used to login to SB Nation going forward.

I already have a Vox Media account!

Verify Vox Media account

Please login to your Vox Media account. This account will be linked to your previously existing Eater account.

Please choose a new SB Nation username and password

As part of the new SB Nation launch, prior MT authors will need to choose a new username and password.

Your username will be used to login to SB Nation going forward.

Forgot password?

We'll email you a reset link.

If you signed up using a 3rd party account like Facebook or Twitter, please login with it instead.

Forgot password?

Try another email?

Almost done,

By becoming a registered user, you are also agreeing to our Terms and confirming that you have read our Privacy Policy.

Join Bull Run

You must be a member of Bull Run to participate.

We have our own Community Guidelines at Bull Run. You should read them.

Join Bull Run

You must be a member of Bull Run to participate.

We have our own Community Guidelines at Bull Run. You should read them.

Spinner.vc97ec6e

Authenticating

Great!

Choose an available username to complete sign up.

In order to provide our users with a better overall experience, we ask for more information from Facebook when using it to login so that we can learn more about our audience and provide you with the best possible experience. We do not store specific user data and the sharing of it is not required to login with Facebook.

tracking_pixel_9341_tracker