While a lot of many of us were distracted the poaching of Lance Leipold by Kansas and the fallout of the program some weird things started happening a short drive down I-90.
Turns out Quentin Hillsman, a moderately successful woman’s coach at Syracuse, had to quit his job amid an investigation into accusations of bullying and inappropriate behavior.
The ball started rolling when “The Athletic” ran a story that detailed stories from former players and staff the culture of the team, and of Hillsman’s behavior. There is a lot to the story so it’s worth the read but if you’re short on time...
The guy is a bully and a huge number of transfers this year prompted some people to ask “how much of a bully”
The answer left Syracuse without a head coach.
Buffalo, having one of the best mid major coaches around, who also happens to be a Syracuse Alumni, has reason to worry.
The Orange have kicked the can down the road, naming assistant coach Vonn Read as their acting head coach for women’s basketball for 2021-22 season but Legette-Jack’s record at Buffalo cannot be ignored.
She took over a moribund program mired in sub mediocrity and breathed life and a culture into it that rivals the accomplishments of Nate Oats and Bobby Hurley.
Under Coach Jack Buffalo has a division title, two conference tournament wins, and at large bids to the NCAA and NIT tournament. In 2017 the Bulls made the sweet 16.
So this year, and maybe this year only, I’ll be rooting for a Syracuse team to have an amazing season. May the reign of Vonn Read last a decade and may his success at Syracuse only be overshadowed by the success of Felisha Legette-Jack in Buffalo.