Press Box: Blue Tigers' new man in charge

Moseley looks to be good choice for Lincoln

While the Missouri basketball program begins its search for a new head coach, Lincoln University should be happy with its most recent hire.

The Blue Tigers introduced John Moseley as their new men’s basketball coach Monday, a little over a month after John Redmond was relieved of his duties.

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John Moseley

At first glance, Moseley is everything Lincoln could have asked for to help revive a program that has been down for, well, a couple of decades.

The former North Carolina Central University assistant has been around successful programs at every stop he’s made throughout his young coaching career.

What’s more encouraging to me, however, are the coaches Moseley has worked under (he’s never been a head coach at the collegiate level). That list includes Joe Dolley of Florida Golf Coast and Brad Brownell, now the head man at Clemson University.

You’re bound to pick up a thing or two from guys who are coaching at that level.

At his press conference Monday, Moseley said he wants to restore a winning program as soon as possible. It’s the right thing to say, but obviously its going to take some time.

In the last five seasons, Lincoln has gone 18-116 overall and 11-75 in the Mid-America Intercollegiate Athletics Association.

It’s not the best selling point for potential recruits, and that’s why Moseley won’t be able to wave a magic wand and make Lincoln a powerhouse in men’s basketball.

The Blue Tigers have to prove they can be competitive in the MIAA for a couple years before there’s any chance of accomplishing what Central Missouri did this season. I think Moseley knows that.

Aside from the coaching aspect of things, I like what Moseley had to say about getting the community more involved in Lincoln athletics.

Attendance numbers weren’t terrible last season, but they weren’t great. The same could be said about the number of students coming out to support their Blue Tigers.

Moseley wants Jason Gym to be one of the toughest venues to compete at for opposing players. That’s something I hope he follows through on and I hope Lincoln fans respond to the challenge.

III

IT CAME TO my attention Monday that some local sports fans thought Lincoln might be calling a press conference for a different reason.

I hate to break it to you, but I don’t think you will be seeing Dorial Green-Beckham in a Blue Tiger football uniform this fall.

In case you hadn’t heard, DGB was booted from the Missouri football team last week following two marijuana-related arrests and his name appearing in a recent Columbia police report of a burglary.

The former No. 1 high-school recruit in the country would have to sit out a season if he chooses to play for another Football Bowl Subdivision school, per NCAA rules. He does have the option to transfer to a Football Championship Subdivision, Division II, Division III or NAIA program, where he would be eligible to play next season.

Lincoln fits that criteria.

But even if the University would take him – Missouri State president Cliff Smart said he would not – Jefferson City would probably not be the best place for DGB.

That’s not a slight towards Jefferson City because I don't think Springfield, Green-Beckham’s adopted home town, would be a good fit either.

DGB’s first priority is to get help. After that, he needs to disappear from the spotlight for a while. Taking a year off from football might be the best way to do that.

NFL teams are still going to want him when he is eligible for the draft next year, don’t you worry.

Call me crazy, but finding a new home at another FBS school and waiting another year for the NFL to come calling might not be a terrible idea, either.

III

I HAVEN’T TALKED to a single Mizzou fan who was upset about Frank Haith leaving to take the job at Tulsa.

So who’s going to replace him?

Gregg Marshall of Wichita State has to be the No. 1 choice, although that’s probably a little far-fetched.

I also like the Kim Anderson pick, but that won’t happen either.

As far as realistic options go? Think Michael White of Louisiana Tech, Brad Underwood of Stephen F. Austin, Donnie Tyndall of Southern Mississippi and Matt Painter of Purdue.

Whoever ends up getting the job, they’ll have their work cut out for them.

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