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In case you missed it, here's Seton Hall's Herb Pope (of Aliquippa fame) punching Texas Tech's Darko Cohadarevic in the groin during an NIT game last night. It's not quite "Football in the Groin", but then again, nothing is.

If you'll remember, Pope was named the 2006 Tribune-Review Boys Basketball Player of the Year, averaging 18.3 points and 15 rebounds for Aliquippa HS, which he led to the Class AA PIAA State Championship game.

Since then, it's been a roller-coaster ride for the talented yet troubled basketball prodigy. He strangely chose Reggie Theus and New Mexico State over Pitt, Texas, Louisville, and a host of others, and shortly after signing his letter of intent, he was shot four times in Aliquippa. Theus would then move on to coach the Sacramento Kings, while the recovered Pope ended up playing only a year at NMSU and then transferring to Seton Hall, where he had to sit out a season because of transfer rules.

This season, Pope averaged 11.5 PPG and 10.7 RPG for the Pirates, but they were just bounced from the NIT and are firing coach Bobby Gonzalez today. Gonzalez never got the Hall higher than a 10th place finish during his four seasons at the helm after coming over with much hoopla from Manhattan. So it looks like once again, Herb Pope will be starting over.

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1 comment:

Scott Zigarovich said...

As a fan of Herb Pope, this comes as a real low blow.