Posts Tagged ‘Oakland University’

Imagine my surprise when I ran across this little nugget about Oakland University head coach Greg Kampe.


Kampe has had opportunities to coach elsewhere, but he has stayed in Rochester, MI. In fact only four active Division I coaches have been at their respective schools longer than coach Kampe, trailing Syracuse’s Jim Boeheim’s 33 seasons. Kampe is never mentioned among the better coaches in college basketball, due in large part because coaches are measured by postseason success.

If he were at a big-time school he would be considered among the elite coaches in the game. Make no mistake about it; Greg Kampe is one of the top 10 coaches in college basketball. That’s not a misprint.

Of course I’m not saying that Kampe stinks, but since moving to the Summit League in 1998, Oakland has won the conference only once and Kampe’s record is a ho-hum .500 during that time.

Of these 10 coaches, I’m curious which one should be left out in favor of Kampe: Coach K (Duke), Roy Williams (UNC), Tom Izzo (MSU), Bill Self (Kansas), Mark Few (Gonzaga), Rick Barnes (Texas), John Calipari (UK), Ben Howland (UCLA), Jim Boeheim (Syracuse) and Billy Donovan (Florida).

— Jared Field

At the risk of overshadowing Derick Nelson’s great performance on Monday night in Oakland’s win over Tennessee Tech, I have to wonder why the former standout at Lansing Everett can’t make free throws anymore.

So far this season, Nelson has made only 8-of-22 free throw attempts for a paltry 36 percent from the charity stripe.

Who does this guy think he is, Eric Snow? Doug Gottlieb? Nelson, a redshirt senior, has never been a particularly good free throw shooter (around 70 percent). But after losing the 2008-2009 season to a foot injury, Nelson seems to have lost any semblance of touch from the line.

Here’s the moral of the story for young players: If you’re not a beast like Derick Nelson, you better be able to make your foul shots.

— Jared Field