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Kevin Cowherd | March 28, 2012
Even though the whole thing was handled in a hush-hush way that doesn't make much sense, Loyola University did the right thing Wednesday when it agreed to a new multi-year deal with Jimmy Patsos. We'll get to the hush-hush part in a moment. But for now, know that Patsos has a new contract extension to coach the Greyhounds' men's basketball team for the next five years, and he couldn't be more thrilled. "That was all that was ever important to me, staying at Loyola," Patsos said . "The money was never an issue.
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By Matt Bracken and The Baltimore Sun | October 1, 2014
Evan Fisher had never played a game in front of Jimmy Patsos , but that didn't stop the Siena men's basketball coach from telling the McDonogh star in June that “there was an offer on the table.” Fisher, an All-MIAA A Conference first-team selection for the Eagles as a junior, was flattered but anxious. “I didn't know how they'd respond if I had a bad game,” Fisher said Wednesday. “Coach Patsos is a good friend of our new coach, Coach [ Dave ] Gately . … I had spoken to [Siena coaches]
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By Matt Bracken and The Baltimore Sun | August 1, 2012
After guiding Loyola to its first NCAA tournament appearance since 1994, life has been undeniably good for Greyhounds coach Jimmy Patsos . Between speaking engagements, playing in charity golf tournaments and making the occasional radio or television appearance, Patsos has been a busy man since the Greyhounds fell to Ohio State in the second round of the NCAA tournament. But basketball has remained the No. 1 priority, and there's plenty of optimism on Cold Spring Lane for another big year.
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By Childs Walker and The Baltimore Sun | January 31, 2014
It sounds like the greatest deal in the world - play virtually every minute of every game, take twice as many shots as anybody else, serve as a role model for the guys following in your footsteps. You could even say it perfectly fulfills the fantasies Dylon Cormier harbored as a basketball-mad kid growing up in Pasadena and Randallstown. He wanted to be Allen Iverson. And at least in the context of Loyola basketball, he kind of is. Here's the thing, though. Now that he's living his dream, Cormier will tell you it's awfully hard work being the singular, no-doubt-about-it top dog on a basketball team.
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By Don Markus and The Baltimore Sun | March 31, 2013
Loyola men's basketball coach Jimmy Patsos, who has led the program to its first back-to-back seasons with more than 20 wins as a Division I team, has emerged as one of the top candidates for the opening at Siena. The 46-year-old coach will be in upstate New York on Monday to interview with longtime Siena athletic director John D'Argenio, according to two sources with knowledge of the situation. Dargenio fired Mitch Buonaguro after the Saints finished their third straight losing season with an 8-24 record.
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Kevin Cowherd | March 3, 2013
Jimmy Patsos got what he wanted after all. "Three games in March," he said Sunday after Loyola beat Manhattan, 63-61, at Reitz Arena. Three games to win the upcoming Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference championships and get the automatic bid to the NCAA tournament for the second year in a row. All he wanted was a shot at it. He doesn't ask for the sky, the moon and the stars above. But now Loyola, the little Catholic school at the corner of Charles St. and Cold Spring Lane, gets a chance to win three games in March and go to the Big Dance.
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By Matt Bracken and The Baltimore Sun | April 25, 2013
Lavon Long worried for a second when Jimmy Patsos left Loyola to take the Siena coaching job earlier this month. But any stress the Oakland Mills senior felt about re-starting the recruiting process was fleeting. “I was pretty relaxed,” said Long, the 2012-13 Howard County Player of the Year. “I knew [what I was going to do] from the beginning.” On Thursday afternoon, Long followed through on his plan by committing to Patsos again during an official visit to Siena.
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By Don Markus and The Baltimore Sun | April 2, 2013
When Loyola coach Jimmy Patsos went up to Siena College on Monday for an interview, he didn't know much about the school aside from the history of its men's basketball program. That history - along with the community support and financial commitment to basketball - led to Patsos' leaving Loyola on Tuesday after nine seasons. Patsos, 46, will be introduced at a news conference at the upstate New York school outside Albany on Wednesday afternoon. In his first interview since accepting the job, Patsos said he was “sad” to leave Loyola and Baltimore after nearly a decade.
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By Matt Bracken and The Baltimore Sun | April 14, 2013
Maurice White heard rumors about Jimmy Patsos leaving Loyola after the 2012-13 season. The St. Frances shooting guard had committed to the Greyhounds in October, but decided to withdraw his pledge last month when talks about the Loyola coach leaving town intensified. Sure enough, Patsos landed the coaching job at Siena earlier this month. It didn't take long for White to hear from the new Saints coach. “Probably like four days after he [took the job],” White said.
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By Childs Walker and The Baltimore Sun | March 14, 2013
Despite several reports that have listed Loyola basketball coach Jimmy Patsos as a candidate to fill the opening at Siena, Patsos said Thursday he has not spoken to anyone at the school in Albany, N.Y. “I'm the coach at Loyola,” Patsos said. “I haven't been contacted by anybody.” Siena, a former rival to Loyola in the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference, recently fired coach Mitch Buonaguro after an 8-24 season. Patsos, meanwhile, led Loyola to a second straight 20-win season.
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By Edward Lee, The Baltimore Sun | November 7, 2013
To hear Jarred Jones tell it, the 6-foot-7 sophomore swingman agreed to play for the Loyola men's basketball team because he was drawn to Jimmy Patsos' coaching style, not repelled by it. “I've been used to coaches all my life like Patsos that yelled at you,” said Jones, a Havre de Grace native and John Carroll graduate. “I was kind of used to that, which is probably why I picked him to come here and be my coach.” Patsos' tenure with the Greyhounds ended in April when he decided to become the head coach at Siena.
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By Edward Lee and The Baltimore Sun | November 5, 2013
Dylon Cormier is smart enough to realize that he should not expect the Patriot League to roll out the red carpet for him and his Loyola men's basketball teammates as they begin their first season in the conference. In fact, the 6-foot-3, 184-pound senior shooting guard said he and his teammates are anticipating a welcome that isn't warm and fuzzy. "I think the other teams are going to try to make a statement," the Baltimore native and Cardinal Gibbons graduate said. "They're going to try show who's the best in the league.
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By NICHOLAS FOURIEZOS, The Baltimore Sun | September 18, 2013
When longtime college basketball coach Tubby Smith took the stage next to G.G. Smith, the first-year head coach of the Loyola men's basketball team, it seemed as if he was there to support his son in his new role. Tubby Smith had other ideas though. "I haven't had a chance to see my granddaughter yet. That's why I'm here," Tubby Smith joked. "They think I'm here to talk and help kick off this season. But I'm here to see my granddaughter and my daughter-in-law. " The family was all together Wednesday night, as G.G. Smith and Tubby Smith answered questions in front of more than 50 Loyola fans during a session at the Under Armour Tide Point headquarters.
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By Matt Bracken and The Baltimore Sun | June 20, 2013
The differences between G.G. Smith and Jimmy Patsos are too numerous to list. Those dissimilarities, Smith says, are what made their working relationship so strong. But now that Smith has taken over as Loyola's men's basketball coach, and Patsos has settled in at Siena, some things will inevitably change this year at Reitz Arena. For starters, Smith had to hire three new assistant coaches after Greg Manning and Luke D'Alessio followed Patsos to upstate New York.
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Sports Digest | April 26, 2013
Colleges Oakland Mills forward Long will join Patsos at Siena Oakland Mills senior Lavon Long committed to Siena during an official visit Thursday. The 6-foot-6 forward signed with Loyola in November, but received a release from his letter of intent after Jimmy Patsos took the Siena job earlier this month. Long, a second-team Baltimore Sun All-Metro selection, joins St. Frances guard Maurice White in the Saints' 2013 recruiting class. - Matt Bracken More men's basketball: Forest Park senior Wayne Hill has signed with CCBC-Catonsville, according to Foresters coach Greate White . Hill, a 6-foot-4 point guard, averaged 15 points, nine assists and eight rebounds as a senior.
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By Don Markus, The Baltimore Sun | April 20, 2013
Moving around has always been a big part of new Loyola basketball coach G.G. Smith's life. As a child whose father, Tubby, was a rising star in the college basketball coaching ranks, Smith spent time growing up in college towns like Columbia, S.C., and Lexington, Ky., as well as cities like Tulsa, Okla., and Richmond, Va. As an adult, Smith often took jobs based on where his wife, Lorie, was completing her post-graduate work as she built her career...
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Kevin Cowherd | February 19, 2012
Like a lot of other coaches, Jimmy Patsos is big on inspirational sayings. On Sunday, he needed one in the worst way. Not a "Braveheart" quote, exactly. Not something to make a man want to take a spear in the throat for his homeland. More like something to make a 20-year-old with a short attention span focus, or something to help a college basketball player suck it up and not dwell on the past. The Loyola men's basketball team, after all, was on a two-game losing streak. Sure, the Greyhounds' goal of winning the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference and going to the NCAA tournament was still in sight.
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By Matt Bracken and The Baltimore Sun | April 14, 2013
Maurice White heard rumors about Jimmy Patsos leaving Loyola after the 2012-13 season. The St. Frances shooting guard had committed to the Greyhounds in October, but decided to withdraw his pledge last month when talks about the Loyola coach leaving town intensified. Sure enough, Patsos landed the coaching job at Siena earlier this month. It didn't take long for White to hear from the new Saints coach. “Probably like four days after he [took the job],” White said.
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