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And We’re Off!

In Game Posts on November 21, 2014 at 12:28 pm


We are off and running in another Belmont Bruins campaign! As we all know, these non-conference/exhibition games show us things that we may never see again. Last year in the season opener at Lipscomb the Bruins had to gut out a sloppy win. They were adjusting to new defensive rules and no Ian or Kerron. It took time to readjust and all that season produced was an OVC Championship game appearance and an NIT Elite Eight.
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Hoop Hour #2

In Game Posts on January 8, 2014 at 9:41 am

Editors Note: For those of you unfamiliar with the practice, Belmont holds an event once a month throughout the basketball season called ‘Hoop Hour’ wherein guests eat lunch [Sodexo] whilst beholding coach Newbauer and Coach Byrd breakdown game footage of their respective teams.

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Belmont stuns #12 UNC, 83-80

In Game Posts on November 17, 2013 at 8:15 pm
JJ takes the shot of his life

JJ takes the shot of his life

I think this is a good time for me to remind you all of my proposal for Mayor Dean to rename I-440, “The Rick Byrd Parkway” because gahhhhhhhhhh…

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Belmont (11) vs University of Arizona (6)

In Game Posts on March 18, 2013 at 10:27 am


(Wilbur and Wilma . . .)

Well party people – we’re going to Salt Lake City!

…And by ‘we’ I mean next-to-no-one from Nashville – save of course those fortunate enough to have Bobby Fisher foot the bill. But no matter! We shall cut out of work and mercilessly yell at television screens across this great southern city of ours!

Was anyone at the Selection Sunday party? Joel was, check out his photos here. How about that Sodexho BBQ? How’s everyone’s gut feeling? It’s always fun to be in a big loud crowd when our name is announced. It’s also fun to see The Bruin ‘faithful’ cheer for literally ANY team we draw.

Anyway, we at the Byrd Cage are working on teaming up with the folks at ‘Arizona Desert Swarm’ like we did last year with those punks at The Casual Hoya. If they cooperate, it will be hilarious and informative, two of our favorite things.

In the meantime, we wanted to set up a place where we can keep the conversation going and to share what the talking heads are saying about The Bruins. So here it goes: Read the rest of this entry »

What if Belmont Was an 8 or 9 Seed?

In Game Posts on March 15, 2013 at 10:01 am


If there has ever been a season where the seeding was unsure for BU – it is this year.  I don’t know about you but I’ve seen projections of Belmont from a 7 seed  (Yes.  SEVEN SEED.) to a 12.  It really is insane.  For now, we realize there are a TON of variables to consider – from the makeup of the Selection Sunday Staff to the very timing of this article. While us Byrd Cagers are the top experts in this field, we simply cannot guarantee what seed The Mont will draw.  So let’s look at what could happen. This post covers projections of Belmont as an 8 or 9 seed. Later, we’ll talk about 10, 11, and 12 seeds. Here we go. Read the rest of this entry »

Byrd Brains – An Interview Series With The Belmont Bruins – The Ian Clark Interview

In Game Posts on March 14, 2013 at 10:25 am

Courtesy of Ben McKeown

(photo: Ben McKeown)

Byrd Cage = BC
Ian Clark = Ian

Author’s Note: Honestly, I’ve wanted to interview Ian for a while now. Unfortunately, I can be a sort of superstitious guy.  Ian was so EN FUEGO the majority of the season that I was legitimately worried I would throw him off by interviewing him. So I didn’t until yesterday when I knew the OVC Championship Trophy was resting safely on the Blvd.  The Byrd Cage is really going to miss watching this guy ball, so I tried to cover most of the bases. Enjoy.

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Byrd Droppings with Mort and Hugs, Volume 3: OVC Champions Edition

In Game Posts on March 13, 2013 at 10:44 am


Editor’s Note: We like to laugh here at the Byrd Cage and we hope you do too. That’s why we’re happy to announce the return of Mort & Hugs. Our two in-house professional gripers/comedians who’ve never met a D1 athlete they weren’t scurd to anonymously mock on the internet.

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From 2006 to Anywhere: Jono Looks Back

In Game Posts on March 12, 2013 at 2:59 pm


I need to start with a confession:

I honestly don’t remember where I was when the Bruins beat Lipscomb in the 2006 Atlantic Sun Championship game to go to their first ever NCAA tournament.

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Inside the Prohm Dome

In Game Posts on March 11, 2013 at 4:04 pm


“Good coaching facilitates overachievement.” –Adrian Branch, ESPN OVC Title Game Broadcast

The OVC championship featured two very different coaches. One remembers a time when there was no three point line and one remembers the ‘old’ three point line. One wears a sweater vest and one wears neck ties at awkward lengths. One built a program from nothing while one inherited a mid-major Maserati. You have to search long and hard for any similarities that Rick and Coach Prohm share. This was never more evident than what we witnessed on Saturday night in one of the most drama filled games in Bruin history, and we have Prohm to thank. Read the rest of this entry »

We Are The Champions

In Game Posts on March 10, 2013 at 9:53 pm


Did everyone survive? Any heart attacks? Mort, Adult Steve, Coach Nick, and I nearly killed each other watching this thing. It was a 45 minute uphill battle that Murray should have won at several different points in the game.

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