Over at Inside Lacrosse, Jon Brand has a Q&A with Duke head coach John Danowski about Zack Greer’s decision to play his fifth year at Bryant, in which Danowski says Greer decided not to use his extra year at Duke last fall and looked at graduate school opportunities throughout the year. Greer considered playing hockey and lacrosse and Danowski says he visited Denver and Ohio State and thought about St. Lawrence, a school closer to his home in Ontario.
“Zack and I had talked in the fall and he had said he was not going to come back to Duke,” Danowski told IL. “The whole thing, in the end, has to be viewed from an academic aspect. This game’s just a means to an end and it’s about looking at how you can position yourself the best way possible…He could have gone straight into the NLL; he didn’t have to play college lacrosse again… Our conversations [in the fall] were about what is going to make you happy, what are you going to get out of a fifth year and we talked about his options.”
Another point of note: Brand asked Danowski about the possibility of adding Bryant, led by former Duke head coach Mike Pressler, to the schedule. His response:
“I don’t think so, not this year. With the lawsuit pending and so many distractions, I don’t think it’s the right timing for the sport. We need to get away from the distractions of the situation right now, but maybe one day, when everything goes away–not that it ever really will–it will could happen.”
–by Ben Cohen
Zack Greer, the NCAA’s all-time leading goal scorer, has decided to use his NCAA-granted fifth year of eligibility with former Duke head coach Mike Pressler at Bryant, sources told Inside Lacrosse’s Quint Kessenich Monday.
Pressler was forced to resign from his Duke position in 2006 in light of rape allegations that later proved false. He became coach at Division-II Bryant in August 2006, and he will lead the Bulldogs as they transition to Division I next season, even though the team will not yet be eligible to participate in the postseason. Adding Greer, Duke’s best attackman and leading scorer, will undoubtedly mark a step in the right direction for Pressler’s program.
Greer graduated from Duke in the spring, but, unlike other members of his senior class with the option of a fifth year, had not announced his intentions for 2009. He could have used his fifth year at Duke, as the NCAA’s all-time leading scorer Matt Danowski did last year. Instead, he will be a graduate student at Bryant in Smithfield, R.I., markedly closer to his home in Canada. Greer needs just 68 points to eclipse Danowski as the NCAA’s all-time leading scorer. He amassed 95 points in 2007.
Of course, there are still swirling questions about Greer’s decision to attend a school with no lacrosse history just to play for his old coach. If anything, it is perhaps the greatest athletics-related development in the lacrosse case in a long time. It will likely catapult the story back in the spotlight and place Greer and Pressler under a magnifying glass, at least for Bryant’s first game next year.
We’ll have more reaction, analysis and try to get quotes from Greer as this story develops.
What do you think about Greer’s decision to use his fifth year with Pressler at Bryant?
–by Ben Cohen
HBO has acquired the rights to former Duke lacrosse head coach Mike Pressler and Don Yaeger’s book, It’s Not About the Truth. The book chronicles the Duke Lacrosse allegations, from the initial indictments in March 2006 all the way until their pronounced innocence in April 2007. If produced, the film will be the first movie about the case.
The book from Pressler and Yaeger, a former SI associate editor, was released in June 2007 and came out in paperback in May. The other most famous book about the lacrosse case, Until Proven Innocent by K.C. Johnson and Stuart Taylor, was released in September.
So now comes the obvious question: Who are the actors? Offer your suggestions in the comments section below, and we’ll compile a list in the next few days.
–by Ben Cohen