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SMOKEY GAINES R.I.P.

Postby 1975SHjoe » Sun Sep 06, 2020 12:29 pm

A tribute to Smokey is on the detroittitans.com web site. He was 80, dies from cancer.
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Re: SMOKEY GAINES R.I.P.

Postby Hoopster_Now_In_DC » Fri Sep 25, 2020 9:05 pm

1975SHjoe wrote:A tribute to Smokey is on the detroittitans.com web site. He was 80, dies from cancer.


RIP- Probably the most successful coach in program history.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BSPkvZnsD2k

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8VdrAxBqlXo
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Re: SMOKEY GAINES R.I.P.

Postby ptctitan » Sun Sep 27, 2020 11:22 am

Hoopster_Now_In_DC wrote:
1975SHjoe wrote:A tribute to Smokey is on the detroittitans.com web site. He was 80, dies from cancer.


RIP- Probably the most successful coach in program history.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BSPkvZnsD2k

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8VdrAxBqlXo


For a coach, Smokey Gaines did have the most successful consecutive two-year winning percentage in program history. Too bad that we could not have afforded a higher salary for him so he could have stayed.

Vitale's final year as coach and Smokey's first year as coach produced the best two-year record in program history, 50-8 for an .862 winning percentage.

Perry Watson's 1997-99 winning percentage was .806; and, he won 50 games in those two seasons.

However, Royal Campbell had a 25-5 record for the three seasons of 1910-11 to 1912-13 for a winning percentage of .833 versus Gaines's .823.

It's hard to say how Smokey would have fared under the new austerity that began affecting our school in the early 1980s. But his two years and Perry's two years are the best coaching runs here in recent history. Here's hoping that Coach Davis can join them soon.
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Re: SMOKEY GAINES R.I.P.

Postby Commissioner » Tue Sep 29, 2020 10:36 am

ptctitan wrote:
Hoopster_Now_In_DC wrote:
1975SHjoe wrote:A tribute to Smokey is on the detroittitans.com web site. He was 80, dies from cancer.


RIP- Probably the most successful coach in program history.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BSPkvZnsD2k

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8VdrAxBqlXo


For a coach, Smokey Gaines did have the most successful consecutive two-year winning percentage in program history. Too bad that we could not have afforded a higher salary for him so he could have stayed.

Vitale's final year as coach and Smokey's first year as coach produced the best two-year record in program history, 50-8 for an .862 winning percentage.

Perry Watson's 1997-99 winning percentage was .806; and, he won 50 games in those two seasons.

However, Royal Campbell had a 25-5 record for the three seasons of 1910-11 to 1912-13 for a winning percentage of .833 versus Gaines's .823.

It's hard to say how Smokey would have fared under the new austerity that began affecting our school in the early 1980s. But his two years and Perry's two years are the best coaching runs here in recent history. Here's hoping that Coach Davis can join them soon.


As I recall the issue with Coach Gaines was less salary than the inability to provide resources for the program. Is that true? You would know better than I.
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Re: SMOKEY GAINES R.I.P.

Postby Commissioner » Tue Sep 29, 2020 10:36 am

ptctitan wrote:
Hoopster_Now_In_DC wrote:
1975SHjoe wrote:A tribute to Smokey is on the detroittitans.com web site. He was 80, dies from cancer.


RIP- Probably the most successful coach in program history.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BSPkvZnsD2k

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8VdrAxBqlXo


For a coach, Smokey Gaines did have the most successful consecutive two-year winning percentage in program history. Too bad that we could not have afforded a higher salary for him so he could have stayed.

Vitale's final year as coach and Smokey's first year as coach produced the best two-year record in program history, 50-8 for an .862 winning percentage.

Perry Watson's 1997-99 winning percentage was .806; and, he won 50 games in those two seasons.

However, Royal Campbell had a 25-5 record for the three seasons of 1910-11 to 1912-13 for a winning percentage of .833 versus Gaines's .823.

It's hard to say how Smokey would have fared under the new austerity that began affecting our school in the early 1980s. But his two years and Perry's two years are the best coaching runs here in recent history. Here's hoping that Coach Davis can join them soon.


As I recall the issue with Coach Gaines was less salary than the inability to provide resources for the program. Is that true? You would know better than I.
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