The University of Detroit Mercy Titans have had some decent years in the past couple decades. But prolonged success has not been on the agenda. Coach Ray McCallum, Sr. is trying to change that. He’s trying to build a program. After a rough rookie season at the helm, McCallum’s almost tripled his 2008 win total and finished with a solid 20-13 record. The disappointing part of last year was the 9-9 conference record. With the continued maturity of some key seniors and the biggest recruit ever to commit to UDM, the 2010-11 ball club could bring people back to the success UofD had in the 1970′s. This year’s team could be your father’s Titans.
Yesterday was media day at Calihan Hall. The team unveiled some sleek new digs met with the Detroit media in hope of creating interest within the community. The Titans are picked to finish second in the Horizon League behind defending national runner-up Butler. If UDM can live up to that, that should mean an NCAA Tournament berth, their first since 2000-01.
Thanks to Michael Martinez, sports editor of the school’s newspaper, The Varsity News, for the pictures.
Head Coach Ray McCallum, Sr. is all smiles…and why shouldn’t he be right now?
The three biggest reasons for for Ray Sr.’s smiles – senior guard Chase Simon (left), senior center Eli Holman (center), and freshman guard Ray McCallum, Jr. (right). Simon and Holman have been picked as preseason all-conference and Ray, Jr., 2010 McDonald’s All-American, is considered by many as the best Titan recruit ever.
Holman will get some help on the block from junior transfer Nick Minnerath. Minnerath comes from Jackson Community College where he capped off an impressive two-year career at Jackson by being named a NJCAA Division II third team All-American.
Sophomore guard Jason Calliste shows off the new digs.
And finally, Eli Holman clowns around with Titan legend, Terry Tyler, who was a main cog in the Titans success of the late 70′s.
This is going to be a good year in the D. I’ll put my neck out there and call a 24 win season and a 12 seed in the Dance.
Tim is the founder and author of It’s Always Sunny In Detroit. Born and raised north of "The D", he was hands down the fastest kid on the playground. In his glory days as a Big Ten baseballer, Tim often thought about dating Jennifer Love Hewitt. After he hung ‘em up and got real, he graduated from law school and came back to Detroit. He has been keeping it sunny ever since.