With any luck, we have seen our last Jim Ferry-coached game at Duquesne, perhaps anywhere; I think he'd make a great ASN color analyst. Last night was truly a signature loss, blowing an 18-point second-half lead to lose in the final seconds, this after nearly blowing a 16-point first-half lead in the opening minutes of the second half. And against a fellow "young" team that's played most of the season without one of its most dynamic players (Jermaine Bishop). This came on the heels of blowing a 12-point second-half lead and losing at home in the regular season finale to another "young" team that played without its two leading scorers. As was noted on the other board, Jim Ferry's A10 winning percentage has sunk below Danny Nee's. This season's debacle followed up losing 9 out of the last 10 A10 games with a veteran team last year. Youth isn't the problem. The talent level isn't quite on par with the conference's top teams but it's more than good enough to beat the second-division teams, of which there are quite a few this year. But the losses keep coming, along with the missed FTs at the most crucial times, the missed wide-open layups, the undisciplined fouls, the lack of adjustments to what the other team's doing, the lack of any basketball fundamentals or IQ, an inability to effectively utilize the bench of his own handpicked players . All of these traits have been endemic to Ferry teams for the last 5 years. No matter how much the young talent develops, the new recruits pan out, the next recruiting "cycle" of the 10-year plan exceeds the first, the ceiling won't be a whole lot higher than what we saw last year. With a new president who cares about basketball, a new AD, a major renovation in the works of the Palumbo Center, the time is now to move the program forward with a new coach. Sure there are risks. Kids we want to stay could leave (not that likely), recruits could de-commit (more likely) and be replaced by stopgap spring recruits who won't be as good. But I think there's enough of a past to determine what the future will look like under this coach and it's really not a whole lot better than the last 5 years. It's time for Jimbo to lend his basketball expertise to those award-winning ASN telecasts. I realize coaching changes rarely change anything at Duquesne (replacing Nee with Everhart and to a lesser extent Satalin with Carroll the only possible exceptions) but right now, it's a must. So can we expect a press conference on Monday morning to announce a re-committment to basketball at Duquesne, including a new head coach?