WHOA! University of San Francisco has just announced that point guard Cody Doolin has decided to forego his senior season because of personal reasons. Today’s announcement has to be the most disastrous news for the San Francisco Dons basketball program in decades. After years of player turmoil, the Dons finally looked like they had the right group of guys to contend for the WCC title this year. Doolin spoke to us many times this season and he seemed excited about leading the young Dons this season.
“I think so, we are returning nearly our whole team and we added a few nice pieces. We are playing really well together right now and we had a good preseason so if we keep it up it should turn into a real nice season for us,” said Doolin about having nearly the whole team back.
During his first four games of the season, it looked like Doolin was doing everything right. In the first game of the season, Doolin tried to get his teammates involved by having seven assists and netting zero points. Some might argue that Doolin had a bad game but you could tell Doolin was trying to build his teammates’ confidence. The facilitating continued in the second game against Cleveland State as Doolin finished with eleven assists.
“I know Cody has a mindset to get everyone going because later on they are going to need that. They are going to need to know that they made shots and that they made shots in real games,” explained Rex Walters on Cody Doolin’s zero point game.
It was not until the third game of the season that Doolin showed the basketball world that he was going to be a star. Against NBA-caliber player Deonte Burton and the Nevada Wolfpack, Doolin was nearly unstoppable as he drove to the hoop with ease and netted a career high 33 points. Even though the Dons dropped a heart-breaker against the Wolfpack there was no question that Doolin put everything on the line that night.
“I just try to do whatever the game dictates and try and let the game come to me. By no means did I play a perfect game, I missed a lot of box outs and defensive assignments,” a humble Cody Doolin said after the Nevada game.
The Dons season soured when they lost to a mediocre Idaho State team at home. Not only could the Dons not stop Idaho State defensively as they scored 93 points but the Dons seemed to meltdown at the end of the game. Doolin put up respectable numbers against Idaho State by netting 13 points and 6 assists. Rex Walters was extremely disappointed after the game and was almost at a loss for words.
“There is no defensive pride right now with our team and the fact that we had 16 turnovers against a zone tells you where our focus and our mindset was going into the game. We didn’t come to play,” said Rex Walters. “It’s really disappointing for me because I recruited these guys and you can say that they are my guys and they are. Every player that has played here has been my guy, some of them made it some of them haven’t. Have some pride, have some pride that you are going to step out on this court and play your heart out for your teammates, for yourself, and for your university. We didn’t do that tonight, I am beside myself right now. I haven’t gotten them to understand how important every opportunity is.”
Nothing seemed out of the ordinary until hours before the game against the Montana Grizzlies. Out of nowhere, the Dons announced that Cody Doolin had left the team for personal reasons. There was speculation that Doolin had gone back home to Texas to be with family but nothing was confirmed. Fortunately, the Dons won a nail biter against the Grizzlies but they were outclassed in their next game against the Oregon Ducks.
“Cody (Doolin) and Cole (Dickerson) are pretty good at leading and setting an example for the rest of the team. Not only are they competitive but they know what’s going on offensively and defensively. They are being more verbal in practice as they know it’s their last go-around this year. They want to make sure they go out the right way,” explained head coach Rex Walters.
There have been multiple reports that have come out that Doolin left the team because of issues with the team but nothing has been confirmed yet. In any case, Cody Doolin was the heart and soul of the San Francisco Dons basketball team and its heartbreaking to see him leave the team halfway through his senior season. We can mark today’s date as one of the darkest days in the modern era of USF basketball. Although many players have left the Dons over the past couple of seasons, none of them were as important to the team as Cody Doolin.