Thanks. Yes, it's easy to pile on Paulsen, but let's be honest, this is not the most objective crowd to grade him.Dave was well-within norms for tv color analysts and far less annoying than most. Naturally he was complimentary to both coaches but was unusually honest in responding to the other announcer asking "what can we expect in the upcoming VCU-LaSalle game" which was about to follow on the network.
Dave said something like that VCU was a top 2 or 3 defensive team nationally and LaSalle has struggled and unless something changed, that game likely would turn out as one-sided as the game they were covering (which was already out of hand). Certainly not hyping the upcoming game, much to the consternation of network execs, I would suspect!
I didn't hear any mention of being an advisor to the Fordham head coach this year, but the other announcer more than once made mention of him being at Mason for 6 yrs and Bucknell before that.
He did express that while meeting with the GW and Dayton coaches and players in prepping for the game, that he missed coaching and the relationships you form with your players. And indicated a desire to return to head coaching in the future.
I hope he does get a good coaching gig...and succeeds.