The Providence Crier aims to provide readers with opinions and analysis of the Providence College men’s basketball and other topics around college basketball as well.
We are independent and unaffiliated with the school, which allows us to provide a truly unbiased perspective on the team and program (for better or worse).
Why is it Called the Crier?
A lot of people assume it’s called The Providence Crier because all we do is whine and complain, au contraire. Sure, we occasionally will have our gripes and grievances, but the site is named after Mike Surette was dubbed the Providence Crier. Providence came off a Big East Tournament championship and fell to UNC in the round of 68 despite a heroic effort by Bryce Cotton. After a tough L and a few beverages, the Crier was spotted on the couch late night crying that the season came to an end. The Crier is unashamed either, as in the words of Jeffrey Lebowski (the millionaire) “real men also cry”.
About The Crier
Mike Surette is the founder of the blog and graduated from Providence College in 2012. During his time at PC, he worked with the men’s basketball team. Mike helped out at practice, summer basketball camp, and promotional events at the games. Mike worked for the team during the entire Keno Davis Era and then in his senior year in a much more limited capacity with the Ed Cooley staff. Ever since he stepped foot (or walker) on the PC campus his freshman year, he has bled the Friar Black and White. Through only 13 years of Friar fandom, Mike has experienced plenty of the Good (2014 Big East title, 2016 buzzer beater to beat USC), the Bad (the 12-19 2009-10 campaign, Keno’s departure) and the Ugly (when he got kicked out of MSG AFTER winning said 2014 Big East title).
Mike proudly proclaims that although he is listed at 4 feet tall, he has a larger than life passion for the Friars .
BOC is the other content creator of The Providence Crier website. BOC decided to jump into the lion’s den and help Mike out after the COVID shortened season in 2019-2020. BOC graduated from Providence a year ahead of Mike in the class of 2011 and currently resides at the Jersey Shore. His favorite Providence experiences not surprisingly occurred at Madison Square Garden in 2014 when the Friars made a Big East Championship. Rivaling that is the Kyron Cartwright-led Big East run that concluded with a loss to eventual national champion Villanova. BOC states that that game was one of the best in-game experiences he has ever attended, despite the loss.
You can follow BOC and Mike on Twitter @BOCallday and @ProvidenceCrier, respectively.