Morning Five: 01.20.10 Edition
Posted by rtmsf on January 20th, 2010
- Despite a pretty miserable year at Oregon State, athletic department officials there are already worrying about the possibility of losing head coach Craig Robinson to his former stomping grounds of Chicago and DePaul University in the offseason. Certainly reasonable, especially given that some ADs are often more excited about shiny objects rather than layers of substance (i.e., wins; cf. with Lane Kiffin).
- Speaking of the Pac-10, apparently the Wall Street Journal has just caught on to the state of the league this season. On tomorrow’s WSJ lede: Evan Turner Back From Injury!
- Vegas Watch looks at the current KenPom top 20 and adjusts his ratings according to how Vegas sees those teams. Key findings: Kansas and Duke are by far the two best teams in the country; and presumptive #1-in-waiting Kentucky is incredibly overrated!
- Luke Winn delves a little deeper into Jim Calhoun’s decision yesterday to take a medical leave of absence from Connecticut. He expects it to merely be a temporary respite that was caused by excessive stress.
- From the Christian Drejer school of flaking out, Iowa State’s Lucca Staiger announced that he is leaving his team immediately to pursue professional opportunities in his home country of Germany. This is a huge blow to Greg McDermott’s program, as Staiger was averaging 9.4 ppg and hitting nearly 43% of his shots from distance this season.