Morning Five: 02.08.10 Edition
Posted by rtmsf on February 8th, 2010
- Want to know what’s wrong with UNC this year? One ACC coach laid out all of the dirty laundry about Roy Williams’ team in an interview with the Washington Post. Since the coach was speaking as someone who had faced Carolina once already this season, and the article came out Saturday morning, this means that it was one of the following four: Seth Greenberg (Virginia Tech), Paul Hewitt (Georgia Tech), Oliver Purnell (Clemson), Sidney Lowe (NC State) or Dino Gaudio (Wake Forest). Lowe lost to the Heels in their only game and Gaudio still seems too new to make those kinds of statements about that program, even anonymously. That leaves Greenberg, Hewitt and Purnell, and our money is on Greenberg. For some reason it just sounds like him (and the WaPo probably has a closer relationship with him than the others).
- Florida State announced on Sunday that they will be vacating wins from ten sports that involved 61 athletes accused of academic misconduct during the 2006-07 academic year. Most of the news will focus on football coach Bobby Bowden losing 12 wins from his career total, but of interest to us is that the basketball program will lose all 22 of its wins from that year as well — one from the ACC Tourney, and two from the NIT.
- Based on everything that Isiah Thomas says here about his lack of interest in the LA Clippers job, we fully expect him to see him stalking the sidelines (and the interns!) at the Staples Center next season.
- NCAA 96: a voice of reason on expansion of the NCAA Tournament from an unlikely source, the Commissioner of the Big Ten, Jim Delaney. The key takeaway from his discussion with TSN is ‘let’s learn more about this.’ Exactly. The more time spent talking to stakeholders as well as THE FANS is simple but seemingly missing from this idea — it helps to remove avarice from the equation and gives reasoned consideration to the premise that just because an idea will be profitable makes it a good thing.
- Pat Forde writes that if the COY award were handed out today, there would be no doubt who should win it — Jim Boeheim. He won’t get any argument from us. Syracuse received 83 votes in the preseason AP Poll (good for 31st) and 111 votes in the ESPN/Coaches Poll (25th). The Orange are now 23-1, leading the Big East Conference, and could potentially be Boeheim’s best team ever. That’s right. Look through this list and find a better team. It’s hard to do.