Whew, things aren’t slowing down much in comings and goings. Colorado filled its open head coaching position with Tad Boyle, the Northern Colorado coach who took a transitional D1 program to 25 wins and second place in the Big Sky this season. Appalachian State is reported to be filling its open position vacated by Buzz Peterson with another former UNC player, Jason Capel. The 30-year old Capel has only one season of experience as an assistant under his belt, but he clearly has the name recognition in the state of North Carolina that should help with recruiting. Washington’s Lorenzo Romar parlayed his run to the Sweet Sixteen into a ten-year contract extension (through 2020), which shows again how important March has become. On the NBA Draft side, Richmond’s Kevin Andersonwill test the waters to see what he needs to improve upon for next season, and BYU’s Jimmer Fredettewill do likewise. Neither player will sign with an agent, leaving open the possibility of a return to school next season. Fredette is currently projected as a late first/early second round pick, while Anderson is likely undrafted at this point (which means he should return).
The Fred Hill saga at Rutgers has finally ended, with the embattled head coach agreeing to a settlement with the school worth $850,000 to resign his position. This was an embarrassing week for the State University of New Jersey, but the school can now get back to the more important issue of finding a coach to save this moribund basketball program. Eddie Jordan, Fran Fraschilla and Jim O’Brien are reportedly on the short list.
This is an incredible column. First, we’d been wondering why we hadn’t seen Bill Walton on any NBA/NCAA broadcasts for a while, and this explains why. But second, it now puts the notorious UCLA loss to Notre Dame in 1974 to end the 88-game winning streak in a completely new light. The Big Redhead played with broken bones in his back — take that Evan Turner!
From yougotdunkedon.com, This is a fun mix of some of the best dunks of the 2009-10 season. Which is your fav? For our money, it’s Travis Leslie… wow!
The MAAC conference tournament gave us another buzzer-beater last night. Saint Peter’s guard Desi Washington rushed down the court and nailed a trey to eliminate Fairfield 65-62 on Washington’s THIRD game-winning buzzer-beater against the Stags this season.
Clown, thy name is UCSB fan. Although players and coaches alike are expected to behave professionally, fans also have a responsibility to contain themselves. Incidents like last night’s approach by a rabid UCSB fan are dangerous for everyone involved.