Morning Five: 04.28.10 EditionPosted by rtmsf on April 28th, 2010
- Iowa State is set to hire former Cyclone star Fred Hoiberg as its new head coach after Greg McDermott took off earlier this week for greener pastures in Omaha. “The Mayor” is a legend at ISU, but he’s never coached at any level of basketball before so this hire is raising some eyebrows. The Big 12 is no place to learn on the fly, after all. Gary Parrish thinks this move is either brilliant or imbecilic, but he makes a comparison to John McCain picking Sarah Palin as his veep and we know how well that gamble worked out.
- In an effort to increase Pac-10 representation in future NCAA Tournaments, the University of Washington got its man into the catbird seat at the NCAA yesterday, as UW president Mark Emmert will take over for Jim Isch as the next president of the NCAA. We were obviously joking about the above comment, but now, how does he feel about expansion?
- We’re going to see a lot of these types of articles in the next two weeks discussing those players who are in the NBA Draft pool who should return to school next season. Here are a couple that are already out — Mike DeCourcy’s five players who should return (M. Delaney, M. Davis, J. Crawford, S. Samuels, G. Hayward) and Luke Winn’s ten teams awaiting decisions (with a healthy implication that most should return).
- UNLV’s Matt Shaw, a key junior forward who started a handful of games for Lon Kruger’s NCAA Tournament team this year, has tested positive for a banned substance and has been suspended for the entirety of next year, his senior season.
- Are there NCAA violations pending at UConn this spring? According to this Wall Street Journal article, an NCAA source has stated that the university is facing a report on violations which is due to be released soon. Furthermore, despite repeated admonitions to the contrary, head coach Jim Calhoun still doesn’t have a signed and sealed contract. His current deal is set to expire at the end of June.