Morning Five: Cinco de Mayo EditionPosted by rtmsf on May 5th, 2010
- Kentucky’s John Calipari is the news gusher that keeps on giving. After a single year of work in Lexington, the school is already discussing a contract extension with the coach that would (ostensibly) keep him at UK until he retires. Of course, Kentucky could give him a 1000-year contract and it would be relatively meaningless if he has his eyes on coaching a superstar like Lebron James in the League someday. Last evening’s buzz is on the heels of rumors that the Chicago Bulls were interested in trying to lure the Squid back to the NBA. Would the chance to coach Derrick Rose again (and no threat of vacated wins) and Lebron and D-Wade as free agents be enough to move on to Chicago? You never know.
- This is pretty amazing if you think about it. Long before the endless griping about a 96-team tournament and the subsequent decision of the NCAA to opt out of its current television deal with CBS in favor of a new joint deal with CBS and Turner Sports, the Blinking Eye Network approached ESPN to take the Big Dance off its hands. In fact, facing up to as much as a $50M loss in 2010, CBS was willing to pay ESPN to take it off their hands.
- Bad decision, FTW, Alex. Louisville’s Samardo Samuels has hired an agent and is locked into the NBA Draft even though most experts have him as a fringe second rounder at best. Remember this from a few weeks ago? It feels to us like Samuels just wants the hell outta dodge.
- Will the last player in the state of Iowa leave the lights on? Iowa’s Aaron Fuller, an all-Big Ten honorable mention selection who averaged 10/6 in 2010, will resurface at USC for Kevin O’Neill, and Iowa State junior Charles Boozer will transfer out of Ames after a weekend incident where he is alleged to have assaulted a woman outside his apartment complex.
- If you can name the two current head coaching jobs still available, you likely already have your application in — Mt. St. Mary’s and Chicago State. Thanks to Seth Davis’ wrap-up of this spring’s coaching carousel, we now know that factoid and you do too. Check out the rest of his piece for a breakdown of the good and bad from this year’s version.