Morning Five: 07.21.10 EditionPosted by rtmsf on July 21st, 2010
- The biggest news in the world of college athletics came out of South Central today as USC announced that its longtime athletic director Mike Garrett will step down in the wake of probation for both the football and men’s basketball programs on his watch. Pat Haden, another former USC quarterback, will take over for Garrett in that capacity. New USC president Max Nikias, still weeks away from formally taking over, also decreed that the school will remove all athletic references (photos, murals and the like) to Reggie Bush and OJ Mayo prior to the arrival of incoming students next month. They’re even sending Bush’s Heisman Trophy back! Former head coach Tim Floyd, currently whiling his time away in El Paso, had little to say about the matter.
- Notre Dame’s Mike Brey to his irresponsible players Tim Abromaitis and Eric Atkins: “A lot of sweating will be involved.” Here’s hoping that they have to run a mile for every beer imbibed. Y’know, because of the extra calories.
- Some coaching news from yesterday. UIC’s Jimmy Collins announced his retirement effective at the end of August after fourteen seasons at the school — including three NCAA Tournament appearances and six other winning campaigns. As Goodman reports, the timing of this is odd given that it’s currently the height of recruiting season, but Collins has had medical issues in the past. We hope he’s ok.
- One piece of player news that slipped past us over the weekend — Gonzaga (ok, RTC) fan favorite Bol Kong is leaving Spokane for personal reasons. Kong averaged 4.5 PPG in his only season for the Zags, but showed promise with a solid three-point stroke (43%) and a nose for the ball. We hope to see him re-surface somewhere soon.
- Jeff Goodman and Matt Norlander did a cool thing to get ready for this weekend’s recruiting extravaganza in Vegas. They polled the top recruits to see whom they would choose as the best in several categories, and the results were interesting. Austin Rivers was named the top player, Michael Gilchrist the best defender and hardest worker, Brad Beal the best shooter, Marquis Teague the best shooter, and Anthony Davis the best rebounder. Oh, and best trash-talker: Quincy Miller (no surprise if you read his tweets). It should be a fun weekend sorting through all of these players out in the desert.