Morning Five: 11.15.10 EditionPosted by rtmsf on November 15th, 2010
- Have you heard a little something about a 24-hour hoops extravaganza that might be starting at Midnight ET tonight over on ESPN? Yeah, us too. Well, for the third year in a row (as in, 1… 2… 3…), our very own John Stevens will be Boom Goes the Dynamiting (that’s a form of live-blogging for the newbies) the proceedings from reasonable start to ridiculous finish. Just as he did in 2009. Just as he did in 2008. Now we’ve caught wind that there are some other bloggers out there who have a half a mind to try to replicate what John has already perfected in years past. Good for them. The standard has been set exceptionally high, so we’re interested to see how they stack up.
- The biggest non-game related news of the weekend came out of the Memphis camp, as the Tigers’ Jelan Kendrick was dismissed from the program. Dan Wolken has been all over this story with reports of Kendrick’s antics releasing at seemingly an hourly basis. As he put it, there was no single incident that led to dissolution of the hoops marriage, but there were a series of insubordinate acts, clashes with teammates, outright lies and other distractions that finally reached a breaking point for the coaching staff. 6’7 burger boys don’t grow on trees, though, and we fully expect that Kendrick has already received a dozen offers from other schools around the nation, attitude be damned. One note pointed out by Wolken in last night’s tweets — Memphis is unlikely to release Kendrick to another CUSA school (read: Tim Floyd’s UTEP), but we’re guessing there are several SEC and Big 12 schools willing to at least take a look.
- You just never know when you might be in danger of an injury, as new UConn assistant coach Kevin Ollie learned last week when an elastic band he was using for stretching purposes snapped back and hit him in the eye. The eye started filling with blood and he subsequently was ordered by his doctor to bed rest, causing him to miss the Huskies’ season opener against Stony Brook on Friday night. UConn travels to Maui next weekend, but Ollie may have to miss that trip as well due to the possibility of stressing the injury through changes in air pressure. Ollie, one of our favorite Huskies of all-time, has certainly had a crazy start to his coaching career, so we wish him a speedy and successful recovery.
- You may have noticed that preseason Big-12 first teamer Curtis Kelly was held out of K-State’s first game on Friday night against James Madison and the Wildcats’ front line struggled as a result (2/5 from Wally Judge and Freddy Asprilla). Jeff Goodman reported that KSU head coach Frank Martin is unhappy with the leadership (or lack thereof) that Kelly has shown over the last two weeks in practice, so he probably won’t play in Tuesday night’s game against a much more talented Virginia Tech team either.
- Section 103B, Row 2, Seat 1. That was the location of a certain Wizard of Westwood for the last three-and-a-half decades at UCLA’s Pauley Pavilion when he called upon his old school to watch a game, a frequent occurrence up until the last year of his life. That seat was kept empty in honor of John Wooden for Friday night’s game when the Bruins easily defeated Cal State Northridge, 83-50. Frankly, UCLA brass should bronze over that chair and keep it vacant for as long as the building is standing.