Liberty has hired Ritchie McKay to be their new head basketball coach. Jeff Meyer was a candidate for the job. This is McKay's second stint as Liberty's HC after 5 years on the Virginia staff.
I'm sorry Meyer didn't get the job, but I'm not sorry. I'm glad he's part of our staff and hope he remains here for the forseeable future.
Chris Webber called out Willie Cauley-Stein on Mike & Mike today, saying he'll never be a starter in the NBA, that he's an underachiever, etc.
The Team Nobody Ever Heard of Until December is still alive!
NJIT marched into the CIT Final Four with a win over Canisius on Saturday. The Highlanders have won three straight in the CIT, and they play at Northern Arizona tonight. The winner meets the winner of Evansville v. UT-Martin in the CIT final on Thursday.
I have to admit that not only had I never heard of NJIT before December; I had never heard of the CIT.
Fascinating story by John Niyo in today's Detroit News about an upcoming documentary on Curtis Jones, the Detroit basketball legend from the 1960s and 70s. I can't want to see this.
Really interesting Michigan connection, as well. Back in the late 1960s, Jones (who was illiterate) said he was promised a spot on the Michigan team by Johnny Orr and Fred Snowden if he got eligible at a junior college in Idaho. He later filed a huge lawsuit, naming Michigan, Orr and Snowden, saying they exploited him for his basketball talents.
Jalen Rose connection in the story, too.
Surprised this hasn't been posted yet, but here's the ESPN story...
So the story goes that in early December after MSU had just run their record to 5-3 Michigan grad, Derek Stevens, strolls into the Golden Nugget and throws down a bet on MSU to win it all. Obviously, with Izzo taking his team to the Final Four, the bet looks great now. But as a Michigan grad, I was surprised to see him throw down so much on MSU.
Would definitely be crazy to see him take Vegas for a cool million.
Did anybody even hear about this? I haven't watched much TV the last few days but I don't remember seeing anything about either one being fired on the blog.
Tennessee fired Tyndall after recruiting violations during his time at Southern Miss surfaced.
Barnes' 17 year run at Texas also ended. Many would consider his tenure as underachieving and I would agree.
But 247 is reporting that Tennessee will hire Barnes possibly by tonight.
It also appears that Texas' version of Dave Brandon in Steve Patteson is still going strong as it is believed that Patterson leaked to the media that if Barnes didn't make staff changes he would be fired. Patterson also didn't attend the press conference.