We'll just throw this out there now -
6:09 PM - the battle of the #2 seeds - Oklahoma vs. Villanova
8:49 PM - the #1 and the #10 - North Carolina vs. Syracuse
Both games are on TBS.
This is the first time a #10 has made it to the Final Four.
This was partially covered in the post yesterday about Ray McCallum being canned, but all the buzz today has Bacari Alexander (a U-D alum) as the lead candidate to replace him. Any thoughts on who we get to replace him if that happens?
Obviously, you'd have to think they at least talk to Bacari. Would McCallum be a potentially good staff addition?
Jay Smith also let go. He's probably not an option.
MLive is streaming a documentary this weekend on Detroit basketball legend Curtis Jones. I had always heard the stories about this playground legend, but the documentary is fascinating and heartbreaking. You can see it at:
Curtis' story in a nutshell: He was a basketball legend at Detroit Northwestern and St. Cecilia who apparently had other-worldly talent. But his future was destroyed because he was illiterate. He died when he was 49, having wasted all the talent in the world.
Lots of U-M connections in the documentary:
- Right after high school, Curtis landed at a juco in Idaho (even though he couldn't write his own name). He said that Fred Snowden (his coach at Northwestern who was by then an assistant to Johnny Orr at U-M) had promised him a spot at U-M if he kept his grades up. Jones later sued U-M over this.
- Former U-M basketball player and big-time Detroit attorney Steve Fishman is interviewed extensively in the film. Offers his take on the Fred Snowden deal.
- Jalen Rose is also interviewed extensively. He saw Curtis play as a kid going to St. Cecilia's.
- Also, the film was made by one of the guys who made "Black and Blue," the Gerald Ford-Willis Ward documentary.
Check it out. It's free and fascinating.
Not surprised he relented and removed restrictions on Albrecht since he's a grad transfer, but I don't think it's bad form to put reasonable restrictions on a non-grad transfer (i.e. can't transfer to another B1G school).
I wonder if this will be the new norm going forward for him.