Catching Up With Our Ex-Hoops Coaches

Catching Up With Our Ex-Hoops Coaches

Submitted by BursleyHall82 on March 22nd, 2015 at 8:43 PM

Kind of weird seeing Steve Fisher going up against Coach K again today. He might have done better if he had Jalen, Chris, Juwan, Jimmy and Ray. For the record, here’s what our four living ex-basketball coaches are up to:

 

STEVE FISHER: Took San Diego State to the NCAAs for the sixth straight year.

 

TOMMY AMAKER: Took Harvard to the NCAAs for the fourth straight year.

 

BILL FRIEDER: Doing radio color commentary during the NCAAs for Westwood One. Every time I’ve turned on a game this week, there he's been. He’s only 73 years old, which shocks me. I would have put him at about 90.

 

BRIAN ELLERBE: According to his LinkedIn profile, he’s the head of something called Ellerbe Research and Consulting LLC. He’s been out of coaching since 2013. He was an assistant coach at DePaul from 2010-2013, and before that, was an assistant at George Washington University from 2009-2010. He also worked in insurance. Has any former Big Ten coach ever had a greater fall into obscurity?

OT: Ali Farokhmanesh trolls Kansas fans in Omaha

OT: Ali Farokhmanesh trolls Kansas fans in Omaha

Submitted by mgohusker on March 22nd, 2015 at 1:37 PM

The Omaha World-Herald asked former Northern Iowa guard  (and current Nebraska graduate assistant) Ali Farokhmanesh to pose as a reporter and interview Kansas fans in Omaha this weekend about their favorite and worst NCAA tournament memories.

http://studio.omaha.com/Former-March-Madness-star-Ali-Farokhmanesh-trol…

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Table - MGoBlog Tourney Challenge

Table - MGoBlog Tourney Challenge

Submitted by Saint_in_Blue on March 21st, 2015 at 4:04 PM
Team # of Entries Percentage
Kentucky

357

54.42
Virginia 29 4.42
Wisconsin 66 10.06
Arizona 117 17.84
Duke 30 4.57
Wichita State 1 0.15
Iowa State 9 1.37
Gonzaga 6 0.91
Villanova 11 1.68
Kansas 4 0.61
Notre Dame 3 0.46
Oklahoma 1 0.15
Louisville 1 0.15
North Carolina 2 0.30
SF Austin (WD..wtf?) 1 0.15
Harvard 1 0.15
West Virginia 1 0.15
NO PICKS MADE 16 2.44
  656 Total Entries  

Just a little table. Kind of interesting. Lots of entries this year. Obviously there is an overwhelming favorite taking with over 54% of people picking UK to take the title. This lead to only a handfull of teams picked to win it all. 

Jeff Meyer in consideration for Liberty U HC opening

Jeff Meyer in consideration for Liberty U HC opening

Submitted by ypsituckyboy on March 21st, 2015 at 1:37 PM

Per various outlets, Michigan basketball assistant Jeff Meyer is in the mix for the Liberty University head coach position. He was the head man at LU for 16 years before being fired in 1997. It's probably worth noting that LU is a private Christian school and would probably be looking for an experienced coach who is also an Evangelical Christian (which Meyer is).

This would be a huge loss for Michigan. Aside from his coaching prowess, Meyer is the probably the best recruiter on Beilein's staff. He was the lead man on many of UM's highly rated recruits, including top 5 player Mitch McGary.

As a preemptive reminder - there is a no politics/religion rule.

 

Someone still has a perfect bracket.

Someone still has a perfect bracket.

Submitted by champswest on March 21st, 2015 at 11:19 AM
Out of more than 11.57 million brackets entered in ESPN's Tournament Challenge, one bracket emerged from the round of 64 of the NCAA tournament with a perfect 32-0 record. This is the first time there was a perfect first round in ESPN's Tournament Challenge since at least 2010 (we're still trying to find out exactly the last time it happened, but it's been a number of years).

OT: Grantland's take on the college bball scoring "crisis"

OT: Grantland's take on the college bball scoring "crisis"

Submitted by taistreetsmyhero on March 20th, 2015 at 12:45 PM

Before reading this, I suggest you read Brian's evisceration (from earlier this weekd) of the claims that college bball is having some sort of scoring crisis. That being said, Grantland attempted to stoke the phatom fires today with this article:

http://grantland.com/the-triangle/college-basketballs-scoring-problem/

To his credit, Phillips mentions the real issue with college bball--the endless timeouts--but only in briefly and only after jumping on the Seth Davis scoring crisis train.

This article does raise one interesting hypothetical question. Can the NCAA make rule changes for the sake of increasing the entertainment value of the game without compromising their position that NCAA isn't really about entertainment but instead about creating student athletes? Are the two mutually exclusive?

OT: Two Syracuse Sophomores Transferring

OT: Two Syracuse Sophomores Transferring

Submitted by YoungGeezy on March 20th, 2015 at 2:17 AM

Title says it all. Both players — B.J. Johnson and Ron Patterson — would have to sit out a year. 

This is especially relevant because Patterson is a former Indiana commit and is presumably looking to return to Big Ten country.

Patterson's AAU coach, Chris Hawkins, said the Indianapolis native would possibly look to move to a school closer to home.
 
Patterson originally signed with Indiana out of high school, but decided to do a post-grad year at Brewster Academy (N.H.) before heading to Syracuse.
At one point his offer sheet included Michigan, Illinois, Minnesota, Ohio St., Purdue and Indiana (obviously), but that was before he decided to do a 5th year.
 
Johnson on the other hand is from Pennsylvania and did not have any B1G teams recruiting him.

http://espn.go.com/mens-college-basketball/story/_/id/12517086/syracuse…

Jaylen Brown on Campus

Jaylen Brown on Campus

Submitted by sasmjjsly on March 19th, 2015 at 10:34 PM

Getting a visit from the the #2 recruit in the country is a BIG deal; therefore, we need to send plenty of positive energy toward Ann Arbor over the next couple of days.  Let's hope Coach Beilein, his staff, and players all make him feel like this is the place to be...GO BLUE!

 

Hearing that #Scout's No. 1 player in 2015, Marietta (Ga.) Wheeler 5-star SF Jaylen Brown arrived on #Michigan's campus a few hours ago.