Posted on: June 29, 2011 12:39 pm

This is no longer my blog

I've joined the Eye on College Basketball blog with Jeff Goodman, Matt Norlander and Jeff Borzello.

Click this link to go there.

Then bookmark it.

Then delete this bookmark.
Category: NCAAB
Posted on: June 13, 2011 8:49 am
Edited on: June 29, 2011 12:37 pm

I'm taking off this week/killing this blog

I'm vacationing this week.

But I'm not really taking a vacation.

It's just that CBS is kind enough to give me all these vacation days that must be used at some point, and the middle of June seems like a pretty good point to use a few. I trust my new colleague Jeff Goodman will keep you occupied in my absence. I'll return next Monday in advance of my trip to New York for our NBA Draft coverage, and when I return -- and this is really what I wanted to tell you -- I won't be using this blog anymore. Rather, I'll be joining Goodman, Matt Norlander and Jeff Borzello in the Eye on College Basketball Blog.

Goodman and I spent some time with the bosses last week down in Florida and we decided we care less about highlighting ourselves individually than we do about putting all of our best resources on college basketball in one, easy-to-find location. We want to complement each other and try to make the Eye on College Basketball Blog the nation's best place to read about the sport. So starting next Monday we'll be writing columns separately (obviously) but blogging in the same place -- a place that will be redesigned in the coming weeks to highlight our arrival because one of my demands was that my arrival be highlighted.

(I'm shallow like that.)

What you'll find going forward is that I'll do what I do (have opinions on stuff) and Goodman will do what he does (provide countless nuggets of information and tell you about every transfer from Texas to Towson). What you'll also find -- if you haven't already -- is that Norlander is the kind of hustler every blog needs to ensure nothing relevant gets missed, and that Borzello is a must-follow on recruiting. Together, we hope we'll be able to produce a nice place for all college basketball fans. We'll have links and pictures and videos and podcasts. We'll have regular features and spontaneous posts. We'll also have bumps in the road, so to speak, but we'll get it all straight in time, I'm certain.

So go ahead and bookmark this link when you get a chance.

I'll meet you there next Monday.
Category: NCAAB
Posted on: June 7, 2011 2:50 pm
Edited on: June 7, 2011 2:53 pm

Yes, Mike, it was inevitable

Mike Hamilton announced his resignation as Tennessee's athletic director on Tuesday.

He said the following words: "I think today was inevitable."

Sure, Hamilton said lots more. He talked about his personal life and professional life, talked about his past and future and even quoted scripture. All in all, it was an OK performance. But the words that stood out most were the five from above because they suggested Hamilton recognized what he was up against even if he almost certainly recognized it later than most. You see, once Tennessee decided to split with Bruce Pearl because of Pearl's acknowledged NCAA violations it became obvious that Hamilton, the man who hired Pearl, wouldn't last. I had no idea whether the resignation would come in June 2011 or August 2011 or January 2012. But I've said many times on many radio stations that Tennessee would have a new athletic director, one way or another, when all of its NCAA issues were in the past. That educated guess has been confirmed.

Now to the big picture.

As my colleague Gregg Doyel pointed out, this can't be good news for Ohio State athletic director Gene Smith, because it's the latest example that athletic directors can't survive reckless employees as well as they used to. Mike Garrett didn't survive Reggie Bush and O.J. Mayo at USC. Lew Perkins didn't survive the ticket scandal at Kansas, and Hamilton didn't survive Lane Kiffin and Pearl at Tennessee.

So will Smith really survive Jim Tressel and Terrelle Pryor at Ohio State?

Somehow, I doubt it.

Like Hamilton said, it's probably inevitable.
Posted on: June 3, 2011 2:47 pm

Source: Chambers likely to be PSU's next coach

Duquesne's Ron Everhart and Milwaukee's Rob Jeter have both publicly withdrawn their names from consideration for the Penn State job, meaning Boston University's Pat Chambers will, barring a surprise, be introduced soon as the Nittany Lions' next head coach.

Everhart, Jeter and Chambers are the only three men who interviewed.

A source told that all three were told they were the only coaches under consideration. A separate source confirmed that Chambers has been offered the job, and that he'll likely accept at some point Friday. Chambers is a Pennsylvania native who spent the past two seasons as the head coach at BU. Before that, he assisted Jay Wright at Villanova for five seasons.

Chambers would be replacing Ed DeChellis.

DeChellis left Penn State last month to take over at Navy.
Posted on: June 3, 2011 11:47 am
Edited on: June 3, 2011 11:49 am

Heading to Florida to huddle with Goodman

I'm flying down to Florida this weekend for a college basketball retreat of sorts.

My bosses from will be there.

So will my new colleague, Jeff Goodman.

Since it was announced a few weeks back that Jeff is leaving for, lots of folks have asked what it means for me and, specifically, whether it's an indication that I'm going elsewhere. In short, absolutely not. The truth is that I campaigned for this. I lobbied my bosses to make Jeff an offer, then lobbied Jeff to accept it because though we clown each other on Twitter often, this is the guy I've always wanted to work with.

Nobody is more connected in college basketball.

Nobody breaks more stories.

Jeff's presence is going to allow me to think bigger, force me to work harder and enhance our site tremendously. As you know, we added four college basketball bloggers during the season; now we're adding another college basketball columnist. And though this still doesn't make us the biggest staff in America, what it does is put us in a position to really make the kind of impact I've always wanted us to make. Together, we'll work on big-picture stuff and investigative stuff. Together, we'll break news and have interesting opinions. So I hope the readers who have helped me feel welcome and relevant since I took this job nearly five years ago are as excited about Jeff's arrival as I am about Jeff's arrival. Either way, we'll check in from Florida over the weekend and, at the very least, Tweet pictures of sand and boats and beer bottles. And maybe, just maybe, we'll get that Penn State coach hired, too.
Category: NCAAB
Posted on: May 30, 2011 2:03 pm

Source: Pastner hiring Stoudamire at Memphis

Josh Pastner is hiring former NBA Rookie of the Year Damon Stoudamire as an assistant on the Memphis staff, a source told on Monday.

A formal announcement is expected soon.

Stoudamire, 37, played at Arizona like Pastner and has been an assistant with the Memphis Grizzlies since 2009. He spent 13 seasons as a player in the NBA and will join Jack Murphy on the Tigers staff. Pastner still has one spot left to fill because Willis Wilson and Glynn Cyprien both left after last season. Wilson took the head coaching position at Texas A&M-Corpus Christi. Cyprien is now an assistant for Billy Kennedy at Texas A&M.
Posted on: May 26, 2011 1:00 am
Edited on: May 27, 2011 9:08 am

South Park just destroyed the NCAA

Lots of people watch South Park.

That's why it's a hit.

But even if you don't watch the show you should watch the replay of Wednesday's episode titled "Crack Baby Athletic Association' because it takes aim at the NCAA and destroys the idea of amateurism at the high-major level. I won't even bother trying to explain the entire storyline, but the gist of it is that Cartman starts a basketball league for crack babies and profits greatly because he doesn't have to pay the players because paying them would be "against the rules." He visits the president of Colorado while dressed as a slave owner and asks how Colorado continues to get away with not paying its "slaves," and the president explains the importance of calling them "student-athletes."

The whole thing is brilliant and hilarious.

The replay is right here.
Category: NCAAB
Posted on: May 23, 2011 1:16 pm
Edited on: May 23, 2011 1:23 pm

Source: Murray State hiring assistant Prohm

Murray State will introduce Steve Prohm as its new men's basketball coach on Monday afternoon, a source told

A press conference is scheduled for 4 p.m. ET.

Prohm had been Billy Kennedy's top assistant at Murray State the past five years.

Kennedy left last week to replace Mark Turgeon at Texas A&M.
Category: NCAAB
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