Posted on: March 28, 2011 7:49 am
Edited on: March 28, 2011 8:11 am

Source: Gregory leaving Dayton for Georgia Tech

Dayton's Brian Gregory has reached an agreement in principle to become the next men's basketball coach at Georgia Tech, a source told on Monday.

An official announcement is expected soon.

A source said Gregory informed his players at a meeting early Monday.

Gregory spent eight seasons at Dayton and took the Flyers to two NCAA tournaments. The former Michigan State assistant is replacing Paul Hewitt at Georgia Tech. The ACC school fired Hewitt earlier this month after five NCAA tournaments in 11 seasons.
Category: NCAAB
Posted on: March 27, 2011 7:25 pm
Edited on: March 27, 2011 7:27 pm

Tennessee hires Missouri State's Martin

Tennessee announced on Sunday that Missouri State's Counzo Martin will replace Bruce Pearl as the Vols' basketball coach. He'll be formally introduced at a Monday press conference in Knoxville.

"Cuonzo is among the most promising young coaches in the game, and we are excited about the coaching ability, toughness, and energy that he brings to our program," said UT athletic director Mike Hamilton. "He has a proven track record of success as a head coach at Missouri State and an assistant at Purdue as well as an outstanding career as a college basketball player. His Missouri State program improved from 11 wins to 26 in just two seasons, and they won the regular season conference championship this year."

Martin was 61-41 in three seasons at Missouri State.

His Bears finished 26-9 this season and won the school's first Missouri Valley Conference title.

Posted on: March 27, 2011 3:41 pm
Edited on: March 27, 2011 3:44 pm

Mooney interviewing with Georgia Tech

Richmond's Chris Mooney is interviewing at Georgia Tech on Sunday, according to the Richmond Times-Dispatch.

Mooney completed his sixth season at Richmond with a Friday loss to Kansas in the Sweet 16.

He appears to be the primary candidate to replace Paul Hewitt at Georgia Tech.

Mooney is 112-87 in six seasons at Richmond. The Princeton graduate has made the NCAA tournament each of the past two years. He's won at least 20 games each of the past three seasons thanks to a 29-8 record this season.
Category: NCAAB
Posted on: March 25, 2011 9:13 pm
Edited on: March 25, 2011 9:26 pm

Source: Xavier's Mack rejects UT's overture

NEW ORLEANS -- Tennessee contacted Chris Mack this week via Parker Executive Search and told the Xavier coach the school was prepared to offer a deal of nearly $2 million a year for eight years to replace Bruce Pearl, a source close to the SEC program told on Friday.

Mack rejected the overture, according to the source.

UT's search has since moved on to secondary candidates.

An attempt to reach Mack for comment was not immediately successful.

Tennessee ended its relationship with Pearl last Monday because of recruiting violations that led to a notice of allegations from the NCAA. The school is set to appear before the committee on infractions in June and will likely face further sanctions. That's why Tennessee is willing to give a coach eight years, a source said, because its next coach will almost certainly inherit a decimated roster and face a tough rebuilding job in the SEC East.

Mack has gone 50-17 in two seasons at Xavier.

The Xavier graduate has won Atlantic 10 titles and made the NCAA tournament both years.

Parker Executive Search is an Atlanta-based company that assists schools during coaching searches at a rate of around $75,000. Tennessee and North Carolina State are currently using Parker Executive Search. N.C. State is trying to replace Sidney Lowe. He was fired earlier this month after five seasons.
Category: NCAAB
Posted on: March 25, 2011 3:14 am
Edited on: March 25, 2011 10:36 am

From unranked in January to the Elite Eight

NEW ORLEANS -- Two of the following four schools will make the Final Four:
  • Connecticut
  • Arizona
  • Butler
  • Florida
That's the result of a wild Thursday night of college basketball that featured underdogs winning three of four Sweet 16 games. Nevermind what the upsets did to your bracket (or, if you're a gambler, bank account). The wildest thing is how it opened doors for teams that just two months ago didn't figure to accomplish much. The West Regional final features a No. 3 seed (Connecticut) against a No. 5 seed (Arizona) while the Southeast Regional final features a No. 2 seed (Florida) against a No. 8 seed (Butler). Three of those four teams were unranked on Jan. 17, but two of them are now guaranteed to play in Houston next weekend.

Meantime, five of the teams ranked in the top six of the preseason AP poll are done.

Duke included.

So I can't help but wonder what's next.

Richmond over Kansas?

Marquette over North Carolina?

VCU vs. Butler in the Final Four?

All of those things seem improbable.

But nights like Thursday night have a way of making unrealistic scenarios seem possible.
Category: NCAAB
Posted on: March 24, 2011 2:46 pm

Source: Texas A&M-CC hires Memphis assistant

Texas A&M-Corpus Christi has hired former Rice head coach and current Memphis assistant Willis Wilson to be its next men's basketball coach, a source told on Thursday.

An official announcement is expected soon.

Wilson coached Rice from 1992 to 2008.

He's been on Josh Pastner's staff at Memphis the past two seasons.
Posted on: March 23, 2011 5:34 pm
Edited on: March 23, 2011 5:38 pm

Source: Anderson headed back to Arkansas

Mike Anderson has agreed in principle to leave Missouri and become the next men's basketball coach at Arkansas, a source told on Wednesday.

An official announcement is expected soon.

Anderson was heavily involved in the Arkansas search over the weekend -- so much so that a source told late Saturday that the two sides were close to reaching an agreement. Discussions continued Monday despite a report from that stated Anderson had already decided to remain at Missouri. Everything intensified Tuesday and Wednesday, at which point Arkansas secured a commitment from Anderson -- the man who assisted Nolan Richardson for 17 seasons in Fayetteville before landing his first head coaching job at UAB.

Anderson coached Missouri for five seasons.

He made the NCAA tournament each of the past three years.
Category: NCAAB
Posted on: March 22, 2011 3:27 pm
Edited on: March 22, 2011 3:51 pm

Providence hiring Fairfield's Cooley

Providence has reached an agreement in principle to hire Fairfield's Ed Cooley as its next men's basketball coach, according to the Providence Journal.

The paper reported that Cooley met with his Fairfield team on Tuesday.'s Jeff Borzello has confirmed the report.

Cooley is a former Rhode Island and Boston College assistant who's been at Fairfield the past five seasons. He won 23 games last year, 25 games this year. The 41-year-old former Rhode Island high school Player of the Year was born in Providence. He's replacing Keno Davis, who was fired after three seasons.
Category: NCAAB
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