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 CBSSports.com 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: January 6, 2011 9:49 pm
Edited on: January 6, 2011 9:53 pm

I see you Mick Cronin

I'm still not ready to completely buy in.

Not yet.

But let's disregard what I think I know for a moment and focus on facts.

Fact No. 1: Cincinnati is now 15-0 with a 34-point win over Dayton and 20-point win over Xavier.

Fact No. 2: Xavier has played a schedule featuring Florida, Gonzaga and Old Dominion.

Fact No. 3: Dayton has played a schedule featuring Ole Miss, New Mexico and Old Dominion.

Fact No. 4: None of those teams have beaten Xavier or Dayton like Cincinnati beat Xavier and Dayton.

Now it's possible all this means nothing and that Cincinnati is about to spiral in a way that only the 2006-07 Clemson Tigers that started 17-0 and ended in the NIT can truly appreciate. If I had to bet, I'd probably still bet that way because four of the Bearcats' next five games are at Villanova (Sunday), at Syracuse (Jan.15), at Notre Dame (Jan. 19) and at St. John's (Jan. 22). So I'll be surprised if they don't go from 15-0 overall and 2-0 in the Big East to 16-4 overall and 3-4 in the Big East. But I was surprised when the Bearcats pounded Dayton in late November, and surprised again when they handled Xavier so easily Thursday night, point being that this team has already surprised me twice.

In other words, I don't know what to think anymore.

Maybe Cincinnati coach Mick Cronin really does have a Top 25 team.

If I had to bet, I'd probably still bet against it.

But I'm not nearly as sure about that now as I was Thursday morning.
Category: NCAAB
Posted on: December 29, 2010 1:57 pm

Xavier down to nine scholarship players

Xavier freshman Jay Canty is expected to miss the next four to six weeks with a stress fracture in his right foot, the school announced Wednesday. The development leaves the Musketeers with just nine scholarship players heading into Friday's game against Florida. Even worse is that Canty was the only reserve equipped to play on the perimeter, meaning Xavier now has no perimeter reserves.

Canty was averaging 9.5 minutes per game.

Xavier is 8-3 this season.

The Musketeers have wins over Butler and Seton Hall.

Their losses are to Old Dominion, Miami-Ohio and Gonzaga.
Category: NCAAB
Tags: Jay Canty, Xavier
Posted on: July 25, 2010 5:50 pm
Edited on: July 25, 2010 5:50 pm

Source: Monmouth's Taylor transferring to Xavier

LAS VEGAS -- Monmouth's Travis Taylor has decided to transfer to Xavier, a source told CBSSports.com on Sunday.

Taylor averaged 17.8 points and 7.6 rebounds per game last season. The 6-foot-7 forward was also considering Arizona State, Cincinnati, and Miami. He will sit out this season per NCAA transfer rules and play for the Musketeers in 2011-12.

Taylor will have two years of eligibility remaining.
Category: NCAAB
Posted on: May 7, 2010 7:51 pm
Edited on: May 7, 2010 7:52 pm

Xavier's Crawford to remain in NBA Draft

Xavier sophomore Jordan Crawford will remain in the NBA Draft, a source confirmed to CBSSports.com on Friday.

The school will make a formal announcement Friday night.

Crawford averaged 20.5 points and 4.7 rebounds per game this season, his first at Xavier after spending his freshman year at Indiana The 6-foot-4 guard is a likely first-round pick. The deadline for underclassmen to withdraw from the draft is Saturday.

Posted on: April 7, 2010 11:30 am
Edited on: April 7, 2010 11:53 am

UC's Stephenson/XU's Crawford entering NBA Draft

Cincinnati freshman Lance Stephenson said last month that he planned to return to school.

Those plans have changed.

The former New York high school star will now enter the NBA Draft, UC officials announced Wednesday morning. Stephenson won't "test" the process like many college players are doing -- among them Texas' Avery Bradley and Virginia Tech's Malcolm Delaney -- and leave open the possibility of withdrawing from the draft by the May 8 deadline. He is in, for better or worse, and will likely sign with an agent soon.

Stephenson averaged 12.3 points and 5.4 rebounds this season.

He's a likely second-round pick, at best, because of questions about his ability and character.

Meantime, the mother of Xavier star Jordan Crawford announced that her son is entering the NBA Draft via her Twitter account Wednesday morning. Unlike Stephenson, Crawford has no plans to immediately hire an agent. He'll way for feedbak from NBA officials before making a final decision.

Crawford averaged 20.5 points and 4.7 rebounds this season.

He's a possible first-round pick.
Posted on: March 24, 2010 9:36 am
Edited on: March 24, 2010 12:26 pm

Sweet 16 teams benefitting from transfers

There is, in many cases, a negative connotation attached to Division I transfers, and it's usually valid. Some -- far too many, actually -- are knuckleheads who caused problems at their old schools or guys who weren't happy with the coaching, the playing time, the school work, whatever. Taking transfers is often risky and the project commonly fails. But the Sweet 16 is full of exceptions to that rule.

At least five schools are benefitting heavily from a transfer.

They are:

Baylor: Ekpe Udoh (transferred from Michigan)
Kansas State: Denis Clemente (transferred from Miami) and Curtis Kelly (transferred from Connecticut)
Syracuse: Wesley Johnson (transferred from Iowa State)
Tennessee: J.P. Prince (transferred from Arizona)
Xavier: Jordan Crawford (transferred from Indiana)

Interesting fact: Those six players helped their second schools get to the 2010 NCAA tournament, but none of their old schools made it to the NCAA tournament this season.
Posted on: March 2, 2010 2:58 pm
Edited on: March 2, 2010 3:01 pm

Xavier among best at avoiding bad losses

One of the keys to building a nice body of work is to avoid bad losses.

Would you believe almost nobody does that better than ... Xavier?

It's true.

I just went through pretty much every relevant school's body of work, and I could only find four teams that have avoided losing to a team Jerry Palm describes as unqualified to earn an at-large bid to the NCAA tournament. Those teams are Syracuse (only losses to Pittsburgh and Louisville), Kansas (only losses to Tennessee and Oklahoma State), Villanova (only losses to Temple, Georgetown, Connecticut, Pittsburgh and Syracuse), and Xavier (only losses to Marquette, Baylor, Kansas State, Butler, Wake Forest, Temple and Dayton).

So what does all this mean?

I'm not sure beyond the obvious.

I just found it interesting that Xavier doesn't really have any bad losses, and that pretty much everybody else has at least one. Makes me wish I would've put the Musketeers higher than 26th in the Top 25 (and one). I plan to adjust Sunday night provided Xavier doesn't, you know, take a bad loss between now and then.
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