March 31st, 2010
the two recent head coaching announcements are hard to believe. First, Texas El Paso hires Tim Floyd. That's the same Tim Floyd who left USC after allegations arose that he personally paid OJ Mayo 1000 dollars. The investigation continues, and UTEP's recent history of coaches is certainly suspect, but this hire, led by their boosters, is impossible to understand.
Then St.John's hires Steve Lavin, the former UCLA coach and present ESPN analyst. Lavin can recruit, but even his players at UCLA publicly questioned his coaching ability. One of his players was quoted one year when UCLA made the post-season that his team had come the furthest of any team that didnt have a coach. He does have the best hair in college basketball however.
Went to the North Carolina-Rhode Island game last night at the mecca of college basketball, Madison Square Garden. What a great place for college basketball. If it wasnt for NCAA greed, this is where the Final Four should be played, not in football stadiums. UNC won in OT by one point as a Rhode Island player fell ( or if you are a Rhode Island fan was tripped) on his way to the basket with 2 seconds left. Tomorrow the blog continues from INDY.