Home » Columns » Currently Reading:

Shots in the Dark

January 17, 2003 Columns No Comments

Shots in the Dark

by Jon Gonzalez

Welcome, boys and girls, to my all-new weekly column appropriately titled Shots in the Dark. Every week you, the fine people of the planet, get an opportunity to listen to my thoughts, rants and otherwise random musings. So without further adieu, lets get this party started.

UC Ya Later? UCLA Bruins head coach Steve Lavin is on the hot seat. As reported on ESPN.com, sources inside the university say Lavin and his staff will be let go at seasons end. You know what? Lavin deserves to be canned. He has taken a once proud program into mediocrity. Now, he hasn’t run the program into the ground, but UCLA is used to winning championships, not settle for berths in the second or third round of the NCAA Tournament. He has had time in Los Angeles to take UCLA to the next level, but the coach has failed to get it done. Furthermore, his players don’t seem to be responding to him anymore. Proof of this can be seen in the current season and especially Thursday night. UCLA has already lost to San Diego and Northern Arizona at home, and overall, has a losing record at Pauley Pavilion. Thursday night, amid rumors of Lavin’s fate swirling around Westwood, the Bru Crew laid an egg against Arizona State. Those kids are really rallying around their coach, aren’t they?

Perhaps the biggest tragedy of the Lavin era at UCLA is the play of Jason Kapono. Kapono has been at UCLA for 15 years, at least it seems like he has, and has not gotten any better. Coming out of high school, Kapono was supposed to be a superstar. Now, as a senior, he is just ordinary. I am not going to put all of it on Lavin, maybe it’s solely on Kapono. But as the coach, Lavin has a big hand in the development of his players. So while Lavin might have a nifty do, that slicked back dome will have to go. Off with the head!!! But just don’t touch the hair

Although the story is a bit dated, what about Georgetown head coach Craig Esherick’s tirade this past week. Is this guy paranoid or what? What, is Mike Sweetney the only player in college basketball not getting calls? Are other players targeting Sweetney? Are officials dead set against calling fouls against players who are beating up on Sweetney? But you know what, there might be some truth in that last question. I heard former Georgetown headman John Thompson say that Sweetney needs to have a better rapport with the officials and maybe show them a little bit more respect. He also said that Sweetney should make a point of learning the officials’ names. While this shouldn’t be the reason players get calls, it does make sense. Referees are people, and if you notice in college, and especially in the pros, the players who talk to the refs and are respectful happen to get calls against them. Coincidence? I think not

Hofstra’s Rick Apodaca and Wendell Gibson will start Saturday after serving a suspension for smoking that danky stuff. Starting? Shouldn’t they at least come off the bench in their first game back? Oh wait, don’t want to leave those two sitting around. Who knows? There might be a bong somewhere under the bench

Three sleeper teams to think about: Arizona State, Cal and Utah. These three clubs might do some damage come March…As for a Final Four sleeper? Ahh, I’m going to wait on that prediction

Congrats to Roy Williams on his 400th win and Pat Summit on her 800th win. Those two are what college coaches should be all about.

A happy retirement to Mt. Saint Mary’s coach Jim Phelan. This guy has done a great job for the last half a decade and deserves a much-needed break.

How good is Duke? Don’t be surprised if Coach K’s kiddie corps is cutting down the nets in April.

I saw that before ECU’s big game against Louisville, students were camping out for tickets in Billville, named after head coach Bill Herrion. Billville? Are you serious? Wow. That’s all I have to say, Wow.

Finally, I am still a little down about my New York Jets. I really thought this was going to be the year. Why did I just mention that? They’re done.

That’s all I got. Talk to you next week. Later.


Comment on this Article:

Subscribe to Hoopville

Enter your email address to subscribe to Hoopville


Hoopville Archives

College Basketball Tonight

We hope you enjoyed COLLEGE BASKETBALL TONIGHT during the 2016 NCAA Tournament. COLLEGE BASKETBALL TONIGHT is a comprehensive look at the NCAA Tournament hosted by veteran college basketball broadcaster Ted Sarandis, along with co-hosts Mike Jarvis and Terry O'Connor, both former Division I coaches. It also included many great guests, including Hoopville's own Phil Kasiecki.

The show aired on AM 710 WOR in New York City on Sunday evenings starting with Selection Sunday and running through the NCAA Tournament.

Here are links to the shows:

March 13, 2016 - First hour | Second hour

March 20, 2016 - First hour | Second hour

March 27, 2016 - First hour | Second hour

April 3, 2016 - First hour | Second hour

Coaching Changes

The coaching carousel is moving. Keep track of the latest coaching changes right here on Hoopville.

Everybody Needs a Head Coach

Former college basketball coach Mike Jarvis has a new book out, Everybody Needs a Head Coach.

"As you read this book, I hope that Coach Jarvis' experiences inspire you to find your purpose in life."
-Patrick Ewing, NBA Hall of Fame center

"Mike Jarvis' is one of my special friends. I am so pleased that he has taken the time to write this fabulous book."
-Mike Krzyzewski, Five-time NCAA championship head coach, Duke Blue Devils

"In reading this book, I can see that Mike hasn't lost his edge or his purpose. Readers should take a look at what he has to say."
-Jim Calhoun, Three-time NCAA champion, UConn Men's basketball

Review on Hoopville coming soon!

Hoopville Podcasts

Talking Hoops With Ted Sarandis – April 26, 2018

April 27, 2018 by

In our latest podcast, we spend a lot of time looking at what the Commission on College Basketball came up with, as their report was just produced. We also look at the NBA Draft and transfers, which have many rosters potentially in flux for next season.

Talking Hoops With Ted Sarandis – April 6, 2018

April 6, 2018 by

In our first podcast in the postseason, we look back one more time on the NCAA Tournament, which was just what we needed at this time. We also look at the NIT, CBI and CIT, as well as important transactions with players leaving early for the NBA Draft and coaching changes.

Talking Hoops With Ted Sarandis – April 3, 2018

April 3, 2018 by

The 2018 national championship is in the books, and with it another season of college basketball. We break down the national championship game and some of its implications to wrap up the season.

College Basketball Tonight – April 1, 2018

April 2, 2018 by

Welcome to our Final Four edition of College Basketball Tonight. In this edition, we look ahead to Monday’s national championship game, and bring on two guests – long-time Villanova radio play-by-play broadcaster Ryan Fannon and Radford head coach Mike Jones – to get their thoughts and insights on the game.

Talking Hoops With Ted Sarandis – April 1, 2018

April 1, 2018 by

In our latest podcast, we break d own the national semifinals, where one game went back and forth while the other was never really a ballgame thanks to an impressive performance for the ages by the winning team.

Phil Kasiecki on Twitter

Recruiting Coverage

Lincoln captures Hamilton Park title

August 15, 2017 by

For the first time, a public school won the Hamilton Park Summer League, and they were led by a big effort from a junior point guard in the title game.

Notes from a day at the 2017 Boston Shootout

June 12, 2017 by

Some news and notes coming from the second and final day of action at the 2017 Boston Shootout, where the host program provided plenty of talent, but so did a program that produced a team that beat them.

Notes from a day at the 2017 Northeast Hoops Festival

April 11, 2017 by

The Northeast Hoops Festival helped bring in the new spring travel season in New England, and we have notes from some of Saturday’s action.

2016 Boston Back to School Showcase notes

September 12, 2016 by

We look back at the 2016 Boston Back to School Showcase, where a couple of Boston City League teams were among the most impressive on the day.

2016 Hoopville Spring Finale championship recap

June 28, 2016 by

We look back at the championship games of the 2016 Hoopville Spring Finale, which had a big local flavor as one might have expected.