Home » Conference Notes » Currently Reading:

Morning Dish

June 5, 2003 Conference Notes No Comments



The Morning Dish – Thursday, June 5th:

Staying Longer in Ohio: Kent State University announced yesterday that they have extended head coach Jim Christian’s contract through the 2009-10 season. This 7-year extension comes after Christian guided the Golden Flashes to a 21-10 record, a Mid-American Conference East Division crown, and an NIT bid this season – his first as coach. Christian was promoted from assistant to replace Stan Heath, who departed for Arkansas after the 2001-02 season.

Leaving Rocky Top: Tennessee assistant coach Kerry Keating is heading west to join Ben Howland’s staff at UCLA. The move marks the first time Keating has left coach Buzz Peterson in five seasons, with stops at Appalachian State, Tulsa (NIT Champs in 2001), and the last two at Tennessee. Keating, a Seton Hall alum, worked as an assistant for the Pirates under Tommy Amaker, and prior to that met Peterson when they were both assistants for JvBK at Vanderbilt.

Competition for Sparty: Michigan State University sure has a great marketing and promotions department, as the “news” keeps coming. MSU, who last week was in the news over the largest college basketball attendance mark, now has announced that a statue of Earvin “Magic” Johnson will grace the front of the Breslin Center, commemorating the Spartans’ 25th anniversary of their 1979 National Championship. No details of the design of the privately-funded statue were released, but the school plans on unveiling it November 1st. The artists will be Highland Park, Illinois-based Omri Amrany and wife Julie Rotblatt-Amrany, who are known for their sports sculptures, including Michael Jordan (United Center), Harry Caray (Wrigley Field), and several Detroit Tigers greats (Comerica Park).

Razorbacks Get the Big One: Arkansas head coach Stan Heath announced that the nation’s top prep hoopster has given a verbal commitment to Arkansas. Al Jefferson, a 6-10 power forward from Prentiss, Mississippi, picked the ‘Hogs over LSU, Alabama, Mississippi State, and Florida – all SEC schools. Heath’s outstanding recruiting class was a factor in signing Jefferson, who joins 6-11 Steven Hill (Branson, Missouri), 7-footer Julius Lamptey (Oklahoma City) and Vincent Hunter (Little Rock).

Assistant Golden Eagle: Kyle Green, former assistant coach for Northern Iowa, was named yesterday as an assistant for Tom Crean’s Marquette staff. Green fills one of two openings on the staff left by Darrin Horn, new head coach of Western Kentucky, and Dwayne Stephens, now assistant at Michigan State. Prior to coaching the UNI Panthers, Green was the head coach at Western State College in Gunnison, Colorado, and was an assistant at Augustana College (Sioux Falls, SD), Southwest State (Marshall, Minnesota), and the Frederica Basketball Club of Denmark. Green graduated from Hamline College in St. Paul, Minnesota.

Courtney Promoted: George Mason University announced that assistant basketball coach Bill Courtney has been promoted to associate head coach on Jim Larranaga’s staff. Courtney, who has been on Larranaga’s staff for seven years, is a Bucknell grad, and has been an assistant at American, Bowling Green, and finally at George Mason.

New Explorer DOBO: Louis Twigg has been named LaSalle University director of basketball operations on Billy Hahn’s staff. Twigg has six years of experience with Temple and College of Charleston, and also worked with Hahn on Gary Williams’ Maryland staff in the late 90s.

Comment on this Article:







Subscribe to Hoopville

Enter your email address to subscribe to Hoopville

Advertisement


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

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!

Coaching Changes

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

Hoopville Podcasts

Talking Hoops With Ted Sarandis – February 22, 2018

February 22, 2018 by

In our latest podcast, we start with floor issues in the Big East and an important NCAA ruling that was upheld. Then we go on to the Big 12, where Wednesday night had a new twist, as well as the ACC and how it shapes up along with no team going undefeated in conference play this year.

Talking Hoops With Ted Sarandis – February 7, 2018

February 7, 2018 by

In our latest podcast, we talk about a big sweep in the SEC, look back on the wild Saturday, then talk about a Big Ten showdown and some undefeated teams in conference play.

Talking Hoops With Ted Sarandis – January 31, 2018

January 31, 2018 by

In our latest podcast, we talk about a lot of what has happened in the ACC and SEC, including the Big 12/SEC Challenge, whether or not Kentucky is turning a corner, as well as the story at Michigan State.

Talking Hoops With Ted Sarandis – January 26, 2018

January 26, 2018 by

In our latest podcast, we talk about a wild night in the Big Ten, adversity and a quiet leader in the ACC, what to make of Kentucky and look ahead to the Big 12/SEC Challenge.

Talking Hoops With Ted Sarandis – January 18, 2018

January 18, 2018 by

In our latest podcast, we talk about big road wins for a few teams, including a couple of bluebloods that looked destined for losses, as well as an unsettled Big Ten beyond one team, an SEC where you shouldn’t pay attention to bracketologists, and the problems with a proposed earlier start to the college basketball season.

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.