Home » Conference Notes » Currently Reading:

Morning Dish

September 1, 2003 Conference Notes No Comments

The Morning Dish – Monday, September 1st

Happy Labor Day! Enjoy some backyard grilling, and welcome to September.

Bliss in Prison?: Don’t get ahead of yourself. The ousted and disgraced former Baylor head coach stated that he would like to start making amends by volunteering at a Waco-area state jail for juveniles. Bliss, who applied for a volunteer intramural coaching position, was categorized as “upbeat and positive” by John Hopkins, superintendent of the McLennan County State Juvenile Correctional Facility. However, Pamela Ward, public information officer for the Texas Youth Commission indicated that Bliss wouldn’t be brought aboard anytime soon, as his track record of working with the student athletes at Baylor could be called less than ethical. Bliss may be spending time in a different jail, as criminal charges may still be coming for his role in a cover-up during the Patrick Dennehy disappearance investigation.

Big Four?: The situation we’ve been watching for the past few weeks has boiled over. ESPN is reporting that head coach John Cheney has announced that his Temple squad will not play Villanova this season, costing the Big 5 a big game matchup. Villanova, who was scheduled to play Temple on November 21st, had been trying to switch the date, as they had also scheduled two California D-III schools (Claremont and Redlands College) the same day, on their way to the Maui Invitational. Chaney claims that the school wanted to get more games out of the way in order to get their full squad eligible, as several players are suspended for up to eight games due to the Villanova phone card scandal. A proposed date of December 28th was turned down because the school is on winter break.

Arkansas Split: The Arkansas Razorbacks, in the midst of a series of holiday weekend exhibition games in Mexico, lost Saturday to Belize Teane 73-69, but rallied later in the day to down La Salle (Mexico) 108-56. The fun conditions in Cancun included an un-air conditioned gym (with plenty of sweat slippage) under FIBA rules, with the trapezoid lane and longer 3-point distance. In the first game, Billy Pharis led the Hogs with 14 points and 10 boards, and Kendrick Davis led Arkansas scoring in the second game with 21 points.

Temple Guard Denied: Temple announced that recruit Jesus Verdejo has been rejected by the admissions department for enrollment in the fall semester. Verdejo, a 6-5 guard from Miami Christian High School, averaged 14 points per game for Puerto Rico in the Junior World Championships, and 18 points per game in the Global Games. While he can now be recruited by any other university, Verdejo can retake the SAT and get in on academic merit, or can be admitted for the winter semester as a Proposition 48 player, but would have to sit out 12 months.

Gonzaga Transfer Denied: Former Georgetown guard Drew Hall, who was trying to transfer to Gonzaga, was not admitted to the school. Hall, who averaged 3.5 points and 2 rebounds per game as a reserve point guard for the Hoyas last season, did not qualify academically at Gonzaga. Hall attended Montrose Christian Academy in Rockville, Maryland, with Baylor forward Harvey Thomas, who also recently transferred from Georgetown. Hall is now looking for another place to play.

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

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 and NBA Draft Early Entrants

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

Also, keep track of players who have declared early for the NBA Draft.

Hoopville Podcasts

Talking Hoops With Ted Sarandis – October 2, 2017

October 2, 2017 by

The FBI has zeroed in on college basketball in a big way, and what has happened may be the beginning of a massive hit to the sport. We discuss what we know thus far in our latest podcast.

Talking Hoops With Ted Sarandis – August 17, 2017

August 18, 2017 by

In our latest podcast, we check in with some good news from a few teams overseas after a big scare, plus a big addition for a championship contender, a conference on the rise, and a great coach thinking about a return to the bench.

Talking Hoops With Ted Sarandis – June 21, 2017

June 21, 2017 by

In our latest podcast, we talk about the NBA Draft, of course, but spend much more time on the happenings at Ohio State and Louisville and the implications starting next season.

Talking Hoops With Ted Sarandis – May 17, 2017

May 18, 2017 by

In our latest podcast, we start with the NBA Draft Lottery, then talk about a big pickup for Duke, important transfers, the coaching carousel winding down and much more.

Talking Hoops With Ted Sarandis – April 27, 2017

April 27, 2017 by

In our latest podcast, the business of college sports, as well as that of sports media, takes center stage. We talk about the layoffs at ESPN, college basketball’s opening night, and Wichita State’s departure from the Missouri Valley Conference. We close with thoughts on a departed friend of the media business as well.

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.