Wichita State: No Coaching Shock to Come at Wichita

by - Published April 11, 2006 in Newswire

No Coaching Shock to Come at Wichita: Wichita State coach Mark Turgeon will remain with the school for a while longer. The school gave Turgeon an extension to keep him under contract with the Shockers until at least 2016. He led the team to a Sweet 16 appearance this year and was considered a leading candidate for the Oklahoma job. [4/11/06]

Portland: Cardinal Assistant Accepts Challenge

by - Published April 11, 2006 in Newswire

Cardinal Assistant Accepts Challenge: Few programs can lay claim to Portland’s level of futility. In the past 25 years, the Pilots have had one winning season. Now Stanford assistant coach Eric Reveno must find a way to turn around a history — forget about a culture — of losing. Reveno comes from good stock, however, as an assistant coach at one of the most celebrated schools in the Northwest — Stanford. Reveno has been a Cardinal assistant for nine years, including two years as associate head coach when Mike Montgomery left the school to coach Golden State. The Portland job will be his first head coaching position. He replaces Michael Holton, who compiled a 54-91 record in five seasons in which the Pilots never got past the first round of the West Coast Conference tournament. [4/10/06]

Temple: Temple Keeps It Brotherly

by - Published April 11, 2006 in Newswire

Temple Keeps It Brotherly: Temple officials looked west down Market Street to fellow Philly program Penn to choose a successor to Hall of Fame coach John Chaney, who retired at the age of 74 after the Owls finished 17-15. The Quakers’ Fran Dunphy accepted the position in one of the least surprising coaching moves of the season. Temple had been openly courting Dunphy for weeks. As Penn’s coach since 1989, Dunphy led the Quakers to a 310-163 record, 10 Ivy League championships and nine NCAA Tournament appearances. The Quakers finished 20-9 this past season and lost to No. 2 Texas in the first round of the tournament. [4/10/06]

Canisius: Parrotta Takes Head Coaching Opportunity

by - Published April 11, 2006 in Newswire

Parrotta Takes Head Coaching Opportunity: Hofstra assistant coach Tom Parrotta has become the next head coach at Canisius after deciding to leave the Pride. Hofstra had given Parrotta an extension to reward him for helping the Pride rise to the Colonial Athletic Association’s elite. But Parrotta could not turn down his first opportunity to become a head coach and return to the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference. He had been an assistant at Niagara for six seasons before working at Hofstra for five years. He replaces Mike McDonald, who led Canisius to a 9-20 record this past season. [4/10/06]

Morehead State: Tyndall Returns to Morehead

by - Published April 10, 2006 in Newswire

Tyndall Returns to Morehead: Morehead State officials brought home a former player to become the Eagles’ next coach. Middle Tennessee State assistant coach Donnie Tyndall has accepted the Morehead State gig, which will be his first head coaching job. He has also worked as an assistant at Idaho and LSU, where he worked for coach John Brady. Tyndall replaces Kyle Macy, who led the Eagles for nine seasons, including last season’s 4-23 debacle. [4/10/06]

Portsmouth Invitational, Day Four

by - Published April 10, 2006 in Columns

Portsmouth Invitational Tournament – Day Four

by George Rodecker

The final day of the 2006 PIT began with a record-setting performance from Jose Juan Barea, whose 18 assists set the single-game record as Beach Barton Ford toppled Norfolk Sports Club 117-100. Eric Hicks, playing for the injured Kenny Adeleke, scored 27 points and took down 17 rebounds in a display of raw power and grit. Western Kentucky’s Anthony Winchester added 22 triggered by 4-4 long range shooting. Connecticut’s Rashad Anderson contributed 20 points, while Travis Garrison pulled down 12 boards and scored 17 points. Justin Williams blocked 5 shots and grabbed 10 rebounds.

For Norfolk SC, Iowa’s Greg Brunner led the way with 19 points, supported by Cameron Bennerman’s 18 points and Joah Tucker’s 17.

In the first game of the night, Chris Hernandez passed, Steve Novak shot and MD Design took home third place with a 86-80 triumph over Naval Shipyard. Novak scored a game-high 25 off a 7-11 three-point shooting effort, and missed a double-double by one rebound. Hernandez tallied 19 points and provided a steadying influence at the point.

For Naval Shipyard, Carl Krauser led the way with 20 points and 5 steals, while 3 players added 12 points each.

The 54th P.I.T. Championship went to Portsmouth Sports Club, who took the measure of Holiday Inn 104-88. Daniel Kickert of St. Mary’s led the scoring parade with 19 points. Keydren Clark added 16 points and was joined by Curtis Withers of Charlotte with 17 points and 7 boards. Solomon Jones of South Florida had an explosive night, dropping in 16 points, 10 rebounds and adding 5 blocks.

For Holiday Inn, Alan Daniels of Lamar led the scoring with 19 points, while supported by C.J. Watson’s 17 points. Clemson’s Akin Akingbala added 15 along with 3 blocks.

Around the Gym

Between the AAU tournament happening nearby and the Nike Hoops summit in Memphis, the international scouts along with the NBA were in short supply.

From the Sidelines

Saint Peter’s Keydren Clark took home MVP Honors. Rules prevent the award from going to a team that did not advance to the final night’s games, otherwise Northeastern’s Jose Juan Barea would certainly have pushed Clark for the honor. Barea broke two assist records in his final performance: individual game 18 as well as total for the tourney with 41. Amazingly, Barea committed just 5 turnovers.


Check back next week for a complete wrap-up of the tourney.


Reflections on John Chaney

by - Published April 10, 2006 in Columns

John Chaney: A Legend Leaves College Basketball

by Phil Kasiecki

A few weeks ago, John Chaney’s coaching career came to a close – a rather uneventful one, unfortunately, as he was unable to be with his team in their final game so he could be with his ailing wife. My thoughts are with them, and hopefully she gets well soon.

As Chaney departs, college basketball loses the kind of coach, the kind of man, that is becoming an endangered species. There is so much that makes him special in this sport, partly because of the times and mostly just on his own.

The Hall of Fame coach will be remembered for a lot of things. He’ll be remembered for turning Temple into a perennial postseason team with 23 appearances in his 24 years, one that was on the cusp of the Final Four five different times in the NCAA Tournament. They were consistently one of the Atlantic 10’s top teams and a major part of the conference’s rise in the mid-90s for a time. He will also be remembered for his scheduling, consistently playing a number of the best teams in the country. It paid off many times, as even teams that didn’t have a great regular season record would win games in the postseason after being battle-tested.

Chaney will also be remembered for being a great post-game interview. He was a walking quote machine, a man whose press conferences you couldn’t afford to miss if you were there. Reporters would be kept in stitches, and the school’s sports information director would have to cut things short oftentimes because he could just keep going – which also brings us to the fact that Chaney was as sharp as a tack right to the end of his coaching career. In his address announcing his retirement, he talked for about a half hour before entertaining questions, showing his usual keen sense of history and how the world works. True to form, he still dropped in some quips that had those present laughing, and surely thinking back to many of his press conferences over the years. It was vintage Chaney, leaving us an accurate lasting image of the man.

Nowadays, so many players and coaches (and not just at the college level) often speak as though they’re reading from a script. John Chaney was never one to do that. He would address the media in an “uncut” fashion, telling us how he felt and not being afraid to take a stand. His comments could make you think, while at the same time giving you some comic relief.

Chaney will also be remembered for some negative events in his career. He once threatened John Calipari when he was the head coach at UMass, and last year there was talk of him being fired because he brought in a player to intentionally foul a Saint Joseph’s player because he thought the Hawks were getting away with illegal screens. The latter event backfired because the player, Nehemiah Ingram, not only fouled Hawk forward John Bryant, he sent him to the floor with an arm injury that would keep Bryant out of much of the postseason. Chaney and Saint Joseph’s head coach Phil Martelli have made amends since then, and both speak highly of one another.

Perhaps most important of all, Chaney will be remembered for what he did off the court. He’s been a constant voice about race in the sport – an issue that many would like to think is long gone in the sport, but hasn’t died away. Prop 48 was one of his biggest battles, and it hit close to home because he recruited some kids who were affected by it. Chaney also recruited a number kids from tough neighborhoods, areas where there was not a lot of immediate opportunity, and gave them a better chance. Not all were success stories – the graduation rates weren’t always among the best in the country – but he was there as a teacher about life and gave kids an opportunity at what has become known as Philadelphia’s flagship university.

John Chaney is one of the reasons I have come to enjoy basketball in Philadelphia. I’m not from the area, but love traveling there and especially during the college basketball season. It’s refreshing for me since the Boston area is a pro town first, second and third, but in Philadelphia college basketball has a special place thanks in large part to the Big Five. John Chaney is another in a long line of legendary participants in the Big Five, and watching Temple play and being at his press conferences to hear him talk not only about basketball, but about life, was always well worth the trip, whether it was to Philadelphia or to another school where they were playing (oftentimes the University of Rhode Island) or the Atlantic 10 Tournament just a couple of weeks ago.

There is so much to appreciate about John Chaney. His coaching record is just the beginning; his activism, his candidness, what he’s done for many young men who have played for him, and the fact that he’s wonderful to listen to when he talks about life as it relates to basketball are also right up there. College basketball was blessed to have him for many years, hopefully those who cover or follow the sport enjoyed him. A coach like him doesn’t come around very often.


Portsmouth Invitational, Day Three

by - Published April 10, 2006 in Columns

Portsmouth Invitational Tournament – Day Three

by George Rodecker

Day three began with spirited play as Sales System was bested in overtime 86-80 by Norfolk Sports Club. Duke’s Sean Dockery played the role of team leader as he dished out several more than the six assists he was credited with and tallied 16 points. PIT teammate and fellow ACC alum Cameron Bennerman (North Carolina State) added 19, while Harding Nana chipped in with 12 points, 6 boards and 3 blocks.

Sales System was paced by Daniel Horton’s 18 points. Horton collected 6 dimes but also turned it over 5 times, including once in the final minutes which led to the game tying basket.

The first semifinal contest saw Kee Kee Clark drop in 20 points to lead Portsmouth Sports Club into the finals with a 74-71 win over Naval Shipyard. South Florida’s Solomon Jones chipped in with a 12-point, 13-rebound effort, while Pacific’s Christian Maraker added 15 points and 7 boards.

Naval Shipyard was led by Pitt’s Carl Krauser and Robert Hite of Miami, who both scored 14 points, and VCU’s Nick George with 13.

All five starters hit for double figures as Holiday Inn rolled into the final against Portsmouth Sports Club with an 82-78 win over MD Design. Tennessee’s C.J. Watson led his team with 15 points including 3-3 from long distance, and Valparaiso’s Dan Oppland and Vincent Grier of Minnesota added 14 apiece.

MD was led by George Mason star Tony Skinn’s 17 points, while Kelly Whitney of Seton Hall contributed 14.

Around the Gym

The gym cleared out somewhat during Day three as NBA types left for Memphis and the Nike Hoop Summit, which features international players, several who will one day no doubt occupy draft day decision making. Many of the media headed to nearby Hampton Roads for the Boo Williams AAU Tournament: a stop several college coaches used to make as well. (The tournament is no longer live for Division I coaches.) Seton Hall’s recently fired head coach Louis Orr was in the gym, however, in support of Kelly Whitney. Orr, also a former NBA star and Syracuse legend, spent a great deal of time glad-handing with NBA friends in between the action.

From the Sidelines

With teams having played two games, some trends are becoming clear.

  • Kee Kee Clark can score. Games of 20 and 22 points confirm what was already evident. That he scored it against supposedly better competition than in the MAAC Conference is the telling sign. Whether the NBA teams can get past his size is another matter altogether.
  • Sean Dockery plays with more composure than any other PG here. His ability to run an offense has caused him to stand out in the crowd of point guards.
  • C.J. Watson is a better player than most thought. He can shoot it short or long, defends well, passes the ball and is amazingly efficient.
  • Wyoming’s Justin Williams is a legit pro prospect. Like his Cowboy predecessor Theo Ratliff, he leaves college with a rep as a rebounding shot-blocker. The upside to his game is expansive and he has a bright future, although much work needs to be done.
  • Ditto Mohamed Kone, Yemi Nicholson, Akin Akingbala, and Michael Southall who all show moments of NBA ability and will need a nurturing environment to develop ability into reality.
  • Solomon Jones may be the most intriguing player in camp. There always seems to be one guy whose game seemingly finds new life once he’s out of a program which apparently stifled his game. Jones may be just that player. Abundantly skilled, while thin as a rail, he shows flashes of NBA ability. Cat-like quick and efficient at both ends of the floor, Jones may be headed for the Orlando Pre-Draft Camp and once there, who knows what could happen.


  • The word that Maggie Dixon: the fine first year Army Women’s head coach had passed away cast a pale amongst the insiders here. Her brother, Pitt head coach Jamie Dixon was en route here in support of his player Carl Krauser and apparently got word that his sister had taken ill when he got off the plane. Maggie Dixon had led Army to its first ever NCAA Tournament appearance and in 6 months had transformed the program into something special at the Academy. The cause of death is being listed as an enlarged heart and more will be learned after an autopsy is completed.
  • On tap today is the consolation bracket finals in the afternoon, followed by the tourney consolation match and finally the championship game.

Let the games conclude!


Hampton: Nickelberry Fills Pirates’ Ship

by - Published April 10, 2006 in Newswire

Nickelberry Fills Pirates’ Ship: New Hampton coach Kevin Nickelberry has already hired most of his coaching staff for next season. He tapped Darryl Hilliard, Chris Pompey and Brian Merritt to become Pirate assistants. Hilliard comes to Hampton from Holy Cross, where he has been an assistant the past two seasons. Pompey was an assistant coach at Hartford, and Merritt was Rick Pitino’s director of basketball operations at Louisville. Like Nickelberry, all three hires have ties to Pitino’s coaching tree. [4/10/06]

Citadel: Conroy Returns to the Citadel as Coach

by - Published April 10, 2006 in Newswire

Conroy Returns to the Citadel as Coach: Citadel alum Ed Conroy has left his assistant coaching position at Coastal Carolina to become the Bulldogs’ head coach. The job will be Conroy’s first Division I head coaching position, but he is familiar with the military school because he played for former coach and current athletic director Les Robinson in the mid-1980s. Conroy has been an assistant under Coastal Carolina coach Buzz Peterson for several years and helped vault the Chanticleers to the top of the Big South in the staff’s first season on the job. [4/09/06]

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