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Some Friar promotion at TF Green Airport.
Dan Wetzel makes some fine points regarding what Notre Dame leaving could do to the BIG EAST — Except trusting that ACC commish John Swofford is telling the truth saying they will not add a 16th team.
Seriously, it was. No, losing Notre Dame in basketball and other sports isn’t a plus. And yes, it will likely lower the amount of money the Big East can demand in its current television negotiations, but only a little. TV money is about football first and Notre Dame wasn’t in the football league. As for basketball, the Irish program is fine, but hardly a big national draw that drove up hoops revenue.
Hey Xavier, what’s up? That Atlantic 10, it just doesn’t treat you right. The way you deserve. I can see it in your eyes. We should hang out sometime. Don’t worry, I won’t let you near Cincinnati right away.
Friars.com: Statement From Athletics Director Bob Driscoll
I hope you know what you are doing, Mike Aresco.
“While we are disappointed by today’s news of Notre Dame leaving the BIG EAST Conference, we understand that conference realignment is part of today’s collegiate landscape. We have been through this scenario in the past, and came out strong. With the outstanding leadership in the conference office led by Commissioner Mike Aresco, the BIG EAST Conference will continue to be one of the premier athletic conferences in the nation.”
Ed Cooley back to the grind at Brewster.
NBC College Basketball Talk: UConn will never reach Calhoun’s level of success, and that’s OK
That’s OK with me too. It’s time for Cooley to take over New England.
Think about it like this: before Calhoun got to UConn, they were nothing. Literally. When Calhoun took over in 1986, UConn was coming off of a 9-19 season and had made just one NCAA tournament since joining the Big East in 1979. Within four years, he had led UConn to a Big East regular season title, a Big East Tournament title, and a trip to the Elite Eight. Since then, he’s led the Huskies to three national titles, a fourth Final Four, and spent more than two decades as an annual favorite to win one of the strongest basketball conferences in the country while churning out NBA players at a better rate than just about any program in the country.
Since Jim Calhoun was out for medical reasons he didn’t have to experience PC’s great 2nd half comeback victory at the Dunkin’ Donuts Center last season. The last game he coached against PC was a blowout victory in Storrs in February 2011. However, the Friars beat UConn 7 out of their last 11 games.
If my calculations are correct, UConn has went 27-18 against the Friars since taking the job as head coach in 1986. I know at least two of those games he was unable to coach for medical reasons the last several years, which were both PC victories. Ti
YouTube: UCONN’s Jim Calhoun likes the f word
Ahhh memories! “Don’t shake your fucking head!” In honor of Calhoun retiring, I present you his greatest gift to PC basketball. WARNING: Foul language.
CBS Eye on College Basketball: E.C. Matthews looking to trim list; Marcus Lee down to three
Providence staff saw guard E.C. Matthews yesterday in Michigan. PC should know soon if he they will be kept in consideration going forward.
The 6-foot-4 guard from Romulus (Mich.) took an official visit to Iowa last weekend, and will unofficially trip to Marquette this weekend. He has seen Xavier and Dayton as well.
However, there are still a number of schools on Matthews’ list: Minnesota, Kansas State, UNLV, Marquette, Iowa, Dayton, Xavier, Missouri, Rhode Island, Virginia Tech and Providence.
He would prefer to cut it down to six or seven very soon.
I want to be committed before November,” Matthews told CBSSports.com. “I’m just taking my time, basically.”
Friar Basketball: Catching up with Drew Maddux, Jalen Lindsey’s Head Coach at CPA
Great writeup on the impression Ed Cooley made on the coach of a very highly ranked recruit from Tennessee. Ed Cooley was there to see him (on his birthday!) on the first day coaches were allowed to contact.
This is a man who has been around all levels of the game, and he kicked off our conversation with his thoughts on the man running the show at Providence: “First off, I was overly-impressed with Ed Cooley. I’m a basketball junkie, a gym rat, who grew up playing at a high level. I’ve been around the game a long time, and been around a lot of coaches, and I walked away so impressed with who he was as a person — his transparency and authenticity.