A compromise for Big 12 expansion

The chatter around the Big 12 centers on expansion. One team, two teams, four teams, no teams?. All are part of the discussion at the  Big 12 meetings this week. Word has it that some kind of decision–and announcement–will be made by the end of the summer. The teams involved include UConn, Cincinnati, Central Florida, Memphis,…

Grobe the right guy at the right time

The house cleaning at Baylor continues, but so does the rebuilding of what is harder to fix than any success on the field–a reputation. Baylor has not received the “death penalty” for the crimes and misdemeanors which have occurred in the past several years.  The NCAA–for now–has chosen to let the internal process play itself…

How not to conduct a coaching search

Word has it that Georgia Tech is now focusing on California’s Cuonzo Martin as a replacement for Brian Gregory, who was fired by Georgia Tech athletic director Mike Bobinski. Bobinski fired Gregory last month, a few days after the Yellow Jackets ended their season with a loss in the NIT. “”At the end of the day…

Amaker should be on short lists at Vandy, G Tech

The college basketball season is almost over, but the coaching carousel is still moving at a fairly rapid pace, with more to come once the NBA regular season ends. With that in mind, here’s a word of Jerseguy advice for the people at Vanderbilt and Georgia Tech, looking to find new coaches.  Call Tommy Amaker…

Give credit to Coach K for ACC surge

He will not be part of the Final Four as a participant. His Duke team ended its season on Thursday nigh with an NCAA Sweet 16 loss to No. 1 seed Oregon in a West Regional game. But make no mistake the presence of Blue Devil coach Mike Krzyzewski remains strong. In case you missed it,…

ND moving to Big Ten–in hockey

The flirtation between Notre Dame and the Big Ten conference has been an ongoing issue for years. But the Irish have maintained their independence in football and hooked up with the most attractive suitors in sports such as basketball and hockey. The Irish are part of the Atlantic Coast Conference basketball landscape and a member…

Rutgers needs ESPN help

After Rhode Island coach Danny Hurley turned down a Rutgers offer to become the new basketball coach of the Scarlet Knights, a rumor surfaced that Scarlet Knights Director of Athletics Patrick Hobbs was interested in former Duke star and ESPN college Jay Williams, who has 0 experience as a head coach. It was a smokescreen…

Rutgers whiffs on Hurley

Put this in the dog bites man category. Rutgers fired basketball coach Eddie Jordan a week ago, which did not come as a surprise since Jordan was coming off his second consecutive 1-17 season in the Big Ten. Even a former Rutgers star and good guy such as Jordan didn’t have enough equity to overcome…