Lost in the Crean/Sutton developments ...
Posted on: April 2, 2008 11:38 am
Tuesday was a crazy day.
First Sean Sutton was canned.
Then Tom Crean bolted for Indiana.
All the attention paid to those developments made me lose track of a few things I wanted to address here. But now I'm going to address them here because I'm in between radio interviews and have a few minutes to type.
-- Hopson commits to Vols --
It was no surprise when Bruce Pearl expressed his desire to remain at Tennessee on Tuesday.
You would too if Scotty Hopson just committed to your school.
Hopson pledged his allegiance to the Vols on a Tuesday visit, meaning Pearl will now coach -- unless I'm forgetting somebody -- his first McDonald's All-American next season. The 6-foot-7 wing is a dynamic scorer, somebody who should be a starter from the outset and help offset the losses of Chris Lofton and JaJuan Smith. So this is a huge deal by any measuring stick -- a credit to the work of UT assistant Steve Forbes, who has been relentless in his approach to Hopson since the Kentucky native opted not to go ahead with his commitment to Mississippi State in the early signing period.
-- Western Kentucky is looking for a coach --
Hiring an assistant at a major program worked last time for Western Kentucky.
That's why it's likely the school will move similarly to replace Darrin Horn.
And the obvious choice is Texas assistant Ken McDonald.
McDonald worked at WKU from 1998-2003 and helped Dennis Felton lead the Hilltoppers to three NCAA tournament appearances before leaving with Felton to take over at Georgia. McDonald spent one year there and then joined Rick Barnes' staff at Texas, where he has assisted his boss in further establishing the Longhorns as one of the elite programs in the country.
Far as coaching searches go, this should be simple.
McDonald makes sense at WKU on a lot of levels.
He'd be good there.
-- There will be no Florida-Ohio State NIT final --
Ohio State beat Ole Miss in the NIT semifinals.
But Florida lost to UMass.
Consequently, we will not have a Florida-Ohio State NIT title game this season, which will deny us a repeat of last year's NCAA tournament title game. And that's too bad. But Ohio State still has a chance to snag another runners-up trophy if it can manage a loss to UMass. So that's a reason to watch the championship, if you were looking for one.