Posted on: June 16, 2011 2:55 pm
By Matt Norlander
Seems we're pretty video-heavy today at the blog, but that's OK. It's June, the second-slowest month in the college hoops calendar. (Only August is worse.) And if you happen to be in a part of the country that's typically humid or hot, then a shirtless Tobias Harris lobbing water balloons at a bunch of grade-schoolers will surely cool off and brighten your day.
Harris, a prognosticated first-round pick in this year's NBA Draft, went on Tennessee radio Wednesday afternoon and staked claim to his turf at World's Fair Park in Knoxville, Tenn. He opened an invitation and challenged any and all incomers who wanted to come at him with their own water-filled, rubbery artillery.
He gets pelted a number of times. Not so elusive, eh, Tobias?
That was a cool thing to do. Summer's a great thing. Even better when you're getting out of college and preparing to be drafted in the first round by an NBA team.
(H/T, CBB Nation Blog)
Posted on: April 27, 2011 3:23 pm
Posted by Eric Angevine
With a new coach, an undetermined roster and possible NCAA sanctions on the way, the University of Tennessee men's basketball program has elected to cancel a summer trip to Italy. According to the Knoxville News Sentinel, newly hired head coach Cuonzo Martin and UT athletics director Mike Hamilton agreed that the trip, planned when Bruce Pearl was still head coach of the Vols, would be an ill-timed distraction in the upcoming transitional season.
The NCAA allows teams to make overseas trips once every four years, which means extra practice and playing time beyond the traditional fall start.
Oregon was scheduled to make a similar trip last season, and then-newly-hired head coach Dana Altman also decided to re-schedule. As fun and educational as such a trip might be, perhaps both coaches have the right idea - when in doubt, circle the wagons at home (when you're not personally busy in China, that is).
It's not as if the players on the current roster can really complain. As AD Hamilton indirectly pointed out in the excerpt above, Hawaii in November should be a pretty nice consolation prize for anyone feeling agita over the change in plans.
Photo: US Presswire