Posted on: November 22, 2011 11:25 am
Edited on: November 22, 2011 11:27 am

Video: Miami coach brings grandkids to presser

By Matt Norlander

Armed with the curiosity of a European pickpocketer, the grandson of Miami University head coach Charlie Coles stole the show at the team's post-game presser Monday night.

Coles brought two of his grandkids to the table when he spoke with the media. Because the young boy was sitting on his lap, Coles is barely audible. But who cares what a coach has to say after a 71-61 win over a D-II team (Saginaw Valley)?

The :57 mark is particularly funny. By the end, they both looked bored as all get out. Get those children some ice cream.

(HT, The Hustle Belt)
Category: NCAAB
Posted on: November 20, 2011 2:13 am

Video: Goodman and Durant, one-on-one

By Jeff Goodman

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. -- Kevin Durant, clad in jeans and a school polo, took his seat directly behind his former college coach, Rick Barnes. During timeouts, he walked out onto the court with the rest of the Texas team.

During halftime, he followed the coaching staff into the locker room. When freshman Jonathan Holmes fouled out late in the game, Durant was the first one to offer his hand. I know I've said it before, but Durant is special. Not just on the court, either. The NBA star just "gets it." Go watch the YouTube video of him playing flag football during the lockout.

On him being mobbed by fans after his exhibition at Rucker Park. Durant was in Austin this past week for the Longhorns game against Rhode Island. He then opted to travel with the team to New Jersey.

"He just asked me if he could go on the road trip," Barnes said. "He'd give anything to be playing right now."

The next best thing is watching his former program so he'll stay with Barnes & Co. through Monday night at the Meadowlands.

"What else do I have to do?" he said with a smile as he walked out of the building on Saturday night. V

Posted on: November 18, 2011 8:28 pm
Edited on: November 18, 2011 8:39 pm

Billy Kennedy's daughter was the MVP of A&M's win

By Jeff Goodman

Nurideen Lindsey was at the line, in the waning seconds, with his team down one point. One to tie and likely force overtime -- and a pair would almost certainly give St. John's a victory.

Then Anna Cate Kennedy did her thing.

The 7-year daughter of Texas A&M coach Billy Kennedy, sitting in the stands about 30 feet from Lindsey, was the difference-maker.

She left out a pair of shrieks prior to Lindsey's free throws -- both of which failed to drop through the net.

"Yes, sir," Anna Cate responded after the game when asked if she felt as though she was the reason why Lindsey misfired.

Anna Cate has been doing it for a year or so - but Kennedy has told her to done it down a bit on the road.

"People say it works," Anna Cate said.

If I was Kennedy, I'd be handing the game ball to Anna Cate.
Posted on: November 16, 2011 2:32 pm

Memphis team intro video is lasery, heavy rocking

By Matt Norlander

Memphis tends to have noteworthy team introduction videos. These things are produced to light up the arena when the big switch shuts off the other bulbs in the joint. The music blares, the crowd frenzies and the public address announcer earns his paycheck. Players often dance employ interpretive dance as means to proper preparation and initiation for competition.

The Tigers' video starts with "Also sprach Zarathustra" (99.6 percent of the world recognizes this song as the thing that starts "2001: A Space Odyssey"), and as the climax finishes, the video suddenly turns into a Linkin Park-infused laser show. The song is actually "Kick Ass" by a band named Egypt Central. The fellas implore us all to stand up and, additionally, get our hands up. They also want to be sure we're ready to take on such a physical endeavor.

The song doesn't quite fit the image of this team, but I'm enthralled nonetheless. Lasers: always increasing the awesome factor.

Category: NCAAB
Posted on: November 9, 2011 5:27 pm

BYU's Davies speaks for 1st time since suspension

By Matt Norlander

The entire YouTube video of his Tuesday meeting with the media is below, but I wanted to dedicate a post this, considering Brandon Davies' suspension stirred a national debate for nearly a week last season. He's back now, he's one of the 100 most talented players in college basketball this season, and if BYU's to win the West Coast Conference title in its first year in that league, Davies will be the reason why.

Plus, he'll be the biggest deal in Provo now that Jimmer's gone.

Davies was prepared and handled himself well with the cluster of media Tuesday. He admitted he had an internal debate over whether or not to leave BYU after his Honor Code violation caused him to sit out for the NCAA tournament.

"There were a lot of thoughts going through my head, trying to deal with it all," he said, adding that he wasn't contacted by any other program about transferring, and didn't think about going to another school. (Admittedly, he seemed to hop on both sides of the fence here. Was he thinking about turning pro, then?)

When asked if he was happy with the way BYU handled his situation, Davies responded, "I'm just happy to be back. It doesn't matter what I had to go through to get here, I'm just glad to be here and back here where I'm supported and loved by so many."

As for playing on the road -- that's going to be something this season. Plenty of opposing fans will be locked and loaded, ready to rib Davies for his act that isn't tolerated at BYU, yet is commonplace and part of the college experience at 99 percent of other campuses across the country.

"I love the hostile environment," he said. "I don't know what's going to be said, but I'm ready for it. I'm pretty good at ignoring things like that. That's part of the game. It's one of the toughest places to play so we all expect it. But it doesn't matter. It's not going to affect me."

That's the BYU SID leering over Davies' shoulder, juuuust in case a reporter asks a question the school isn't comfortable with Brandon answering. Fortunately that didn't happen.

Posted on: November 4, 2011 5:02 pm

Video: Chris Mack turns the table on Goodman

CBSSports.com national basketball writer Jeff Goodman had the script flipped on him recently, when he attended Xavier practice. Musketeers head coach Chris Mack had a few questions for Jeff, and few things to get off his chest.

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Posted on: November 4, 2011 1:18 pm
Edited on: November 4, 2011 1:19 pm
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Posted on: November 2, 2011 1:00 pm

Fans shower floor with toilet paper in NAIA game

By Matt Norlander

Once the first deuce was dropped, they reached for the toilet paper.

College sports have so many amazing traditions. A lot of great ones exist outside of D-I, where they often don't get a lot of recognition. Not today, though. Here, we've got an NAIA program, John Brown University -- located in west Arkansas, near the Oklahoma border -- giving us a disposable reminder of why the pageantry and goofiness and passion of college sports keeps us emotionally invested, again and again.

At the start of each season, JBU fans come plenty prepared with TP for the team's first home game. The first shot that sinks means the packed stands pop with toilet paper cascading down onto the maple. Since it's always around Halloween, costumes come as part of the gig. This has been happening for nearly, or over, 30 years. No one can track when the first toilet paper shower rained at JBU. It's as confounding as a ghost poop.

It's also a technical foul, but hardly an obstacle for JBU, which won 101-58 over Hillsdale Freewill Baptist.

Here's the charming Charmin-chucking cheer from Tuesday night:

The students, as you saw, were gracious enough to scurry onto the floor and help with the clean-up.

As Jeff Eisenberg notes, "About the only folks who shouldn't enjoy the party-like atmosphere of the TP game are members of the opposing team, but even they often seem to appreciate the tradition. Hillsdale Freewill Baptist coach Eric Wright has volunteered to be John Brown's opponent in the TP game each of the past five seasons because his players relish being part of a historic tradition and getting the chance to delay the onslaught of toilet paper as long as possible."

Pretty cool.

I think this is even better than the Silent Night Game at Taylor University.

(H/T, The Dagger)
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