Posted on: July 29, 2008 1:28 pm
Edited on: July 29, 2008 1:29 pm
You know how it's fun to go to nightclubs and people-watch?
It's the same way with coaches on the summer circuit
I love to coach-watch -- to sit back and see which guys sit together, joke together or avoid each other altogether. What happens in the bleachers is usually more interesting than what happens on the court, particularly if you have a seat near Bob Huggins, who can make an AAU game fly by with one hilarious story after another. If you're bored, a seat next to Huggins is the cure. Consider that your Tip of the Day.
So anyway, I was sitting in the bleachers one afternoon last week next to Davidson's Bob McKillop and we were chatting briefly about -- what else? -- the growing legend of Stephen Curry. I had just seen the All-American guard at the LeBron James Skills Academy and was telling McKillop how impressive Curry was both on and off the court, as if he needed to hear it for the 752nd time. Then Alabama's Mark Gottfried walked by, and I found it interesting that McKillop went out of his way to stop Gottfried and relay a message.
"Your boy is terrific," McKillop said.
Gottfried's boy, case you didn't know, is incoming freshman JaMychal Green.
McKillop coached Green earlier this summer on the U18 USA Basketball national team that won the silver medal in the FIBA Americas U18 Championship. Green averaged 11 points and 8.4 rebounds in five contests, which is a reason for Alabama fans to be excited. Yes, the loss of Richard Hendrix will hurt. But a healthy Ron Steele (fingers crossed) combined with Alonzo Gee and Green could be enough to make the Crimson Tide an SEC contender, particularly if Green is genuinely terrific, like McKillop said and everybody else seems to believe.
Posted on: March 28, 2008 10:52 am
Edited on: March 28, 2008 10:57 am
CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- Jeff Capel's decision to sign an extended contract for more money with Oklahoma took the leading candidate to replace Dave Odom at South Carolina out of the mix. Even worse, it removed a minority candidate from the equation. And if you believe Seth Emerson's recent story in The State (which you should, by the way) then it's clear South Carolina was hoping to fill this position with a minority in order to add diversity to an athletic department that has had just one black head coach in its history.
His name is Curtis Frye.
He's a track and field coach.
And it now appears Frye might remain the only black head coach at the school because South Carolina doesn't seem enamored with any other potential candidates who fit that description outside of VCU's Anthony Grant -- a man unlikely to take a bottom-tier SEC job given how he's arguably the hottest name in the business and a potential candidate for practically anything and everything that is already open or will open elsewhere in the coming weeks.
Miami's Frank Haith and Tulane's Dave Dickerson are the most logical candidates now.
But are either of those guys the guy South Carolina wants?
Multiple industry sources are skeptical. So now most believe this search could evolve into something the school didn't necessarily plan for, which is a broader (not to mention extended) search including candidates it never expected to consider. Among those are Western Kentucky's Darrin Horn, UMass' Travis Ford and Davidson's Bob McKillop. But either way, the point I'm trying to make is that Capel's spurning of South Carolina now has everything being revaluated and the initial plan to add diversity might no longer be the priority it once was.