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Posted on: May 26, 2010 7:25 pm
Edited on: May 26, 2010 7:28 pm
 

Payne leaving Oregon for Kentucky


Oregon's Dana Altman confirmed Wednesday that assistant Kenny Payne is leaving to join John Calipari at Kentucky.

"Kenny's gonna go to Kentucky,'' Altman said, according to the Oregonian newspaper. "He's done a great job for us, and I really wanted him to stay. It's been kind of an awkward start because I did not know Kenny when I got here a month ago, but after a week, I got very comfortable around him and offered him a job and wanted him to stay. But he had a number of offers on the table and investigated them all, and he went to Kentucky this past weekend and really liked it, felt like it was in his best interest and his family's best interest to go to Kentucky."

The hiring of Payne is notable because he's an elite recruiter and friends with William "Worldwide Wes" Wesley, the basketball powerbroker with longstanding ties to Calipari. Payne replaces Rod Strickland, who was demoted after a recent drinking-and-driving arrest. UK's other assistants are John Robic and Orlando Antigua.
Posted on: May 23, 2010 8:32 pm
Edited on: May 23, 2010 8:46 pm
 

Oregon assitant Payne spends weekend visiting UK


Oregon assistant Kenny Payne visited Kentucky this weekend and is a candidate to join John Robic and Orlando Antigua on John Calipari's staff, Oregon coach Dana Altman told CBSSports.com on Sunday.

"Kenny's really good," Altman said by phone. "He works hard and does a good job. That's why Kentucky wants him."

A move by Payne to Kentucky would come as no surprise given that he's a close friend of William "Worldwide Wes" Wesley, the basketball powerbroker with ties to Calipari. It's also worth noting that Payne has spent years recruiting Terrence Jones, a Portland native who committed to Kentucky last week. Multiple sources told CBSSports.com that Payne's probable presence at Kentucky was a factor, though not the determining factor, in helping the Wildcats lure Jones away from Washington. Jones publicly committed to Washington last month but waffled in the wake of a phone call with Calipari. The McDonald's All-American signed a financial aid agreement with UK last week.

Altman said he plans to meet with Payne to discuss his future in the next 48 hours.
Posted on: April 26, 2010 3:37 pm
Edited on: April 26, 2010 3:44 pm
 

McDermott reaches deal with Creighton


Iowa State's Greg McDermott, after weighing his options through the night, accepted an offer Monday to replace Dana Altman at Creighton, a source told CBSSports.com.

An introductory press conference could come as early as Tuesday.

This develop marks a return to the Missouri Valley Conference for McDermott, who rose to prominence while leading Northern Iowa to three straight NCAA tournaments before taking the Iowa State job in 2006. He coached the Cyclones for four seasons but finished 10th-or-worse each of the past three, and he was likely one more bad record from being fired, meaning McDermott's move from ISU to Creighton is similar to the move Steve Alford made from Iowa to New Mexico three years ago.

The deal is believed to be worth $10 million over nine years.

Altman left Creighton on Saturday after 16 seasons.
Posted on: April 26, 2010 12:53 am
Edited on: April 26, 2010 12:55 am
 

Creighton set to hire ISU's McDermott


A television station in Omaha reported Sunday that Creighton has replaced Dana Altman with Iowa State's Greg McDermott. Meantime, a source close to Creighton told CBSSports.com that McDermott still hasn't formally accepted the offer, but that he will Monday barring a change of plans.

An introductory press conference could come as early as Tuesday.

This would be a return to the Missouri Valley Conference for McDermott, who rose to prominence by leading Northern Iowa to three straight NCAA tournaments before taking the Iowa State job in 2006. He's coached the Cyclones for four seasons but finished 10th-or-worse each of the past three, and he's likely one more bad record at ISU from being fired, meaning McDermott's move from ISU to Creighton would be similar to Steve Alford's move from Iowa to New Mexico.

Altman left Creighton on Saturday after 16 seasons.

He'll be introduced at Oregon on Monday.
Posted on: April 24, 2010 7:59 pm
Edited on: April 24, 2010 8:01 pm
 

Done Deal: Oregon hiring Creighton's Altman


Creighton's Dana Altman has, as expected, agreed in principle to become Oregon's next basketball coach, a source confirmed to CBSSports.com on Saturday.

FoxSports.com first reported the news.

A formal announcement should come Sunday.

The press conference will likely be Monday at Oregon.

Altman has made seven NCAA tournaments in 16 seasons at Creighton. He famously accepted the Arkansas job three years ago but turned back after discovering he wasn't comfortable with the situation at the SEC school. Arkansas subsequently hired John Pelphrey.

This hire comes seven weeks after it was first reported that Oregon would fire Ernie Kent. The school tried to replace him with a number of high-level coaches -- among them Gonzaga's Mark Few, Pittsburgh's Jamie Dixon, Butler's Brad Stevens and Missouri's Mike Anderson -- but was rejected each time, either formally or informally.
Posted on: April 24, 2010 1:33 pm
Edited on: April 24, 2010 2:42 pm
 

Altman nearing deal with Oregon


Creighton's Dana Altman, barring a snag in negotiations, will accept an offer to become Oregon's next men's basketball coach, a source close to Altman confirmed to CBSSports.com on Saturday.

Assuming everything goes as planned, a formal announcement could come Sunday.

Altman has made seven NCAA tournaments in 16 seasons at Creighton. He famously accepted the Arkansas job three years ago but turned back after discovering he wasn't comfortable with the situation at the SEC school. Arkansas subsequently hired John Pelphrey.

This development comes seven weeks after it was first reported that Oregon would fire Ernie Kent. The school tried to replace him with a number of high-level coaches -- among them Gonzaga's Mark Few, Pittsburgh's Jamie Dixon, Butler's Brad Stevens and Missouri's Mike Anderson -- but was rejected each time, either formally or informally.
Posted on: December 16, 2009 3:51 pm
 

Dear Gary (on Dana Altman's stupid technical)


Here's Wednesday's Dear Gary ...

Dear Gary: You get the "Irresponsible Journalist Award" for the week and the competition is stiff these days. Congratulations! Just because the game is near the end and tight, that does not give the coach license to run his mouth, be unsporting and berate an official. The coach cost his team a chance to win, not the T administered by the official. This is the kind of drivel that people read and then think it is socially acceptable to behave in unsporting ways because the game is close. Get real. How are you qualified to assess an official's body of work? Is it because of your vast knowledge of officiating rules and philosophy that you have attained over the years spending thousands of dollars of your own money and months at a time in the offseason at training clinics? Is it the hours you have spent reading over the rule book and CCA Manual each year (bet you don't even know what CCA is without Google)? Is it the hours you've spent studying case plays and discussing various plays over the years with your officiating supervisors and colleagues? Please enlighten me on your qualifications to judge the quality of officiating? I will not hold my breath for a response as I know you have none of the above, nor do you have the capacity to formulate a reasonable response based on the elementary school writing I have experienced in your other articles. Stick to writing about what you do know about. I am not sure what that is, but it isn't officiating.

-- Brendan


My Monday Look Back column must've ended up on some college referees message board or something, because I got about eight emails this morning just like the one above, and they all came within an hour of each other. If you missed the Monday Look Back , here's what I wrote that garnered these angry responses ...

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The weekend's terrible officiating award goes to Brad Gaston.

You won't believe what this dude did.

Creighton was up 72-70 on Saturday at George Mason when Justin Carter was called for a block with 18 seconds remaining. Like any coach would, Dana Altman protested the block/charge call, at which point Gaston hit Altman with a technical foul. So George Mason got two technical free throws, and Luke Hancock made them both. Then Cam Long, who was fouled on the play, hit one of two free throws to give George Mason a 73-72 lead.

Creighton, clearly rattled, turned the ball over on the ensuing possession.

George Mason turned that turnover into a Hancock dunk.

Then Carter missed a 3-point attempt at the buzzer.

So the Patriots escaped with a 75-72 victory.

Because of a technical called on Altman.

Now I can't be certain what Altman said or didn't say -- for what it's worth, Altman swears he didn't use profanity -- but to me, that's irrelevant. Unless Altman physically assaulted Gaston (and he didn't), no official should issue a technical at such a key moment so late in any game, especially to Altman, who is far from a maniac like Seton Hall's Bobby Gonzalez.

Altman is respected in this sport, and he had not received a technical since 2007. So why Gaston decided he needed one with 18 seconds left in a one-possession game is something the world might never understand, and here's the worst part: The crew -- Gaston, John Moore and Dan Daily -- was assigned to this BracketBusters rematch by the Missouri Valley Conference, meaning Altman got screwed by his own officials.

Terrible.

Just terrible.

But on the bright side, at least he's not coaching Arkansas.

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So, yeah, I thought Gaston was out of line.

My mind hasn't changed in the past 24 hours.

And if you don't value my opinion, that's fine. But it should be noted that Missouri Valley Conference commissioner Doug Elgin also believes Gaston was wrong to issue the technical. Steven Pivovar at the newspaper in Omaha did an article on it. You can click this link to check it out.

As for all the questions Brendan posed in his email, I can answer them with one word: No.

No, I've never spent thousands of dollars of my own money to go to some referee training clinic. And no, I've never sat around with refs and spent hours discussing plays. And no, I've never read the CCA manual. And no, I did not know what the CCA manual was until Googled it.

But guess what?

None of that is necessary.

Because what I lack in referee training I make up for in common sense, and common sense should tell an official that a technical doesn't need to be called in that situation, not with the game on the line, not unless it's absolutely unavoidable. By all accounts, what Dana Altman did was the same thing coaches do 15 times a game, which is express displeasure about a questionable call. There is no evidence that he crossed any so-called line, no evidence that he did anything wild or crazy to the point where it made sense for an official to change the outcome of the game.

So again, Brad Gaston messed up.

It happens.

People make mistakes.

He made one.

And contrary to what Brendan thinks, defending Gaston isn't being smart.

It's just another mistake.
Posted on: December 31, 2008 10:30 am
 

Dear Gary (on Arkansas)

Here's Wednesday's Dear Gary ...

Dear Gary: Thanks for the kind words (and for taking back how wrong you were about Courtney Fortson, etc.). You can't fault the guys that picked (Arkansas) to finish last in the SEC West. We lost more than 80 percent of our scoring (including Patrick Beverley, who was showing signs of greatness), began the season with no seniors, and have nobody over 6-foot-9. Not that Dana Altman isn't a great coach, but we are thankful everyday he chose to go back to Creighton and (that) we "had to settle" for (John) Pelphrey.

-- W

First, let me say this: I never thought Fortson sucked; it's just that I thought his statistics might be misleading when compared to other freshmen because he happens to be on a team that needs him to do so much right now, and because he had played against 10 consecutive average-to-bad opponents. Beyond that, he's little-bitty, and he didn't enter college with a DeMar DeRozan/Greg Monroe type of reputation, all of which made it reasonable to question his numbers.

So I was skeptical.

But I'm not anymore.

I mean, all those things I mentioned above remain true. But I watched Fortson control a game against the fourth-ranked team in the country, and he did it without making shots. That's the sign of a great point guard, somebody who can control a game without making shots. So I'm a believer, and I love the way he's ALWAYS getting in the lane, collapsing the defense, making things happen, and then rebounding out of his position despite being 5-11. Just a really fun player to watch, and I can't wait to see if he can continue to emerge and keep this Arkansas team headed in the right direction.

As for the preseason predictions, those were probably fair; I think even John Pelphrey would acknowledge that. The Hogs lost all five starters, and that's hard to overcome. But Fortson has been spectacular, Rotnei Clarke is looking like a guy who was wise to pass on Oral Roberts, Michael Washington has developed well, Stefan Welsh is a solid third option, and now Arkansas is getting valuable minutes from former football player Marcus Monk.

How many of those five things I just mentioned did most reasonable people think would materialize?

One or two, at best.

So the skepticism was warranted, and this still could turn the other way for a variety of reasons. But Oklahoma coach Jeff Capel pointed out how experience isn't as important as talent these days, and that Arkansas has talent. And then Pelphrey mentioned how his guys have great chemistry on and off the court, and that's something worth noting. So in summary, I like what I've seen from Arkansas, and I'm looking forward to seeing more.

One last thing: I'm glad you mentioned Dana Altman, not because I'm interested in debating whether he would've been better or worse than Pelphrey, or whatever, but because I saw a funny clip on YouTube last night when I was looking for some Arkansas-related stuff. I'm not sure how old the clip is, and I'm certain Creighton fans have seen it. But apparently former Creighton star Kyle Korver was hosting some sort of dinner or meeting for his foundation, and he took a moment to goof of Altman, who famously accepted the Arkansas job on April 2, 2007 but opted to return to Creighton a day later.

Anyway, I won't further ruin it.

Just click this link and take a look.

Pretty good stuff.

 
 
 
 
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