Posted on: June 26, 2008 11:35 am
Ohio University has called a Friday press conference, at which time the school will introduce Ohio State assistant John Groce as its new basketball coach, a source told CBSSports.com on Thursday morning.
Groce is a longtime assistant of Thad Matta and has been a key figure in Ohio State's resurgence. The 36-year-old replaces Tim O'Shea -- who left last week to be the new coach at Bryant University -- and is the 44th man to take a new Division I job this offseason.
At this point, every Division I job is filled.
Posted on: May 14, 2008 4:45 pm
Many of the top basketball assistants in the country have convened in Portland this week for the Villa 7 Consortium.
What the hell is the Villa 7 Consortium, you ask?
It's an annual event designed to help assistants learn from and network with the athletic directors who might someday hire them. There was a 'Casino Night' n Tuesday night and the assistants will pop in and out of sessions all day Wednesday as various head coaches speak about the ins and outs of running their own program. Among the 50-to-60 assistants in attendance to this invitation-only event are Ohio State's John Groce, Texas' Russ Springmann, Ole Miss' Michael White, Kansas' Joe Dooley, Florida State's Stan Jones and Clemson's Shaka Smart.
"It's a great opportunity for a young guy like me to not only learn more about coaching but to also develop more contacts in the business," Smart said by phone from Portland. "It's just a great event."
Head coaches speaking Wednesday are Arizona State's Herb Sendek, Xavier's Sean Miller, Virginia's Dave Leitao and Miami's Frank Haith.