Tag:Texas A&M
Posted on: May 15, 2011 2:54 pm
 

Texas A&M has offered its job to Kennedy

Murray State's Billy Kennedy is expected to soon accept an offer to succeed Mark Turgeon as Texas A&M's basketball coach, a source told CBSSports.com on Sunday.

An introductory press conference could come as early as Monday.

CBSSports.com reported Saturday that Kennedy had emerged as the frontrunner after Marquette's Buzz Williams, Memphis' Josh Pastner, Colorado's Tad Boyle and former NBA coach Jeff Van Gundy rejected overtures from Texas A&M. Kennedy interviewed with athletic director Bill Byrne on Saturday, received an offer early Sunday and will accept it, a source said, barring an unexpected breakdown in negotiations. The other finalists are Ben Jacobson (Northern Iowa head coach) and Scott Spinelli (Texas A&M assistant). Spinelli would join Turgeon's staff at Maryland the moment Kennedy is formally introduced.

Turgeon left for Maryland after four seasons in College Station.

Kennedy has spent five seasons at Murray State and led the Racers to the 2010 NCAA tournament.
Posted on: May 14, 2011 5:59 pm
Edited on: May 14, 2011 6:39 pm
 

Texas A&M search nearing end

Murray State's Billy Kennedy remains the perceived favorite to replace Mark Turgeon at Texas A&M, a source told CBSSports.com on Saturday. But athletic director Bill Byrne is still exploring other options -- specifically Northern Iowa coach Ben Jacobson and Texas A&M assistant Scott Spinelli.

A source told CBSSports.com that after interviewing Kennedy, Byrne flew to North Dakota late Saturday afternoon to meet with Jacobson in person. The source added that Spinelli remains a realistic option, too. Either way, the source said, Byrne is expected to close the search by the end of the weekend.

Turgeon left Texas A&M last week after accepting the job at Maryland.

Texas A&M projects as a preseason Top 25 team.
Posted on: May 13, 2011 7:32 am
Edited on: May 13, 2011 8:29 am
 

A&M contacts Van Gundy

Texas A&M's search to replace Mark Turgeon has led to school officials reaching out to Jeff Van Gundy.

It's unclear whether Van Gundy, now an analyst with ESPN, would be interested in coaching college basketball, but a source told CBSSports.com that Texas A&M athetic director Bill Byrne felt it was worth his while to at least call and check considering Van Gundy lives in Houston. Meantime, the Fort Worth Star Telegram is reporting that Colorado's Tad Boyle has turned down the opportunity to replace Turgeon. According to the report, Boyle was Byrne's first choice once it became obvious that Buzz Williams was not a realistic option because of his contract situation at Marquette.

Where Texas A&M turns next is unclear.

The possibilities -- according to sources and various reports -- include Northern Iowa's Ben Jacobson, Murray State's Billy Kennedy, Louisiana Lafayette's Bob Marlin and Scott Spinelli, Turgeon's top assistant at Texas A&M. If Spinelli doesn't get the job, he's expected to join Turgeon at Maryland.
Category: NCAAB
Posted on: May 9, 2011 4:12 pm
 

Source: Maryland targeting Turgeon

Maryland's coaching search has turned to Texas A&M's Mark Turgeon.

A source told CBSSports.com that Maryland athletic director Kevin Anderson has -- after being rebuffed by Villanova's Jay Wright, Pittsburgh's Jamie Dixon and Arizona's Sean Miller -- targeted Turgeon to succeed Gary Williams, and that Turgeon is currently deciding whether to make the move to the ACC. Turgeon has spent the past four seasons at Texas A&M and made four consecutive NCAA tournaments.

Williams abruptly retired from Maryland last Thursday after 22 seasons.
Category: NCAAB
Posted on: March 20, 2011 12:54 pm
 

Gillispie reaches agreement with Texas Tech

Texas Tech officials have finalized an agreement that will make Billy Gillispie the school's next men's basketball coach, as CBSSports.com reported would be the case last Thursday.

A formal announcement is expected later Sunday.

The introductory press conference will be Wednesday, according to the Lubbock Avalanche-Journal.

Gillispie is a somewhat controversial hire because of a history of drinking-and-driving arrests but an obvious home run in terms of basketball. He's a Texas native who took UTEP to the NCAA tournament in 2004, then took Texas A&M to the 2006 and 2007 NCAA tournaments. Kentucky hired Gillispie to replace Tubby Smith after the 2007 season, but Gillispie was never a good fit in the high-profile job. He lasted only two years and was replaced by John Calipari.

Texas Tech fired Pat Knight on March 7.

He coached parts of four seasons and never made the NCAA tournament.

Posted on: March 17, 2011 11:40 am
Edited on: March 17, 2011 11:48 am
 

Source: Gillispie to TTU likely coming next week

Billy Gillispie will be named Texas Tech's next basketball coach barring an unexpected change of plans over the coming days, a source told CBSSports.com on Thursday. But the source added that nothing is finalized and almost certainly won't be before Monday because Kirby Hocutt doesn't officially take over as the school's athletic director until next week, and Texas Tech won't formally move on Gillispie in advance of that.

"They're in a holding pattern," the source said. "But it's headed that direction."

Gillispie would be a somewhat controversial hire because of a history of drinking-and-driving arrests but an obvious home run in terms of basketball. He's a Texas native who took UTEP to the NCAA tournament in 2004, then took Texas A&M to the 2006 and 2007 NCAA tournaments. Kentucky hired Gillispie to replace Tubby Smith after the 2007 season, but Gillispie was never a good fit in the high-profile job. He lasted only two years and was replaced by John Calipari.

Texas Tech fired Pat Knight on March 7.

He coached parts of four seasons and never made the NCAA tournament.

Gillispie is the only known candidate who has already interviewed with Texas Tech officials.

Posted on: January 10, 2011 3:29 pm
Edited on: January 10, 2011 4:04 pm
 

The Poll Attacks

I thought the Poll Attacks would inevitably create enemies.

And they might still.

But they also create relationships, which means I'm bringing people together (while ripping apart AP ballots). For instance, Dave Mackall (previous Poll Attack victim) now emails me his Top 25 every Sunday, and David Jones (previous Poll Attack victim) sent a note over the weekend to tell me I was right to clown him for ranking KSU No. 1 in the preseason. (He added that I'm an idiot for continuing to rank Michigan State, but let's not get into that.) And then there's Lindsey Wilhite, last week's Poll Attack victim. Upon reading my assault on his ballot, Lindsey came at me via Twitter. Then I went back at him. Then we went back and forth for a minute, and now I think we might be friends.

In other words, the good guys don't take the Poll Attacks personally.

Because they're never personal.

I don't make fun of people's hairstyles or tans.

(How could I, right?)

I just make fun of their AP ballots, and I'm about to do it again.

Let's go!

(Details of AP ballots courtesy of PollSpeak.com.)

Associated Press poll: Readers often ask my philosophy on ranking teams. Here it is: I believe what I believe until on-the-court results force me to change. If I start from the position that the San Diego State Aztecs will be good (which I did) then I operate under that assumption until they prove me wrong (which they haven't). Similarly, if I start from the position that the Cincinnati Bearcats will be a team that finishes in the bottom half of the Big East (which I did) then I operate under that assumption until they prove me wrong (which they haven't). I believe whatever I believe until reality forces me to change my beliefs, and then I change. And I never try to predict the future. I rank in the moment with the information available at the time. Then I watch a week's worth of games and adjust, and it really is that simple.

Clearly, ranking teams is a subjective process. I know that. But what I've found is that my way is the smartest way (if you don't mind me saying), and it's precisely what moved me off Memphis weeks ago. I can't begin to imagine what's preventing 16 AP voters from doing the same.

Yes, 16 AP voters somehow put Memphis on their ballots this week despite the following:
  1. The Tigers have been routed by every good team they've played -- specifically Kansas (neutral), Georgetown (home) and Tennessee (away).
  2. The Tigers' best win is a four-point win over a Miami team that has also lost to Rutgers and Clemson
  3. The Tigers have gone to OT with Austin Peay and Arkansas State, and been pushed to the final minutes by Texas A&M-Corpus Christi, Tennessee State and East Carolina.
You have to not watch an incredible amount of basketball and completely ignore box scores to still rank the Tigers. They don't pass the resume test or the eye test, and the truth is that they aren't even playing like a top 50 team. Injuries (Wesley Witherspoon) and departures (Jelan Kendrick and Angel Garcia) deserve some of the blame, and the overall youth of the roster is also a legitimate excuse for the uneven start. And just so we're clear, no, the uneven start does not suggest Josh Pastner is in over his head, nor does it mean things can't get better. Pastner was and still is the best hire Memphis could make at the time the hire was made, and he'll have this young roster competing at an elite level when it's a tad bit older (and not quite so skinny). That said, there isn't a single thing that's happened on the court to make anybody think it's reasonable to rank Memphis this week.

So shame on the 16 voters who did it.

(You want all 16 names? Click this link to read them. Too many to name here.)

The rankings range from 19th for Roger Clarkson to 25th for Marcus Hunter, Dan Wiederer and Whitelaw Reid. I have no idea what Roger is thinking. Marcus lives in Memphis and really should know better. Dan lives in North Carolina but still should know better. And Whitelaw is just being Whitelaw. He has Memphis 25th and Texas A&M unranked even though the Aggies are 14-1 with wins over No. 17 Washington and No. 19 Temple, and their lone loss came on Nov. 25 by two points to Boston College. But that's not a body of work that deserves a ranking, according to Whitelaw, who has Texas A&M unranked, Memphis 25th and Washington -- the same Washington team that Texas A&M beat last month -- all the way up at No. 13.

Did you get that?
  • No. 13 Washington
  • No. 25 Memphis
  • Uranked Texas A&M
That's what Whitelaw came up with.

Make sense of it, my loyal readers, if you can.

(Editor's note: You can't.)

Coaches poll: Penn State is 9-6 with double-digit losses to Ole Miss, Maryland, Virginia Tech and Maine. Seriously, Maine. The Nittany Lions got worked by the Black Bears last month. So while I acknowledge Saturday's win over Michigan State was a nice moment for Ed DeChellis' program, it wasn't nice enough to offset a resume featuring six losses, five of which are to unranked teams. You can't just rank a team because it got a nice win. (If that was the case, where's Houston's votes?) The body of work must be considered, mustn't it? All along I thought that was common sense. But apparently not. Because Penn State got two points in this week's coaches poll, and Maine must feel like it got totally screwed. (If you're gonna rank Penn State, at least rank the Black Bears, too!)
Posted on: November 26, 2010 12:59 am
Edited on: November 26, 2010 8:13 am
 

At least I had Wisconsin winning

LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. -- The Old Spice Classic is really developing into a nice event.

Especially the consolation bracket.

I watched four games spread over nearly 12 hours Thursday here at the Milk House, and I saw a bunch of things I didn't expect to see. Like Boston College beating Texas A&M a week after losing to Yale. And California beating No. 21 Temple in what was supposed to be (but doesn't really look like) a rebuilding year for the Bears. And Georgia blowing a 12-point lead in the second half of a double-overtime loss to Notre Dame. Had I been asked to predict all four first-round games, I would've nailed Wisconsin over Manhattan and missed the other three. It was a strange day, but also typical given that this is college basketball and it's still November. In 11 hours I get to do it all again.

Here's Friday's schedule:

(All times ET)
  • Boston College vs. Wisconsin at noon
  • Texas A&M vs. Manhattan at 2:30
  • Notre Dame vs. California at 5:00
  • Georgia vs. Temple at 7:30
The Irish and Bears are the lone teams here still undefeated on the season.

Notre Dame is 5-0.

Cal is 3-0.
 
 
 
 
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