Posted on: April 9, 2010 7:17 pm
One assistant got a head coaching job while a head coach took a job as an assistant.
The assistant on the move is Pittsburgh's Tom Herrion, who will be introduced as Marshall's next coach at a Saturday press conference. Herrion spent three years on Jamie Dixon's staff at Pittsburgh. He was previously the head coach at Charleston. Meantime, Columbia head coach Joe Jones is leaving the Ivy League school to be an assistant for Steve Donahue at Boston College. Jones was Columbia's head coach for seven seasons.
Four positions in BCS leagues remain open.
They are at Oregon, Clemson, Wake Forest and Rutgers.
Posted on: February 4, 2010 12:35 pm
Here's Thursday's Dear Gary ...
Dear Gary: Is last night's behavior typical of the West Virginia fan base? You ever been hit with a coin in the face (at WVU or anywhere)?
I don't know what's typical; I've only been to WVU once. But I will say the West Virginia fans have been getting a lot of attention lately -- first for cursing at Ohio State's Evan Turner, then for taking the "Karen Sypher" chants directed at Louisville's Rick Pitino to another level, then for throwing stuff on the court during Wednesday night's win over Pittsburgh.
If you didn't hear, Pitt assistant Tom Herrion was hit in the face with a quarter.
(I've got a column going up on this a little later on, by the way.)
Honestly, I don't mine chants, and I make that point in the column. Sticks and stones and all that. But throwing stuff -- especially solid objects like coins -- is inexcusable and unacceptable, and rules should be in place to help stop this because asking Bob Huggins to demand it on the microphone clearly does no good. My suggestion (and, again, this is all in the column) would be to expel students who throw things on the court or rush the court. Make the penalty for such actions stiff enough to where people are scared to even try it. Do that, and we'll avoid a nightmare of a moment that is almost certainly on the way. Don't do that, and the Ron Artest fight in Detroit will soon have its college basketball equivalent.
As for me, no, I've never been hit with anything.
But who would want to hit me?
Posted on: April 14, 2008 6:36 pm
Edited on: April 14, 2008 6:37 pm
Pittsburgh assistant Tom Herrion has withdrawn from the Marist coaching search, a source told CBSSports.com on Monday. The development leaves Memphis assistant Chuck Martin as the lone known candidate, which means it's likely he'll have the job in the next 48 hours, if he wants it.
Posted on: April 11, 2008 5:28 pm
Edited on: April 11, 2008 5:31 pm
All focus is on Oklahoma State and its cash giveaway.
Plus Providence and Stanford.
Those are the only high-profile jobs still open, though if Providence gets rejected by a third non-BCS-affiliated coach in the next week I'm going to consider dropping it from the list. Either way, there are still other positions to be filled, even if they aren't getting national headlines. One of them is in MAAC, where Marist continues to search for Matt Brady's replacement.
According to sources, the leading candidate is Pittsburgh assistant Tom Herrion.
If so, Marist would be wise to close the deal ASAP.
That is, unless it believes it can find another coach with an 80-38 record as a head coach at a higher level.
For those unfamiliar, Herrion was the coach at College of Charleston from 2002-2006. He won 25 games his first season and never won fewer than 17 in any year before being bought out of his contract following an administration change. Put another way, Marist has the opportunity to land a coach who has already been a head coach at a higher level and won at a higher level despite still being only 40 years old.
So don't be surprised if Herrion is offered the position early next week.
And if he accepts, don't be surprised when Marist continues its recent winning ways.