Posted on: March 22, 2010 1:01 pm
Edited on: March 22, 2010 1:07 pm
The East Carolina Board of Trustees is expected to approve late Monday the hiring of former Auburn coach Jeff Lebo as the school's next basketball coach, CBSSports.com has confirmed.
A formal introduction could come Tuesday.
Auburn fired Lebo earlier this month after six seasons at the school.
This development fills one opening in Conference USA, but two remain. Houston coach Tom Penders has been forced into resignation after six seasons despite taking the Cougars to the 2010 NCAA tournament. Former Kentucky coach Billy Gillispie is a possibility to replace him. Meantime, UCF is conducting a search to find a replacement for Kirk Speraw, who was fired last week. Appalachian State's Buzz Peterson has emerged as a serious candidate at UCF at least partly because of his relationship with Michael Jordan. One of Jordan's sons, Marcus Jordan, plays for UCF. Also worth noting is that the school just signed an apparel deal with Nike.
Posted on: November 18, 2008 2:16 pm
Edited on: November 18, 2008 4:57 pm
Here's Tuesday's Dear Gary ...
Dear Gary: How hot is that seat now for Dennis Felton?
Hotter than it was at this time yesterday, I assure you.
Of course, Billy is talking about Georgia's 74-53 loss to Loyola of Chicago, which was not a good development Monday for a man who by all accounts would've been removed after last season if not for an improbable run that resulted in an SEC tournament title. A week in, it looks like the SEC is going to be down (and not nearly as good as I initially thought). But a Georgia team that can't handle Loyola of Chicago is a Georgia team that likely won't be able to win many games even in a weak SEC, which could get the Anthony Grant-to-Georgia rumors flying sometime around January.
On this subject, it should be pointed out that four of the 10 men I referenced in the Coaches on the hot seat column already have losses to inferior opponents. In addition to Felton, Tom Penders (at Houston) opened with a loss to Georgia Southern, Ernie Kent (at Oregon) took a loss against Oakland and Mark Gottfried (at Alabama) opened with a loss to Mercer. That's no way to settle a skeptical fan base, which is why all four would be wise to get things turned around ASAP.
Posted on: November 10, 2008 6:21 pm
And the team with the first win of the 2008-09 season is ... Georgia Southern?
Yes, Georgia Southern.
The Eagles started the college basketball season by beating Houston 65-63 this afternoon at Cameron Indoor Stadium while proving that the days of Clyde Drexler (the player, not the coach) are way in the past. Seriously, this is not a good way for Tom Penders to begin a season in which I already explained how he's on the hot seat. It's not that Houston was supposed to win C-USA, mind you. But the Cougars should still be able to handle the team picked third in the Southern Conference South Division, shouldn't they?
Anyway, that's the answer to your trivia question.
Who won the first game of the 2008-09 season?
Georgia Southern, of course.