Underemployment in the coaching community resembles beauty; it's in the eye of the beholder. Whether or not Mike Davis is overqualified to be coaching Texas Southern, he has an opportunity to become the first individual to post a winning record for a historically black college or university after serving in a similar capacity for a non-HBCU institution.
Davis guided Indiana to a runner-up finish in the 2002 NCAA Tournament, one of four playoff appearances for the Hoosiers under him, before averaging 23 victories annually with UAB in a four-year from 2007-08 through 2010-11. But it is not beneath his dignity to join the following list of HBCU coaches who previously were mentors for at least four seasons with a non-HBCU school:
|Head Coach||Subsequent HBCU (Record; Tenure)||Non-HBCU (Record; Tenure)|
|Frankie Allen||Maryland-Eastern Shore (34-89; since 2009)||Virginia Tech (56-61; 1988-91)|
|Tim Carter||South Carolina State (63-96; since 2008)||Texas-San Antonio (160-152; 1996-2006)|
|Mike Davis||Texas Southern (since 2013)||Indiana (115-79; 2001-06)/UAB (122-73; 2007-12)|
|Henry Dickerson||North Carolina Central (47-98; 2005-09)||Chattanooga (72-73; 1998-2002)|
|Dwight Freeman||Norfolk State (63-83; 2003-07)||Marshall (46-65; 1991-94)|
|James Green||Mississippi Valley State (44-51; 2006-08)||Southern Mississippi (123-111; 1997-2004)|
NOTES: Allen also coached Tennessee State (115-140; 1992-2000) and Howard (52-93; 2001-05). . . . Green is currently coach for Jacksonville State.
At first glance, Connecticut appears to be taking the ultimate short-term risk in filling the big shoes of retiring legend Jim Calhoun. Assistants George Blaney (29), Karl Hobbs (10) and Glen Miller (11) were available with a total of 50 years of Division I head coaching experience. This assistant trio also had a cumulative 29 years as UConn aides to Calhoun, but the Huskies chose to give Kevin Ollie an opportunity in 2012-13 and beyond (five-year contract awarded near end of calendar year) although he has a meager total of two seasons as an assistant coach.
Is Ollie being thrown in way over his head to sink or swim in the Big East Conference ocean? The other 14 league coaches have an average of 24.4 years of experience as an assistant or head coach at the collegiate and NBA levels, ranging from Seton Hall's Kevin Willard (15 including administrative roles with the Boston Celtics under Rick Pitino) to Syracuse's Jim Boeheim (43).
Nearly one-fifth of the nation's current DI schools didn't need to pay moving expenses because they promoted coaches from with-in their ranks. Among the 65 active head coaches in this category, the average tenure as an aide before being promoted to bench boss was 5.2 years.
Believe it or not, Ollie is among 16 active DI head coaches who were employed by the school less than three seasons prior to being hired to their current positions. Following is a list from shortest to longest assistant stints for said individuals:
Freshman Danrad "Chicken" Knowles, projected to possibly spark Houston to its first NCAA playoff victory since the Cougars finished runner-up to Georgetown in 1984, is academically ineligible this season. But there will still be a gifted guard with an entertaining nickname hoping to help a school shake off some postseason cobwebs.
Lamont "Momo" Jones, a transfer from Arizona, aspires to propel Iona to its first NCAA Tournament triumph since 1980 when the Jim Valvano-coached Gaels defeated Holy Cross before they were eliminated by Georgetown. Momo isn't 100% positive, but he thinks the origin of his nickname stems from him always being on the go as a child with his "mo(tor)" running. Jones joins the following long list of collegians over the years with distinctive monikers:
- Forest (Frosty) Able, Western Kentucky
- Greg (Cadillac) Anderson, Houston
- Paul (Curly) Armstrong, Indiana
- Raymond (Peanut) Arrington, Radford
- William (Bird) Averitt, Pepperdine
- Norwood (Pee Wee) Barber, Florida State
- Jim (Bad News) Barnes, Texas Western
- Amadou (Coco) Barry, Maine
- Segado (Cookie) Belcher, Nebraska
- Ralph (Stork) Bishop, Washington
- Roderick (Moo Moo) Blakney, South Carolina State
- Daron (Mookie) Blaylock, Oklahoma
- Tyrone (Muggsy) Bogues, Wake Forest
- Jermaine (Itchy) Bolden, Morgan State
- Roylin (Boot) Bond, Pepperdine
- Charles (Tub) Bradley, Wyoming
- Frank (Flash) Brian, Louisiana State
- Fred (Downtown) Brown, Iowa
- Murray (Mule) Brown, Florida State
- Luther (Ticky) Burden, Utah
- Michael (Spiderman) Burns, UNLV
- George (Chink) Busch, Creighton
- (Pogo) Joe Caldwell, Arizona State
- Bruce (Soup) Campbell, Providence
- Bowyer (Ducky) Castelle, Xavier
- Sam (The Bam) Clancy, Pittsburgh
- Craig (Speedy) Claxton, Hofstra
- Nathaniel (Sweetwater) Clifton, Xavier (La.)
- Vernell (Bimbo) Coles, Virginia Tech
- Derwin (Tank) Collins, New Orleans
- John (Chubby) Cox, Villanova/San Francisco
- Earl (The Twirl) Cureton, Robert Morris/Detroit
- Adrian (Ace) Custis, Virginia Tech
- Edwin (Greedy) Daniels, UNLV/Mississippi State
- E.B. (Ox) Darby, Texas A&M
- Anthony (Amp) Davis, George Mason
- Arthur (Yah) Davis, St. Joseph's
- McKinley (Deacon) Davis, Iowa
- Louis (Pick) Dehner, Illinois
- Alfred (Dusty) DeStefano, St. John's
- John (Hook) Dillon, North Carolina
- Julius (Daddy) Dolnics, Texas Christian
- Clyde (The Glide) Drexler, Houston
- Dwight (Dike) Eddleman, Illinois
- LeRoy (Cowboy) Edwards, Kentucky
- Theodore (Blue) Edwards, East Carolina
- Eyo (Bubbles) Effiong, Winthrop
- Emil (Box) Englebretson, Creighton
- Julius (Dr. J) Erving, Massachusetts
- James (Bruiser) Flint, St. Joseph's
- Jackie (The Shot) Foley, Holy Cross
- Arnold (Clyde) Gaines, Wisconsin
- Lauren (Laddie) Gale, Oregon
- Harry (The Horse) Gallatin, Northeast Missouri
- Erin (Helicopter) Galloway, Hawaii
- George (Iceman) Gervin, Eastern Michigan
- Carlos (Bunny) Gibson, Marshall
- Ward (Hoot) Gibson, Creighton
- Jack (Goose) Givens, Kentucky
- Bonnie (Country) Graham, Mississippi
- Paul (Snoopy) Graham, Ohio University
- Mike (Fly) Gray, Nevada-Reno
- Ken (Tree) Green, Nevada-Reno
- Kenneth (Apple) Green, Pan American
- Harold (Happy) Hairston, New York University
- Wade (Swede) Halbrook, Oregon State
- Bill (Biff) Hall, Montana
- Earl (Bus) Hall, Virginia Tech
- Anfernee (Penny) Hardaway, Memphis State
- Herbert (Hawkeye) Hargett, Mississippi State
- Clem (The Gem) Haskins, Western Kentucky
- John (Hondo) Havlicek, Ohio State
- Robert (Bubbles) Hawkins, Illinois State
- Clarence (Kleggie) Hermsen, Minnesota
- Jermaine (Squirt) Hicks, Weber State/Chicago State
- John (Babe) Higgins, Stanford
- Clinton (Bread Truck) Hinton, UNC Charlotte/Oral Roberts
- James (Lindy) Hood, Alabama
- Tecumseh (Tee) Hooper, The Citadel
- Alfredo (Tito) Horford, Miami (Fla.)
- Greg (Stretch) Howard, New Mexico
- (Hot) Rod Hundley, West Virginia
- Jimmy (Snap) Hunter, Memphis
- Hernell (Jeep) Jackson, Texas-El Paso
- Frank (Spoon) James, UNLV
- Arthur (Brownie) Jaquay, Creighton
- Antonio (Scoop) Jardine, Syracuse
- Keith (Mister) Jennings, East Tennessee State
- Carldell (Squeaky) Johnson, UAB
- Dana (Binky) Johnson, Canisius
- Earvin (Magic) Johnson, Michigan State
- Gary (Cat) Johnson, Oral Roberts
- Gus (Honeycomb) Johnson, Idaho
- Kevin (Butter) Johnson, Charlotte
- Lynbert (Cheese) Johnson, Wichita State
- Albert (Slab) Jones, New Mexico State
- Byron (Snake) Jones, San Francisco
- Gerald (Wimpy) Jones, Arizona State
- Lamont (Momo) Jones, Arizona/Iona
- Wallace (Wah Wah) Jones, Kentucky
- Wilbert (Wibs) Kautz, Loyola of Chicago
- Robert (Jeep) Kelley, UNLV/Hawaii
- Bill (Pickles) Kennedy, Temple
- Eugene (Goo) Kennedy, Texas Christian
- Bob (Trigger) Kenney, Kansas
- Bruce (Sky) King, Pan American
- Raymond (Circus) King, San Diego State/California
- William (Dolly) King, Long Island
- Donald (Pinky) Knowles, Creighton
- Cletus (Goob) Kuehler, West Texas State
- David (Big Daddy) Lattin, Texas-El Paso
- Albert (Cappy) Lavin, San Francisco
- Hal (King) Lear, Temple
- Arnold (Butz) Lehrman, Minnesota
- Bob (Slick) Leonard, Indiana
- Andrew (Fuzzy) Levane, St. John's
- Lafayette (Fat) Lever, Arizona State
- Eugene (Junie) Lewis, Pittsburgh/South Alabama
- Brant (Pinky) Lipscomb, Vanderbilt
- Lewis (Magic) Lloyd, Drake
- (Jungle) Jim Loscutoff, Oregon
- John (Dub) Malaise, Texas Tech
- Karl (The Mailman) Malone, Louisiana Tech
- (Pistol) Pete Maravich, Louisiana State
- Floyd (Biggy) Marshall, Tennessee
- Slater (Dugie) Martin, Texas
- Cedric (Cornbread) Maxwell, UNC Charlotte
- Ayome (Paco) May, Kansas State
- Marvin (Moon) McCrary, Missouri
- Ken (Mouse) McFadden, Cleveland State
- Billy (The Hill) McGill, Utah
- Eric (Cricket) McLaughlin, Akron
- Don (Monk) Meineke, Dayton
- Francis (Ick) Miller, Creighton
- Ryan (Archie) Miller, North Carolina State
- Roland (The Cat) Minson, Brigham Young
- Earl (The Pearl) Monroe, Winston-Salem State
- Ed (Britches) Montgomery, Tennessee
- Bryan (Dinty) Moore, Stanford
- Harry (Moo) Moore, West Virginia
- Jonathan (Stitch) Moore, Furman
- Javone (Bam) Moore, Canisius
- Tony (Zippy) Morocco, Georgia
- Charles (Stretch) Murphy, Purdue
- Charlie (Feed) Murphy, Loyola of Chicago
- Charles (Cotton) Nash, Kentucky
- Sherman (Nemo) Nearman, North Carolina
- Bill (Fig) Newton, Louisiana State
- Bob (Bevo) Nordmann, St. Louis
- Ken (Snake) Norman, Illinois
- Martyn (Moochie) Norris, Auburn
- Ralph (Buckshot) O'Brien, Butler
- Garland (Mule) O'Shields, Tennessee
- Bill (Fumbo) Ouseley, William & Mary
- Carlton (Silk) Owens, Rhode Island
- Horace (Pappy) Owens, Rhode Island
- Togo Palazzi, Holy Cross
- J.P. (Bubber) Farish, Auburn
- William (Smush) Parker, Fordham
- Choppy Patterson, Clemson
- Herschel (Bones) Pedersen, Brigham Young
- James (Scoonie) Penn, Boston College
- Ray (Cookie) Pericola, South Carolina
- Edward (Pancakes) Perry, Middle Tennessee State
- Ron (Spider) Perry, Virginia Tech
- Philip (Pap) Peyton, Texas
- John (Squint) Phares, West Virginia
- Clarke (Pinky) Pittenger, Toledo
- DeWayne (Pooh) Powell, Tennessee-Martin
- George (Tic) Price, Virginia Tech/Virginia Commonwealth
- Carl (Dusty) Pullian, UT-Chattanooga
- Cal (The Hawk) Ramsey, New York University
- Earl (Shadow) Ray, Wyoming
- Bryant (Big Country) Reeves, Oklahoma State
- Richie (The Cat) Regan, Seton Hall
- Jesse (Cab) Renick, Oklahoma A&M
- Angelo (Rock) Reynolds, Penn
- Billy (The Kid) Reynolds, Northwestern (La.) State
- Jerry (Ice) Reynolds, Louisiana State
- Rudolph (Zip) Rhodes, Montana
- Jerome (Pooh) Richardson, UCLA
- Oscar (Big O) Robertson, Cincinnati
- Glenn (Big Dog) Robinson Jr., Purdue
- Alvin (Fats) Roth, City College of New York
- Michael (Campy) Russell, Michigan
- Forest (Aggie) Sale, Kentucky
- Sebastian (Subby) Salerno, Creighton
- Albert (Apple) Sanders, Louisiana State
- Tom (Satch) Sanders, New York University
- Frank (Pep) Saul, Seton Hall
- Philip (Flip) Saunders, Minnesota
- Nevil (The Shadow) Shed, Texas-El Paso
- Emilio (Zeke) Sinicola, Niagara
- Adrian (Odie) Smith, Kentucky
- Robert (Bingo) Smith, Tulsa
- Jermaine (Sunshine) Smith, UNLV
- Vernon (Catfish) Smith, Georgia
- William (Beaver) Smith, St. John's
- John (Squeaky) Spanbauer, Niagara
- Dave (Ditto) Sparks, George Washington
- Marion (Odie) Spears, Western Kentucky
- Dave (The Rave) Stallworth, Wichita State
- Bob (Sweeper) Stephens, Drexel
- George (Swede) Sundstrom, Rutgers
- Harley (Skeeter) Swift, East Tennessee State
- Anthony (Ace) Tanner, Davidson
- Clarence (Babe) Taylor, Vanderbilt
- Claude (Sleepy) Taylor, Middle Tennessee State
- Roland (Fatty) Taylor, La Salle
- Irv (Swede) Terjesen, New York University
- Albert (Bobo) Thomas, Centenary
- Blackstone (Blackie) Thompson, Alabama
- Marvis (Bootsy) Thornton, St. John's
- Nate (The Great) Thurmond, Bowling Green
- Gene (Bumper) Tormohlen, Tennessee
- Carlyle (Blackie) Towery, Western Kentucky
- Victor (Slick) Townsend, Oregon
- Robert (Tractor) Traylor, Michigan
- Ernest (Kiki) Vandeweghe, UCLA
- Charles (Chico) Vaughn, Southern Illinois
- Mathias (Mutt) Volz, Nebraska
- Malcolm (Sparky) Wade, Louisiana State
- Chet (The Jet) Walker, Bradley
- Vincent (Spotlight) Walker, Western Carolina
- Adrian (Spike) Walters, St. Francis (Pa.)
- Ray (Shag) Warren, Texas Christian
- Duane (Pearl) Washington, Syracuse
- Anthony (Spud) Webb, North Carolina State
- Marvin (Human Eraser) Webster, Morgan State
- Gawen (Bonzi) Wells, Ball State
- Joseph (Jo Jo) White, Kansas
- Milton (Bus) Whitehead, Nebraska
- Charles (Hawkeye) Whitney, North Carolina State
- Pookey Wigington, Seton Hall
- Anthony (Scoop) Williams, Toledo
- Donald (Duck) Williams, Notre Dame
- James (Bug) Williams, Syracuse
- James (Fly) Williams, Austin Peay State
- John (Hot Rod) Williams, Tulane
- Ron (Fritz) Williams, West Virginia
- Sylvester (Sly) Williams, Rhode Island
- Jim (Jiggy) Williamson, Rhode Island
- (Super) John Williamson, New Mexico State
- David (Poncho) Wright, Louisville
- Gerry (Sir Jamalot) Wright, Southern California/Iowa
- Joseph (Joby) Wright, Indiana
- Desmond (Boggie) Yates, Middle Tennessee State
- Paul (Hooks) Yesawich, Niagara
- Max (Slats) Zaslofsky, University of Chicago/St. John's
- Bob (Zeke) Zawoluk, St. John's
Overlooked amid the Jim Calhoun Collection of retirement information overload was examining how he wound up at Connecticut in the first place. In retrospect, it might have stemmed from a one-game Huskie job audition.
In 1985-86, Calhoun was the Northeastern Huskies' all-time winningest coach but what likely really impressed the Connecticut Huskies' administration was a 90-73 victory that season over the Big East Conference member. He was UConn's bench boss the next year and, despite struggling in Big East competition his first three seasons, became the school's all-time winningest coach in 1998-99.
Non-conference schedules frequently are frustrating for fans of power league schools because of what seems like feasting on a steady diet of cupcake opponents. But you never know when a single game can become a career changer.
Similar to most any job, timing is everything. Here is an alphabetical list of impressionable coaches like Calhoun who generated such favorable reviews after defeating a school in a non-conference game one season they were hired by that institution in the same role before the next campaign:
|Coach||Departing School||Triumph Over Foe Hiring Him the Next Year|
|Tommy Amaker||Michigan||Defeated Harvard, 82-50, in 2006-07|
|John Brady||Samford||Defeated Louisiana State, 53-50, in 1996-97|
|Tom Brennan||Yale||Defeated Vermont, 84-75, in 1985-86|
|Jim Calhoun||Northeastern||Defeated Connecticut, 90-73, in 1985-86|
|Joe Callero||Seattle||Defeated Cal Poly, 60-59, in 2008-09|
|Ben Carnevale||North Carolina||Defeated Navy, 51-49, in 1945-46|
|Charles "Lefty" Driesell||Davidson||Defeated Maryland, 83-69, in 1968-69|
|Pat Foster||Houston||Defeated Nevada, 92-80, in 1992-93|
|Maury John||Drake||Defeated Iowa State, 87-63, in 1970-71|
|Ed Kelleher||Fordham||Defeated Army, 68-42, in 1942-43|
|Lake Kelly||Austin Peay State||Defeated Oral Roberts, 80-76, in 1976-77|
|Billy McCann||Washington & Lee (VA)||Defeated Virginia, 73-69, in 1956-57|
|Neil McCarthy||Weber State||Defeated New Mexico State, 62-56, in 1984-85|
|Dan Monson||Gonzaga||Defeated Minnesota, 75-63, in 1998-99|
|Don Monson||Idaho||Defeated Oregon, 56-53, in 1982-83|
|Donald "Dudey" Moore||Duquesne||Defeated La Salle, 74-55, in 1957-58|
|Stew Morrill||Colorado State||Defeated Utah State, 68-59, in 1997-98|
|Richard "Digger" Phelps||Fordham||Defeated Notre Dame, 94-88, in 1970-71|
|Elmer Ripley||Georgetown||Defeated John Carroll, 73-53, in 1948-49|
|Les Robinson||East Tennessee State||Defeated North Carolina State, 92-82, in 1989-90|
|Lorenzo Romar||Saint Louis||Defeated Washington, 71-70, in 2001-02|
|Charles "Sonny" Smith||Auburn||Defeated Virginia Commonwealth, 85-79, in 1988-89|
|Charlie Spoonhour||Southwest Missouri State||Defeated Saint Louis, 66-59, in 1991-92|
|Bill Strannigan||Colorado State||Defeated Iowa State, 65-57, in 1953-54|
|Raymond "Bucky" Waters||West Virginia||Defeated Duke, 90-88, in 1968-69|
|Tim Welsh||Iona||Defeated Providence, 68-62, in 1997-98|
|Gary Williams||Boston College||Defeated Ohio State, 87-74, in 1985-86|
|Matt Zunic||Boston University||Defeated Massachusetts, 75-55 & 61-56, in 1958-59|
Last spring, self-serving coaches Mike Brey (Notre Dame) and Rick Pitino (Louisville) tried to convince Pittsburgh and Syracuse to stay put with them in the fraying Big East Conference. Well, circumstances and spiels can change in a hurry.
Brey was singing the ACC's praises after Notre Dame announced it will join the league ASAP with Pitt and the Orange. And was there any doubt that nomadic Louisville, which was already affilated with four different leagues in the last 40 years, was next to abandon ship for a higher profile loop when a slot opened up in the ACC upon Maryland's departure to the Big Ten? Perhaps Pitino would have been obligated to remain in the Big Easy (after most of the power went out), but his salvage job brainstorm of hiring ESPN analyst Jay Bilas as commissioner didn't gain any traction.
Final Four matchups such as Memphis/Providence (1973), Georgetown/Louisville (1982), Georgetown/Houston (1984) and Memphis/Villanova (1985) were great in the view of Big East visionary Dave Gavitt, but they're not what he had in mind for regional regular-season conference competition when the league was introduced at the start of the 1980s. Half of the Big East's 14-member lineup in 2003-04 will be gone upon the latest ACC-bound defections. The Big East would have had as many members (seven) from Conference USA's 2004-05 alignment next year if Texas Christian didn't renege on its commitment, switching gears for the Big 12. If the C-USA wasn't considered a power conference, then why should a stitched-together Big Least?
Louisville, Maryland, Notre Dame, Pitt, Rutgers and Syracuse should keep an eye on how Missouri, Texas A&M, TCU and West Virginia make the transition to new digs. History shows that it frequently is a difficult adjustment. Fans of Mizzou, A&M and TCU are hoping their woeful non-conference slates don't leave the newcomers ill-prepared for the rigors of competing in a new league.
There is good reason to be anxious. Only seven of the last 24 schools to join power conferences, including three of the first 11 since 2005-06, posted a winning league record in their inaugural campaign. Arkansas is the only school to win a championship in its debut campaign in a power league (1991-92 in SEC Western Division after leaving SWC). Boston College (2005-06) and Florida State (1991-92) posted the next best first-year league marks in the ACC, where Notre Dame, Pitt and Syracuse will strive to duplicate their performances.
The average conference record for the last 24 schools in this category is four games below .500. Michigan State posted a comparable anemic mark (5-9) in its first season in the Big Ten in 1950-51. Following is a look at the first-year league records compiled by schools joining an existing power alliance since Arizona and Arizona State left the WAC for the Pac-8/10 in the late 1970s:
|Power School||1st Year||New League (Mark/Finish)||Previous League|
|Arizona||1978-79||Pac-10 (10-8/T4th)||Western Athletic|
|Arizona State||1978-79||Pac-10 (7-11/T6th)||Western Athletic|
|Arkansas||1991-92||Southeastern (13-3/1st in West)||Southwest|
|Boston College||2005-06||Atlantic Coast (11-5/3rd)||Big East|
|Cincinnati||2005-06||Big East (8-8/8th)||Conference USA|
|Colorado||2011-12||Pac-12 (11-7/T5th)||Big 12|
|DePaul||2005-06||Big East (5-11/T13th)||Conference USA|
|Florida State||1991-92||Atlantic Coast (11-5/2nd)||Metro|
|Georgia Tech||1979-80||Atlantic Coast (1-13/8th)||Metro|
|Louisville||2005-06||Big East (6-10/T11th)||Conference USA|
|Marquette||2005-06||Big East (10-6/T4th)||Conference USA|
|Miami (Fla.)||1991-92||Big East (1-17/10th)||independent|
|Miami (Fla.)||2004-05||Atlantic Coast (7-9/T6th)||Big East|
|Missouri||2012-13||Southeastern (TBD)||Big 12|
|Nebraska||2011-12||Big Ten (4-14/T11th)||Big 12|
|Notre Dame||1995-96||Big East (4-14/6th in BE 6)||independent|
|Penn State||1992-93||Big Ten (2-16/11th)||Atlantic 10|
|Pittsburgh||1982-83||Big East (6-10/6th)||Eastern 8|
|Rutgers||1995-96||Big East (6-12/6th in BE 7)||Atlantic 10|
|South Carolina||1991-92||Southeastern (3-13/6th in East)||Metro|
|South Florida||2005-06||Big East (1-15/16th)||Conference USA|
|Texas A&M||2012-13||Southeastern (TBD)||Big 12|
|Texas Christian||2012-13||Big 12 (TBD)||Mountain West|
|Utah||2011-12||Pac-12 (3-15/11th)||Mountain West|
|Villanova||1980-81||Big East (8-6/T3rd)||Eastern Athletic Association|
|Virginia Tech||2000-01||Big East (2-14/7th in East)||Atlantic 10|
|Virginia Tech||2004-05||Atlantic Coast (8-8/T4th)||Big East|
|West Virginia||2012-13||Big 12 (TBD)||Big East|
All things Jim Calhoun from a historical perspective for Connecticut's horde to assess in the aftermath of the three-time cancer survivor stepping down as coach of the Huskies:
Atlanta tight end Tony Gonzalez, who became the Kansas City Chiefs' all-time leader in pass receptions by a TE way back in 2000 en route to an NFL-best at that position by the time he joined the Falcons, had a successful farewell appearance at K.C. in the season opener. The NFL's all-time runner-up in receptions (behind WR Jerry Rice) caught a TD pass for the Falcons, adding to his all-time leadership in yards from scrimmage by a TE.
Gonzalez, who averaged 6.4 ppg and 4.3 rpg from 1994-95 through 1996-97 as a California Bear hoopster, promptly displayed his trademark dunking of the football over the goal post. Back in the day, he scored a career-high 29 points against Washington State en route to setting a Cal basketball freshman record by shooting 64% from the floor. Rising to the occasion, he averaged 18 points and shot 61% from the floor in the Bears' first two NCAA playoff games in 1997.
Gonzalez is one of several prominent tight ends in the NFL who previously played major-college basketball including Antonio Gates (Kent State/San Diego Chargers), Jimmy Graham (Miami/New Orleans Saints) and Todd Heap (Arizona State/Phoenix Cardinals). Graham also caught a TD pass in the Saints' season opener. For those all-round sports fans interested in dual-sport athletes, check out CollegeHoopedia.com's extensive research on college hoopsters who made a bigger name for themselves on the football field. You'll find previous standout tight ends who were regulars in basketball at the NCAA Division I level such as Mike Ditka (Pittsburgh), Rickey Dudley (Ohio State), Andrew Glover (Grambling), Ron Howard (Seattle), Marcus Pollard (Bradley), Pat Richter (Wisconsin) and Joe Senser (West Chester State).
What is the NCAA's abuse excuse? Why can't the governing body short-circuit such shortsighted showcases? Who came first - the pimp, the prostitute or the John?
Savannah State's prostitution pummelings by football "Johns" Oklahoma State and Florida State (combined 139-0 despite FSU game suspended by inclement weather with nine minutes remaining in third quarter) triggered inquiries as to whether similar stirring shutouts occurred in basketball.
Well, one of the most unbelievable feats in college hoops history occurred on January 23, 1907, when Dayton blanked Cedarville, 80-0. Two years later, Mississippi State whitewashed Brownsville AC, 75-0, on January 22, 1909. The only shutout in Big Ten Conference history occurred on January 6, 1914, when undefeated Wisconsin blanked Parsons, 50-0.
Perhaps the degrading games represented the sport's oldest profession. At any rate, Savannah State will oppose Florida and Ohio State this winter but at least it will be in basketball rather than possibly adding to its shutout futility on the gridiron. The Savannah Campaign also includes games at Marquette and Saint Louis.
Universities charge good money to watch these bad examples of sportsmanship equivalent to prearranged, onesided cockfights/dogfights. A couple of non-league gimmes can be tolerated for an assortment of reasons. Three or four raise eyebrows and spark rebate requests. But a half dozen or more for power conference members is preposterous, bordering on fraud with visions of class action lawsuits no matter the quality of other non-conference foes.
Fresh faces continue the flogging fiasco. Fearless Frank Martin was supposed to bring some bravado to South Carolina. But the mighty Gamecocks will commence a quest to secure their first NCAA playoff victory since 1973 by opposing a steady stream of lightweights. It serves them right that they lost to Elon for the second straight season.
Let's hope that elite schools, especially Maryland edging out Arizona State, Iowa, Michigan State, Missouri, Texas A&M and Virginia this season, feel good about themselves as they subject their fans to such vivid voyuerism. The "classic cupcakes" won't be shutouts, but this is the self-absorbed mindset resulting in the following shamelessly extensive nonsensical non-conference homecourt opponents by power league basketball "Johns":
|Power League Member||Excessive Picking on Patsies||"Challenging" Press Release Spin|
|Arizona State||Arkansas-Pine Bluff, Central Arkansas, Coppin State, Cornell, Dartmouth, Florida A&M, Hartford, Northridge State and Sacramento State||"appropriate for this team right now"|
|Arkansas||Alabama A&M, Alcorn State, Delaware State, Florida A&M, Longwood, Northwestern State and Sam Houston State||"one of the toughest lineups in the nation. . . . definitely a challenge and we will be tested early and often. . . . important to have tough non-conference schedule to prepare us for SEC"|
|Cincinnati||Arkansas-Little Rock, Campbell, Maryland-Eastern Shore, Mississippi Valley State, North Carolina A&T and Tennessee-Martin||"wanted to challenge ourselves with difficult games and we feel we have accomplished that goal"|
|DePaul||Austin Peay, UC Riverside, Fairfield, Gardner-Webb, Maryland-Baltimore County, Milwaukee and Northern Illinois||didn't attempt to embellish or justify|
|Florida State||Buffalo, Louisiana-Monroe, Maine, Mercer, North Florida and South Alabama||"numerous opportunities to play against elite-level competition. . . . quality of schedule will serve as a motivator for our players to stay focused"|
|Georgia||East Tennessee State, Florida A&M, Iona, Jacksonville, Mercer and Youngstown State||"could possibly be the hardest this program has ever had. . . . lots of teeth in the non-league schedule"|
|Georgia Tech||Alabama State, Chattanooga, The Citadel, Fordham, UNC Wilmington and Presbyterian||"our home non-conference schedule will bring a lot of exciting basketball to our new home (McCamish Pavilion). . . . challenging opponents will also act as another step in the process of rebuilding our program"|
|Illinois||Colgate, Eastern Kentucky, Gardner-Webb, Norfolk State, St. Francis (NY) and Western Carolina||didn't attempt to embellish or justify|
|Indiana||Bryant, Central Connecticut State, Coppin State, Florida Atlantic, Jacksonville, Mount St. Mary's, North Dakota State and Sam Houston State||didn't attempt to embellish or justify|
|Iowa||Central Michigan, Coppin State, Gardner-Webb, Howard, South Carolina State, South Dakota, Texas A&M-Corpus Christi and Texas-Pan American||didn't attempt to embellish or justify|
|Iowa State||Alabama A&M, Campbell, Florida Gulf Coast, Nebraska-Omaha, North Carolina A&T, Southern (LA) and Yale||didn't attempt to embellish or justify|
|Kentucky||Eastern Michigan, Lafayette, Lipscomb, Long Island, Morehead State, Portland and Samford||"gives chance to work on things. . . . opportunity to focus on final exams"|
|Louisiana State||Bethune-Cookman, UC Santa Barbara, Chattanooga, Houston Baptist, McNeese State, Mississippi Valley State and Northwestern State||"it is a demanding schedule and we look forward to our program embracing the challenges"|
|Maryland||Delaware State, Georgia Southern, IUPUI, Lafayette, Long Island, Maryland-Eastern Shore, Monmouth, Morehead State, South Carolina State and Stony Brook||"very exciting and competitive. . . . look forward to the challenge"|
|Michigan State||Arkansas-Pine Bluff, Boise State, Louisiana-Lafayette, Loyola of Chicago, Nicholls State, Oakland, Texas Southern and Tuskegee||"combines challenges and unique events, giving us great competition on the court and a lifetime of memories"|
|Minnesota||American, Lafayette, North Dakota State, North Florida, South Dakota State, Tennessee State and Toledo||didn't attempt to embellish or justify|
|Mississippi||Arkansas-Little Rock, Coastal Carolina, East Tennessee State, Fordham, Lipscomb, McNeese State and Mississippi Valley State||"packed with exciting matchups for fans. . . . each team we face will bring a different style of play that will challenge our team in a variety of ways"|
|Mississippi State||Alabama A&M, Alcorn State, Central Arkansas, Florida Atlantic, New Orleans and Texas-San Antonio||"no question it's going to be challenging. . . . invaluable opportunity for this team to bond"|
|Missouri||Alcorn State, Appalachian State, Bucknell, Nicholls State, South Carolina State, Southeast Missouri State, SIU-Edwardsville and Tennessee State||"some big-time opportunities. . . . our team will be tested early and often"|
|Nebraska||Jacksonville State, Kent State, Nebraska-Omaha, Nicholls State, Southern (LA) and Valparaiso||"we will be challenged a great deal. . . . it is going to be fun for our fans"|
|Northwestern||Brown, Delaware State, Fairleigh Dickinson, Illinois-Chicago, Mississippi Valley State, Texas Southern and Texas State||didn't attempt to embellish or justify|
|Notre Dame||Brown, Chicago State, IPFW, Kennesaw State, Monmouth, Niagara and Saint Francis (PA)||"one of most challenging in program history. . . . one of things I have been most proud during my time here is the consistency we've shown from year to year and how we've been able to manage the schedule"|
|Ohio State||Albany, Chicago State, Missouri-Kansas City, UNC Asheville, Northern Kentucky, Savannah State and Winthrop||"our roster will be challenged throughout the year as we prepare for Big Ten competition"|
|Oregon||Arkansas-Pine Bluff, Houston Baptist, Idaho State, Jacksonville State, Northern Arizona, Portland State and Texas-San Antonio||didn't attempt to embellish or justify|
|Oregon State||Chicago State, Grambling State, Howard, Montana State, Niagara, Texas-Pan American and Towson||"will prepare us for the challenges of Pac-12 play. . . . the uptick in competition will be welcomed"|
|Pittsburgh||Bethune-Cookman, Delaware State, Howard, Kennesaw State, Mount St. Mary's, North Florida and Oakland||didn't attempt to embellish or justify|
|South Carolina||Appalachian State, Elon, Jacksonville, Morgan State, Presbyterian, Rider and South Carolina State||"will challenge us to grow and prepare for SEC schedule"|
|Stanford||Alcorn State, Belmont, UC Davis, Cal State Fullerton, Denver, Lafayette and Seattle||"arguably the most challenging schedule in recent memory. . . . opportunity to quickly establish a high RPI"|
|Texas A&M||Army, Houston Baptist, Louisiana Tech, Northwestern State, Prairie View A&M, Southern (LA), Stephen F. Austin, Texas A&M-Corpus Christi and Troy||"although schedule is challenging, it will prepare us for the tough games we are going to have in the SEC"|
|Texas Christian||Cal Poly, Centenary, Mississippi Valley State, Navy, Prairie View A&M, Southern (LA) and Southern Utah||didn't attempt to embellish or justify|
|Texas Tech||Florida A&M, Grambling State, Jackson State, McNeese State, Nebraska-Omaha, North Carolina A&T, Northern Kentucky and Prairie View A&M||didn't attempt to embellish or justify|
|Utah||Boise State, Central Michigan, College of Idaho, Idaho State, Northridge State, Sacramento State, Williamette (OR) and Wright State||didn't attempt to embellish or justify|
|Virginia||Delaware, Fairfield, Green Bay, Lamar, Mississippi Valley State, Morgan State, North Texas, Seattle and Wofford||didn't attempt to embellish or justify|
|Washington||Albany, Cal Poly, Cal State Fullerton, Jackson State, Loyola (Md.), Northern Illinois and Seattle||didn't attempt to embellish or justify|
|Washington State||Arkansas-Pine Bluff, Buffalo, Eastern Washington, Idaho, Idaho State, Jackson State, Portland and Utah Valley||"each year we try and put together a nonconference schedule that will best prepare us for Pac-12 play"|
|Wisconsin||Cornell, Green Bay, Milwaukee, Nebraska-Omaha, Presbyterian, Samford and Southeastern Louisiana||didn't attempt to embellish or justify|
There is doubt we will ever know a lot of the precise details regarding how on earth a mediocre college player had the out-of-this-world fiscal wherewithal to make a down payment of $30,000 and go in debt for $67,800 to purchase custom jewelry in New York in the middle of an eventual NCAA championship season. But Lance Thomas, a senior forward who averaged 4.8 ppg for Duke in 2009-10, sure(ty) has a lot of questions to answer regarding an escapade that could be dubbed "Diamonds Are Forever" (at least finishing payments for them until settling lawsuit in mid-September).
Thomas likely will leave inquiring minds wanting a lot more much like he did on the court. Rather than striving for bling to look like a tall rapper, he should have been more concerned about the tall order of living up to his billing as a McDonald's All-American in 2006.
There is no doubt the Blue Devils have a history of dealing in bulk when it comes to McDonald's Unhappy Deals. While observers sift through Thomas' train-wreck transaction adding to a woeful offseason for power conference schools, following is a list including him among 10 McDonald's All-Americans who averaged fewer than 5 ppg in their Duke careers:
|Year||McDonald's All-American||Duke Scoring|
|1983||Martin Nessley||2.4 ppg|
|1987||Greg Koubek||4.9 ppg|
|1988||Crawford Palmer||2.4 ppg|
|1993||Joey Beard||1.3 ppg|
|1995||Taymon Domzalski||4.2 ppg|
|1997||Chris Burgess||4.9 ppg|
|1999||Casey Sanders||2.7 ppg|
|2002||Michael Thompson||1.4 ppg|
|2005||Eric Boateng||0.7 ppg|
|2006||Lance Thomas||4.6 ppg|
NOTE: Beard (Boston University), Boateng (Arizona State), Burgess (Utah), Palmer (Dartmouth) and Thompson (Northwestern) transferred to other schools to finish their college careers.
Oregon State coach Craig Robinson, beseeching the country for seven-footers for his welfare, was part of the Democratic Convention in Charlotte helping introduce sister Michelle Obama. Amid questioning whether the party was guilted into putting God back into its platform, a "Fluke" inquiry lingers regarding if Robinson gets a vacation from significant media criticism because he is brother-in-law of POTUS. At the very least, he should be grilled for taking a vacation during a major portion of the Beavers' non-league campaign while exploiting the poor in spirit (and ability) such as Chicago State, Grambling State, Howard, Montana State, Niagara, Texas-Pan American and Towson. Amid the "workplace violence," Niagara, resembling a Marine with a bayonet, is the only one of these seven sacrificial lambs ever to win an NCAA playoff game.
At least Oregon State is sufficiently God-fearing to know not to put Seattle back on its schedule after losing at home to the Reclassifying DI school, 99-48, in 2009-10. That regrettable result reminiscent of Reagan mauling Mondale has to qualify as the most embarrassing setback by a power league member thus far this century. It was perhaps as appalling as his brother-in-law failing to meet with the Israeli Prime Minister while giving money indirectly to the Muslim Brotherhood, fund-raising with Beyonce and Jay Z plus having time for gadfly David Letterman and being eye candy for "The View" vixens.
Let me be clear about the ideology as defenseless as the U.S. consulate in Benghazi! There is no need to be Clintonesque and parce "is is" words. No evidence exists that Robinson is on the verge of ending OSU's bump-in-the-road streak of 30 consecutive campaigns winless in the NCAA playoffs. At least Robinson doesn't chronically immerse himself in the Bush-league ploy of blaming his predecessor (Jay John) for the past four lackluster years. They are not in a binder, but following are some optimal "facts" why Robinson didn't deserve a recent contract extension because he is among the following alphabetical list of the 10 most overrated coaches from power six conferences (minimum of four campaigns at their current school):
Herb Sendek, Arizona State - No regular-season conference championship and only six winning league records in first 16 seasons in the ACC and Pac-12. Worst record in the nation among veteran active coaches in close contests (minimum of 125 games decided by fewer than six points).
With a striking number of power conference members bogged down by an assortment of controversies, the scene is set for mid-major schools to thrive in 2012-13. Creighton All-American forward Doug McDermott is a leading national player of the year candidate, Murray State guard Isaiah Canaan will strive to move up from second- to first-team All-American and versatile guards C.J. McCollum (Lehigh) and Nate Wolters (South Dakota State) aspire to lead their teams back to the NCAA playoffs via pacing their squads in scoring and rebounding again.
Canaan, McCollum, McDermott and Wolters combined to average 28 1/2 wins last season in sparking each of their schools to all-time highs in victory totals. One of the biggest questions entering this campaign is whether they will be able to duplicate or surpass last year's success.
Schools setting records for most triumphs in a single Division I season last year with winning marks included Kentucky (38-2/coached by John Calipari), Syracuse (34-3/Jim Boeheim), Murray State (31-2/Steve Prohm), Baylor (30-8/Scott Drew), Creighton (29-6/Greg McDermott), Drexel (29-7/Bruiser Flint), Virginia Commonwealth (29-7/Shaka Smart), Ohio University (29-8/John Groce), Middle Tennessee State (27-7/Kermit Davis), Oral Roberts (27-7/Scott Sutton), Lehigh (27-8/Brett Reed), South Dakota State (27-8/Scott Nagy), Mercer (27-11/Bob Hoffman), Harvard (26-5/Tommy Amaker), Norfolk State (26-10/Anthony Evans), Robert Morris (26-11/Andy Toole), Wagner (25-6/Danny Hurley), Southern Mississippi (25-9/Larry Eustachy), Loyola, Md. (24-9/Jimmy Patsos), Texas-Arlington (24-9/Scott Cross), UNC Asheville (24-10/Eddie Biedenbach), Colorado (24-12/Tad Boyle), Stony Brook (22-10/Steve Pikiell), Savannah State (21-12/Horace Broadnax), SC Upstate (21-13/Eddie Payne) and North Carolina Central (17-15/LeVelle Moton).
Colorado and fellow power league members Georgia, Miami (Fla.), Northwestern and Southern California never have won as many as 25 games in a single season. If the Pac-12 isn't significantly better than last season, Colorado probably boasts the best chance among this group to finally crack the 25-win plateau.
Although schedules include significantly more games than several decades ago, seven Pac-12 members are among the 15 power league members who first set their existing single-season record for victories before the NCAA playoffs expanded to at least 32 teams in 1975. Following is a school-by-school look at the scoring and rebounding leaders for teams when they posted a school's winningest season at the DI level:
|School||Most Wins||Season||Scoring Leader||Rebounding Leader|
|Abilene Christian||17-8||1971-72||Kent Martens (15.4 ppg)||Willie Calvert (14.2 rpg)|
|Air Force||24-7||2005-06||Antoine Hood (14.9)||Jacob Burtschi (6.1)|
|Akron||26-7||2006-07||Romeo Travis (14.9)||Jeremiah Wood (7.8)|
|Alabama||28-5||1986-87||Derrick McKey (18.6)||Michael Ansley (7.8)|
|Alabama A&M||19-10||2001-02||Desmond Cambridge (20.7)||Garik Nicholson (6.1)|
|Alabama State||22-6||1982-83||Lewis Jackson (23.8)||Joe Williams (7.6)|
|Alabama State||22-6||1983-84||Lewis Jackson (29)||Joe Williams (7.7)|
|Alabama State||22-10||2008-09||Brandon Brooks (13.7)||Wesley Jones (6.5)|
|Albany||23-10||2006-07||Jamar Wilson (18.8)||Jamar Wilson (6.2)|
|Alcorn State||28-1||1978-79||Larry Smith (17.6)||Larry Smith (13.7)|
|American||24-6||1980-81||Russell "Boo" Bowers (23.5)||Russell "Boo" Bowers (6.6)|
|American||24-8||2008-09||Garrison Carr (17.9)||Brian Gilmore (5.4)|
|Appalachian State||25-8||2006-07||D.J. Thompson (15.6)||Jeremy Clayton (7.1)|
|Arizona||35-3||1987-88||Sean Elliott (19.6)||Anthony Cook (7.1)|
|Arizona State||26-3||1962-63||Joe Caldwell (19.7)||Art Becker (11.2)|
|Arkansas||34-4||1990-91||Todd Day (20.7)||Oliver Miller (7.7)|
|Arkansas-Little Rock||26-11||1986-87||Curtis Kidd (15.6)||Curtis Kidd (8.4)|
|Arkansas-Pine Bluff||18-16||2009-10||Terrance Calvin (10.2)||Lebaron Weathers (6.7)|
|Arkansas State||23-9||1990-91||Bobby Gross (15.4)||Fred Shepherd (6.9)|
|Army||22-6||1969-70||Jim Oxley (15.6)||Max Miller (7.5)|
|Auburn||29-4||1998-99||Chris Porter (16)||Chris Porter (8.6)|
|Austin Peay||24-4||1976-77||Calvin Garrett (17.4)||Otis Howard (8.3)|
|Austin Peay||24-11||2007-08||Drake Reed (14.4)||Fernandez Lockett (6.8)|
|Ball State||29-3||1988-89||Curtis Kidd (14)||Paris McCurdy (8.5)|
|Baylor||30-8||2011-12||Pierre Jackson (13.8)||Perry Jones III (7.6)|
|Belmont||30-5||2010-11||Ian Clark (12.2)||Mick Hedgepeth (5.9)|
|Bethune-Cookman||21-13||2010-11||C.J. Reed (18.8)||Alexander Starling (6.7)|
|Binghamton||23-9||2008-09||D.J. Rivera (20)||Reggie Fuller (7)|
|Birmingham-Southern||19-9||2002-03||Josiah James (13.7)||Josiah James (6.3)|
|Birmingham-Southern||19-9||2005-06||James Collins (13)||Sredrick Powe (6.1)|
|Boise State||25-9||2007-08||Reggie Larry (19.4)||Reggie Larry (9.2)|
|Boston College||27-5||2000-01)||Troy Bell (20.4)||Kenny Harley (5.6)|
|Boston University||25-5||1996-97||Tunji Awojobi (19.4)||Tunji Awojobi (10.2)|
|Bowling Green||28-7||1946-47||Charles Share (9.1)||unavailable|
|Bradley||32-5||1949-50||Paul Unruh (12.8)||unavailable|
|Bradley||32-6||1950-51||Gene Melchiorre (11.3)||unavailable|
|Bradley||32-3||1985-86||Hersey Hawkins (18.7)||Mike Williams (7.1)|
|Brigham Young||32-5||2010-11||Jimmer Fredette (28.9)||Brandon Davies (6.2)|
|Brown||19-10||2007-08||Mark McAndrew (16.5)||Chris Skrelia (6.6)|
|Bucknell||27-5||2005-06||Charles Lee (13.2)||Charles Lee (6)|
|Buffalo||23-10||2004-05||Turner Battle (15.5)||Yassin Idbihi (5.9)|
|Butler||33-5||2009-10||Gordon Hayward (15.5)||Gordon Hayward (8.2)|
|California||30-6||1945-46||Andy Wolfe (13.4)||unavailable|
|UC Irvine||25-5||2000-01||Jerry Green (19)||Adam Parada (6.2)|
|Cal Poly||19-11||2006-07||Derek Stockalper (14.4)||Derek Stockalper (7)|
|UC Riverside||17-13||2008-09||Kyle Austin (16.2)||Aaron Scott (6.6)|
|UC Santa Barbara||23-9||2007-08||Alex Harris (20.2)||Ivan Elliott (5.7)|
|Cal State Fullerton||24-9||2007-08||Josh Akognon (20.2)||Scott Cutley (7.4)|
|Cal State Northridge||22-10||2000-01||Brian Heinle (20.2)||Brian Heinle (9.2)|
|Cal State Sacramento||15-15||2005-06||Alex Bausley (13.6)||Jason Harris (5.5)|
|Campbell||20-9||1993-94||Joe Spinks (20.9)||Joe Spinks (8.8)|
|Canisius||22-6||1956-57||Henry Nowak (20.1)||Henry Nowak (10.7)|
|Canisius||22-7||1993-94||Craig Wise (16.1)||Micheal Meeks (7.5)|
|Centenary||25-4||1974-75||Robert Parish (18.9)||Robert Parish (15.4)|
|Central Arkansas||14-16||2007-08||Nate Bowie (17.5)||Durrell Nevels (8)|
|Central Connecticut State||27-5||2001-02||Corsley Edwards (15.4)||Ron Robinson (9.3)|
|Central Florida||25-6||2003-04||Dexter Lyons (18.3)||Roberto Morentin (6.9)|
|Central Michigan||25-7||2002-03||Chris Kaman (22.4)||Chris Kaman (12)|
|Charleston Southern||21-9||1985-86||Ben Hinson (19.7)||Bernard Innocent (7.3)|
|Charleston Southern||21-9||1986-87||Ben Hinson (22.6)||Oliver Johnson (8.7)|
|Charlotte||28-5||1976-77||Cedric "Cornbread" Maxwell (22.2)||Cedric "Cornbread" Maxwell (12.1)|
|Chattanooga||27-4||1981-82||Willie White (15.8)||Russ Schoene (7)|
|Chicago State||22-6||1985-86||Darron Brittman (18.2)||Shawn Bell (6.7)|
|Cincinnati||31-4||2001-02||Steve Logan (22)||Donald Little (6.9)|
|The Citadel||20-7||1978-79||Tom Slawson (17.1)||Tom Slawson (6.6)|
|The Citadel||20-13||2008-09||Demetrius Nelson (16.4)||Demetrius Nelson (6.5)|
|Clemson||25-6||1986-87||Horace Grant (21)||Horace Grant (9.6)|
|Cleveland State||29-4||1985-86||Clinton Smith (16.2)||Eric Mudd (8.3)|
|Coastal Carolina||28-7||2009-10||Chad Gray (14.3)||Joseph Harris (9.6)|
|Coastal Carolina||28-6||2010-11||Desmond Holloway (18.5)||Sam McLaurin (7)|
|Colgate||18-10||1992-93||Tucker Neale (21.9)||Darren Brown (11.3)|
|Colgate||18-14||2007-08||Kyle Roemer (16.2)||Alex Woodhouse (6.3)|
|College of Charleston||29-3||1996-97||Thaddeous Delaney (15.8)||Thaddeous Delaney (9.5)|
|Colorado||24-14||2010-11||Alec Burks (20.5)||Andre Roberson (7.8)|
|Colorado||24-12||2011-12||Carlon Brown (12.6)||Andre Roberson (11.1)|
|Colorado State||23-10||1988-89||Pat Durham (18.5)||Pat Durham (7.6)|
|Columbia||23-5||1967-68||Jim McMillian (22.3)||Jim McMillian (9.8)|
|Connecticut||34-2||1998-99||Richard Hamilton (21.5)||Kevin Freeman (7.3)|
|Coppin State||26-7||1989-90||Reggie Isaac (21.2)||Larry Stewart (11.2)|
|Cornell||29-5||2009-10||Ryan Wittman (17.5)||Jeff Foote (8.1)|
|Creighton||29-5||2002-03||Kyle Korver (17.8)||Kyle Korver (6.3)|
|Creighton||29-6||2011-12||Doug McDermott (22.9)||Doug McDermott (8.2)|
|Dartmouth||22-4||1941-42||George Munroe (15)||unavailable|
|Dartmouth||22-5||1957-58||Rudy LaRusso (15.3)||Rudy LaRusso (18.6)|
|Dartmouth||22-6||1958-59||Rudy LaRusso (18.9)||Rudy LaRusso (16.1)|
|Davidson||29-5||2006-07||Stephen Curry (21.5)||Boris Meno (8.2)|
|Davidson||29-7||2007-08||Stephen Curry (25.9)||Andrew Lovedale/Boris Meno (5.4)|
|Dayton||28-5||1951-52||Don Meineke (21.1)||Don Meineke (11.7)|
|Delaware||27-4||1991-92||Alex Coles (14.3)||Spencer Dunkley (8.8)|
|Delaware State||21-14||2005-06||Jahsha Bluntt (14.6)||Jahsha Bluntt (4.8)|
|Delaware State||21-12||2006-07||Roy Bright (15.5)||Jahsha Bluntt (4.9)|
|Denver||20-11||2004-05||Yemi Nicholson (18.1)||Yemi Nicholson (8.4)|
|DePaul||28-3||1986-87||Dallas Comegys (17.5)||Dallas Comegys (7.5)|
|Detroit||25-4||1976-77||John Long (20.3)||Terry Tyler (11)|
|Detroit||25-4||1977-78||John Long (21.4)||Terry Tyler (12.6)|
|Detroit||25-6||1997-98||Derrick Hayes (13.8)||Brian Alexander (7.1)|
|Detroit||25-12||2000-01||Rashad Phillips (22.4)||Terrell Riggs (6.5)|
|Drake||28-5||2007-08||Josh Young (15.9)||Jonathan Cox (8.6)|
|Drexel||29-7||2011-12||Frantz Massenat (13.7)||Samme Givens (7.9)|
|Duke||37-3||1985-86||Johnny Dawkins (20.2)||Mark Alarie (6.2)|
|Duke||37-2||1998-99||Elton Brand (17.7)||Elton Brand (9.8)|
|Duquesne||26-3||1953-54||Dick Ricketts (17.2)||Jim Tucker (13.6)|
|East Carolina||19-9||1974-75||Gregg Ashorn (15.2)||Larry Hunt (10.1)|
|Eastern Illinois||21-10||2000-01||Kyle Hill (23.8)||Henry Domercant (6.8)|
|Eastern Kentucky||22-9||2004-05||Matt Witt (14.4)||Alonzo Hird (8.4)|
|Eastern Michigan||26-7||1990-91||Marcus Kennedy (20)||Marcus Kennedy (8.1)|
|Eastern Washington||20-8||1985-86||Roosevelt Brown (16.3)||John Randa (9.2)|
|East Tennessee State||28-5||1990-91||Keith "Mister" Jennings (20.1)||Rodney English (5.8)|
|Elon||15-14||2005-06||Chris Chalko (12.6)||Jackson Atoyebi (5.4)|
|Evansville||25-6||1988-89||Scott Haffner (24.5)||Dan Godfread (8)|
|Fairfield||25-8||2010-11||Derek Needham (14.1)||Ryan Olander (6.8)|
|Fairleigh Dickinson||23-7||1987-88||Jaime Latney (18.3)||Jaime Latney (8)|
|Fairleigh Dickinson||23-7||1997-98||Elijah Allen/Rahshon Turner (17.8)||Rahshon Turner (10.8)|
|Florida||35-5||2006-07||Taurean Green (13.3)||Al Horford (9.5)|
|Florida A&M||22-8||1987-88||Aldwin Ware (19.5)||Aldwin Ware (5.3)|
|Florida Atlantic||21-11||2010-11||Greg Gantt (14)||Brett Royster (6)|
|Florida Gulf Coast||15-17||2011-12||Sherwood Brown (12.8)||Sherwood Brown (5.9)|
|Florida International||21-8||1997-98||Raja Bell (16.6)||Darius Cook (6.1)|
|Florida State||27-6||1971-72||Ron King (17.9)||Reggie Royals (11)|
|Fordham||26-3||1970-71||Charlie Yelverton (23.3)||Charlie Yelverton (12)|
|Fresno State||27-3||1981-82||Rod Higgins (15.1)||Rod Higgins (6.3)|
|Furman||23-7||1979-80||Jonathan Moore (18.4)||Jonathan Moore (10.1)|
|Gardner-Webb||23-9||2001-02||Bruce Fields (12.4)||Bruce Fields (8.2)|
|George Mason||27-8||2005-06||Jai Lewis (13.7)||Jai Lewis (7.8)|
|George Mason||27-7||2010-11||Cameron Long (15.1)||Ryan Pearson (6.7)|
|Georgetown||35-3||1984-85||Patrick Ewing (14.6)||Patrick Ewing (9.2)|
|George Washington||27-3||2005-06||Danilo Pinnock (14.5)||Mike Hall (7.6)|
|Georgia||24-10||1982-83||Vern Fleming (16.9)||Terry Fair (6.6)|
|Georgia Southern||25-6||1991-92||Tony Windless (17.6)||Dexter Abrams (7.4)|
|Georgia State||29-5||2000-01||Shernard Long (18)||Thomas Terrell (7.5)|
|Georgia Tech||28-7||1989-90||Dennis Scott (27.7)||Malcolm Mackey (7.5)|
|Gonzaga||29-4||2001-02||Dan Dickau (21)||Cory Violette (8.3)|
|Grambling State||22-8||1979-80||Robert Williams (17.9)||Robert Williams (10.1)|
|Green Bay||27-7||1993-94||Jeff Nordgaard (15.6)||Jeff Nordgaard (6.4)|
|Hampton||26-7||2001-02||Tommy Adams (19.7)||Isaac Jefferson (9.4)|
|Hartford||18-16||2007-08||Joe Zeglinski (16.2)||Michael Turner (5.5)|
|Harvard||26-5||2011-12||Kyle Casey (11.4)||Keith Wright (8.1)|
|Hawaii||27-6||2001-02||Predrag Savovic (20.3)||Haim Shimonovich (6.6)|
|High Point||19-11||2003-04||Danny Gathings (15.8)||Danny Gathings (8)|
|Hofstra||26-5||2000-01||Norman Richardson (16.7)||Greg Springfield (7.3)|
|Holy Cross||27-3||1946-47||George Kaftan (11.1)||unavailable|
|Holy Cross||27-4||1949-50||Bob Cousy (19.4)||unavailable|
|Houston||32-5||1983-84||Michael Young (19.8)||Hakeem Olajuwon (13.5)|
|Houston Baptist||24-7||1983-84||Terry Hairston (14.7)||Anicet Lavodrama (7.1)|
|Howard||24-4||1986-87||George Hamilton (12.8)||John Spencer (9.3)|
|Idaho||27-3||1981-82||Ken Owens (15.6)||Ke vin Smith (6.5)|
|Idaho State||25-5||1976-77||Steve Hayes (20.2)||Steve Hayes (11.1)|
|Illinois||37-2||2004-05||Luther Head (15.9)||James Augustine (7.6)|
|Illinois-Chicago||24-8||2003-04||Cedric Banks (18.4)||Armond Williams (5.8)|
|Illinois State||25-6||1997-98||Rico Hill (18.4)||Rico Hill (7.5)|
|Illinois State||25-10||2007-08||Osiris Eldridge (15.8)||Anthony Slack (7.1)|
|Indiana||32-0||1975-76||Scott May (23.5)||Kent Benson (8.8)|
|Indiana State||33-1||1978-79||Larry Bird (28.6)||Larry Bird (14.9)|
|IPFW||18-12||2010-11||Frank Gaines (14.8)||Frank Gaines (6.2)|
|IUPUI||26-7||2007-08||George Hill (21.5)||George Hill (6.8)|
|Iona||29-5||1979-80||Jeff Ruland (20.1)||Jeff Ruland (12)|
|Iowa||30-5||1986-87||Roy Marble Jr. (14.9)||Brad Lohaus (7.7)|
|Iowa State||32-5||1999-2000||Marcus Fizer (22.8)||Marcus Fizer (7.7)|
|Jackson State||25-9||1992-93||Lindsey Hunter (26.7)||Godfrey Thompson (7.1)|
|Jacksonville||27-2||1969-70||Artis Gilmore (26.5)||Artis Gilmore (22.2)|
|Jacksonville State||20-10||2002-03||Omar Barlett (15)||Omar Barlett (7.1)|
|James Madison||24-6||1981-82||Linton Townes (16.3)||Dan Ruland (6.3)|
|Kansas||35-4||1985-86||Danny Manning (16.7)||Danny Manning (6.3)|
|Kansas||35-4||1997-98||Paul Pierce (20.5)||Raef LaFrentz (11.4)|
|Kansas||35-3||2010-11||Marcus Morris (17.2)||Markieff Morris (8.3)|
|Kansas State||29-8||2009-10||Jacob Pullen (19.3)||Curtis Kelly (6.2)|
|Kent State||30-6||2001-02||Trevor Huffman (16)||Antonio Gates (8.1)|
|Kentucky||38-2||2011-12||Anthony Davis (14.2)||Anthony Davis (10.4)|
|Lafayette||24-7||1999-2000||Brian Ehlers (17.3)||Stefan Ciosici (6.5)|
|Lamar||26-5||1983-84||Tom Sewell (22.9)||Kenneth Perkins (7.4)|
|La Salle||30-2||1989-90||Lionel Simmons (26.5)||Lionel Simmons (11.1)|
|Lehigh||27-8||2011-12||C.J. McCollum (21.9)||C.J. McCollum (6.5)|
|Liberty||23-9||1996-97||Peter Aluma (15.7)||Peter Aluma (6.6)|
|Liberty||23-12||2008-09||Seth Curry (20.2)||Anthony Smith (6.5)|
|Lipscomb||21-11||2005-06||Eddie Ard (16.2)||Shaun Durant (7.2)|
|Long Beach State||26-3||1972-73||Ed Ratleff (22.8)||Leonard Gray (9.3)|
|Long Island||28-3||1936-37||Jules Bender (9.1)||unavailable|
|Longwood||17-14||2008-09||Dana Smith (14.8)||Dana Smith (6.4)|
|Louisiana-Lafayette||25-4||1971-72||Dwight "Bo" Lamar (36.3)||Roy Ebron (14.2)|
|Louisiana-Lafayette||25-9||1999-2000||Orlando Butler (13.1)||Lonnie Thomas (7.2)|
|Louisiana-Monroe||26-5||1992-93||Ryan Stuart (21.1)||Ryan Stuart (9.5)|
|Louisiana State||31-5||1980-81||Howard Carter (16)||Durand "Rudy" Macklin (9.8)|
|Louisiana Tech||29-3||1984-85||Karl Malone (16.5)||Karl Malone (9)|
|Louisville||33-3||1979-80||Darrell Griffith (22.9)||Derek Smith (8.3)|
|Louisville||33-5||2004-05||Francisco Garcia (15.7)||Ellis Myles (9.2)|
|Loyola Chicago||29-2||1962-63||Jerry Harkness (21.4)||Les Hunter (11.4)|
|Loyola (Md.)||24-9||2011-12||Erik Etherly (13.7)||Erik Etherly (7.5)|
|Loyola Marymount||28-4||1987-88||Eric "Hank" Gathers (22.5)||Eric "Hank" Gathers (8.7)|
|Maine||24-7||1999-2000||Nate Fox (17.5)||Nate Fox (7.5)|
|Manhattan||26-5||1994-95||Ted Ellis (14)||Jason Hoover (6.4)|
|Marist||25-9||2006-07||Will Whittington (17.6)||James Smith (6)|
|Marquette||28-1||1970-71||Dean Meminger (21.2)||Jim Chones (11.5)|
|Marshall||25-6||1983-84||LaVerne Evans (20.5)||Jeff Battle (4.5)|
|Marshall||25-6||1986-87||James "Skip" Henderson (21)||Rodney Holden (8.8)|
|Maryland||32-4||2001-02||Juan Dixon (20.4)||Lonny Baxter (8.2)|
|Maryland-Baltimore County||24-9||2007-08||Ray Barbosa (16.5)||Darryl Proctor (8.4)|
|Maryland-Eastern Shore||27-2||1973-74||Rubin Collins (18)||Joe Pace (12.8)|
|Massachusetts||35-2||1995-96||Marcus Camby (20.5)||Marcus Camby (8.1)|
|McNeese State||21-11||1985-86||Jerome Batiste (18.4)||Jerome Batiste (8.6)|
|McNeese State||21-9||2001-02||Jason Coleman (14.4)||Fred Gentry (7.2)|
|McNeese State||21-12||2010-11||Patrick Richard (16.1)||P.J. Alawoya (10.3)|
|Memphis||38-2||2007-08||Chris Douglas-Roberts (18.1)||Joey Dorsey (9.5)|
|Mercer||27-11||2011-12||Langston Hall (11.4)||Jake Gollon (5.9)|
|Miami (Fla.)||24-8||2001-02||Darius Rice (14.9)||James Jones (6.3)|
|Miami (Ohio)||24-6||1983-84||Ron Harper (16.3)||Ron Harper (7.6)|
|Miami (Ohio)||24-8||1998-99||Wally Szczerbiak (24.2)||Wally Szczerbiak (8.5)|
|Michigan||31-5||1992-93||Chris Webber (19.2)||Chris Webber (10.1)|
|Michigan State||33-5||1998-99||Morris Peterson (13.6)||Antonio Smith (8.4)|
|Middle Tennessee State||27-7||2011-12||LaRon Dendy (14.6)||LaRon Dendy (7.1)|
|Milwaukee||26-6||2004-05||Ed McCants (17.4)||Adrian Tigert (6.7)|
|Minnesota||31-4||1996-97||Bobby Jackson (15.3)||Courtney James (7.2)|
|Mississippi||27-8||2000-01||Rahim Lockhart (13)||Rahim Lockhart (8.1)|
|Mississippi State||27-8||2001-02||Mario Austin (16.1)||Mario Austin (7.6)|
|Mississippi Valley State||22-7||1995-96||Marcus Mann (21.7)||Marcus Mann (13.6)|
|Mississippi Valley State||22-7||2003-04||Attarrius Norwood (14.3)||Willie Neal (7.6)|
|Missouri||31-7||2008-09||DeMarre Carroll (16.6)||DeMarre Carroll (7.2)|
|Missouri-Kansas City||20-8||1991-92||Tony Dumas (21.5)||David Robinson (6.8)|
|Missouri State||28-6||1986-87||Winston Garland (21.2)||Greg Bell (7)|
|Monmouth||21-10||2000-01||Rahsaan Johnson (19.1)||Rahsaan Johnson (6.1)|
|Monmouth||21-12||2003-04||Blake Hamilton (16.3)||Blake Hamilton (6.4)|
|Montana||27-4||1991-92||Delvon Anderson (14.5)||Daren Engellant (8.8)|
|Montana State||36-2||1927-28||John "Cat" Thompson (16.6)||unavailable|
|Montana State||36-2||1928-29||John "Cat" Thompson (16.6)||unavailable|
|Morehead State||25-6||1983-84||Earl Harrison (12.9)||Earl Harrison (7.6)|
|Morehead State||25-10||2010-11||Kenneth Faried (17.3)||Kenneth Faried (14.5)|
|Morgan State||27-10||2009-10||Reggie Holmes (21.4)||Kevin Thompson (11.8)|
|Mount St. Mary's||21-8||1995-96||Chris McGuthrie (22.3)||Riley Inge (6.5)|
|Murray State||31-5||2009-10||B.J. Jenkins (10.6)||Tony Easley (5.8)|
|Murray State||31-2||2011-12||Isaiah Canaan (19)||Ivan Aska (6)|
|Navy||30-5||1985-86||David Robinson (22.7)||David Robinson (13)|
|Nebraska||26-8||1990-91||Rich King (15.5)||Rich King (8.1)|
|Nevada||29-5||2006-07||Nick Fazekas (20.4)||Nick Fazekas (11.1)|
|New Hampshire||19-9||1994-95||Matt Alosa (23.1)||Scott Drapeau (9.8)|
|NJIT||15-15||2010-11||Isaiah Wilkerson (13.6)||Isaiah Wilkerson (6.2)|
|NJIT||15-17||2011-12||Isaiah Wilkerson (16.2)||Isaiah Wilkerson (6.6)|
|New Mexico||30-5||2009-10||Darington Hobson (15.9)||Darington Hobson (9.3)|
|New Mexico State||27-3||1969-70||Jimmy Collins (24.6)||Sam Lacey (15.9)|
|New Orleans||26-4||1986-87||Ledell Eackles (22.6)||Ronnie Grandison (9.7)|
|New Orleans||26-4||1992-93||Ervin Johnson (18.4)||Ervin Johnson (11.9)|
|Nicholls State||24-6||1994-95||Reggie Jackson (21.6)||Reggie Jackson (10.8)|
|Norfolk State||26-10||2011-12||Kyle O'Quinn (15.9)||Kyle O'Quinn (10.3)|
|North Carolina||36-3||2007-08||Tyler Hansbrough (22.6)||Tyler Hansbrough (10.2)|
|UNC Asheville||24-10||2011-12||Matt Dickey (16.1)||Jeremy Atkinson (6.6)|
|North Carolina A&T||26-3||1987-88||Claude Williams (16.2)||Claude Williams (8.1)|
|North Carolina Central||17-15||2011-12||Dominique Sutton (16.4)||Dominique Sutton (7.4)|
|UNC Greensboro||23-6||1994-95||Scott Hartzell (15.7)||Eric Cuthrell (9.8)|
|North Carolina State||30-7||1950-51||Sam Ranzino (20.8)||Paul Horvath (13.2)|
|North Carolina State||30-1||1973-74||David Thompson (26)||Tom Burleson (12.2)|
|UNC Wilmington||25-8||2005-06||T.J. Carter (13.6)||Beckham Wyrick (5.4)|
|North Dakota||19-15||2010-11||Troy Huff (13.3)||Patrick Mitchell (5.8)|
|North Dakota State||26-7||2008-09||Ben Woodside (23.2)||Brett Winkelman (7.5)|
|Northeastern||27-5||1983-84||Mark Halsel (21)||Mark Halsel (9.6)|
|Northeastern||27-7||1986-87||Reggie Lewis (23.3)||Reggie Lewis (7.9)|
|Northern Arizona||21-7||1996-97||Andrew Mavis (15)||Billy Hix (5.4)|
|Northern Arizona||21-8||1997-98||Andrew Mavis (13.9)||Casey Frank (6)|
|Northern Arizona||21-11||2005-06||Kelly Golob (14.3)||Ruben Boykin Jr. (7.2)|
|Northern Colorado||25-8||2009-10||Will Figures (16.6)||Mike Proctor (5.6)|
|Northern Illinois||25-6||1990-91||Donnell Thomas (17)||Donnell Thomas (8.2)|
|Northern Iowa||30-5||2009-10||Jordan Eglseder (11.9)||Jordan Eglseder (7.2)|
|North Florida||16-16||2011-12||Parker Smith (14.5)||Travis Wallace (5.3)|
|North Texas||24-9||2009-10||Josh White (14.5)||George Odufuwa (10.7)|
|Northwestern||20-14||2009-10||John Shurna (18.2)||John Shurna (6.4)|
|Northwestern||20-14||2010-11||John Shurna (16.6)||Luka Mirkovic (5.2)|
|Northwestern State||26-8||2005-06||Clifton Lee (14.2)||Clifton Lee (6.2)|
|Oakland||26-9||2009-10||Keith Benson (17.3)||Keith Benson (10.5)|
|Ohio University||29-8||2011-12||D.J. Cooper (14.7)||Ivo Baltic (5.0)|
|Ohio State||35-4||2006-07||Greg Oden (15.7)||Greg Oden (9.6)|
|Oklahoma||35-4||1987-88||Stacey King (22.3)||Harvey Grant (9.4)|
|Oklahoma State||31-2||1945-46||Bob Kurland (19.5)||unavailable|
|Oklahoma State||31-4||2003-04||Tony Allen (16)||Ivan McFarlin (6.7)|
|Old Dominion||28-6||2004-05||Alex Loughton (14.1)||Alex Loughton (8.2)|
|Oral Roberts||27-7||2011-12||Dominique Morrison (19.8)||Michael Craion (6.3)|
|Oregon||30-13||1944-45||Dick Wilkins (12.9)||unavailable|
|Pacific||27-4||2004-05||Guillaume Yango (13.2)||Guillaume Yango (7.4)|
|Penn State||27-11||2008-09||Talor Battle (16.7)||Jamelle Cornley (6.3)|
|Pennsylvania||28-1||1970-71||Bob Morse (15.4)||David "Corky" Calhoun (8.6)|
|Pepperdine||25-5||1985-86||Dwayne Polee (15.7)||Anthony Frederick (6.9)|
|Pepperdine||25-9||1999-2000||Brandon Armstrong (14.4)||Kelvin Gibbs (7)|
|Pittsburgh||31-5||2003-04||Carl Krauser (15.4)||Chris Taft (7.5)|
|Pittsburgh||31-5||2008-09||Sam Young (19.2)||DeJuan Blair (12.3)|
|Portland||21-8||1994-95||Canaan Chatman (18.3)||Canaan Chatman (6.8)|
|Portland||21-11||2009-10||Nik Raivio (14.1)||Luke Sikma (7.5)|
|Portland State||23-10||2007-08||Jeremiah Dominquez (14.2)||Deonte Huff (6)|
|Portland State||23-10||2008-09||Jeremiah Dominquez (12.9)||Jamie Jones (5.3)|
|Prairie View||17-12||2002-03||Gregory Burks (18.1)||Roderick Riley (7)|
|Presbyterian||14-15||2011-12||Allonzo Coleman (16.9)||Allonzo Coleman (8.8)|
|Princeton||27-2||1997-98||Gabe Lewullis (14.2)||Gabe Lewullis (5.3)|
|Providence||28-4||1973-74||Marvin Barnes (22.1)||Marvin Barnes (18.7)|
|Purdue||29-4||1987-88||Troy Lewis (17.9)||Todd Mitchell (5.8)|
|Purdue||29-5||1993-94||Glenn Robinson Jr. (30.3)||Glenn Robinson Jr. (10.1)|
|Purdue||29-6||2009-10||E'Twaun Moore (16.4)||JaJuan Johnson (7.1)|
|Quinnipiac||23-10||2009-10||James Feldeine (16.5)||Justin Rutty (10.9)|
|Radford||22-7||1990-91||Doug Day (20.2)||Tyrone Travis (6.6)|
|Rhode Island||28-7||1987-88||Carlton "Silk" Owens (21.8)||Kenny Green (7.3)|
|Rice||25-4||1939-40||Bob Kinney (12.5)||unavailable|
|Richmond||29-8||2010-11||Justin Harper (17.9)||Justin Harper (6.9)|
|Rider||23-11||2007-08||Jason Thompson (20.4)||Jason Thompson (12.1)|
|Rider||23-11||2010-11||Justin Robinson (15.2)||Danny Stewart (7.1)|
|Robert Morris||26-8||2007-08||Jeremy Chappell (14.9)||Tony Lee (6.6)|
|Robert Morris||26-11||2011-12||Velton Jones (16)||Lucky Jones (6.1)|
|Rutgers||31-2||1975-76||Phil Sellers (19.2)||Phil Sellers (10.2)|
|Sacred Heart||18-14||2006-07||Jarrid Frye (13.3)||Brice Brooks (6)|
|Sacred Heart||18-14||2007-08||Brice Brooks (12.8)||Drew Shubik (5.8)|
|St. Bonaventure||25-3||1969-70||Bob Lanier (29.1)||Bob Lanier (16)|
|St. Francis (N.Y.)||23-5||1953-54||Hank Daubenschmidt (20.2)||Hank Daubenschmidt (13.4)|
|Saint Francis (Pa.)||24-8||1990-91||Mike Iuzzolino (24.1)||Joe Anderson (6.3)|
|St. John's||31-4||1984-85||Chris Mullin (19.8)||Walter Berry (8.7)|
|St. John's||31-5||1985-86||Walter Berry (23)||Walter Berry (11.1)|
|Saint Joseph's||30-2||2003-04||Jameer Nelson (20.6)||Dwayne Jones (7)|
|Saint Louis||27-10||1988-89||Anthony Bonner (15.5)||Anthony Bonner (10.4)|
|Saint Mary's||28-7||2008-09||Patrick Mills (18.4)||Diamon Simpson (10.8)|
|Saint Mary's||28-6||2009-10||Omar Samhan (21.3)||Omar Samhan (10.9)|
|Saint Peter's||24-4||1967-68||Elnardo Webster (25)||Pete O'Dea (14.6)|
|Saint Peter's||24-7||1990-91||Tony Walker (19.2)||Tony Walker (7)|
|Samford||24-6||1998-99||Reed Rawlings (16.5)||Marc Salyers (5.4)|
|Sam Houston State||25-8||2009-10||Gilberto Clavell (17.1)||Gilberto Clavell (6.4)|
|San Diego||24-6||1986-87||Scott Thompson (15.9)||Scott Thompson (7.4)|
|San Diego State||34-3||2010-11||Kawhi Leonard (15.5)||Kawhi Leonard (10.6)|
|San Francisco||29-0||1955-56||Bill Russell (20.5)||Bill Russell (21)|
|San Jose State||21-9||1980-81||Sid Williams (15.1)||Sid Williams (7.2)|
|Santa Clara||27-2||1968-69||Dennis Awtrey (21.3)||Dennis Awtrey (13.3)|
|Savannah State||21-12||2011-12||Rashad Hassan (13)||Arnold Louis (7.8)|
|Seattle||26-2||1953-54||Joe Pehanick (20.5)||Joe Pehanick (10)|
|Seton Hall||31-2||1952-53||Walter Dukes (26.1)||Walter Dukes (22.2)|
|Seton Hall||31-7||1988-89||John Morton (17.3)||Ramon Ramos (7.6)|
|Siena||27-8||2008-09||Edwin Ubiles (15)||Ryan Rossiter (7.9)|
|Siena||27-7||2009-10||Alex Franklin (16.1)||Ryan Rossiter (11.1)|
|South Alabama||26-7||2007-08||Demetric Bennett (19.7)||DeAndre Coleman (7.8)|
|South Carolina||25-3||1969-70||John Roche (22.3)||Tom Owens (14)|
|South Carolina State||25-8||1988-89||Rodney Mack (15.2)||Rodney Mack (11.1)|
|South Carolina Upstate||21-13||2011-12||Torrey Craig (16.4)||Torrey Craig (7.7)|
|South Dakota||22-7||2007-08||Dylan Grimsley (14.8)||Tyler Cain (8.1)|
|South Dakota||22-10||2009-10||Tyler Cain (14.7)||Tyler Cain (10.4)|
|South Dakota State||27-8||2011-12||Nate Wolters (21.2)||Nate Wolters (5.1)|
|Southeastern Louisiana||24-9||2004-05||Ricky Woods (17.2)||Nate Lofton (7.2)|
|Southeast Missouri State||24-7||1999-2000||Roderick Johnson (14.1)||Roderick Johnson (8.6)|
|Southern (La.)||25-6||1989-90||Joe Faulkner (21.7)||Joe Faulkner (9.2)|
|Southern California||24-2||1970-71||Dennis Layton (17.6)||Ron Riley (15.3)|
|Southern California||24-5||1973-74||Gus Williams (15.5)||John Lambert (6.9)|
|Southern California||24-6||1991-92||Harold Miner (26.3)||Yamen Sanders (8)|
|Southern California||24-10||2000-01||Sam Clancy (17.3)||Sam Clancy (7.5)|
|Southern Illinois||29-7||2006-07||Jamaal Tatum (15.2)||Randal Falker (7.7)|
|Southern Methodist||28-7||1987-88||Kato Armstrong (16.1)||Terry Thomas (7.9)|
|Southern Mississippi||25-9||2011-12||Neil Watson (12.3)||Jonathan Mills (6.1)|
|Southern Utah||25-6||2000-01||Fred House (17.8)||Dan Beus (7.9)|
|South Florida||22-10||1982-83||Charlie Bradley (28.2)||Jim Grandholm (9.2)|
|Stanford||30-5||1997-98||Arthur Lee (14.5)||Mark Madsen (8.2)|
|Stanford||30-2||2003-04||Josh Childress (15.7)||Josh Childress (7.5)|
|Stephen F. Austin||26-6||2007-08||Josh Alexander (16.1)||Josh Alexander (5.9)|
|Stetson||22-4||1974-75||Otis Johnson (15.9)||Otis Johnson (9)|
|Stony Brook||22-10||2009-10||Muhammad El-Amin (16.7)||Tommy Brenton (9.7)|
|Stony Brook||22-10||2011-12||Bryan Dougher (13.2)||Tommy Brenton (8.1)|
|Syracuse||34-3||2011-12||Kris Joseph (13.4)||Fab Melo (5.8)|
|Temple||32-4||1986-87||Nate Blackwell (19.8)||Tim Perry (8.6)|
|Temple||32-2||1987-88||Mark Macon (20.6)||Tim Perry (8)|
|Tennessee||31-5||2007-08||Chris Lofton (15.5)||Tyler Smith (6.7)|
|Tennessee-Martin||22-10||2008-09||Lester Hudson (27.5)||Lester Hudson (7.9)|
|Tennessee State||19-10||1992-93||Carlos Rogers (20.3)||Carlos Rogers (11.7)|
|Tennessee Tech||27-7||2001-02||Damien Kinloch (16.2)||Damien Kinloch (8.5)|
|Texas||30-7||2005-06||P.J. Tucker (16.1)||P.J. Tucker (9.5)|
|Texas A&M||26-8||1979-80||Vernon Smith (15.1)||Rudy Woods (7.6)|
|Texas A&M-Corpus Christi||26-7||2006-07||Chris Daniels (15.3)||Chris Daniels (6.7)|
|Texas-Arlington||24-9||2011-12||LaMarcus Reed (17.8)||Jordan Reves (7.8)|
|Texas Christian||27-6||1997-98||Lee Nailon (24.9)||Dennis Davis (9.8)|
|Texas-El Paso||28-1||1965-66||Bobby Joe Hill (15)||Harry Flournoy (10.7)|
|Texas-Pan American||22-2||1974-75||Marshall Rogers (26.7)||Gilbert King (13.3)|
|Texas-Pan American||22-4||1977-78||Michael Edwards (24.3)||Henry Taylor (14.2)|
|Texas-San Antonio||22-7||1989-90||Bruce Wheatley (13.9)||Bruce Wheatley (9.9)|
|Texas Southern||22-7||1982-83||Harry Kelly (28.8)||Harry Kelly (11.7)|
|Texas Southern||22-7||1994-95||Kevin Granger (19.7)||Anthony Jones (7.4)|
|Texas State||25-7||1993-94||Lynwood Wade (18.5)||Lynwood Wade (8.5)|
|Texas Tech||30-2||1995-96||Jason Sasser (19.5)||Tony Battie (8.9)|
|Toledo||24-6||1939-40||Bob Gerber (14.4)||unavailable|
|Towson||21-9||1993-94||Terrance "Scooter" Alexander (17.4)||John James (7.7)|
|Troy||26-6||2002-03||Ben Fletcher (13.9)||Rob Lewin (8.1)|
|Tulane||24-4||1948-49||Jim Riffey (13.5)||unavailable|
|Tulsa||32-5||1999-2000||David Shelton (13.5)||Brandon Kurtz (7)|
|UAB||25-6||1981-82||Oliver Robinson (21.1)||Chris Giles (7.6)|
|UAB||25-9||2009-10||Elijah Millsap (16.1)||Elijah Millsap (9.5)|
|UCLA||35-4||2007-08||Kevin Love (17.5)||Kevin Love (10.6)|
|UNLV||37-2||1986-87||Armon Gilliam (23.2)||Armon Gilliam (9.3)|
|Utah||30-4||1990-91||Josh Grant (17.5)||Josh Grant (8)|
|Utah State||30-5||2008-09||Gary Wilkinson (17.1)||Gary Wilkinson (6.8)|
|Utah State||30-4||2010-11||Taj Wesley (14.8)||Taj Wesley (8)|
|Utah Valley||22-7||2006-07||Ryan Toolson (15.5)||Jordan Brady (5.2)|
|Valparaiso||25-8||2001-02||Lubos Martin (14.9)||Raitis Grafs (6.8)|
|Vanderbilt||28-6||1992-93||Billy McCaffrey (20.6)||Bruce Elder (6.1)|
|Vermont||25-7||2004-05||Taylor Coppenrath (25.1)||Taylor Coppenrath (8.9)|
|Vermont||25-8||2006-07||Mike Trimboli (15.8)||Chris Holm (12.2)|
|Vermont||25-10||2009-10||Marqus Blakely (17.3)||Marqus Blakely (9.3)|
|Villanova||30-8||2008-09||Dante Cunningham (16.1)||Dante Cunningham (7.5)|
|Virginia||30-4||1981-82||Ralph Sampson (15.8)||Ralph Sampson (11.4)|
|Virginia Commonwealth||29-7||2011-12||Bradford Burgess (13.5)||Juvonte Reddic (6.7)|
|Virginia Military||26-4||1976-77||Ron Carter (20.4)||Dave Montgomery (8.9)|
|Virginia Tech||25-10||1994-95||Shawn Smith (16)||Adrian "Ace" Custis (10.5)|
|Virginia Tech||25-9||2009-10||Malcolm Delaney (20.2)||Jeff Allen (7.4)|
|Wagner||25-6||2011-12||Latif Rivers (14.6)||Jonathon Williams (5)|
|Wake Forest||27-6||2004-05||Eric Williams (16.1)||Eric Williams (7.7)|
|Washington||30-3||1952-53||Bob Houbregs (25.6)||Bob Houbregs (11.5)|
|Washington State||26-6||1940-41||Paul Lindeman (10.2)||unavailable|
|Washington State||26-9||2007-08||Derrick Low (14.1)||Aron Baynes (6)|
|Weber State||27-3||1968-69||Willie Sojourner (21.2)||Willie Sojourner (13.1)|
|Western Carolina||22-12||2009-10||Brandon Giles (11.9)||Harouna Mutombo (4.6)|
|Western Illinois||20-11||1982-83||Joe Dykstra (21.1)||Todd Hutcheson (6)|
|Western Illinois||20-8||1994-95||Garrick Vicks (17.7)||Garrick Vicks (7.7)|
|Western Kentucky||30-3||1937-38||Harry Saddler (11.8)||unavailable|
|Western Michigan||26-5||2003-04||Mike Williams (18.9)||Anthony Kann (7.2)|
|West Virginia||31-7||2009-10||Da'Sean Butler (17.2)||Devin Ebanks (8.1)|
|Wichita State||29-8||2010-11||J.T. Durley (11.3)||Gabe Blair (6.4)|
|William & Mary||24-10||1948-49||Chester "Chet" Giermak (21.8)||unavailable|
|Winthrop||29-5||2006-07||Michael Jenkins (14.8)||Craig Bradshaw (6.3)|
|Wisconsin||31-5||2007-08||Brian Butch (12.4)||Brian Butch (6.6)|
|Wofford||26-9||2009-10||Noah Dahlman (16.6)||Tim Johnson (7.9)|
|Wright State||23-10||2006-07||DaShaun Wood (19.6)||Drew Burleson (5.8)|
|Wyoming||31-2||1942-43||Milo Komenich (16.7)||unavailable|
|Xavier||30-7||2007-08||Josh Duncan (12.4)||Derrick Brown (6.5)|
|Youngstown State||20-9||1997-98||Anthony Hunt (14.4)||David Brown (7.3)|
Will 7-1 David Nyarsuk rank high among major-college centers who began their college careers playing for a four- year small college before transferring? Cincinnati-bound Nyarsuk averaged 9.8 points and 8 rebounds per game for NAIA Tournament semifinalist Mountain State (WV) last season before the school encountered accredidation problems.
Nyarsuk signed with West Virginia out of high school but failed to qualify. The Sudanese native collected 19 points and 14 rebounds in an exhibition game against Morehead State. The largest African country by area previously supplied prominent Division I centers such as Mustafa Al-Sayyad (Fresno State), Deng Gai (Fairfield), Longar Longar (Oklahoma), Makor Shayok (Dayton) and Dud Tongal (Fordham).
Former NBA centers Tom Boswell and Billy Paultz are in this unique category. Following is an alphabetical list of previous DI centers who started their careers at a small four-year college:
|Transfer Center||Small College||Division I School||Career Summary|
|Henry Akin||William Carey (MS)||Morehead State 64-65||Two-time All-Ohio Valley Conference selection averaged more than 11 rebounds each of his two seasons with the Eagles.|
|Scott Barnes||Eastern Montana 81-82||Fresno State 84-85||Averaged 9.7 ppg and 4.8 rpg for Eastern Montana before averaging 11.7 ppg and 6.6 rpg for Fresno State. Barnes was an All-PCAA second-team selection as a senior when he led the Bulldogs in rebounding (7.4 rpg). Grabbed a team-high 10 rebounds against Karl Malone-led Louisiana Tech when Fresno bowed to the Bulldogs in the first round of the 1984 NCAA playoffs.|
|Andrew Betts||C.W. Post (NY) 95-96||Long Beach State 98||Averaged 13.8 ppg and 10.4 rpg while shooting 52.6% from the floor in two years with c.W. Post. All-Big West Conference first-team selection in his only season with the 49ers averaged 18.7 ppg, 10.1 rpg and 1.7 bpg.|
|Don Boldebuck||Nebraska Wesleyan 52-53||Houston 55-56||Averaged more than 20 ppg for Nebraska Wesleyan before averaging 23 ppg and 17 rpg in leading Houston in scoring and rebounding both of his seasons with the Cougars. He paced them in scoring in both of their NCAA playoff games in 1956.|
|Tom Boswell||South Carolina State 72-73||South Carolina 75||Two-time All-MEAC selection (averaged more than 17 points and 11 rebounds each season with SCSU) outscored teammates Mike Dunleavy and Alex English to lead the Gamecocks' NIT squad in scoring average with 16.5 ppg. Boswell became a first-round draft choice of the Boston Celtics as an undergraduate.|
|John Bunch||Lincoln (PA) 03-04||Monmouth 06-07||Led Division III in blocked shots as a freshman and sophomore, including two games when he rejected an NCAA record 18 shots. Member of Monmouth's 2006 NCAA Tournament team before leading the Northeast Conference in blocked shots with 3.3 per game as a senior in 2006-07.|
|Pete Cornell||Puget Sound (WA) 95||Loyola Marymount 97-98||Averaged 4.5 ppg and 3.5 rpg as a sophomore and 8 ppg and 5.3 rpg as a junior with LMU before graduating early.|
|Jack Eskridge||Graceland (IA) 42-43||Kansas 47-48||After his college career was interrupted by a stint in the U.S. Marines during World War II, he set a Kansas school with 30 points in one half against Nebraska. Following a couple of years in the NBA, he returned to KU and served as an assistant coach during the Wilt Chamberlain era.|
|Tyler Field||UC San Diego 98||San Diego 00-01||Division III Freshman of the Year when he averaged 24.2 ppg and 14.3 rpg and shot 65% from the floor. Averaged 8.6 ppg and 6.6 rpg in two years with the Toreros. Led the WCC in field-goal shooting as a sophomore (60.6%) in 1999-2000.|
|Willie "Hutch" Jones||Buffalo State 78||Vanderbilt 80-82||Paced the Commodores in scoring (15.8 ppg) and rebounding (6.4 rpg) as a senior. Led Vandy in field-goal shooting all three seasons to finish his DI career at 60.5%. Averaqed 7.1 ppg and 7 rpg as a freshman with Buffalo State.|
|Marcus Kennedy||Ferris State (MI) 87-89||Eastern Michigan 91||Mid-American Conference Player of the Year when he paced the league in scoring (20 ppg) and field-goal percentage (68.2 FG%). Led winningest team in school history in scoring in NCAA playoff victories against Mississippi State and Penn State. Averaged 17.1 ppg and 8 rpg while shooting 60.7% from the floor with Ferris State, leading the team in scoring and rebounding as a sophomore and junior.|
|Matt Massey||Nova Southeastern (FL) 08||Southern Utah 10-11||Averaged 7.1 ppg and 4.9 rpg for Nova. Averaged 8.8 ppg and 3.8 rpg in his first two seasons with the Thunderbirds.|
|Tony Massop||Sacramento State 87||Kansas State 89-90||Averaged 10.3 ppg and 8 rpg as a sophomore at Sacramento State. Averaged 5.9 ppg and 5.6 rpg as a junior and 8.1 ppg and 6.6 rpg as a senior for a pair of NCAA tourney teams. He was the Wildcats' leading rebounder in 1989-90.|
|Bob McCann||Upsala (NJ) 83||Morehead State 85-87||Averaged 9.9 ppg and 8 rpg for Upsala. Three-time All-OVC first-team choice paced Morehead in scoring, rebounding and blocked shots all three seasons. He averaged 17.5 ppg and 10.5 rpg in his career with the Eagles.|
|Bret Mundt||Bethel (TN) 85-86||Memphis State 88-89||Averaged 5.1 ppg and 3.6 rpg in 1987-88 and 6.2 ppg and 4.2 rpg in 1988-89 for a pair of NCAA tourney teams. Scored 13 points when the Tigers lost to Purdue in the 1988 Midwest Regional.|
|Nick Neumann||Binghamton (NY) 99||Florida Atlantic 01-03||Averaged 5.9 ppg and 4.4 rpg with Binghamton. Grabbed 13 rebounds in a game against Campbell in his first season with FAU. Averaged 6.8 ppg and 5.9 rpg as a senior.|
|Yemi Nicholson||Fort Lewis (CO) 02||Denver 04-06||Played in only one game for Fort Lewis. Sun Belt Conference Player of the Year as a junior when he averaged 18.1 ppg, 8.4 rpg and 3 bpg for Denver's all-time winningest team at the DI level. Averaged 15.7 ppg, 8.1 rpg and 2.4 bpg in three-year career with the Pioneers.|
|Ime Oduok||Pacific Christian (CA) 92||Loyola Marymount 94-96||Two-time All-WCC selection averaged 11.5 ppg and 8.5 rpg while shooting 59% from the floor during his LMU career. The Eket, Nigeria native grabbed 22 rebounds against Buffalo as a sophomore.|
|Billy Paultz||Cameron (OK) 67||St. John's 69-70||Averaged 9.5 ppg and 5 rpg with Cameron before transferring back to the East Coast. Participated in the 1969 NCAA playoffs with the Redmen before averaging 15.8 ppg and 13.4 rpg for the 1970 NIT runner-up.|
|Justin Rowe||Clearwater (FL) Christian 99-00||Maine 02-03||Finished among the top four in the nation in blocked shots with more than four per game as a junior and senior. All-America East Conference first-team selection in 2001-02 when he led the league in field-goal shooting (59.4%). Averaged 11.5 ppg, 8.6 rpg and 4.1 bpg with the Black Bears.|
|Dwayne Scholten||Seattle Pacific 83-84||Washington State 86-87||Led the Pacific-10 Conference with 9.2 rpg as a senior when he also contributed 11.5 ppg. Missed half of junior year because of a broken foot. Averaged 12 ppg and teaqm-high 10.3 rpg as a sophomore with Seattle Pacific after contributing a modest 4.6 ppg and 4.6 rpg as a freshman.|
|Bill Sherwood||Oglethorpe (GA) 84-85||Oregon State 87-88||Averaged 7.7 ppg in 1986-87 and 14.7 ppg in 1987-88 for the Beavers. Outscored teammate Gary Payton with 17 points in OSU's 70-61 loss to Louisville in the 1988 Southeast Regional. Averaged a modest 7.7 ppg and 3.9 rpg in two seasons with Oglethorpe.|
|Bill Simonovich||Hamline (MN) 52||Minnesota 54-56||Averaged 15.3 ppg and a team-high 10.9 rpg for Minnesota as a junior in 1954-55.|
|Anthony Smith||Clark (GA) 83||Western Kentucky 88-89||Led WKU in rebounding as a sophomore (10.4 rpg) and junior (10.1 rpg) before he was dismissed from the team. Averaged more than 11 ppg each season with the Hilltoppers. Averaged 1.5 ppg and 1.4 rpg as a freshman with Clark before joining the military. Served in the U.S. Army and played against WKU while with the Ft. Hood Tankers team before joining the Hilltoppers.|
|Scott Snider||Pacific Lutheran (WA) 92-93||Gonzaga 95-96||Led Pacific Lutheran in scoring as a freshman with 11.9 ppg before averaging 14 ppg and 5.6 rpg as a sophomore. Paced the WCC in field-goal shooting (62.9%) as a senior when he averaged 10.4 ppg and 7.4 rpg after averaging 5.2 ppg and 4.2 rpg the previous year for the Zags' first NCAA Tournament team.|
|Adam Sonn||Lipscomb (TN) 99||Belmont 01-03||Atlantic Sun Conference Player of the Year as a senior. Two-time All-Atlantic Sun first-team selection averaged 16.1 ppg, 10.7 rpg and 3 apg with the Bruins. Runner-up for Freshman of the Year in the TranSouth Conference when he was named to the All-Newcomer team after averaging 12 ppg and 6 rpg.|
Many high school player ratings need to be printed on toilet paper so they can be flushed down the commode. If you seek the latest evidence of their actual worth, simply assess the prep senior class of 2009/college senior class of 2013.
Two of the biggest busts in multiple ways were Renardo Sidney (Mississippi State) and Lance Stephenson (Cincinnati). Have the genius analysts who acknowledged these colossal cancer-causing clowns among the 2009 top 10 recruits on their manifestos gone to confession to deal with their selection sins? In retrospect, it seems inconceivable that Sidney and Stephenson were rated so far ahead of Arizona All-American Derrick Williams.
This critique also extends to rush-to-judgment plaudits from announcers who rely on these lists to hype recruits beyond reason before the impressionable teenagers set foot on a major-college court. There should be a "Duds Not Studs" web site devoted to so-called expert hyperventilating proclamations detailing the seemingly endless sizzle that wound up becoming little more than fizzle.
For instance, the following total of 11 McDonald's All-Americans from 2009 enter this season with college career scoring averages of less than eight points per game: Dominic Cheek (Villanova/7.6 ppg), Abdul Gaddy (Washington/6.4), Milton Jennings (Clemson/7), Wally Judge (Kansas State & Rutgers/4), Ryan Kelly (Duke/6.3), Alex Oriakhi (Connecticut & Missouri/7.2), Mason Plumlee (Duke/7.3), Dexter Strickland (North Carolina/6.7), Dante Taylor (Pittsburgh/5), David Wear (North Carolina & UCLA/6.8) and Travis Wear (North Carolina & UCLA/7.4).
This mistake-ridden mess isn't exactly a new trend. To their credit, at least the current underachievers all have higher scoring averages than McDonald's All-Americans since 1977 such as Darryl Barnes (1989/Georgia Tech/1.5 ppg), Bret Bearup (1980/Kentucky/3.6), Barry Bekkedam (1986/Villanova/2.1), Milton Bell (1988/Georgetown/3.7), Jimmy Braddock (1979/North Carolina/3.7), Pete Budko (1977/North Carolina/1.9), Vasco Evtimov (1996/North Carolina/2.8), Neil Fingleton (2000/North Carolina & Holy Cross/2.6), Bobby Frasor (2005/North Carolina/3.7), Shaun Golden (1989/Georgia/3.2), Bill Heppner (1987/DePaul/0.9), Pete Holbert (1980/Maryland/3), Reggie Jackson (1978/Maryland/3.9), Cedric Jenkins (1984/Kentucky/2.5), James Keefe (2006/UCLA/2.2), Dan Larson (1978/Utah and Santa Clara/3.6), Majestic Mapp (1999/Virginia/3.4), Glenn Mayers (1980/Wake Forest/3.5), Lonnie McFarlan (1980/St. Joseph's/3.7), Raymond McKoy (1979/San Francisco and DePaul/1.5), Martin Nessley (1983/Duke/2.4), Calvin Rayford (1991/Kansas/1.5), Casey Sanders (1999/Duke/2.7), Rodney Walker (1985/Syracuse and Maryland/2.3), Kevin Walls (1984/Louisville/2.7) and Matt Wenstrom (1989/North Carolina/1.6).
Ironic or not, all claims against fast-living Bekkedam and his former Radnor, Pa.-based investment firm were dismissed by investors last winter. He was CEO of Ballamor Capital Management, an integral feeder, funneling $100 million, into what turned out to be a Florida Ponzi scheme. Scott Rothstein, a Fort Lauderdale lawyer, enticed investors by promising a 15% return to invest in confidential settlements that his law firm had supposedly negotiated for plaintiffs.
"I sympathize completely with my fellow victims in this terrible deception," said Bekkedam, who had a reputation for using a private jet to visit clients in out-of-the-way places. "All of us were cruelly swindled by Rothstein (convicted of fraud and serving a 50-year prison sentence)." Seems to resemble the hoax being lured into putting too much stock into high school basketball player ratings!
Meanwhile, the following college seniors-to-be virtually overlooked when they left high school have had just as much, if not significantly more, impact on the sport: Murray State's Isaiah Canaan, Montana's Will Cherry, Central Florida's Keith Clanton, Notre Dame's Jack Cooley, Ohio's D.J. Cooper, BYU's Brandon Davies, Penn State's Tim Frazier, Baylor's Pierre Jackson, Lehigh's C.J. McCollum, Kansas State's Rodney McGruder, San Diego State's Chase Tapley and South Dakota State's Nate Wolters.
When will the myriad of breathless recruiting services and gurus playing loose and fast with the truth invest time issuing "corrections" after all of the returns are in? Errick McCollum Jr., C.J.'s dad, probably summed up the debilitating dialogue best when he told espn.com: "All those coaches and scouts don't know what they're doing. They have jobs to scout talent, but they don't know what they're doing. A plain eye can see that."
If they comprehend accountability, any overdue apologies from the recruiting services can simply lift phrases from Bekkdam's press release about "this terrible deception" and "all of us were cruelly swindled."
Rick Majerus, one of the all-time Top 50 coaches, passed away in early December - three months after longstanding health issues surfaced again, forcing him to miss a season for the fourth time in his coaching career. Complicating things at the time were Majerus' age (64) plus the fact his original six-year contract with Saint Louis expired after this campaign and the school chose not to secure an extension despite him making Billiken hoops relevant again.
SLU interim Jim Crews inherited a squad that should end his personal nine-year streak of losing records with Evansville and Army because the Billikens are the consensus preseason favorite to win the Atlantic 10 title. It will be a major surprise if Crews doesn't win more conference games this season than he did over his first five years with Army in the Patriot League (nine). Crews, who guided Evansville to four NCAA playoff appearances, probably would be content to duplicate Kerry Rupp's 24-9 overall record in 2003-04 when Rupp was Majerus' third different interim with Utah.
Prior to arriving at SLU, an overweight Majerus underwent seven heart bypass procedures ("one for each food group" he joked) before having a stent inserted last summer. He previously hadn't been out for an extended period while with the Bills but did miss a total of six contests for an assortment of reasons - one because of food poisoning, one after ingesting the wrong mixture of medicine, three after incurring a severe leg infection when a couple of players diving for a loose ball collided with him and one when his girlfriend was in an automobile accident.
Majerus set a scholastic standard most coaches can't come remotely close to duplicating when his 1998 Utah squad became the only Final Four team ever to feature three Academic All-Americans among its regulars - Michael Doleac, Drew Hansen and Hanno Mottola.
But no coach ever has had as many extended leave of absences like Majerus. Among marquee mentors, head-coach designate Sean Sutton guided Oklahoma State to a 4-6 record in 2005-06 after his father compiled a 13-10 mark before taking a medical leave of absence following an automobile accident.
Most interim coaches who temporarily replace a prominent mentor don't compile a mark anywhere close to the success Rupp managed with the Utes. Following is an alphabetical list of prominent coaches since World War II who, similar to Majerus, didn't retire at the time but missed all or about half a season for a variety of reasons:
|Sidelined Coach||School||Season (Record)||Reason For Leave of Absence||Interim Coach (Record)|
|Forrest "Phog" Allen||Kansas||1946-47 (8-5)||Ordered to take a rest.||Howard Engleman (8-6)|
|Lyles Alley||Furman||1949-50 (DNC)||Sabbatical to work on master's degree at Columbia.||Melvin Bell (9-12)|
|Harold Anderson||Bowling Green||1950-51 (10-4)||Health reasons.||George Muellich (5-8)|
|Jimmy Collins||Illinois-Chicago||2006-07 (6-7)||Abdominal aortic aneurysm.||Mark Coomes (8-11)|
|Bill E. Foster||South Carolina||1982-83 (10-4)||Suffered heart attack during a game.||Steve Steinwedel (12-5)|
|Amory "Slats" Gill||Oregon State||1959-60 (9-3)||Illness.||Paul Valenti (6-8)|
|Jack Hartman||Kansas State||1984-85 (9-4)||Suffered a heart attack.||Darryl Winston (5-10)|
|Lou Henson||New Mexico State||2004-05 (4-12)||Illness.||Tony Stubblefield (2-12)|
|Paul "Tony" Hinkle||Butler||1956-57 (3-5)||Reason unavailable.||Bob Dietz (8-9)|
|Mike Krzyzewski||Duke||1994-95 (9-3)||Recovering from a back ailment.||Pete Gaudet (4-15)|
|Rick Majerus||Utah||1989-90 (4-2)||Underwent heart surgery.||Joe Cravens (12-12)|
|Rick Majerus||Utah||2000-01 (1-0)||Personal leave of absence.||Dick Hunsaker (18-12)|
|Rick Majerus||Utah||2003-04 (DNC)||Deal with health issues.||Kerry Rupp (24-9)|
|Rick Majerus||Saint Louis||2012-13 (DNC)||Medical leave to deal with health issues.||Jim Crews (TBD)|
|Robert "Lute" Olson||Arizona||2007-08 (DNC)||Going through divorce with second wife.||Kevin O'Neill (19-15)|
College presidents finally seem to be paying at least a little more than just lip service to proposals for upright athletic programs. But the well-worn cliche "cheaters never prosper" isn't quite valid.
Fool me once, shame on thee; fool me twice, shame on me. Shouldn't the three coaches who were in charge of two different schools when they were forced to vacate NCAA Tournament records be viewed as damaged goods rather than being canonized as they are in some quarters?
One man's trash is another man's treasure. It shouldn't be any surprise that John Calipari and Jim Valvano have a significant number of suspect characters among the list of "Bad Boys of College Basketball" assembled by CollegeHoopedia.com although their contributions to men behaving badly pales in comparison to the coddling of college cons by Jerry Tarkanian.
If the NCAA is indeed serious about draining the swamp, the governing body should embrace academic standards forcing the NBA to establish a reform school division in its developmental league. Studies have shown that a college education does not appear to diminish the probability of an eventual pro player getting in trouble with the law.
Rattling skeletons, here is the short but dubious list of repeat offenders among coaches who probably have support from shills thinking any transgression was worth it because they each won an NCAA championship during their careers:
|Two-Time Tainted Coach||Two Teams Vacating NCAA Playoff Action||National Titlist|
|John Calipari||Massachusetts (1996) and Memphis (2008)||Kentucky (2012)|
|Jerry Tarkanian||Long Beach State (1971 through 1973) and Fresno State (2000)||UNLV (1990)|
|Jim Valvano||Iona (1980) and North Carolina State (1987 and 1988)||N.C. State (1985)|
New SMU bench boss Larry Brown began his nomadic head coaching career by resigning following only a couple of months at Davidson's helm in 1969. Brown reportedly departed primarily because the Wildcats didn't increase their recruiting budget and lower high academic requirements for prospective recruits. He was also annoyed about the school's summer basketball camp and receiving bills for his temporary residence and carpeting he ordered for his office.
Reducing academic standards has triggered an abundance of exceptions - scholastically challenged "prize prospects" who don't meet a school's usual admission standards but gain entry because of their special athletic talent. In other words, a classless institution of lower learning "looks the other way" when being more attracted to someone adept at throwing a no-look pass than exhibiting a citadel of higher learning focusing more on authentic students infinitely more capable of passing a genuine college class.
But Brown Out has competition for the most unusual tale for walking away from a new coaching position. In a sidebar to an account regarding prize West Virginia recruit Jonathan Hargett closing in on finishing a five-year prison sentence, the New York Times reported that Dan Dakich bolted in 2002 about a week after accepting a seven-year, $3.5 million contract upon discerning the "culture of dishonesty" in the Mountaineers' program, including Hargett telling him he had not been paid the full amount of money promised ($20,000 annually).
Dakich, now one of ESPN's most credible commentators, said he told David Hardesty, then the university's president, about Western Union receipts showing Hargett had received money. According to the NYT, Dakich recalls Hardesty threatening him, "If you go any further with this, we'll destroy you."
Hardesty, now a law professor at the school, told the NYT: "I would never condone a corrupt program." Wonder what his classroom stance is on truth serum or the admission of a lie detector test if he and Dakich could be hooked up to help weigh the honesty of Hardesty's assertion that Dakich's story is a "gross exaggeration" and "revisionist history."
A tragic tale unfolded in Evansville's initial season at the NCAA Division I level in 1977-78 when coach Bobby Watson and 13 members of his Purple Aces squad perished in a plane crash moments after taking off en route to their fifth game of the season. Watson, a Vietnam veteran with five Purple Hearts, was hired after former UE All-American Jerry Sloan, who went on to a distinguished coaching career with the NBA's Utah Jazz, had been named coach of the Purple Aces before abruptly changing his mind.
|Coach||Shunned School/Team (Year)||Subsequent Hire|
|Creighton's Dana Altman||Arkansas (2007)||John Pelphrey|
|Wisconsin-Eau Claire's Ken Anderson||Wisconsin (1982)||Steve Yoder|
|Oakland Oaks (ABA) guard Larry Brown||Davidson (1969)||Terry Holland|
|Capital's Vince Chickerella||Cincinnati (1972)||Gale Catlett|
|Capital's Vince Chickerella||Kent State (1978)||Ed Douma|
|Georgia Tech's Bobby Cremins||South Carolina (1993)||Eddie Fogler|
|Bowling Green's Dan Dakich||West Virginia (2002)||John Beilein|
|Florida's Billy Donovan||NBA's Orlando Magic (2007)||Stan Van Gundy|
|North Carolina assistant Bill Guthridge||Penn State (1978)||Dick Harter|
|Texas-El Paso's Don Haskins||Detroit (1969)||Jim Harding|
|Kansas State's Jack Hartman||Oklahoma State (1977)||Jim Killingsworth|
|ESPN analyst Rick Majerus||Southern California (2005)||Tim Floyd|
|Winthrop's Gregg Marshall||College of Charleston (2006)||Bobby Cremins|
|Appalachian State's Buzz Peterson||Southwest Missouri State (1999)||Barry Hinson|
|Chicago Bulls scout Jerry Sloan||Evansville (1977)||Bobby Watson|
|Dartmouth's Gary Walters||Davidson (1976)||Dave Pritchett|
Amid at least 20 schools switching alliances the coming season and next year, dominoes seem to fall every time a school seeks greener pastures. The Ivy League is the only Division I conference to remain intact since the late 1980s.
It's beginning to be difficult to keep track of annulment schools reneging on a pledge to align with a new league and then pursuing a more attractive option. Comedic comes to mind when Boise State simultaneously is a member of the Big East (in football) and Big West (in basketball).
Oddly, some schools such as Boise State (Big West), Charlotte (C-USA), Georgia State (Sun Belt), Pacific (West Coast) and San Diego State (Big West) are going full circle and returning to leagues where they previously were members. Next year, Abilene Christian (TX) will join the following institutions re-enlisting with a conference after leaving for various durations:
|School||DI Conference (Membership Tenure)||School Status During Interim|
|Abilene Christian (TX)||Southland (1969-73 and since 2013-14)||Lone Star (de-emphasized to NCAA Division II)|
|Boise State||Big West (1997-2001 and will rejoin in 2014)||WAC (2002-11) and Mountain West (2012 and 2013)|
|Campbell||Big South (1986-94 and since 2012)||TAAC/Atlantic Sun (1995-2011)|
|Charlotte||Conference USA (1996-2005 and wll rejoin in 2014)||Atlantic 10 (2006-13)|
|Creighton||Missouri Valley (1929-48 and since 1978)||Independent|
|Davidson||Southern (1937-88 and since 1993)||Big South (1991 and 1992)|
|Drake||Missouri Valley (1908-51 and since 1957)||Independent|
|Duquesne||Eastern 8/Atlantic 10 (since 1977 except for 1993)||Midwestern Collegiate (1993)|
|Georgia State||Sun Belt (1977-81 and will rejoin in 2014)||TAAC/Atlantic Sun (1985-2005) and CAA (2006-13)|
|Harvard||EIBL/Ivy League (1902-09 and since 1934)||Independent|
|Lamar||Southland (1969-87 and since 1999)||American South (1988-91) and Sun Belt (1992-98)|
|Murray State||Ohio Valley (since 1949 except for 1962)||Independent|
|New Orleans||Sun Belt (1977-80 and 1992-2010)||Independent and American South (1988-91)|
|Northern Illinois||Mid-American (1976-86 and since 1998)||Mid-Continent (1991-94) and Midwestern Collegiate (1995-97)|
|Oregon||Pacific Coast (1916-59 and since 1965)||Independent|
|Oregon State||Pacific Coast (1916-59 and since 1965)||Independent|
|Pacific||WCAC/West Coast (1953-71 and will rejoin in 2014)||PCAA/Big West (1972-2013)|
|Penn State||Eastern 8/Atlantic 10 (1977-79 and 1983-91)||Independent|
|Prairie View A&M||SWAC (since 1921 except for 1991)||Discontinued program one season|
|San Diego State||Big West (1970-78 and will rejoin in 2014)||WAC (1979-99) and Mountain West (2000-13)|
|Washington State||Pacific Coast (1917-59 and since 1964)||Independent|
A striking number of the NBA's most prominent active players aren't the only individuals to bypass college. Jacque Vaughn became the seventh active NBA head coach who was an All-American in college but never served as a college head coach before accepting a comparable position at the highest professional level.
Vaughn joins Doug Collins, Lionel Hollins, Mark Jackson, Doc Rivers, Randy Wittman and Mike Woodson in this category. He is the third coach with this background for the Orlando Magic, following Matt Guokas Jr. and Rivers, who went on to become the fifth such mentor for the Boston Celtics.
More than one-sixth of the nearly 300 NBA head coaches in NBA history were college All-Americans without previously coaching at the collegiate level. More than half of them have career losing records, including five from Indiana. Magic Johnson is among several All-Americans who were NBA bench bosses for partial campaigns, but following is a look at those who coached at least one full season:
|All-American||College||NBA Team(s) Coached||Pro Record|
|Danny Ainge||Brigham Young||Phoenix Suns||136-90|
|Elgin Baylor||Seattle||New Orleans Jazz||86-135|
|Alfred "Butch" Beard||Louisville||New Jersey Nets||60-104|
|Paul Birch||Duquesne||Pittsburgh Ironmen/Fort Wayne Pistons||120-147|
|Larry Bird||Indiana State||Indiana Pacers||147-67|
|Vince Boryla||Denver||New York Knicks||80-85|
|Quinn Buckner||Indiana||Dallas Mavericks||13-69|
|Bill Cartwright||San Francisco||Chicago Bulls||51-100|
|Doug Collins||Illinois State||Chicago Bulls/Detroit Pistons/Washington Wizards/Philadelphia 76ers||408-359|
|Bob Cousy||Holy Cross||Cincinnati Royals/Kansas City-Omaha Kings||141-209|
|Dave Cowens||Florida State||Boston Celtics/Charlotte Hornets/Golden State Warriors||161-191|
|Billy Cunningham||North Carolina||Philadelphia 76ers||454-196|
|Dave DeBusschere||Detroit||Detroit Pistons||79-143|
|Matt Guokas Jr.||St. Joseph's||Philadelphia 76ers/Orlando Magic||230-305|
|Tom Heinsohn||Holy Cross||Boston Celtics||427-263|
|Lionel Hollins||Arizona State||Memphis Grizzlies||158-175|
|William "Red" Holzman||CCNY||Milwaukee-St. Louis Hawks/New York Knicks||696-604|
|Dan Issel||Kentucky||Denver Nuggets||180-208|
|Mark Jackson||St. John's||Golden State Warriors||23-43|
|Frank Johnson||Wake Forest||Phoenix Suns||63-71|
|K.C. Jones||San Francisco||Washington Bullets/Boston Celtics||522-252|
|John "Red" Kerr||Illinois||Chicago Bulls/Phoenix Suns||93-190|
|Bob "Slick" Leonard||Indiana||Chicago Zephyrs/Baltimore Bullets/Indiana Pacers||186-264|
|John Lucas II||Maryland||San Antonio Spurs/Philadelphia 76ers/Cleveland Cavaliers||173-258|
|Ed Macauley||St. Louis||St. Louis Hawks||89-48|
|Tom Marshall||Western Kentucky||Cincinnati Royals||35-94|
|Dick McGuire||St. John's||Detroit Pistons/New York Knicks||197-260|
|Doug Moe||North Carolina||San Antonio Spurs/Denver Nuggets/Philadelphia 76ers||628-529|
|Don Nelson||Iowa||Milwaukee Bucks/Golden State Warriors/New York Knicks/Dallas Mavericks||1,335-1,063|
|Willis Reed||Grambling||New York Knicks/New Jersey Nets||82-124|
|Pat Riley||Kentucky||Los Angeles Lakers/New York Knicks/Miami Heat||1,210-694|
|Glenn "Doc" Rivers||Marquette||Orlando Magic/Boston Celtics||546-433|
|Bill Russell||San Francisco||Boston Celtics/Seattle SuperSonics||341-290|
|George Senesky||St. Joseph's||Philadelphia Warriors||119-97|
|Bill Sharman||Southern California||San Francisco Warriors/Los Angeles Lakers||333-240|
|Gene Shue||Maryland||Baltimore-Washington Bullets/Philadelphia 76ers/San Diego Clippers||784-861|
|Paul Silas||Creighton||San Diego Clippers/Charlotte-New Orleans Hornets/Cleveland Cavaliers||387-488|
|Scott Skiles||Michigan State||Phoenix Suns/Chicago Bulls/Milwaukee Bucks||427-417|
|Jerry Sloan||Evansville||Chicago Bulls/Utah Jazz||1,221-803|
|Isiah Thomas||Indiana||Indiana Pacers/New York Knicks||187-223|
|Rudy Tomjanovich||Michigan||Houston Rockets/Los Angeles Lakers||527-416|
|Wes Unseld||Louisville||Washington Bullets||202-345|
|Jacque Vaughn||Kansas||Orlando Magic||1st season in 2012-13|
|Sam Vincent||Michigan State||Charlotte Bobcats||32-50|
|Darrell Walker||Arkansas||Toronto Raptors/Washington Bullets||56-113|
|Jerry West||West Virginia||Los Angeles Lakers||145-101|
|Paul Westphal||Southern California||Phoenix Suns/Seattle SuperSonics/Sacramento Kings||318-279|
|Lenny Wilkens||Providence||Seattle SuperSonics/Portland Trail Blazers/Cleveland Cavaliers/Atlanta Hawks/Toronto Raptors/New York Knicks||1,332-1,155|
|Randy Wittman||Indiana||Cleveland Cavaliers/Minnesota Timberwolves/Washington Bullets||118-238|
|Mike Woodson||Indiana||Atlanta Hawks/New York Knicks||224-292|
Depending upon your political persuasion, it was taking care of business or meddling in your business when the U.S. gave Nigeria the business, 156-73, in Group A Olympic men's basketball competition.
Although NBA MVP LeBron James scored only nine points and didn't play the second half with fellow A-lister Kobe Bryant, the African Sun Times had a pity party, calling the U.S. contingent a "show-off" team. Do those opposed to American exceptionalism think the U.S. was a "terrorist" for attacking Nigeria's self-esteem? Should the hardwood carnage be called "a man-made disaster?"
U.S. coach Mike Krzyzewski bristled over suggestions that the 83-point drubbing represented the Americans going too far running up the score when it wasn't necessary. There was an element of showmanship, but a subsequent 99-94 decision over Lithuania clearly conveyed there is never a reason not to always put the pedal to the metal.
Krzyzewski, similar to the overwhelming majority of Army graduates, has forgotten more about ethics, fair play, honor, integrity and patriotism than any clueless clown detractor ever will know. And he has a great memory! Did Coach K whine after Duke was demolished by UNLV in the 1990 NCAA Tournament championship game? No, he came back the next year to defeat the same team at the Final Four.
Nonetheless, ESPN analyst Kurt Rambis said it seemed as if the U.S. ran up the score because it was "trying to look for three-point shots (made 29)" rather than "trying to attack the basket." It appears as if Left Coast product Rambis agrees with the 25% of voters who thought the U.S. either "looked like a bully" or took "a lot of 3s" in a USA Today poll inquiring whether observers had "any problem with USA Basketball score vs. Nigeria."
"Wake up and smell the Commie!" The percentage of in-your-face folks concerned about the disparity is essentially the same as self-professed liberals in America according to a Gallup poll. Of course, progressive tenets support the government taking responsibility for fixing social injustice because it is the only force strong enough to bring fairness to the masses.
So, the big, bad corporation (U.S.) with all of the assets handed to them took advantage of the middle class (Nigeria) incapable of prospering without foreign aid. Well, Nigeria probably should at least be deemed upper middle class insofar as the country has supplied numerous college basketball notables over the years such as All-American Akeem Olajuwon (Houston) and all-conference selections Akin Akin-Otiko (Oral Roberts), Peter Aluma (Liberty), Tunji Awojobi (Boston University), Yinka Dare (George Washington), Benson Egemonye (Niagara), Festus Ezeli (Vanderbilt), Andrew Lovedale (Davidson), Uche Nsonwu-Amadi (Wyoming), Julius Nwosu (Liberty), Dinma Odiakosa (Illinois State), Ime Oduok (Loyola Marymount), Ugonna Onyekwe (Penn) and Ugo Udezue (Wyoming).
Never underestimate the me generation gimme-gimme-gimme throng. If reduced to a class-warfare argument by the intellectually impoverished, what does the U.S. need to do to appease the undefined "fair share" standard? In the aftermath of the hoop humiliation the U.S. handed Nigeria, the West African nation's citizens (1/2 Christian and 1/2 Muslim) might be entitled to the following "Head Start" reparations and "collective salvation" damages to make them whole even if the "Peace Corps" contributions help bankrupt our nation: Right to vote in U.S. election (especially if a felon or illegal immigrant; military concession not so much), subsidizing illegitimacy if their "Fluke" freebie condoms fail to work properly, ability to become "clean and articulate" by accessing Obamacare, free cell phone upgrade (Obamaphone), food allowance to spend on whatever organic-only goodies they want, bonus if they say they believe global warming isn't junk science or don't use the word "terrorist", private beach vacation on Gulf Coast (timed when "Bay of Rigs" tar balls aren't there), free copies of Rev. Wrong sermons blessing America, enhanced wardrobe including jewelry to match latest gangsta rapper bling, free business consultations with ex-ACORN employees as part of a "shovel-ready" stimulus to get them back to "work," etc., etc., etc. Amid the "hope and change," maybe the U.S. could also underwrite them securing access to a transgender Indonesian nanny like President Obama had prior to him moving to Hawaii and subsequently becoming a JV basketball player for Occidental (Calif.) before community organizing, serving as a U.S. Senator from Illinois and attaining POTUS status while moonlighting as ESPN's Bracketology Czar under Joe Lunardi (with spinmeister Andy Katz filling the role of a perpetually-perplexed Jay Carney wannabee distorting the riot-causing impact of some feckless film).
Bleeding-heart libs probably want the U.S. to show some heart or else they'll eventually conduct stench-filled protests at basketball offices resembling the ill-conceived Wall Street occupation. Is the U.S. supposed to return to competing with collegians? But the collegians could also win by too wide of a margin. If so, is the U.S. then supposed to deploy high schoolers and keep working its way down to a squad full of minimum-age 15-year-olds?
What if the U.S., embracing collective salvation, gave Nigeria the ultimate hoop handout - Carmelo Anthony welfare? It's an all-time record payment of 37 points that could be added to Nigeria's output while being subtracted from the U.S. team. Would winning by nine points be acceptable to the shameless tax-and-spend crowd? Will they ever include b-u-d-g-e-t and v-i-c-t-o-r-y in their lexicon? At what point would soaking the rich (U.S.) be enough?
Heaven only knows the outrage in some disturbed quarters if the U.S., shackled by white guilt, had clobbered Kenya (native country of Obama's deadbeat dad) rather than Nigeria. Leading rebounder Kevin Love, the lone white player on the U.S. roster, would have promptly been branded a racist along with the majority of the coaching staff by Al "Not So" Sharpton of MSNBC (More Socialist Nonsense By Cablecasters). Perhaps they would have been summoned to the White House by AG Eric Holdout to conduct a beer summit after an ill-informed politico "acted stupidly" by getting "all wee wee'd up" prejudging the result by "feeling" the facts instead of "knowing" the facts.
At what juncture would nanny state advocates be mollifed, anyway? If the U.S. was ahead by 50 points with 10 or more minutes remaining, should they simply halt competition as if it was some grade school game? Should the superior U.S. players go without sneakers and/or with one hand tied behind their back to play fair? Should they be forced to shoot free throws blindfolded to allow the trailing team more of a chance to catch up? Exactly what is the Left's Fairness Doctrine?
Maybe their tired old ideology would force the U.S. to play an Old Timers' squad comprised of Krzyzewski and his Olympic coaching staff/aides - Jim Boeheim, Chris Collins, Mike D'Antoni, Johnny Dawkins, Nate McMillan, Rudy Tomjanovich and Steve Wojciechowski - if their regular players were too far in front. However, the geriatric group might have been fired up for one last hurrah after Olympic organizers didn't allow them to march with the U.S. delegation at the opening ceremony to try to reduce the number of people involved.
And involved is the key word even if you have a myopic motto such as "Resist We Much!" Self-reliant multi-tasking Americans will lean forward in their TV chairs the remainder of the Games hoping the U.S. hoopsters win a basketball contest by 100 points while eating Chick-fil-A with a supersized Big Gulp (at least 83% larger drink than 16 ounces) and make an Olympian donation to a right-thinking organization that would alienate parasites practicing the soft racism of low expectations.
It might not be in our lifetime, but Nigeria will eventually defeat the U.S. in basketball; especially if there is an escalation of a dumbing-down decline of America. Conservatively, the milestone will occur after Nigeria does the business of hard work on its own via personal sweat equity; not in the midst of accepting any pity or handout from spread-the-wealth leeches. When Nigeria's players cross that threshold, they shouldn't listen to any self-absorbed individual saying: "You didn't build that!" In the meantime, they should refuse to accept any pink(o) certificate acknowledging participation and dream only of "earning " bronze/silver/gold.
ESPN's out-of-touch announcers were incredulous last season during a Virginia Tech game while discussing rumblings that Seth Greenberg was in jeopardy of losing his coaching position with the Hokies. Greenberg, after securing a grand total of one NCAA Tournament triumph in 22 seasons as a Division I mentor, was indeed dismissed following the campaign.
Going Green(berg), ESPN hired him as an analyst, adding a colleague to the cable network's collection of coaching apologists. For the record: His favorite school probably is Illinois, which lost to him (54-52) in the 2007 playoffs although Greenberg had a losing career record in close contests decided by fewer than six points.
It's infinitely easier to look the other way, but the glare of the TV spotlight should reveal warts and all. Greenberg should be complementing commentators providing their audience candor; not chronic claptrap.
Guard Marquie Cooke was Greenberg's first recruit at Virginia Tech, a catch the school trumpeted as its best in-state signee in 20 years. "He's everything we're looking for in a point guard," Greenberg said prior to Cooke's lame freshman season with the Hokies in 2004-05.
If that misguided insight is the best Greenberg can offer, then he won't be what astute observers are looking for in an analyst and they'll abandon him like his assistant coaches at VT the previous couple of years. Viewers aren't the only ones not getting bang for their buck. Some March Sadness schools aren't generating their money's worth, either.
Here is another one among 22. Wasting money like the federal government, an estimated $100 million was spent by universities the last three years for a grand total of one NCAA playoff victory by the following alphabetical list of 22 well-paid coaches: Dana Altman, Tommy Amaker, Tony Bennett, Johnny Dawkins, Larry Eustachy, Travis Ford, Anthony Grant, Brian Gregory, Frank Haith, Trent Johnson, Lon Kruger, Steve Lavin, Gregg Marshall, Cuonzo Martin, Fran McCaffery, Tim Miles, Kevin O'Neill, Josh Pastner, Oliver Purnell, Herb Sendek, Tubby Smith and Jay Wright.
Meanwhile, it seems as if these coaches have received 100 million on-air plaudits in that span. Giving plenty of show-prep time for next season, can Greenberg help ESPN's experts figure out which coach in this group notched the lone come-from-behind win (against a Northeast Conference member)? Hint: He defeated Greenberg in their lone matchup when they competed in the same league.
The NCAA is not the only organization that should be sensitive to doing what it can to helping modify a culture contributing to the glamorization of untested athletes and suspect characters in college sports. ESPN frequently exploits teenagers beyond reason before they graduate from high school and the Worldwide Leader hypes hoops with endless hours of analysis, promotion and games. The know-it-all network, playing the blame game by a different set of rules, pays obscene amounts of cash to power conferences for TV rights and gives outrageous forums to questionable individuals. By any measure, ESPN is as much, or perhaps more, at fault as the NCAA for entirely abdicating any obligation to protecting the interests of academic and moral integrity.
Shouldn't ESPN be forced to replay all the gushing comments on its network about Joe Paterno since the late 1990s and then offer a retraction for false advertising? As much as many observers abhor Paterno's arrogance and ill-intentioned loyalty to himself and his image, the public should do likewise to other entitled coaches, academic institutions and media outlets with similar warped values.
Jerry Sandusky, previously Paterno's defensive coordinator, was convicted of 45 counts related to sexually assaulting 10 young boys over a period of 15 years. It pales in comparison, but ESPN has sullied its reputation by being Jim Valvano's defense coordinator for an even longer span molesting academic integrity (735 average SAT score for his ACC players in mid-1980s). Do any of its holier-than-thou employees now pillorying Paterno have second thoughts cashing their checks from an Extra Sensitive Pious Network still fawning over a basketball coach who was in charge when two schools were forced to vacate their NCAA playoff participation (Iona and North Carolina State)?
Unlike Paterno's pristine graduation rate, the academic progress of Valvano's players at N.C. State was dismal. In an affront to numbers that never lie, there are times when ESPN sycophants shamelessly enhance Valvano's credentials as a strategist, perpetuating a myth he was a late-game genius. Intense slobbering aside, you can't cover-up the cold hard facts that Valvano posted a modest .500 record in close contests decided by fewer than five points, a mark failing to rank among the top 250 DI coaches in such an illuminating category.
ESPN will have zero credibility in regard to "success with honor" until it quits playing the dutiful role of a son resembling Jay Paterno and takes down its basketball "statue." JoePa raised money for Penn State's library and ESPN raised money for cancer in Valvano's name (V Foundation). But Paterno and ESPN both are outside-the-lines enablers seemingly accountable to no one. They each have a legacy but failed their constituency in regard to providing genuine role models.
Pardon the interruption, but ESPN's sanctimonious indifference to eroding values is further exhibited when they hire disgraced ex-Tennessee coach Bruce Pearl as a full-time analyst and part-time interior decorator. How can a viewer trust anything the former Boston College mascot says while winging it when the virtuous Volunteer can't remember what his home looks like inside? ESPN, rather than finding someone with less baggage, feels compelled to "force" Pearl and his highly questionable ethics into the homes of SportsNation. Portraying Seth Greenberg as an expert despite a grand total of one NCAA playoff victory in more than 20 years to possibly replace Digger Phelps is "one" thing. Accepting Bruce-On-the-Loose's pearls of wisdom as the next Valvano variation is quite another.
Going around the horn, ESPN tried to preempt Doug Gottlieb's announcement about him leaving for CBS. But as long as Gottlieb isn't trying to position himself to become coach at UCLA or Southern California, there is no comparison between his veteran TV/radio work and rookie additions Greenberg/Pearl.
Pondering the price of ESPN's unprecedented hero worship, the network continued bringing in the clowns by foisting journalistic jewel Jalen Rose on the College GameDay panel to replace Hubert Davis. Was astute Stephen Bardo considered insofar as he is as savvy a college broadcaster as anyone could find and would also duplicate Davis' dignity? Surely, ESPN didn't put cultural diversity (Rose over Gottlieb) ahead of authoritative knowledge of the college game because Gottlieb dwarfs Rose in that category. Rose's masquerading as a journalist surfaced when he seemed overly protective of UM's 20-year-old moniker when he said he's not a fan of the gold-medal winning U.S. women's gymnastics squad being known as the "Fab Five."
"To use the nickname just points and screams of lazy journalism by the national media," Rose said. Is this the vast expertise we can look forward to from him as a "lazy" central figure in ESPN's college basketball coverage? It seems Rose's amateurish historical knowledge doesn't include him acknowledging "Fabulous Five" basketball squads at Kentucky in the late 1940s and Iowa in the mid-1950s. But give Rose some credit. By mid-season, he apparently was conducting wee-hours-of-the-morning GameDay research on what ex-Iowa State coach Larry Eustachy went through partying with college students while on the road (after his alma mater's defeat at Indiana).
Rose is certainly an expert at adding fuel to a simmering fire. Early in 2012, he expressed his displeasure about Michigan's school president adamantly reaffirming her opposition to retrieving the Wolverines' 1992 and 1993 Final Four banners from storage and rehanging them at Crisler Arena.
Rose must not have taken a logic class while in college. Resembling an egomaniac extorter, Rose distributed a classless tweet implying he might ask for a $250,000 donation back from his alma mater. But rather than smugly humiliating ESPN colleague Skip Bayless for embellishing his Oklahoma H.S. playing career with "water-Pistol whipping" drive-by ridicule, Cracklin' Rose (a genuine #1 hit at same time frame in early 1970s) should get on board by focusing more on restoring his own credibility after he was pulled from the air briefly by the Worldwide Leader following a knucklehead move failing to disclose a DUI arrest. Right as Rose commenced his college analyst duties this fall, he was immersed in a he-said, he-said war of words with NBA coach Sam Mitchell, who didn't speak highly of him.
Rose could call an authentic "timeout" on his self-absorbed commentary similar to the documentary glorifying Michigan's "Fab Five." While Rose continued to fail to comprehend there are consequences to actions disgracing a revered school, President Mary Sue Coleman was infinitely more concerned with integrity. She told the Michigan Daily: "It was a very difficult time and we were ashamed of what happened because the university has higher standards than that."
Why would grandstanding Rose want to celebrate the lower standards of losing two NCAA title games, anyway? Perhaps UM could appease him by hanging a Big Ten Conference championship banner. Oh, I forgot! The Fraud Five never achieved that feat from 1991-92 through 1994-95.
Why doesn't Rose offer to purchase the meaningless banners for an amount equal to the $616,000-plus money launderer "Uncle Ed" lent to UM players and he can hang them wherever he wants (including temporarily at arenas featuring the gaggle of GameDay gadflys)? Much like overstating Skip Baseless, the "First Take" from this corner is that Jailin' seems to be talking a better game (on and off the court) than he played, too.
The bloom has been off Rose in some quarters since the snarly social commentator affixed the unbecoming "Uncle Tom" tag on Duke's dynasty. Seemingly self-destructive Rose, whose intellectually lazy DUI concealment compromised ESPN's reputation, failed to exhibit any regret for "hating Duke" in the doltish documentary. Through his taunting Rose-colored glasses, the Mike Krzyzewski-coached Blue Devils were blasted by him for preferring to recruit "Uncle Tom" African-American student-athletes.
Despite being Rose-hosed, DI's all-time winningest coach must know more about assembling a non-gangsta winner than certainly Uncle Fester or Uncle Kracker - both definitely requiring baggy shorts. But Coach K, even without any of the fashionable Fab Five on his roster, somehow kayoed six more opponents than Michigan did during rambling Rose's overrated stint with the cultural icon Wooferines from 1991-92 through 1993-94. Duke won each of four meetings with all or part of the Fab Jive; three of them by double digits.
Perhaps Rose would have been attractive to Duke if he had adequately measured up to any of the following ethical situations:
Maybe Rose, ESPN's basketball version of former football flunkey Michael Irvin, would have been recruited by Duke if he wasn't susceptible to finding himself in a thorny situation at a home(y) during a purported crack roundup.
Maybe Rose would have been recruited by Coach K if he wasn't leeching to a hanger-on such as convicted bookmaker/booster Ed "Godfather" Martin for "pocket change."
Maybe Rose would have been recruited by Duke if he assured the Blue Devils' coaching staff he could help his me-generation team keep track of timeouts at critical junctures instead of seemingly being more consumed with donning revolutionary look-at-me black socks.
It would be fab(ulous) if Rose's outrageous trash-talking prowess included divulging his ACT or SAT score for the public to discern whether Uncle Jailin' qualified academically to become a "bitch" or "pussy" for Duke as he and his bush buddies bellowed in the documentary. Rather than hatin' harangues denigrating Duke, he should also "cry uncle" and be a mite more concerned with "polishing" the punk images associated with drab-five character flaws stemming from reports of deadbeat dads, driving under the influence, herpes, marijuana possession and obstructing justice.
ESPN's obfuscation penalty against Rose never will be sufficient until the cable network assigns the documentary's co-executive producer to a pruning in front of the Cameron Crazies and allow them equal time documenting their infinitely more clever comments about stopping and smelling this regaling Rose. Odds are they'll produce a catch-phrase putting "we're bigger than the score of the game" to shame.
If Duke graduate Jay Bilas tries at all in their hoop dialogue, he'll beat Rose one-on-one in mental gymnastics every time Jailin' tries his street-cred "Uncle" Tomfoolery. Rose looks as comfortable on a dais with Bilas and Digger Phelps, let alone Bob Knight, as they would have been with him at the "home" where he was involved in incident caught hanging out with suspect characters while Fab Five member for Michigan. A lively series of Laurel and Hardy debates featuring Bilas vs. Gottlieb would have had more appeal by a mile than listening to jaded Jalen drone on and on with his fake smile. How long could it be before "the sports reporters" not linked to ESPN's payroll emulate Rose and give him a dose of his own pithy posturing by dubbing him Uncle Bomb?
As professionals continue to assert themselves in the previously amateur-only Olympics, active foreign players enrolled at U.S. colleges competing in the Games are becoming rare. Guards Matthew Dellavedova (Saint Mary's/from Australia) and Andrew Lawrence (College of Charleston/Great Britain), participating in the XXX Olympiad, are going to be on the endangered species list before too long in the New World Order.
Five former U.S. college hoopsters in this "foreign" category who averaged more than 16 ppg in Olympic competition are Louisiana State's Eddie Palubinskas (25.6 for Australia), Washington's Detlef Schrempf (21 for West Germany/Germany), Seton Hall's Andrew Gaze (19.7 for Australia), Texas' Albert Almanza (17.2 for Mexico) and Houston's Carl Herrera (16.7 for Venezuela). Before professionals dominated the scene, following is a sampling of Olympians who first played in the Games for countries other than the U.S. before or during a season attending an American university before becoming a pro (scoring average is for Olympic participation):
|Foreign Player||Pos.||U.S. College||Native Country||Olympic Year(s)||PPG.|
|Albert Almanza||F||Texas||Mexico||1960 and 1964||17.2|
|Martin Ansa||G||Wagner||Puerto Rico||1964||6.9|
|Uwe Blab||C||Indiana||West Germany/Germany||1984 and 1992||7.1|
|Andrew Bogut||F-C||Utah||Australia||2004 and 2008||13.2|
|Craig Bradshaw||F-C||Winthrop||New Zealand||2004||3.0|
|Andy Campbell||C||Louisiana State||Australia||1976 and 1984||3.7|
|Kresimir Cosic||C||Brigham Young||Yugoslavia||1968, 1972, 1976 and 1980||11.0|
|Matthew Dellavedova||G||Saint Mary's||Australia||2012||TBD|
|Marcel de Souza||F||Bradley||Brazil||1980, 1984, 1988 and 1992||12.6|
|Mark Dickel||G||UNLV||New Zealand||2000 and 2004||9.0|
|Raul Duarte||F||Iowa State||Peru||1964||9.0|
|Andrew Gaze||G-F||Seton Hall||Australia||1984, 1988, 1992, 1996 and 2000||19.7|
|Joaquim Gomes||F||Valparaiso||Angola||2004 and 2008||7.5|
|Arturas Karnishovas||F||Seton Hall||Lithuania||1992 and 1996||13.4|
|Andrew Lawrence||G||College of Charleston||Great Britain||2012||TBD|
|Alfred "Butch" Lee||G||Marquette||Puerto Rico||1976||16.0|
|Marcos Leite||F||Pepperdine||Brazil||1972, 1976, 1980 and 1984||14.3|
|Kari Liimo||F||Brigham Young||Finland||1964||14.7|
|Luc Longley||C||New Mexico||Australia||1988, 1992 and 2000||7.3|
|Francisco "Kiko" Martinez||F||New Mexico State||Mexico||1936||TBD|
|Patrick Mills||G||Saint Mary's||Australia||2008 and 2012||14.2|
|Kai Nurnberger||G||Southern Illinois||Germany||1988 and 1992||3.5|
|Edgar Padilla||G||Massachusetts||Puerto Rico||1996||4.4|
|Eddie Palubinskas||G||Louisiana State||Australia||1972 and 1976||25.6|
|Alvydaz Pazdrazdis||F||McNeese State||Lithuania||1992||2.3|
|Kirk Penney||G||Wisconsin||New Zealand||2000 and 2004||8.9|
|Ramon Ramos||C||Seton Hall||Puerto Rico||1988||8.3|
|Ramon Rivas||C||Temple||Puerto Rico||1988, 1992 and 1996||7.6|
|Henrik Rodl||G||North Carolina||Germany||1992||6.0|
|Detlef Schrempf||F||Washington||West Germany/Germany||1984 and 1992||21.0|
|Darius Songaila||F||Wake Forest||Lithuania||2000 and 2004||9.0|
|Carmelo Travieso||G||Massachusetts||Puerto Rico||1996||8.0|
|Andrew Vlahov||F||Stanford||Australia||1988, 1992, 1996 and 2000||6.5|
|Christian Welp||C||Washington||West Germany||1984||9.1|
|Bill Wennington||C||St. John's||Canada||1984||7.0|
Guard C.J. McCollum, in what should have been a banner season for him and other mid-major players, gave every indication that he would become Lehigh's first All-American and a three-time Patriot League MVP. But that was before the nation's leading scorer at the time incurred a broken left foot at the turn of the new year. McCollum, a Canton, Ohio, native shunned by Mid-American Conference schools, ranked among the nation's top 10 scorers the past two seasons and has averaged 6.4 rpg in his career. He is a late bloomer similar to his brother Errick McCollum III, who became the all-time leading scorer for Goshen College, an NAIA school in Indiana.
Virginia center Ralph Sampson had the lowest scoring average (17.6 points per game from 1980-81 through 1982-83) among the 29 players during spans in the last 50-plus years when they captured three or four MVP awards in a Division I conference. Sampson's average was 26.6 ppg lower than LSU guard Pete Maravich's NCAA-record mark (44.2 from 1967-68 through 1969-70).
No player from a power conference has achieved the feat since Kansas' Danny Manning in the Big Eight from 1985-86 through 1987-88. Prior to the foot injury, McCollum could have joined the following chronological list of standouts who became player of the year in a DI league three or four seasons since the early 1960s:
|Player||Pos.||School||Conference (Seasons)||MVP Summary|
|Jerry Lucas||C||Ohio State||Big Ten (1960-62)||Averaged 24.3 ppg and 17.2 rpg while shooting 62.4% from the floor over three-year span.|
|Fred Hetzel||F-C||Davidson||Southern (1963-65)||Averaged 25.7 ppg and 13.8 rpg while shooting 55.4% from the floor over three-year span.|
|Clem Haskins||G-F||Western Kentucky||Ohio Valley (1965-67)||Averaged 22.1 ppg and 10.6 rpg over three-year span.|
|Pete Maravich||G||Louisiana State||Southeastern (1968-70)||Averaged 44.2 ppg, 6.4 rpg and 5.1 apg over three-year span.|
|Gene Phillips||F||Southern Methodist||Southwest (1969-71)||Averaged 26.1 ppg and 7.5 rpg while shooting 81.7% from the free-throw line over three-year span.|
|David Thompson||F||North Carolina State||Atlantic Coast (1973-75)||Averaged 26.8 ppg and 8.1 rpg while shooting 55.3% from the floor over three-year span.|
|Bernard King||F||Tennessee||Southeastern (1975-77)||Averaged 25.8 ppg and 13.2 rpg while shooting 59% from the floor over three-year span.|
|Bill Cartwright||C||San Francisco||West Coast (1977-79)||Averaged 21.5 ppg and 11.5 rpg while shooting 60.4% from the floor over three-year MVP span.|
|Michael Brooks||F||La Salle||East Coast (1978-80)||Averaged 24.1 ppg and 12.5 rpg while shooting 55.4% from the floor over three-year MVP span.|
|Harry Kelly||F||Texas Southern||Southwestern Athletic (1980-83)||Averaged 27.9 ppg and 9.9 rpg over four-year span.|
|Ralph Sampson||C||Virginia||Atlantic Coast (1981-83)||Averaged 17.6 ppg, 11.5 rpg and 3.1 bpg while shooting 57.5% from the floor over three-year MVP span.|
|Joe Binion||F||North Carolina A&T||Mid-Eastern Athletic (1982-84)||Averaged 19.8 ppg and 10.8 rpg while shooting 50.9% from the floor over three-year MVP span.|
|Willie Jackson||F||Centenary||Trans America Athletic (1982-84)||Averaged 23.9 ppg and 9.2 rpg over three-year MVP span.|
|Alfredrick Hughes||F||Loyola (Ill.)||Midwestern Collegiate (1983-85)||Averaged 26.5 ppg and 8.8 rpg over three-year MVP span.|
|Chris Mullin||G-F||St. John's||Big East (1983-85)||Averaged 20.4 ppg and 4.3 rpg while shooting 55.4% from the floor and 86.5% from the free-throw line over three-year MVP span.|
|Wayman Tisdale||C||Oklahoma||Big Eight (1983-85)||Averaged 25.6 ppg and 10.1 rpg while shooting 57.8% from the floor over three-year span.|
|Larry Krystkowiak||F||Montana||Big Sky (1984-86)||Averaged 20.4 ppg and 10.7 rpg while shooting 57.1% from the floor and 80.1% from the free-throw line over three-year MVP span.|
|Reggie Lewis||F||Northeastern||ECAC North (1985-87)||Averaged 23.7 ppg and 8.5 rpg over three-year MVP span.|
|David Robinson||C||Navy||Colonial Athletic (1985-87)||Averaged 24.8 ppg, 12.2 rpg and 4.8 bpg while shooting 61.2% from the floor over three-year MVP span.|
|Danny Manning||F||Kansas||Big Eight (1986-88)||Averaged 21.7 ppg and 8.2 rpg while shooting 59.9% from the floor over three-year MVP span.|
|Lionel Simmons||F||La Salle||Metro Atlantic Athletic (1988-90)||Averaged 26 ppg and 11.3 rpg over three-year MVP span.|
|Clarence Weatherspoon||F||Southern Mississippi||Metro (1990-92)||Averaged 19.3 ppg and 10.3 rpg while shooting 58.4% from the floor over three-year MVP span.|
|Tony Dunkin||F||Coastal Carolina||Big South (1990-93)||Averaged 20.7 ppg and 7 rpg while shooting 52.2% from the floor and 41.2% from beyond the three-point arc over four-year span.|
|Gary Trent||F||Ohio University||Mid-American (1993-95)||Averaged 22.7 ppg and 11.3 rpg while shooting 57.3% from the floor over three-year span.|
|Keith Van Horn||F||Utah||Western Athletic (1995-97)||Averaged 21.5 ppg and 8.9 rpg while shooting 52.4% from the floor and 87% from the free-throw line over three-year MVP span.|
|George Evans||F||George Mason||Colonial Athletic (1999-2001)||Averaged 17.9 ppg and 8.3 rpg while shooting 58.4% from the floor over three-year MVP span.|
|David West||F-C||Xavier||Atlantic 10 (2001-03)||Averaged 18.8 ppg and 10.8 rpg while shooting 53.1% from the floor over three-year MVP span.|
|Taylor Coppenrath||F||Vermont||America East (2003-05)||Averaged 23.1 ppg and 7.5 rpg over three-year MVP span.|
|Nick Fazekas||F||Nevada||Western Athletic (2005-07)||Averaged 21 ppg and 10.3 rpg while shooting 53.2% from the floor and 82.3% from the free-throw line over three-year MVP span.|
|Caleb Green||F||Oral Roberts||Mid-Continent (2005-07)||Averaged 20.2 ppg and 9.1 rpg while shooting 52.6% from the floor over three-year MVP span.|
If you had a pulse in the last year, you know Joe Paterno became the only major-college coach to reach the 400-win plateau before he was fired by Penn State trustees after the arrest of long-time assistant coach Jerry Sandusky on child sexual abuse charges. But what you might not know is that Paterno, who died 2 1/2 months after his dismissal, was a basketball letterman for Brown in the late 1940s. Paterno's scoring average of 7.3 points per game in 1947-48 was second highest on the team.
The NCAA, usually more concerned with highest bidders and vital politically-correct issues such as Indian nicknames, had no choice in the wake of the scandal other than slapping Penn State with serious sanctions resembling a major earthquake hitting 7.3 on the Richter Scale. But similar to Paterno going overboard in trying to preserve a "success with honor" image, the rush-to-judgment NCAA seemingly embarked upon a slippery slope with its timely and wide-ranging penalties.
For instance, it's disconcerting when a TV ban is shunned in favor of unilaterial action dictating that something didn't occur on the field or court such as negating Paterno's victories since the late 1990s. The NCAA tried this history-revisionist sanitizing in basketball in the 1970s by acting as if Centenary's Robert Parish and Minnesota's Mychal Thompson didn't exist - ignoring their statistics - because those schools were on probation. The NCAA's "Grand Experiment" ploy discounted Parish's achievements, but CollegeHoopedia.com lists him as the nation's top rebounder in 1974-75 and 1975-76 and will continue to cite Paterno as the all-time winningest football coach in his Brown University basketball bio.
Moreover, a total of 11 Final Four teams have had their NCAA Tournament participation vacated. But how many more achievements would have been vacated if the NCAA truly addressed scholastic fraud and feckless drug testing with investigators as competent as former FBI director Louis Freeh?
Mark Emmert, who previously called Paterno the "definitive role model," seemed to be on a self-promotion "Star Trek" of sorts, going where no NCAA president has gone before. But what truly would have been unprecedented would have been penalizing one of his peers in the egghead old boys club. Why didn't Emmert also pummel ex-PSU president Graham Spanier by piously reducing number of graduates during his tenure, reducing his fund-raising prowess, fining him a portion of his pension, etc.?
The depravity exhibited by Sandusky, one of the latest best arguments against human cloning, was repulsive and warranted a harsh response. But don't stop there in trying to drain the swamp of a culture of corruption. After all, the NCAA runs the risk of having egg on its face if Penn State players, aware of vultures circling before the Nittany Lion's body is cold, succumb to a pervasive sense of entitlement and transfer to recent renegade football programs such as Miami (Fla.), Ohio State and USC. If you don't think recruiting is cut-throat, check out the looters and grave robbers descending upon Unhappy Valley like flies on a corpse. Does the NCAA really believe its image is improved when standout RB Silas Redd transfers to USC?
Delusional comes to mind if you don't think PSU boasts more academic integrity among its revenue-producing sports than 90% of the members of power conferences. Since the NCAA treats Freeh's work as gospel, it seems the governing body should use a portion of the first installment of the $60 million fine and promptly dispatch him and an optometrist to Syracuse's Hoop Kingdom to separate fact from fiction. Either Jim Boeheim saw a former ball boy in his longtime assistant's hotel room on the road or he didn't. Maybe the bespectacled coach can prove he was in a zone staying in his own room reading how to improve the school's drug-testing policy.
Keeping in mind that a striking number of shameless coaches would be electrocuted if they took a polygraph test, more questions were raised than answered with the NCAA's display of unilateral power. The NCAA is positioning itself to pick winners and losers akin to stimulus money from the Obama Administration. How far will the NCAA's reach be under the following set of theoretical circumstances?
Will Coach K's victory total be modified downward like Paterno if it is unearthed years from now that recruiting visits to Duke perhaps were sexcapades comparable to the albeit embellished lacrosse boys gone wild? It could "never" happen, but what if an underachieving McDonald's All-American is more concerned with making a $100,000 Happy Deal for some bling at an upscale New York jewelry store?
What if there was an erosion of academics for athletes at North Carolina making their diplomas worthy of toilet paper stemming from funneling many of them toward some scholarly major called African & Afro-American Studies?
What if Kentucky earns a spot in the Guinness Book of World Records for most times going on probation?
How many times does a prominent coach need to be caught with his pants down before the NCAA intervenes?
Why doesn't the NCAA establish parameters regarding "exceptions" - scholastically suspect "studs" who don't meet a school's normal admission standards but secure entry because of their special talent?
Should the NCAA refuse to grant Final Four press credentials to local media that didn't uncover major basketball program transgressions going on right under their noses?
Should the NCAA, since there doesn't appear to be any statute of limitations, refuse to conduct business with ESPN and its parade of pitchmen until the cable network takes down its "statue" of former commentator Jim Valvano? The Nationwide Leader has a "Jimmy V Week" culminating with an early-season two-night classic to enhance cancer research fundraising for a foundation named after an individual who joins John Calipari (UMass/Memphis) and Jerry Tarkanian (Long Beach State/UNLV) as the only coaches to have multiple schools under their watch forced to vacate NCAA playoff participation. Despite not boasting Freeh's resume, a private attorney retained by N.C. State was convinced that the institution could successfully sue Valvano for failing to ensure the academic progress of his student-athletes. Previously, Valvano ran afoul of the NCAA at Iona.
Should the NCAA enter the political process by finding out what Pennsylaniva politicians linked to the school knew about Sandusky and when did they know it as governor and state attorney general?
Amid the PSU controversy, comedian Albert Brooks tweeted that the Paterno statue should have been left up but eternally "have him look the other way." Elsewhere, an artist removed a halo painted above a local mural of JoePa.
How many other schools and media outlets have been "looking the other way" or hero worshiping a false idol? And where should the NCAA's monitoring and oversight obligations begin and end? Say it ain't so, Joe.
Former Cincinnati Reds shortstop Barry Larkin, inducted this weekend into baseball's Hall of Fame, has strong family connections to college basketball. His son, Shane, averaged 7.4 ppg, 2.5 rpg, 2.5 apg and 1.6 spg as a freshman last season for Miami (Fla.) after securing a scholarship release from DePaul. In high school, Shane was runner-up to Duke All-American Austin Rivers as Florida Class 6A Player of the Year. Barry's brother, Byron, was an All-American with Xavier, ranking among the nation's top 25 scorers three consecutive seasons from 1985-86 through 1987-88.
While Barry Larkin didn't compete in college basketball, the following individuals among the nearly 300 MLB Hall of Famers were indeed college hoopsters:
WALTER ALSTON, Miami (Ohio)
Managed the Brooklyn/Los Angeles Dodgers for 23 seasons (1954 through 1976), winning seven National League pennants and three World Series. In eight All-Star Game assignments, Alston was the winning manager a record seven times. He struck out in his only major league at-bat with the St. Louis Cardinals in 1936. . . . The 6-2, 195-pound Alston, a charter member of his alma mater's Athletic Hall of Fame, lettered in basketball in 1932-33, 1933-34 and 1934-35. He scored 10 of Miami's 15 points in a 32-15 defeat against Indiana in his senior season.
LOU BOUDREAU, Illinois
Infielder hit .295 in 15 seasons (1938 through 1952) with the Cleveland Indians and Boston Red Sox. Managed Indians, Red Sox, Kansas City Athletics and Chicago Cubs, starting his managerial career at the age of 24 in 1942. As player-manager in 1948, the shortstop led Cleveland to the A.L. title and earned MVP honors by hitting .355 with 116 RBI. He hit a modest .273 in the World Series. The seven-time All-Star led the A.L. with 45 doubles on three occasions (1941, 1944 and 1947) and paced the league in batting average in 1944 (.327). . . . Played two varsity basketball seasons for Illinois (1936-37 and 1937-38) under coach Doug Mills. As a sophomore, Boudreau led the Illini in scoring with an 8.7-point average as the team shared the Big Ten Conference title. Compiled an 8.8 average the next year. After helping the Illini upset St. John's in a game at Madison Square Garden, the New York Daily News described him as "positively brilliant" and said he "set up countless plays in breathtaking fashion." . . . Averaged 8.2 points per game for Hammond (Ind.) in the National Basketball League in 1938-39.
ALBERT B. "HAPPY" CHANDLER, Transylvania (Ky.)
Twice governor of Kentucky (1935-39 and 1955-59), U.S. senator (1939-45) and commissioner of baseball (1945-51). He oversaw the initial steps toward integration of the major leagues. Democrat embraced the "Dixiecrats" in the late 1940s. . . . Captain of Transylvania's basketball team as a senior in 1920-21.
GORDON "MICKEY" COCHRANE, Boston University
Hall of Famer hit .320 (highest career mark ever for a catcher) with the Philadelphia Athletics and Detroit Tigers in 13 seasons from 1925 through 1937. Swatted three homers in a single game as a rookie. Lefthanded swinger was A.L. MVP in 1928 and 1934. Led the A.L. in on-base percentage in 1933 (.459) and ranked among the league top nine in batting average five times (1927-30-31-33-35). Participated in five World Series (1929-30-31- 34-35). . . . Five-sport athlete with BU, including basketball (class of '24).
EARLE COMBS, Eastern Kentucky
Hall of Fame outfielder hit .325 with the New York Yankees in 12 seasons from 1924 through 1935. Lefthanded swinger led the A.L. in hits with 231 in 1927 when he also paced the the league in singles and triples. Also led the A.L. in triples in 1928 and 1930. Assembled a 29-game hitting streak in 1931. Leadoff hitter and "table- setter" for the Yankees' potent "Murderer's Row" offense ranked among the A.L. top six in runs eight straight years when he became the first player in modern major league history to score at least 100 runs in his first eight full seasons. Posted a .350 batting average in four World Series (1926-27-28-32) before a pair of serious collisons shortened his productive career. Served as coach with the Yankees (1936-44), St. Louis Browns (1947), Boston Red Sox (1948-54) and Philadelphia Phillies (1955). . . . Captain of his alma mater's basketball squad for three years when the school was known as Eastern State Normal.
LARRY DOBY, Virginia Union
Outfielder hit .283 with 253 home runs and 969 RBI in a 13-year career from 1947 through 1959 with the Cleveland Indians and Chicago White Sox. The first black player in the American League twice led the A.L. in homers (32 in 1952 and 1954). He was the first African-American to lead a league in homers (1952 and 1954) and the first to participate in the World Series (1948). Hit 20 or more round-trippers eight consecutive seasons from 1949 through 1956 while finishing among the A.L. top nine in slugging percentage each year. The seven-time All-Star drove in 100 or more runs five times, leading the A.L. with 126 in 1954 when the Indians won 111 games before being swept by the New York Giants in the World Series. Appeared in 1948 and 1954 World Series with the Indians, winning Game 4 in '48 with a homer off Braves star Johnny Sain. Doby managed the White Sox for most of 1978 (37-50 record). . . . The 6-1, 180-pounder attended LIU on a basketball scholarship but transferred to Virginia Union prior to the start of the season after Uncle Sam summoned him for World War II service. Doby was told Virginia Union had a ROTC program and he could complete his freshman season before being drafted. He became eligible the second semester of the 1942-43 season and was a reserve guard on a team that won the CIAA title.
RICK FERRELL, Guilford (N.C.)
Catcher hit over .300 five times en route to a .281 career batting average with the St. Louis Browns, Boston Red Sox and Washington Senators in 18 years from 1929 through 1947. He set an A.L. record with 1,805 games behind the plate. Traded with his brother (pitcher Wes Ferrell) from Boston to Washington during the 1937 campaign. . . . The 5-10, 160-pounder was a basketball forward before graduating in 1928.
FRANKIE FRISCH, Fordham
Registered a run of 11 consecutive .300 seasons and set fielding records for chances and assists with the St. Louis Cardinals in 1927. As player-manager with the Cards, he instilled the rollicking all-out style of hardnosed play that prompted a team nickname of "The Gashouse Gang." His season strikeout total topped 20 only twice en route to a .316 average in his 19-year career, which also included a stint with the New York Giants. . . . According to his bio in Total Baseball, "The Fordham Flash" captained the Rams' basketball squad. In 1925, Frisch officiated the first-ever game played in the Rose Hill Gym (the oldest NCAA Division I facility in the nation).
BOB GIBSON, Creighton
Compiled a 251-174 pitching record with 3,117 strikeouts and 2.91 ERA in 17 seasons (1959 through 1975) with the St. Louis Cardinals. In 1968, he pitched 13 shutouts en route to a 1.12 ERA, the second-lowest since 1893 in 300 innings. Gibson notched a 7-2 mark and 1.89 ERA in nine games in the 1964, 1967 and 1968 World Series (92 strikeouts in 81 innings). He set a World Series record with 17 strikeouts against the Detroit Tigers on October 2, 1968. . . . First Creighton player to average 20 points per game for his career (20.2). Led the school in scoring in 1955-56 (40th in the country with 22 ppg) and 1956-57 and was second-leading scorer in 1954-55 before playing one season (1957-58) with the Harlem Globetrotters. Sketch from school brochure: "Possesses outstanding jump shot and for height (6-1) is a terrific rebounder."
TONY GWYNN, San Diego State
Padres outfielder hit .338 in 20 seasons (1982 through 2001), winning eight N.L. batting titles--1984, 1987, 1988, 1989, 1994, 1995, 1996 and 1997. Played in 15th All-Star Game in 1999 before topping the 3,000-hit plateau later in the year. Holds N.L. record for most years leading league in singles (six). Won a Gold Glove five times (1986-87-89-90-91). He hit .368 in the 1984 N.L. Championship Series to help San Diego reach the World Series against the Detroit Tigers. Also participated in the 1998 World Series against the New York Yankees. Became baseball coach at his alma mater after retiring from the major leagues. . . . Averaged 8.6 ppg and 5.5 apg in 107 games with the Aztecs in four seasons (1977-78 through 1980-81). The 5-11, 170-pound guard was named second-team All-Western Athletic Conference as both a junior and senior. Led the WAC in assists as both a sophomore and junior and was third as a senior. Paced San Diego State in steals each of his last three seasons. Selected in the 10th round of 1981 NBA draft by the San Diego Clippers.
MONTE IRVIN, Lincoln (Pa.)
Outfielder-first baseman hit .293 with 99 home runs and 443 RBI in eight major league years (1949 through 1956) with the New York Giants and Chicago Cubs. Irvin led the N.L. in RBI with 121 in 1951, the same year he led the World Series in hitting (.458 vs. crosstown Yankees) after collecting seven hits in the first two contests of the six-game set. He was a member of the Giants' squad that swept the Cleveland Indians in the 1954 World Series. The 6-1, 195-pounder was one of the first black players signed after baseball's color line was broken in 1947. Among the brightest stars in the Negro Leagues, he registered league highs of .422 in 1940 and .396 in 1941 before spending three years in the Army. . . . His athletic career was nearly prematurely ended when an infection from a scratched hand in a basketball game kept him close to death for seven weeks. Irvin participated in basketball for 1 1/2 years in the late 1930s for Lincoln, an all-black university in Oxford, Pa., before dropping out of school.
SANDY KOUFAX, Cincinnati
Compiled a 165-87 record and 2.76 ERA in 12 seasons as a lefthanded pitcher with the Brooklyn (1955 through 1957) and Los Angeles (1958 through 1966) Dodgers. Led the N.L. in ERA in each of his last five seasons, going 25-5 in 1963 (MVP), 26-8 in 1965 and 27-9 in 1966 (Cy Young Award). Pitched four no-hitters and had 98 games with at least 20 strikeouts. Notched a 4-3 record and 0.95 ERA in eight World Series games in 1959, 1963 (MVP), 1965 (MVP) and 1966. . . . The Brooklyn native attended Cincinnati one year on a combination baseball/basketball scholarship before signing a pro baseball contract for a reported $20,000 bonus. He was the third-leading scorer with a 9.7-point average as a 6-2, 195-pound forward for the Bearcats' 12-2 freshman team in 1953-54. Koufax compiled a 3-1 pitching record in his lone college baseball campaign, averaging 14.3 strikeouts and 8.4 bases on balls per game when his statistics are converted to a nine-inning game ratio. . . . Ed Jucker, coach of Cincinnati's NCAA titlists in 1961 and 1962, coached the Bearcats' baseball squad and freshman basketball team in 1953-54. Jucker said of Koufax's basketball ability: "He could jump extremely well, was a strong kid and a good driver. He would have made a fine varsity player. We certainly could have used him." If viewers pay attention to CBS acknowledging celebrities in the stands during telecasts with crowd shots, they've probably noticed that Koufax regularly attends the Final Four.
TED LYONS, Baylor
Spent his entire 21-year career with the Chicago White Sox (1923 through 1942 and 1946) after never playing in the minors. Managed the White Sox from 1946 through 1948. Three-time 20-game winner compiled a 260-230 record and 3.67 ERA in 594 games. He pitched a no-hitter against the Boston Red Sox in 1926. In 1939, Lyons hurled 42 consecutive innings without issuing a walk. . . . Earned four basketball letters at Baylor from 1919-20 through 1922-23. Consensus first-team selection on All-Southwest Conference squad as a sophomore and senior.
CHRISTY MATHEWSON, Bucknell
Often regarded as baseball's greatest pitcher, the righthander compiled a 372-188 record and 2.13 ERA with 79 shutouts for the New York Giants in 17 years from 1900 to 1916 before winning his lone start with Cincinnati in 1916. Led the N.L. in ERA five times (1905-08-09-11-13). Hall of Famer ranked among the N.L. top five in victories 12 years in a row from 1903 through 1914. Paced the N.L. in strikeouts on five occasions in a six-year span from 1903 through 1908. Won 30 games or more in three consecutive seasons, leading the Giants in their 1905 World Series victory over the Philadelphia Athletics by hurling three shutouts in six days. Also appeared in three straight World Series from 1911 through 1913. . . . The 6-2 Mathewson also played football and basketball at the turn of the 20th Century for Bucknell (class of '02).
CUM POSEY, Penn State/Duquesne
Founder and co-owner of the Homestead Greys professional baseball team that won eight consecutive National Negro League titles. . . . Posey was the first African American to complete in intercollegiate athletics for Penn State in 1910-11. He later attended Duquesne. A legend in Pittsburgh sports history was owner/player for the famed Leondi Club, an independent basketball team that was the National Negro Championship team for many years.
EPPA RIXEY JR., Virginia
Compiled a 266-251 record with 3.15 ERA in 21 seasons (1912 through 1917 and 1919 through 1933) with the Philadelphia Phillies and Cincinnati Reds. He never played a minor league game and appeared in the 1915 World Series with the Phillies. Missed the 1918 campaign while serving overseas with an Army chemical-warfare division. Rixey won 19 or more games six years, including 1922 when he led the N.L. with 25 victories with the Reds. In his next to last season, he pitched a string of 27 consecutive scoreless innings at age 42. The N.L.'s winningest lefthanded pitcher until Warren Spahn broke his record was selected to the Hall of Fame in 1963. . . . The 6-5, 210-pound Rixey, who also played golf at Virginia, earned basketball letters in 1911-12 and 1913-14.
ROBIN ROBERTS, Michigan State
Compiled a 286-245 record in 19 seasons (1948 through 1966) with the Philadelphia Phillies, Baltimore Orioles, Houston Astros and Chicago Cubs. He was a twenty-game winner for six consecutive seasons with the Phillies (1950 through 1955), leading the N.L. in victories the last four years in that span. The seven-time All-Star lost his only World Series start in 1950, 2-1, when the Yankees' Joe DiMaggio homered off him in the 10th inning. . . . Roberts played three seasons of basketball with the Spartans (1944-45 through 1946-47). He averaged 10.6 points per game as a freshman (team's third-leading scorer as he was eligible because of WWII), 9.8 as a sophomore (second-leading scorer) and 9.0 as a junior (second-leading scorer). The 6-0, 190-pound forward led the team in field-goal percentage as a junior captain. Sketch from school basketball guide: "Regarded by newsmen as one of the greatest players today in college basketball. A poll by Detroit Free Press named him the `most valuable' collegiate player in Michigan. He is not especially fast, but he's extremely well-coordinated, passes exceptionally well, and is a beautiful one-hand shot artist."
JACKIE ROBINSON, UCLA
Infielder hit .311 with 137 homers as a regular on six N.L. pennant winners with the Brooklyn Dodgers in 10 seasons (1947 through 1956). After becoming Rookie of the Year in 1947, Robinson was named MVP in 1949 when he led the N.L. with a .342 batting average and 37 stolen bases. The six-time All-Star homered in the 1952 All-Star Game. He had two homers and seven doubles in World Series competition. . . . Football, basketball and track standout at Pasadena City College in 1937-38 and 1938-39. Named to All-Southern California Junior College Conference Western Division all-star basketball team both years, a span in which UCLA was winless in league competition. First athlete in UCLA history to letter in football, basketball, baseball and track. Forward compiled the highest scoring average in the Pacific Coast Conference both of his seasons at UCLA (12.3 points per league game in 1939-40 as an all-league second-team selection and 11.1 in 1940-41). In his last UCLA athletic contest, he accounted for more than half of the Bruins' output with 20 points in a 52-37 loss to Southern California.
DAVE WINFIELD, Minnesota
Outfielder hit .283 with 465 home runs, 1,833 RBI and 3,110 hits in 22 seasons (1973 through 1988 and 1990 through 1995) with the San Diego Padres, New York Yankees, California Angels, Toronto Blue Jays, Minnesota Twins and Cleveland Indians. Appeared in 12 All-Star Games after never playing in the minors. Participated in the World Series with the Yankees (1981) and Blue Jays (1992). . . . Played two seasons of varsity basketball as a 6-6, 220-pound forward with the Gophers, averaging 6.9 points and 5.4 rebounds per game as a junior in 1971-72 and 10.5 points and 6.1 rebounds as a senior in 1972-73. He played the entire game in Minnesota's first NCAA Tournament appearance in 1972 under coach Bill Musselman. . . . Selected by the Atlanta Hawks in the fifth round of the 1973 NBA draft and the Utah Stars in the sixth round of the 1973 ABA draft. Didn't play college football, but was chosen in the 17th round of the 1973 NFL draft by the Minnesota Vikings. Excerpt from school guide: "Recruited out of intramural ranks to lend depth, became a starter and was a giant in the stretch drive. Amazing athlete leaps like a man catapulted. Soft touch from medium range."