Monday, May 29, 2006

College coaching changes

Slow off-season means limited updates.

A tally of new coaches at programs of impact. Note the Big 12 is 42% fresh meat. I can't remember this much turnover in one conference in an off-season.

Credit given to CBS Sportsline as the others didn't have a compiled list. The full list is there.
Coaching Carousel

Andy Kennedy- Ole Miss
Greg McDermott- Iowa State
Bob Huggins- Kansas State
Mike Anderson- Missouri
Jeff Capel- Oklahoma
Sean Sutton- Oklahoma State
Herb Sendek- Arizona St
Sidney Lowe- NC State
Tony Bennett- Washington State
Kelvin Sampson- Indiana
Mike Davis- University of Alabama-Birmingham

Former KU guard Rex Walters took over at Florida Atlantic. I think he's a name to watch in the coming years.

Wednesday, May 17, 2006

Gottfried requests 5th year for Chuck D.

Today's Cecil Hurt Article: A fifth year for Davis the right thing to ask for

Sometimes, even if you know you are tilting at windmills, you have to tilt at windmills anyway.

So that is what Mark Gottfried and the University of Alabama basketball program are going to do in the case of Chuck Davis.

UA will petition the NCAA to allow a hardship waiver for Davis, who suffered a season-ending knee injury in the Crimson Tide’s first SEC game of the season against Ole Miss. It would require some truly special dispensation from the NCAA, because Davis does not meet all the criteria laid down in the NCAA Bylaw (14.2.4). That rule allows a hardship year only for players who participated in less than 20 percent of the team’s contests. Davis played in 13 of the Tide’s 29 games (NCAA Tournament games do not count in the calculation), so it would take special dispensation indeed for him to get another year to play.

That isn’t going to stop Gottfried from trying.

“We’re attempting this for one purpose," Gottfried said. “That sole purpose is that it would be a great thing for Chuck Davis."

If anyone deserves a break, it’s Davis. The 6-foot-7 forward actually played only two full seasons in his four-year career. As a freshman, he was essentially the last player off the bench, seeing action in just 13 games, almost none of it against SEC competition. At the time, though, Davis didn’t want to redshirt.

In the next two seasons, Davis made startling improvement on the court, becoming one of the SEC’s best players. He did it while maintaining an accelerated academic pace. He kept working, and playing, despite the illness and eventual death of his mother.

Then came the serious knee injury in the Ole Miss game.

After the knee injury, he lost nearly 25 pounds during the recovery process. Still, he came to games to lend moral support to his teammates.

“He epitomizes the NCAA student-athlete," Gottfried said. “He had an unfortunate circumstance that ended his senior year. He would benefit tremendously from an additional year, so we are attempting to see if he can get that.

“You look around and you see other players getting sixth years. I saw where they just granted that to a player at UC-Santa Barbara [All-Big West guard Cecil Brown]. We aren’t asking for a sixth year. Chuck would just be a fifth-year player.

"Gottfried knows that the odds are long, probably insurmountable. He’s heard, frequently, that there is no chance of Davis playing next season.

Of course, this time last year, there were NCAA “experts" saying that Randolph Morris would never play for Kentucky again, or that he certainly wouldn’t play in 2006. He did. There have been all sorts of “experts" saying that some of the SEC’s prep-school vagabonds would not be eligible to play, either. Some do. The fact is, there is never an absolute “never" with the NCAA. Its rulings aren’t always predictable. So Gottfried is hoping that this will be one of those cases, too.

Even if it isn’t, at least Davis will know that his coach and his school went to bat for him, rather than simply saying “sorry, there’s no way." At worst, one assumes that it goes into the “never-hurts-to-ask" category (although it’s always risky to assume where the NCAA is concerned). If nothing else, there will be closure for Davis as far as college basketball is concerned, and he can make other plans, whether they include professional basketball or a business career, without wondering what the NCAA might have said.

Thursday, May 04, 2006

Ex-Bama Player update

I have been incredibly busy lately and haven't posted in a while, so let's get started.

-Brian Williams played 18 of 20 games for the Birmingham Magicians of the ABA and averaged 20.9ppg, 3.6rpg, and 4.6apg.

-Buck Johnson knocked off the rust for the Magicians and played in 4 of 20 games for them. He averaged 12ppg, 9.7rpg, and 2.5apg. I would say he can still bring it for an old man.

-Michael Ansley thru 27 games is averaging 11.6ppg, a league-leading 9.3rpg, and 1.4apg for Stal Ostrow Wielkopolski for the Dominet Basket Liga in Poland.

-David Benoit has wrapped up the season on the Saitama Broncos of the Japanese BJ League. His stats were not available, but he had to have been one of the better players on a team that finished up with 7 wins and 33 losses in a 6-team league, good for dead last.

-Schea Cotton signed recently with the Pennsylvania Vally Dawgs of the USBL. The thing is, the team just announced they are ceasing ops until further notice, so it's not looking good.

-Kennedy Winston has played 24 of 32 games for CB Gran Canaria of the Estadisticas Liga ACB in Spain. They are sitting at 19-12 for 5th place among 18 teams. He is averaging 8.7ppg, 2.3rpg, and 0.8apg while shooting 34%3pt, 45%2pt, and 64%ft.

That is enough for now. I will post more later.