While watching ESPN this morning two things came to mind. 1-this coming Sunday ESPN will have their ‘Sunday Conversation’ with Bob Knight, Bill Parcells and Tony LaRussa; a must see for all. 2-It has come to my attention that Dick Vitale was once again nominated for the basketball hall of fame.
He missed out last year.
Here is what I don’t understand?
First off, who votes for guys to make the Hall of Fame? (I will google this)
Last year Bob Hurley and Vitale were both nominated – both missed out. This year Vitale will try again but, Hurley wasn’t nominated!
This is a crime.
Bob Hurley is one of the greatest coaches in the history of sports.
How can he not be recognized by the basketball Hall of Fame?
All one has to do is read the book written by Adrian Wojnarowski ‘The Miracle of Saint Anthony’.
Head to wikipedia’s page on Hurley to learn more about him.
Hurley is not one to get on his soap box and annoucne to everyone how good of a coach he is. He will not look for the highest paying coaching job or brag about how many wins he has or how many players he has sent on to D-1 schools. He will not seek out television announcers and brag about his state championships. (23 of them).
Think about that; 23 STATE CHAMPIONSHIPS!
Hopefully someone does the right thing and recognizes what Coach Hurley has contributed to the game.
UCLA’s Ben Howland looking to get back to the Final Four for a third straight year. ESPN.com has the story.
Howland isn’t steak, he’s meat loaf. He isn’t going to do a Bruce Pearl, apply a coat of body paint to his bare chest and hang out in the student section. He isn’t going to do a Rick Pitino and dress like he borrowed his white suits from Barry Gibb or Tom Wolfe. He’s just a coach, not a personality.
The men’s and women’s basketball teams at the University of Toledo is looking for new people to fill the head positions. The Toledo Blade has a story on what they are looking for and a few A.D.’s chime in with some astute comments.
Here’s Bowling Green’s Athletic Director Greg Christopher on what he looks for in a head coach.
•Exhibit absolute integrity and high character. •Have a solid reputation of success and work ethic. •Show a passion to recruit and evaluate talent. •Work as a team member in an 18-sport athletic department. •Commit to his or her players’ academics. “If they don’t have one of those things on that list, they won’t be considered for the position,” Christopher said.
Bob McKillop at Davidson on ‘staying on the court’ and being a ‘park-guy’. Chicago Tribune checks in.
“I’m a park guy,” the Davidson coach said. “If you don’t win, you sit for 30 minutes. You develop a stay-on mentality.”
At the park is wear you learned to compete. If you lost, at some places you had to sit for a long time. You did all you could to win.
LA Times on Bob Huggins of West Virginia.
“Knowing Bob, it starts with defense,” Duke Coach Mike Krzyzewski said of Huggins, a friend whose Mountaineers defeated the Blue Devils on Saturday in a second-round NCAA tournament game. “His teams play good defense and they rebound well. I think he’s one of the best coaches.”
ESPN. com on Bo Ryan of Wisconsin.
“My job, 8 years old and on, was to make sure that nobody ever got a layup on our team — Biddy League, high school, junior college and college,” Ryan said.
Congratulations to Cuonzo Martin who was named head coach at Missouri State this morning. News-Leader.com has the story.
RE-CONNECT WITH THE PRESENT MOMENT!
Every now and then I’ll come across a blog that I enjoy. Danny Wetzel of Yahoo Sports was live blogging last week on the first day of the NCAA tournament from a bar. Wetzel’s been covering basketball for a very long time and has done a tremendous job.
Tony Chiles, men’s assistant basketball coach at Drexel was with him. This is a great read.