Tubby Smith is Lon Kruger. Now he needs his Buddy in Memphis

Tubby Smith is not what one would call a “typical” hire for a program with Memphis’ stature and aspirations. That’s a definite part of why a lot of Tiger fans didn’t immediately embrace the decision to bring him aboard (even though many certainly accepted the larger situation). When it became plain that Gregg Marshall, Buzz […]

College hoops coaching carousel, Part I: the reset button

The college basketball coaching carousel hasn’t stopped spinning, but its main whirl has run its course. When Marvin Menzies took the UNLV job — which was caused by the opening of the Texas Tech job, which was caused by Memphis’s decision to hire Tubby Smith, which was caused by Josh Pastner bolting for Georgia Tech […]

Tina Kunzer-Murphy and UNLV: an athletic director’s month of misery

People have far worse problems than the ones faced by UNLV athletic director Tina Kunzer-Murphy. That said, within the theater of college athletics and the pressures of a cutthroat business, Kunzer-Murphy just endured one of the more difficult months any athletic director has ever faced. It’s not just that Marvin Menzies — formerly the coach […]

Cincinnati is the most uncomfortable big-ticket program in the country

The city of Cincinnati is uncomfortable enough in the realm of professional sports. The Reds are in rebuilding mode, and the Bengals… well, they’re the Bengals. This discomfort extends to the collegiate ranks. Let’s be clear at the outset: An uncomfortable situation is not equivalent to a rock-bottom situation. Discomfort is not purely a reflection […]

College Basketball: 5 programs which wouldn’t mind a Josh Pastner-style move

It’s the dream of athletic directors and many fans at certain college basketball programs: A coach doesn’t feel entirely comfortable at his job… so he leaves for another job. It’s a fresh start for everyone involved, and the program obtains a better-than-even chance of making an upgrade. This is what has happened at Vanderbilt, with […]

Memphis basketball is a job great coaches should covet

The story of Memphis basketball isn’t fully contained in the picture above, but a lot of the Tigers’ best moments flowed from the two men in that photo. More instructively, the prestige and cachet of the Memphis job were built by those two individuals, so that future players and coaches could attempt to take the […]

College presidents: Adopt the “Yann Hufnagel Rule”

It’s time for a Yann Hufnagel rule in college sports. So much is happening in the world of collegiate athletics in April of 2016, and while championships in basketball and hockey have been decided, the real action has occurred off the court and away from the rink. Tyler Summitt at Louisiana Tech. Baylor football. Satellite […]

Satellite camps, the SEC, and real talk about competition

As soon as college basketball ended — putting an end to the football-basketball portion of the college sports cycle — the headlines have exploded with big developments, the latest being the shutdown of satellite camps by the NCAA. More precisely, this is not “the NCAA” or Mark Emmert; this is the collection of NCAA member […]

UConn women’s basketball: the in-the-gym perspective

On Wednesday, we viewed UConn women’s basketball through the lens of history. Here, we’ll attempt to appreciate the Huskies and Geno Auriemma through the lens of what happens on the court — in practice and gameday situations alike. Why include practice (especially for you, Hall-of-Famer-elect Allen Iverson)? It’s where Geno Auriemma has built the foundation […]

UConn women’s basketball: the historical perspective

No, we’re not going to spend time arguing about whether UConn women’s basketball is just as good as UCLA men’s basketball. We’re not going to spend time debating whether Geno Auriemma is just as good a basketball coach as John Wooden was. No — we’re not going down any of those routes. This isn’t a […]

The top 10 moments of the 2016 NCAA Tournament

The 2016 NCAA Tournament — literally — merited the following adjective: half-bad. The first two rounds were spectacular. The Sweet 16 and the Final Four national semifinals were total busts. The Elite Eight was okay, but the most memorable game was an all-time gack attack by a Virginia team which had been the portrait of […]

Bloody Saturdays: The 5 worst Final Four semifinal doubleheaders

Previously, the Final Four National Semifinal games had DirecTV. The one we just watched this past Saturday in Houston? It had cable. Hi, TBS. Jokes aside (and goodness, there was plenty of time to make them during two blowouts), the 2016 Final Four easily made the short list of worst semifinal doubleheaders of all time. It […]