Rothstein: Bold Hire At Minnesota, Old Big East's New Name & More NCAA NotesGive Minnesota athletic director Norwood Teague credit. After firing Tubby Smith and striking out on Fred Hoiberg and Mick Cronin, Teague made a bold hire with Richard Pitino.
Kallas: Did Mike Rice Have To Be Fired? Of Course He DidIn the 21st century, you simply can’t put your hands on a kid. Or throw balls at a kid. Or kick a kid. Or use homophobic slurs toward a kid. Rice did all of these things and still kept his job, until now. And that’s the scariest thing of all.
Video Shows Rutgers Basketball Coach Mike Rice Verbally, Physically Abusing PlayersThe video immediately garnered national attention, as Rice is seen both physically and verbally abusing his players. The head coach included gay slurs in his rants and even threw basketballs at his players.
Rothstein: Louisville, Damyean Dotson And 16 Reasons To Love The Sweet 16Louisville's press, Damyean Dotson's upside and Denzel Valentine's versatility are just three of the many reasons to love the Sweet 16.
East Carolina Set To Join Big East As All-Sports MemberEast Carolina will join the soon-to-be-renamed Big East as an all-sports member, instead of just for football as originally planned.
Ch-Ch-Ch-Ch-Changes: Butler, Creighton, Xavier Moving To New Big EastButler, Creighton and Xavier are moving to the new Big East. They will join the so-called Catholic 7 basketball schools who left to start a new conference and are keeping the Big East name.
Marquette Coach Buzz Williams Leads Team Despite Never Playing College BasketballIt’s a rarity at this level, in any sport, for a head coach to have had no playing experience in college. It hasn’t prevented Williams from guiding Marquette to the Sweet 16 the last two seasons and a 60-30 regular season record in the Big East.
Big East: One More Time, With FeelingThe death of the Big East as we know it hit home last week as 14 teams arrived at the World’s Most Famous Arena (Connecticut was ineligible). Next season, the “Catholic 7” will be reportedly joined by Butler, Creighton, and Xavier in a basketball-only conference that has paid to keep the Big East name.
Five Things: Goodbye Big East, Buckeyes Win Big Ten, And West Coast BluesYesterday was a relatively drama-free Selection Sunday. Joe Lunardi was a perfect 68 for 68, as Middle Tennessee State, St. Mary’s, Boise State, and La Salle claimed the final spots in the field. Louisville, Gonzaga, Kansas, and Indiana earned the top seeds.
Syracuse Earns Number 4 Seed, Faces Big Sky Champions MontanaThe number four seed Orange will fac Montana in the first round of the NCAA Tournament.
Syracuse, Georgetown Set For Heavyweight Clash In Big East Tournament SemifinalSyracuse and Georgetown, one more heavyweight clash in Madison Square Garden. Two original Big East titans toe-to-toe on the New York stage. Jim Boeheim. John Thompson III. One ... last ... time.
Riding The Storm: Lavin High On St. John's After Personal Struggles, Hoops UpheavalSteve Lavin has only been at the helm of St. John's basketball for three seasons, but each year of his New York tenure has been marked by dramatic highs and lows that don't appear to be stopping anytime soon.
Syracuse Edges Pitt, Sets Up Epic Big East Tournament Semifinal Against HoyasJames Southerland and Michael Carter-Williams kept Syracuse's run at one more title going, as the 19th-ranked Orange beat No. 17 Pittsburgh, 62-59, on Thursday at Madison Square Garden.
Rothstein Files: Previewing The 9 Major Conference Tourneys With PredictionsJim Larranaga's team has had a banner season, but they'll likely have to beat Duke for a second time this season -- this time with Ryan Kelly -- to reinforce their potential to go deep in the NCAA Tournament.
Notre Dame To Join ACC Next SeasonNotre Dame will join the Atlantic Coast Conference starting next season, a year earlier than expected, following the split among the Big East's football schools and seven Catholic schools that forming their own basketball-focused conference.