Friday, 04/18/08

He's Outta Here...And So Is He

Over the past year or so, I've had the opportunity and privilege to discuss the latest happenings in and around the college basketball world in this space.

And as the days, weeks and months passed, we saw plenty go down, from Joey Dorsey's "Make It Rain" party on Beale Street to Lute Olson's leave of absence to Bob Knight's abrupt retirement to Mario Chalmers' miracle three-pointer in what will be forever remembered in Kansas' stunning championship comeback this season.

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Thursday, 04/17/08

UCLA's Love, KU Duo Ready For NBA

It's what we all expected but what UCLA fans were hoping wouldn't come true when the 2007-08 season came to an end.

Yes, Kevin Love is headed to the NBA.

With UCLA coach Ben Howland and Love's father, Stan Love, along side him, the freshman forward formally announced his decision Thursday afternoon at a campus news conference, choosing to skip his final three college seasons and enter this June's draft as a potential lottery pick, according to several NBA scouts.

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Thursday, 04/17/08

It's All Or Nothing Now For Ford

Travis Ford isn't interested in Big 12 championships and Sweet 16 appearances.

After three years at UMass rebuilding a program that once reached the Final Four in 1996 under John Calipari, the 38-year-old has even bigger plans now as Oklahoma State's new head coach.

"My goals are to take this Oklahoma State basketball program to a national championship," he said in a news conference Thursday.

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Wednesday, 04/16/08

Martin Moving Up In The Little Apple

When Frank Martin was named Kansas State's new head coach after Bob Huggins left Manhattan, Kan., for his alma mater West Virginia, Wildcat fans weren't sold on a guy whose experience went only as far as an assistant.

But with freshman All-American phenom Michael Beasley punishing opponents on both ends of the floor, Martin rejuvenated a K-State program by becoming just the second rookie coach in school history to lead his team to the NCAA Tournament.

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Tuesday, 04/15/08

Rose Ready To Bloom Bigger In NBA

John Calipari couldn't have gotten everything he wanted on Tuesday.

But despite learning that his standout freshman point guard Derrick Rose will be headed to the NBA next season, the eighth-year Memphis coach is looking at a nice contract extension with the school.

Rose, though, will certainly be missed by Calipari and the national runner-up Tigers.

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Tuesday, 04/15/08

UTEP's Jackson Takes A Step Back

Stefon Jackson may have been one of the nation's most underrated players last year.

After all, the junior shooting guard unfortunately didn't get much national exposure playing in Conference USA, but he has been UTEP's top scorer the past two years and there's something to be said about that.

Even better, Jackson ranked among the nation's best scorers this past season with a seventh-best scoring average of 23.6 points per game.

Yet even worse, the Philadelphia native does not know what the future as a college basketball player now holds for him after being arrested Tuesday for hindering the investigation of a Pennsylvania shooting.

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Tuesday, 04/15/08

Drake's Davis Entering The Big Time Now

It's amazing how much one year can change things.

If you're Keno Davis, it's certainly come much quicker than you might have expected.

Just one season after leading Drake to its first NCAA Tournament appearance since 1971, a school-record 28-5 record and its first national ranking in 33 years, the 2008 AP Coach of the Year is headed to the Big East to take over Providence for Tim Welsh, who was fired last month after failing to take the Friars to more than two NCAA Tournament appearances in 10 seasons.

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Monday, 04/14/08

Walters Heading To San Fran

Remember when San Francisco won back-to-back national championships after capturing an NIT title just six years earlier?

Well, that was a long time ago -- almost 60 years ago during the days of Pete Newell and Bill Russell.

Since then, the Dons haven't had much to boast about, but former NBA player Rex Walters is hoping to change that perception after agreeing to take over as head coach of USF on Monday.

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Thursday, 04/10/08

Self Sticking To Lawrence

When there first came word of Oklahoma State offering Kansas' Bill Self the head coaching job at his alma mater, there was plenty of gossip going around the media in San Antonio before the Jayhawks ultimately claimed the national championship one day later over Memphis.

And while that buzz continued for a couple days as Self and his team returned home to Lawrence, Kansas fans don't have to worry now about their coach hightailing it to Stillwater, Okla.

That's because on Thursday the national championship-winning coach announced that he won't be leaving the Jayhawks after spending much of the day meeting with athletic director Lew Perkins.

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Thursday, 04/10/08

Calipari Takes Home Naismith Award

John Calipari's heart may be broken after Monday night's loss to Kansas in the national championship game, but the eighth-year Memphis coach can feel good about the job he did this season in Graceland.

And the Atlanta Tipoff Club was certainly aware of that, honoring the former New Jersey Nets coach as the 2008 Naismith National Coach of the Year earlier this week.

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