Final Four: Lobby Lobs, Final Part

By David Scott - March 29, 2007


We left TC to his own devices with the computer but he failed to pull a post for us while we were chatting with Jeff Ruland.

In the interim, we've also been joined by the Palm Reader, Jerry Palm, fresh off his coverage of the NABC and Myles Brand pressers for CSTV.com. Boy was he parched after that duty.

The highlight arrival is the early evening is that of Yahoo!'s national columnist, Dan Wetzel and his Final Four Father, Paul (husband of Mickey). (We can confirm to Mickey that Paul has actually had a nap today and is also sharply dressed for his annual crash of the Calipari/Flint dinner. So far, so good with Papa Wetz.)

. . . TC is starting to fire up his recognitions again, but his name recall is abysmal. "I don't get too personal with people, you know that. That was Beano over there from Marist."

Beano isn't listed as a coach at Marist, TC.

"I don't use government names. That's him, Orlando Ranson," TC says. "I gotta go get dressed for dinner."

And just like that my color commentator is gone. I will never be able to explain these expenses.

. . . Ruland is in fairly good spirits, considering he was fired while he was on a cruise with his wife (to Mexico). His settlement will take care of him for quite some time and he has some opportunities looming in both coaching and perhaps TV.

He's sporting a pair of size 15 Ostrich boots, he shot 90 today on the golf course with UConn assistant George Blaney and is on his way to dinner with his wife, a close friend and his agent, Rob Ades.

. . . Coaches spotted: Kevin Nickelberry at Hampton, Gary DeCesare and Jerry Wainwright from DePaul, Kent State's Jim Christian, Jareem Dowling Cecil Community College, last year's DII JUCO Champs.

. . . Okay, when we start i.d.ing JUCO coaches, it's time to pack it in. Join us again around lucnh time on Friday as we live blog from open practices and the four teams' press conferences.

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Posted by David Scott at 06:42 PM on March 29, 2007
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