Final Four: Sunday Pressers

By David Scott - April 01, 2007

ATLANTA - Welcome back to the Georgia Dome where the pre-Championship Monday press conferences and media availability is scheduled to start in 30 minutes. Ohio State gets the bright light treatment from Noon until 1:40 p.m. with Coach Thad Matta available for an hour and selected players joining their coach for the first 30 minutes on the "big" dais. After that, five selected players (Mike Conley, Jr., Ron Lewis, Ivan Harris, Jamar Butler and Greg Oden) will be available in what are called "breakout rooms," which are mini-large press conference set-ups in an a more intimate setting. The final half hour of time is open locker room access for the remaining players.

Then, beginning at 1:30 p.m., Florida and its players will be available in the same fashion. Players getting breakout honors for the Gators are Corey Brewer, Al Horford, Taurean Green, Lee Humphrey and Joakim Noah.

Oden and Noah will have the same Room assignment (No. 5) - and the difference in personalities will be quite evident to anyone paying attention. Oden is a bit reserved to the point where we sometimes wonder if he has a pulse. Noah is the quote machine who has no filter and never gives a three word answer.

. . . With pressers taking up the early part of the afternoon, there's not much to live-blog, but the Too-Live crew (Graham, Palm, Sorenson and your humble servant) will do our best to give you some tidbits as we work on several different stories for your Monday reading pleasure.

. . . It's been confirmed to us that Dick Vitale will NOT be getting induction into the Hall of Fame, which is announced on Monday morning. Phil Jackson has been confirmed by the LA Times and we're still being told the 1966 Texas Western team is getting in among the field.

. . . Reports this morning that John Calipari is the target of Arkansas (Memphis granted permission for the Razorbacks to talk to their always in-demand head man). The job is not exactly a logical fit for Calipari for many reasons, chiefly he's got a potential No. 1 team coming out next season; Arkansas' football team takes too much attention for Cal to have the whole spotlight as he does in Memphis; if Calipari is going to get an SEC job, it's at powerhouse Kentucky, not at flash-in-the-pan Arkansas.

. . . The College Basketball Hall of Fame is about to announce its next class in a hastily annnounced press conference. There was not a big rush int he media room to get to that presser.

Posted by David Scott at 11:31 AM on April 01, 2007

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