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Posted by ncaahoops at 8:09 PM
No, he does not leave Ohio State to coach at a JuCo, but he picks up a JuCo guard for 2007-2008 according to the Hodge Report at CSTV. Do not expect this guard to be as good as Mike Conley... Illinois State and Appalachian Trail State added new players as well.
New news from the Hodge Report at CSTV: Ernie Kent continues to take advantage of his mid-western connections as he lands two top 100 players from Illinois. UTEP and Rutgers get big men, Texas Arlington and Ohio get JuCos, infact Ohio gets three of them! On the other side of the ledger, Andre Clark who did not qualify will go to prep school, and JuCo Euro of Texas A&M and then Kansas State decided to go pro in Europe instead of college hoops.
I rarely cover video games although they are very popular, so here is it: NCAA Football 2008. Available for Xbox 360, Xbox, Playstation 2, and of course Playstation 3.
Posted by ncaahoops at 7:21 PM
In the "what have you done for me lately" world of sports, Ole Roy is in trouble. Part of it maybe a spillover from the meltdown against Georgetown in the Elite 8, part of it is because he signed no one in 2007, and part of it is because he hasn't signed many and lost a handful of high profile verbals for 2008. So, the sky is falling... Or is it?
I'm sure Ole Roy knew that at least one of his prized freshmen would have bolted out. I mean, you didn't need to be a rocket scientist or Marty Blake to figure out that Branda Wright was a top 10 lottery pick. He also had one scholarship to give from graduating senior (Rayshawn Terry). Wes Miller was not on a scholarship in 2006-2007. But in typical Ole Roy fashion, he earmarked just a few players and that was it. Kevin Love went to UCLA (good personality match with Ben Howland, Kevin Love actually enjoys playing in slugfests). So that was it for 2007 for Ole Roy. He's done this at Kansas as well, and that frustrated Jayhawks fans even when they were madly in love with Ole Roy.
Bob Gibbons is quoted in the story below saying: "Blue heaven is a bit cloudy in recruiting". Superscout Dave Telep says "it creates a sense of urgency". Let's not forget the last time Ole Roy had an atypical roster talent-wise he did one of the best coaching jobs of his career.
So what happened? Has the Georgetown meltdown exposed Ole Roy to potential recruits? Or is this just cyclical stuff, accenuated (I was told to use this word, I don't know what it means or how to spell it) by Ole Roy's practice of only selecting a handful of players to recruit and that's it?
I think it's more the latter than the former, but reasonable minds can differ. But I'm not the one drunk or high ;-)
Story in the Charlotte Observer by Ken Tysiac.
Gigantic 2007-2008 preview via links to many other websites and blogs. That post is a work in progress and will continue to grow as times goes by. If you have any links you want to see added (your blog/site or your favorite site) just let me know!
Posted by ncaahoops at 11:41 AM
The only new coach that can probably compete with Kentucky's Billy Gillispie in recruiting impact at his new school is none other than Rick Majerus at Saint Louis. According to CSTV's Hodge Report, Majerus got his fifth commitment, this time from the state of Oregon.
Today only (Monday) the Amazon Daily Deal is for sports fans: MLB 07 The Show , Playstation 2 video game, exactly $25 and ships FREE with Super Saving shipping.
I just saw this and thought it might be of interest to baseball fans reading this blog. MLB Extra Innings will be having a free preview from July 12 through July 18. On Comcast for sure, I do not know about the other cable or satellite providers. MLB Extra Innings is a pay-per view package showing out of market baseball games, similar to ESPN Full Court for college basketball, ESPN Game Plan for college football and NBA League Pass for the NBA. Oh the NFL and NHL and MLS have something similar as well.
Not just the 4th of July holiday, but UCLA is also celebrating the commitment of SoCal prestar J'Rue Holiday to Ben Howland and the UCLA Bruins. His older (but less touted brother) had already committed to the Washington Huskies a few months ago.
Ben Howland seems to be finally able to get more of the better SoCal prep players. Did he promise them to play more uptempo and be less of a total paranoid control freak? Because anyone who has seen UCLA play frequently will attest to both. I know UCLA fans may not like this paragraph, but the tape tells the story!
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