Jomo, UTC wouldn't go after a guy like that because they wouldn't have to. TN is on a different level and their fan base apparently doesn't care about a coach's past flaws so long as he wins. Otherwise, why would so many people sign the petition to bring back a guy like Pearl? I think Hart got the message and that's why he is willing to take a chance with Tyndall.
Most of the fan base wanted a convicted NCAA cheater back at the helm anyway. Wouldn't it be hypocritical if they now blasted Hart for hiring a guy like Tyndall?
I believe that Hart was willing to take the chance on Tyndall for that reason plus the fact that a lot of the good names out there had already said no. Who else was Hart going to go after who was worth a darn? In the end, he probably got the best that he could get. If he had hired a totally clean guy with little to no track record of success, the fans (fair or unfair) would shake their heads and start ripping on Hart if the success didn't soon follow. Hopefully Hart did enough homework on Tyndall to feel good about this one, but it doesn't surprise me that he's willing to take this risk.
It will be interesting to hear how Hart describes Tyndall in the news conference. I highly doubt that Hart would have hired Tyndall fresh off of the violations at Morehead State, but The Donn appears to have been clean for two years at So. Miss for what it's worth. If Ben Howland could have gotten a second chance with someone else and stayed clean for two years, you can bet that Hart would have gone after him too. It's a risk for sure, but Hart also knows that his reputation is at stake too with the hire.
Very exciting game last night between the Grizz and Thunder. Incredible 3 by Durant after being fouled and falling out of bounds. The Thunder were fortunate to still be in the game at the end since Durant had an off night. Yes, he had 36 points, and it was an off night for him. And yes, he is a great player.
It will be interesting to see how both the Pacers and Bulls respond tonight after their respective Game 1 upset losses.
AD was on the all-rookie team last year.
Hard to argue with your season award picks. MCW is only the 3rd rookie to lead all rookies in scoring, rebounding, and assists.
For the playoffs, I think the East will finish exactly as you have it. For the West, I think the Blazers knock off the Rockets in the first round, but I think it will be Spurs-Thunder in the conference finals. I am torn on who to pick in that series. Let's roll with the Thunder though. And in the Finals, Heat over the Thunder.
Agreed that college b-ball shouldn't move the shot clock to 24. Too big of a change (at least for now). But a move to a 30-second clock needs to happen sooner than later. Reduced timeouts are a must as well. Not a huge fan of the continuation rule even in the NBA. So I think the college game should stay away from that one.
I think Marshall and Smart will stay put for reasons you guys already mentioned. A guy with the wins and experience like Ben Howland seem like what Hart is looking for, but the baggage may be too much for him to make the offer. The rest of the candidates look like a crapshoot, but in the end, I predict that it will be Donnie Tyndall who will take the reins in Knoxville.
As Moc fans, let's hope Smart doesn't go anywhere. Wouldn't Wade be first in line for that job if Smart left? And let's keep an eye out for any "recruiting" visits from Wade in Knoxville. (Just in case Hart becomes interested.)
I think the criticism on Dave Hart is a bit unfair. Hindsight is 20/20 and I don't think that anyone anticipated the Vols finishing their season as well as they did. So when the b-ball team was underachieving and the fans were complaining and signing petitions, what was Hart supposed to do? Give a strong vote of confidence to a guy that he was probably going to fire at the end of the season? Then Hart would look like slime later on. Seems like Hart was in a darned-if-you-do, darned-if-you-don't situation. Again, if the Vols didn't unexpectedly finish strong, we wouldn't be having this discussion right now.
Hank Aaron made ignorant, racist statements to USA Today last week and showed that he is still bitter and full of hate and yet there is no outcry in the liberal media about that (of course there isn't). I have sympathy for the way he was unfairly treated in the 60s and 70s, but I have no sympathy for the criticism he's getting from the fans for his most recent comments.
Our 1st Amendment gives limitations to the types of laws that our federal Congress can pass. But over the years, that same amendment has been used by groups such as the FFRF to say that individual taxpaying citizens who happen to work for the government can't freely exercise their religion. And that's sad. And something doesn't seem right that a little group in Wisconsin can sit back and send letters to bully institutions in other states. Let each city and state take care of their own institutions.
Clay, enlighten yourself:
Maybe Will Wade to UT? Chaos becomes Turbulence?
Is Brad Stevens still happy in Boston? If not, maybe lure him back into coaching college again? He may not be as fiery as what Orange Nation may be looking for in a new coach, but I think his record speaks for itself.
Jay, I have a second request for the Friday bag. There's talk already that college basketball will discuss more changes for the coming years. What are your thoughts on the following ideas that they have put on the table:
Reducing team timeouts, widening the lane, restricting coaches from calling live-ball timeouts, implementing a hard 10-second rule for crossing half-court (no reset due to a timeout), allowing the NBA continuation on fouls, no scoring on a charge call, reducing the shot clock to 30 or 24.
Just a few more days until the playoffs begin and LeBron will begin his quest for a third (out of a predicted 8) championship with the Heat. Will D-Wade get back to full strength for the entire playoffs? Will the Pacers snap back into their winning ways? Will the Spurs take advantage of total home court and get revenge for what happened last year? Will the Thunder ride on the back of this year's presumed MVP and get back to the Finals?
Lots of questions to be answered as the fun begins this weekend. And be prepared to hear about the "principle of verticality" on more than one occasion when watching the Pacers. Mr. Hibbert is the best in the BID-ness at taking advantage of the rule that allows him to legally make contact with drivers so long as he goes straight up on the play.
Jay, for the Friday bag, what are your round-by-round predictions for the playoffs? And who are your season-award winners? Didn't you pick Durant to win MVP? That is looking really good right now.
And I thought we were finished with referring to those opposed to Obama as racists. Seriously, Hank? Don't you realize that such ignorant comments do more harm than help to race relations?
Hank still has the death threat letters that he got 40 years ago and still reads them from time to time. But why? No doubt that he experienced some bad stuff back then, but at some point he needs to move on from it and stop dwelling in the bad memories of the past.