ACC hoops ended for the season on Tuesday night as both Clemson and Florida State fell in the NIT semis. Clemson fell to Larry Brown's SMU Mustangs, 65-59, while FSU lost to Minnesota, 67-64.
It's no big deal, but it is interesting that SMU is coached by Larry Brown, whose basketball experience stretches back to Frank McGuire and Art Heyman, and Minnesota by young Pitino, who has just started his coaching career. It's an interesting matchup for the NIT finals.
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Wojo and Marquette found a partnership on Tuesday, and Wake Forest may be pursuing a young coach too: Danny Manning, who played his high school ball in Greensboro, who played for Larry Brown at Kansas where they teamed up to win a national title, and who is currently coaching at Tulsa.
Tulsa is not going to let him go without a fight. According to Bill Haisten of the Tulsa paper, Wake has almost certainly offered and Tulsa is prepared to bump Manning up to $1 million per year, more than anyone at Tulsa has previously been paid.
What will Manning do? He says that "I’ll sit down. Turn my phone off. Turn off my email. Visit with my wife and family, and go from there."
Dunk City denies it, but FGCU coach Joe Dooley, a former Kansas assistant, has been linked to the BC job. Any truth to it? We'll know soon.
Syracuse assistant Mike Hopkins and BC alum Mark Schmidt (St. Bonaventure) are no longer candidates.