Syracuse is playing now, after all.
Boeheim Exemption. I can't root for them no matter how much I want the Midwestern jack holes around here to shut up about their possible "All Big Ten Final Four.'
Which is benefitting from a suddenly cold Arizona.
They always have been and always will be evil.
only one here who went into his office w/ a client the night after the '89 game and saw his office had been decorated w/in the previous 24 hours*. I'm also, I suspect, the only one who got into heated arguments w/ his co-workers about Torretta's Heisman qualifications in '92.
Except for thoroughly enjoying seeing ND cover the psychological spread of 51 pts in the 2/86 game, I've never really hated their BB program. Hamilton's a decent guy, as is Larranaga. I never, admittedly, cared much for Haith. I don't find any of their current players to be hate-worthy. Plus, it's not like I'm exactly a Buzz Williams fan, nor was I a Crean fan.
*I did get the last word by bringing back the SBT front page 1 year later and taping it to the door of the presumed ringleader of the decorating crew.
JK. It was a very fun season with a very poor end. Seems like I should be getting used to it by now. Suddenly, I am getting worried about the Heat in the playoffs...
It's going to be interesting to see what Larranaga can do with the program now that Haith's guys are gone. I cannot stand Haith and feel bad for Mizzou fans, but the guy can recruit.
Because, in addition to being a KU hater, I'm an MU hater particularly for their ridiculous move to the SEC.
Missouri always has been and will be a better basketball job. But no Canes fans (I think there are about 7 of us that root for Canes hoops) were broken up about losing him as a coach.
My number one issue is that I don't think he's a very good coach. He came to Miami on his reputation as an elite recruiter. Miami can't expect much regular success in hoops but 1 NCAA appearance in 5 years is an odd way to get a better gig. First season at Mizzou was a 2 seed and first round exit. Another fist round exit this year.
And then there's the Nevin Shapiro issue. Every Miami fan will acknowledge that Miami violated NCAA rules. We may disagree with some of the allegations in the Yahoo report or even point out that many of the salacious details are not even NCAA violations at all. We can also disagree whether Miami has suffered enough but there is no disagreement or doubt about the single, largest allegation of an NCAA violation.
Yahoo/Nevin said Miami paid 10k for a basketball recruit and that Haith and his assistants had knowledge. That's not a drink or a steak dinner at the club. That's serious. If proven true, Miami AND Haith should be punished severely. It sucks that it could fall on Larranaga's shoulders as he seems like a genuine guy.
You can look at the flip side and say that he recruited most of the players that made this season the best in Canes history. He also had good graduation rates and put a good number of guys on the ACC All Academic team.
Now that I looked him up on Wikipedia to remind myself who he is/was.