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The DirtKing is off to Detroit!!

The DirtKing is headed to Detroit for the final four! As you all know, we are in the coaching business, and the NABC Convention is a big event for us. During this time, we will be updating the news and jobs section, but the blog will be fairly quiet. When I return, I’ll post all

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Memphis seeks permission to speak with Pearl

Memphis is seeking permission from Tennessee to speak with Bruce Pearl about the newly vacant head basketball position at the school. Reports out there are saying Memphis is prepared to pay in the range of $3 million per years with a 7-year pact. Reports that the offer has already been made are untrue. Also, according

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What’s going on at Arizona?

What is going on with Arizona and their search to replace Lute Olson? AD Jim Livengood has had since October (when Olson resigned) to conduct this search. Kentucky and Virginia both hired within a week of dismissing their coaches. Alabama, got their man in Anthony Grant last week. Not only do I not understand the

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Watch Calipari’s press conference live

Here’s the live link to Coach Cal’s introductory press conference at UK. It’s scheduled to start at 9:30 – running a bit late: http://all-access.cbssports.com/player.html?code=kty&med… Should be interesting. Enjoy!!

Nickelberry out at Hampton

Our sources have told us that Kevin Nickelberry has resigned at Hampton. He becomes the second DI coach in the state of Virginia to resign today, following Liberty’s Ritchie McKay. Nickelberry had been an assistant at Clemson, UNC-Charlotte, and Holy Cross and owns a 49-44 record (16-16 this season) in 3 years at Hampton. Will

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McKay Resigns at Liberty

Ritchie McKay has resigned as the head basketball coach at Liberty University. McKay was 39-28 in his two seasons at the school. He came to Liberty from New Mexico where he was 82-69 in 5 seasons. He has also been the head coach at Portland State, Colorado State, and Oregon State. Our sources tell us

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What’s the deal with search firms?

Search companies are starting to get bad names in the coaching business and Boston University is a good example of this. BU Athletic Director Mike Lynch hired Parker Executive Search based out of Atlanta for help. This is crazy on so many fronts. Financially, they are believed to be paying in the range of $75,000

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VCU Hires Florida Assistant

VCU will hire Florida assistant Shanka Smart as their next head basketball coach. The official announcement is expected later today. Smart will be the second straight Florida assistant to get the job – he replaces former Gators assistant Anthony Grant who recently took the job at Alabama. Smart is a 1999 graduate of Kenyon college

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4th Annual CAN-AM On-Court Coaches Clinic

June 5-6, 2009 St. Denis Centre, Windsor, Ontario (1 minute across the Ambassador Bridge from Detroit) -Multiple on-court sessions with the clinicians so you can fully understand their concepts. -Cost: If you respond with the words HOOPDIRT09 on your registration, there will be a discount for you and your staff to $80.00 US/$90 CDN per

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Calipari and Kentucky close to deal?

Several of our sources have indicated that Memphis’ John Calipari is close to working out a deal to become the next head coach at Kentucky. Calipari and AD Kentucky Mitch Barnhart reportedly met last night to discuss a multi-year deal. Coach Cal is meeting with Memphis officials today to inform them of where he stands.

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Report: Calipari has accepted UK’s offer

WHAS 11 in Louisville has reported that John Calipari has accepted the offer to become the head basketball at Kentucky. This is a great hire for the Wildcats. Calipari has the personality to be the man in Lexington, and get them back in contention for a National Championship. UTEP head coach Tony Barbee would be

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Price Resigns at Georgia Southern

Jeff Price has announced his resignation, effective immediately at Georgia Southern. In 10 seasons at the school, Price was 165-133, including 8-20 this season. Athletics Director Sam Baker said that a nation-wide search will begin immediately.