Daily Dirt – 3/14/23

Story: Adam Nelson (@HD_DirtKing)

Happy Pi day. A few things going on…

Two names gaining steam at Notre Dame are Colgate’s Matt Langel and Drake’s Darian DeVries. Langel has Colgate in the tourney for the 3rd straight year, and is the program’s all-time leader in wins. His career record is 202-173 (.539). DeVries has gone 122-47 (.722) in his 5 seasons at Drake, and also has his squad headed to the tourney this year after winning the MVC. Also, I’m not buying any Chris Holtmann to Notre Dame reports right now.

Tim Miles’ name continues to be hot at Cal. Miles has turned San Jose State around quickly in just two seasons – the Spartans are currently 20-13 and playing in the CBI after winning just 8 games last year. Miles holds a 427-370 (.536) with D1 stops at Nebraska and Colorado State. Another name to keep an eye on here is former Cal and Arizona assistant Joe Pasternack. He has been the head coach at UC Santa Barbara for the past six seasons (132-52 – .717). A bunch more names making the rounds, but those are the two with the most juice so far.

Clemson AD Graham Neff gave Brad Brownell a vote of confidence yesterday confirming that he will return for his 14th season. Neff told reporters that he is “pleased with what was accomplished with the team and the leadership of the team,” and that he is “excited to move forward with Brad.” Brownell has three seasons left on his contract. Clemson is currently 23-10 (14-6 ACC) this season, but did not make the NCAA tournament. They are instead head to the NIT where they face Morehead State tomorrow.

I’ve been told to keep it under my thumb, and stay tuned to the Sun Belt in the next few days…

Heard a Mountain region D2 is about to open (has opened?), and a really, really good D3 could pop soon as well. Stay tuned…

ICMYI: Waiting for the official press releases, but Alabama’s Charlie Henry to Georgia Southern HERE, and Kentucky’s K.T. Turner to UT Arlington HERE.

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