Daily muck from the DirtKing

When talking about rumors, I always call it "dirt." I got a little tired of that today – so I’m going with the daily "muck" for the title of this blog. I went to thesaurus.com to look up synonyms for dirt – muck seemed pretty descriptive. I thought about using boondoggle or feculence, but though that may be lost on some of our readers. If you have any suggestions for the title of the next blog, let me know..


Anyway, here’s the daily muck……

I’ve heard from multiple sources that Norm Roberts will be let go at St. John’s. The Red Storm are 17-15 this season, and have a shot at the NIT, but in 6 seasons, Roberts is 81-100 with no NCAA appearances. This announcement will come soon. There is also speculation that St. John’s is prepared to double Roberts current salary of $650,000 to find the right candidate. Virginia Tech Head Coach Seth Greenburg (a Long Island native) is believed to be the first target for the St. John’s Athletic Department. Other names being thrown around are Hofstra’s Tom Pecora and Harvard Head Coach Tommy Amaker.

Despite protests from the community, Florida A&M will honor the final year of Eugene Harris’ contract. My sources tell me that the University can’t afford to buy out the final year of Harris’ $150,000 per year contract. Apparently signs were placed around campus last week urging that Harris be fired. Also, rumors have been circulating that some of his players might not return.

The most interesting name that I’ve heard regarding the Gardner-Webb opening is former South Carolina Head Coach Eddie Fogler. Not sure how much truth there is to this one, but his name has come up in a number of conversations. Another name on GWU’s radar is Coastal Carolina assistant Don Hogan. Hogan was the Head Coach at West Florida for 16 seasons (239 wins) – he joined the staff at Coastal Carolina this past season. Coastal was 28-6 before getting upset by Winthrop in the Big South Tourney.

The “hot” name right now to replace Ernie Kent at Oregon is P.J. Carlesimo. Carlesimo, who led Seton Hall to the 1989 NCAA championship game, also coached the Portland Trail Blazers and Oklahoma City Thunder. He is a veteran who knows how to win at the college level. Also, Oregon has a history of hiring older, proven coaches – 70 year-old Paul Westhead was hired last year as their women’s coach .