HoopDirt Daily News – 12/7/17

HoopDirt.com’s Daily News from the college basketball coaching world…

  • No jinx here! Congrats to Porter Moser whose Loyola Chicago squad knocked off #5 Florida last night in Gainesville. Moser, who captured the HoopDirt.com DI Coach of the Week Award presented by Just Play Solutions back on November 27th, now has his Ramblers at 9-1 this season. Last night’s win was also the Ramblers’ first over a ranked team since stopping No. 15 Butler in 2009 and first over a top five team since knocking off No. 4 Illinois in 1984.

  • Detroit Mercy head coach Bacari Alexander returned to the bench last night after a seven game absence. Alexander was reportedly suspended over unspecified “personnel” matters back in mid-November. After last night’s 89-86 loss to Toledo, Alexander spoke about the suspension, but didn’t reveal too much. His full comments about the situation can be found HERE.

  • Nike, who is expanding their Beaverton, Oregon World Headquarters, announced that their new 47,000 square-foot fitness center will be named after Duke head coach Mike Krzyzewski. The facility will house premium workout studios, exercise equipment and locker rooms. The building’s third floor will feature a basketball court that pays homage to Coach K, his family and Duke University. The facility is slated to open in early 2018. A first look of what the building will look like can be found HERE.

  • Great story from Spectrum News on University of Pikeville (KY) head coach Kelly Wells. All Wells has done is win at UPike (an NAIA DI National Championship in 2011, ten 20-win seasons in the last 11 years, and off to a 12-0 start this season)…and he’s done it all as he’s battled two kidney transplants and a hip replacement. Read and watch the inspiring full story HERE.

  • Sad news in the coaching world…From the Hampton (VA) Daily Press, Edward “Buck” Joyner Sr., the father of Hampton University men’s basketball coach Edward “Buck” Joyner Jr., died in his son’s office Wednesday night before the Pirates’ home game against Coastal Carolina. He was 68. Joyner Sr. was the head coach at Saint Paul’s College for 14 seasons, which was broken into two stints. He also coached at Livingstone College for two years. Full story HERE.

  • REMINDER: To nominate a head coach for the HoopDirt.com Coach of the Week presented by Just Play Solutions, please email your submission to [email protected]. Nominations will be accepted through Sunday evening. Last week’s winners can be found HERE.






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