Daily News & Notes – 1/7/21

Today’s news and notes from through out the college basketball coaching world…

  • UMass head coach Matt McCall and George Washington head coach Jamion Christian agreed to postpone last night’s game scheduled for 6pm at GW due to the riots at the Capitol and the curfew. MassLive details the trip to DC, and how events unfolded through the eyes of McCall HERE.

  • The Albany Times Union follows-up with Christian on the situation: “There’s a protest going on almost every day. “There’s a protest outside the White House almost every single day, at the Lincoln Memorial almost every single day. There’s a lot of protests that come in like this routinely, so for us, it was like, hey, this could be like rallies we’ve had here. So we weren’t anticipating it being any different.” More HERE.

  • #22 Virginia rallied for a 70-61 win over Wake Forest last night with a very short handed staff. Head coach Tony Bennett was missing five members of his staff, including associate head coach Jason Williford. Assisting Bennett in practice Sunday, Monday and Tuesday, and on the bench Wednesday night, were director of player personnel Johnny Carpenter and Ronnie Wideman, UVA’s associate athletics director for basketball administration/operations. Also pressed into service at practice this week was Erich Bacher, who handles media relations for the program. More HERE.

  • Duke assistant Jon Scheyer filled in for Mike Krzyzewski in last night’s 83-82 win over Boston College. Krzyzewski was self-isolating following a positive test from a family member. “It’s not how I dreamed about coaching my first game,” Scheyer said. “Bizarre circumstances. All of us – Nate [James], Chris [Carrawell], Nolan [Smith] and I – you want to get that win for Coach.” More HERE.

  • University of Richmond head coach Chris Mooney tallied his 300th NCAA Division I victory Wednesday night as the Spiders defeated Rhode Island 80-73. Mooney became the 70th active coach with 300 D-I wins. More HERE.

  • While many college basketball coaches have chosen to dress down during the 2020-21 college basketball season mired by the COVID-19 pandemic, Vanderbilt men’s basketball coach Jerry Stackhouse continues to wear suits every game. He got rave reviews for his brown turtleneck and brown plaid suit combo earlier this week. Check it out HERE.

  • The South Bend Tribune reported that Ryan Ayers, a former Notre Dame men’s basketball assistant coach who left the program abruptly prior to the season, was charged Tuesday in St. Joseph County with three counts of voyeurism and one count of domestic battery. According to the report, the charges stem from Ayers’ relationships with two women over a four-year span where he allegedly recorded them, without their consent, naked or while having sex. He is also accused of hitting one of the women in the face during an altercation in his car. More HERE.

  • Florida’s Keyontae Johnson, who collapsed on the floor back in December, is on the road to recovery. While he has been ruled out for the rest of the season with a heart condition, he is making an impact on the sidelines as “basically another coach.” More HERE.

  • The Week 6 HoopDirt.com / Just Play Solutions Coach of the Week award winners were announced earlier this week HERE. To nominate a coach for the week 7 award, email [email protected].

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