Daily News & Notes – 12/28/20

Today’s daily news and notes from round the college basketball coaching world…


  • The Villanova men’s basketball program has paused all team activities due to COVID-19 positive test results impacting Tier 1 staff members. Head Coach Jay Wright has tested positive for the virus and is in isolation per CDC guidelines while experiencing mild symptoms. More HERE.
  • Kentucky Sports Radio takes a look at the strained relationship between John Calipari and the UK fans. After one of the worst starts to a Kentucky basketball season (1-6), it has seemed like the fans are more frustrated than ever with Calipari. KSR discusses the underlying deficiencies with Coach Cal that they have gladly ignored over the last five or six years. More HERE.
  • Former Southern Illinois head coach Rich Herrin passed away at the age of 87. Herrin coached Southern Illinois from 1985 to 1998 and transformed the Salukis into a high-energy program that produced seven-straight trips to the postseason, including three-straight NCAA Tournament appearances from 1993 to 1995. He was inducted in the Saluki Hall of Fame in 2000 and the Missouri Valley Conference Hall of Fame in 2010. More HERE.
  • Jerry Jobe, a former college basketball coach inducted into the Hall of Fame at both Southwestern State and Oklahoma Christian, died Saturday night in Oklahoma City. He was 85. More HERE.
  • Ohio State head coach Chris Holtmann is getting a head start on Coaches vs Cancer Suits and Sneakers weekend. He and his wife Lori have launched a t-shirt campaign to help in the fight against cancer. Funds generated from Suits and Sneakers’ t-shirt challenge will go directly to the American Cancer Society’s Gold Together Program, which helps children and families impacted by cancer. Link to buy is HERE.
  • Michigan State head coach Tom Izzo and former Michigan head coach John Beilein (now a Big Ten analyst) hooked up on a 20-minute Zoom. It’s worth the time to watch – they discussed basketball and life like two old pals would.

  • After Louisville’s win over Kentucky on Saturday, UL football coach Scott Satterfield and athletic director Vince Tyra paid a late-night visit to Chris Mack’s home and toilet papered it (and tweeted it for good measure). Mack TP’d Satterfield’s house last year after he was named ACC Football Coach of the Year.

  • Stay tuned…the Week 5 HoopDirt.com / Just Play Solutions Coach of the Week winners will be announced later this afternoon.
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