HoopDirt.com’s Daily News from the college basketball coaching world…
- LSU head coach Will Wade has issued an apology after he flipped out at the end of the Alabama game on Saturday (video HERE). Wade said he texted the SEC coordinator of officiating after the game to say that any contact he made with an official was unintentional. Neither the coordinator nor anyone from the league office has replied to Wade’s message or reached out to him about his actions. More on this story HERE.
- Two months after he was publicly accused of committing and encouraging NCAA rules violations and committing sexual assault against an acquaintance, Georgia Tech head basketball coach Josh Pastner told his side of the story. In a lawsuit filed in the Arizona Superior Court in Pima County, Pastner contends that Arizona residents Ron Bell and his girlfriend Jennifer Pendley attempted to extort and blackmail him and also made false accusations of sexual assault. In a statement provided by his attorneys, Pastner vehemently denied the allegations of assault and having knowledge of the NCAA rules violations. Full story from the Atlanta Journal Constitution HERE.
- Former Oregon State and Brown head coach Craig Robinson (older brother of former U.S. First Lady Michelle Obama) has been named to the second-annual class of Legends of Ivy League Basketball. These Legends contributed significantly to—and left a lasting impact on—their respective basketball programs, universities and chosen professions. One of the most efficient scorers in Ivy League history, Craig Robinson led the League in field goal percentage as a junior in 1981-82 (57.7) and as a senior in 1982-83 (64.2) en route to back-to-back Ivy League Player of the Year nods. Robinson, who tallied 1,441 career points, also collected two First Team All-Ivy selections and three Ivy League titles during his four years in a Princeton uniform. Also selected was former Brown head coach Mike Cingiser. The 1962 Brown grad and 1,00 point scorer, Cingiser returned to his alma mater in 1981 and coached the Bears for 10 seasons, the second-longest tenure in program history behind his own head coach L. Stanley Ward. Paramount among Cingiser’s accomplishments as head coach in Providence was leading the Bears to their lone Ivy League championship and an NCAA Tournament appearance in 1985-86. Full Release can be found HERE.
- Some recent milestone victories:
With a win over Rockhurst on Thursday, William Jewel head coach Larry Holley earned his 900th career victory. He becomes just the 10th coach in men’s college basketball history, at any level, to reach this prestigious milestone. Now in his 39th season at WJC, Holley has received 14 Coach of the Year Awards including the prestigious Sears/NABC NAIA National Coach of the Year Award in 1996. More on Holley HERE.
University of New Hampshire head coach Bill Herrion picked-up the 400th victory of his career last week with a win over Binghamton. Herrion is now the 129th Division I head coach to reach 400 career wins. In addition to his time at UNH (2005-present), he has also been the head coach at East Carolina (1999-2005) and Drexel (1991-1999).
Illinois Central College head coach Tony Wysinger won his 300th career game last week. In Coach Wysinger’s tenure at ICC (19th season), the Cougars have been able to establish school records in wins in a season (29) and consecutive wins in a season (15) as well as his fourth straight 20 win seasons. Wysinger has been named Conference Coach of the Year three times and Region Coach of the Year twice as well as being named District 8 Coach of the year.
- The Week 9 HoopDirt.com Coach of the Week presented by Just Play Solutions winners will be announced later tonight.