HoopDirt.com’s Daily News from the college basketball coaching world…
- Former Baruch College head coach Machli Joseph admitted Wednesday to siphoning $700,000 meant for the school’s athletic department, authorities said. Joseph, 43, pleaded guilty to embezzlement and misapplication. The onetime basketball coach, who worked in the college’s athletic department from 2002 to 2016, repeatedly rented gym facilities to outside parties, “ostensibly on behalf of Baruch College,” prosecutors said. He faces to 10 years in federal prison when he is sentenced in April. More from the New York Daily News HERE.
- With last night’s 88-82 victory over St. John’s, Xavier head coach Chris Mack became the all-time winningest coach in Xavier history by recording his 203rd career win. He surpassed Pete Gillen on the all-time wins list. The Musketeers are currently 17-3 (5-2) and ranked #11 in the country.
- Great stat from Cleveland.com…With Wednesday night’s 71-65 win at Northwestern, Ohio State head coach Chris Holtmann became the first Big Ten coach since 1923 to win his first seven games in the conference. The last Big Ten coach to win his first seven games in the league was Iowa’s Sam Barry 95 years ago. He ended up winning his first 11 games. The record for such a streak belongs to Wisconsin’s Walter Meanwell, who started the 1912 season 12-0. Only four coaches in the history of the Big Ten have started their first seasons in the league 6-0 or better. Iowa’s Tom Davis started 6-0 in 1987.
- La Salle head coach Dr. John Giannini collected the 500th win of his coaching career with a 75-67 win over Fordham last night. He now holds a 500-367 mark which include stints as the head coach at Maine (1996-2004), Rowan (1989-96) and La Salle (2004-present).
- The HoopDirt.com Coach of the Week presented by Just Play Solutions winners were announced earlier this week. The full list of winners from the DI, DII, DIII, NAIA, and JUCO levels can be found HERE. Nominations for next week’s award can be sent to: [email protected]