HoopDirt.com Daily News – 12/10/18

  • Texas A&M head coach head coach Billy Kennedy is obviously not happy that Boston College canceled their game due to rain on Saturday. Kennedy issued the following statement, “We are perplexed by this decision and disappointed for our student-athletes and fans.” Full details on why the Eagles bagged the game HERE.

  • New Mexico head coach Paul Weir has issued an apology for a pre-game fight that took place between some of his players and New Mexico State players before their game last week. Weir said, ”I am extremely disappointed at the pregame events and want to apologize to not only everyone at The University of New Mexico but also New Mexico State University. Our actions are a direct reflection of me and my lack of ability to communicate to our players the importance of sportsmanlike behavior. At no point has anyone in our program ever been encouraged to behave in that fashion and much like the outcome of the game itself, I am embarrassed. Any member of this team who acts that way will have consequences and this will be no different.” More on the pregame skirmish HERE.

  • Former Louisville head coach Rick Pitino recently granted an interview to the Chronicle of Higher Education. The Chronicle spoke with Pitino about the circumstances of his firing, the influence of sneaker companies in men’s basketball, and whether elite college athletes should get paid. Definitely an interesting read HERE.

  • Former University of Utah head coach Jim Boylen has had an interesting start to his tenure as the Bulls head coach. Benching starters, a players revolt, and a 56-point blow out were all highlights of his first week on the job. More from the Chicago Sun Times HERE

  • Caldwell University (NJ) named their basketball court after current head basketball coach Mark Corino on Saturday. Corino has won over 560 games in his 31 seasons at Caldwell. More on his career and the dedication ceremony HERE.

  • Rollins College (FL) head coach Tom Klusman tallied the 700th win of his career. The 39-year veteran is the 43rd coach in men’s college basketball to reach the milestone and just the 16th to do it all and one school. He ranks fifth among active Division II coaches in total wins and is ninth all-time.  

  • Gustavus Adolphus College (MN) Head Men’s Basketball Coach Mark Hanson earned his 500th career victory last week. Now in his 29th season at the helm, Hanson becomes the 16th active NCAA Division III men’s basketball coach to reach the milestone with a record of 500-267.

  • The Week 4 HoopDirt.com Coach of the Week Award presented by Just Play Solutions winners were announced earlier today. The complete list of recipients at the DI, DII, DIII, NAIA, and JUCO levels can be found HERE.