HoopDirt.com Daily News – 2/11/19

  • Arizona AD Dave Heeke gave head basketball coach Sean Miller a vote of confidence this weekend. Miller has been taking a ton of heat lately thanks to the FBI investigation, the arrest of former assistant Book Richardson, and the imminent firing of suspended assistant coach Mark Phelps. “I want to be very, very clear about it, we support this basketball program, we support these players, we support this coaching staff,” Heeke said Saturday night during halftime of Arizona’s game. This place deserves nothing less than that. We’ve supported them all the way back. I think I’ve been very clear about my support for the program, support for the leadership of this program. We support Coach Miller and his leadership of this program. And anything that has been reported or has been talked about to the contrary of that is completely false. I want to be very clear on that. I support Coach Miller. We support Coach Miller. Those things that have been said to the contrary of that are not true.” More from Arizona Desert Swarm HERE.

  • Georgia head coach Tom Crean threw his team under the bus this weekend. After losing to Ole Miss (Georgia’s 8th straight SEC loss), Crean told reporters, “It’s all on me. Because I’m the one who decided to keep these guys. And I get it, because the last thing I can do with making decisions on keeping guys in the program in the spring, is now overly get mad at them because I’m the one who made the decision. I live with that every day and it doesn’t mean that they’re not great kids. But very few programs, when there’s a takeover okay, when you guys who haven’t done it at any point really in their career, a lot of those guys move on. That’s what happens when there’s a job change. And I didn’t do that. And I’m not going to complain. And we’ve just got to do everything we can to fix it.” More from 247sports HERE. Shantell Crump, the mother of junior guard Tyree Crump responded to these Crean’s comments on Twitter:

  • Our thoughts are with Montana State head coach Brian Fish, whose daughter Caryssa, 29, passed away on Friday. Fish, who coached Saturday’s game vs. Idaho issued the following statement, “Melyssa and I lost the most precious thing in life today when our daughter Caryssa passed away. The authorities in Florida are still working through the details. We thank our many friends in Bozeman, throughout Montana, and around the country for their support and prayers, and also for respecting our privacy during a devastating time for us.”

  • Good article from the Daily Press on Longwood head coach Griff Aldrich. “How the managing partner of a multi-billion-dollar private equity firm became a college basketball coach in Virginia” gives a pretty good insight into a very unique coach. Full story can be found HERE.

  • DIII Mary Washington head coach Marcus Kahn won the 300th game of his career this weekend with a 68-62 win over Penn St.-Harrisburg. Kahn is in his fifth season at Mary Washington, and has also been the head coach at Cabrini College, and Pitt-Greensburg. His squad is currently 15-7 (7-4 CAC).

  • NJCAA Kilgore College (TX) head coach Brian Hoberecht won game #200 in memorable fashion this weekend. His squad had a 69-67 come-from-behind victory vs. Panola thanks to a game-winning three-pointer with 0:02 left. This is Hoberecht’s eleventh season at KC.

  • The jobs are starting to pick up….seven were added late last week. They can all be found in our JOBS SECTION.
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