HoopDirt.com’s Daily News from the college basketball coaching world…
- Florida head coach Mike White, a former player and long-time assistant coach at Ole Miss quickly ended any speculation that he may be interested in returning to his alma mater after the announcement of the departure of current head coach Andy Kennedy. White told SEC Country; “I have no interest, no interest at all. I love Ole Miss. My wife loves Ole Miss. It’s a great place, great people, Oxford’s an awesome town, Ole Miss has been really, really good to me. But we are so fortunate to be here at Florida. It’s one of the best jobs in the country, and I’m not interested in any other job.” Read the entire article HERE.
- According to the Denver Post, the investigation into Larry Eustachy and the climate of the men’s basketball program is complete. Eustachy and his attorney met with CSU on Tuesday to defend allegations of verbal abuse, the final interview of the two-week investigation. The Post also reports that Eustachy’s salary this season is $985,012, and he has a buyout of about $3 million should CSU terminate his contract without cause. Should Eustachy terminate the contract, which runs through the 2020-21 season, prematurely, he would owe CSU $4.5 million; however, a source told The Denver Post that should the coach resign, the school would waive the buyout it’s owed. The full report can be found HERE.
- An amendment to Missouri State men’s basketball coach Paul Lusk’s contract recently went into effect, removing a clause that would have given him an automatic five-year extension in the event of an NCAA Tournament appearance. The story, which was first published by 417-sports.com, reports that Lusk’s contract will remain as is, running through the 2018-19 season and with a buyout of $371,453 if the school makes a coaching change after this season. Also, according to the Springfield News-Leader, AD Kyle Moats said the university had negotiated with Lusk for a couple of weeks before the removal of the clause. He said Lusk agreed to make the change “for the betterment of the program,” and he appreciated his cooperation in doing so. Missouri State is currently 17-10 (7-7) and on a two game winning streak after dumping five in a row.
- South Carolina’s Frank Martin was publicly reprimanded by the SEC and fined $25,000 for his comments following USC’s loss to Florida. Martin was issued a technical foul by Lee Cassell late in the first half. Martin was critical of the SEC still allowing Cassell to work SEC games. In the post game presser, Martin said “I got a problem when our league office puts a guy on our game that got his break in the SEC and he turned his back on the SEC to go officiate other leagues. Why are we hiring that official to officiate SEC games? That’s a problem.” The SEC cited the violation of bylaw Bylaw 10.5.4 in issuing Martin a reprimand and fine, regarding rules against public criticism of officials. More from CBSSports.com HERE.
- A few recent milestone victories…
– Amherst head coach David Hixon picked up his 800th career win this past weekend when his squad knocked off No. 5 Middlebury College 80-68 on Senior Day to clinch the number one seed in the NESCAC tournament. Hixon is in his 41st season at Amherst, and is a three-time National Association of Basketball Coaches (NABC) Northeast Region Coach of the Year and two-time NABC National Coach of the Year.
– Tarleton State head coach Lonn Reisman collected his 650th career win on Saturday. Reisman becomes the 15th active head coach in NCAA Division I and II to win 650 games and he’s the fifth active Division II coach to reach the milestone. He is currently in his 30th season at TSU.
– Southern Vermont College head men’s basketball coach Dan Engelstad became the first coach in school history to amass 100 career victories. He is now 101-32 in his five plus seasons at the college.