Truth & Rumors: February 22, 2006
Posted: Wednesday February 22, 2006 11:21AM; Updated: Wednesday February 22, 2006 11:21AM
The latest word is that some Indiana administrators want Vanderbilt coach Kevin Stallings to succeed Mike Davis. But Hoosiers boosters want Iowa's Steve Alford, who is expected to end up with the job.
If Indiana sophomore basketball players Robert Vaden and D. J. White transfer, Davis likely won't have persuaded them to do so. That would cost Davis money, according to the seven-page agreement he made with IU last week.
Vidal Hazelton, the highly coveted 6-foot-3, 200-pound wide receiver considered a top-10 national prospect by most recruiting services, will choose between Penn State and Southern Cal today. Hazelton committed orally to Southern Cal in late December and signed a letter of intent with the Trojans on Feb. 1, but the elder Hazelton would not co-sign the form, saying his son was under too much pressure. His father, Dexter, has made no secret of his preference for Penn State.
It sounds as if another losing season and an inability to maintain a precise pace are pushing Washington State coach Dick Bennett closer to retirement. "Our play this year has confirmed that," Bennett said Tuesday in a Pac-10 conference call. "I possibly think it's time for a change." Bennett has considered retirement for a couple of years.
The job of starting center on the Bruins, which has belonged to Ryan Hollins for the last seven games, is up for grabs. Whichever big man grabs the most rebounds in practice this week, and sets the most effective screens, will be in the post for UCLA when it plays host to Oregon State on Thursday night. So says coach Ben Howland, trying to re-energize his club after the Bruins lost to USC on Sunday.
Northwestern is 12-12 and knocking on the postseason's door once again. But in its first year of running the NIT, the NCAA has changed the locks. Regular-season conference champions that are passed over by the NCAA tournament will be granted automatic bids in the NIT. That's potentially bad news for NIT "bubble" teams from power conferences such as Northwestern and Notre Dame, 13-11.