Truth & Rumors: April 5, 2006
Posted: Wednesday April 5, 2006 11:07AM; Updated: Wednesday April 5, 2006 2:07PM
One source familiar with the search said N.C. State has contacted Jim Larranaga, who coached No. 11 seed George Mason on its improbable run to the NCAA semifinals.
Though Texas officials have denied speculation that men's basketball coach Rick Barnes has been contacted by N.C. State, sources have identified him as one of the school's likely top targets to replace Herb Sendek. Barnes might not share N.C. State's interest. The Austin American-Statesman reported Tuesday that Texas athletics director DeLoss Dodds is working on a salary increase for Barnes, whose total package reportedly is worth about $1.3 million a year. An announcement of a raise could come as soon as today.
Nobody knows for sure what's going on between Mark Turgeon, Wichita State and Oklahoma except Mark Turgeon, the people in the loop at Wichita State and those hiring the next basketball coach at Oklahoma. But there is definitely something cooking, or at least simmering.
Multiple sources tell the Daily News that Ohio University's Tim O'Shea is expected to be named the new coach at Seton Hall before the end of the week.
Kansas men's basketball assistant Joe Dooley is expect to interview today for the vacant head coaching position at North Carolina-Wilmington. Dooley was East Carolina's head coach from 1992-95. Texas assistant Rodney Terry is slated to interview on Thursday.
The 04's -- Joakim Noah, Corey Brewer, Al Horford and Taurean Green -- all starred during Florida's run to the title. They live in the same apartment and call themselves ''brothers.'' The question is will they all return? The lure is great for Noah. Some project the 6-11 sophomore who runs the court like a gazelle would be among the first four picks in the NBA Draft. Horford, a 6-9 power forward, has been projected as a top-20 pick, and Brewer, a 6-9 swingman, is viewed as a first-round pick.
USC running back Hershel Dennis, who sat out all of last season recovering from knee surgery, will have an MRI exam today after appearing to reinjure the same knee Tuesday in his first extended spring practice workout. According to a school spokesperson, trainers initially diagnosed the latest injury a sprain. Dennis said he would await MRI results.
Uncertain of his future at Arizona State, redshirt freshman quarterback Derek Shaw is transferring. Shaw, rated as the nation's No. 1 quarterback by PrepStar coming out of Oceanside, Calif., did not play in ASU's first spring scrimmage on Saturday. He would be immediately eligible at a Division I-AA school or must sit out a year if he transfers to another Division I-A school.
Tennessee Coach Phillip Fulmer didn't have many positive things to say about the Vols' offense after their latest full-scale scrimmage on Saturday. Now in their final week of spring practice, the Vols say progress has been made in their tempo and techniques. But in terms of proof, the on-field production hasn't reflected much change.
The basketball practice facility at Tennessee that both Bruce Pearl and Pat Summitt have been pushing for is about to become a reality. A recent $5 million commitment from alumnus Larry F. Pratt means that Tennessee officials anticipate the project being fully funded by the time ground is broken in August.
With the requisite paperwork finally completed, the Marquette Golden Eagles officially welcomed Maurice Acker into the fold Monday. Acker is transferring from Ball State, where he was named the Mid-American Conference freshman of the year after averaging 9.2 points and 4.6 assists in 28 games. Under NCAA regulations, Acker won't be eligible to play until the 2007-'08 season.
Colorado State sophomore guard Sean Morris, who almost single-handedly beat Colorado this season with a career-high 34 points, recently told the coaching staff he will not return. The 5-foot-10 shooting guard started five games this season, with freshman Stephan Gilling eventually taking over. Morris averaged 8.6 points and 18.5 minutes while shooting 37.6 percent from the field. Layer said he did not know where Morris planned to transfer but will give him his release.