Posted: Thursday July 6, 2006 10:01AM; Updated: Thursday July 6, 2006 10:01AM
Bobby Cremins, a former Georgia Tech coach, is coming into a tough spot. Charleston got rid of a coach (Tom Herrion) who had won more than two-thirds of his games. Then hand-picked successor (Gregg Marshall) had second thoughts and returned to his old job at Winthrop. All this came while the school is trying to build an arena.
It wouldn't be surprising if former Gophers assistant Dick Biddle, head coach at Colgate, succeeds Randy Walker as football coach at Northwestern.
The Texas basketball team received its first commitment for the 2007-08 recruiting class when Houston Aldine senior Gary Johnson decided to play for the Longhorns. The power forward is considered a top-25 player nationally by both Rivals.com and Scout.com.
Tulane athletic director Rick Dickson said Wednesday there is no truth to a published report that Green Wave men's basketball coach Dave Dickerson could be leaving after one year to become an assistant coach at Virginia, and, in fact, he is on the verge of signing Dickerson to a contract extension.
Georgia's men's basketball program, still on probation for major NCAA infractions committed under former coach Jim Harrick, came uncomfortably close to finding itself in more hot water recently. In the end, a self-reported rules violation committed by assistant coach Mike Jones was deemed to be "secondary" in nature and therefore is not expected to result in additional sanctions. However, the actions taken against Jones by athletics director Damon Evans reveal the seriousness with which the situation was handled.
Terrell Jackson said during spring that he had no intentions of leaving Oregon even though he sat at third on the depth. That obviously was not enough for Jackson, who, if he finds the right situation could still become a very good Division I back or an elite I-AA back. Jackson would have two years left at a D-I school after sitting out this season. He could play three seasons with a I-AA program.
Because Lutheran Christian remains on the NCAA Clearinghouse list, thus validating last year's credited courses, several of its students won't have to worry about losing athletic scholarships. That includes former Roman Catholic star Malik Perry and Neumann-Goretti product David Burton, who have respectively signed with Iowa and St. Francis.
The University of California on Wednesday announced it has hired former Oregon associate athletic director Jim Bartko as senior associate athletic director for development. Bartko, who spent 17 years at Oregon, will oversee all fundraising matters at Cal related to intercollegiate athletics as well as manage the Bear Backer organization and the athletic ticket office.
When athletic director DeLoss Dodds arrived 25 years ago, the Texas athletic department had six fund-raising arms for individual sports run by alumni who created perks for themselves. In a difficult political move, Dodds eliminated the freelance fundraising and brought it all under one roof in 1984 as the Longhorn Foundation, which now generates $22 million per year.
Tavus "Teddy" Craft, a Georgia Southern all-conference wide receiver, was listed in critical condition Wednesday afternoon following a motorcycle crash Tuesday night near Statesboro. Craft apparently was wearing a helmet, which is a law in Georgia.
Temple football coach Al Golden yesterday named Tom Deahn as the Owls' director of football operations. Deahn replaced Chris MacAulay, who resigned last month after being hired by Golden in January.