Posted: Monday March 19, 2007 10:30AM; Updated: Monday March 19, 2007 10:30AM
Texas coach Rick Barnes insists Kevin Durant has never said this would be a one-and-done proposition and suggested at the Big 12 tournament that his franchise player might return to get a year's worth of physical growth and maturity.
Look for a number of big names to be floated in the Michigan coaching search. You will hear about Tennessee's Bruce Pearl and Tom Crean at Marquette. But look for a top assistant or someone from a successful mid-major to get the job unless Michigan finally opens up the checkbook and pays a coach a competitive rate. That is why Butler coach Todd Lickliter should be a strong candidate.
Oregon coach Ernie Kent appears to be interested in the Michigan job. Kent told The Oregonian that if U-M knocks on his door, he'll open it.
Steve Alford insinuated that he plans to continue as men's basketball coach at Iowa next season, says a point guard he is recruiting.
Washington State coach Tony Bennett stands to make between $350,000 and $375,000, including postseason and coach-of-the-year incentives. If he stays, the coach should expect his salary to double if not triple.
Indiana football coach Terry Hoeppner, who has had brain surgery twice in the last 15 months, will skip spring practice for health reasons. Assistant head coach Bill Lynch will be in a charge of the team when it starts practice Tuesday.
Rudy Carpenter could lose the Arizona State starting quarterback job to sophomore Danny Sullivan, but the junior has enough self-confidence to believe he will impress the new coaching staff and keep the job.