College basketball beat writer Paul Klee had plenty to say about the UI coaching situation during his weekly appearance on WDWS.
For Illinois athletics director Mike Thomas, it appears to be on to the next one.
Sought-after coach Shaka Smart informed Illinois he will stay at VCU, a source confirmed today. The fansite Peegs.com reported on its Twitter account that Smart turned down an offer from Illinois.
Bruce Weber might make the jump back to SIU. In 2003, Illinois was looking to replace Bill Self after he bolted to Kansas ... and eventually turned to the SIU coach at the time: Weber. Here were our odds in the days leading up to the hire — compare them to today's odds here:
Just once, before this nation collapses into a swirling sea of unpaid entitlements, I'd like to see a basketball coach stand up on Oct. 1 and state:
"This season, regardless of the situation, our team will attempt to score at the first, best opportunity on every possession."
On Jan. 21, the Mustangs tied the NCAA record by hitting their first 11 three-pointers in a 100-54 win against Cal State Northridge. Cal Poly was perfect until early in the second half, when Amaurys Fermin missed from the top of the key. The Mustangs finished the game hitting 15 of 21 threes (71 percent, a school record).
On Feb. 7, 1996, Miles Simon banked in a 65-foot shot at the buzzer to give 16th-ranked Arizona a 79-76 win against fifth-ranked Cincinnati and hand Lute Olson the 500th win of his collegiate coaching career.
Elliott Washington's shot in the 1992 SEC tournament, a semifinal win (90-89) against Arkansas in a game that included six future NBA draft picks: Alabama's Robert Horry, Latrell Sprewell and James "Hollywood" Robinson, and Arkansas' Todd Day, Oliver Miller and Lee Mayberry,