A whole lot of the MAC seems to be hiring guys with past glory and little recent success
Keno Davis To Central Michigan: Indian Casino Joke Goes Here - Hustle Belt
Keno Davis, currently serving as an analyst for the Big Ten Network, is going to replace Ernie Zeigler at Central Michigan. Davis himself confirmed it, CMU announced it ... so we all know this is going to happen. And what an odd turn of events. Davis took an upstart Drake Bulldogs team in 2008 to the NCAA Tournament as a five-seed, then parlayed that into Big East sadness, where he was out after three seasons with only one NIT appearance and an 18-36 Big East record to show for it. It was a pretty quick trip from wunderkind to washout.
Ohio, meanwhile want back to a former MAC coach
According to sources, Christian accepted the job on Sunday and will be introduced at Ohio on Tuesday. Christian has gone 56-73 in four seasons at the helm, but had success in his six years at Kent State.
Christian was 138-58 and went to a pair of NCAA tournaments in his time with the Golden Flashes.
This was the right move for Christian -- as TCU will go into the Big 12 next season. Christian, per a sources, will also make comparable money. He was making about $600,000 per season at TCU. Christian's wife also went to Ohio U.
Now these guys might make a go of it again. I just find the hires sort of curios. Not take to the streets and burn down the athletics building curious but Christian has already made waves, apparently DJ Cooper has skipped the first team meeting (we all know from Zach Maynard what that can mean).
Meanwhile at Akron
Keith Drambot broke with tradition and passed up a bigger payday to stay with his team. I guess the situation with the Dukes is that bad.
Dambrot was offered deal for 7 years in excess of $600K per -- with incentives that could have reached about $775K per.— Colin Dunlap (@colin_dunlap) April 1, 2012
Now for the MAAC
The Griffs just filled their coaching vacancy
Canisius makes Baron hiring official - Canisius Men's Basketball - The Buffalo News
Canisius College will make official what has been buzzing around the local college world for weeks -- Jim Baron will be the next Golden Griffins men's basketball coach.
The Griffs are trying to rebuild what has been a moribund program into a team that can compete for the MAAC.
So Grows the Sun Belt:
The Belt has reportedly added Georgia State:
Sun Belt Expansion: Georgia State Voted In, According To Report - SBNation.com
Georgia State football, all of two years old, will make the leap to the highest level, according to Brett McMurphy. The Sun Belt, which has been talking up adding two more teams, reportedly has voted in the Panthers and will extend an official invite soon.
This brings the Belt to eleven football members with South Alabama also coming in during the 2013 season.
Kids Stay away from drugs
Ryan leaf is a signpost on life's highway... Just say no!
Ryan Leaf Arrested Again On Drug And Burglary Charges - SBNation.com
Former NFL quarterback Ryan Leaf was arrested twice in a span of four days in Montana on felony burglary, misdemeanor theft and criminal possession of dangerous drugs. Leaf is also facing a revocation of his probation in the state of Texas, where he was arrested on similar charges in 2008.
This is not about his failed NFL career, this is about how drugs have taken that failure and defined him. A lot of guys wash out at the next level. What works in college may not play in the pro's but the pressure and expectations pushed leaf to drugs and now that's who he is.
UB Wrestling continues to pull in impressive recruits
Tony Lock Wins NHSCA National Title - Buffalo Athletics
Projected to wrestle at 174 or 184 pounds, Tony finished his season at Pioneer with a flawless 51-0 record to cap off a two-year run that earned him a record of 99-2, with one of those losses coming in last year's state final.