Thursday, March 22, 2007

Big time coaching moves in the Big Ten...
We interrupt this time otherwise devoted to soaking in March Madness for three major coaching moves in the Big Ten. Okay, so I'm a little late on the Amaker firing. That wasn't really a surprise though. What is a shock is that Tubby Smith is leaving Kentucky - no Wolverines fans, not for Michigan - for Minnesota.

Oh and Steve Alford, who Iowa fans weren't ever totally in love with anyway, is leaving for New Mexico a job that seems a step down but a place where basketball comes first.

So, who does that leave for Michigan and where does Amaker go? Amaker likely finds himself a decent mid-major job or heck, maybe even lands in Iowa. Michigan has been talking Tom Crean and maybe Tubby, but Crean won't leave Marquette for a program with sub-par facilities where football comes first, second, third, fourth, fifth and hockey comes sixth! Tubby is taking his game to The Barn. Damn good to have him. Good man, very good coach.

Meanwhile, Ohio State is the only representative left in the Big Dance. Wisconsin got a tough draw and really, Illinois, Purdue, Indiana and Michigan State were technically not forecast to get past the first round, let alone into the Sweet 16. So, Go Bucks - carry the Big Ten banner well.

One of these days, I'll do a look back on the season and my previews, until then...

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