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Thursday, January 13, 2005

down under

-- Go Tubby! It's your luncheon. Ole Miss' Tip-Off Club is going to party like it's your luncheon.

-- The gang of 500 cares little about Andrew Bogut. The Utah star therefore has to search far and wide -- all the way to Australia -- to find a puff piece about his NBA prospects.

-- ESPN's "experts" are up with their latest Power Poll. Only Dick Vitale would rank Kansas ahead of both Illinois and North Carolina.

-- A few days ago, Bloggers Dave and the SportsProf weighed in on Doug Gottlieb's suggestion that Eddie Sutton and Jerry Tarkanian belong in the Basketball Hall of Fame. As usual, I disagree with Gottlieb. While I'm young enough to understand only why Sutton deserves admission, I'm old enough to remember why Tark doesn't merit more than a moment's consideration.

-- The Albuquerque Tribune's Jeff Carlton, himself a blogger, pens a nice profile of Air Force's Chris "no relation to Randy" Mooney. The fourth-youngest head coach in Division I, however, better vacate the Falcons' bench sooner rather than later. A good coach can amass a few successful seasons at the AFA, but is sooner or later doomed to a season or two of mediocrity by lackluster recruiting. Such is life when your players are expected to serve in the military upon graduation.

-- As it turns out, Swede import Christian Maraker came to Pacific by chance. This fun story and more in the piece the Associated Press' Janie McCauley wrote about the success Bob Thomason is having out West. Thomason's making little progress, however, with respect to my friend's request that the school's name be changed; "I can't believe the Friars lost to an ocean." (Then again, given Providence's 2004-2005 campaign, last year's first round exit seems desirable).

-- The Daily Howler: UCLA's victory over Washington generated a new meme. Ben Howland is turning the Bruins around. A premature conclusion? Yes. But a wrong one? No.

-- The aforementioned seven schools that requested copies of Joe Crawford's transcript from Kentucky? Michigan State, Clemson, Arizona, Kansas State, Pittsburgh, Oklahoma and Illinois.

-- Indiana-Purdue of Fort Wayne today fired Doug Noll , purportedly for going 40-119 in five-plus years. I say, however, that Noll was let go because he failed to come up with a nickname as cute as "ooey-pooey."

-- Marcus Stout, a former teammate of Joe Crawford, was recently named the Atlantic 10 rookie of the week after nailing six three pointers in a game against Richmond. His coach's response?

Dereck Whittenburg: "I'm just happy to have him, and that Michigan and Michigan State were too dumb to recruit him."

Marcus' response (Told to a reporter after the game, then paraphrased and emailed to this intrepid blogger)? With two All-Americans on my (Detroit Renaissance) team, I was never asked to score in high school.