Morning Five: 07.15.11 Edition--Rush The Court
ACC Sports Journal asks the question: What’s the succession plan for Duke basketball? Everyone knows that Duke head coach Mike Krzyzewski is still probably several years, a couple hundred more wins, and perhaps even a fifth national championship away from retiring, but as he turns 65 next season, it’s a fair question. The national pundits believe that Butler’s Brad Stevens is tailor made for the job, and we agree for the most part. But we also think that Stevens, as a Hoosier born and bred, will settle at one or the other destination job — Duke or Indiana — at some point in the next five to seven years. For fans of either school, it may become a bit of Faustian bargain — IU fans rooting for Tom Crean to ultimately fail (hoping the job opens prior to Duke), and Duke fans rooting for Crean’s success (hoping the IU job won’t open until after K retires).
Tough Questions: Whither Duke After Coach K?--ACC Sports Journal
Duke might go outside the Coach K coaching tree to find a replacement. Many Blue Devils see Butler’s Brad Stevens as a young doppelganger for Krzyzewski. But Stevens has strong Midwest roots, turned down a blank check from Phil Knight at Oregon, and has refused to talk to Wake Forest, N.C. State, Maryland or anybody else about their coaching vacancies. Would Duke automatically get a different response?
No ESPY award, but nice highlights--Indy Star Butler Insider
Butler blog on hiatus--Indy Star Butler Insider
Brad Stevens Joins NABC Board--ButlerSports.com
D-II Quincy will visit UIC in regular season--ChicagoNow.com
Knowing the Newcomers: Freshman Will Simonton--uicflames.com
Green Bay's Alec Brown Featured by Yahoo! Sports--uwgbathletics.com
7.14.11 In Related News--Anonymous Eagle
Last, but not least, UW-Milwaukee returns to the Bradley Center for their yearly beating at the hands of the men's basketball team on December 22.
Meier, Williams, Haarsma Should Be Among League's Best In 11-12--Panther Blog Zone
Wood gets another shot at Michigan State--Rivals.com
Nick Shelton Spotlight Interview Valparaiso University (Former Frankenmuth Standout)--Elite Preps Live
Wood talks Michigan State and his time at Valpo--SectionEE
Former WSU star happy to find overseas home--Dayton Daily News