3-point shot: Catching up with Frank Haith

October, 17, 2011
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1. Missouri coach Frank Haith liked what he saw after three days of practice minus big man Laurence Bowers, who is out for the season with a knee injury. Haith said he could see Steve Moore or Kadeem Green filling Bowers’ spot, but he’s not opposed to going with four guards. He has options with Kim English, Marcus Denmon, Phil Pressey, Matt Pressey and Michael Dixon Jr. The one lock inside is Ricardo Ratliffe. “We can be good, but we can’t lose anybody [else],’’ Haith said Sunday. “We have to really block out to limit people to one shot, but I think we can be a chore to guard.”

2. Texas A&M spokesperson Matt Simon confirmed Sunday night that new head coach Billy Kennedy will not attend Big 12 media day Thursday in Kansas City. Simon said associate head coach Glynn Cyprien will attend the function in place of Kennedy, who is out with an undisclosed medical condition that multiple sources told ESPN.com is stress-related. Kennedy didn't attend Friday night’s Maroon Madness and wasn’t at practice over the weekend. But his wife Mary was at a team dinner Sunday night and was present at a team function Friday afternoon to show support from the Kennedy family.

3. If Boise State and the Big East end up reaching a football-only agreement, it'll leave the men's basketball program in a precarious spot. Mountain West commissioner Craig Thompson said on a conference call Friday that BSU can’t be in the MWC without football. Western Athletic Conference commissioner Karl Benson said Sunday he hasn’t talked to Boise about its other sports programs, but the options are limited. The West Coast Conference doesn’t want state schools and the Big Sky or Big West would be a perceived step down. Coach Leon Rice came to Boise thinking the MWC was the future home, playing programs like UNLV, San Diego State and New Mexico. That might last all of one season.

Andy Katz | email

Senior Writer, ESPN.com

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