1. The Pac-12's decision to partner with the Mountain West and hire Bobby Dibler to lead the officiating crew is a smart idea. Both leagues need uniformity out West. The WCC, Big West and WAC will also participate in an officiating training program administered under Dibler's direction. Dibler was a long-time official who has been a veteran officiating coordinator. He is well respected in the West by conference administrators and officials. Dibler had to deal with tragedy when his 55-year old wife Carroll and 20-year old daughter Kristin were murdered in their El Paso home in 2000 by Kristin's ex-boyfriend. Dibler has poured his life into his work of officiating since the tragedies and been an important voice in the sport out West. The Pac-12 and the MWC have it in their best interest to collaborate so the best officials are working the top level games. These conferences should work together as much as possible to have more uniformity in officiating. They should encourage sharing of information so that there is no difference when a crew is working a game in one of these conferences.
2. UConn is close to being healthy as Shabazz Napier, Tyler Olander and Omar Calhoun are returning from injuries. Napier has a chance to be a player of the year candidate in the American conference. UConn coach Kevin Ollie said over the weekend that German big man Enosch Wolf is welcome back on the team but he has to pay his own scholarship after he was cleared of domestic assault charges (he was suspended in February). Ollie said Wolf could transfer, go play in Europe or come back. He said he has earned the right to come back but has to deal with his own financial aid. Meanwhile, the Huskies are putting together quite a schedule for next season. The Huskies will play at Washington (in a return series), host Harvard (the Crimson are top 25 good) and host Stanford in Hartford all in December. UConn will play Maryland at the Barclays Center to start the season Nov. 8 and play Boston College and then possibly Indiana (which has to get by Washington) in the 2K Sports Classic at Madison Square Garden in New York City the week after the season opener.
3. So many wonderful things have been said about the late Miami coach Charlie Coles, who passed away Friday at age 71. I can't remember any coach saying anything negative about Coles. His former MAC rivals from Dan Dakich to Tim O'Shea raved about what a wonderful person he was during their tenures in the league. He once was on a staff at Miami with Herb Sendek, Sean Miller and Thad Matta. He had so may friends, friendly rivals, and no enemies that anyone claimed. He was a pleasure to deal with from a media perspective. Xavier's Chris Mack tweeted about the two iconic personalities in Southern Ohio at one time with Coles and the late Skip Prosser of then Xavier. The current crop of coaches should take a cue with how these men were more balanced about the game and handled themselves. They were characters. They were genuine. And like Prosser, Coles will be sorely missed.