Tuesday, November 15, 2011
3-point shot: Castiglione to replace Beebe
By Andy Katz
1. Oklahoma athletic director Joe Castiglione is expected to replace former Big 12 commissioner Dan Beebe on the NCAA men’s basketball selection committee and complete the final two years of Beebe's term. An announcement is supposed to come from the NCAA sometime next week. The Big 12 nominated Castiglione. The other nine members of the committee are: chair Jeff Hathaway (Big East consultant), Steve Orsini (SMU AD), Scott Barnes (Utah State AD), Lynn Hickey (UTSA AD), Doug Fullerton (Big Sky commissioner), Jamie Zaninovich (WCC commissioner), Mike Bobinski (Xavier AD), Ron Wellman (Wake Forest AD) and Joe Alleva (LSU AD).
2. San Diego State is taking a wait-and-see approach on a possible move to the Big East in football. The Aztecs may form a possible Western Division with BYU, Boise State and Air Force as those three schools contemplate an possible offer from the Big East. But the problem for a school like SDSU, according to a source, is whether the money makes sense and if there is a true home for the rest of the sports like men’s basketball. BYU is safe with the WCC, a solid home for a faith-based institution. Air Force could land there, as well. But Boise State and a school like SDSU can’t go to the WCC. With the WAC going to far-flung places in Texas, the option is more likely conferences like the Big West or Big Sky, a decided downgrade for a program like SDSU.
3. One of the more significant results from Monday night was Providence’s win at Fairfield. New Providence coach Ed Cooley beat his former team in his old building in Bridgeport. The win will help propel the Friars under Cooley as he tries to fast-track the rebuilding job. But for Fairfield it’s a disappointing start to the season. The Stags, the favorite in the MAAC, needed to beat a team projected at the bottom of the Big East. Now Fairfield will need to raise its profile even more with an Old Spice Classic win next week in Orlando. The Stags must build a non-conference resume with positive points, not holes, if they’re going to be taken seriously in March. Fairfield won the MAAC regular season last year but it wasn’t enough. More needs to be done in November and December.