Monday, March 19, 2012
3-point shot: Let coaching carousel begin
By Andy Katz
1. Gregg Marshall isn’t a lock to be the next head coach at South Carolina just because he was once the head coach at Winthrop (located in Rock Hill, S.C.). He is extremely comfortable at Wichita State and according to a source with direct knowledge of his situation, it will take a monumental offer to pry him away from the Shockers.
2. Ole Miss coach Andy Kennedy could be in play at his alma mater, UAB, but there are still a lot of moving parts to see if this occurs. Kentucky assistant Kenny Payne has strong ties to Mississippi and is expected to be in play at Mississippi State. But this is a big two-week stretch in the job carousel for hot names like Shaka Smart (VCU), Steve Prohm (Murray State), Stan Heath (USF) and John Groce (Ohio).
3. The NCAA still hasn’t decided where it will put the East Regional in 2013. The other three sites are set: West (Los Angeles), Midwest (Indianapolis), Southwest (Dallas). This is the 75th anniversary of the tournament so the NCAA is taking its time. Here’s a suggestion: find a way to get it into Madison Square Garden in New York City. The Final Four is in Atlanta.