Tuesday, March 20, 2012
3-point shot: Will Boyle head to Nebraska?
By Andy Katz
1. Nebraska has reached out through a third party to see if there is interest from Colorado coach Tad Boyle, according to sources. Boyle would be a fool not to listen, but he should stay put as long as it’s not crazy money. CU should bump him up since in two seasons he has taken the Buffs to the NIT Final Four and on the doorstep to a bid, to the Pac-12 tournament title, and now to the third round of the NCAA tournament. CU is on the rise in the Pac-12 while Nebraska has a long road ahead in the Big Ten.
2. Pitt can exact revenge on Butler in Wednesday’s CBI semifinals. The Bulldogs denied the Panthers a shot at the Final Four last year in Washington D.C. -- a complete meltdown by the Panthers in the final frenzied possession. Oregon State and Washington State are in the other semifinal. If Butler wins then the Bulldogs will be playing for a championship for the third-straight season. Regardless of the tournament, not too many teams could say that during a three-year run.
3. Danny Hurley has a decision to make as to whether he wants the Rhode Island job. Shaka Smart will have a similar decision but about Illinois. This will be an interesting test case. Both coaches, albeit at different levels, have spoken eloquently about how much they love their respective jobs at Wagner and VCU and the levels they’re at in coaching. Let’s see if they stay in one spot or chase the dollar to resurrect a program.