Wednesday, January 30, 2013
3-point shot: NCAA to rule soon on Gaels
By Andy Katz
1. Saint Mary's should hear soon the results of the Gaels' NCAA committee on infractions hearing, which occurred in mid-December, according to a source with knowledge of the COI. The Gaels had two consecutive Saturdays off -- Dec. 8 and 15 -- and were on the schedule for the regular COI hearing. The two-year investigation dealt with recruiting and extra benefit issues for the Australian players that have flooded the Gaels' program. NCAA spokesperson Stacey Osburn refused to add any more information, saying the NCAA won't comment on current, pending or potential cases. Osburn said the reason the NCAA commented on the Miami case, which is still pending, is because it dealt with NCAA/enforcement staff actions. The outcome of the Gaels' case will be interesting for head coach Randy Bennett, who could be a candidate for the vacant USC job. Bennett and Saint Mary's athletic director Mark Orr did not return inquiries for response throughout the summer and fall on this case.
2. I loved the honesty from Creighton coach Greg McDermott during a Katz Korner skype interview with his son Doug on Tuesday. McDermott said he did worry early in Doug's career how he was going to handle the coaching and draw a distinction between Greg as the coach and Greg as his father. It's worth repeating that the perfect storm had to occur for Greg to coach Doug. The elder McDermott had to decide to leave Iowa State and former Creighton coach Dana Altman had to decide that he would take the Oregon job. Doug was originally headed to Northern Iowa. The stars aligned for the two to be together and it has been a magical ride that should continue into March -- with a possible Wooden player of the year award and a deep NCAA run. The only father-son combination that could come close to this would be Bryce Drew playing for Homer Drew in a memorable moment in the NCAA tournament. But Bryce was destined to play for Homer, while the McDermott father-son situation was hardly a given.
3. Don't sleep on Colorado's chances to get back into the NCAA tournament discussion. The unbalanced schedule is favorable for the Buffaloes if they can take care of the games they should win. CU is done playing UCLA and gets Arizona and Arizona State at home, but it does have two games remaining against Oregon. So, that means the Buffaloes have three home games against teams that can really help their power-rating profile. The unbalanced schedule can play favorites toward the end of the season. This is why the Big 12 has it right and should stay at 10. A true round-robin creates a fair and balanced schedule while producing a true champion. The Pac-10 once had this set up and it's too bad it's gone (of course then CU wouldn't be in the Pac-12!).