Wednesday, September 18, 2013
3-point shot: Kennedy unfazed by negativity
By Andy Katz
1. ESPN top 100 recruit Alex Robinson, a guard out of Arlington, Texas, told CBS Sports.com that opposing coaches tried to use Texas A&M coach Billy Kennedy's Parkinson's disease against him in recruiting. If that did occur then it's another smear against coaches in what can be a muddied water of recruiting. Late Tuesday night, when asked if he was aware of negative recruiting against him due to his condition, Kennedy responded by saying, "I guess." Kennedy added he's doing great and has a "great future." Kennedy moves deliberately and slowly at times. But that hasn't affected his ability to coach. His intensity is still as high as ever, and he has tirelessly worked the recruiting circuit and is making every attempt to make the Aggies relevant in the SEC. Good for Robinson for staying true to a commitment despite the reported negative recruiting tactic.
2. The NIT Season Tip-Off needed two non-Division I schools to fill out its 16-team bracket, released Tuesday. Filling these tournaments with non-Division I schools shouldn't come as a shock. There are so many tournaments and not enough teams to fill them. Part of the problem is the rule preventing teams from the same conference participating in an event. There have been some unavoidable situations due to realignment, with two teams in an event from the same conference, who weren't in the same conference when they signed up for the tournament. The answer might be to waive that rule and allow tournaments to schedule at least one other conference team in an event. The mega conferences will make it even harder to schedule events without taking two teams from the same conference.
3. I do like the seeding, though, for the NIT. Arizona was the No. 1 seed, while Duke was No. 2, Alabama No. 3 and Rutgers No. 4. While the NIT is the last early-season tournament where you have to play your way to the neutral site, I would like to see more matchups in the early rounds of these tournaments based on seeding instead of random draws.