Saturday, April 5, 2003
Felton schedules second interview at Georgia
By Andy Katz ESPN.com
NEW ORLEANS -- Western Kentucky coach Dennis Felton has a scheduled interview with Georgia's president Sunday, his second interview with the school this weekend in New Orleans.
Sources say Felton is one of three finalists for the position along with Creighton's Dana Altman and former Chicago Bulls coach Tim Floyd. All three interviewed for the position within the past week. Altman isn't certain what his next move will be and whether or not he'll stay in the chase for the job.
Georgia is searching for a coach to replace Jim Harrick Sr.
Floyd withdrew from the Clemson search last week. He's not sure if he wants to jump back into coaching just yet.
What else we're hearing:
Kansas: Danny Manning, who won a title with the Jayhawks in 1988, could make a cameo appearance Monday for the title game. So, too, could former Jayhawk Drew Gooden, who bolted for the NBA last season. The word out of KU was that former North Carolina coach Dean Smith, Roy Williams' mentor, might come to see if his former assistant will cut down the nets. If he's in attendance, expect Williams to be a bit uptight. Smith is the one person who can make the usual superior Williams look like an apprentice because he reveres him so much.
On the street: The best sighting so far of the Final Four came Saturday afternoon. on a walk between the Hilton Hotel (the coaches' headquarters) and the Superdome, who was spotted? None other than Tony Cole. The former Georgia guard was wearing, of all things, a University of Georgia T-shirt and was actually excited to see an ESPN reporter. He said he was feeling good and looking to head to try and get started on a pro career. Cole's contention of wrongdoing at Georgia led to Harrick being suspended and the school withdrawing from the SEC and NCAA Tournaments.
Dayton: Look for Michigan State assistant coach Brian Gregory and Drexel coach Bruiser Flint to be in the mix to replace Dayton's Oliver Purnell, who left for Clemson. Flint knows the president of the school well after meeting him when he was at Saint Joseph', where Flint was a player in the 1980s.
Pittsburgh: Former associate head coach Jamie Dixon is supposed to meet with Pittsburgh chancellor Mark Nordenberg on Sunday. He's the choice of former coach Ben Howland and the Panthers' players, but that doesn't mean the school will tab Dixon. Memphis coach John Calipari still hasn't heard from the administration. Wake Forest's Skip Prosser would likely listen, but N.C. State's Herb Sendek, who like Prosser and Calipari is a Pittsburgh native, has made it clear through school officials that he has no intentions of leaving Raleigh.
East Tennessee State: Former coach Ed DeChellis isn't sure what the school will do to replace him after he left for Penn State. But he is certain that whoever gets the job will walk into a great situation, with eight of nine players returning. East Tennessee State lost to Wake Forest by three points in the first round of the NCAA Tournament. DeChellis, a former Penn State assistant, said Saturday that he wouldn't have gotten the Nittany Lions job if he didn't get in the NCAAs.
The NABC meeting: The coaches association is still squawking about the five/eight scholarship limitation (no more than five scholarships in a single season and no more than eight in two seasons), but the NCAA presidents don't want to move on this issue. The coaches say the rule is debilitating, especially when players transfer.
The coaches would also like to see a three-year mandatory stay in college before declaring for the NBA draft. But the NBA Players Association is barely ready to budge on a 20-year minimum age limit. A number of players who go to prep school sometimes are 20 after their freshman seasons.
The NCAA: The organization is being proactive about international players and sent out a packet to 25 federations to tell them the new rules for foreign players. The rules are simple: if a player plays on a pro team or plays with a pro and they receive more than the necessary expenses then they won't be eligible to play in college. The old rule would give them a maximum of an eight-game penalty. International coaches at the Final Four say this will likely be the beginning of the end of foreign players coming to U.S. colleges unless they leave their families at 16 to go to American high school or prep schools.
Illinois State: Dixon, Gregory and Xavier assistant Sean Miller are in the coaching mix, with Miller getting a late interview and possibly moving to the forefront. Gregory could be waiting for something more like Dayton.
South Florida: Florida assistant Anthony Grant is starting to look like the favorite. Holy Cross coach Ralph Willard has also been mentioned as has Western Michigan's Robert McCullum.
Courtside: Kansas coach Roy Williams had one of the better lines when yelling at an official Saturday when the game was a blowout and he had his scrubs in the game, "We're paying you $2,000 a game to work the entire game.''
Andy Katz is a senior writer at ESPN.com