- Dick Vitale, College Basketball analyst
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Each week I'll talk about the sport I love, college basketball:
• Iowa State fans have to be thrilled to have The Mayor, Fred Hoiberg, as their new head basketball coach. Joining him on the staff is Jeff Grayer, another outstanding player from the school's basketball history. If I was Hoiberg, given his lack of coaching experience, I would go out and get a former head coach to serve as an assistant. Get someone who knows the NCAA rules and who has experienced the day-to-day on the Division I level.
• Hoiberg took over in Iowa when Gregg McDermott left for Creighton. The Bluejays had an opening when Dana Altman left for Oregon. Talk about a wild turn of events at all three schools.
In all, 50 schools have had coaching changes already. Are you serious?
• Who will get the job at Rutgers? I absolutely loved coaching there as an assistant years ago. The Scarlet Knights have great access to the talented players in the New York-New Jersey metro area. This is a program that could have super recruiting success, baby!
• Isn't it ironic that Oregon and Missouri will meet in the Big 12 vs. Pac-10 Hardwood Series next season? Mike Anderson, the head coach of the Tigers, was courted by the Ducks but stayed in Columbia. Some of the other interesting match-ups in the series include: Kansas-UCLA, Kansas State-Washington State, Arizona State-Baylor, Oklahoma-Arizona and Washington-Texas A&M.
• I often speak about making good decisions in life. Well, UNLV recently fell victim to an athlete's bad decision. The Rebels suffered a setback when forward Matt Shaw, who was expected to contribute during the 2010-11 season, was thrown off the team. He reportedly failed a drug test due to marijuana use.
• Two former UCLA players have landed elsewhere in the college basketball scene. Mike Moser transferred to UNLV, while J'Mison Morgan ended up at Baylor. Both of these players have the potential to make some noise with their future teams.
• The NFL draft produced a couple of tight ends that college hoop fans may have heard of. Former Miami-Florida baseline beauty Jimmy Graham chose the gridiron after his hoops career concluded. The outstanding rebounder picked in the third round by the New Orleans Saints.
Fendi Onobun was picked by the St. Louis Rams in the sixth round of the draft. He averaged less than two points per game, seeing limited playing time as a forward at Arizona. After graduating, the 6-6 Onobun walked on to play football for one season at Houston, where he caught two passes. I hope these young men achieve great things in their careers. Remember, Tony Gonzalez and Antonio Gates made the transition from hoops to football very successfully.
Dick Vitale discusses the latest coaching moves, key matchups for the Big 12 vs. Pac-10 Hardwood Series and which players made the transition from college hoopsters to NFL players.