<
>

Roundball chatter

10/13/2010

• America is a land of second chances. I was happy to hear that former Oklahoma State coach Sean Sutton will be back in college basketball. Sutton will serve as an adviser to his brother, Scott, who is the head coach at Oral Roberts. Sean Sutton pleaded guilty to charges of illegally obtaining prescription drugs back in August. We will see if this is a stepping stone, leading to another Division I head coaching job for Sean Sutton.

• Kansas has made a great move by retiring Wayne Simien's No. 23 jersey in a ceremony on January 19, 2011. There are so many great names hanging in the rafters at Allen Field House: Danny Manning, Wilt Chamberlain, Paul Pierce. Simien was part of group that had Nick Collison, Kirk Hinrich and Drew Gooden; those three already had their jersey numbers retired by Kansas. Simien was a first-round pick (Miami Heat) in 2005 but retired from pro basketball in 2009. He is a classy kid and I am thrilled that he is receiving this honor.

• I think the world of Connecticut head coach Jim Calhoun. He is a Hall of Famer who has done an incredible job with the Huskies. But I have to note that the head coach is responsible for the operation of his staff. This is not going to be an easy season, especially when Connecticut goes on the road.

• Do you think there are great expectations for Memphis guard Will Barton? When the Conference USA preseason teams were announced, Barton was selected on the second team before he even stepped on the court. Coach Josh Pastner has one of the best recruiting classes in America, and that includes Mr. Barton.

• Wake Forest's new coach Jeff Bzdelik has granted a release to center Tony Woods. An arrest on assault charges led to a suspension for Woods. Now the big man has decided to pursue other possibilities, leaving the ACC school.

• Penn State suffered a loss when 6-9 forward Sasa Borovnjak was lost for the season after tearing the anterior cruciate ligament in his right knee. After seeing limited time a season ago, he was expected to make a greater contribution. His absence means the Nittany Lions will lack size and depth up front.

• Cliff Ellis has the team to beat in the Big South. Coastal Carolina was chosen as the preseason favorite. Fans will remember the likes of South Alabama, Clemson and Auburn when Ellis led them.