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Jent answers Ohio State’s call to return


Chris Jent talks to the media about returning to his alma mater ( photo)

Cleveland Cavaliers assistant coach Chris Jent will be leaving the team to return to his alma mater Ohio State to become one of Thad Matta’s assistants.

Jent played for Gary Williams during his time at Ohio State. 1988-1992. scoring over a 1,000 points in 123 games played.

OSU head coach Thad Matta introduced the 41-year-old Jent to the media on Wednesday afternoon. The 6’7, 200-pound former swingman replaces Brandon Miller, who resigned recently to spent more time with his family.

Jent was a Cavaliers assistant since 2009, joining the organization in 2006 as director of player development.

A native of Sparta, New Jersey, Jent played two years in the NBA, with the New York Knicks and Houston Rockets.



Texas A&M chooses Kennedy to replace Turgeon


Billy Kennedy has been named the new men’s basketball coach at Texas A&M in College Station, Texas.

He takes over for Mark Turgeon, who resigned last week to take over for the retiring Gary Williams at Maryland.

Despite Texas A&M not being in session, several returning players and recruits showed up to support the coach.

Billy Kennedy (courtesy of Texas A&M athletics)

Kennedy, who is 47, compiled a 107-53 record at Murray State. He led the Racers to the round of 32 in the NCAA tournament in 2010, where they lost to two points to Butler University, the eventual national runner-up.

The Aggies have played in six straight NCAA’s, four under Turgeon and two under Billy Gillespie before that.

Texas A&M return their top scorers, guard Khris Middleton and forward David Loubeau, and seven of their top 10 players from a team that lost its opening round game in the NCAA Tournament to Florida State.


Info courtesy of Texas A&M athletics

Maryland picks Turgeon to replace Williams


Mark Turgeon of Texas A&M in March 2010 (photo by Txaggie via wikipedia commons)

The University of Maryland did not waste long to replace retired basketball coach Gary Williams.

They’ve chosen Texas A&M head coach Mark Turgeon as their new head coach.

Turgeon in four years with the Aggies, went 97-40, leading the team to four straight appearances in the NCAA Tournament.

The Aggies went 24-9 this past season, losing to Florida State in the second round.


Info courtesy of the University of Maryland

“Right time to retire” for Gary Williams to wrap up career


Gary Williams on February 16, 2008 (photo by Moxfyre via wikipedia commons)

University of Maryland Terrapins men’s basketball coach Gary Williams surprised the college basketball world by announcing his retirement on Thursday.

He led Maryland, his alma mater, to the 2002 national championship.

Williams coached for 33 years, the last 22 at Maryland, where he starred as a guard from 1964 to 1967.

His career record ends at 668-380, including 461-252 with the Terrapins. Under his guidance, Maryland went to the NCAA Tournament 14 times, won or shared three Atlantic Coast Conference titles and reached the Final Four twice.

He coached at Ohio State from 1986 to 1989, earning a 59-41 record with one NCAA Tournament appearance and two National Invitation Tournament bids. He was very popular with Buckeyes’ fans and still is after all of these years.

The hot-tempered, always serious Williams, began his college coaching career at American University in 1978. He then moved over to Boston College in 1982, then to Ohio State before settling in at Maryland.

The Terrapins this past season went 19-14 and did not play in either the NCAA or NIT.


Info courtesy of University of Maryland news