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Posts Tagged ‘NCAA Division I.’

Surprisingly, Buffalo fires long-time basketball coach Reggie Witherspoon

Reggie Witherspoon (courtesy U of Buffalo)

The University of Buffalo recently fired head basketball coach Reggie Witherspoon.

He was the first African American named head coach of a varsity sports team in any Western New York suburban school district.

His 14th season at the school ended with a loss in the Mid-American Conference tournament.

The Bulls finished the season with a 14-20 record, which ended a run of four straight winning seasons.

Witherspoon had a record of 198-228 at Buffalo and is tied for second on the school’s career wins list.

His best records at Buffalo included:

23-10 in 2004-05, 21-12 in 2008-09, 20-13 in 2010-11 and 19-9 in 2011-12.

When he arrived at Buffalo, the basketball program was one of the worst in the country on the NCAA Division I level.

Thomas fired by Florida International University after three seasons

 

Isiah Thomas coaching Knicks (2007 photo by Keith Allison via wikipedia commons)

Florida International University is located in Miami, Florida.

The school is a Mid-major playing in the Sun Belt Conference of NCAA Division I. The enrollment is 47,966 students.

Three years ago the athletics department came up with the idea of bringing in a name basketball coach who could lure “big-time talent to the tropical paradise of South Florida. They felt they could win.

Entering the picture was former NBA star and coach Isiah Thomas to take a risk with an unknown program.

Thomas signed a five-year deal with the school to take the job, accepting nothing in base salary for his first season but agreeing to receive almost half of any gross revenues from ticket sales, commissions collected on food and beverage concessions and sponsorships.

Three years into the agreement, FIU did not see the fruits of his labor enough to reward the final two years of his contract.

The basketball program never was able to generate the enthusiasm that the school administration and Thomas had hoped. The Panthers averaged 1,071 fans at home this season.

One of the problems is that FIU tried to schedule games at home when the NBA’s Miami Heat were on the road and sometimes that didn’t work out because game dates and times have to be mutually agreed upon by both schools and the league it plays in.

Other factors that hurt FIU, is that the University of Miami draws huge crowds and has a winning team plus, Miami being a paradise city as mentioned before, there is the beach, surfing and volleyball for people to engage in.

(courtesy of Florida International University athletics)

The Panthers schedule was tough as well playing George Mason, Oral Roberts, Maryland, Dayton, Middle Tennessee State, South Alabama and Western Kentucky.

Thomas, the Basketball Hall of Fame player, was fired last Friday with a record of 26-55. His teams never won more than 11 games in a season.

FIU has never been a basketball power. The school’s last winning season was 1999-2000, and its winning percentage of .315 since that period of time is one of the worst in college basketball, 329th out of 344 Division I men’s programs, according to STATS LLC.

 

Info compiled from Radio, TV, Florida International, Internet reports

 

Stony Brook’s Pikiell named America East top coach again

 

Steve Pikiell (courtesy of Stony Brook athletics)

The Stony Brook Seawolves were led to one of its best basketball seasons ever during 2011-12.

Their head coach, Steve Pikiell led the team to a 20-8 record in the regular season, earning their second 20-win season at the NCAA Division I level to capture the America East regular-season championship for the second time in three years.

That play earned head coach Pikiell as the America East Coach of the Year for the second time in three years.

SBU posted a 14-2 league record, its best in school history and ran off a win streak of 15 wins in its final 17 games.

Pikiell, who has built one of the top defensive programs in the country, has piled up 58 wins in the last three years after winning just 20 games in his first three years in Stony Brook, New York which is located on Long Island.

Winner of 20 games (22) for the second time in the second time in the program’s Division I history, the Seawolves ranked 12th nationally allowing 59.0 points a game.

They also dominated the backboards ranking fifth in the country with +7.9 rebound margin.

 

Info compiled from America East Conference & Stony Brook athletics news

 

Murphy scores 50 points in Tennessee Tech win over SIU-Edwardsville

 

Kevin Murphy (courtesy of Tennessee Tech athletics)

Kevin Murphy of Tennessee Tech became the first player in NCAA Division I this season to hit the 50-point mark in a game.

Murphy set a Tennessee Tech single-game scoring record with 50 points in an Ohio Valley Conference contest as the Golden Eagles beat the Southern Illinois-Edwardsville Cougars in Cookeville, Tennessee, 98-80 on Monday night.

Murphy broke the previous record of 38 points by John Best by making 16 of 21 from the field, 6 of 9 from 3-point land and 12 of 14 from the free-throw line.

The Golden Eagles are 14-9, 6-4 OVC and had a good night shooting from the floor with 55 percent.

The Cougars dropped to 5-14, 3-7 OVC and have now lost six games in a row.

SIU-Edwardsville were led in scoring by Jerome Jones with 25 points and Mark Yelovich with 19 points and 12 rebounds.

 

Info compiled from Tennessee Tech athletics news

UD coach Miller to participate in Charity Coaches Challenge

 

Press release courtesy of Dayton athletics

 

 

FRANKLIN, Tenn. – Dayton Flyers head coach Archie Miller is one of 48 NCAA Division I coaches taking part in the Infiniti Coaches’ Charity Challenge. 

Fan participation will determine the winner over an eight-week period,  at espn.com/infiniti.

Infiniti will donate $5,000 to each of the charities involved, along with a $100,000 donation to the winning coach’s charity. Miller is representing the Ronald McDonald House of Dayton.

“I’m proud to be a part of the Infiniti Coaches’ Charity Challenge, and even prouder that the local charity that will benefit from this is the Ronald McDonald House of Dayton,” Miller said. “Our program’s motto is ‘All In’ and it would be hard to find something better for our fans to be ‘All In’ for than them.”

 

Archie Miller (courtesy of UD athletics)

For the first six weeks, four brackets of 12 coaches will be paired against each other, with the winners from each group moving onto the next round in week seven and the final round in week eight. Fans can vote for up to four coaches per day. The winning coach will be announced March 9, 2012.

From January 18 to March 8, Infiniti is helping 48 of the nation’s top college basketball coaches compete to raise money for charities in the Infiniti Coaches’ Charity Challenge.

Coaches will count on their network of fans, alumni, students, faculty and charities to advance to the finals. School supporters will have a chance to vote daily for their favorite coach in each of the four regions — East, South, West and Midwest.

In order to vote, fans must register online for an ESPN.com account. Registration is a simple and FREE three-step process. Fans can log on to ESPN.com and click the “Register” link in the upper-right corner to get started.

Visit DaytonFlyers.com and keep following UD’s social media sites in the coming days on where and how to vote.

Infiniti, a proud corporate partner of NCAA® Men’s Basketball, will donate $5,000 to each participating coach’s selected charity. The coach who receives the most votes will win $100,000, which will be awarded to his selected charity.

“The overwhelming popularity of men’s college basketball provides an outstanding platform for coaches across America,” said NABC President Ernie Kent. “While most fans follow every aspect of their teams’ on-court performances, the Infiniti Coaches’ Charity Challenge enables people to see the numerous charitable and community endeavors championed by coaches off the court.”

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