Stories of the Year

So what sports stories, events, games, scandals and other happenings stick out in your mind from 2011? There are plenty of things to choose from, here are some  of the headliners from the Big 3, the ACC, and outside the ACC.  That is the thing with sports and being a sports fan, there is always something happening…

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Rick Barnes Was in Raleigh This Past Weekend?

According to George Cox of Raycom Sports, Rick Barnes was home in North Carolina this past weekend.  His sources tell him that while Barnes was there, he swung over to Raleigh and met with one Deborah Yow.  This coincides with Yow being MIA at the Final Four in Houston, where everyone thought and expected she would be.  I wonder if they discussed NC State’s current job opening for a men’s basketball coach?

Then we have Greg Swaim saying this morning that it is looking more and more like Shaka Smart is going to be the next coach at NC State.

Interesting.  If Shaka Smart was indeed the number one target right now, one would think Yow would have been there to watch VCU play.  There were also reports that Yow asked for permission to interview Smart, but VCU brass has denied that anyone has asked for such a thing.

Another weekend of speculation goes by, and all we have is Yow being MIA in Houston and Barnes being in NC.  It should be noted, that if Yow and Barnes did indeed sit down, it would not mean that he was going to take the job, or even that Yow would offer it up.  It would be a pretty safe bet that we have all interviewed for jobs that we either did not accept or were not offered before, and this position is no different in those regards.

Either way, with Shaka Smart’s grandfather passing, we are not likely to hear anything in regards to him until Wednesday at the earliest.  Unless we hear that someone else, Barnes perhaps, is hired.  With the way the coaching carousel has turned so far this season, nothing would surprise me at this point.  Not even Sean Miller or Billy Donovan.

So is this more fun than tracking planes?  Oh, here is a last tidbit for you to chew on.  On Robert Montgomery Knight is reportedly interested in the UNLV job.

*I do not expect either Sean Miller or Billy Donovan to be the next coach at NC State.  I think those are pipe dreams, but I would remiss to rule anything out at this point.

Confession: I Think Bobby Knight Is Starting to Grow On Me

Which means I probably should get some kind of cream for that.

I never liked Bobby Knight.  I thought he was abusive, a jerk and it pissed me off that he passed Dean Smith atop the all-time wins list.  Knight beat UNC in the 1981 title game and the infamous 1984 Sweet Sixteen game that was Michael Jordan’s last as a Tar Heel. So not only was Knight a troll, he won versus UNC in crucial games. He also spawned Mike Krzyzewski who I view as basically the same abusive jerk except he had a better PR operation.

Well, then Knight retired and went to work at ESPN. He was a straight shooter which surprised no one and was a tad entertaining compared to the other morons in the studio(save Jay Bilas.) Then he started doing color analysis for games and he was good. I mean really good at it.  He actually analyzed the game, called out players for making mistakes, discussed actual strategy for addressing what one team was doing to the other.  It wasn’t just hysterical noise like Dick Vitale or stupid analogies like Jimmy Dykes or even dumb lists of crap which Steve Lavin does. It was real analysis of the game from a coaching perspective.  And when he was paired with a Brent Musberger who is usually a tad intoxicated at the time and probably has money on the game, it is entertaining because you get the impression Musberger is annoying the crap out of Knight.

So Knight’s retirement reinvention of himself actually has me liking him some.  After last nights Indiana Hall of Fame fundraiser, I am liking him even more for saying this:

“We’ve gotten into this situation where integrity is really lacking and that’s why I’m glad I’m not coaching,” he said. “You see we’ve got a coach at Kentucky who put two schools on probation and he’s still coaching. I really don’t understand that.”

Awesome. I am glad someone with ties to ESPN is willing to stand up and point out that it is a complete joke for John Calipari to have coached two programs onto probation with vacated Final Four appearances yet get a free pass.