In the past, the Confidential had some fun with Mount Rushmores for each ACC school. We picked three spots and let fans pick the 4th spot. Today, the focus is on college basketball as a whole–specifically, the active coaches. It should be pretty easy to guess a few of the names, but rounding out the 4th (and eliminating the others in the process) may be difficult. In any event, here is the list… you can vote on who gets #4.
The ACC basketball coaching community is growing in talent with the addition of Buzz Williams. There are historical greats with national championships: Coach K, Boeheim, Pitino, and Roy Williams. There is the next tier of Bennett, Larranaga, Brey, Buzz Williams, Hamilton, Gottfried, and Dixon, all of whom are awaiting their first national championship as a coach. And all Mark Gottfried has done is go to three straight Big Dances at North Carolina State.
Georgia Tech’s Brian Gregory is from the Tom Izzo line, and had great success at Dayton, but has not done much yet for the Yellow Jackets. Brad Brownell is also doing good things at Clemson. Boston College and Wake Forest are set to announce new moves soon enough and, in the mean time, remain unknowns. Still, that is a very proven set of 11 coaches.
You could have an interesting debate ranking the historical greats, 1-2-3-4, based on their all-time cumulative performance. So let’s do a poll! Look, Coach K is going to be most people’s #1 all-time, so half of the options have him at #1. Try not to be a homer.
But here is another great question… you have an elimination game to win and get to pick one coach at his current level of performance–who would YOU take? Again, try not to be a homer. And let everyone know why you picked who you picked.
Following an overtime loss to Notre Dame last season Louisville basketball coach Rick Pitino promised his players that he would get a tatoo if they didn’t lose another game. Soon after they won the national championship he got a tatoo on the back of his left shoulder to honor thier accomplishment. To inspire his team to finish strong this season the whole program has decided to stop shaving until they lose. The power of the beard has become a popular and successful practice in sports, mainly in baseball. Only a few games in and Pitino appeares to be sporting a 5 o’clock shadow. By the end of the year I am hopeing they are styleing beards more like ZZ Top than Duck Dynasty. Read more…
Local reports here in Louisville are saying that Thomas Ray of Jackson, Mississippi, 35, has been arrested and indicted on charges that he tried to extort 3.5 million dollars from the University of Louisville in April 2013. Ray contacted U of L AD Tom Jurich claiming to have evidence tying U of L to point shaving. It is also being reported that Ray has a history of extortion attempts. Jurich has acknowledge that he has heard that Ray was arrested but hasn’t commented further.
There is no secret here… Syracuse is joining the ACC later in 2013 and Louisville will be joining in 2014. While the two went to bowls games this past season in football, both schools are known for having near-elite, if not elite, basketball programs. It is not the least bit surprising that Syracuse and Louisville are part of this Final Four. The question is whether YOU, the grizzled ACC fan raised on a rivalry with the Big East, will be rooting for Syracuse.
The Confidential will argue that you should A Syracuse-Louisville matchup will look that much better for the 2013-2014 preseason. Recruiting battles can be won by these two schools if they meet in the Championship game. Sure, these recruiting battles may be won anyway–but why not want them to have every edge. You WANT these programs to be good.
The SEC is a great football conference because it is so very deep. The Big East has been a great basketball conference because of its depth. The ACC needs to put together that kind of basketball depth too. The football should be deep, but it just is not there yet. Until the football teams rise up in out-of-conference games and the best programs stop getting upset, the ACC will have to ride its basketball teams.
Well, that starts this weekend. Syracuse and Louisville may not have placed in the ACC standings in 2012-2013 (except here, of course), but they will be soon enough. The better they do, the better for the ACC.
So you tell us… if you are not a fan of Syracuse or Louisville, are you going to be rooting for your future ACC brethren this weekend?