Miss me, everybody? I missed most of you.
Sure hope everyone enjoyed the Summer Olympics, since I was busy blogging the highs and the lows during all 16 days emanating from Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.
At the very least, many Duke greats from Kyrie Irving and longtime coach Mike Kryzezewski delivered another expected gold medal for the United States.
On the ladies side, the familiar UConn tree of Sue Bird, Diana Taurasi, Maya Moore, and the reigning four-time NCAA Player of the Year in Breanna Stewart dominated as Geno Auriemma guided the ladies to their sixth straight trip to the gold medal podium.
I enjoyed my blog vacation, but it is back to business as we are inside two months before the new season tips off on Veteran’s Day.
Some of the key headlines since early August that seem to be blog worthy include:
- Joel Cornette of Butler fame died on August 16 at the tender age of 35.
- Tommy Hamilton IV signed a letter of intent on that same day to suit up for Texas Tech after spending 92 games in playing the last three years for the DePaul Blue Demons.
- On August 1, Florida and Belmont struck an impasse as far as reaching a decision on when to play their next game. It was originally slated to take place in Jacksonville on November 11, but it might be relocating to Tampa since the O’Connell Center is undergoing renovations.
- Marist replaces Albany on Duke’s schedule for November due to the highly controversial LGBT law (please see prior blog for more details).
- Mike Bobinski, the longtime Athletic Director of Georgia Tech left to take over in a similar capacity for the retiring Morgan Burke at Purdue. After a six month long nationwide search, Bobinski began his duties in West Lafayette on September 1.
- Finally, the annual Armed Forces Classic scheduled for ESPN on Veteran’s Day on Friday, November 11 will take on very special meaning this year–since it is the 75th anniversary of the tragedy that took place at Pearl Harbor in Hawaii. The doubleheader will feature newly minted Basketball Hall of Fame Coach Tom Izzo of Michigan State taking on Arizona and a classic matchup between two longtime classic powerhouses as Kansas will lock horns with Indiana at the University of Hawaii campus. The games were originally scheduled to be held at Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam.
- And yes, Missouri accepted the NCAA’s one year probation for various men’s basketball violations.
You are all up to date. Look for my annual Season Preview the week of October 24.
Hope to see you all again before that time. Please enjoy the rest of your evening.