A Monday morning teleconference with SEC basketball coaches yielded yet another opportunity for Kentucky coach John Calipari to speak about the possible landscape shift that's coming to college basketball. Calipari reiterated, as he told me recently, that he's OK with a baseball model for college basketball. But he also emphasized his concern for "the kids" on Monday's media call. "If they're trying to get kids in high school to go to the D-League, I will be shouting from mountaintops saying, 'What is this going to do to a generation of kids who say, 'Alright, I'm going to do this,'" Calipari said. "You get one or two years to make it and now you're out without any opportunities. Who's taking
Being a fan of the movie “Hoosiers,” the greatest movie about the greatest game ever invented, I’ve taken a few trips to the gym in Knightstown, Ind., that served as Hickory’s home floor, and I follow The Hoosier Gym (where you can walk in for nothing and shoot a few hoops) on Twitter. Today I saw a tweet about Landry Long, son of Brad “Buddy” Long, stopping by to say hi, and noting he had made a movie about teammate Kent “Merle Webb” Poole. Poole-as-Merle delivers perhaps the most famous line in the 1986 classic, saying before Hickory takes the floor for the championship game: “Let’s win this one for all the small schools that never had a chance to get here.” As you may know, except for David Niedorf (Everett Flatch, son of Dennis Hooper’s hopeless-drunk-turned-assistant-coach Shooter), all the Hickory Huskers were Indiana boys drafted not for their acting talent but for their basketball skills (including Maris Valainis as Jimmy Chitwood, who in fact did not play high school basketball).
Olympic gold medalist and five-time NCAA champion swimmer Katie Ledecky has added the Honda Cup to her long list of career accolades. Ledecky, who attends Stanford, was named the Collegiate Woman Athlete of the Year at the Collegiate Women Sports Awards Show presented by Honda on Monday night in Los Angeles. She was one of 12 winners of the Honda Sports Award, which is presented to top women athletes in NCAA-sanctioned sports. The 12 were chosen by a vote of administrators from more than 1,000 schools. The other finalists: Inky Ajanaku, volleyball, Stanford; Kelly Barnhill, softball, Florida; Kadeisha Buchanan, soccer, West Virginia; Alex McMurtry, gymnastics, Florida; Greta Nauck, field hockey,