There are reports that Mississippi State has targeted Murray State coach Steve Prohm for its basketball opening. Prohm has said that he is returning to Murray for next season.
Meanwhile, Murray State AD Allen Ward is upset that a search firm contacted Prohm while Murray was still playing in the NCAA Tournament. Prohm has been the head coach just one year at Murray after serving five years as an assistant.
Ron Morris of The State thinks South Carolina should hire an African-American coach. Ron writes, “USC is a little slow getting to this party. It remains one of four SEC programs — Florida, Mississippi State and Vanderbilt are the others — that have not employed a black men’s basketball coach. The same numbers exist in the ACC where Duke, North Carolina, Virginia Tech and Wake Forest have never had a black coach.”
Frank Martin of Kansas State has had his name associated with the South Carolina job, though CBS Sports’ Jeff Goodman reports that no formal contact has been made with Martin or Wichita State coach Gregg Marshall, a South Carolina native.
In the NCAA Women’s Basketball Tournament, it was not a good night for the SEC.
Vanderbilt was whipped 96-80 by visiting Duke. The visiting Blue Devils led by 24 at the half. Tricia Liston scored 23 for the Blue Devils. LSU lost to visiting Penn State 90-80. It was the third straight year the Lady Tigers have lost in the second round. Meanwhile, Brittney Griner dunked on her way to 25 points as Baylor whipped Florida 76-57 in Bowling Green.
That means Kentucky, Tennessee and South Carolina are the three SEC teams in the women’s Sweet 16. Tennessee plays Kansas and South Carolina meets Stanford on Saturday. Kentucky plays Gonzaga on Sunday.
As for the men’s tournament, Florida coach Billy Donovan likes the makeup of his team heading into the Sweet 16 matchup Thursday with Marquette in Phoenix. Donovan does admit that his team’s three-point shooting can be streaky.
Kevin Scarbinsky of the Birmingham News has the interesting story behind Willy Koussi and Bernard Morena deciding to transfer from Auburn. The two Ivory Coast natives have Darien Knox as their legal guardian. Knox is the uncle of Justin Knox, the former Alabama player who transferred to North Carolina after the Crimson Tide denied his request to go to UAB.
Tennessee basketball’s Jeronne Maymon under went surgery on his right knee to repair a torn meniscus.
At Georgia, star running back Isaiah Crowell is setting his sights on the Heisman Trophy. Crowell had some off-the-field problems his first season, and says, “”My first goal is to be a good teammate, help my team get to the national championship. My second goal, I’m trying to run for the Heisman.”