Thursday, April 19, 2018

College coaching changes aplenty

College coach news:

Tina Thompson and Lindsay Whalen are leading a wave of female coaching hires.

Thompson impressed Virginia's hiring committee immediately.

Whalen has the perfect role model in Dawn Staley.

Central Michigan coach Sue Guevara will earn at least $340,000 annually under her new contract.

Miami Ohio coach Megan Duffy has signed a contract extension through 2022-2023.

New Pitt coach Lance White is ready to work.

NC State assistant coach Gene Hill is the new head coach at Georgia State.

Mary Evans has fulfilled a lifelong dream in being named Valparaiso's new coach.

Lindsay Whalen has hired former Gopher teammate Kelly Roysland to assist her at Minnesota.

Boston College coach Joanna Bernabei-McNamee is bringing her two assistant coaches from Albany with her.

Nneka Enemkpali is a new assistant coach at UCSB.

UConn's new assistant coach is former grad assistant Jasmine Lister.

New Washington State coach Kamie Ethridge is bringing Laurie Koehn with her as an assistant coach.

Erin Grant is back at Texas Tech as an assistant coach.

LaNitra Perry will return to Toledo as an assistant coach.

Alex Delanian returns to Hawaii as an assistant coach.

Wisconsin's new assistant coach is Kayla Tetschlag.

Jauwan Scaife is Murray State's new assistant coach.

College player news:

Vanderbilt transfer Kayla Overbeck has landed at USC.

NCAA news:

The Division I council has adopted new recruiting legislation: New rules aim to make college athlete recruiting experience similar to student body’s.

The Council also voted to allow recruiting visits in an athlete's junior year of high school.

Wilson Sporting Goods and the NCAA have extended their partner ship through 2020-2021.

Arike Ogunbowale's "Dancing With the Stars" gig forces the NCAA into a tricky two-step.

WNBA player news:

A brighter day: How Imani McGee-Stafford found light in the darkest of times.

Recruiting news:

Top recruit Samantha Brunelle was ready to commit to Notre Dame before they won the title this month.

Monday, April 16, 2018

College coach news rules the day

Tina Thompson is the new head coach at Virginia.

Kamie Ethridge is Washington State's new coach.

Tomeika Reed is Jackson State's new coach.

Duke coach Joanne P. McCallie begins a two-month leave of absence today to get treatment for a kidney ailment.

Central Michigan has extended the contract of coach Sue Guevara through 2022-2023.

Everybody loves Lindsay Whalen. That doesn't mean Minnesota's decision to hire her as coach comes without risk.

JR Payne is excited for the future of Colorado.

Michigan Tech coach Kim Cameron has stepped down to pursue a DI coaching opportunity.

College player news:

Arike Ogunbowale wants to get back to winning.

NAIA news:

The NAIA will combine divisions into one beginning in the 2020-2021 season.

WNBA history:

The evolution of WNBA uniforms. Check out the awesome retro picture.

WNBA draft news:

Last week's draft had the highest viewer ratings since 2014.

All-access.

WNBA player news:

Tanisha Wright is preparing, once again, to suit up for the WNBA.

Myisha Hines-Allen's new coach didn't need her, but drafted her for her toughness.

Ariel Atkins’ efficiency, athleticism, and work ethic are what the Mystics need at the wing.

The Liberty have drafted Barack Obama's niece, Leslie Robinson from Princeton.

Q&A with WNBA draftees Maria Vadeeva and Raisa Musina.

Elena Delle Donne and former vice president Joe Biden ran into each other on a golf course this weekend.

USA Basketball news:

The roster is set for the Women's National Team April 26 game in Seattle.

Friday, April 13, 2018

The day after

More on the WNBA draft:

Draft grades.

The league's team-by-team analysis.

ESPN commentators share their thoughts and make predictions.

The draft inspired some young girls last night.

Great draft photos.

The Fever have reloaded.

A'ja Wilson is ready to stage her second act.

Diamond DeShields knows she has plenty to prove in the WNBA.

DeShields is ready for a fresh start in Chicago.

Under Sue Bird's guidance, Jordin Canada looks to become the next great Storm point guard.

Inside Victoria Vivians' draft experience in New York.

Van Chancellor sings Vivians' praises.

Jill Barta reacts to being drafted.

Draftee Mackenzie Engram has an NFL-playing brother.

The business:

Why it's even difficult to compete as a WNBA agent.

Tamika Catchings talks about entering the WNBA.

Final Four:

....made history with viewership and attendance numbers.

College player news:

Arike Ogunbowale will appear in the athlete-only season of "Dancing with the Stars."

The NCAA has broken its own rules for DWTS, and that's progress.

Ogunbowale plays a news dude one-on-one.

Auburn's Bria Johnson uses poetry to serve the community.

Dana Evans is looking forward to next season at Louisville.

Is Danni Williams considering a transfer from Texas A&M?

Myriama Smith Traore will transfer from Marquette.

College coach news:

Valparaiso's new coach is Mary Evans.

Changes are coming for Kentucky's coaching staff.

New Gophers coach Lindsay Whalen says she always envisioned herself coaching.

Geno Auriemma shares his thoughts on Minnesota's hire of Whalen.

New Clemson coach Amanda Butler talks about her coaching philosophy.

Thursday, April 12, 2018

Draft went down

WNBA teams reload on draft night according to plan.

Oh, Canada! Storm nabs UCLA star point guard with fifth pick.

Non-draft offerings

We'll get to the draft shortly............

WNBA:

The WNBA invitees came in as mostly strangers and left as sisters.

Teammates today, opponents tomorrow.

Earlier today, the Atlanta Dream traded Bria Holmes to the Connecticut Sun for the 15th pick in tonight's draft, and a 2019 pick.

The WNBA unveiled new Nike jerseys today.

Watch Skylar Diggins-Smith work.

College team news:

Taking stock of LSU basketball is a complicated task.

NCCU adds four new players to their gutted roster.

West Virginia is fully-loaded for next year.

College player news:

UConn's Katie Lou Samuelson had successful ankle surgery this morning.

Chloe Brooks will play for her father at Virginia Tech.

Desiree Keeling to transfer from Rutgers.

Grayson Bright will transfer from Texas Tech.

College coach news:

Minnesota has hired Lindsay Whalen as its new head coach.

Clemson's new head coach is Amanda Butler, formerly coach at Florida.

Ravon Justice is the new head coach at Sam Houston State.

Alecia Wilson is Pacific's new head coach.

Semeka Randall-Lay is a new assistant coach at Cincinnati.

Mike Neighbors reflects on his first year at Arkansas.

USA Basketball news:

The Women's National Team will face China in an exhibition game in Seattle April 26.

This year's U18 team coaches are Natasha Adair, Jeff Walz and Cori Close.

Wednesday, April 11, 2018

WNBA draft eve

WNBA draft:

Five storylines to watch at the draft.

It's draft time.

The draft prospects arrived yesterday.

Strategizing with the Fever for an historic draft night.

The Sky is sitting pretty entering the draft, with the third and fourth picks.

The Lynx, with their roster virtually set, are drafting for camp competition. They are also keeping an eye out for trade deals. And they remain mindful of their future.

The Sparks are looking to build depth and add a post player.

The Sun is looking to get it right tomorrow.

Las Vegas Aces coach Bill Laimbeer says the first pick will be very easy.

A'ja Wilson is a jackpot waiting to be won.

Russia's Maria Vadeeva could be the steal of the WNBA draft.

How will Azura' Stevens effect the draft?

Stevens and Diamond DeShields are among the Sky's targets in the draft.

Kelsey Mitchell is grateful to be there.

Mitchell and her Buckeye teammates await their fate.

Five things to know about Victoria Vivians.

Where Jordin Canada and Monique Billings fit in.

Canada is the best playmaker in the draft.

When will Tennessee's Jaime Nared and Mercedes Russell be picked?

Katelyn Flaherty and Tyler Scaife are draft hopefuls with New Jersey ties.

Lexie Brown and Rebecca Greenwell are set for tomorrow.

UConn's three stars are expected to be drafted early.

Versatile Cal guard Mikayla Cowling looks forward to the draft.

Imani McGee-Stafford reflects on the draft process.

WNBA news:

The league has kicked off their 2018 ad campaign with the emotional story of Skylar Diggins-Smith's comeback.

How Christine Monjer is marketing the Las Vegas Aces.

College player news:

Bianca Cuevas-Moore has transferred from South Carolina to West Virginia.

Chanette Hicks is leaving Virginia Tech.

College coach news:

Tennessee's AD is working on a contract extension for Holly Warlick.

Tom Garrick is the new head coach at UMass Lowell.

Longwood will hire Rebecca Tillett as head coach.

Akron coach Jodi Kest is retiring after 12 years.

Howard Payne coach Meia Netter has resigned after five seasons.

Marlene Sollings left the Gophers for "sleeping giant" Texas Tech.

Again, UAlbany needs a new coach.

High school news:

MaxPreps All-American team.

Tuesday, April 10, 2018

News bump

WNBA news:

Mechelle V's mock draft makes more sense than most.

Reigning rookie of the year Allisha Gray gives advice to this year's 2018 class.

A'ja Wilson draft diary.

How Wilson can make an immediate impact in the WNBA.

Wilson knows where she's going.

Options abound for Azura Stevens.

Stevens' game is a perfect fit for the changing WNBA.

Monique Billings awaits the draft.

Ohio State coach Kevin McGuff discusses Kelsey Mitchell.

Indiana's Tyra Buss hopes to be chosen in the draft.

The Fever's future depends on the draft.

With their roster mostly in place, Dallas can afford to be selective Thursday.

Atlanta Dream draft preview.

Minnesota Lynx draft preview.

Analyzing all the WNBA arenas.

College team news:

UCLA moves on.

Can Clemson catch up to South Carolina?

NC State is defying the odds.

The University of Washington is now an Adidas school.

College player news:

Two players are leaving LSU.

Two are transferring from New Mexico.

College coach news:

Joanna Bernabei-McNamee is the new head coach at Boston College.

Darnell Haney is Jacksonville's new coach.

USA Basketball news:

Thirty-five athletes will try out for the U17 team.

The USA 3X3 world cup opponents have been revealed.

Bonus:

Kara Lawson is on a Tennessee governor-appointed board of trustees. She was appointed this week.

How far can Becky Hammon go in the NBA?

Recruiting can be a chore for two-year schools.

Imani McGee-Stafford: the grind doesn’t stop

Dynamic photo essay.

Monday, April 9, 2018

The dial flips

WNBA draft news:

Draft stats history.

A'ja Wilson is ready to bring a new house into the WNBA.

Wilson is ready for the draft.

Kelsey Mitchell is coming to the WNBA to get buckets.

Mitchell is expected to go high in the draft.

Diamond DeShields has given the WNBA plenty to think about before the draft.

Louisville's Myisha Hines-Allen can make noise at the pro level.

OSU's Marie Gulich is preparing for the next phase of her career.

Phoenix Mercury draft preview.

WNBA draft hub.

WNBA player news:

Maya Moore has an air Jordan coming soon.

Seimone Augustus was inducted into the Louisiana high school hall of fame.

College conference news:

It was a banner year for the ACC.

College player news:

Indiana's Tyra Buss is proud of her legacy.

Texas freshman Rellah Boothe will transfer to Northwest Florida State College.

Boothe is looking for a fresh start in her home state.

Why Mississippi State's Myah Taylor will become the new face of college basketball.

Purdue sophomore Miracle Gray is transferring.

A'ja Wilson thought about quitting basketball two years ago, when her grandmother died.

Wilson was presented with the Naismith Trophy today.

College coach news:

Marlene Stollings is leaving Minnesota to take the head coaching job at Texas Tech.

Stollings' departure is reminisent of Brenda Frese's.

A contract extension for Louisville coach Jeff Walz 'will get done.'

Bonus:

The Chamique Holdsclaw documentary focuses on her mental illness journey.

Wednesday, April 4, 2018

Imani McGee-Stafford Shares the Spilled Contents of her Broken Heart


NOTES IN THE KEY OF HEARTBREAK

We Can Only Love Others as Well as We Love Ourselves

AUSTIN, TEXAS - WNBA Star, Poet, Writer and Mental Health Advocate, Imani McGee-Stafford, adds published author to her burgeoning brand. Notes in The Key of Heartbreak, a book of poems by the WNBA’s Atlanta Dream center standout, is the next chapter in McGee-Stafford’s remarkable journey towards becoming a true renaissance woman.

“We are taught to search for love outside ourselves from a young age. We watch fairytales and romanticize relationships in search of the elusive ‘happily ever after’,” McGee-Stafford writes. “However, growing up, many of us don’t experience healthy, loving relationships so, we are sent into the world stumbling through heartbreaks, simply trying to do our best.”

As a child, McGee-Stafford was molested by a family member and raised in an abusive and negligent environment, spending many of her teen years depressed and suicidal. In 2012, she earned a full scholarship to the University of Texas at Austin, where she eventually received the support and mental health services she long needed--support that also ultimately equipped her with enough courage to share her story. “Some of us never do the work to make ourselves whole even though we all know that none of us can give what we don’t have,” said McGee-Stafford, who champions mental health through her speeches in corporations, organizations, and schools around the country.

Seeking the “happily ever after” so many long for, McGee-Stafford met her college sweetheart at age 17. By age 20 they’d gotten married. And by age 23, they were divorced. While McGee-Stafford struggled to reach her potential as a basketball player in an elite program at Texas, she says the lessons of love were perhaps her greatest challenge. “Did we love each other because it looked and felt good?” writes McGee-Stafford, who’s entering her third season in the WNBA. “Or, did we love each other because it’s easier to ignore yourself when someone is standing next to you?”

The collection of poems taps into the tapestry of McGee-Stafford’s pain and experiences, and includes favorites like “Dad Says,” “I Keep Praying That You’ll Love Me,” “It Takes A Special Kind of Woman To Walk Away,” “I’m Deleting Your Pictures Off Social Media Because That’s What People Do In Breakups,” and “I Wonder What You Say About Me When They Ask About Us.”

And the beat goes on

The game:

The Final Four shows the progress of women's basketball.

College conference news:

The Ivy League will enhance their exposure with a long-term ESPN agreement.

Gonzaga will stay in the WCC.

College team news:

Why Notre Dame can repeat as national champions.

Nine games that defined UConn's season.

What Mississippi State fans have to look forward to next season.

Yale posted the most wins in program history this year.

College player news:

Western Kentucky's Tashia Brown is training for a possible pro career.

Northern Colorado's Ali Meyer has overcome plenty of adversity.

The parents of the NCCU players whose scholarships weren't renewed plan to file a lawsuit.

College coach news:

Ole Miss has hired Yolett McPhee-McCuin as its next head coach.

Melissa Kolbe has followed Michelle Clark-Heard to Cincinnati and will be assistant coach there.

Ashland associate head coach Kari Pickens has been elevated to head coach.

Bowling Green has hit a home run by hiring Robyn Fralick.

NAIA news:

The NAIA will vote on the number of divisions they'll have.

Herstory of the game:

Hoops and handbags: A "pretty epic" Auburn family story.

WNBA news:

League coaches and GMs tab A'ja Wilson as the first pick in the draft.

WNBA free agency winners and losers.

USA Basketball news:

U17 coaches Vanessa Nygaard, Carla Berube and Steve Gomez will return to lead the team this summer.

Erica McCall: learning more about life overseas

Erica McCall's in-depth account of her first year playing overseas.

Tuesday, April 3, 2018

Monday, April 2, 2018

The day after

Final Four:

Yes, it was the best ever.

Columbus garnered praise for its hosting job.

Family for all teams, in pictures.

Arike Ogunbowale put an unforgettable stamp on the Final Four.

Who is Ogunbowale?

From Nebraska to Notre Dame, Jessica Shepard saw her title dreams come true.

Notre Dame arrived home to a celebration today.

Today's Final Four is a far cry from that of yesteryear.

College team news:

What to expect from Mississippi State next season.

The Bulldogs got a warm welcome home today.

Mississippi State looks to be resilient after a second straight title loss.

The Bulldogs had an impact on fans.

It's not too early for Notre Dame fans to dream about next year.

Idaho State is the most-improved field goal shooting team of the year.

College player news:

Azura Stevens will skip her final year at UConn to enter the WNBA draft.

Texas A&M's Anriel Howard may transfer.

Forgot to post this the other day: Roshunda Johnson balances motherhood and being a student-athlete.

College coach news:

Muffet McGraw was noncommittal when asked if Notre Dame would visit the White House, if invited.

Oklahoma coach Sherri Coale on women's basketball: "It’s a mistake to try to be like the men."

New UMaine men's assistant coach Edniesha Curry isn't motivated by her trailblazing status.

Vermont is investigating the verbal conduct of coach Chris Day.

USA Today coaches poll:

The final poll of the season.

WNBA news:

The W breaks down team needs 10 days before the draft.

Aces preview.

Fever preview.

Saturday, March 31, 2018

Are you ready for this National Championship game?

National Championship game:

Everything you need to know about the title game.

Both teams are refocused for the Championship game.

Making the case for both teams.

The Irish and Bulldogs want one more win.

It is a battle of the overtime survivors.

It's Cowbells vs. Catholics.

The UConn conquerors are hungry for a title.

Victoria Vivians is ready to write the final chapter for Mississippi State.

The Bulldogs are back in the title game hoping for a different outcome.

Why not us? asks Vic Schaefer.

Beating UConn is great, but Notre Dame knows the title is next.

Jessica Shepard is both a newcomer and a veteran for the Irish.

Shepard could be the difference-maker for Notre Dame.

Kathryn Westbeld looks to end her Irish career on the ultimate note.

Last night's semifinal:

Banana statistics.

Yes, it sucks for UConn, but it was great for women's basketball.

A technical foul and an opportunity lost for Louisville.

Asia Durr got emotional when asked about Myisha Hines-Allen.

WNBA player reactions on social media.

College team news:

UConn is coming to grips with consecutive NCAA semi losses.

Notre Dame's win will go down in history.

Louisville won't let their semifinal loss define their great season.

The future is bright for Texas A&M.

As teams catch up to UConn, Tennessee falls further behind.

College player news:

A'ja Wilson won the Naismith Trophy.

Naismith defensive POY is Teaira McCowan.

Saint Joseph's freshman Avery Marz accepted the Courage Award with Lauren Hill's parents.

Jackie Young has joined Notre Dame lore with an epic semifinal.

Julie Brosseau is transferring from Maine.

College coach news:

Vic Schaefer is the Naismith coach of the year.

Edniesha Curry is the new assistant coach for Maine men's hoops.

WNIT championship:

Indiana beat Virginia Tech to win the title.

Crowd size hit a program record.

Basketball Hall of Fame:

2018 inductees Katie Smith and Tina Thompson were introduced today as members.

History of the game:

The Flying Queens' success was a game-changer for women's hoops.

Friday, March 30, 2018

Oh what a night

Not one but two overtime semifinal games, for the first time in NCAA history:

Mississippi State outlasted Louisville, 73-63.

THEN

Notre Dame beat UConn, 91-89, with a last-second shot by Arike Ogunbowale that is eerily similar to Morgan William's dagger last year.

The game is changing and growing right before our eyes!

More from me later.

College player news:

Asia Durr's love for her brother TJ, the team manager for the Cardinals.

College coach news:

Female assistant coaches have a big role in the Final Four.

Sue Guevara has no retirement plans at 63.

Award winners:

The Basketball Hall of Fame announced winners for all positions.

Thursday, March 29, 2018

Final Four previews

UConn – Notre Dame rivalry guarantees a close, unpredictable semifinal.

Similar Louisville, Mississippi State will face off for a title shot.

Twas the night before the Final Four

Final Four:

A look at the matchups in this historic final.

Around the Rim at the Final Four.

Position-less basketball will be in display when Notre Dame and UConn play.

Louisville:

Myisha Hines-Allen has grown up on the off the court.

Special players have helped coach Jeff Walz build an elite program.

How much money will Walz and Louisville make from playing in the Final Four?

Mississippi State:

Teaira McCowan and Morgan William interviewed by ESPN crew.

McCowan is at the center of the Bulldogs' Final Four run.

Giant-slayer William is driven to finish with a title.

Notre Dame:

Confidence is high for the Irish against UConn.

Marina Mabrey hates to lose.

UConn:

No losses and no apologies at UConn.

In her first Final Four, Azura' Stevens is ready for a breakout game.

Geno Auriemma pays close attention to the needs of Husky players.

Auriemma on last year's Final Four loss: "it was time."

Auriemma says winning national titles is "exhausting."

Postseason awards:

WBCA All-American team is another faulty list.

A'ja Wilson has won the Wade Trophy.

Muffet McGraw and A'ja Wilson are the AP coach and player of the year.

UConn's Gabby Williams has won the senior CLASS Award.

WNBA news:

Draft prospect highlight reel.

What you need to know about the draft.

College team news:

Five questions for South Carolina heading into the offseason.

A transition year for Arizona State leaves them slated for success.

Maine loses one player to transfer and gains two recruits.

Marquette will be great next year, but what about the year after that?

College coach news:

A new contract for Joe Foley at UALR is in the works.

Wednesday, March 28, 2018

The wrap-up

Final Four:

Thorough Final Four breakdown.

Can Notre Dame stop UConn, and who will win Louisville-Mississippi State?

Predictions from fivethirtyeight.

ESPN logistics.

Coaches talk about the identity of their teams.

The UConn-Notre Dame rivalry is renewed.

The Final Four highlights female empowerment.

Mississippi State:

Experience is important for Mississippi State.

Teaira McCowan will be the difference-maker for the Bulldogs.

Mississippi State is peaking at the right time.

Coach Vic Schaefer had the blueprint to success for two straight Final Fours.

How associate head coach Johnnie Harris earned Schaefer's trust and became assistant coach of the year.

Louisville:

Even haters can't diminish coach Jeff Walz's enthusiasm for his team's Final Four run.

Notre Dame:

Kathryn Westbeld returns home to Ohio for the Final Four.

UConn:

UConn hopes to forget about last year's semifinal loss in their Final Four return.

The Huskies' excellence is rare, even among greats.

Accepting challenges comes with the territory for UConn.

College player news:

John Wooden All-American team.

Self-assured Jill Barta charts her own course.

Jenna Moser will return next year for the Washington Huskies.

Five from Illinois State will not return.

College coach news:

Most black coaches in women's hoops don't get a second chance.

She coached her team to the NCAA Tournament, and then Joanne Boyle quit for her daughter.

Reminiscing:

The day Vivian Stringer lead the first HBCU, Cheyney, to the inaugural NCAA Championship game.

Forty-five years ago, Central Catholic made Pennsylvania history.

WNIT results:

Semifinals tonight......

Virginia Tech 64, West Virginia 61

Indiana 71, TCU 58

Championship

Saturday, March 31

Virginia Tech at Indiana, 3 p.m. ET

CBS Sports Network

McDonald's All-American game:

The West beat the East, 82-79, lead by Christyn Williams.

The 35th anniversary team.

WNBA news:

Mystics: what you need to know.

McDonald's All-American game is tonight

What you need to know.

Five players to watch.

Maryland commit Shakira Austin is ready.

Alaskan coaches are set to lead on the big stage.

Olivia Nelson-Ododa's dunk sent all into a frenzy.