Reports say that Scott Sutton of Oral Roberts interviewed for the Nebraska job.
No offense to Sutton, who I’m sure is a very nice man and a great coach. But he has never coached outside of Oral Roberts University, a Summit League school. I repeat: Never.
He was an assistant at the Tulsa school from 1995-99. He’s been the head coach the past 14 years. That’s who Nebraska might throw into the shark-infested waters of the Big Ten?
I don’t care if Nebraska hires a mid-major coach. But please hire one with coaching and recruiting experience in a BCS league.
>> Another week, another first-team All-America honor for Doug McDermott. This one is from the coaches. I can’t wait to see McDermott back on the court in seven months.
>> I’m not sure there could’ve been a more intriguing landing spot than Denver for Peyton Manning. He kicks Tim Tebow out of town. And teams with John Elway in an attempt to do what Elway did: win Super Bowls in his late 30s. The addition should put Denver atop the AFC West — as long as Manning stays healthy. That’s a big if.
>> One of the nation’s best sports writers spent the first weekend of the NCAA tournament in Vegas. Three years ago, I did the same thing. Unfortunately, I didn’t write this.
>> The ties that bind James Naismith and Bill Self. A great story from a talented University of Kansas student.
>> The story of the Sweet 16, writes Dan Wetzel, is the web of connections between Xavier, Cincinnati, Ohio State, Ohio, Louisville, Kentucky and Indiana. Fascinating stuff.
>> Wanna skate by the NCAA? Just don’t lie.
>> Five band members from Southern Miss lost their scholarships because of their “green card” chant during the K-State game.
>> A 100-year-old former Mr. Universe is still lifting weights.
>> The Kansas State women’s team was 10 of 57 last night in a Round of 32 against UConn. The ‘Cats lost 72-26. And you thought the Florida-Norfolk State game was lopsided.
>> Bad, bad news for the Royals. Joakim Soria has ligament damage in his elbow. Kansas City will find out today if Soria needs Tommy John surgery.
>> My favorite Sweet 16 matchups:
1– Kentucky-Indiana…The ‘Cats will be motivated to avenge the December loss.
2– Michigan State-Louisville…Doesn’t get any better than Izzo/Pitino. Both teams are hot.
3– Marquette-Florida…Two teams playing as well as anyone in the tournament.
4– Ohio State-Cincinnati…The battle of Ohio. Cincy can match OSU’s toughness.
5– North Carolina-Ohio…Without Kendall Marshall, the Bobcats have a chance.
6– Syracuse-Wisconsin…Watching Wisconsin is like watching C-Span.
7– Kansas-North Carolina State…KU could get another scare; NC State is rolling.
8– Baylor-Xavier…Tu Holloway against Pierre Jackson is a great battle of point guards.