Coaching notes from over the weekend

A couple of quick hitters about some big-name coaches from over the weekend:

  • Steve Lavin announced that he was diagnosed with prostate cancer in September and will be going through treatment in the coming weeks. Doctors felt that he could coach throughout the season and that his upcoming treatments will not affect any of his coaching responsibilities. While it is always disheartening to ever hear that anyone has cancer, it is encouraging that doctors were confident enough to delay any treatment until now and that they don’t believe it is life threatening. Lavin must also feel a little more at ease after both Syracuse’s Jim Boeheim and UConn’s Jim Calhoun, both prostate cancer survivors, contacted him to give their support. Let’s all hope for a full recovery.
  • While we’re speaking of Calhoun, the coach still hasn’t made up his mind even though he is still paying players recruiting for the Huskies. He said he is continuing to recruit for Connecticut and would continue to recruit even if he decides to retire (would that be a violation? Would Calhoun care?). It’ll be interesting to see if Calhoun leaves the game on a high note and avoids the looming suspension the Big East gave him this year. He’s 68 years old but I think he’s coming back.
  • UNLV has found its next head coach after Lon Kruger left for the Oklahoma job, BYU assistant and former Running Rebel player Dave Rice. Rice played for Jerry Tarkanian and was part of the 1990 national championship team and beat out another former Rebel for the job (ex-NBA and NCAA coach Reggie Theus). But what was the real headline to this job search? Larry Brown expressing interest in the opening. Brown apparently is upset with how he left the game (a couple uninspiring years with the Charlotte Bobcats) and wants one more crack at producing a winner. But he’ll be 71 by the time next season rolls around and he hasn’t coached in college since 1988. Yea…um… if I’m an A.D., I pass.

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