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anderson-news-conferenceAnderson, who led the Tigers to a school-record 31 victories and the Elite Eight of the NCAA tournament this season, spoke to Georgia athletics director Damon Evans yesterday. That is just the latest in a string of mentions regarding Coach Anderson and head coaching vacancies.

From 2002 to 2006 Anderson lead the UAB Blazers to 4 straight post-season births including three straight NCAA Tourney apperances. In just 3 seasons at Mizzou Anderson turned a second tier Tigers team into an Elite Eight contender.

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Manny Pacquiao is currently rated as the #1 pound-for-pound boxer in the world by many experts including Ring Magazine. He is coming off the most high profile fight, and win, of his career against Oscar De La Hoya. That said, it stills feels as though most people do not know who Manny Pacquiao is.

Despite his riches Manny still makes his hometown of General Santos City, South Cotabato, Philippines his permanent residence. There he is as popular a man as the country has. Still, in May 2007, Pacquiao suffered an election defeat. This has not changed Pacquiao’s want to move into the political field during his post fighting career. (more…)

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COACH CALIPARI 1 MURRAYKentucky has not only asked for, but also received permission to talk to Coach Cal. Furthermore they have reportedly already met. After meeting with the Kentucky brass this weekend, Calipari met with his players this morning to discuss his involvement with the opening. (more…)

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Charlotte Hornets (1993–1995)

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Miami Heat (1995–2002)

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New Jersey Nets (2003–2004)

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Miami Heat (2005–2008)

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Jersey ceremony completes Alonzo Mourning’s transformation [Miami Herald]

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bracketThe person who is winning your bracket pool at this moment is likely the one with the best insight into the Tourney. I’m not bias at all–but as you might have guessed, I am that guy.

Going into yesterday, and coming out of yesterday, I have a a first place bracket in all three of the pools I am in.

I have three of the four final four teams correct including ‘Nova. The only problem; I had Louisville winning it all. Looking back that was probably a bad pick. The odds of them making it to the Final Weekend AND winning it all… probably pretty slim.

So it took until the final weekend but my bracket busted out yesterday afternoon as the Spartans dismantled, my pick to win it all, the Cardinals.

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izzoIzzo was wired as head coach of Michigan State in 1995. He has currently been to 12 straight NCAA Tournaments. During this time he has the 2nd most wins in the tournament with 26 and counting.

During his 11 straight post seasons his teams have been to 8 Sweet 16’s and 6 Ellite 8’s. He has also lead his teams to an incredible 5 Final Fours since 1999 including 3 in a row from ’99 to ’01.

His teams seem to shine on the biggest of stages. This year there reward is a trip back home to Michigan to participate in the Final Four at Ford Field.

Finally, Ford Field will be home to a true winner when the Spartans come back into town.

A fairy tale for Tom Izzo, Magic and all Spartans [Detroit Free Press]

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Back from Vegas and still feeling the effects, we made it through another week.

I like to think that it takes quite a bit to make me tired but a late night fantasy baseball draft, intramural basketball game and East Regional showdown preceded by a trip to Vegas will do it.

las-vegas-airport-luxorThe Vegas trip was amazing. If you haven’t been go. If you have been go back. And if you have been multiple times, go during March Madness. It is incredible for a sports fan.

On the way there I saw the Head Coach of the MIT basketball team in the airport with there star player who is likely going to play overseas next year. It took me a few but yes I actually recognized a division III basketball coach… weird.

I went 4/4 with my tourney game betting:

Maryland over Cal
Purdue over Washington
USC over BC
MSU over USC

Having that income was key.

morrisonOn Friday night we were in a private room at LAX. I met a girl from Gonzaga who said she dated Adam Morrison. That’s always a good sign when the girl you are talking to is attracted to a guy as fugly as this –>

So you’re saying there’s a chance?

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