Thursday, April 5, 2007
Gator coach at top of wanted list
By the time this is read by the general readership, it will be known who the “baddest of the baddest” is in the collegiate ranks, both men and women.
First, let us do our usual chest thumping and point out the fact that “our teams” (SEC and C-USA) went a long way. And a couple of them went all the way to the end.
The Lady Tigers of LSU were taken out by Rutgers in Final Four action on Sunday night. Rutgers, the terror and dark horse of the Big East this season, was ranked a number four, and LSU, at one point this season predicted to win it all, was rated a number three.
On the other side of the bracket, it was number one against number one – the Lady Vols of Tennessee against the Lady Tarheels of North Carolina. Although the Lady Heels gave the Lady Vols a little scare there at the end, I don’t believe Pat Summitt and Candace Parker had any doubt where this train was headed.
There were some worry moments in the men’s bracket. And, of course, there are a lot of us who would like to have had our “druthers” and had a matchup between the Memphis Tigers and Florida. The Gators have left little doubt as to which star they hitched their wagon to. They want the “back to back.” And check it out – the championships have streamed through Florida this sports year.
I know it is not lost on you that the NCAA championship basketball game was a rematch of the NCAA championship football game.
In the game between the Hoyas and the Buckeyes, there was a Ewing on the floor and one in the stands. There was a Thompson on the floor and one in the stands, but it didn’t stop the Buckeyes.
The games were not over, but the courting of the coaches was on at a full press.
The Gators’ Billy Donovan is probably the most wanted man on the planet. With John Calipari being the next most wanted.
I don’t think John is going anywhere, but if Donovan pulls off this “repeat,” it is bye-bye swamp.
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