- According to the Washington Post, Allan Chaney collapsed during a workout and was taken to the hospital. Seth Greenberg, who was away, returned to campus. The article says it is not serious, but having just watched the ESPN 30 for 30 special on Paul Westhead (and the tragedy of Hank Gathers), you always are concerned. Hopefully it is nothing heart related, and just was dehydration.
- Bill Courtney will be named cornell’s Head Coach on Friday at 3 PM (RTD Article). Courtney was at VT for just one year and is now the second VT assistant to leave Tech in the last 10 days along with Ryan Odom.
- The other assistant, James Johnson, did not get the gardner-webb Head Coaching position, so he will be back next year as of now.
Here’s some recent news I’ve come across of late of interest to Hokie basketball fans:
- NCAA Tourney to go to 68 Teams: It looks like the NCAA Tournament will go from 65 to 68 teams starting next season. Would Tech have made the NCAA Tournament this year if it had been 68? I’m 90% sure it would have, but who knows. And there’s no point crying over spilled milk at this point. This should help the Hokies chances though going forward. If VT doesn’t make the Big Dance next year with what they (should) have coming back, then something seriously went wrong. Tech should not even be close to the bubble next season.
- Tech already lost one assistant coach, Ryan Odom, to unc-charlotte (Article) and could lose two more. James Johnson interviewed to be gardner-webb’s Head Coach and Bill Courtney interviewed for cornell’s vacancy. Both are waiting to hear back: Richmond Times Dispatch Article.
- Doug Doughty of the Roanoke Times thinks Adrian Autry will be named one assistant (he’s already the Director of Basketball Operations). If that name rings a bell, Autry was an absolute stud for syracuse in the early-90s. He averaged double digits his final three years at the ‘cuse and finished with over 1500 points. He was Third Team All-Big East his junior year and First Team his senior season. Adrian didn’t get drafted or play in the NBA, but did play in Europe for several years.
- Doughty also mentioned he’s heard that the Hokies aren’t sure 2010 signee Tyrone Garland will meet NCAA eligibility guidelines. That would stink to lose out on Tyrone, who is a scoring machine at combo guard. He’s cut from the same mold as Malcolm Delaney, in my opinion. Apparently Greenberg was scouting a point guard in Slovenia as a backup plan, though the Hokies already have a commitment from Marquis Rankin, a stud PG in the ’11 class.