Pat Summit to step down as coach at Tennessee

Pat Summitt

The news keeps getting worse for one of the greatest coaches the game of basketball has ever seen. It was reported Wednesday that long-time head coach of the Tennessee Volunteers,  Pat Summitt, will step aside as head coach and now serve as an adviser for the team. Summitt was diagnosed with dementia in 2011 and split coaching duties Holly Warlick this past season. [Read more…]

Izzo’s Definition of a College Basketball National Power

By Paul M. Banks

INDIANAPOLIS- What are the benchmarks, numbers, standards for entry into the same class as the four (Kentucky, Kansas, North Carolina, UCLA) most historically elite programs?

Michigan State’s Tom Izzo, whose program has been in the national conversation for the last 10 years or so, offered a couple definitions.

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The NCAA March Madness “Midwest Swing”

Final Four

By Paul M. Banks

CHICAGO- Is there any better holiday than March Madness? Take it a step further: any better time of year? The long winter is finally over, people are coming out of hibernation, and for one month: everyone you know has a rooting interest in a team; even if it’s only because of office pools. In a couple hours, I’m about to embark on a journey that’s more than March Madness. It’s a whole Bellevue hospital full of madness. The perfect sanctuary for someone who attended a school that’s annually a top twenty national program; and started his MBA at a school the same semester they won the 2000 national title.

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