The college basketball season wraps up tonight, but the news around the game never ends. Here are some random facts to ponder:
–Wow, are the Missouri fans unimpressed with the hire of Frank Haith from Miami. The pouting over losing out on Purdue’s Matt Painter is almost unprecedented, even among over-entitled Tiger fans.
–Haith’s hiring could provide a new home for Kansas State’s Frank Martin. At first, such a move might make little sense. Very few people care about college basketball in south Florida, and playing in the ACC is a chore.
But Martin is from Miami. And K-State loses Jacob Pullen and Curtis Kelly. And the recruiting pipeline that gushed between the Washington, D.C., AAU teams and Manhattan has slowed to a trickle. The Purple People might be in line for a big reality check.
–Lon Kruger just built a fancy new house in Las Vegas. But even at age 58, when a school like Oklahoma offers to double your salary to $2.2 million a year, you say goodbye to UNLV and hello Boomer Sooner.
–A name from the past: Danny Nee. The former Nebraska coach returned to a head coaching spot this season in Division III at the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy. Nee’s team finished 14-12.
–Former Husker Christian Standhardinger is back in Germany. After quitting the team at Nebraska and then losing his scholarship to La Salle over a minor legal incident, Standhardinger’s student visa expired and he had to return home. If he wants to return to NCAA Division I play, he still would have to sit out a transfer season.