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You might have heard that the state of New Jersey (through the persistence of former governor Chris Christie) was given the green light to pursue fully legal sports betting for all major professional sports and NCAA-sanctioned events this morning. This is significant because the drama of this sensitive topic has been no less than a 6-year old battle which saw New Jersey lose both at the state and federal level, only to see an overwhelming majority of the sitting justices of the high court side with the Garden State. This may sound like something irrelevant but this decision will shape not just gambling, but it will reshape college hoops– as well as further limit the NCAA’s stranglehold and influence on the college world. Continue reading “A Quick Summary Of What New Jersey’s Landmark Win On Sports Betting Means For Women’s Hoops (& College Athletics As A Whole)”
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Already with the top incoming recruiting class in the country, Baylor fans are ecstatic today as its women’s basketball program announced the signing of Chloe Jackson out of SEC country. As a strong two-way weapon, Jackson averaged over 18 ppg and 4.7 rpg this past season at LSU– which now gives the Lady Bears a 3rd scoring option (Baylor already has its luxury frontcourt with southpaw Kalani Brown and Lauren Cox) and signals a much more balanced scoring attack.
Expect Head Coach Kim Mulkey to have a productive offseason in order to forget the bitter sting of the earlier than predicted NCAA Tournament exit as her team looks to open as one of the top 3 teams for the 2018-2019 season.
To say Maryland basketball went through the longest 14 months would be a massive understatement. After losing key players to graduation following the 2016-2017 season (both high WNBA draft picks by the way), Destiny Slocum transferring out (now at Oregon State) and then seeing an overachieving roster fall just short of another B1G championship, head coach Brenda Frese and her staff made it a major priority to reload its talent stock in order to not just win future B1G titles, but put itself back in the title favorites discussion. Already with the 5th-ranked 2018 recruiting class, Maryland announced the signing of Sara Vujacic (sister of former Laker and NBA star Sasha Vujacic) out of Walter State College in Tennessee. As a 5’11 guard, Vujacic averaged over 16 ppg, shot over 45% from deep and was an above average faciliator as well. Considering Maryland ranked 8th nationally from deep (despite having woefully inconsistent 3-point shots from all but two players), Vujacic’s arrival means that Maryland will probably stay in the top-10, if not the very top in many offensive categories.
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Big news out of Duke University as Head Coach Joanne P. McCallie will take a leave of absence effective immediately. The school announced McCallie will be away from the team for approximately two months while dealing with a kidney-related ailment, according to Athletic Department. This comes at a crucial time as May will mark the start of major off-season training for many of the returning players including rising star Leaonna Odom, who will be without their leader.
Associate Head Coach Hernando Plannells and assistants Rene Haynes/Sam Miller will run the show in McCallie’s absence.
The University of Connecticut Women’s Basketball program officially brought back one of its own to Storrs, replacing Marisa Moseley who left to become the head coach at Boston University. Head coach Geno Auriemma announced Jasmine Lister’s hiring Thursday afternoon who will come on as an assistant coach and focus primarily on guard development, while assisting in recruiting duties as well. Continue reading “UConn Adds Jasmine Lister To Coaching Staff”
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On April 16, 2018, Tina Thompson was announced as the fifth head coach for the University of Virginia. Just like with his homerun hire with Tony Bennett over a decade ago, Athletic Director Jeff White thought out of the box in bringing some youthful, high-intensity energy to the women’s program trending upwards despite the sudden departure of previous coach Joanne Boyle. To the casual basketball fan, Thompson’s hire may not seem like a big deal, but it is actually a much bigger deal for not just the campus, but the ACC (and all of women’s basketball for that matter). Here are 3 reasons why:
Continue reading “Tina Thompson Hiring Shakes Up The ACC”