Thursday, February 28, 2008
Castleton State College hired Rich Alercio on Thursday to build its new football program, which will begin play in 2009.Tuesday, February 19, 2008
An assistant at The College of New Jersey, Alercio beat out more than 150 others for the job, said Deanna Tyson, associate dean of athletics and recreation. Alercio will start July 1, and will have to hire a full-time assistant and help plan a new Spartan Stadium.
"The five candidates we interviewed on campus were all well qualified to coach at Castleton, but Rich Alercio is the best fit for our athletic program," Tyson said. "He is going to be a tremendous role model for our male athletes."
Castleton will play in the NCAA Division III North Atlantic Conference, which includes Becker College, Gallaudet University, Husson College, SUNY Maritime College, Mount Ida College and Norwich University.
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Former Pepperdine head coach Tom Asbury will get a shot at the same job again, starting next season, a source close to the situation told ESPN.com.
The school will hold a Wednesday news conference to announce the hiring.
Asbury, 62, will take over a program in flux. Former coach Vance Walberg resigned Jan. 17 for personal reasons. Walberg was 6-12 when he resigned, 0-2 in the WCC. Assistant Eric Bridgland stepped in and, according to the source, will continue to coach the team the rest of this season. Pepperdine lost to Saint Mary's Monday night, falling to 3-8 in the WCC, 9-18 overall.
Asbury coached the Waves from 1988-94 after serving as an assistant for nine years. He went on to coach Kansas State for six years before going to Alabama as an assistant in 2003. He resigned after last season to retire to Tucson to tend to his wife, who was ill at the time but has since recovered.
The source said that Asbury will take a recruiting test as soon as he is hired so he is cleared to recruit under NCAA rules. Since Walberg resigned, a position has remained open on the staff. Assuming Asbury passes the test, he can go out on the road this season and recruit for next year. He is expected to observe practices and games, as well as interview the current staff.
The source said Asbury was chosen by Pepperdine athletic director John Watson because of the stability he would bring to the program after the brief tenure under Walberg, who was hired in 2006.
Watson looked mostly at older, former Division I head coaches with ties to the West Coast to replace Walberg.
Filling the Pepperdine opening leaves a handful of coaching vacancies: San Francisco (Jessie Evans took a leave of absence, and Eddie Sutton is interim coach), Oregon State (Jay John was fired and assistant Kevin Mouton is interim), South Carolina (Dave Odom will resign at the end of the season) and LSU (John Brady was fired, and assistant Butch Pierre is interim).
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When will the fine people of Indiana take responsibility for their blunder? What type of lesson does it teach your students when you knowingly hire someone ABOUT to be penalized again by the NCAA in your hopes of winning a championship? A bad one. Indiana took the risk...hiring someone about to be penalized by the NCAA and hoping he would transform into some fine model citizen. Indiana's choice to play the battered wife, hoping to change their man has failed. Sampson has struck again.Friday, February 8, 2008
It's time to cut your losses, IU. You have fine coaches just a stones-throw away form you. You had Todd Lickliter ar Butler, just miles away from Bloomington. But he's now at Iowa. But luckily, you have Sean Miller at Xavier, who's ready to battle with Big Ten coaches like Ryan, Izzo, Matta and the rest. Make the call IU.
The NCAA is asking the presidents and chancellors of Division III schools, already the association's largest membership group, about the feasibility of splitting the division or creating a new Division IV.
Surveys were mailed Thursday to the 440 Division III schools.
This one seemed to be coming for some time, but John Brady is out at LSU. Should be an attractive job for a number of top candidates. I wouldn't be shocked to see Anthony Grant of VCU considered with his background in the SEC at Florida.Monday, February 4, 2008
Plenty of rumors out there thus far and changes planned at Pepperdine, South Carolina and now Texas Tech. Jeff Goodman put together an interesting list:
LSU’s John Brady
St. John’s coach Norm Roberts
Northwestern’s Bill Carmody
Oregon’s Ernie Kent
Maine’s Ted Woodward
Sacramento State’s Jerome Jenkins
Jacksonville State’s Mike Laplante
Mount St. Mary’s Milan Brown
Florida State’s Leonard Hamilton
Rice’s Willis Wilson
Ernie Kent is the most interesting name. He was considered for the Michigan job that John Beilein. Fast forward and now Oregon is struggling behind the traditional Pac-10 powers from the past 5 years, but now USC has joined the club. Add into the mix that Oregon is planning a $200 million basketball arena. Oregon and it's powerful boosters will want to make a big splash. The guy who could do that is Mike Montgomery. It might be tough to get him away from the Stanford athletic department, but it's worth a try.
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