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It looks like former Kansas State coach Jim Wooldridge will be introduced as the new coach at UC Riverside early next week, beating out former Bona coach Jan van Breda Kolff.Former San Diego coach Brad Holland was also a candidate.---Rodney McKissic

Former St. Bonaventure coach Jan van Breda Kolff is one of the finalists for the job at UC Riverside. The list also includes recently desposed coaches Brad Holland and Jim Wooldridge.Since being dismissed in 2003 following the Bona scandal, van Breda Kolff spent one season as an assistant under Tim Floyd with the New Orleans Hornets and now runs a Nashville, Tenn., based b…

There are currently eight men's coaching slots open for next season  -- Robert Morris (which opened when Mark Schmidt came to St. Bonaventure), Saint Louis, Chicago State, Maryland-Eastern Shore, Norfolk State, South Carolina State, Texas A&M-Corpus Christi and UC-Riverside. Among the 11 openings on the women's side are four big ones -- Michigan State, Penn State…

Mike Rice, an assistant at Niagara under Jack Armstrong and a current aide to Jamie Dixon at Pittsburgh, is going to be interviewed for the Robert Morris job vacated when Mark Schmidt came to St. Bonaventure, the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reported Wednesday morning. Since leaving Niagara, Rice has also been an assistant at Chicago State and Saint Joseph's. ---Mike Harringt…

Charlotte's Bobby Lutz didn't go to South Alabama over the weekend but the Atlantic 10 got struck with a different shocker Tuesday night when Saint Louis fired coach Brad Soderberg without warning after a 20-13 season. The school issued a terse release saying a review of the program found a new coach was needed with SLU moving into a new $80.5 million campus arena for the …

Charlotte fans aren't happy that their team is in the Atlantic 10 and coach Bobby Lutz apparently isn't too thrilled either. Lutz has turned down a six-year deal from South Alabama -- from the much lower-rated Sun Belt Conference -- and opted to stay at Charlotte, where he has two years left on a contract that pays $400,000 a year. South Alabama was offering only $300,000.…

The Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference announced the fields for the 2007 and 2008 Old Spice Classic tournaments this week and they're terrific. Here's hoping Canisius or Niagara get involved some year. The MAAC began the tournament last year and runs it at Disney's Wide World of Sports in Orlando. Marist was the MAAC rep and the Red Foxes beat Minnesota and Western Michig…

Wednesday was the first day of the spring signing period (it runs until May 16) and new St. Bonaventure coach Mark Schmidt easily has the most work to do. He currently has just five returning scholarship players on hand for 2007-08 (seniors-to-be Tyler Relph and Michael Lee, incoming juniors A.J. Hawkins and Tyler Benson and incoming sophomore Jourdan Morris). And five is …

John Beilein is already at work at Michigan but the $2.5 million buyout he owes West Virginia doesn't look like it's going away anytime soon. The former Canisius coach fired agent Dennis Coleman last year after the buyout was a big factor in why he couldn't leave Morgantown to take the top job at North Carolina State. Several sources in the Big 4 and in the Detroit-area …

There's a chance Canisius might benefit from Wichita State coach Mark Turgeon's departure to Texas A&M. The Griffs and Shockers were among the final teams battling last fall for 6-foot-7 forward Guy Ntang of New Hampton, a New Hampshire prep school. Ntang signed with Wichita in October but it's reasonable to think he's going to at least study his options now that Turge…

OLEAN -- Some comments and thoughts from Tuesday's press conference introducing Mark Schmidt as St. Bonaventure's new coach: ---Athletics Director Steve Watson: "The reason Mark is here today is because he wants to be. He wants to be the head coach at St. Bonaventure and I can't express how important that is." Translation: Albany's Will Brown scum-bagged Bona j…

Gail Goestenkors started it this week when she left Duke to take over the women's basketball program at Texas. As if the coaching merry-go-round in women's basketball wasn't going to be interesting enough this spring, Goestenkors has officially kicked off hunting season for athletic directors. Duke is now one of several high profile women's programs looking for head coac…

CLEVELAND -- Sometimes you look at Candace Parker and think -- not fair. She has the total package: she's a great basketball player, smart, pretty and funny. You almost want to dislike her -- if she wasn't so nice. This morning she earned yet another honor winning the U.S. Basketball Writers Association player of the year award. Her older brother, Marcus, was on hand to …

ATLANTA -- Over the last couple years, the NCAA has made it a priority to turn the Final Four into a Super Bowl-like event, with plenty of ancilliary activities for folks without tickets to the actual games.  Centennial Olympic Park, the focal point of the '96 Olympics (and the place of the infamous pipe-bomb blast that marred those Games) is a huge gathering spot dur…