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Hubert Davis hired as assistant coach at UNC

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ESPN Gameday will look a little different next season.

Hubert Davis, who has been an analyst for ESPN since 2008, has been hired by Roy Williams to replace Jerod Haase on UNC’s coaching staff. Haase took the head-coaching job at UAB. Davis, who graduated from UNC in 1992, will join CB McGrath and Steve Robinson as Williams’ assistants.

“I am very excited, thankful and honored to re-join the Carolina basketball program as an assistant to Coach Williams,” said Davis. “I loved being a part of college basketball during my time at ESPN by attending practices and games and developing relationships with players and coaches. Now I will have the opportunity to do this on a more personal level at a university and with a basketball program that I have loved my entire life.”

While coaching at UNC seems like a dream job, it’s not absurd to say that Davis’ ESPN gig was better. He had the best seat in the house for the best games of the year and got made many thousands of dollars to talk about basketball. While the may as an assistant with the Heels may be comparable or better, the grind of being a coach — watching film during the season, preparing practice schedules, in-season recruiting, the hell that is July’s recruiting period, hours upon hours upon hours of bad high school and AAU basketball in gyms that are too hot and bleachers that are too uncomfortable — is not for everyone.

The other question that needs to be asked: is Davis trying to line himself up to be Williams’ successor? UNC likes to keep it in the family, so to speak, and Davis is a UNC grad. Personally, I think that UNC-Greensboro’s Wes Miller — a UNC grad — may be the best option once he gets more experience under his belt.

Rob Dauster is the editor of the college basketball website Ballin’ is a Habit. You can find him on twitter @robdauster.

POSTERIZED: Pensacola State’s Jamal Thomas dunks through block attempt, makes coach go nuts

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A solid poster dunk went down in the junior college ranks last night as Pensacola State sophomore Jamal Thomas finished a dunk through a block attempt against Northwest Florida State.

The 6-foot-3 Thomas used his power and momentum to go through the opposing shot blocker and the play made his head coach, Pete Pena, go nuts with an over-exaggerated fist pump. The video is short, but be sure to watch for Pena’s reaction near the logo at the top right of the screen.

VIDEO: Boise State robbed of insane, buzzer-beating win on incorrect timing by officials

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It looked like James Webb III of Boise State had hit the season’s craziest buzzer-beater.

With 0.8 seconds left, he caught an in-bounds pass on the run on the right wing, hoisted up a prayer of a three and watched as it banked it as the buzzer sounded.

It’s pretty fantastic:

And it also clearly left his hands before time expired, but there was a reason for that. According to the officials, the clock (for the road team, mind you) did not start when the ball was caught.

They were right.

Where they were wrong was determining that it took more than a second for Webb to catch and release the shot, meaning that they were wrong to waive off the bucket.

This awesome slo-mo clip of the shot from Matt Stephens of the Coloradoan is all the evidence I need, but if you need more, Sportscenter anchor Scott Van Pelt clocked it at 0.7 seconds:

The game would go to overtime, where Colorado State would go on to win, 97-93.

As you can imagine, Boise State players and coaches were livid with the call.

“I hope it’s not a situation where you get an apology later but don’t get the win. I don’t understand it,” head coach Leon Rice said in a radio interview after the game. “I hope they got it right somehow, some way. I don’t know. It didn’t look right to me, but I’m not the official.”

This comes just four days after officials blew a call in a game between New Mexico and San Diego State that allowed the Aztecs to force overtime and eventually beat the Lobos. (That call may have determined the outcome of the Mountain West regular season title, to boot.)

New Mexico was essentially told, “my bad”, but the league as a result.

And Boise State will probably get the same treatment despite the fact that, if the league determines that the referees botched this call as well, the tame technically was over then.

Will they have the guts to award the Broncos a road win that they earned and deserve?

I doubt it.

UPDATE: Here’s a statement from the officiating crew: