After winning 873 games at Northeastern and UConn, Jim Calhoun made the decision to retire shortly before the start of the 2012-13 season. However, even with the move away from the sidelines the Hall of Famer has remained close to the game, serving as a special advisor to UConn AD Warde Manuel and being a fixture at UConn games both home and away.
Thursday it was reported that the coach who provided some unforgettable moments in his dealings with the media (look up his Ryan Gomes-based rant on YouTube) will be on television. According to The Big Lead, Calhoun is one of three former college head coaches who will work in the ESPN studios during the 2014-15 season.
The others: former Kent State, Arkansas and USF head coach Stan Heath and former Brown and Oregon State head coach Craig Robinson.
Given Calhoun’s achievements, most notably building a program that would win three national titles under his watch, he could provide some interesting insight in the studio. But the transition from the sidelines to the studio can be difficult to predict, with some coaches making a smoother transition than others.
What may help in Calhoun’s case is that he’s two years removed from the sidelines, so he won’t be going “directly” from the court to the studio.
The Oregon State men’s basketball team has been without a head coach for 10 days.
The Beavers whiffed on trying to lure Ben Howland to Corvallis, who withdrew from consideration on Monday night. Oregon State announced some stability on Thursday night, promoting assistant Doug Stewart to interim head coach.
Stewart has served as an assistant to Craig Robinson at both Brown (2006-2008) and Oregon State (2008-2014). Robinson was relieved of his duties on May 5, following a 93-104 (39-69 Pac-12) record in his six seasons.
Stewart does have head coaching experience, spending two years on the sidelines at Casper College, a junior college in Wyoming.
Gina Mizell and Connor Letourneau of The Oregonian reported that Arizona assistant coach Damon Stoudamire is still considered the top candidate for the coaching vacancy, though, there is no timetable for a hire.
Former Maryland guard Nick Faust thought he had found a new school last week when he decided to enroll at Oregon State. Questionable timing by the university altered that, as Oregon State head coach Craig Robinson was fired on Monday.
Within 48 hours of that announcement, Faust made one of his own: his recruitment is back open.
“I guess I gotta do this whole process all over again and really get to know coaches this time and things like that,” Faust told Adam Zagoria of SNY.tv. “It’s just a longer process.”
Faust mentioned UCLA, George Washington, Richmond, George Mason, Siena and Cleveland State were all being considered at the time he committed to the Beavers.
The 6-foot-6 Faust is one of four Terrapins to leave the school since the conclusion of this season. He averaged 9.4 points, 3.7 rebounds and 2.0 assists per game with his field goal percentages down from his sophomore campaign. Wherever he lands next, he’ll have to sit out the 2014-2015 season due to NCAA transfer rules.
This becomes another departure in a long line of players to leave Corvallis. In April, Eric Moreland declared for the NBA Draft, Hallice Cooke transferred and Challe Barton elected to pursue a professional career overseas. Earlier on Tuesday, incoming center Isaiah Manderson, a three-star commit, requested he be released from his National Letter of Intent.
Faust was granted his release from Maryland on April 8.
Oregon State had already lost Hallice Cooke to transfer in recent weeks and now the Beavers will lose another returning player as a source confirmed to NBCSports.com that junior point guard Challe Barton will forego his senior season to play professionally overseas.
The 6-foot-3 Barton started the 2013-14 season as a starter but after a demotion to Cooke, Barton played just 12 of the final 18 games and played double-digit minutes twice. For his junior season, the native of Sweden averaged three points, 1,1 rebounds and 1.2 assists per game.
Barton started 25 games during his Oregon State career but never made much of a contribution on the stat sheet. Barton will test his game overseas and last summer he was one of the final players cut from the Swedish national team.
As Connor Letourneau of the Oregonian notes, Barton’s father, Charles Barton, is also a longtime European professional coach for teams like Sweden’s Gothia Basket and Germany’s Skyliners Frankfurt.
Oregon State will now look to returning freshman point guard Malcolm Duvivier and junior college transfer Gary Payton II to handle the ball. Duvivier averaged 3.1 points and under half an assist a game last season while Payton II averaged 14.1 points, 7.9 rebounds and 3.8 assists for Salt Lake Community College, a team that made the NJCAA Division I Championships Sweet 16.
Oregon State took a big blow on Monday afternoon as freshman guard Hallice Cooke decided to transfer from the Pac-12 program, a source confirmed to NBCSports.com. The news of Cooke’s transfer was first reported by Alex Kline of The Recruit Scoop.
Cooke averaged 8.2 points, 2.6 rebounds and 2.5 assists per game for the Beavers in his freshman season and the 6-foot-3 guard also shot an impressive 45 percent from the field and 45 percent from the three-point line.
Oregon State has already lost junior forward Eric Moreland to the 2014 NBA Draft this offseason and the team’s three leading scorers — Roberto Nelson, Devon Collier and Angus Brandt — all graduated.
That means the team’s top five returning scorers are all departing and sophomore guard Langston Morris-Walker is Oregon State’s leading returning scorer at four points per game.
The Beavers will have an uphill battle as they look to rebuild heading into next season.
With Oregon State ending its season with a loss to Radford in the first round of the CBI, there were questions as to what the future would hold for head coach Craig Robinson. In six seasons at the school Robinson has a record of 94-105, and the Beavers’ best season was back in 2011-12 when the team won 21 games.
With Roberto Nelson, Devon Collier and Angus Brandt all out of eligibility, the Beavers have some holes to fill this offseason. And according a report from CBSSports.com, Robinson will be entrusted with the task as he is expected to return for his seventh season in Corvallis.
Robinson’s agent, Rick Giles, told CBSSports.com that there was no discussion of a contract settlement when his client met with Oregon State AD Bob DeCarolis on Thursday and also noted the progress made by Robinson.
“Craig inherited an 0-18 team and has worked hard to recruit nationally, build a practice facility, and change the culture at Oregon State,” Giles said. “This year, he had Oregon State within two league wins of the NCAA Tournament. They’ve come a long way and are getting closer. He is fully committed to continuing this progress and taking the next step — and to getting Oregon State into the NCAA tournament.”
With contributors Nelson, Collier and Brandt no longer in the fold, the question entering the offseason is how close is Oregon State to reaching the NCAA tournament. With guard Hallice Cooke and forward Eric Moreland among the players expected back on campus next year, there’s clearly some talent to work with.
But is there enough to lead Oregon State to its first NCAA tournament appearance since 1990? That’s the question Oregon State fans will ask throughout the offseason.