Tennessee State has made an addition to its roster for the 2016-17 season, as former Georgia Tech guard Chris Bolden will play for head coach Dana Ford as a graduate student. News of Bolden’s eventual transfer was first reported by Jeff Goodman of ESPN.com.
Bolden was handed a six-game suspension by Georgia Tech in mid-February for a violation of the student-athlete conduct policy, and with that suspension running through the Yellow Jackets’ first game in the ACC Tournament he did not play another game for Brian Gregory’s program. In May Gregory announced that Bolden would not return to the program for the 2015-16 season, which did not come as a surprise.
With the 6-foot-3 guard on course to graduate in December he can move on to another program for his final season of eligibility.
Bolden started 11 of the 25 games in which he played last season, averaging 6.9 points in 21.3 minutes of action per game. For his career at Georgia Tech, Bolden averaged 6.5 points and 2.1 rebounds per game.
Tennessee State will lose four guards from its perimeter rotation at the end of this season. Returnees Marcus Roper (10.0 ppg in 2014-15) and Xavier Richards (6.7 ppg) are both seniors, and transfers Keron DeShields (Montana) and Jordan Reed (Binghamton) are in their final season of eligibility as well.
Eastern Kentucky’s Dan McHale throws out first pitch at Lexington Legends game (VIDEO)
After serving as an assistant on Richard Pitino’s staff at Minnesota for the last two seasons, Dan McHale received his first head coaching opportunity this spring when he was hired at Eastern Kentucky. With that comes a change in responsibilities, going from offering suggestions to making decisions as some like to say and also getting to know the new community and vice versa.
Thursday night McHale threw out the first pitch at the Lexington Legends minor league baseball game, and he managed to get the ball over the plate. In an interview with Lexington’s NBC affiliate, McHale stated that he last played baseball as a high school senior in 1997 (he was a second baseman).
The last domino in the 2015 Coaching Carousel has fallen.
Matt McMahon, a former assistant coach at Murray State and currently an assistant at Louisiana Tech, will replace Steve Prohm, according to a release from the school. Prohm left the Racers on Monday to replace Fred Hoiberg as the head coach at Iowa State.
McMahon was hired by new Louisiana Tech head coach Eric Konkol as associate head coach late last month. To get an idea of just how long he lasted in Ruston, McMahon’s most recent tweet — from June 1st — talks about how excited he is to start his first full week with the Bulldogs. He played his college ball at Appalachian State, where he played in the NCAA tournament as was a two-year starter.
“I want to thank Allen Ward and President Davies for giving me the opportunity to return to Murray State as the head basketball coach,” McMahon said in the release. “My family and I have enjoyed our four years in this community and we look forward to many more. I also owe a great deal of thanks to Steve Prohm for bringing me to Murray and serving as a mentor to me. I also want to thank our players past and present for their hard work and commitment to the program. Their success on the court, in the classroom and in the community has allowed me to be in this position today.”
This decision is also important for Iowa State fans, as they wait to find out who will be on the Cyclone staff next season. Will Prohm’s current staff remain with McMahon in Murray, Kentucky, or will they be following Prohm to Ames, Iowa? Will Prohm begin his Cyclone tenure with proven high-major recruiters — T.J. Otzelberger? — on staff?