Report: Rob Judson to be hired as next coach at Illinois State

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Illinois State assistant coach Rob Judson will be promoted and become the next head coach of the Redbirds, Jim Benson of The Pantagraph is reporting.

Judson has spent the last fives seasons serving under former coach Tom Jankovich, who left Illinois State to be the coach-in-waiting, behind Larry Brown at Southern Methodist.

The 54-year-old Judson was previously the head coach at Northern Illinois, amassing an overall record of 74-101 in six seasons between 2001 and 2007.

Prior to his time there, he was an assistant at NIU, Bradley, and Illinois, his alma mater. During his time as a coach, his teams have reached six NCAA tournaments and four NITs.

The Redbirds finished 21-14 last season, making their way to the second round of the NIT, before losing to Stanford.

They have two players signed from the Class of 2012: two-star guards Anthony Beane and Aaron Simpson.

Photo Credit: The Pantagraph

Daniel Martin is a writer and editor at, covering St. John’s. You can find him on Twitter:@DanielJMartin_

Larry Brown reportedly interviewing for coaching job at SMU


It hasn’t been the most pleasant of months for SMU athletic director Steve Orsini.

After head coach Matt Doherty was fired in mid-March after six seasons, Orsini and the Mustangs are still looking for a head coach and reports are that they have turned to a candidate that has some scratching their heads: Larry Brown.

Over the past four weeks, the Mustangs’ coaching search has seen St. Louis’ Rick Majerus, Marquette’s Buzz Williams, and Long Beach State’s Dan Monson all turn down the job.

A report from’s Adam Zagoria says Williams’ assistant at Marquette, Tony Benford, is on the SMU campus today.

The 71-year-old Brown is the only coach in history to have won both an NBA title (Detroit, 2004) and an NCAA title (Kansas, 1988), having last coached the Charlotte Bobcats in 2010-11.

He has been quoted as saying that he would like to return to coaching, but has not been at a college program since that championship season at Kansas in 1988.

SMU is trying to work its way to national prominence and went 13-19 last season, including 4-12 in Conference USA. They will be moving to the Big East in all sports in an attempt to grow their national brand.

The better question, in regards to Brown, is how a man in his 70s, having not coached at the college level in over 20 years, would be able to make an impact on the recruiting trail, which is increasingly dominated by younger coaches (in comparison to Brown) like John Calipari, Scott Drew, Tom Crean, Sean Miller, etc.

“I’m not going to be politicking for a job right now,” Brown told ESPN’s Dana O’Neill. “I’d like to get back involved in the game in some capacity. Whether that’s as a coach, assistant, running a team or just as a resource, I don’t care.”

Daniel Martin is a writer and editor at, covering St. John’s. You can find him on Twitter:@DanielJMartin_

Bill Carmody will return to Northwestern

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Despite missing the NCAA tournament in 2011-12, Northwestern athletic director Jim Phillips reaffirmed that coach Bill Carmody will be back next season with the Wildcats.

“Bill Carmody is under contract to be our men’s basketball coach and has the full support of the athletic department and university,” said Phillips in a statement. “We had another solid season competitively, but let me be perfectly clear: We are not satisfied. We are, however, optimistic that our program will continue to get better on the court while always maintaining a standard of excellence in academic success, NCAA compliance, social behavior and the development of young men.”

Carmody is 179-190 in his tenure in Evanston, though still unable to get over the top and into the Big Dance.

After missing the NCAA tournament, the Wildcats took part in the NIT, beating Akron before losing to Washington in the second round last week.

Northwestern finished with a record of 19-14, including 8-10 in the Big Ten. Much of the Wildcats’ success is credited to senior John Shurna, who averaged nearly 20 points per game in 2011-12.

Without Shurna next season, questions have been raised as to whether Northwestern can compete on the same level and contend for a berth in the NCAA tournament.

The Wildcats have three players signed for the Class of 2012, including Iowa product Kale Abrahamson, a three-star recruit.

Though Shurna is graduating, five players from the Wildcats’ regular rotation are returning to the program. Drew Crawford, Shurna’s complement at 16 points per game last season, enters his senior year in 2012-13 and will most likely be the centerpiece.

Daniel Martin is a writer and editor at, covering St. John’s. You can find him on Twitter:@DanielJMartin_

Over/under on Calipari NBA rumors?


John Calipari can’t leave Kentucky for the NBA. What would we do for offseason college hoops news?

That’s hardly what Big Blue Nation wants to read, however. They’d prefer Calipari – in the face of unrelenting rumors that’s he’s a prospect to coach wherever LeBron James eventually signs – simply tweet definitive statements like this once or twice a day. (Or to have stories like this refute the rumors.)


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What to believe with John Calipari?


Even better for Kentucky fans would be more non-stop recruiting stories, much like last season when Calipari brought in an all-time freshman class.

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He’s not far behind this season, securing commitments from five-star prospects Brandon Knight, Enes Kanter and Doron Lamb and four-star player Stacey Poole. The latest gem? The transfer of former Florida power forward Eloy Vargas, who figures to play prominently with the departure of Patrick Patterson.

Instead, we’re all stuck with the daily NBA rumors. Not nearly as much fun.

But I suppose that’s life with Calipari. He’s never been one to shy from a challenge – and the NBA would qualify as one.

Some doubt he’ll head to the NBA this season, mostly because his ego can’t handle the thought of being a “package deal” with LeBron. That makes sense, too. Who wants their coaching future tied to a star player (even if that player is LeBron)?

NBA free agency begins July 1. Until then, Calipari’s future will almost certainly be a regular story, blog and Twitter topic. No matter how many denials he issues, people won’t believe he’ll stay at Kentucky until two things happen: LeBron signs with a team and has a coach in place or the 2010-11 college hoops season begins.

Let’s see … July 1 is six and half weeks away. The season starts in roughly 24 weeks.

Please let this all be resolved before the latter. Not sure I can handle 24 updates on Calipari’s coaching future. 

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