This morning's mashup brings you a blend of coaches in new places (for an interesting blend of reasons), a team in a new place (making their new home that much stronger), and a contender minus their best player - but perhaps not long enough for it to matter.
~ We start with Mike Davis. You may or may not remember him from his days at Indiana, but after getting fired this off-season by Alabama-Birmingham, he has slotted right into the head coach opening at Texas Southern. A small school with a small budget, but in a big city with big potential (in a number of ways). I think a coach like Davis can succeed in an environment like this, the bigger question is probably how much how soon, and if that translates into another job change in the other direction on the ladder.
~ After that, we move to Doug Wojcik. He found out this past spring that a ten percent decline in attendance (at a school with only 3,000 kids) is enough to get you canned, but he considers what followed an upgrade. He know finds himself replacing the reknowned Bobby Cremins at College of Charleston, with a four-year-old $47 million arena, great weather, and "non-stop flights from Houston and Dallas." A big deal for someone wanting to recruit in - recruiting hotbeds like Houston! Watch yourself, Mike Davis.
~ Next comes a quick hit from the wire about a new addition to the NCAA March Madness selection committee - former Harvard head coach and current Northeastern A.D Peter Roby.
~ We wash that down with a bit from SI's Andy Glockner about how the Ohio Valley Conference is on the rise and is only going to get better with the addition of well-known Cinderella Belmont University. I think considering them more than a one-bid conference might be a bit much, but they are definitely deeper than they have been in the past.
~ Lastly, Northern Iowa's Anthony James has been suspended for the first three games of the season for various unnamed team rule violations. You may remember James as the team's leading scorer last season and best returning player this season. No worries, he will miss the team's opening home swing of the intimidating Wartburg College, Toledo, and North Dakota, and then shall return just in time for the team's trip to the Bahamas to face Louisville and either Missouri or Stanford. What a horrid punishment.