Archive for March 27, 2008

Friday Night Lights: It’s On

March 27, 2008 Comments off

Coach Taylor says Friday Night Lights is getting another season.

Kyle Chandler as Coach Eric TaylorKyle Chandler, star of NBC’s Friday Night Lights, confirmed that the perennially on-the-bubble drama will return for a third season.

In an interview taped Wednesday with B&C contributor David Bianculli for National Public Radio’s Fresh Air, Chandler said a deal was struck that will spread costs and allow the series to continue.

According to a post on Bianculli’s blog, TV Worth Watching, Chandler, who plays high-school football coach Eric Taylor, said all that was left to sew up the deal was to “dot the i’s and cross the t’s.” He added that he was scheduled to report for shooting in Austin, Texas, where the show is set, in June.

Categories: football, Sports, tv

Coaching Carousel: Missouri State, Cal

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Missouri State hires former Purdue player (and current Purdue assistant) Cuonzo Martin.

– Meanwhile, California has fired head coach Ben Braun. Jon Wilner’s blog lists Randy Bennett (St. Mary’s), Mike Montgomery (formerly of Stanford), Eric Musselman (formerly of NBA’s Kings), Jamie Dixon (Pitt, a west coast guy originally), Tony Bennett (Washington State; won’t happen), Sean Miller (Xavier; he’ll have other opportunities), San Diego‘s Bill Grier, Brad Holland (former U San Diego), Seth Greenberg (Virginia Tech), and a couple of other names that I’d say are less likely.

Wash U (in St. Louis) and U Mass (in Amherst)

March 27, 2008 1 comment

News This Week In College Basketball:

I forgot to mention the Washington University men winning the Division III national championship! Pictures here of the defeat of Amherst and the chancellor. My alma mater is a champion. That’s always cool, but old hat; I mean, all those women’s volleyball championships, and the women’s basketball championship in ’98…’99…2000…2001

Syracuse collapsed again, to U Mass. I’m hoping my friend sends along some pics from Coach Travis Ford’s appearance in the home bar in NYC around the NIT finals appearance. The game was spectacularly coached; the team knew how to space themselves for shots, got the ball to shooters; they had enough gas to run with Syracuse.

And strategically, it was brilliant. With about 12 minutes to play, the Minutemen just stopped trying to slow down the Orange’s drives to the basket. They funneled them inside, and if they shot, the Orange shot fast… giving the ball back to the Minutemen, who would take a fairly quick three. Rinse, repeat. And they inched closer, and closer… it was incredible to watch. Travis Ford called it the greatest comeback he’d ever participated in, better than the Kentucky comeback against LSU that Ford quarterbacked in 1994, i suppose.

Man, I want this guy to coach a team I cheer for.

Categories: college basketball, Sports