Over the course of the off-season, we'll not only be covering the Pirates, but we'll also dive into other relevant BIG EAST and national news. Without further ado.
Today's offseason link roundup:
If you live under a rock, check the Duke Basketball Report for reactions regarding college basketball's 2009-10 champions.
Former Pirate point guard and 1,000 point scorer, Dan Hurley will become the new coach of Wagner College:
Dan Hurley, the former Seton Hall guard, Rutgers assistant and head coach at St. Benedict's Prep of Newark, was offered the position late last night, a source told The Post. Barring a last-minute breakdown, sources strongly indicate that the two sides are expected to agree in principle, with a press conference scheduled at the Staten Island school sometime this week.
Good for Danny. Hopefully, a successful tenure at Wagner will serve as a stepping stone to a long collegiate coaching career. I thought when his name was loosely thrown around as Gonzo's successor it was a bit premature, but I'm interested in seeing how Hurley can turn around a 5-26 (3-15 NEC) Seahawks program.
Dan's father, Bob Hurley Sr. is headed to Springfield:
St. Anthony has never had its own gym, yet Hurley has guided St. Anthony High School to 984 victories, 24 state championships and nine New Jersey Tournament of Champions titles.
After being denied entrance into the Hall of Fame on two previous occasions, the legendary coach was informed that he would become just the third boys' high school basketball coach to earn the prestigious honor.
And the coaching carousel turns!
Jerry Carino is reporting that the axe might next strike Fred Hill Jr., following a strange incident that took place, not on the court, but on the baseball diamond:
"We are actively investigating the incident involving the head men's basketball coach that took place at our baseball game last Thursday on campus," Pernetti said in a statement released to Gannett New Jersey newspapers Tuesday. "The reports and eyewitness accounts are very concerning."
Check out Carino's article in an attempt to understand how bizarre the incident truly was. I've got to believe FHJ has coached his last game in Piscataway. Also noted in Hoops Haven: Gil Biruta is looking for his release, while Mike Rosario may also be on the way out.
Clemson's Oliver Purnell surprisingly resigned today to take over the head coaching vacancy at DePaul:
Just last year Purnell agreed to a two-year contract extension at Clemson through 2016. His total compensation package was $1.35 million annually on $275,000 in base salary and $1.075 million in supplemental income. In resigning he forfeited $500,000 in deferred compensation over the final two years of the agreement.
According to the Chicago Tribune, Purnell has agreed to a seven-year contract at DePaul, a private university affiliated with the Roman Catholic church based in the heart of Northisde Chicago. The contract is reportedly worth more than $15 million that includes the buyout of his Clemson contract.
Great signing for DePaul. Purnell had led Clemson to four straight 20-win seasons and three straight NCAA tournament berths. It's a stunning move for Purnell to resign, but he must feel extremely confident in his chances to turn around the DePaul program over the course of his seven-year contract.
Once a brief SHU coaching candidate, former Cornell coach Steve Donahue has accepted an offer from Boston College:
In announcing the decision, BC athletic director Gene DeFilippo said he was looking for a more exciting style of play than the banging, Big East style Skinner favored.
Though Pope has some tools to work with, his average physical tools could limit his impact at the next level in both areas. Considering his in-game discretions and off-court history, Pope is a player that will need to fare extremely well in private workouts and during the interview process to alleviate the significant concerns will have about his intangibles. Far from a lock to be drafted at this point, Pope is just one of what could prove to a bevy of underclassmen who will be worth watching as they fight for a chance to hear their name called on draft night.
CollegeHoops lists their early top 50 rankings for 2011 and as expected, you won't see Seton Hall on the list. Of course, if the three, or even two-of-three return, they may make the pre-season cut.
NBE lists their BIG EAST players to watch in 2010-2011 and preface the list by excluding the three SHU players who have declared for the draft.
OK, I understand why Jordan Theodore isn't included in the, "certain to be in the all-league mix" category. However, I'm very surprised that he's not included in the, "players who will improve their game significantly" list. SNUBBED! Check the link out as NBE sleeps on JT's potential compared to many others in the conference that have made the cut