Minnesota as #7 in the Big Ten “The Gophers are slotted at the top of the group [#7] thanks in large part to them returning 2 of the Big Ten’s top 3 returning offensive players. Junior Andre Hollins and criminally underrated senior Austin Hollins are difference makers that can win games for this team.” – LNH, Preseason 2013-14
We picked Minnesota to finish 7th in the Big Ten and believed they would wind up just barely on either side of the bubble. That’s precisely what happened. The Gophers finished all alone in 7th place and narrowly missed making the NCAA tournament. After being named the NIT’s top overall #1-seed, the team finished out the year by winning five in a row en route to the tournament’s championship.
Minnesota Standouts Invited to Nike Elite 100 Camp June 13, 2014
Two Minnesota high school standouts are among those invited to the prestigious Nike Elite 100 Camp in St. Louis this weekend. The group is comprised of approximately two-thirds kids from the 2016 class (rising juniors) and a third from the 2017 class.
Hopkins high school’s Amir Coffey (2016) and Apple Valley’s Gary Trent, Jr. (2017) are the Minnesota representatives at the camp.
See below for a sortable and searchable table of other players invited to the camp. The player information, including height, weight, wingspan and what camp team they’ll be playing with, were provided by Nike (NikeEYB.com).
Question: Andre Hollins wasn’t the same after he got hurt last season. Will he be healthy next season?
The rising senior guard is far and away Minnesota’s best returning player, but his health is a significant concern. It hasn’t been talked about much in the traditional media and the national folks may not even mention it heading into the season. However, it’s a relevant storyline to the 2014-15 season.
Dre Hollins suffered a bad ankle injury in January, but returned to action after missing a couple of games. Potentially more serious is that he’s been dealing with hip issues as well. Continue reading →
Buzz’s Earnings at Marquette Peaked in 2010 May 21, 2014
“[A]ccording to a source with direct knowledge of the deal, [Marquette] would have been paying him [Buzz Williams] in excess of $4 million within the next two seasons. That is football coach money at a school with a major commitment to being good at basketball. If all of that sounds weird, that’s because it is.” — Sports Illustrated
A week ago we walked through some specifics on the contract between Buzz Williams and Virginia Tech. The traditional media might continue to dream up a fact pattern that concludes Buzz Williams took a gigantic pay cut to get out of Milwaukee. Reality doesn’t support such a claim.
Just this month, Marquette filed their annual Form 990 for the year ended June 30, 2013. Late Night Hoops compared their reporting of Buzz Williams’ pay each year over the past several years. The trends illustrated in this article give rise to the possibility that pay might have been a source of frustration for Williams.
Buzz Williams, Virginia Tech Finalize Contract May 14, 2014
On Monday Buzz Williams and Virginia Tech entered into an employment agreement for the former Marquette head coach to run Hokie basketball. An offer letter had been provided to Williams in March, but the full deal wasn’t done until this week. Such a delay is not unusual.
Paint Touches has also reported on the contract earlier this evening and you can read their thoughts at PaintTouches.com. We recommend doing so for some of the background and additional details on the arrangement.
There are two key points based on a preliminary reading of the contract that we want to discuss in more detail. Overall, this is a very nicely done deal from a Buzz perspective. To put it in Buzz-speak, “I don’t mean this in the wrong way, but he owns Virginia Tech.” Continue reading →