UCLA coach hypes up Kentucky after big blowout loss

The Wildcats destroyed the Bruins 83-44.

      
 

 

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Cincinnati Bearcats coach Mick Cronin has aneurysm

Cincinnati coach Mick Cronin has aneurysm, will be sidelined indefinitely

      
 

 

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Cincinnati coach Mick Cronin has aneurysm (Yahoo Sports)

Cincinnati's coach Mick Cronin directs players against San Diego State in the first half of their NCAA college basketball game in Cincinnati Wednesday, Dec. 17, 2014. (AP Photo/Tom Uhlman)

CINCINNATI (AP) — Cincinnati coach Mick Cronin has an aneurysm and will be sidelined indefinitely while doctors decide how to treat it.


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Cincinnati coach Mick Cronin has aneurysm

Cincinnati coach Mick Cronin has aneurysm, will be sidelined indefinitely

      
 

 

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Cincinnati Coach Mick Cronin Diagnosed with Unruptured Aneurysm

The Cincinnati Bearcats men’s basketball team will be without head coach Mick Cronin Saturday as he deals with an unruptured aneurysm.

According to GoBearcats.com, the 43-year-old coach will be away from the sidelines for an undetermined amount of time. Associate head coach Larry Davis will lead the team against VCU Saturday in his absence.

Cronin released a statement after the diagnosis, and he expressed no concern regarding the Bearcats’ preparedness for the Rams.

I appreciate the UC Health medical community for all they have done to get to the bottom of my issue as quickly as possible. Obviously, I am being held out of coaching the team for precautionary reasons which I fully understand. I have total confidence in my coaching staff and players that they will be focused and ready to play today.

In addition to that, Cronin released a series of tweets indicating that he will be fine, but that he is also uncertain of when he’ll be back:

Cincinnati athletic director Mike Bohn also chimed in and stressed the importance of Cronin receiving a clean bill of health before returning.

The most important factor here is Mick’s health, which is bigger than any game. We will support him and his family to the fullest extent and want Mick to be our coach for a long time. We have faith in Larry Davis and our outstanding coaches and support staff to lead the program today. We are blessed to have an outstanding medical team here at UC and thank them for their efforts.

Cronin has received well wishes from many, including Brian Hamilton of Sports Illustrated:

Pat Forde of Yahoo! Sports added that Cronin may be fortunate that the aneurysm isn’t even more serious than it is:

Cronin has been Cincinnati’s head coach since 2006, and he has led the Bearcats to the NCAA Tournament in each of the past four seasons. They are once again on pace to achieve that goal with a record of 7-2 in 2014-15.

There is no timetable for Cronin’s return, but there is no question that Cincinnati is talented enough to excel until he is medically cleared.

 

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Michigan State Coach Tom Izzo Plays ‘Jingle Bells’ on Accordion

Michigan State Spartans head coach Tom Izzo is one of the more well-known coaches in college basketball, taking his team to the Final Four six times while winning the national championship in 2000.

Apparently, he can also play a mean accordion.

In what’s actually an annual tradition, Izzo got his accordion out for his weekly radio show, playing “Jingle Bells” to get all of his listeners in the holiday spirit.

[Vine, h/t SB Nation]

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Sacramento Kings fire coach Michael Malone (Yahoo Sports)

SACRAMENTO, CA - December 13: Head coach Michael Malone of the Sacramento Kings during the game against the Detroit Pistons on December 13, 2014 at Sleep Train Arena in Sacramento, California. (Photo by Rocky Widner/NBAE via Getty Images

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — Sacramento Kings general manager Pete D’Alessandro stepped to the microphone and talked about how a franchise that was in disarray a little more than 18 months ago when owner Vivek Ranadive bought the team has been stabilized with new leadership, a change in culture and the start of a new arena.


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DeMarcus Cousins Found out on Twitter That Kings Fired Coach Mike Malone

The Sacramento Kings’ firing of coach Mike Malone came as a bit of a surprise to everyone, including the players.

That might be because the organization apparently didn’t even let the players know about the change in command before the news hit the Internet.

Late Sunday night (on the West Coast), Yahoo Sports’ Adrian Wojnarowski reported that Malone had been fired.

Malone was just starting his second season as coach.

Sacramento (11-13) was just one game back in the win column of the final playoff spot in the Western Conference, which may actually have exceeded expectations. However, that apparently wasn’t good enough for the organization.

How did some of the players find out? DeMarcus Cousins—the Kings’ best player—found out about the news via Twitter, according to USA Today Sports’ Sam Amick:

That’s a rough way to find out about a franchise-altering move.

The news came as a shock to Cousins, per Jason Jones of The Sacramento Bee:

Now, the players have to move on and try to make the best out of a tough situation.

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George Karl a candidate to coach Sacramento Kings?

With the Sacramento Kings parting ways with Michael Malone it seems that the city of Sacramento has fully committed to recruiting George Karl.
In a Tweet Karl posted earlier this morning…

My phone battery went from 100% to 50% from all these Twitter notifications…..
— George Karl (@CoachKarl22) December 15, 2014

 
100% – 50% is quite impressive, but a timetable was never given. My grandfather often leaves his phone on for extended periods of time and wonders, “how in the world the phone died so quickly.” It’s called a phone charger, George.
After George Karl won 2013 Coach of the Year, the Nuggets were quick to fire him. Currently Karl is an on-air analyst for ESPN, and by his Twitter Avatar Karl appears to take things seriously.
The biggest improvement the Kings could make, besides trading Rudy Gay, is to hire George Karl to coach their club.
Vinny Del Negro has also appeared as a candidate for the head-coaching job. I’m not sure that hire makes much sense considering t…

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AP source: Kings fire coach Michael Malone (Yahoo Sports)

SACRAMENTO, CA - December 13: Head coach Michael Malone of the Sacramento Kings during the game against the Detroit Pistons on December 13, 2014 at Sleep Train Arena in Sacramento, California. (Photo by Rocky Widner/NBAE via Getty Images

The Sacramento Kings fired coach Michael Malone late Sunday night just 24 games into his second season with the team.


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