Wednesday, March 23, 2011
Posted: March 22, 7:30 p.m. Updated: 12:05 a.m.
By David Kaplan
First Gonzaga assistant coach Ray Giacolleti pulled out, then Purdue assistant Paul Lusk did the same.
Now, Michigan State assistant coach Mark Montgomery will meet with Northern Illinois officials on Wednesday. No offer has been extended but he comes highly recommended from Tom Izzo and is considered one of the better assistants in the country.
Giacoletti was long considered the favorite for the opening in DeKalb but apparently was unable to come to an agreement with the school. Lusk played at both Iowa and Southern Illinois and has been an assistant to Matt Painter for the past seven seasons, the last three as associate head coach.
Where the Huskies turn next is up in the air but they still have solid candidates among their finalists in South Dakota State head coach Scott Nagy, Indiana assistant Tim Buckley, Wisconsin associate head coach Greg Gard, and Michigan State associate head coach Mark Montgomery.
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University of Illinois starting pitcher Cody Sedlock was named the Big Ten Pitcher of the Year on Tuesday.
The junior from Sherrard, Ill., led the conference in strikeouts (116) and innings pitched (101.1).
He is the fifth Illini pitcher to take home the award, following Tyler Jay who was given the honor last year — and later went on to be picked No. 6 overall by the Minnesota Twins in the 2015 MLB draft. It's the second time in program history that an Illini pitcher has won the award in back-to-back seasons.
The right-hander Sedlock is projected by many to be a first-round selection in the upcoming MLB draft on June 9.
Loyola women's basketball coach Sheryl Swoopes is under investigation for coaching practices at the university.
The investigation was sparked after 10 of the team's 12 players have transferred or have requested releases — nine having been recruited by Swoopes. Loyola began an "independent and comprehensive university investigation" on April 15.
According to Shannon Ryan of the Chicago Tribune, five former players have stated that Swoopes' "unusual coaching style" was the reason behind their exits.
Swoopes has declined to comment on any allegations, according to Ryan. Loyola released the following statement on Thursday:
"Until the investigation is completed, the athletics department and women's basketball coaching staff are conducting business as usual as we prepare for the 2016-2017 season."
Swoopes is listed as one of the greatest WNBA players of all-time. She was hired to coach Loyola's women's basketball team in 2013.
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A rematch of the 2015 NCAA men's volleyball final between Loyola and Lewis will be aired on CSN+ on Wednesday at 7 p.m..
The two-time defending NCAA Champion Loyola men's volleyball team will take on Lewis, which the Ramblers defeated in five games in last year's final, in the Midwestern Intercollegiate Volleyball Association tournament semifinal.
The two Chicagoland schools are again among the best teams in the country with the Ramblers currently ranked No. 10 in the American Volleyball Coaches Association (AVCA) Division I-II Men’s Coaches Poll and the Flyers coming in at No. 12. Loyola is the No. 2 seed in the tournament while the Flyers hold the No. 4 seed.
This is the fifth straight year the two teams have met in the MIVA tournament, including meeting in the tournament final each of the past three years.
Local products feature heavily on both teams. Jeff Jendryk, a graduate of St. Francis High School in Wheaton, leads the Ramblers with 266 kills, Cary-Grove grad Jake Selsky leads Loyola with 180 digs and Ricky Gevis (Benet Academy) has 174 kills. Key Chicagoland players for Lewis include kills-leader Mitch Perinar (Minooka), blocks-leader Bobby Walsh (Mt. Carmel), digs-leader Jake Walenga (Lincoln-Way North) and setter Scott Fifer (Sandburg).