Meet the new USF basketball assistants
I'm transcribing like a madman today, so in addition to the Stan Heath Q&A, I've got full interviews with both of USF's new assistant basketball coaches. You can read about former Towson assistant Eric Skeeters, one of only a handful of coaches who can say they beat Heath at Kent State, and then read about former Texas A&M and Kentucky assistant Jeremy Cox, who said he's been intrigued by USF ever since 1992, when he was a rookie coach on a Wyoming team drubbed by a Bobby Paschal-coached Bulls team.
One thing I blanked on and forgot to ask Skeeters about is his relationship with NBA star Carmelo Anthony. He's known Anthony since 'Melo was a ballboy on a Baltimore high school team where Skeeters was an assistant coach. Check out this ESPN.com story, which talks about Anthony calling Skeeters his "godfather." As basketball connections go, it's not bad ...
-- Nothing to do with sports, but interesting to see a story in the Gainesville Sun that reveals that University of Florida President Bernie Machen, responding to a survey from U.S. News & World Report, gave USF a grade of "adequate," the second-lowest on a scale of five options. It's the same grade he gave Central Florida and West Florida, one spot lower than Florida State and Miami and ahead of six other Florida universities. Machen gave his own school the highest mark, "distinguished," the same mark he gave to Harvard, Princeton and Yale ... Thought that might yield a few comments from the gallery.