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Ignore Rider at Your Own Peril

September 16th, 2011
Tommy Dempsey's Broncs will once again contendBroncs expect to be factor in MAAC race

No matter where you look for information on the 2011-12 season for the MAAC the theme remains the same: regular season champion Fairfield and MAAC Tournament finalist Iona will stage a two-team race for the title. But while the Stags and Gaels are most certainly contenders for the league's automatic bid don't forget about Tommy Dempsey's Rider Broncs.

Jon Teitel's "Coaching Greats" Series: Texas A&M's Shelby Metcalf

September 15th, 2011
Shelby Metcalf won five SWC titles at Texas A&M

In the most recent installment in his "Coaching Greats" interview series CHN writer Jon Teitel spent some time with Texas A&M SID Alan Cannon discussing the coaching career of the late Shelby Metcalf. In 27 years in College Station, Metcalf won 438 games and led the Aggies to five NCAA Tournament appearances. 

Jon Teitel: Metcalf was an All-American guard at East Texas State (now TX A&M-Commerce), where he helped lead the team to the 1955 NAIA national title. How good a player was he back then, and what did it mean to him to win the title? 

Jon Teitel's "Forgotten Legends" Series: Alcorn State's Larry Smith

September 15th, 2011
Larry Smith was a two-time SWAC POY

In the latest installment in his "Forgotten Legends" interview series CHN writer Jon Teitel spent some time with Alcorn State great Larry Smith, who remains one of the greatest players in the history of the SWAC. Smith, who was the head coach at Alcorn since 2008, is now the Director of Athletic Development at the school. 

Jon Teitel: Your nickname was "Mr. Mean". Who gave it to you, and how did you like it? 

Jon Teitel's "Coaching Greats" Series: Nebraska's Danny Nee

September 6th, 2011
Danny Nee led Nebraska to 5 NCAA appearancesIn the latest installment in his "Coaching Greats" interview series CHN writer spent some time with former Nebraska head coach Danny Nee. During his time in Lincoln, Nee led the Cornhuskers to five NCAA Tournament berths and an NIT title in 1996. Nee is now the head coach at the United States Merchant Marine Academy.

Jon Teitel: One of your teammates at Power Memorial HS was Lew Alcindor, who said that you were "a tough guy ("he thought he was the reincarnation of Jack Dempsey"). What was it like to play with Alcindor, and what made you so tough? 

Jon Teitel's "Forgotten Legends" Series: Ole Miss' John Stroud

September 6th, 2011
John Stroud is Ole Miss' all-time leading scorerIn the latest installment in his "Forgotten Legends" series CHN writer Jon Teitel spent some time with Ole Miss great John Stroud to discuss his career in Oxford. Stroud was a two-time All American and remains the school's all-time leading scorer. He's now the head basketball coach of the girls' team at New Albany High School while also running his own insurance agency.

Jon Teitel: Both your parents and your sister were all-state high school selections and your daughter Caroline recently finished her high school career playing for you.

Akron Takes First Step Towards Repeat

August 20th, 2011
Keith Dambrot's Zips are back in the Big DanceNote: To make sure there is no confusion here is the link to the piece written by Matt Norlander of CBSSports.com on Thursday.

While many teams across the country look to begin the process of building towards an NCAA Tournament berth with trips outside of the country in the summer, not everyone has the same set of circumstances to deal with once the season begins.

Jon Teitel's "Coaching Greats" Series: Hawaii's Riley Wallace

August 20th, 2011
Riley Wallace led UH to three NCAA Tournament appearancesIn the most recent installment in his "Coaching Greats" interview series CHN writer Jon Teitel spent some time with former Hawaii head coach Riley Wallace. In twenty seasons on the "big island" Coach Wallace led UH to two WAC titles and three NCAA Tournament appearances.

Jon Teitel: You averaged 10+ points per game during your career at Centenary, and later became assistant coach at your alma mater after recruiting Robert Parish. How good a player were you back in the day, and how did you convince Parish to come there? 

Jon Teitel's "Forgotten Legends" Series: Jacksonville's Artis Gilmore

August 20th, 2011
Artis Gilmore is the greatest player in JU historyIn the latest installment in his "Forgotten Legends" interview series CHN writer Jon Teitel spent some time with Jacksonville great and recent Basketball Hall of Fame inductee Artis Gilmore. In two seasons at Jacksonville Gilmore led the Dolphins to heights they haven't reached since, getting all the way to the 1970 NCAA title game where they fell to UCLA. Gilmore went on to have a great pro career in both the ABA and NBA, finally receiving his call to Springfield on Final Four weekend.

Jon Teitel: You were nicknamed "The A-Train".

Jon Teitel's "Coaching Greats" Series: UL Monroe's Mike Vining

August 11th, 2011
Mike Vining won 401 games at UL MonroeIn the latest installment in his "Coaching Greats" interview series CHN writer Jon Teitel spent some time with former UL Monroe head coach Mike Vining, who remains the winningest coach in Southland Conference history. During his time at UL Monroe Vining won 401 games and led the Warhawks to seven NCAA Tournament appearances. Having resigned before ULM moved into the Sun Belt, Vining (elected to the Louisiana Sports Hall of Fame last summer) now works for former player (and current Monroe mayor) Jamie Mayo as his Executive Administrative Officer.

Jon Teitel's "Forgotten Legends" Series: Idaho's Orlando Lightfoot

August 11th, 2011
Orlando Lightfoot is Idaho's all-time leading scorerIn the most recent installment in his "Forgotten Legends" interview series CHN writer Jon Teitel spent some time with Idaho great Orlando Lightfoot, who in three years at the school posted some numbers that may never be reached. Lightfoot is still the school's all-time leading scorer, having scored 2,102 points in three seasons before playing 13 years in Europe. Lightfoot is now an account manager for a trucking company in Chattanooga.

Jon Teitel: Why did you choose to go to Idaho?