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Chuck Landon: Open spots remain on roster for MU hoops

Jun. 01, 2013 @ 12:10 AM

Pardon me for asking, but. ...

Now that former Huntington Prep basketball standout Dominic Woodson has committed to Memphis so he can be the Tigers' new Tarik Black, does that mean Marshall is finished recruiting?

Absolutely not.

The Herd has two scholarships available, thanks to the not-so-surprising news of Jamir Hanner transferring to Buffalo, and coach Tom Herrion definitely will utilize at least one of those grants.

Recruiting a shooting guard is still a priority. Sure, Marshall has sophomore Tamron Manning, who will be a swing guard who also backs up Kareem Canty at the point; redshirt sophomore DeVince Boykins, who is more of a defensive specialist; and incoming junior college transfer Justin Edmonds, who appears on videotape to be a dynamic scorer.

But I still have a hunch that Herrion just might have a graduate transfer shooting guard stashed away. Whether that's true or not, look for Marshall definitely to bring in another two guard.

As for the other scholarship, Marshall is expected to take a wait-and-see approach on who might become available.

Since Middle Tennessee State is joining Conference USA is Nashville a future home for the C-USA basketball tournaments?

Probably.

But, perhaps, for only one year.

Next season, the league basketball tournaments will return to far away UTEP in El Paso, Texas. Since commissioner Britton Banowsky already is on the record for wanting to hold the tournaments in Nashville, it's fairly safe to assume that could happen in 2014.

That's the one basketball season the SEC hasn't booked Nashville's Bridgestone Arena. But the SEC already has scheduled its tournaments in 2015, '16 and '19 in Nashville. Then, during the SEC meetings this week in Destin, Fla., the league's athletic directors voted unanimously to have a primary site for its annual men's basketball tournament instead of moving it around.

The leading site?

Nashville.

That means C-USA had better starting courting Charlotte. Talk about a good fallback position.

Should someone tighten Gordon Gee's bowtie until the Ohio State president can't talk?

Yes.

The sooner, the better.

Having a loose cannon for a president isn't a good idea for any college. But when it's a university as large as Ohio State and a president like Gee who has made a habit of putting his wing-tips in his mouth with inane off-the-cuff remarks. ... well, enough is enough.

After all, Gee has taken outrageously insulting shots at Notre Dame, Catholic priests, the SEC, people of Polish persuasion, the University of Louisville, Little Sisters of the Poor charity and the University of Kentucky.

Ohio State's reaction? It deemed the remarks inappropriate saying Gee is undergoing a "remediation plan."

Unless "remediation" is a synonym for "muzzle," color me skeptical.

Does bad news really travel in twos?

Apparently so.

In one day, I discovered the world had lost two of its finest individuals in the late Curtis Price and the late Don Christie.

They were the best of the best.

Christie was the highly respected head basketball coach at Salem and Concord in the West Virginia Conference and was a true gentleman. Price was a basketball star at Charleston High and WVU and was the classiest man I ever have known.

Rest in peace, my friends.

Chuck Landon is a sports columnist for The Herald-Dispatch. Contact him at 304-526-2827 or clandon@herald-dispatch.com.

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