Monday, November 10, 2008

MBB: In with the new

Here’s a piece of interesting trivia regarding Jacksonville State’s season opener Friday at South Carolina. And, no, it doesn’t have anything to do with the only two Division I Gamecocks playing each other.

The JSU-USC game is one of three Division I season openers that feature new head coaches on both benches.

JSU, of course, is coached by James Green, hired to replace Mike LaPlante last spring. USC is coached by former Western Kentucky coach Darrin Horn.

The other two openers with two new head coaches are St. Francis (Pa.) (Don Friday) vs. Texas Tech (Pat Knight) and Pepperdine (Tom Asbury, a former Alabama assistant) vs. Division II Cal State-Monterey Bay (Rob Bishop).

There are 43 head coaches new to their programs in Division I basketball this season.

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