Cheaney leaves W's, heads back to Indiana

Cheaney leaves W's, heads back to Indiana

June 21, 2011
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. (AP) For years, Tom Crean has wanted to bring Calbert Cheaney back to Indiana.Finally, the time was right for one of the school's all-time greats to return. The former Big Ten player of the year and the conference's all-time scoring leader has been hired as the Hoosiers' new director of basketball operations.
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"We knew that we wanted him when that opportunity came, and, needless to say we are extremely, extremely excited," Crean said in a news conference on Monday.Cheaney was the 1993 national player of the year at Indiana, then was the No. 6 overall pick in the NBA draft. He averaged 9.5 points and 3.2 rebounds in 13 seasons while playing for five teams, and he spent the last two years working for the Golden State Warriors.Cheaney said his heart always remained with the Hoosiers, and opportunity knocked when Drew Adams left to work for ex-Indiana star Steve Alford at New Mexico. Cheaney got a call from Crean and made the move after checking with his family."This is where I played," he said. "I had some great years here. Even when I was playing in the league or was enjoying retirement, or even when I was at Golden State, I would always watch Indiana play."Crean has been forced to rebuild after Kelvin Sampson's NCAA recruiting infractions, and he hasn't posted a winning season in his three years at the school. In Cheaney, he now has a tangible connection to the school's glory days."He knows exactly what it takes to get where a great deal of them want to go, but he also knows exactly what it takes to be successful in the places that they have no idea are out there," Crean said.Crean said Cheaney had made six trips to the campus since Crean was hired in 2008, occasionally practicing with the players."One thing that always stood out to me our first year here was how willing Calbert was to come back and give back to this program in a very tough turn, where leadership had to come from the past because we just didn't have people here who knew what it was all about," Crean said.Crean said his newest staff member will be involved with on-campus recruiting and will make observations about the players, but he will not be an on-court coach during practices."He is a very, very good basketball coach," Crean said. "That's big for us. There's no doubt about that. I don't think there's any question if he had chosen to stay in the NBA, he could have done that."Indiana reached the NCAA tournament every year Cheaney played. Now, he gets a chance to try to duplicate that success as a mentor."I really enjoy teaching, I really enjoy trying to transfer some of the knowledge that I've had over the years to other players to help them in this world, not just as players, but as people."

Report: Giants interview Chili Davis about becoming new hitting coach


Report: Giants interview Chili Davis about becoming new hitting coach

Chili Davis spent the first seven years of his big league career with the Giants where he made two All-Star teams and hit 101 home runs. 

Fast forward 37 years from his debut in 1981, and Davis may now be the one teaching Giants how to hit balls over the wall in 2018. The Giants met with Davis Thursday about becoming the team's new hitting coach, according to The Mercury News

The only problem is, there is no open vacancy on the Giants' coaching staff. 

Current hitting coach Hensley Meulens is a candidate for the Tigers' head coaching vacancy, but reports surfaced Thursday that former Twins manager Ron Gardenhire will take that role. Meulens could become a candidate to manage another team or take a different spot on the Giants' staff. 

The Giants' offense sputtered in 2017. Overall, the offense ranked 23rd in batting average (.249), 29th in runs scored (639) and last in home runs (128). By comparison, the Pirates were the next worst team at hitting home runs in 2017 and still launched 23 more long balls than the Giants. 

Over his 19-year career, Davis hit 350 home runs. He has spent the last three years as the Red Sox's hitting instructor. 

Inactives: Raiders without two inside linebackers, Bowman suiting up


Inactives: Raiders without two inside linebackers, Bowman suiting up

The Raiders are aiming to snap a four-game losing streak as they take on the first-place Chiefs Thursday night under the lights in Oakland. And they will be thin in the middle of their defense. 

Cory James and Marquel Lee are both inactive, but a well-known new face is ready to go.

Oakland will turn to veteran NaVorro Bowman, along with two undrafted rookies, Woodson Luster and Nicholas Morrow, to man the middle. 

The following players have been ruled out tonight vs. the Chiefs: 

Cornerback Gareon Conley

Quarterback Connor Cook

Linebacker Cory James

Linebacker Marquel Lee

Tackle Marshall Newhouse

Defensive End Jihad Ward

Tackle Jylan Ware