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Creighton's Greg McDermott latest reported coaching candidate at Ohio State


Creighton's Greg McDermott latest reported coaching candidate at Ohio State

While the internet lit up Wednesday night over a report linking Bulls head Fred Hoiberg to the open head-coaching gig at Ohio State, the Buckeyes were reportedly meeting with another option to succeed Thad Matta.

Shortly after CBS Sports' Gary Parrish tweeted out his report calling Hoiberg a "real candidate," ESPN's Jeff Goodman countered with a report that Ohio State was meeting with Creighton head coach Greg McDermott on Wednesday night.

And Goodman had his own info regarding Hoiberg.

Goodman went on to dub McDermott a "serious candidate" in a later report.

The coaching carousel spins wildly in these types of high-profile searches, and just as Hoiberg became the center of Twitter's attention, here comes McDermott into the mix.

Interestingly enough, it was McDermott who preceded Hoiberg at Iowa State, coaching the Cyclones for four mostly unsuccessful seasons before Hoiberg jolted the program to life with four straight NCAA tournament appearances and back-to-back conference-tournament titles in the always-competitive Big 12.

McDermott has done solid work at Creighton, though, taking the Bluejays to four NCAA tournaments in his seven seasons there. Six of those campaigns ended with at least 20 wins, and he won a total of three Missouri Valley championships before Creighton's move to the Big East.

McDermott isn't as big a name as Hoiberg, though he's been mentioned for some time as someone who could make a move to a larger program. That being said, he's never made it past the Round of 32 in the Big Dance and has won more than 10 conference games just once since the Bluejays joined the Big East.

McDermott's son is Doug McDermott, who played for his dad for four seasons, was the consensus national player of the year in 2014 and played for Hoiberg and the Bulls in the NBA.

The elder McDermott has had a long career as a head coach, leading Wayne State, North Dakota State and Northern Iowa before taking over at Iowa State and later Creighton. All in all, he's turned in a 445-276 record in 23 seasons as a college head coach.

Big Ten officially postpones 2020 college football, other fall sports

Big Ten officially postpones 2020 college football, other fall sports

The Big Ten has officially postponed all fall sports, including football, due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. The conference announced the decision in a statement on Tuesday, but left the door open for the fall sports to be played next spring.

“Our primary responsibility is to make the best possible decisions in the interest of our students, faculty and staff,” said Morton Schapiro, Chair of the Big Ten Council of Presidents/Chancellors and Northwestern University President.

“The mental and physical health and welfare of our student-athletes has been at the center of every decision we have made regarding the ability to proceed forward,” said Big Ten Commissioner Kevin Warren. “As time progressed and after hours of discussion with our Big Ten Task Force for Emerging Infectious Diseases and the Big Ten Sports Medicine Committee, it became abundantly clear that there was too much uncertainty regarding potential medical risks to allow our student-athletes to compete this fall.
“We know how significant the student-athlete experience can be in shaping the future of the talented young women and men who compete in the Big Ten Conference. Although that knowledge made this a painstaking decision, it did not make it difficult. While I know our decision today will be disappointing in many ways for our thousands of student-athletes and their families, I am heartened and inspired by their resilience, their insightful and discerning thoughts, and their participation through our conversations to this point. Everyone associated with the Big Ten Conference and its member institutions is committed to getting everyone back to competition as soon as it is safe to do so.”

In addition to football, cross country, field hockey, soccer and women’s volleyball seasons were postponed.

“The Big Ten Conference will continue to evaluate a number of options regarding these sports, including the possibility of competition in the spring,” the conference said in the statement. “Decisions regarding winter and spring sports will also continue to be evaluated.”

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Reports: 2020 Big Ten football season in jeopardy due to COVID-19

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Reports: 2020 Big Ten football season in jeopardy due to COVID-19

There may be no college football for Big Ten schools this fall.

According to several reports, the Big Ten school presidents voted 12-2 on Sunday to not play football this fall due to the COVID-19 pandemic. According to Dan Patrick, the two schools in favor of playing were Iowa and Nebraska. There are conflicting reports on whether the season will be postponed or canceled, but Dan Patrick says the official news will be released tomorrow.

On his show, Patrick said he followed up with his source, who said, “Three Big Ten teams that I’ve spoken with said, ‘It’s done.’”

In response, more reports have come out saying the SEC has gathered for a previously unscheduled meeting on Monday morning.

According to Patrick’s report, the SEC is trying to delay and see if either the ACC or Big 12 will join them in playing this fall.

The MAC conference decided to cancel it’s football season on Aug. 8.

In addition, on Aug. 5 a coalition of Big Ten players published a Players’ Tribune article asking for a comprehensive plan to keep them safe during the COVID-19 pandemic if the league was to go forward with the season.

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