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Christian headed for TCU

By mrasor Published: March 31, 2008

Men's basketball
Within a week of Easter Sunday, Jim Christian accepted an offer to coach at Texas Christian Univerisity. It was a divine turn of events for Zips fans.
Christian, the former Kent State coach, had entertained offers from schools at bigger conferences for years. Someone who knows more than me about college basketball told me that a coach who accepts a lot of junior college players typically is looking to move up, and soon.
Candidates to replace Christian include former Toledo coach Stan Joplin, KSU assistant Geno Ford and Oklahoma assistant Oronde Taliaferro.
Despite my earlier sentiment in this post, don't expect Kent State to fall out of contention. After Gary Waters left, Stan Heath (a former neighbor of mine) took the team to the Elite Eight. After Heath left, KSU athletic director Laing Kennedy found a jewel in Christian.
It is always possible, however, that your coaching selection will be a clunker.

    My counterpart (a KSU blogger on discussed the matter.
    Zipper10 holds a small lead over oriole5 in the Bracket Challenge. You don't have to believe me, but I nailed my entire Elite Eight (including Davidson). Of course, I have no excuse for neglecting to complete a bracket in the contest I started.

The Zips held a scrimmage today.
I wasn't there, but it sounds like the offense had a big day, particularly the passing game.
Chris Jacquemain and Matt Rodgers went 40-for-50. The defensive front also succeeded in bothering the quarterbacks.
That's good for those positions, but it might be a symptom of lacking a healthy offensive line and depth at defensive back.


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