On Campus/Lough: Hoffman makes national top 50

Macon TelegraphJune 2, 2014 

It's probably too late for Bob Hoffman to renegotiate his contract only a few weeks after the latest reworking.

But he has a nice little nugget to add to the resume.

Hoffman came in at No. 47 on ESPN.com's top 50 college hoops coaches, with 50-25 released Monday afternoon. The rest will come one day at a time from here on out.

Just behind Hoffman: Randy Bennett of St. Mary's and Scott Drew of Baylor tied at 50, Richard Pitino of Minnesota and Stew Morrill at Utah State.

Just ahead of Hoffman: Notre Dame's Mike Brey, Texas's Rick Barnes and Xavier's Chris Mack.

Wrote ESPN on Hoffman:

"Hoffman has long been a respected member of the coaching fraternity. But it wasn't until March, when his Bears upset Duke (and potential No. 1 pick Jabari Parker) and Nay Nay'd their way into our hearts, that Hoffman crossed over into the mainstream."

Just as notable as who's to come is who just missed the list: Indiana's Tom Crean, Fran Dunphy at Temple, Leonard Hamilton at Florida State, Chris Mooney of Richmond, Purdue's Matt Painter, Kevin Stallings at Vanderbilt, Brad Underwood of Stephen F. Austin (good, because I need more success from him), and Louisiana Tech's Michael White (see Underwood).

Other notables from 50-25:

No. 39, Tubby Smith, Texas Tech (and UGA fans sigh yet again); No. 37 Rick Byrd, Belmont (no argument there); No. 31 Lon Kruger, Oklahoma (plenty of Georgia ties); No. 30 Bob Huggins, West Virginia (it ain't any kind of dressed list); No. 28 Jim Larranaga of Miami (hire the right coach, don't worry about age, and here's one of your examples); No. 26 Archie Miller of Dayton.

It's a safe bet that Hoffman will be the only coach from the A-Sun and Southern conferences and the state of Georgia on the list.

Oh, those Owls

Remember a few weeks ago, previewing the A-Sun baseball tournament? The headline?

"Looking at the typically frisky A-Sun baseball tournament".

A look at stats showed thatwe shouldn't have been so surprised that KSU won the tournament. The surprise was Mercer's 0-2 trip.

Now look at Kennesaw State, bound for a super regional in its first trip to the NCAA tournament as a Division I member. And the Owls are young 'ns, having moved up in 2006 and been eligible to do this since 2010.

Since then, KSU has gone 23-32, 32-25, 34-25 and 25-34 before this season's run to, now, 40-22.

The Owls have the arms to make Louisville sweat. And now the nerves should be settled as they return to the three-game routine. Remember: this is the hottest team in the nation.

And it's warmer now than it was a few weeks ago.

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