“Moving the Big Ten tourney will also have an effect on the regular season. Delany confirmed that teams will play a pair of regular-season games the first week of December.”
It’s been mentioned before about the Big Ten moving the men’s basketball tournament to the Madison Square Garden in New York City. Now, we are starting to see more coach feedback on the repercussions of holding the event a week earlier — and how that affects the regular season schedule.
Jeff Goodman of ESPN.com talked to Tom Izzo, basketball coach at Michigan State, about his thoughts on the whole tournament matter, and Izzo said the scariest thing about the schedule change is the “unknown”. With the B1G Tournament happening a week earlier than it usually is, there could be a two week gap for teams that get bounced from the tournament to when the actual NCAA Tournament begins. Nobody knows for sure if the added rest would hurt (or improve) a team’s ability to make a run in March.
Additionally, to make the schedule work, the conference slate of games will have to start earlier. Beginning in early December, teams will have to play a couple conference games. This all comes at a time when teams are still figuring out their gameplans, and are now thrust into games that carry actual weight — a couple early losses puts a team in a hole before consistent conference games take place in late December/early January.
Not every coach liked the decision, but these are now the cards that are on the table. We’ll probably hear more about this matter as basketball season gets closer to tipping off.
“Ryan Pedon will be [Chris] Holtmann's highest-paid assistant at $395,000 per year. Mike Schrage will make $325,000. Terry Johnson will make $300,000.”
As Holtmann walks through the doors at Ohio State with a multi-million dollar deal, he’s also bringing his assistants — who are also going to make bank each year.
Bill Landis of cleveland.com wrote about the trio of coaches Holtmann has brought from Butler, and the salaries that have been negotiated with the University.
All three of the assistants will make over $300,000 per year, with Ryan Pedon leading the pack with a $395,000. Behind Pedon is Mike Schrage, who is set to make $325,000, and Terry Johnson is right behind Schrage at $300,000 per year. When all is settled, the trio will make a combined total just north of $1 million per year.
Even though these are big raises compared to what they got at Butler, there is still a possibility to make more money over the course of their two-year deals. Incentives include the usual: winning the conference, reaching the Final Four and winning the national championship.
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Here’s hoping that the coaches bring home all the bacon — and some trophies/ banners to The Schottenstein Center.
“A number of recruits are reporting new scholarship offers from the Buckeyes, many of whom were being recruited by [Chris] Holtmann while he was at Butler.”
Holtmann is continuing to stick to what he knows best, now that he’s in Columbus, Ohio. Already, he’s brought his assistant coaches to OSU, and now, he may attempt to bring the same recruits he was trying to get at Butler to Ohio State.
Adam Jardy of The Columbus Dispatch wrote up an article highlighting the recruiting targets that Holtmann has keyed in on. The recruits come from all over, but most of them are in the Midwest portion of the country.
One of the targets, four-star forward Darius Days, is one of the 100 players in the country, according to 247Sports. Additionally, four-star guard Ayo Dosunmu also has drawn the attention of Holtmann at OSU. Dosunmu is consistent top 100 player in the land, and was offered a spot at Butler when Holtmann was there.
Many of the new recruits that got Scarlet and Gray offers are from the 2018 class, which means Holtmann is wasting no time in assembling a competitive program. Right now, only one person (Dane Goodwin) is committed to the Buckeyes in 2018. So, Holtmann will have a handful of spots to work with moving forward.
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