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Chris Holtmann named to coaching staff for US men’s basketball U19 training camp

This summer, the Buckeye coach will help mold the stars of tomorrow.

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“Six successful coaches will be on hand to help the USA basketball Men’s U19 National Team coaching staff at training camp, including Rodney Billups(University of Denver), Jeff Britt (Bethel University, Tenn.), Jeff Culver (University of Colorado Colorado Springs), Aaron Gray (former NBA athlete) and Chris Holtmann (Ohio State University) and Hank Plona.”

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Big news for Ohio State basketball head coach Chris Holtmann, as he's been announced as one of the six coaches for the USA Men's basketball U19 training camp. This is Holtmann’s first assignment to USA Basketball.

The camp will take place from June 15-17 in Colorado Springs, and will help determine who makes the cut for the U19 national team. The head coach of the U19 squad is Bruce Weber, current head coach at Kansas State. Weber is a successful coach with a Final Four appearance on his résumé from his time at Illinois.

Getting called upon to help the US national team is a big honor, regardless if it's gearing up for an Olympiad or for a U19 training camp. Having a pedigree worthy of being selected is great, and with how Holtmann has been doing at OSU, will be a huge advantage on the recruiting trail, too. In the last two seasons, Holtmann has guided the Buckeyes to the NCAA Tournament, and has a top recruiting class coming in.

If there's a guy who knows what he's doing in college basketball, it's Holtmann. Especially when it comes to molding the future stars of college basketball.

“Warren, 55, will start working alongside current Commissioner Jim Delany on Sept. 16, 2019, and Delany, who has run the conference since 1989, plans to step down on Jan. 1, 2020.”

Marcus Fuller | Star Tribune

In conference news, the Big Ten has found their next commissioner. Kevin Warren, who was the chief operating officer of the Minnesota Vikings since 2015, was introduced as the next commissioner of the league on Tuesday. He’ll work with current Commissioner Jim Delany starting in September 2019, and will take over for Delany when he departs on New Year’s Day 2020.

Before stepping into this new role, Warren has had experience with working in the Big Ten. According to Marcus Fuller’s article, in 2016, Warren helped Minnesota University find their new athletic director. From a résumé standpoint, Warren is impressive. He’s helped bring US Bank Stadium, the current home of the Vikings, to fruition. And he’s also been vice president of football operations for the (then) St. Louis Rams and the senior vice president of business operations for the Detroit Lions.

Delany will leave big shoes to fill. Under his reign, which began in 1989, the Big Ten conference has grown dramatically. A couple milestones for Delany was that he ushered in four new institutions to the conference (Penn State in 1990, Nebraska in 2011, and Maryland and Rutgers in 2014), and helped create the Big Ten Network.

For the foreseeable future, things looks bright for the conference. Congrats to Mr. Warren!

“The Big Ten unveiled its most diverse postseason lineup in conference history on Tuesday, with at least 11 different bowl partners spread across the country beginning with the 2020 college football season.”

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In other Big Ten news, there are some bowl tie-in changes for the 2020-25 seasons.

Rose Bowl Game presented by Northwestern Mutual (Pasadena, Calif.)
Capital One Orange Bowl (Miami)
Citrus Bowl (Orlando, Fla.)
Outback Bowl (Tampa, Fla.)
Las Vegas Bowl (Las Vegas)
Franklin American Mortgage Music City Bowl (Nashville, Tenn.)
New Era Pinstripe Bowl (Bronx, N.Y.)
Belk Bowl (Charlotte, N.C.)
Cheez-It Bowl (Phoenix)
Redbox Bowl (Santa Clara, Calif.)
Quick Lane Bowl (Detroit, Mich.)

While the New Year’s Six bowl ties remain unchanged, there are a couple notable bowls that will feature a team from the B1G. First, the Las Vegas bowl is one of the new additions starting in 2020, and will feature a matchup with a school from the Pac-12. But, there's a catch: the Big Ten will be in Vegas on odd numbered years through 2025; the SEC gets a slot in the Las Vegas bowl on even numbered years. In recent years, the Las Vegas bowl has featured matchups between Pac-12 and the Mountain West. The bowl tie-in change comes with the addition of a new stadium being built to house the Raiders, who’ll move from Oakland to Las Vegas in 2020.

The Belk Bowl, which previously was a matchup between ACC-SEC programs, will now incorporate a Big Ten squad in the years they aren’t in the Las Vegas Bowl (even numbered years).

With the additions, there are some subtractions. The Holiday Bowl is definitely out for the Big Ten, so no team is going to San Diego for the foreseeable future. And trips to the Gator Bowl in Jacksonville are no longer a possible postseason destination for the Big Ten.

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