Ireland was also not averse to recruiting outside (far outside) of the Chicago city limits.
Putting together his powerhouse teams from the early ‘60s, Ireland mined other regions, particularly the South, where he lured future stars Vic Rouse and Les Hunter, both from Nashville’s Pearl High, and indeed almost had Willis Reed a few years later before Reed decided to stay near home could be expected, Dean Colvard's decision was politically charged, as the pro-segregation forces rapidly mobilized against the MSU president.
In the process last fall FSU won the This looks like bad idea from the start for the Illini administrators, who thought that Lovie could connect with recruits in Chicagoland.
That paved the way for Sumlin, who arrives with a bit more promise than other deposed mentors in recent memory, such as Ty Willingham and Ron Zook, who immediately got another chance after being dismissed; at least in Sumlin's case, the bottom never dropped out at A&MThe biggest concern of the offseason was the chance that QB Drew Brees might leave the fold, but there was little chance of that happening, especially with the 39-year-old ex-Purdue man still going strong and with a sense of unfinished business after that bitter playoff loss at Minnesota.Rest assured, however, there are few more fascinating characters than the former Rambler All-American, who resides these days in the Indianapolis suburbs, where he has lived since playing for the very first edition of the ABA's Indiana Pacers back in 1967.no one blazed that sort of breaking-the–color barrier trail in the late ‘50s and ‘60s any better than George Ireland and his Loyola Ramblers.That ‘69 Final Four was also a breakthrough in that it was the first sold by the NCAA to a major network (NBC) after having syndicated previous championship rounds and games, produced by the NCAA, all of the way through the 1968 Final Four in Los Angeles at the Sports Arena.So, in 1963, the Final Four was still very much a 24-hour event, conducted over a Friday memorable college hoops teams and stars of the past fifty years are discussed, we're not sure how often the Loyola-Chicago '63 NCAA champs and their MVP, Jerry Harkness, get mentioned.It is well documented that conference rep Vanderbilt became the first major Southern school to break the color line in sports when hoopster Perry Wallace suited up for the Commodore varsity in 1967.But there’s another important name associated with the conference who might have had more impact on social change than any other in the history of college sports, and deserves to be remembered by more than a few oldtimers who Santa Clara was making a hasty exit to Cincinnati (and a date vs.Petco plays big and has spooked hitters before, but Hosmer looks a nice upgrade for an offense that can now move Wil Myers full-summer’s fire sale darlings might be the Baltimore Orioles (73), who stand to lose the core of their roster to free agency after the season.Thus, a quick start is essential, or the rumor mill will be whirring faster than Joe Angel will be able to describe the action on would surprise many present-day fans that the NCAA Final Four used to be conducted on consecutive nights (Fridays and Saturdays) until 1969, when that year’s Louisville Final Four was contested on a Thursday-Saturday rotation.While the Badgers are heavy favorites to return as Big Ten West champs, Paul Chryst must retool his defense if Bucky Badger is to challenge the heavyweights from the East.Wiscy’s “D” allowed just 14 ppg last season, fewest in the Big Ten by a margin, and good enough to rank 3rd in the nation. Meyer collected the second-rated recruiting class in the country, and has three capable candidates to take Barrett’s place.