Womhoops Guru

Mel Greenberg covered college and professional women’s basketball for the Philadelphia Inquirer, where he worked for 40 plus years. Greenberg pioneered national coverage of the game, including the original Top 25 women's college poll. His knowledge has earned him nicknames such as "The Guru" and "The Godfather," as well as induction into the Women's Basketball Hall of Fame in 2007.

Tuesday, May 08, 2007

Coaching carousel still has some spin in it.

By Mel Greenberg

Two different coaching positions suddenly became open at Princeton Monday when the school announced that women's basketball coach Richard Barron resigned to become associate head coach at Baylor, replacing Karen Aston, who became head coach at Charlotte, replacing Amanda Butler, who became head coach at her alma mater at Florida, replacing Carolyn Peck, who wasn't retained and was announced last week by ESPN that she is returning to the electronic media world as an analyst for men's and women's basketball.

We're not keeping track of staff moves at ESPN, however, so we don't know if Peck replaced her former self or someone else who moved on. Technically, on the full time employee equivalency chart, a phrase made popular in recent Inquirer turmoil, one might say that Peck replaced Rick Majerus, who returned to coaching with the St. Louis men's team in the Atlantic Ten.

At least, that's one of the many threads and the only reason we're keeping count is that a well-known women's basketball referee based in Philadelphia challenged the Guru at a restaurant in Greensboro -- ok, part restaurant, part sports bar -- to track the eventual total number of people who would be involved in the domino as a result of the 10 major openings that existed at that moment. We're also adding several that followed.

The other vacancy out of the Princeton news is that Tigers softball coach Maureen Barron will also be departing since she happens to be Richard's wife. It was love at first office when the two first met when he took the job several years ago.

I know there's a tendency to wonder if former Pittsburgh Steelrs coach Bill Cowher would be interested in taking over the program to coach his daughters Meagan in her senior year and her sister Lauren since he has time on his hands.

But if he isn't up to the task, his wife Kaye has experience as part of the famous North Carolina State backcourt duo of Kaye and Faye Young, who also did a wrigley doublemint twins commercial back in the day.

In fact, and it's probably mentioned at some other point in the short history of this blog, that the Guru, upon meeting the famed Steelers coach in Princeton, noted to Cowher that he could now say he met the only guy who ever wrote both about his daughter and his wife in their collegiate careers.

Meanwhile, Illinois has still not be filled. We recently heard Carol Owen's name as a possible candidate but the Guru has already used up his rumor mill's share of people with Notre Dame backgrounds while working the Penn State hiring of Coquese Washington several weeks ago.

In another transaction on Monday, Xavier assistant Mike Bradbury is departing Kevin McGuff's staff (there goes another Notre Dame name -- McGuff) to become the new head coach at Morehead State.

So in case the other sites are a little slow to post this morning, you heard it here when you got here. But for others, no scoop claim, you already knew.

-- Mel


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