Dennis Rodman, Chris Mullin and a trio of coaching legends are part of the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame's Class of 2011, to be inducted in August in Springfield, Mass.
Coaches Tex Winter, innovator of the “Triangle” offense, Stanford’s Tara VanDerveer and Philadelphia University’s Herb Magee were part of the class announced Monday at the Final Four in Houston.
“It’s cool, man. It’s a great feeling,” Rodman said.
Winter was the coach at the University of Washington from 1968-71.
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Longtime NBA and ABA star Artis Gilmore, former Portland Trail Blazers center Arvydas Sabonis and Olympic gold medalist Teresa Edwards also will be inducted. They are joined by Harlem Globetrotter Reece “Goose” Tatum and Boston Celtic Tom “Satch” Sanders.
For VanDerveer, Monday’s announcement was bittersweet, coming hours after her Stanford team lost a national semifinal, 63-62, to Texas A&M.
“This is kind of a tough morning to be a basketball coach for me ,” she said. “This opportunity to be enshrined in Naismith is an incredible honor, and I’m overwhelmed by it.”
Virginia Commonwealth coach Shaka Smart is staying with the Rams, agreeing to a new eight-year contract after leading them to the Final Four. Smart rejected North Carolina State.
Meanwhile, the Big 12 is getting two new coaches.
Frank Haith resigned at Miami to take the Missouri job. And Lon Kruger is returning to his home conference by taking the job at Oklahoma. Kruger played and coached at Kansas State. He is leaving Nevada Las Vegas after seven years. He previously coached at Illinois and Florida. leading all four to the NCAA tournament.
Elsewhere, Sydney Johnson is leaving Princeton to coach Fairfield, and Towson University hired Pittsburgh assistant Pat Skerry as its new coach.
LSU HIRES CALDWELL
Nikki Caldwell said when she accepted the offer to coach at LSU over the weekend, Tennessee coach Pat Summitt was one of the first to call with congratulations.
Comparing Summitt to a proud mom, Caldwell said she maintains the highest respect for her former coach, as well as the program for which she played and coached as an assistant.
Caldwell said leaving UCLA was tough, but she couldn’t pass up the chance to get closer to family.
PLAYER FACES TRIAL
Oklahoma State player Darrell Williams will stand trial on rape and other felony charges alleging that he inappropriately touched two female students, a judge ruled in Stillwater, Okla., after a preliminary hearing.
Two women said Williams reached into their pants during a December party. He has pleaded not guilty and is free on bond.