Cheaney leaves W's, heads back to Indiana

Cheaney leaves W's, heads back to Indiana

June 21, 2011
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BLOOMINGTON, Ind. (AP) For years, Tom Crean has wanted to bring Calbert Cheaney back to Indiana.Finally, the time was right for one of the school's all-time greats to return. The former Big Ten player of the year and the conference's all-time scoring leader has been hired as the Hoosiers' new director of basketball operations.
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"We knew that we wanted him when that opportunity came, and, needless to say we are extremely, extremely excited," Crean said in a news conference on Monday.Cheaney was the 1993 national player of the year at Indiana, then was the No. 6 overall pick in the NBA draft. He averaged 9.5 points and 3.2 rebounds in 13 seasons while playing for five teams, and he spent the last two years working for the Golden State Warriors.Cheaney said his heart always remained with the Hoosiers, and opportunity knocked when Drew Adams left to work for ex-Indiana star Steve Alford at New Mexico. Cheaney got a call from Crean and made the move after checking with his family."This is where I played," he said. "I had some great years here. Even when I was playing in the league or was enjoying retirement, or even when I was at Golden State, I would always watch Indiana play."Crean has been forced to rebuild after Kelvin Sampson's NCAA recruiting infractions, and he hasn't posted a winning season in his three years at the school. In Cheaney, he now has a tangible connection to the school's glory days."He knows exactly what it takes to get where a great deal of them want to go, but he also knows exactly what it takes to be successful in the places that they have no idea are out there," Crean said.Crean said Cheaney had made six trips to the campus since Crean was hired in 2008, occasionally practicing with the players."One thing that always stood out to me our first year here was how willing Calbert was to come back and give back to this program in a very tough turn, where leadership had to come from the past because we just didn't have people here who knew what it was all about," Crean said.Crean said his newest staff member will be involved with on-campus recruiting and will make observations about the players, but he will not be an on-court coach during practices."He is a very, very good basketball coach," Crean said. "That's big for us. There's no doubt about that. I don't think there's any question if he had chosen to stay in the NBA, he could have done that."Indiana reached the NCAA tournament every year Cheaney played. Now, he gets a chance to try to duplicate that success as a mentor."I really enjoy teaching, I really enjoy trying to transfer some of the knowledge that I've had over the years to other players to help them in this world, not just as players, but as people."

Chip Kelly returns to college football -- as studio analyst

Chip Kelly returns to college football -- as studio analyst

Chip Kelly is back in college football.

The former Oregon coach, who served as 49ers head coach last season, signed a multiyear deal as an ESPN analyst, the network announced Friday morning. He will work predominantly on pre-games, halftimes and in studio wraps each Saturday on ESPN2.

“Over the last 30 years, I have experienced football from one perspective – as a coach,” Kelly said in a statement. “Working in television will allow me to see the game from a different angle; simultaneously, I‘ll provide viewers an insight to the mindset of a coach and team while offering alternative views of various situations.

“Once I decided to make the move to TV, my familiarity with ESPN, combined with their high-quality production and vital role in college football, it was easily the best network suited for me.”

Kelly, 53, was fired on the evening of the 49ers’ season finale. The 49ers went 2-14 under Kelly and set the franchise record with 13 consecutive losses. Their only victories came against the Los Angeles Rams. Kelly also auditioned with FOX for the analyst job vacated when John Lynch became 49ers general manager, sources told NBC Sports Bay Area.

Kelly served as Oregon’s head coach from 2009 to ’12. His teams compiled a record of 46-7. Under Kelly, the Ducks advanced to the 2011 national championship game, losing to Auburn 22-19.

Kelly won the AP College Football Coach of the Year. He twice won the Pac-10 coach of the year. He left Oregon to become head coach of the Philadelphia Eagles in 2013. After his first two NFL teams went 10-6, Kelly was fired in 2015 with one game remaining in the season. The Eagles were 6-9 at the time of Kelly's firing.

“Chip is one of the most innovative football minds of our generation,” ESPN senior coordinating producer Lee Fitting said. “As a coach, he saw the game from a unique perspective, never afraid to take an unconventional approach. We want him to bring that mentality to our college football coverage each week, offering fans a varying viewpoint outside of the conventional thought process.”

Warriors, Cavs to square off in ultimate NBA Finals trilogy

Warriors, Cavs to square off in ultimate NBA Finals trilogy

The Trilogy has arrived.

The Warriors. The Cavaliers. Facing each other in the NBA Finals for the third consecutive postseason. The series begins June 1 with Game 1 at Oracle Arena.

With a 135-102 victory over the Celtics Thursday night in Game 5 of the Eastern Conference Finals, the Cavs advance to face a Warriors team riding the wave created by being the first club in NBA history to start the postseason with 12 straight wins.

With the teams splitting the first two Finals, the Warriors winning in 2015 and the Cavs prevailing last June, this one is to break the tie.

In the meantime, both teams have done some significant retooling.

The Warriors last summer added four-time scoring champion Kevin Durant, along with veterans JaVale McGee, Zaza Pachulia and David West.

Though LeBron James remains the hub of the Cavs, the team made several in-season changes, most notably adding veterans Kyle Korver and Deron Williams.

The Warriors came into the playoffs having earned the No. 1 overall seed by virtue of their NBA-best 67-15 record. They’re 27-1 since March 11, having ended the regular season by winning 15 of their last 16 games before taking out Portland, Utah and San Antonio in four games each to reach The Finals.

The Cavaliers (51-31) held the top seed in the East for most of the season before staggering over the final six weeks, going 9-12 over their final 21 games, including four consecutive losses to end the season.

Cleveland seems to have recovered from its late-season slump, sweeping Indiana and Toronto in the first two rounds before ousting the Celtics in five.

The Warriors and Cavs split two games in the regular season, each team winning on its home floor. Cleveland took a 109-108 decision on Christmas Day, while the Warriors came back for a 126-91 on Martin Luther King Jr. Day in Oakland.

The NBA Finals schedule can be seen below. 

Game 1 – Thu  June  1  Cleveland at Golden State          6:00PM  

Game 2 – Sun  June  4  Cleveland at Golden State          5:00PM  

Game 3 – Wed  June  7  Golden State at Cleveland          6:00PM  

Game 4 – Fri  June  9  Golden State at Cleveland             6:00PM  

Game 5 * Mon  June 12  Cleveland at Golden State          6:00PM  

Game 6 * Thu  June 15  Golden State at Cleveland          6:00PM  

Game 7 * Sun  June 18  Cleveland at Golden State          5:00PM