Saturday, July 07, 2007

The great Cliff Ellis (former Auburn coach) returns to coaching and more

The 61-year-old Ellis has been a successful coach throughout his career, amassing a Division I record of 534-337 (.613) record and 612-349 (.637) as a head coach overall, ranking him 47th in nation in all-time Division I wins prior to the 2006-07 season and will re-enter the game as the 12th winningest active Division I coach by victories. He is also just one of 10 coaches in NCAA Division I history to post 100 or more wins at three separate schools and has been named conference Coach of the Year five times in his career.

Good luck to him I say... he replaces the even greater Buzz Peterson (you know him from his not so successful stint at Tennessee). The rest can be read here.

Since this is now the really, really slow time of the year for college hoops news I thought I'd post the top ten all-time winningest teams. This is from ncaasports.org. Note- the link is a direct one to a pdf (acrobat) file.

1) Kentucky- 1876
2) North Carolina- 1827
3) Kansas- 1825
4) Duke- 1737
5) St John's- 1668
6) Syracuse- 1630
7) Temple- 1623
8) Pennsylvania- 1572
9) Indiana- 1555
10) Notre Dame- 1548

Arkansas comes in at 27 while Alabama is sitting at 29. Notice that UCLA isn't in the top 10... they didn't start playing basketball until 1920. Still, they're 12th thanks in large part to John Wooden. St John's is still in the top 5 despite being really bad the last 10 years. I still believe the day they changed ther team name from Redmen to Red Storm the program went to crap.

Anyways, something to look over on a slow day.

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