If the reports are true, Marshall University officials have contacted Los Angeles Lakers coach Mike D’Antoni about the vacant coaching job for the Thundering Herd.
D’Antoni would be a great hire for his alma mater. ESPN and others reported the former Herd guard was contacted by MU.
The Lakers have not done well this season and are heading toward their worst finish since 1975. D’Antoni’s future with the team is cloudy.
Of course Marshall can’t offer him the kind of money he has made in the NBA, but he shouldn’t need a huge contract if he would consider coming back to West Virginia. He has two years left on his Lakers contract that pays him $4 million annually.
Marshall fired Tom Herrion earlier this month after an 11-22 season. Herrion had two straight losing seasons and a 4-year record to 67-67.
D’Antoni, who was born in Mullens, W.Va. and played at old Mullens High School, frequently remains in contact with Marshall. He is a hall of famer at the school. D’Antoni was a standout for the Herd as a point guard in the early 1970s on some of the school’s best basketball teams in history.
He was drafted in the second round of the 1973 NBA draft, then played in the old ABA, before going to Italy where he was a great player and later professional coach. He then returned to the U.S. and started a coaching career in the NBA.
D’Antoni has never coached at the college level, but I’m sure Herd fans would not mind that. At age 62, D’Antoni might be a long shot for Marshall officials, but apparently they are going to approach him. Stay tuned.
… Former WVU quarterback Pat White has signed with the Edmonton Eskimos of the Canadian Football League.
White had a standout career with the Mountaineers from 2005 to 2008. He racked up 6,049 yards and 56 touchdowns and rushed for 4,480 yards on 684 carries for 47 touchdowns. His NFL career was slowed by a concussion. He was out of the league for three years before making a comeback bid a year ago with the Washington Redskins. He fared well in pre-season, but teams usually only keep three quarterbacks and he was the odd man out when Robert Griffin came back from a severe knee injury.
White is still relatively young at 28. Let’s hope this is a good career move for the former WVU great.
… Johnny Cueto is set to start on opening day for the Cincinnati Reds for the third straight season. First-year manager Bryan Price said that Cueto will pitch Monday at home against St. Louis.
Price had to sort through a series of minor injuries, including Cueto’s tender right shoulder, before making the final determination. Cueto missed a turn this spring because of soreness.
Tony Cingrani will pitch the second game. He was the only starter in the rotation without an injury issue this spring.
Homer Bailey was skipped with a sore right groin and Mike Leake had slight pain in his abdomen. Bailey will start the final game of the Cardinal series. Leake will start the first game in New York.
… The Mountaineers football team will hit the road for a practice at Laidley Field in Charleston , Saturday, April 5 at 12:45 p.m. The annual Gold-Blue Spring Game is planned for April 12 at 1 p.m. at Milan Puskar Stadium.
… Marshall’s annual Green and White Spring Game is on Saturday, April 26 at 4:15 p.m.
(Kyle Lovern is the Sports Editor for the Williamson Daily News. He can be contacted at firstname.lastname@example.org or at 304-235-4242, ext. 33 or Twitter @KyleLovern)