Now that University of Charleston (UC) head basketball coach Mark Downey has left the program, the search for a replacement it on.
The first name that popped into my head was Frankie Smith. Smith came back to this region last year after coaching several years in college. He would be a good hire for UC.
He was the head coach at Saginaw Valley State in Michigan and was an assistant in Division One with the late Charlie Coles at Miami of Ohio. Smith has college coaching experience and is back in this area.
He is currently the head coach at Sheldon Clark High School in Martin County, Ky. and is ready to start his second season.
Smith has local recruiting ties to not only Kentucky and West Virginia, but also Ohio and Michigan.
The veteran coach, who is a native of Chattaroy Hollow here in Mingo County, could take the reins and run with the Golden Eagles program.
Two Tug Valley players, all-state guards Austin Brewer and Mikey Newsome, have signed to play at UC. Naturally they were concerned after being recruited by Downey and then his abrupt departure late last week. I’m sure they would be more comfortable if someone with local ties takes over the program.
This is all speculation on my part. However, I did have one anonymous, but credible source say that Smith might be interested in returning to the college ranks in his native Mountain State.
Stay tuned …
SHORT STUFF: The Cleveland Cavaliers announced Friday that the team had waived forward Kevin Jones. As Mountaineer fans know, Jones played a starring role in Morgantown from 2009-12.
Last season, KJ played in 32 games for the Cavs, averaging three points and 2.4 rebounds in 10.5 minutes per game. Jones also spent time with the Cavaliers D-League team, the Canton Charge, last season.
Earlier this week, KJ suffered a concussion while playing for the Cavs Summer League team. He was removed from the Summer League roster after receiving the concussion diagnosis.
(Kyle Lovern is the sports editor for the Williamson Daily News. Comments or story ideas can be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org)