The Big East conference is holding their annual offseason meetings in Ponte Vedra, FL this week. The meetings will be lead by Big East commissioner Val Ackerman and will include “planning sessions with the ten-member school’s athletic directors, senior woman administrators, and men’s and women’s basketball head coaches,” according to a release sent out by the league. The meetings began on Monday and the agenda items include:
Where: Madison Square Garden – New York, NY
When: 9:30pm EST
- ICYMI – Big East Tournament Seed Watch Final Edition of 2017
- ICYMI – Game Notes & Preview: Providence (19-11, 9-8) at St. John’s (13-17, 7-10) 3/4/17
- ICYMI – Opening Line: Providence +1 at St. John’s 3/4/17
- ICYMI – Scout’s Updated Class of 2018 Top 100 Player Rankings Released
- Providence Journal – Kevin McNamara – Providence Friars hope to dance out of the pack at St. John’s
- Friarbasketball.com – Craig Leighton – Ed Cooley Media Availability
- Friarbasketball.com – Craig Leighton – Catching Up With Rodney Bullock
- Providence Journal – Kevin McNamara & Bill Koch – Pick and Pop College Hoops Podcast: Bubble, bubble, toil and trouble
- WEEI.com – John Rooke – Thinking Out Loud: Providence basketball getting hot at right time
- WestwoodOneSports.com – John Rooke & Kevin McNamara – This Week in the Big East: Bill Raftery, Val Ackerman and Shamorie Ponds
- DailyPress.com – Kate Yanchulis – Bethel’s Dickens stands a head above the rest
Where: Dunkin’ Donuts Center – Providence, RI
When: 6:30pm EST
Providence will again have another prominent sports media personality emcee their annual Late Night Madness event. Last year Bill Raftery performed emcee duties and the school announced this year it will be Friar alumna Doris Burke. Burke — previously Doris Sable — is a 1987 graduate of Providence where she was a First Team All-Big East performer her senior year. Providence announced a few weeks ago that Shaquille O’Neal, a.k.a. DJ Diesel, would host and perform at this year’s official basketball season kickoff event. The event will again be open only to current Providence students with priority access given to student season ticket holders. This year’s Late Night Madness event will be held on October 15th in Alumni Hall’s Mullaney Gym.
Two years ago I wrote an article titled “Why Providence’s Late Night Madness is Important.” I typed up that article after attending the 2014 event in Mullaney Gym that featured Jalen Rose as emcee and a performance by Big Sean. While some of my readers may not know who Big Sean is, the students and recruits who attended the event that year certainly did. Late Night Madness has been happening at Providence since Rick Pitino brought it to Friartown in 1985. The event had become quite stale in recent years with local artists who were not well-known by most people — let alone the students or recruits — being the main non-basketball entertainment, alongside the dance routines of various campus clubs and organizations. For lack of a better term, Late Night Madness at Providence had become small-time.
Continuing the recent tradition of bringing in a big-time name for Late Night Madness, Providence announced on Friday that Shaquille O’Neil will host and perform at this year’s event on October 15th. Shaq, performing under the name DJ Diesel, is the second former NBA player-turned TV personality to host Providence’s Late Night Madness after Jalen Rose — the son of Friar legend Jimmy Walker — hosted the 2014 event. As usual, Late Night Madness will take place in Mullaney Gym in Alumni Hall. The event begins at 7pm. Last year Bill Raftery emceed the event while Ludacris performed after the on-court action was over. When Rose hosted two years ago it was Big Sean who performed. The initial big-time host and performer was in 2013 when Nick Cannon hosted and performed. This is always a big recruiting weekend for Ed Cooley and I would expect to see plenty of Friar targets in attendance on October 15th.
Here is the official release from Providence Athletics: