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:
The NCAA Tournament returns to Providence in 2021, the NCAA announced on Tuesday. Providence College will serve as the host at the Dunkin’ Donuts Center for First and Second Round games of the NCAA Tournament. Those games will be played on March 18 and March 20th of 2021. This will be the fourth time the Dunkin’ Donuts Center has been the site for First and Second Round games of the NCAA Tournament. The other times were 2016, 2010, 1996 and 1989. The Dunk has also been the site of the East Regional games in 1985, 1978 and 1975.
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- Providence Journal – Kevin McNamara – PC Friars hope to keep up the pace against Wagner
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.
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- Bleacher Report – Kerry Miller – Predicting the 2016-17 Big East College Basketball Standings
Jon Rothstein is reporting that God Shammgod is leaving Providence to join the Dallas Mavericks of the NBA in the role of assistant of player development. Shammgod has been a mentor and trainer for several prominent recent Friars, including Bryce Cotton, LaDontae Henton, Ben Bentil and Kris Dunn.