Rodman, Winter headed to shrine
Basketball: Dennis Rodman (pictured), Chris Mullin and a trio of coaching legends are part of the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame’s Class of 2011.
Coaches Tex Winter, who has Washington on his resume and is the innovator of the “Triangle” offense; Stanford’s Tara VanDerveer and Philadelphia University’s Herb Magee are part of the class announced Monday at the men’s Final Four in Houston.
Longtime NBA and ABA star Artis Gilmore, former Portland TrailBlazers center Arvydas Sabonis and Olympic gold medalist Teresa Edwards also will be inducted. They are joined by Harlem Globetrotter Reece “Goose” Tatum and Boston Celtic Tom “Satch” Sanders.
They will be formally inducted in Springfield, Mass., in August.
Tinkle says he’ll stay at Montana
Men’s basketball: University of Montana coach Wayne Tinkle says he’s coming back for a sixth season.
Tinkle said Sunday he withdrew from consideration for the same job at Fresno State.
“When they put the feelers out there, I had to take a look,” Tinkle told the Missoulian newspaper. He said he met with a group of people from Fresno and the job was intriguing, but the support and progress he’s seen with the Montana men’s program convinced him to stay.
Tinkle, a graduate of Ferris High who was a star player at Montana, has posted a 91-64 record over the past five seasons and won at least 20 games in each of the last two. Montana advanced to the NCAA tournament in 2010.
At VCU, it pays to be Smart
Men’s basketball: VCU coach Shaka Smart is staying with the Rams after leading them on a surprising run to the NCAA Final Four.
The school said Smart agreed to a new eight-year contract. Details will be released once it is signed.
“True to form, Coach Smart’s primary concerns were about his players, coaches and the overall support of the basketball program,” VCU athletic director Norwood Teague said in a statement.
The second-year coach led VCU (28-12) from one of the “First Four” games in the tournament to become only the third No. 11 seed to make it to the Final Four.