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Giacoletti has ties to Bison, Zags

Checked in with Ray Giacoletti, who has first-hand knowledge of Gonzaga's and North Dakota State's programs.

Giacoletti, now at Drake, talks about both teams here.

Giacoletti finalist at Drake

This is the time of year when Mark Few's name is mentioned in connection with high-profile job openings in college basketball. Another member of GU's staff, assistant coach Ray Giacoletti, also receives a number of calls from schools searching for a head coach.

Drake University, a Missouri Valley Conference school in Des Moines, Iowa, interviewed Giacoletti on Sunday.  It's a job that would seem to suit Giacoletti, who is a native of Peoria, Ill, location of MVC member Bradley University. Giacoletti has extensive Midwest ties and also was an assistant coach at Illinois State, another MVC school, in the early 1990s.

Giacoletti is believed to be a finalist at Drake, which is replacing Mark Phelps, who was fired after five seasons.

More below. 

High Noon: Say It Ain’t So, Mark Few

Gonzaga's athletic director doesn't believe Mark Few and Ray Giacoletti's connection to David Salinas — a the founder of a summer basketball program and a suspected Ponzi scheme architect — has anything to do with basketball. But CBSSports.com is now reporting that the NCAA thinks it might be.  Yesterday, amid reports that Mark Few, head coach of GU's men's basketball team, and Ray Giacoletti, an assistant coach, had jointly invested more than a million dollars with Salinas, GU Athletic Director Mike Roth issued a statement saying the whole thing was tragic, but "not a basketball matter." The NCAA seems to disagree. CBSSports, who first broke the Salinas story, is now reporting that an investigation is already underway/Luke Baumgarten, Inlander. More here. (SR file photo: Christopher Anderson)

Question: How nervous are you that the NCAA is investigating investments made with a suspected Ponzi schemer by several prominent basketball coaches, including Gonzaga's Mark Few?