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Ramblin' Reck

April 24, 2012

RAMBLIN’ RECK: Following the changing Illinois coaching scene

Catching up on some coaching changes and some other business:

TERRE HAUTE — Catching up on some coaching changes and some other business:

• Jim Sullivan is the new football coach at Casey-Westfield. He’s a graduate of Casey and Eastern Illinois.

Sullivan served as an assistant under retiring coach Keith Sinclair from 2004 to 2009 and has been assistant principal the past three years.

His staff includes Kevin Anderson, Tom Monken, Rick Knust, Kevin Currey and Kirk Shawver.

• Martinsville (Ind.) has hired Criss Byers as its new boys basketball coach. He has been assistant to J.R. Holmes at Bloomington South and also was the girls basketball coach for five seasons. He also was a graduate assistant on Bob Knight’s staff at Indiana University.

• John Hart was not without a job for long. He resigned recently as football coach at Warren Central and has been tapped as the new coach at Huntley, Ill.

• Lawrence North has named boys basketball assistant Chris Griffin as its girls basketball coach.

He was a student manager at IU under Knight and served as a graduate assistant at Texas Tech.

• Terre Haute South junior Danny Etling made the Purdue football coaches happy when he announced he plans to sign with the school next year.

Etling passed for 1,537 yards with nine touchdowns and six interceptions last fall.

• Erin Barton of West Vigo has signed to play basketball at Olney Central and Andrea Scott of South Knox will be going to Wabash Valley.

• Playoffs set — The shortened National Basketball Association season ends this week and playoffs will begin this weekend.

The Indiana Pacers certainly have been one of the surprise teams in the league and have clinched the No. 3 seed in the Eastern Conference.

They were 11-2 in April going into Monday’s game with Detroit and will wind up the season with a game against Chicago on Wednesday, when American Basketball Association players and teams will be honored.

Frank Vogel is a top candidate for coach of the year and Larry Bird could be executive of the year in the league.

San Antonio is in the NBA playoffs for the 15th straight season and has won four championships in that time with Gregg Popovich as coach and Tim Duncan as the main Spur.

The Spurs have a .699 winning percentage in that time, best of the main pro sports: basketball, football, baseball and hockey.

• Tom-Cattin’ It — Larry Brown has been named basketball coach at Southern Methodist University. He’s 71 years of age.

Richard Pitino, son of Louisville coach Rick Pitino, is the new coach at Florida International.

Alex Oriakhi will transfer from Connecticut to Missouri to play basketball.

• Jamie Moyer made baseball history when he was the winning pitcher for Colorado against San Diego. He’s the oldest major leaguer to win a game at 49.

• A new junior college rule will restrict the number of international athletes on any team to 25 percent.

• Metropolitan Interscholastic Conference boys golf teams will vie for league honors at Hulman Links on Saturday.

Tom Reck may be contacted by telephone at (812) 232-3231, by email at or by mail at 4284 South 5th Street, Apt. 3, Terre Haute, IN, 47802.

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