News From Terre Haute, Indiana

April 9, 2013

RAMBLIN’ RECK: Louisville gets two shots at NCAA title

Tom Reck
Tribune-Star Correspondent

TERRE HAUTE — Louisville met Michigan in the championship game of the NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament on Monday. Louisville faces Connecticut in the title tilt of the women’s tournament tonight.

The 1975-76 Indiana University team last week was voted the best team to win a championship. Lots of Hoosier fans will tell you the 1974-75 team was just as good, losing only one game after Scott May was sidelined with injury.

Panelists from USA Today voted for the best of the 74 Final Fours and, to no one’s surprise, ranked the 1979 finals No. 1 marked by the Indiana State/Larry Bird-Michigan State/Magic Johnson matchup.

We covered several finals. Some we remember:

1987 — Keith Smart’s shot sinks Syracuse to give IU and Bob Knight the title.

1973 — Bill Walton made 21 of 22 shots as UCLA beat Memphis in the final game. IU and Providence were the other teams in the finals.

1980 — Darrell Griffith led Louisville over UCLA in the championship game played at Indianapolis. Purdue and Iowa were the other teams in the finals and Denny Crum coached Louisville.

Coaches hired — Several changes have been made in the college coaching ranks recently. In case you missed them:

Tubby Smith was let go by Minnesota and hired at Texas Tech. Richard Pitino is the new coach at Minnesota.

Steve Alford has hired Ed Schilling for his staff at UCLA. Schilling formerly coached Wright State and has been at Park Tudor the past four seasons, leading the team to two Class 2A titles and compiling an 87-18 record.

Former Washington Hatchet Craig Neal is the new coach at New Mexico. He had been on Alford’s staff at that school and at Iowa.

Andy Enfield was hired away from Florida Gulf Coast by Southern California. And Matthew Graves is the new coach at South Alabama after paying his dues at Butler.

Tom-Cattin’ It —  Cindy Stein is the new women’s basketball coach at Southern Illinois.

She played at Illinois and once had been on the Illini staff. She formerly coached at Missouri and guided Illinois Central College to third place in the junior-college national tournament last month.

• Martinsville (Ill.) will play Callaway County (Mo.) in a baseball game at St. Louis after the Cardinals play Milwaukee on May 19.

• Paris is off to a good start in baseball, taking an 8-1 mark into a doubleheader last week.

• Tony Lewis is the new football coach at Henderson County in Kentucky. He had a 53-11 record at Evansville Reitz where his team won a state title.

• Dantiel Daniels of Southern Illinois and three reserves at Illinois say they will transfer to new schools to play basketball.

• Trey Burke of Michigan is the winner of the John Wooden Award. Victor Oladipo of IU and Jeff Withey of Kansas are co-winners of the Defensive Player of the Year award given by basketball coaches.

• Indiana had won 18 straight games in baseball until losing to Illinois on Sunday.


Tom Reck can be reached by telephone at 812-232-3231, by email at or by mail at 4284 S. Fifth St., Apt. 3, Terre Haute, IN 47802.