Interviews

Vol. 4 Kyle Whelliston November 16, 2007  15
The Mid-Majority Interview: Mikaelyn Austin

Because no website has ever thought of anything like this before -- to my knowledge, at least -- TMM will be running an interview series at the end of each week throughout the college basketball season. I know, I know, this has been done before, in other places. But we'll be chatting with coaches, p...                                                                                                                                                                                                                                

Vol. 4 Kyle Whelliston November 23, 2007  10
The Mid-Majority Interview: Bill Trocchi

I'll allow you a few minutes to put the pieces of your blown mind back together. Okay? Let's go. Big media rivalries, like college sports rivalries, are supposed to be predicated on the idea that the folks on the other side are filthy, writhing subhumans. Sometimes we have to remind ourselves that t...                                                                                                                                                                                                                                

Vol. 4 Kyle Whelliston November 30, 2007  6
The Mid-Majority Interview: Gregg Marshall

Gregg Marshall is a lot of things: a master motivator, an excellent rap dancer, and the first mid-major head coach to have a double-keg installed in his living room. As of ten months ago, after coming up short in his first six attempts, he's also a member of the NCAA Tournament victor's club -- join...                                                                                                                                                                                                                                

Vol. 4 Kyle Whelliston December 7, 2007  6
The Mid-Majority Interview: Kyle Hines

Kyle Hines is the 6-5 senior leader of the UNC-Greensboro Spartans, but he's a lot more. In addition to a 17.3 ppg average and a streak of 56 consecutive games of scoring in double figures, Hines is a gentleman-scholar, a blogger and one of the most well-spoken ballplayers you could ever hope to mee...                                                                                                                                                                                                                                

Vol. 4 Kyle Whelliston December 16, 2007  12
The Mid-Majority Interview: John Kuchar

You usually meet the best people by accident, and often in the strangest places. I made the acquaintance of John Kuchar in a PayPal complaint box -- he had subscribed to Basketball State last month but some stray binaries kept his account from being activated. Once that was ironed out, he told me ab...                                                                                                                                                                                                                                

Vol. 4 Kyle Whelliston December 23, 2007  8
The Mid-Majority Interview: Mike Sutton

In March 2005, Tennessee Tech head coach Mike Sutton was suddenly stricken by Guillain-Barré Syndrome, a disease that can only be described as "mysterious." It laid siege to his central nervous system, leaving him paralyzed and clinging to life in a hospital for 10 months. Immobile and ...                                                                                                                                                                                                                                

Vol. 4 Kyle Whelliston January 9, 2008  12
The Mid-Majority Interview: Doug Elgin

After a week-long break (nobody wants to talk during the holidays), TMMI is back. And to kick off the new year, we have one of the most powerful men in all of Hoops Nation, Missouri Valley Conference commissioner Doug Elgin. He's led the toughest mid-major conference in the land since 1988, spent fo...                                                                                                                                                                                                                                

Vol. 4 Kyle Whelliston January 18, 2008  12
The Mid-Majority Interview: Rick Scruggs

Until the night of Nov. 7, 2007, most college basketball fans didn't know Gardner-Webb from a weed whacker. But with a 84-68 thumping of Kentucky at Rupp Arena, the little school in Boiling Springs, N.C. was thrust into the national spotlight. It was the first major story of the 2007-08 season, the ...                                                                                                                                                                                                                                

Vol. 4 Kyle Whelliston January 30, 2008  7
The Mid-Majority Interview: Elton Alexander

The grand old Mid-American Conference has been tragically misunderstood this decade. A league that's produced some of the most competitive, exciting and thrilling hoops at the mid-major level has had a lot of trouble with respect on the national scene, not having received a second bid to the NCAA To...                                                                                                                                                                                                                                

Vol. 4 Kyle Whelliston February 14, 2008  21
The Mid-Majority Interview: Dolph Pulliam

In 1969, Drake achieved the Final Four with a 26-5 record. Adolphus (Dolph) Pulliam was the emotional leader of that team, and his Bulldogs lost in the national semifinals to UCLA and Lew Alcindor by a single point. After his senior season, he was drafted by multiple professional basketball and foot...                                                                                                                                                                                                                                

Vol. 4 Kyle Whelliston February 15, 2008  10
The Mid-Majority Interview: "Jasper" Joe Arnone

We've certainly certainly said this before, but we strongly believe that "Jasper" Joe Arnone, Voice of the Central Connecticut State Blue Devils, is the finest arena announcer in Hoops Nation. He is to college basketball what Yankee Stadium's Bob Sheppard is to baseball, but with Vin Scully's friend...                                                                                                                                                                                                                                

Vol. 4 Kyle Whelliston February 24, 2008  8
The Mid-Majority Interview: Artis Gilmore

Most basketball fans know the 7-2, 240-lb. "A-Train" as one of the greatest centers ever to play the game, a 12-time All-Star who played five seasons in the American Basketball Association before pounding the paint for 11 seasons for the Bulls and Spurs. Artis Gilmore scored a total of 15,579 points...                                                                                                                                                                                                                                

Vol. 4 Kyle Whelliston March 6, 2008  10
The Mid-Majority Interview: Jason Thompson

Jason Thompson isn't the kind of talent you often find at the mid-major level. Heck, there aren't that many players in the power conferences like him. He's a 6-11 specimen who can shoot mid-range jumpers just as well as he can lay it in, and can muscle his way to any rebound, anywhere. Entering this...                                                                                                                                                                                                                                

Vol. 6 Kyle Whelliston November 21, 2009  12
The Mid-Majority Interview: Jon Schaeffer

Jon Schaeffer announces college basketball games. Not just any games -- NJIT games. The broadcasting veteran of over 1,000 games is entering his second year as the Highlanders' announcer, and he called every and ever home contest of the team's 1-30 season in 2008-09. He was previously the play-by-pl...                                                                                                                                                                                                                                

Vol. 6 Kyle Whelliston December 5, 2009  17
The Mid-Majority Interview: Donnie Tyndall

In 2006, after 10 years as an assistant at Idaho, LSU and Middle Tennessee, Donnie Tyndall took over the Morehead State program after a 4-23 season led to a complete housecleaning. Very little introduction was necessary; Tyndall attended MSU, where he played for the Eagles for three seasons and lett...                                                                                                                                                                                                                                

Vol. 6 Kyle Whelliston December 12, 2009  15
The Mid-Majority Interview: Rick Byrd

Rick Byrd has coached at Belmont University since 1986, and brought his program to national prominence with three consecutive Atlantic Sun tourney championships. As a No. 15 seed in 2008, the Bruins suffered a near-miss against Duke, losing the lead in the final minute of a classic game. Despite ret...                                                                                                                                                                                                                                

Vol. 6 Kyle Whelliston December 19, 2009  16
The Mid-Majority Interview: Tim Capstraw

There's no other way to introduce our subject; Tim Capstraw is a Mid-Majority god. A Red Line legend. We offered homage all the way back in Season 1, after Game 59 of the 100 Games Project, but it took us five years to properly pay tribute, by letting the man speak in this space. Mr. Capstraw was t...                                                                                                                                                                                                                                

Vol. 6 Kyle Whelliston January 3, 2010  15
The Mid-Majority Interview: Mike Lonergan

It seems like just yesterday when the University of Vermont was winning three consecutive America East titles and upsetting Syracuse in the 2005 NCAA first round. In real time, the days of T.J. Sorrentine, Taylor Coppenrath and Ultra-Violence Mechanism were nearly five years away. After Tom Brennan ...                                                                                                                                                                                                                                

Vol. 6 Kyle Whelliston January 9, 2010  12
The Mid-Majority Interview: David Worlock

Since all the "bracketologists" are coming out of the woodwork, that must mean that March is right around the corner. And it is! In exactly 65 short and symbolic days, the NCAA Selection Committee will release the pairings for the 2010 field. And we're also nearly 11 months past the most popular pos...                                                                                                                                                                                                                                

Vol. 6 Kyle Whelliston January 23, 2010  19
The Mid-Majority Interview: Dominic Latkovski

Several times a year during our travels of 100-plus games, we'll run into a halftime show called ZOOperstars! Though the concept is simple -- double-lifesized mascots that are each a hybrid of a sports celebrity and a zoo animal -- it's still the weirdest and most awesome thing in the world. So what...