March 25, 2022
Daily Briefing — March 25, 2022: Sweet Sixteen, coaching changes, and portal entrees galore
Carrs 2: The Transfer Portal
Happy Friday! Welcome to The Next’s Daily Briefing, featuring the W Roundup, daily Watch List, and Yesterday’s Recap. Day 130 of college basketball is here, the Sweet 16 begins, following a whole bunch of coaching news and players jumping into the transfer portal. Let’s save both the pomp and the circumstance, and get right into it, shall we?
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Watch List, Friday, March 25
(All times in Eastern, all rankings reflect tournament seeding)
#1 Stanford v. #4 Maryland, 9:30 p.m., ESPN
#1 South Carolina v. #5 North Carolina, 7 p.m., ESPN
#3 Iowa State v. #10 Creighton, 9:30 p.m., ESPN2
#2 Texas v. #6 Ohio State, 7 p.m., ESPN2
- Texas A&M: Hired Joni Taylor away from Georgia for a well-above-seven-figure salary, the latter per Brandon Sudge of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution. My take: great hire.
- Georgia: Reports surfaced that the Bulldogs had lured away Ole Miss head coach Yolette McPhee-McCuin, though some hours later she posted a reaffirmation of her love of Mississippi, so… not so much! UCF head coach Katie Abrahamson-Henderson has been linked to the opening.
- Florida State: Future hall-of-fame head coach Sue Semrau retired. Assistant Brooke Wyckoff, who coached the team in 2020 when Semrau took time with her family, should be 1,000-to-1 odds as the successor.
- Illinois: Hired Shauna Green away from Dayton. My take: good hire.
- Mississippi State: Hired Louisville associate head coach Sam Purcell to be its next head coach.
- Oklahoma State: Hired Jacie Hoyt away from Kansas City. My take: surprised they didn’t bring in a bigger name. But read a full analysis from our Big 12 reporter, Missy Heidrick.
- Syracuse: We can pretend Buffalo head coach Felisha Legette-Jack isn’t the Orange’s next lead, but who are we kidding?
- Virginia: Hired Amaka Agugua-Hamilton away from Missouri State. My take: good hire. Our ACC reporter, Mitchell Northam, agrees.
- West Virginia: Legendary head coach Mike Carey retired. Boston College head coach Joanna Bernabei-McNamee has been linked to the opening.
In the portal:
- Brinae Alexander, off-ball guard, Vanderbilt
- Sarah Ashlee Barker, wing, Georgia
- Aijha Blackwell, big, Mizzou
- Aja Blount, big wing, Coastal Carolina
- Chrislyn Carr, point guard, Syracuse
- Christianna Carr, wing, Syracuse (no relation to Chrislyn)
- Haley and Hanna Cavinder, point guards, Fresno State
- Bella Cravens, big, Nebraska
- Dalayah Daniels, center, Cal
- KK Deans, point guard, West Virginia
- Makayla Dickens, off-ball guard, Boston College
- Lauren Fields, combo guard, Oklahoma State
- Caitlyn Harper, center, Cal Baptist
- Rita Igbokwe, center, Pitt
- Jordyn Jenkins, big, USC
- Morgan Jones, wing, Florida State
- Akira Levy, point guard, Cincinnati
- Tekia Mack, big, DePaul (formerly Rutgers; did not play this year)
- Tenin Magassa, center, Dayton
- Brynna Maxwell, wing, Utah
- Kadi Sissoko, big, Minnesota
- Tomi Taiwo, off-ball guard, Iowa
- Peanut Tuitele, big, Colorado
- Kourtney Weber, off-ball guard, Florida State
- Savannah Wheeler, combo guard, Marshall
- Five players from Idaho State
- Nine players from Wright State
- Nine players from LIU. It’s a situation worth monitoring.
Out of the portal:
- Alyssa Geary: The big out of Providence committed to Indiana
- Rickea Jackson: The big wing out of Mississippi State committed to Tennessee
- Avery LaBarbera: The point guard out of Holy Cross, the reigning Patriot League Player of the Year, committed to Wisconsin
- Jasmine Powell: The point guard out of Minnesota committed to Tennessee (a little while ago)