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)

Must-watch

#1 Stanford v. #4 Maryland, 9:30 p.m., ESPN

Good games

#1 South Carolina v. #5 North Carolina, 7 p.m., ESPN

#3 Iowa State v. #10 Creighton, 9:30 p.m., ESPN2

Also watchable

#2 Texas v. #6 Ohio State, 7 p.m., ESPN2

NCAA Roundup

Coaching changes

  • 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.

Transfer portal

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)

Written by Em Adler

Em Adler (she/they) covers the Seattle Storm and college basketball for The Next, while also writing for The Chronicle, Duke's independent student paper

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