1. Pitt coach Jamie Dixon and Syracuse coach Jim Boeheim think if West Virginia finds a way out of the Big East for 2012, the Panthers and Orange want to start playing in the ACC then, too. Neither coach wants to go through more than one lame-duck season. The Big East is adamant that it will hold the three schools to three more seasons based on the conference bylaws.
2. West Virginia should be a perfect fit for the Big 12. Morgantown is a difficult college town to get to, much like a number of the spots in the Big 12. The Mountaineers have a terrific home court. Of course, these alignment moves are made for football and the Big 12 did a fantastic job of adding West Virginia and TCU. But the league needed the Mountaineers in hoops since the Horned Frogs don’t offer much in basketball right now. West Virginia should be a top five school in the conference once they join.
3. Florida coach Billy Donovan has known former NBA and Fresno State guard Chris Herren for quite some time. He recruited Herren in the ‘90s and he was well versed in his recovery from alcohol and drug addiction. So he didn’t hesitate to bring him down to talk to the team earlier this season. Herren was the subject of Tuesday’s documentary “Unguarded’’ on ESPN. “When he spoke to our team it was off the charts,’’ Donovan said. “He’s really, really good. It’s so good that he’s getting his life together.’’