1. No clear answer was given by NCAA vice president of communications Bob Williams regarding Greg Shaheen’s uncertain job status. Shaheen, executive vice president in charge of the NCAA men’s basketball tournament, who was recently charged with administering all NCAA championships, is not a lock to stay on in his current position through this year’s tournament. A decision is expected in February, but there’s been no clear word out of Indianapolis as to why the widely-respected Shaheen would not continue in his current capacity. It’s a head-scratching stance, to be polite.
2. Saint Joseph’s continues to give no response on why it won’t release fifth-year senior Todd O'Brien and at least see if O'Brien could get a waiver to play immediately at UAB since he’s been at grad school and practicing on the Birmingham campus. UAB coach Mike Davis remains miffed at the Hawks’ lack of response. Hawk officials continue to say they have a good reason and once everyone knows the other side they will understand. That may be true. But the silence gives only one version of the story.
3. The AP and Coaches’ poll are a reflection of the state of the sport. The back end of the top 25 includes Creighton, Harvard, UNLV, Murray State and San Diego State amid teams like Virginia and Kansas State. The new norm is to have teams outside the power six jockeying with high-majors that are in the 3-5 range in high-level leagues. And once again the Pac-12 will need the NCAA tournament to prove it should be considered a power six league by season’s end.