1. The 10-person men’s basketball selection committee improved its basketball IQ with the addition of Northeastern athletic director Peter Roby. Roby replaced Bernard Muir, who left his post as Delaware athletic director for the same position at Stanford. That meant the committee had to replace Muir with someone from a FCS conference. Even before the Colonial Athletic Association nominated Roby he was on the committee’s radar. Muir had just started his term and had only attended one meeting in the summer so Roby takes over his entire five-year term. Xavier AD Mike Bobinski, who is the chair, said the committee was excited to have Roby. And they should. Roby played and coached at Dartmouth and was an assistant at Army and Stanford before being head coach at Harvard. “He knows the game, and understands the administrative side,’’ said Northeastern coach Bill Coen. “I think he will be great.’’
2. Pitt coach Jamie Dixon is adapting on the fly to the Panthers’ arrival into the ACC in 2013. The commitment from Word of God point guard Josh Newkirk in Raleigh, N.C., is the first example of the Panthers’ potential reach into the ACC region. Pitt should have no problems competing with the rest of the ACC in recruiting. The change of conference shouldn’t matter. Pitt now has even more to sell with the security of a new destination. There’s no reason why the Panthers should dip in the ACC. The Panthers aren’t even in the league yet and they already have made inroads in the ACC.
3. Iowa State coach Fred Hoiberg has a tough decision to make in the wake of suspended player Bubu Palo being charged with sexual abuse. Hoiberg can’t wait on Palo’s case. He has to move on and look now more for a point guard during the fall recruiting period. The junior Palo can’t be counted on to return during this case. Palo pleaded not guilty to the charge Wednesday. Hoiberg has had tremendous success getting transfers and mixing them with high school recruits. So, there shouldn’t be any concern that he could fill Palo’s spot. But Hoiberg has to prepare that Palo may not return.