HOUSTON -- Quick hitters on the day of the national championship game:
• BYU's Dave Rose would have considered leaving the Cougars despite the school's most successful season since the Danny Ainge era. But BYU showed a high level of commitment it hasn't in the past with the men's basketball program, and offered Rose, according to a source with direct knowledge of the situation, a significant pay raise. Terms weren't disclosed, but Rose is likely to accept it. BYU has traditionally underpaid its men's basketball coaches, believing that they want to stay because they are at BYU. With the move to the WCC next season, the Cougars can't afford to let Rose leave. The program is rolling with five straight NCAA tournament appearances and a Sweet 16 appearance and needs to feed off the Jimmer Fredette phenomenon.
• Rose's success is one of the reasons that top assistant Dave Rice is a legitimate candidate at his alma mater, UNLV. If UNLV athletic director Jim Livengood is willing to go the assistant route with someone who has a tie to UNLV, then Rice and Reggie Theus, another former Jerry Tarkanian player, make for interesting choices. Theus was a productive coach at New Mexico State before going back to the NBA. Rice and Theus come from two different Tark eras at Vegas. The Rebels' opening is a high-quality gig and could command plenty of attention, as it has in the past from top head coaches.
• Missouri's hiring of Frank Haith was a bit a of surprise after Tigers athletic director Mike Alden made a failed play for Purdue's Matt Painter. Alden was adamant that he had to get a coach who would fit at Missouri. You can debate Haith's level of success at Miami (he reached one NCAA tournament and was unable to get a bid this season with a talented backcourt), but Haith has strong ties to the region. He was an assistant under Texas coach Rick Barnes and had previously talked to Oklahoma, although it wasn't a serious conversation. Haith is well respected and well liked. He recruits at a high level and had one of the top big men in the ACC for next season returning at Miami in Reggie Johnson. At Missouria, he will have a team that's ready to win next season with possibly everyone returning except senior Justin Safford. Haith should and must win with this veteran team in Columbia. In 2012-13, the pressure will be on to recruit at a high level and to compete with Kansas and Texas, the two anchors in the league, Kansas State and Texas A&M, two upstarts that aren't going away, and a Baylor team that continues to recruit at a high level and reached the Elite Eight in 2010.
• Kansas State coach Frank Martin is from Miami, but he has a better job now than a potential one in Coral Gables. Martin would have to be lured to a big-time gig to leave Kansas State. Would NC State qualify? Certainly, but he doesn't have to chase. Miami has never paid well enough or shown the commitment to men's basketball the way a school like Kansas State has.
• A source with direct knowledge of the situation said North Carolina coach Roy Williams will meet with Harrison Barnes, John Henson and Tyler Zeller individually on Tuesday in Chapel Hill to review what NBA personnel have told Williams about their draft status. The source said no decisions have been made but would likely be announced later in the week. The source said it would be premature to say which way the players are leaning at this point.
• Conference commissioners and at least one coach from all 31 conferences met Saturday to discuss the recruiting calendar in the spring and summer. The consensus is that there will be some sort of July recruiting. Coaches want some access in April and more access to their players. The ideal situation would be getting four days in April and then 16 in July, while taking away the end of the month that has been a drain on coaches and players as they trek across the country. WCC commissioner Jamie Zaninovich led the meeting, and said there was good discussion. However, no formal proposal will be made until the end of the summer.