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Jon Teitel's "Forgotten Legends" Series: Loyola (MD) Great Andy O'Donnell

February 1st, 2011
Andy O'Donnell is one of two Greyhounds to reach the NBAIn the most recent installment in his "Forgotten Legends" interview series, CHN writer Jon Teitel spent some time with Loyola (MD) great Andy O'Donnell. A guard who helped lead the Greyhounds to three NAIA Tournament appearances, O'Donnell remains just one of two Loyola (MD) alums to have played in the NBA. Mike Morrison (1990) was the other Greyhound to have reached the NBA.

Jon Teitel: Why did you decide to go to Loyola?

Ignore Duquesne at Your Own Peril

February 1st, 2011
Duquesne senior forward Damian SaundersIn leagues that tend to have an established pecking order from a tradition standpoint, it can be tough for programs not seen among the privileged by outsiders to garner their just due. But that is slowly turning around for Ron Everhart's Duquesne Dukes, who have won 10 straight games and sit atop the Atlantic 10 standings with a 7-0 record (tied with Xavier). The common bond between many teams is an unselfish attitude, something that Duquesne has displayed all season long. Seven players average at least seven points per game, with five also averaging two or more assists per game.

Jon Teitel's "Coaching Greats" Series: Former Xavier head coach Pete Gillen

January 26th, 2011
Pete Gillen led Xavier to 7 NCAA AppearancesIn his latest installment in the "Coaching Greats" interview series, CHN writer Jon Teitel spent some time with Pete Gillen. Coach Gillen led programs at Xavier, Providence and Virginia before moving over to the media side of things to call games for CBS College Sports. At Xavier Coach Gillen led the Musketeers to six conference titles and seven NCAA Tournament appearances in nine seasons at the school before moving on to Providence.

Jon Teitel: Your first coaching gig in college was as an assistant at Hawaii, where one of your fellow assistants was Rick Pitino.

Jon Teitel's "Forgotten Legends" Series: Pacific Great Ron Cornelius

January 26th, 2011
Ron Cornelius is the all-time leading scorer in Pacific historyIn the latest installment in his "Forgotten Legends" interview series CHN writer Jon Teitel spent some time with Pacific's all-time leading scorer, Ron Cornelius. Cornelius, a two-time All-American at Pacific, helped lead the Tigers to the 1979 NCAA Tournament. After spending a decade overseas playing basketball, Cornelius now works for Konica Minolta while also helping coach a high school basketball team.

Belmont's Balance Key Factor in Success

January 19th, 2011
Belmont's success a product of depth, balanceIn this era of the BCS and multi-million dollar television contracts it takes quite a bit to receive proper respect (and attention) if your conference flies under the radar. It's safe to say that Rick Byrd's Belmont Bruins, 8-0 in Atlantic Sun play and 16-3 overall, have served notice this season that they've got the ability to not only get to the NCAA Tournament but also take someone out once in the field.

Jon Teitel's Coaching Greats Series: Samford's Jimmy Tillette

January 17th, 2011
Jimmy Tillette is the all-time wins leader at SamfordAs part of his "Coaching Greats" interview series CHN writer Jon Teitel spent some time in the preseason with current Samford head coach Jimmy Tillette. Coach Tillette, who led a New Orleans-based Babe Ruth team to the World Series title as a child, is the all-time wins leader in Samford history and was also an outstanding high school coach in the Crescent City. Currently his Samford Bulldogs are 10-7 overall and 2-3 in the Southern Conference.

Jon Teitel's "Forgotten Legends" Series: Louisiana-Lafayette's Dwight "Bo" Lamar

January 16th, 2011
Bo Lamar remains Lafayette's all-time leading scorer

In the latest installment in his "Forgotten Legends" interview series, CHN writer Jon Teitel spent some time with UL Lafayette legend Dwight "Bo" Lamar. One of the most prolific scorers in NCAA history, Lamar still ranks second all-time in points scored. The one player he couldn't surpass: the great "Pistol" Pete Maravich. 

Jon Teitel: Who gave you the nickname "Bo" and how do you like it?

Dwight "Bo" Lamar: I like it. My older brother was "Big Bo", so my family just called me Bo.

Jon Teitel's Coaching Greats Interview Series: Louisiana Tech's Andy Russo

January 10th, 2011
Andy Russo led Louisiana Tech to 2 NCAA TournamentsIn the most recent installment in his "Coaching Greats" interview series CHN writer Jon Teitel spent some time with former Louisiana Tech head coach Andy Russo. In six seasons at the school Russo led the Bulldogs to a pair of NCAA Tournament appearances and coached future Basketball Hall of Famer Karl Malone.

Jon Teitel: In 1970 you were co-captain of the Lake Forest HS team along with legendary computer magnate Mike Maiman. How good a player were you back in the day, and did you ever think that Mike would turn out to be so successful?

Jon Teitel's "Forgotten Legends" Series: Portland Great Rick Raivio

January 10th, 2011
Rick Raivio remains Portland's all-time leading rebounderIn the latest installment in his "Forgotten Legends" interview series CHN writer Jon Teitel spent some time with University of Portland great Rick Raivio. Raivio was a two-time All-American during his career, leaving the school as the program's all-time leading rebounder. Now working in real estate, Rick has had two of his three sons play in the WCC (Derek at Gonzaga and Nik at Portland).

Jon Teitel: In 1974 you won a state title at Benson under legendary coach Dick Gray. What made Gray such a great coach and what did it mean to you to win the title?

Jon Teitel's Coaching Greats Series: Former BU Head Coach Dennis Wolff

January 5th, 2011
Dennis Wolff is the winningest coach in BU historyIn the most recent installment in his "Coaching Greats" interview series, CHN writer spent some time with former Boston University head coach Dennis Wolff. Coach Wolff, who is now the Director of Operations at Virginia Tech, was let go by the school after fifteen seasons and the most wins in school history. Under Coach Wolff the Terriers won five conference titles and made two NCAA Tournament appearances.

Jon Teitel: You played two years at LSU and then two at Connecticut. Why did you decide to go to LSU and why did you decide to transfer to Connecticut?