Iona hires new assistant, and a great attendance policy at Georgia
According to Dick "Hoops" Weiss of the New York Daily News, Iona has hired former Seton Hall point guard Shaheen Holloway as an assistant coach. Holloway spent last season at his alma mater, helping out first year head coach Bobby Gonzalez in South Orange as a graduate assistant. With the amount of youth in the Gaels' backcourt, this is a very good hire. Iona had trouble in the backcourt last season due to injuries and inexperience. Returnees such as Milan Prodanovic, Mike Harris and De'Shaune Griffin should benefit from Holloway's presence on the staff.
Iona also added two transfers to their incoming class this spring, signing forward Jonathan Huffman (Montgomery, AL; Louisville) and guard Kashif Pratt (New York, NY; Seton Hall) to go along with incoming freshmen guards Rashon Dwight (Bloomfield, NJ) and Andre Tarver (Bronx, NY). That makes three natives of the NYC metropolitan area for Coach Willard in his first recruiting class, a sign that Iona will continue to have a strong recruiting presence in the area.
As for Georgia, athletic director Damon Evans has come up with a novel way to limit unexcused class and academic meeting absences by his student-athletes: fines. Yes, athletes can now be fined at UGA for missing classes and academic meetings, having to pony up $10 for an offense. Has it worked? Well, for the the first time in school history more than half the school's athletes achieved a GPA of 3.0 or higher. Also, the number of credits earned by athletes this spring (954) blew last spring's number (770) out of the water. This is something that other athletic departments are looking into, and rightfully so. It's easy for someone to ignore a verbal warning, be it for missing class or committing poor acts on or off the field of play. But when you can lose money, you've got to pay attention.
Link to the article: http://sports.espn.go.com/ncaa/news/story?id=2896480
In soccer news, the Gold Cup got underway last night, with two games in the Orange Bowl. In Group A action, Canada beat Costa Rica 2-1, and Guadaloupe and Haiti played to a 1-1 draw. The United States begins their quest to defend their 2005 title against Guatemala tonight at 9 PM EST, The game can be seen on Fox Soccer Channel and Galavision.