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From Ole Miss:

The University of Mississippi announced today that women’s basketball head coach Adrian  Wiggins will no longer serve as head coach and has been placed on administrative leave while an investigation continues over impermissible recruiting contacts and academic misconduct committed by members of his staff.  

These staff members, which include assistant coach Kenya  Landers and director of basketball operations Michael  Landers, have been terminated effective immediately. Wiggins hired the Landers couple six months ago shortly after he joined Ole Miss as its head women’s basketball coach.

Having followed Fresno State’s rise and the Landers’ success at Trinity Valley, I thought Ole Miss had pulled off a major coup.

Instead, it looks like the players and the program got the rug pulled out from under them.

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Mechelle says the race is wide open.

So what does the Academy Awards show have to do with the coach of the year race in women’s basketball? Nothing, really. It’s just that the Oscars are Sunday, and I enjoy making these forced links to one of the few areas of pop culture in which I still attempt to stay current.

Perhaps I should connect a coaching award to the Best Director nominees. But there are only five of those, and I have six coach nominees. Plus, some of my forced links are just to movie titles, not actually to what the movie was about. I really couldn’t cheat that same way with using the names of the directors.

So here we go, by alphabetical order, with the Best Picture candidate the nominee represents (if only in my own mind). Then at the end, the Oscar winner … er, my pick right now for coach of the year.

I love her “others deserving mention.”

Names I’d add to the ODM list: Rick Insell (MSTU),  Niki Reid Geckeler (Howard) and Adrian Wiggins (Fresno State).

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