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Here in Omaha at a conference and the folks I’m sharing my lovely student housing with are from there. I got it — with a syllable missing, granted —  but the folks I was speaking with were impressed nonetheless. See, women’s basketball is a multi-purpose tool!

*ooooo! Sun shower in Omaha!*

Prepping for my presentation tomorrow with my two friends….

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But, that doesn’t mean I don’t have time to wonder if Skylar is bucking for MVP.

If Catch is going to come back.

If Chicago is doomed without the Donne.

If Anne Donovan is bucking for COY  — tonight notwithstanding. Or this news: Danielle McCray has undergone a surgery to repair a torn ligament in her thumb.

If the Dream are going to become a reality or go “poof!”

If Phoenix can continue their rebirth and truly challenge Minnesota (we see you Penny Taylor).

In other news:

Not good news for coach Curry: Alabama women’s basketball’s top returning scorer granted release.

Good news from a former Maine Bear: Blodgett named BU women’s basketball assistant coach

Speaking of Nebraska (Lincoln, though): NU Women’s Basketball Returns To Devaney Center For One Game

The Nebraska women’s basketball team plans to honor its first NCAA Tournament team when the Huskers return to the Bob Devaney Sports Center to take on Utah on Sunday, Nov. 23.

The game, which was announced by Nebraska on June 25, will mark the Huskers’ first game at the Devaney Center since moving into their new home at Pinnacle Bank Arena for the start of the 2013-14 season.

And yes, that was Gary Harris, Son of WNBA Great Joy Holmes-Harris, who was Drafted 19th Overall in the 2014 NBA Draft

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Rhode Island.

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Really?

From Maine Public Broadcasting: Cindy Blodgett: I was fired without cause.

SIDELINES: Blodgett’s firing no reason to celebrate

Defiant Blodgett feels betrayed by UMaine

“Four years ago when I was offered this job and took it, it wasn’t about me, it was about building a program,” Blodgett said.

“Part of it is, you have to recruit good people to buy into what you want to accomplish as a program and you have to re-create the culture,” she explained. “We were in the process of that. Wins would come as a byproduct once that culture was built. What I do feel unfortunate about is, we will not be able to see our first recruiting class graduate. Obviously, that’s where the lack of commitment (from the university) came in terms of allowing us to see through our actual building process.”

So, Cindy, what’s your record?

24-94.

Cindy. You were put in an impossible situation. You were a legendary player with little coaching experience. It didn’t work out. Get a grip and move on gracefully.

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in Louisiana: Curry interviews for LSU coaching job

In Maine: Next UMaine women’s coach needs to be dynamic, well-connected and Blodgett to speak at Bangor press conference; discretionary fund revealed

In Virginia, a confirmation:Former Cavalier Staley says she’s staying at South Carolina and Staley sticking around at USC

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Several articles out of Maine:

Blind eye to Blodgett’s vision

UMaine players upset over Blodgett’s firing

High school basketball coaches stunned by Blodgett’s firing

Blodgett’s firing sends a message to other UMaine coaches

Fired UMaine coach Cindy Blodgett to hold press conference Thursday

Cindy Blodgett hires lawyer

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Honestly,

what took’em so long? UMaine Dismisses Women’s Basketball Coach Cindy Blodgett

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Beth Burns Signs Five-Year Extension at San Diego State.

This past year, she led the Aztecs to new heights, as the team advanced to the NCAA Sweet Sixteen for the first time since the field was expanded to 64 teams. SDSU notched victories over a pair of top 25 foes in No. 10 West Virginia and No. 17 Texas on the Longhorns’ home floor. The 11th-seeded Aztecs were the lowest seed to advance to the Round of 16 in 2010 and lowest overall since 2007.

In the, “Bears are patient and optimistic, but should they be?” category: Cindy Blodgett’s contract extended

The Black Bears are 20-69 under Blodgett, and finished 8-21 and 4-12 in the America East Conference in 2009-2010.

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In her fourth and final year of her contract, Steve Solloway of the Maine Telegram writes Blodgett still working for a next step

Cindy Blodgett was in town Friday for a Portland Rotary luncheon. Before the University of Maine women’s basketball coach took the microphone to talk and answer questions, I was able to pitch mine.

What was her reaction to Kayla Burchill’s decision to commit to Vermont, joining Nicole Taylor? Two high-profile schoolgirl players, one from Deering, the other from York, are leaving their home state to play for an America East rival.

Blodgett flashed a smile instead of a glare. Why don’t I talk to the girls who have committed to play at Maine, she asked. Why don’t I ask Rebecca Knight (McAuley star) or the other recruits why they were so passionate in choosing Maine?

Point made.

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