Report: Hewitt to Interview Wednesday at St. John's

Georgia Tech coach Paul Hewitt will interview Wednesday for the St. John’s coaching vacancy, according to a report on the New York Post’s Website.

As reported earlier Tuesday by SNY.tv, Georgia Tech granted St. John’s officials permission to speak with Hewitt about its coaching vacancy.

“They’ve asked for permission and permission has been granted,” said Georgia Tech spokesman Mike Stamus.

Read the full story at SNY.tv.

UPDATE: St. John’s AD Chris Monasch interviewed Hewitt Tuesday night in Atlanta, according to the New York Post. Monasch stopped in Atlanta on his return from the women’s NCAA tournament in Tallahassee, Fla.,

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Donovan Focused on Knight, Not St. John's

NEW YORK -- Florida coach Billy Donovan seems more focused on trying to land stud recruit Brandon Knight than he is on becoming the next coach at St. John’s.

Despite a published report to the contrary, St. John’s AD Chris Monasch has not contacted Jeremy Foley, his counterpart at Florida, for permission to speak with Donovan, a St. John’s spokesman said.

“I am very happy here, and we have a very good team coming back next season,” Donovan told Lenn Robbins of the Post in a text message. “St. John’s has a great tradition, and I have great respect for that program.”

Knicks center David Lee, a former Florida star, also said he thought it was unlikely Donovan would replace Norm Roberts, who was fired late Thursday after six seasons at the Queens school. To read more of this story, click here

Johnson Balances Sports & Leadership

ENGLEWOOD, N.J. –  Dontae Johnson doesn’t keep a calendar or a daily planner with him, but with all the events he’s involved with at the Pennington (N.J.) School, you would think he should.

Johnson, a 6-foot-3, 185-pound senior, is a captain on both the football and basketball teams. As a safety, he holds more than a dozen Division I scholarship offers in football and said he has narrowed his list to Stanford, NC State, Maryland, UConn and North Carolina.

He will also serve as a hall proctor for the second year in a row, and this year he opted to join the Peer Leadership Program. Oh, and he maintains a 3.7 grade point average, too.

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Checking in With John Marinatto

I got a chance to speak with new Big East Commissioner John Marinatto last week at Big East Football Media Day. Here are his thoughts on a few topics:

**ON THE NEED TO WIN A NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP IN FOOTBALL

“It would be nice. It would certainly be nice if we won a national championship. I think every conference would love to do that.”

**ON POSSIBLY ADDING A 9TH TEAM FOR FOOTBALL

“We talk about it and we recognize the fact that we’d love to have a balanced schedule and the way to do that obviously is to add a ninth football member. But we don’t want to solve one problem and possibly create another, because now you’re dividing revenues nine ways…If To read more of this story, click here

Florida Tops Coaches' Poll

Defending national champion Florida tops the USA Today preseason football coaches’ poll, receiving 53 of 59 first-place votes.

Texas was second in the poll released Friday, followed by Oklahoma, Southern California, Alabama, Ohio State, Virginia Tech, Penn State, LSU and Mississippi.

Texas had four first-place votes, and Oklahoma and Southern California each had one.

Four Big 12 teams made the poll.

The Associated Press preseason Top 25 will be released Saturday, Aug. 22.

(Photo courtesy Miami Herald/ Story AP)

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Who's No. 1?

Now that all the Bowl Madness is over, and Florida has beaten Oklahoma, 24-14, for the BCS National Championship, we ask: Who is your vote for the No. 1 team in the nation?

**Florida

**Utah

**USC

**Texas

Here’s how the AP and Coaches’ polls played out: To read more of this story, click here

Bowl Lineup Falling into Place

With No. 4 Oklahoma and No. 2 Florida both winning in blowouts Saturday night, the two teams appear headed to a showdown in the BCS National Championship Game Jan. 8 at Dolphin Stadium.

Oklahoma crushed No. 20 Missouri, 62-21, in the Big 12 title game in Kansas City, while No. 4 Florida handled No. 1 and previously unbeaten Alabama, 31-20, in the SEC title game in Atlanta.

Here is a preview of how the major bowls are expected to play out:

BCS Title Game: Oklahoma vs. Florida, Jan. 8, Dolphin Stadium, Miami To read more of this story, click here