ATLANTA — Tim Cluess isn’t headed to Hofstra after all.
The Iona coach has recommitted to coaching the Gaels for at least the next five years, the school announced.
Reports earlier Saturday had the Hofstra alum and Long Island native as a done deal to his alma mater. Hofstra pays about twice what Cluess makes at Iona, sources told SNY.tv.
Cluess, in three years at the helm, has led the Gaels to back-to-back NCAA Tournament appearances in 2012 and 2013, along with a MAAC Tournament Championship this spring. To read more of this story, click here
After a tumultuous year that saw numerous players get into legal trouble and the team win only seven games, Hofstra has fired coach Mo Cassara and named Pat Sellers the interim head coach.
“We are very thankful to Mo Cassara for his hard work and dedication to the Hofstra Basketball program over the last three years,” AD Jeff Hathaway said. “Mo is a tireless worker and has tremendous passion for the game and the students that he coached. I personally want to thank him for his commitment to Hofstra Athletics and the University community during his tenure. We wish him the very best.”
Sources said Iona coach Tim Cluess would be high on Hofstra’s list of potential replacements. Cluess is a Hofstra grad and a Long Island high school coaching legend who has led the Gaels to back-to-back NCAA Tournament appearances.
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Not much has gone right for Hofstra this season.
On the court, the Pride have lost nine of 10 to fall to 6-20, 3-10 in the Colonial Athletic Association.
Off the court, Hofstra is still recovering from the scandal in November which saw four players arrested on multiple counts of burglary and subsequently kicked off the team.
But head coach Mo Cassara is moving forward with a whole new class of recruits.
The Pride added two players from St. Thomas More (Conn.) in 6-foot point guard Amadi Udenyi and 6-2 combo guard Marquise Moore of Queens to bring the recruiting class to six players (as opposed to the four that has been incorrectly reported by some outlets).
“I’ve known Mo for a very long time,” St. Thomas More coach Jere Quinn told SNY.tv. “He was very honest with the kids about the situation. To read more of this story, click here
Hofstra has landed high-scoring guard Iverson Fleming of North Brunswick (N.J.) High School.
Fleming has scored at least 20 points five times this year, including a 33-point outing against South Brunswick. He also put 29 on Woodbridge.
The 6-foot-1, 158-pound Fleming chose Hofstra over LIU and Caldwell College and interest from Sacred Heart.
“I picked Hofstra because the coaching staff made me feel welcome the first time I stepped foot on campus,” he told SNY.tv. “I got a warm reception from the coaching staff. And from what I understand they have an excellent basketball program as well as academics. To read more of this story, click here
By JERRY BEACH
Special to ZAGSBLOG
BROOKLYN — Hofstra lost more than 28 points per game Nov. 29, when four players were arrested for a series of dorm room thefts on the Hempstead campus.
But the player the Pride is missing the most this year was sitting on the bench in sweats Saturday afternoon, when a tie game at halftime turned into an 83-62 loss to Tulane at Barclays Center.
Jamal Coombs-McDaniel accompanied the Pride to Brooklyn one day after SNY.tv first reported he’d miss the rest of the season because of ongoing knee problems. To read more of this story, click here
Hofstra forward Jamal Coombs-McDaniel will undergo season-ending knee surgery, a source with direct knowledge told SNY.tv Friday.
Coombs-McDaniel’s future remains in doubt because of his knee situation.
The 6-foot-7 forward hasn’t played since the 2010-11 season when he helped UConn win the national championship under then-coach Jim Calhoun. He averaged 4.5 points and 2.0 rebounds in his two-year career at UConn before transferring to Hofstra and sitting out last season.
Hofstra (3-8) is already playing with a limited roster after four players — sophomore Shaquille Stokes and freshmen Jimmy Hall, Kentrell Washington and Dallas Anglin – were arrested and suspeneded last month for a string of dorm burglaries.
Hofstra faces incoming Big East member Tulane (2014) on Saturday at the Barclays Center.
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By JERRY BEACH
Special to ZAGSBLOG
HEMPSTEAD, N.Y.—Larry Brown, the only coach to ever win an NCAA championship and an NBA crown, surveyed the dozens of reporters seated before him at Hofstra’s Physical Fitness Center just minutes after he recorded the 1,661st win of a career that spans parts of five decades.
“This like this every night after Hofstra games?” Brown said after his Southern Methodist team dispatched a short-handed Hofstra club, 73-47.
No, just after a game played following one of the most jarring events in the history of the school’s athletic department.
The overflow media throng, which forced the school to move the post-game press conference from the 16-seat film room to the facility that used to serve as the home of the Hofstra men’s and women’s basketball teams, was there not to chronicle Brown’s return to his native New York with Southern Methodist University but to get its first access to Hofstra coach Mo Cassara since four Pride players were arrested Thursday on multiple counts of burglary. To read more of this story, click here