First let to get to the good news. Jill Painter dialed into the press conference call announcing the hiring of Scott Duncan. Here are her notes on Duncan:
Duncan's responsibilities have not yet been determined, but he's expected to play a big role in recruiting. Duncan, 51, is known for his recruiting success and was named one of the country's top 25 recruiters by Rivals.com in 2001. Duncan spent the past seven years at Oregon and helped recruit Bryce Taylor - a Harvard-Westlake of Studio City product - to the Ducks.
During a conference call, a reporter asked him how he let star recruit Kevin Love of Lake Oswego, Ore. - who committed to UCLA - get away.
"I guess it goes back to the same reason I've chosen to get away," Duncan said. "(UCLA's) the premier school in the country and has the premier coach in the country. I'm sure if you ask Kevin Love, he'd say the same thing."
Duncan's salary wasn't released, but Keating made $162,000 last year. Bruins head coach Ben Howland initially called Duncan to gauge his interest, then called Oregon coach Ernie Kent to obtain permission to speak with Duncan.
Now here is the bad. The money observation on all this comes from DD:
a guy with tons of experience at the job Howland is hiring him to do ... and he was successful at it?? who is coming up with these wacko ideas?!
And to finish up with ugly. Some of you already knew this. But just in case you didn't here was Pucin's note while reporting on Coach Wooden couple of days ago (emphasis mine):
Anyways ... talking about that creep just gets me all fired up. But then again he (and KD's regime) reminds me why we are so blessed to have Howland.