February 27th, 2015

Written by sherri. Posted in February 2015, Uncategorized

It has been a busy week.
On Wednesday, I had a great time at Florida Gulf Coast University. There was a book signing, I got to meet the school’s president, athletic director and many passionate fans. The Eagles fell short against North Florida on the hardwood.

Thursday night was out Stars and Cars event at Mercedes-Benz of Sarasota. We raised money for the V Foundation and were thrilled to have Indianapolis 500 champion Ryan Hunter-Reay in attendance. He is a terrific young man. Also there were former Red Sox star Rico Petrocelli, former NFL player Willie Clark, ex-Big Ten stars Marcus Liberty and Jerod Ward. It was a special evening for a very good cause.

February 23rd, 2015

Written by sherri. Posted in February 2015

Sunday night was Oscar night. Let me lay on you some of my Dickie V’s, the gold statues for college hoops, baby!
OSCAR for BEST DIRECTOR goes to JOHN CALIPARI, nipping Tony Bennett!
OSCAR in hoops for Most unheralded STAR: SETH TUTTLE of NORTHERN IOWA!
Most sensational performance goes to KENTUCKY!

February 18th, 2015

Written by sherri. Posted in February 2015

The weather was cold outside, with the roads icy, but that did not stop fans clad in Orange from showing up to Thompson-Boiling Arena. Their Vols put up a great effort, but fell to the undefeated Kentucky Wildcats.
By moving to 26-0, the ‘Cats set a school record for best start in a season. Willie Cauley-Stein and the Kentucky defense did a super job in the second half after Tennessee shot over 50 percent from the field in the first half.

February 12th, 2015

Written by sherri. Posted in February 2015

It has been a very tough week for college basketball.

First, the sport lost Dean Smith, the Michelangelo of coaching. We learned to admire and respect him for his accomplishments both on and off the court.

Now we have lost Jerry Tarkanian at age 84. Tark the Shark, who could ever forget him walking the sidelines with that towel in his mouth, chewing at it. Years ago, I labeled him as the Father Flanagan of coaching. If you were a young guy and had a problem, the call would be made to UNLV. Tarkanian would be able to get the most out of his players’ ability and talent.

Watching a practice session run by Tark was like being at a clinic. There was so much intensity, passion and emotion, especially on the defensive end. His players went at it full force, so the games turned out to be easier than those practices.

He was all about competing and get the most out of his people. Tarkanian had a great relationship with his players. Think about some of the names that dotted the Runnin’ Rebels roster: Larry Johnson, Stacey Augmon, Greg Anthony, Anderson Hunt and on and on.

When you talk to the athletes who wore that UNLV uniform and played under Tarkanian, you hear nothing but rave reviews. He was a lot more than just a basketball coach; he was a father figure, much like Smith was at North Carolina.

February 5th, 2015

Written by sherri. Posted in February 2015

It is always special to walk into Cameron Indoor Stadium at Duke. The fans down there treat me like royalty. It is also a pleasure to watch the Blue Devils in ACC play. Duke had had a battle but got to the winner’s circle against a Georgia Tech team that has come so close so many times but is 1-9 in the conference.

It was another milestone night for Coach K. He earned his 423rd ACC victory (regular season and conference tournament combined), passing the Michelangelo of coaching, North Carolina’s Dean Smith, as the winningest coach in league history.