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Archive: April, 2009

Temple and UCLA Among Six Earning Straight A's For Coaching Searches

Sunday, April 26, 2009, 9:33 PM
(Guru's note: This is an AP story moved last week that I'm posting because I didn't see reference to it at the usual venues that normally don't miss a thing, unless the Guru missed them not missing it. :) ) By MICHAEL MAROT AP Sports Writer INDIANAPOLIS — Colleges and universities may finally... Read more

Temple's Cardoza Lands Big Five Coaching Award as a Rookie

Friday, April 24, 2009, 3:22 AM
By Mel Greenberg PENNSAUKEN, N.J. - Although the Guru promised you 24 hours ago where the next dateline would occur because of the new site of the annual Women's Big Five awards banquet, the location for this post should really be listed at nearby Cherry Hill, since the Guru is composing this at... Read more

Guru's Musings: Some Suspense Over Big Five Women's Awards

Thursday, April 23, 2009, 4:42 AM
By Mel Greenberg PHILADELPHIA - Well, if the New York Football Giants and Jets can play in New Jersey, then why not the Big Five women. That will be the situation Thursday night - not in game action - but in terms of the scene of the the annual awards reception, which, for the first time, will originate... Read more

Connecticut Loves a Parade

Sunday, April 19, 2009, 7:28 PM
(Guru's note: This is the Associated Press coverage of Connecticut victory parade Sunday in Hartford celebrating the Huskies' unbeaten season and sixth NCAA women's basketball title.) By PAT EATON-ROBB ASSOCIATED PRESS HARTFORD, Conn. — Connecticut coach Geno Auriemma told the fans who turned... Read more

Guru's Musings: Happy Transition for McLaughlin

Friday, April 17, 2009, 5:09 AM
By Mel Greenberg The headline over this post says what it says because the Guru orginally wanted to write "Happy Ending" in terms of Penn's impending official announcement coming early Friday that Holy Family's Mike McLaughlin is the Quaker's new women's basketball coach. He will succeed... Read more

Harper Introduced as Yow's Successor at N.C. State

Friday, April 17, 2009, 3:35 AM
(Guru's note: Here is the full Associated Press coverage of Thursday's press conference in Raleigh introducing Kellie Harper as the new coach at N.C. State) By AARON BEARD AP Sports Writer RALEIGH, N.C. — Kellie Harper didn't need anyone to remind her about the pressure of following Kay... Read more

Penn to hire Holy Family's McLaughlin

Thursday, April 16, 2009, 7:09 PM
We have some breaking news here on the blog. Mel just called me with confirmation that the University of Pennsylvania has hired Holy Family head coach Mike McLaughlin to take over its program. McLaughlin had been the head coach at Holy Family, a Division II program in Northeast Philadelphia, since... Read more

Geno's The One

Wednesday, April 15, 2009, 5:48 AM
By Mel Greenberg Who says Connecticut women's basketball coach Geno Auriemma can't keep a secret. As the Huskies came down the stretch of the season through the Big East and NCAA tournaments to complete a perfect season, Auriemma had aready accepted the Olympic head women's coaching position making... Read more

North Carolina State Ends Glance's Candidacy To Succeed Kay Yow

Thursday, April 9, 2009, 9:07 PM
(Guru's note: Changing date of meeting from Wednesday in original post to Thursday) By Mel Greenberg North Carolina State will be going outside the Wolfpack family to hire a successor to Hall of Fame women’s basketball coach Kay Yow, who died in late January after a lengthy battle with breast... Read more

Louisville's Angel McCoughtry Top Pick in WNBA Draft

Thursday, April 9, 2009, 7:22 PM
By Mel Greenberg SECAUCUS, N.J. – Two days after her Louisville team was topped by unbeaten Connecticut in the NCAA championship, Cardinals 6-foot-1 forward Angel McCoughtry won the prize yesterday as the No. 1 pick of the WNBA draft with her selection by the Atlanta Dream. “It’s... Read more
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Mel Greenberg covers college and pro women’s basketball for the Philadelphia Inquirer, where he has worked for 38 years. Greenberg pioneered national coverage of the game, including the original Top 25 women's college poll. His knowledge has earned him nicknames such as "The Guru" and "The Godfather. He was inducted into the Women's Basketball Hall of Fame in 2007.

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Jonathan Tannenwald is a producer with In addition to covering the local college scene, he spent two years as the Washington Mystics beat writer for Women's Hoops Guru. He also writes his own blog, Soft Pretzel Logic, which covers men's college basketball, football, and other sports.

Kathleen Radebaugh is a recent graduate of St. Joseph's University in Philadelphia. She covered women's basketball for the school's newspaper, The Hawk, and served as sports editor her sophomore year. She was also a four-year member of the varsity crew team.

Erin Semagin Damio covers the University of Connecticut and the WNBA's Connecticut Sun for the blog, and contributes other features. The Storrs, Conn., native also attends Northeastern University, where she is a coxswain on the varsity crew team.

Acacia O'Connor is based in Washington, D.C., where she reports on the Mystics and the college basketball scene in the nation's capital. A graduate of Vassar college, she played on the varsity women's basketball team and was editor of the student newspaper.

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