"Outside of Rhode Island, it's as unpredictable as it's ever been,'' La Salle coach John Giannini said. "I really think there's nine or 10 teams that are so close you could just pick the names out of a hat right now in terms of trying to predict where they would finish.''
The past was a topic at Tuesday's Atlantic 10 media day at Capital One Arena (nee Verizon Center), site of the A-10 Tournament in March. The future was a bigger topic.
"He's dying to be great, and his family wants him to be great,'' coach Phil Martelli says.
DiJulia has been around the SJU basketball scene just as much as the Hawk.
Former St. Joseph's star Muffet McGraw has accomplished much in her storied career since taking the helm of the Notre Dame women's basketball program in 1987.
The Notre Dame coach, 61, will join the Hall in Springfield, Mass., on Friday night.
The former Cardinal O'Hara and St. Joseph's star has a voice now heard around her league.
"I've been thinking about how the crowd is going to react when I step on the court again,'' Newkirk says. "When it happens, it happens.''
Phil Martelli's four-year term on the committee began back on July 1.
The 6-foot-9 forward from Quebec helped Team Canada earn its first-ever gold medal in a FIBA international event.
The veteran coach returns to his alma mater with 14 years in the coaching ranks.
The two will get an award Sunday recognizing their efforts.
The St. Joes mens varsity eight qualified for the grand final for the first time since 2005.
Franklyn, a junior forward who was the Big 5's most improved player last season, says her mom motivated her on and off the court.