WISCONSIN SPORTS ROUND-UP: Former UW coach Van Gundy to lead Pistons
DETROIT - Former University of Wisconsin men's basketball coach Stan Van Gundy appears to have competing offers to return to the NBA. According to Yahoo Sports, Detroit has put together a lucrative deal for Van Gundy to not only coach the Pistons -- but to have complete control of their basketball operations.
This comes three days after ESPN said the Golden State Warriors were targeting Van Gundy to replace coach Mark Jackson, who was fired a few days ago. Van Gundy spent two years as an assistant at Wisconsin before he was the head coach of the Badgers for one season in 1994-and-'95. His last NBA job was in Orlando, where he coached the Magic for five years before he was fired in the spring of 2012. Van Gundy told an Orlando radio interviewer last week he wasn't sure if he wanted to return to coaching. He has spent the last two seasons as a broadcaster, while spending more time with his family. Golden State fired Jackson after the Warriors were eliminated in the first round of the NBA Playoffs. The Pistons went 29-53 this year, missing the post-season for the fifth straight year. Detroit does not have a GM either, after Joe Dumars stepped down.
After winning 2-of-3 from the Yankees, the Milwaukee Brewers hope to carry some momentum into their three-game series with Pittsburgh that starts tonight at Miller Park. The Brewers have cooled down after a hot April -- and they no longer have the National League's best record. San Francisco holds that mantra at 25-14, while the Crew is second in the Senior Circuit at 24-14. Even so, the Brewers lead the Central Division by five-and-a-half games over second-place Saint Louis. Pittsburgh is fourth in the Central at 16-21, seven-and-a-half games behind the Crew. The Pirates have lost three straight on the road, but they're coming off a 6-3 home-stand. Right-hander Gerrit Cole starts for Pittsburgh this evening against Brewers' righty Marco Estrada.
The University of Wisconsin men's hockey team will open its regular season in Alaska this fall. The Badgers' non-conference schedule was announced today. Head Coach Mike Eaves will send his team to Anchorage for the Kendall Hockey Classic. They'll open against Alaska-Fairbanks on October 10th, and will play their former WCHA opponent Alaska-Anchorage on October 11th. Wisconsin also has a tough non-conference home schedule, which includes games against Frozen Four contestant North Dakota on November 7th and 8th -- and WCHA regular season champion Ferris State on November 28th and 29th. Wisconsin will play in the Big Ten for a second season in 2014-and-'15. The Badgers also have an exhibition planned December 12th in Madison against the U.S. Under-18 squad.