Adam Zagoria covers basketball at all levels. He is the author of two books and an award-winning journalist whose articles have appeared in ESPN The Magazine, SLAM, Sheridan Hoops, Sports Illustrated, Basketball Times and in newspapers nationwide.
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With Brian Kelly’s Cincinnati team trailing Pittsburgh in the fourth quarter of a game that determined the Big East winner, ABC plugged an ESPN.com story that says Kelly would “entertain” the idea of talking next week with Notre Dame officials.
Apparently the timing of this didn’t impact the Bearcat players, who overcame a 31-10 deficit to win 45-44 and capture the league’s automatic BCS bid.
Bad job by the ESPN sideline reporter not following up with Kelly after the game, though.
That said, Kelly is apparently keeping the door ajar to take over for the fired Charlie Weis in South Bend next season. Kelly is now 12-0 on this season and has a 34-6 mark in three years at Cincinnati.
Meantime, Oklahoma coach Bob Stoops denied a Chicago Sun-Times report that he is the leading candidate to take the Notre Dame job, telling the Tulsa World, “I will not be the next coach at Notre Dame.”
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Adam Zagoria is a Basketball Insider who covers basketball at all levels. A contributor to The New York Times and SportsNet New York (SNY), he is also the author of two books and is an award-winning journalist and filmmaker. His articles have appeared in ESPN The Magazine, SLAM, Sheridan Hoops, Basketball Times and in newspapers nationwide. He also won an Emmy award for his work on the SNY mini-documentary on Syracuse guard Tyus Battle.
A veteran Ultimate Frisbee player, he has competed in numerous National and World Championships and, perhaps more importantly, his teams won the Westchester Summer League (WSL) championships in 2011 and 2013.
He lives in Manhattan with his wife and children.