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Sunday / March 3.
  • If you believe every crazy rumor you read on the old Interweb, Bob Knight will be the next head coach at Rutgers and Kevin Boyle will come in as an assistant and the coach-in-waiting.

    It never ceases to amaze me how something that starts as a post on a messageboard can graduate into a blog post by someone with a first name only before finally landing as a “rumor’ on a legitimate newspaper blog.

    While Boyle told me recently he would be interested in coaching at the college level “if” a job were to open up, there is no hard evidence that I’m aware of that Knight is a feasible candidate should Rutgers AD Tim Pernetti opt to buy out Fred Hill for $1.8 million after this season.

    “They gotta be crazy to bring in Bobby Knight,” one prominent Big East assistant coach told me. “It’s like a fish out of water. It’s like when Eddie Sutton went to San Francisco [after coaching at Creighton, Arkansas, Kentucky and Oklahoma State]. Bob Knight coaches at Indiana and Texas Tech, then he goes to Rutgers?”

    A year ago, Roger Federer broke into tears after losing to Rafael Nadal in the Australian Open final.

    This time around, it was Andy Murray who was reduced to tears after Federer beat him, 6-3, 6-4, 7-6 (13-11) to win his fourth Australian Open title and 16th career Grand Slam.

    “I can cry like Roger. I just can’t play like him,” said Murray, a Scot who fought off two match points before netting a backhand on the third championship point in the tiebreak.

    Before the final, Federer had joked that no Brit had won a major in “150,000 years.” Actually, the drought is 74 years, dating back to Fred Perry in 1936.

    Kadeem Jack enjoyed his Arizona visit and is flying back to New York Friday afternoon to compete in the SNY Invitational at LIU-Brooklyn.

    “It was great,” the 6-foot-9 Rice High School senior said by phone from the airport. “We saw the campus. We went to the [Stanford] game [won by Arizona, 76-68, on Thursday]. I stayed in the locker room with the players.”

    Arizona features two New York-area players in Lamont “Momo” Jones and Kevin Parrom.

    “I didn’t really know them but we got a chance to talk a little bit. We bonded a little bit,” said Jack, who visited with his mother, Louisa Hall.

    “They said it’s a great school. It will be a great environment for me to come to even though it’s a little far.”

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