UMass Athletic Director John McCutcheon says he expects to make a recommendation on a new basketball coach to Chancellor John Lombardi within weeks. Steve Lappas was dismissed on Monday. Former UMass player Tony Barbee, now an assistant to former UMass coach John Calipari at Memphis, says he’s interested in the job. Among the others mentioned early is Connecticut assistant Tom Moore.
As UMass searches for a coach, UConn prepares for the NCAA tournament. Wayne Norman does color commentary for UConn radio broadcasts. Norman’s been covering the team for years and he’s the co-author of Hoop Tales: UConn Huskies Men’s Basketball.