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VanDerveer’s Triumph, Stanford Coach Ties NCAA Wins Record, Eyes History

VanDerveer’s Triumph, Stanford Coach Ties NCAA Wins Record, Eyes History

 

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In a dazzling display of coaching prowess, Stanford’s Tara VanDerveer has etched her name in the annals of NCAA history by tying the all-time coaching wins record, matching the legendary Mike Krzyzewski. The No. 8 Cardinal soared to a decisive 88-63 victory against Oregon, securing VanDerveer’s 1202nd career win, and setting the stage for a historic showdown on January 21 against Oregon State, where she could claim the record for herself.

VanDerveer, who assumed the coaching reins at Stanford in 1985, embarked on her illustrious career in 1978 at Idaho, reaching milestones such as her 100th win in 1983 with Ohio State and the monumental 1000th win in 2017. Reflecting on her achievement, VanDerveer expressed gratitude, saying, “It’s a tribute to the great teams I’ve had, the great places I’ve worked. It’s been really exciting because so many people have reached out to me. It’s great for women’s basketball that there’s a lot of attention. I work at a great place, and I have so much support.”

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As the spotlight shines on VanDerveer, the 2023/24 women’s collegiate basketball season is brewing with historic narratives. Iowa’s star senior, Caitlin Clark, is on a trajectory to shatter the all-time career scoring record, currently ranking fourth with 3306 points. Just 222 points shy of Kelsey Plum’s 2017 record, Clark, with an average of 31 points per game, is poised to make history during a crucial road game at Indiana on February 22.

The anticipation surrounding Clark’s future in the WNBA adds an intriguing layer to the season. As the presumptive No. 1 draft pick, Clark remains tight-lipped about her decision, stating, “I’m going to know when I need to know. It’s like I’m in the recruiting process again. I’m focused on helping this team be the best they can be. The biggest thing is I’m just going to trust my gut. I’m not going to do a lot of research on what’s better. I’m going to trust my gut and go with that.” The suspense of whether she’ll declare for the WNBA adds an extra dimension to an already captivating season.

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Angel Reese’s Future Hangs in the Balance, Will She Declare for the WNBA Draft on LSU’s Senior Day

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Angel Reese’s Future Hangs in the Balance, Will She Declare for the WNBA Draft on LSU’s Senior Day

 

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As LSU gears up for Senior Day against Kentucky, fans are on the edge of their seats, eagerly awaiting Angel Reese‘s potential announcement about her future. With speculations rising, Reese could follow in the footsteps of Caitlin Clark by declaring for the WNBA Draft, or she might choose to utilize her COVID waiver year, akin to UConn’s Paige Bueckers.

In a cryptic tweet earlier this week, Reese left fans guessing about her next move with the caption, “Should I stay, should I go? I don’t know,” accompanied by a tribute video for LSU’s Senior Day, featuring the lyrics from Keb’ Mo’s 1998 track “I Don’t Know.” With one more year of eligibility and standing as one of the nation’s top NIL earners, Reese’s decision is shrouded in suspense.

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Recently, Angel Reese made LSU history by becoming the sixth player in LSU WBB to surpass 2000 points, joining the elite ranks of Joyce Walker, Seimone Augustus, Julie Gross, Cornelia Grayden, and Sylvia Fowles. While she began her journey at Maryland, Reese has etched her legacy with the Tigers, reaching the milestone with a stellar performance against Tennessee.

Despite being second in the SEC, LSU fell short of a regular season title this year, with South Carolina claiming the honor for the eighth time in 11 seasons. As Reese and her team aim to conclude the regular season against Kentucky, their focus will soon shift to the SEC tournament and the upcoming March Madness, where they enter as defending champions and currently hold a three-seed in ESPN’s latest bracketology. The question remains: What will Angel Reese’s next chapter hold?

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McCarthy Opts Out of NFL Combine Again – Focuses on Cowboys’ Blueprint for Success

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McCarthy Opts Out of NFL Combine Again – Focuses on Cowboys’ Blueprint for Success

 

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Dallas Cowboys head coach, Mike McCarthy, has chosen to skip the upcoming NFL combine for the second consecutive year. McCarthy is determined to stay in Dallas, dedicating his time to finalizing his coaching staff and implementing strategic changes to the Cowboys’ game plan. This decision marks a trend as McCarthy continues to forgo the in-person assessment of emerging NFL talent at Lucas Oil Stadium.

Last year, McCarthy’s absence from the combine didn’t hinder the Cowboys, who boasted the league’s highest-scoring offense. Despite this achievement, they faced an early exit in the Wild Card round of the playoffs. Notably, the 2023 first-round pick, Mazi Smith, made a significant impact with 13 total tackles throughout the season.

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Yet, uncertainties surround McCarthy’s future with the Cowboys. Although the team has retained him for the 2024 season, reports suggest McCarthy is coaching on an expiring contract, a typical strategy employed by team owner Jerry Jones. Despite McCarthy’s three 12-5 seasons, his playoff success has been limited to just one win. Jones, in confirming McCarthy’s retention, cited the coach’s history of success, leaving fans and analysts speculating on what the future holds.

In a recent interview with Yahoo, Jones hinted at a potential future with legendary coach Bill Belichick. While expressing admiration for Belichick’s coaching prowess, Jones emphasized that no one individual guarantees a championship. Jones remains open to collaboration with Belichick, recognizing him as a friend and a possible key figure in the Cowboys’ future endeavors. The question now arises: Is Jones already plotting a course beyond McCarthy’s tenure?

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