The Bracket Yard Daily, April 2, 2021: Opening Day, Roy Williams, Chris Beard
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How did Opening Day go for the various Major League teams – well, not the Mets or Nationals – as we roll through this Friday Daily?
Top Sports Stories
|[MLB] Key Opening Day Final Scores|
Blue Jays 3, Yankees 2 (10). That runner starting on second base got the Yanks good as they have a streak of three-straight winning home openers broken.
Phillies 3, Braves 2 (10). The Phils clip the NL East favorites in the opener on a walkoff.
Rockies 8, Dodgers 5. The World Champs get off to a surprising 0-1 start.
Rays 1, Marlins 0. A Meadows home run in the 8th was the only score of the game.
|[CBB] Roy Williams Retires from Coaching|
As a general rule, never trust an article published on April Fools Day. However, this one seemed legitimate from the start. It was long-rumored that the North Carolina job would come open within the next few years, and on Thursday, it finally did. Roy Williams, coach of the Tar Heels since 2003, ended his college basketball career right where it began in North Carolina.
Between Kansas and North Carolina, the only two primo jobs he had as a college head coach, Williams won a total of 903 games. His teams made the NCAA Tournament 30 times. Williams won three national championships, all with the Tar Heels. He also can boast nine Final Fours, seven conference tournament titles, 13 Elite Eights and 19 Sweet Sixteens. Williams will go down as one of the most successful coaches in college basketball history.
As for who will replace him? A few names are already floating around, like Hubert Davis and even Tony Bennett. It will be the same sort of free-for-all when Duke comes open someday.
|[CBB] Chris Beard Leaving Texas Tech for Texas|
It takes some cold blood to go to another school inside your own conference, but the Longhorns have lured away Texas Tech’s Chris Beard to coach in Austin.
Beard did a fine job as coach of the Red Raiders since 2016. After getting hired away by Little Rock after one very successful year, he coached Texas Tech to three NCAA Tournament appearances including a Final Four and two Elite Eights. He went 112-55 at Tech. This will be his fifth head coaching stop since 2013.
Beard now walks into a job where they expect to get premier coaching talent, but with that comes an expectation to win immediately. His predecessor, Shaka Smart, did not meet that high burden, making the NCAA Tournament three times but never winning a game. The pressure will be on Beard right away to get Texas deep into the tournament.
5 Good Sports Links
- [NFL] “Major NFL rule changes could be coming: 12 things to know about the league’s latest proposals,” CBS Sports (John Breech)
- [MLB] “Texas Rangers Exec Responds to Biden Criticism,” TMZ (Staff)
- [CBB] “Oklahoma State star freshman Cade Cunningham to enter 2021 NBA draft,” ESPN (ESPN News Services)
- [COLL] “NCAA president Mark Emmert faces a surge of AD, commissioner discontent: ‘There’s no vision. We’re floundering’,” The Athletic (Nicole Auerbach)
- [NFL] “NFL Hall of Famer tells Hue Jackson to ‘Let it go’ when it comes to the Browns,” Cleveland.com (Troy L. Smith)