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Wednesday, May 18, 2005

GU in Qatar

Here is an interesting article on the new campus. You should check out Qatar's website. The facilities they have built for other universities look amazing. I wonder what kind of remuneration GU will receive for this endeavor.

Saturday, May 14, 2005

Reed, Cornelio gone

No surprise really. We have two good guards coming in next year and a great one the following. Reed wasn't going to get much more PT. Cornelio was playing behind the walk-on Amadou. Hopefully both transfer to good schools/programs. I hope this means that Owens is coming back for a 5th year. We could sure use him, the way he played the last 3 or 4 games of the season. As I see it, though, that would mean that either Wallace or Ewing would have to walk on. This does leave us a little thin in the front court. I really hope we'll see a big improvement from Hibbert and maybe Sead will step it up.

Sounds like Owens might actually be coming back. Good news!

Tuesday, May 10, 2005

More big Hoya recruiting news

Veron "The Big Ticket" Macklin (consensus top 10 recruit in class of '06) has dropped Maryland, UNC and GaTech from his list and is down to GU and Wake (and let's be honest here -- the NBA). Here's to hoping we get him and David Stern raises the age limit! The stars appear to be aligning after many many years of pain . . . .

From Rivals:
"The Big Ticket was much more active this weekend in Charlottesville, displaying a face up game that didn't focus so much on jump shots (like last summer's debacle), but more on putting the ball on the floor and driving from the wing. He was extremely effective and produced points for Boo Williams pretty consistently throughout the weekend. He had 19 points in the championship game loss, and 21 points in their quarterfinal playoff win. Georgetown and Wake Forest are the only two schools on his list according to coach Williams."

Monday, May 09, 2005


GU picked up a verbal commit from Jeremiah Rivers -- a top recruit in the class of 2006 and the son of Celtics coach Doc Rivers (what is it with Celtics Coaches and GU -- this is the third in a row to send his son to GU).

Here are some links with photos:

This is definitely the biggest recruit of the JTIII era in terms of how highly regarded he is. He is ranked #25 nationally by Hoopscoop, #44 by Bob Gibbons, #32 by Rivals and #46 by Scouthoops in the '06 class. Rivals ranks his #5 among point guards nationally. He is a 6'4 170. Here is what Bob Gibbons said: "This smart combo guard knows when to score or hit open teammates with rock. He has range to arc and knack to create intermediate game off the dribble. Doc Rivers's son has all the tools to help early at the high major level." Supposedly, he is also an excellent student. (Word is that he also had offers from Kansas, GaTech, and Notre Dame. It came down to GU and Notre Dame so academics were clearly a priority.) GO JTIII!!!!

Roy Disney suing Leo (Among Others)

Disney Is SuedOver CEO Search

By MERISSA MARR Staff Reporter of THE WALL STREET JOURNALMay 9, 2005 5:15 p.m.

Dissident ex-directors Roy E. Disney and Stanley Gold filed suit against Walt Disney Co. and certain board members, alleging the board made false statements to shareholders about the company's search for a new chief executive.

The lawsuit revolves around the search process used by the Disney board before its recent decision to name Robert Iger to replace longtime chief Michael Eisner. The dissidents claim that the board misled shareholders in order to make them vote for the incumbent board and ward off critics.

In their lawsuit, filed in the Delaware Chancery Court, Messrs. Disney and Gold asked the court to void the 2005 election of directors.

In addition to Disney, the two former directors are suing Mr. Iger, Mr. Eisner, Chairman George Mitchell and five other board members -- Judith Estrin, John Chen, Aylwin Lewis, Monica Lozano and Leo O'Donovan -- for fraud and breach of the duty of disclosure.

The appointment of Mr. Iger as the new CEO was intended to extend Disney's recent financial revival with a leader who is well-versed in its inner workings and unique culture. Mr. Iger, who rose up through the ranks of Disney's network-television business, is scheduled to take over as chief executive on Sept. 30.

When Mr. Iger was announced as the new CEO, Mr. Disney and Mr. Gold quickly assailed Mr. Iger's selection, saying it was the result of a "sham" process overseen, and tightly controlled, by Mr. Mitchell.

Write to Merissa Marr at merissa.marr@wsj.com6