Around the Hall is recommended reading from the Inside the Hall crew. So go ahead, get your read on (or in some cases, listen on).
— The author of last week’s investigative pieces on the A-HOPE program, Mike Fish of ESPN.com, did an interview with our friend JMV of 1070 the Fan. The interview, however, never aired as JMV explained to me via Twitter: “I didn’t air it Alex. Straight to podcast. Kinda like Roadhouse 2.” The 14-minute conversation, which includes Fish telling JMV that Baylor had nothing to do with the story, is available in the embedded player below:[audio:http://media.1070thefan.com/Podcasts/1632/052711_fish.MP3]
— John Gasaway examines Indiana (premium link) as part of ESPN.com’s look at teams that finished last in their conference a season ago. The three talking points: 1. The mess that Kelvin Sampson left behind was unfortunate … but not unprecedented. 2. The Hoosiers have to start winning in February and March. 3. Indiana must stop fouling.
— The Penn State coaching search continues along and the Nittany Lions interviewed Duquesne coach Ron Everhart on Tuesday. AD Tim Curley plans to name a replacement for Ed DeChellis “very soon.” The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette mentions Wisconsin-Milwaukee’s Rob Jeter, Boston’s Pat Chambers, Tulsa’s Doug Wojcik, former Bucknell coach Pat Flannery, Syracuse assistant Mike Hopkins and Arizona State assistant Scott Pera as other possibilities.
— James Blackmon Sr. explains his decision to return to Ft. Wayne Luers after accepting the coaching position at Marion, where he played in high school, a few weeks ago.
— Kyle Neddenriep of The Indianapolis Star has some visit news for two 2013 prospects on the IU radar: V.J. Beachem will go to Michigan State this weekend and Michigan State’s Elite camp the following week. And Zak Irvin will visit Tennessee on his way back from this weekend’s Under Armour camp in Atlanta.
— Bob Knight still doesn’t like talking about the interview that took place with Jeremy Schaap almost eleven years ago.
— The Big Ten Network is being re-branded as BTN with a new logo and web domain.