Jeff Van Gundy is college bound

3 Nov

By Justin Young
National Hoops Report

With the NBA players arguing with the league and the league arguing with NBA players, we have a Jeff Van Gundy pause going on right now.

If you are a fan of quick wit, sometimes brash honesty and downright amazing off-the-cuff  humor, Van Gundy is your guy. He’s great on ESPN’s NBA announcing team.

Somebody get him out of the R.V., he’s coming back to the small screen thanks to a couple of smart people in Bristol. The former Houston and New York head coach will provide color to select games for ESPN.

According to a release today:

“Jeff Van Gundy, ESPN’s lead NBA game analyst will work select non-conference games in November, including Rhode Island at Texas in the TicketCity Legends Classic with Breen on Tuesday, Nov. 15 at 4 p.m. on ESPN and ESPN3.”

We all win, don’t we.

Van Gundy will have to do some homework, no doubt, about who even coaches at some of the schools he’ll be commenting on. Does it really matter that he’ll be a little rusty? Nope. Not one bit.

Van Gundy was at Bill Self’s coaches clinic last month and even hinted at the fact that he wouldn’t mind coaching in college.

“You know, I think I could,” Van Gundy said. “I watched Bill’s practice, and I’m like, ‘Wow, that would be fun.’ I think the recruiting part would not be as enjoyable, but the actual coaching would be fantastic.”

Can you imagine Van Gundy in a conversation with an AAU coach? Stop for a minute and imagine that.

Amazing, right?

The NBA lockout has provided another win for college hoops. Van Gundy will be must-see television. I’ll be watching.

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