March 26, 2004 |
Purdue is waiting for coach Gene Keady to make the biggest decision of his career. With 1 year left on his contract and the University of San Francisco needing a new coach, Keady acknowledged yesterday that he was considering leaving the Boilermakers after 24 seasons and heading to the West Coast. Asked by a reporter late yesterday whether he had made a decision, Keady replied: "No. I still work for Purdue. " Purdue officials confirmed that Keady, 67, interviewed with San Francisco athletic director Bill Hogan this week.
March 13, 1995 |
Kansas got what it wanted in the Midwest, a No. 1 seed and the chance to entertain all those folks traveling up the Kansas Turnpike to watch the Jayhawks play in the regional finals in Kansas City. There will probably be no stopping the Jayhawks on the way there. They have too much for Adonal Foyle and Colgate. Ditto Michigan. The home team of the Dayton region is Miami of Ohio, the best team in the Mid-American Conference. Arizona, which still is uncertain about the status of Damon Stoudamire, has plenty to worry about.
December 9, 2005 |
Former Purdue basketball coach Gene Keady has decided that 9 months away from basketball is long enough, and he's coming out of retirement to take a position with the Toronto Raptors. Keady, who retired in March after going 512-270 in 25 seasons with the Boilermakers, said he had not been looking for another job in basketball before Raptors executive Wayne Embry called him last month to talk about becoming a consultant or bench coach. Keady said his exact duties had not yet been decided.
April 3, 2013 |
FORMER VILLANOVA coach Rollie Massimino is among the 2013 class that will be inducted into the College Basketball Hall of Fame, it was announced Monday. Massimino, currently the coach at Northwood University in West Palm Beach Fla., compiled a record of 355-241 in 19 seasons at Villanova, highlighted by the 1985 national championship. Also being inducted will be longtime Purdue coach Gene Keady and former U.S. congressman Tom McMillen, who starred for Maryland in the 1970s before serving in Congress from 1987-93.
March 15, 1999 |
Purdue lost its last three regular-season games and five of its last six. So what in the name of coach Gene Keady's haircut are the Boilermakers doing in the Sweet 16 for the second consecutive March? If you think you might have the answer, please alert Miami coach Leonard Hamilton. He has all summer to field calls and faxes. Keady's 10th-seeded team - which also dropped 11 of its last 18 - eliminated the second-seeded Hurricanes yesterday at the FleetCenter, 73-63, to earn a spot opposite Temple in Friday night's East Regional semifinals at the Meadowlands.
March 30, 2001 |
Tommy Amaker and Bo Ryan will be among the highly recruited freshman coaching class entering the Big Ten next season. Gene Keady will be the class' supersenior. Amaker agreed yesterday to a multiyear contract with Michigan, Ryan was hired for five years by Wisconsin and Keady, the dean of the Big Ten coaches with 21 years' service, agreed to an extension at Purdue. The coaching merry-go-round was not limited to the Big Ten. Charlie Spoonhour took the job at Nevada-Las Vegas, Tim O'Shea signed on at Ohio University and Monte Towe became coach at New Orleans.
March 11, 2005 |
Gene Keady sat on the bench looking as if he were in physical pain, scowling at the bad shots and grimacing at each errant pass. After 25 years, this certainly wasn't how he imagined leaving. Keady's career at Purdue came to a disappointing end yesterday, with Iowa beating the Boilermakers, 71-52, and ousting them from the Big Ten Tournament in Chicago. He finishes with a career record of 550-289 that includes six Big Ten titles and 17 NCAA appearances. Iowa (20-10) plays No. 13 Michigan State (22-5, 13-3)
March 25, 1988 |
The Purdue Boilermakers bounded off the team bus, laughing and stepping lively to unheard music coming from radio headphones. Their black and gold-clad fans were a little more grim-faced last week as they trudged through some grimy snow and into the Joyce Athletic and Convocation Center on Notre Dame's campus. This was, after all, a second-round NCAA tournament game - a round Purdue hasn't advanced past in coach Gene Keady's previous seven years as head coach. So after an easy 100-73 win over Memphis State on Saturday placed top- seeded Purdue safely in the Midwest Regional, which begins today, in Pontiac, Mich.
March 19, 1999 |
Purdue didn't expect to be here. The Sweet 16? How about the bracket sheet? "Three weeks ago, I would have laughed," said sixth man Mike Robinson, a junior forward. "Back then, I thought I'd be spending my spring break in Cancun. " He'll have to settle for a view of a landfill. Hold the margaritas. On March 4, the Boilermakers lost to Michigan (in overtime) in the first round of the Big Ten Tournament. They had finished the regular season by losing four of their last five to finish seventh in the conference.
March 24, 2000 |
He has a nice vacation home in Bracketville suburb, which he visits often this time of year. But Purdue coach Gene Keady - 17 previous trips to the NCAA Tournament (including one with Western Kentucky), no Final Four appearances - has yet to venture into that difficult-to-reach part of college basketball's walled inner city. It is as if he has been denied admittance to the kind of exclusive club a coach must join at some point if he ever is to get his full due in his profession. Maybe if Keady makes it to Indianapolis for this year's Final Four, the strain of his long journey will be lifted from those perpetually hunched shoulders.