The Buzz From The Final Four

<b>SAN ANTONIO –</B> Everyone raves about San Antonio as a host city and why not? The Riverwalk is big time. However, because of a lack of available jobs, the rumor mill and coach's lobby are struggling.

Normally down at the Final Four, the coach's lobby is buzzing with glad handers and the rumor mill churns out National Inquirer-level quality gossip on an hourly basis. This is not a normal year.

The available jobs are few and far between and it's the reason why gossip columns will struggle this weekend. "Another assistant and I were talking and wondering why the lobby stunk," one coach said. "Well, there are no jobs available."

Here's our best attempt at a rumor mill column:

  • Looking for candidates for the Auburn job? Mike Anderson seems to be the top dog. Jeff Lebo of Chattanooga and Jeff Capel of Virginia Commonwealth are in the mix. Auburn called to get permission to speak with Capel mid-week. There was a Mike Davis sighting on Thursday and the IU coach wasn't wearing orange.

  • Miami might be bringing some prominent decision makers into town this week. One school of thought says that Bobby Gonzalez is the man in Miami. Texas Longhorns associate head coach Frank Haith is going to get an interview. Kansas associate head coach Norm Roberts' name came up too.

  • Two kids were no shows for the Hoop Summit. Dwight Howard and Lamarcus Aldridge left a gap in the USA lineup. Their decisions not to come put USA Basketball in a scramble situation. D.J. White got the call and local prospect who could get into town quickly, Joe Jones, a Texas A&M signee, will also play.

  • Georgia Tech assistant coach Dean Keener is about to participate in the biggest game of his coaching career. Meanwhile, waiting for him after the final buzzer in San Antonio is the head coaching job at James Madison, a school where he was once an assistant.

  • Talk is that Lamarcus Aldridge is more likely to be at Texas than the League next season after some sub par showings this post season.

  • J.R. Smith used some media members to gauge his status after an MVP effort in Oklahoma City. There's a buzz about him right now but don't believe everything you read in media articles. NBA guys are hot on him but they have limited evaluations on him and it's dangerous picking a guy off an all-star performance.

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