We have a big Friday night/Saturday morning planned on "Sports Overnight America" on the fine Sports Byline USA Network. Joining us at 11:40 p.m. (Pacific) will be Michael Rand of the Star Tribune in Minneapolis. How in the world did Minnesota land Tubby Smith as its new basketball coach? Michael will give us the scoop. And be sure to check out RandBall, his excellent blog.
Shortly after midnight, Mike Hlas of the Cedar Rapids Gazette will be our guest. Iowa lost basketball coach Steve Alford to New Mexico, and university officials are stuck with SteveAlfordMustGo.com, one of the domain names Iowa owns that we first told you about on Monday. We just checked, and SteveAlfordMustGo.com was still redirecting you to HawkeyeSports.com, the main site of Iowa athletics. Now that Alford has taken the URL's advice and split, is it fair for Iowa to send fans to HawkeyeSports.com? Doesn't seem right to us.
Mike is also into the blogging business. He's asking Hawkeye fans to help secure the next coach at The Hlog. And if you're into politics, check out A Year in Iowa, which chronicles the run-up to the first in the nation presidential caucus.
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