■ Steve Prohm might not be a "brand name" hire for Iowa State — reports said the school president was at odds with his athletics director because the prez wanted to make a splash — but the former Murray State coach is definitely a good hire for the Cyclones.
Prohm went 104-29 in four seasons with the Racers, taking Murray to one NCAA Tournament in a one-bid league. His team won the CIT in 2014 and reached the quarterfinals of the NIT in 2015. His 2012 team went 31-2 before losing to Marquette in the NCAA round of 32.
Prohm inherits a very good roster from the departing Fred Hoiberg. Many experts have already pegged Iowa State as a top-10 or maybe even a top-five team next season.
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No doubt Prohm, an Alabama grad, was disappointed when he wasn't picked by his alma mater to replace Anthony Grant, but Iowa State is a better job, especially for next season.
■ Murray State has a pretty decent history when it comes to sending college basketball coaches up to the next level — Mark Gottfried (1995-98), Mick Cronin (2003-06), Billy Kennedy (2006-10) and now Prohm.
■ Speaking of Murray State, the Knicks reportedly love former Racers guard Cameron Payne.
■ Count me all in favor of the 30-second shot clock, fewer timeouts and a larger extended circle under the basket, rule changes approved for next college basketball season.
Actually, it would be even better if the NCAA eliminated a couple of more timeouts. The number goes from five last year to four next year, with no more than three carrying over to the second half. How about three timeouts per team?
I'd also be fine with the men's game going from two halves to four quarters, as the women's game will do next season.
■ Look at it this way: After Tiger Woods' round of 85 at last week's Memorial Golf Tournament, he has nowhere to go but up.
■ Did you see where a Virginia football schedule card features quarterback Greyson Lambert? One problem. Lambert transferred last week to Georgia. Even the best-made plans ...
■ You might not have liked the Burger King mascot creepily standing behind Bob Baffert in the grandstand box at the Belmont Stakes last Saturday, but the good people at Old Friends Thoroughbred retirement farm did. Baffert and wife Jill gave $50,000 of the money they received from Burger King to Old Friends.
■ So with his father a famous horse trainer, and after witnessing the first Triple Crown in 37 years, what does Bode Baffert want to be when he grows up? "A meteorologist," said Bode.
■ Baffert now has 12 wins in Triple Crown races, placing him third behind D. Wayne Lukas (14) and "Sunny Jim" Fitzsimmons (13). Baffert leads Lukas 1-0 in Triple Crown winners, however.
■ And, yes, I have an uncashed $2 win ticket on American Pharoah. So does about everyone else who was at Belmont Park last Saturday.
■ NBC Sports' chairman asked the NHL to ban beards during the playoffs. And, no, the chairman is not related to Marge Schott.
■ The SEC has four teams in the College World Series — Arkansas, Florida, LSU and Vanderbilt. That's just half the field.
Florida repeated as NCAA softball champions. Now Vanderbilt has a chance to repeat as NCAA baseball champions.
■ You have to have a little luck to make it to Omaha, and Louisville was unlucky in that 4-3 loss in 11 innings to Cal State-Fullerton on Monday night at the 'Ville.
■ Rick Pitino would be 73 years old if he stays at Louisville through his latest contract extension, which ends at the end of 2025-26. Somehow, I can see Pitino still coaching at 73.
■ Dick Vitale, who turned 76 Tuesday, celebrated by signing a contract extension with ESPN through the 2017-18 season. He joked he's in a race with Brent Musburger to see who's still working at age 80. My money is on Dickie V.