Rumors were flying over the past 24 hours that Canes assistant basketball coach Chris Caputo was the top candidate for the vacant University of Delaware men's basketball head coaching job. Matt Porter of the Palm Beach Post wrote this morning that Caputo "might not be Miami's much longer."
Caputo's main competition appeared to be Martin Ingelsby, a longtime Mike Brey Lieutenant at Notre Dame. Brey was head coach at Delaware from 1995 to 2000 where he built the Blue Hens into a quality mid-major team. In the end, that relationship likely was one of the deciding factors as UD chose Ingelsby this afternoon to fill the vacancy. Delaware's loss is Miami's gain in that it likely gets to keep the valuable Caputo for at least another year.
Another note: As reported last night Miami is slated to host Rutgers as its opponent in the ACC-Big Ten Challenge. The University put out a release with more details saying the game will be played on Wednesday, Nov. 30 . More from the release:
The event - in which each conference hosts seven games - matches all 14 Big Ten teams against all but one ACC member. Network assignments and tip times will be announced at a later date.
The Hurricanes are 9-5 against Rutgers, including a 5-0 mark at home and a 1-0 record under the guidance of Coach Jim Larrañaga. Miami last defeated the Scarlet Knights on Nov. 15, 2011, in Coach L's second game at The U. In that game, Durand Scott and Malcolm Grant each scored 19 points to lead Miami past Rutgers, 72-57, in the BankUnited Center.
Miami is 4-5 overall in the ACC-Big Ten Challenge, with a 1-4 mark on the road and a 3-1 record at home. The Canes have defeated a pair of ranked teams during Larrañaga's tenure, downing No. 13 Michigan State, 67-59, in 2012 and No. 24 Illinois, 70-61, in 2013.