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March Insanity…But What About The Students?

One of the most fun – but most scrutinized – jobs in sports has to be picking the 68 teams in the NCAA basketball tournament.

The pundits suggest the group got the 68 right this year…although with the usual complaints from those who didn’t make it and are instead relegated to the NIT.

But in a perfect world, I’d have a wish…that it was easier for the students who supported their teams all year to do the same in the Tournament.

My dad always told me common sense was the most important thing you could bring into any decision process. So how could the NCAA make the tournament more student friendly?

I guess that would require being more true to “regions” than “seedings.”

The basketball talent on the court is amazing. But so are those students who support the players. I love the enthusiasm, the emotion, the “Fat Heads” in the stands, and the chants to support their teams…and irritate opponents. The students make college basketball. My oldest daughter went to Wake Forest and she always hoped she had saved enough money to go watch her school play.

This year, Seton Hall was seeded 9th (in my book, not fair) in the South region.  OK – Seton Hall is in South Orange, New Jersey. But that’s not exactly the southern part of the United States. 

Wisconsin wound up in the East…and some of that region’s games are in that great Eastern shore town of Tulsa, Oklahoma.

There are 10 teams from the East and South in the West region of the tournament…a region that is playing games in Buffalo and Orlando.

The Midwest? UC Davis, Miami, Rhode Island, Oregon, Iona and Jacksonville State have all been relocated.

The South? In addition to Seton Hall, Minnesota, Cincinnati, UCLA, Kent State, Dayton and Wichita State have all had their zip codes questioned. Oh…and some of the South games are being played in Sacramento and Milwaukee.

I know it’s a tough job. And you can’t pick neutral sites three days before the tournament starts, and thus some of the sites are cast in stone years in advance.

But I would love if the NCAA could come up with a solution to have early round games more geographically sensitive…especially for the students who want to go see their teams play.

What West Virginia student can afford the $456 for a flight (Monday’s price) to Buffalo?

Could a Rhode Island student afford the current $644 tab for a flight (Sunday’s price) to their team’s game in Sacramento?

I wish there was a way for the NCAA to help those college students who make college basketball great; it would make the tournament affordable and even better.

I hate seeing those early round games with thousands of empty seats in full view of the cameras…seats that could be filled with the students who help make the game so exciting.

P.S.: Loved seeing the CBS cameras Sunday focus on our Board Member Bob Hurley, and his wonderful wife Chris, hugging as URI – coached by their son Danny Hurley – won the A10 Tournament title.

IPZ’s Newest Consultant: Brian Robinson

WARREN, NJ, February 9, 2017 — Retired professional basketball player Brian Robinson has joined InterperformancesUSA (IPZ) as a consultant for its basketball group, the company announced today.

Robinson competed overseas for teams based in Portugal and Brazil from 2005-2008. After playing two seasons in Portugal with second division Atletico and first division club Belenenses, Robinson played his last professional season for Sardanha in Brazil.

Before taking his talents abroad, Robinson found major success during his collegiate career at Assumption College. He stands as the school’s fifth all-time leading scorer (1,907 points) and rebounder (1,027 rebounds). Robinson also received his Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology and English from Assumption.

Since the conclusion of his playing days, Robinson has kept physical fitness at the forefront of his career. He is a certified coach in strength and conditioning, personal training, and nutrition (level II), among other things. Robinson’s dedication to helping those–especially aspiring professional athletes–who surround him is unmistakable.

“It’s always been my dream to get athletes to their highest levels of performance,” said Robinson. “With IPZ, I’m doing exactly what I’ve always wanted to do!”

“I first met Brian when he was a high school student, and watched him develop into a young man who shares the values we do as a company,” said Robert Zito, IPZ Managing Partner. “He’ll be a great addition to our group, and an asset to the athletes we represent.”

About IPZ: InterperformancesUSA (IPZ) is a family-focused management, representation, and consulting firm, built on the integrity of its professionals, and developing whole life solutions for its clients. The firm is an alliance with Zito Partners. For more information, visit www.ipzusa.com.

About Zito Partners: Zito Partners builds, energizes and defends brands. A boutique firm representing a select group of clients from a range of industries, Zito Partners believes in a “ready, aim, fire” approach – understand the client…develop the appropriate strategy against the key target constituencies…and execute against the plan. And through its strategic alliance with Ketchum, Ketchum Zito Financial, Zito Partners is assisting additional clients with their financial communications needs.  For more information, visitwww.zitopartners.com.

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Media Contact:

Kyrsten Van Natta
(862) 205-9841
kyrsten@ipzusa.com

RANDY REED SELECTS IPZ

Professional Basketball Player Signs with InterperformancesUSA

WARREN, NJ, February 7, 2017 – Randy Reed, a former standout at the University of Nebraska Omaha, and current professional basketball player competing overseas, has chosen InterperformancesUSA (IPZ) for representation, the company announced today.

Reed plays for Jeunesse Sportive d’El Menzah in Tunisia in the top tier of Ligue 1. Reed has had three 30-plus point games this season, with a career high of 34. The St. Louis, MO, native stands at 6’6, and plays both the guard and forward positions.

Prior to signing his professional contract in late September 2016, Reed was a spark for the UN Omaha Mavericks, shooting 51 percent from the field and 76 percent from the stripe during his senior campaign.

In the 2014-2015 season, as a junior, Reed transferred to Omaha from St. Louis Community College. He was appointed to the National Association of Basketball Coaches Honors Court and was named to the Summit League Academic Honor Roll.

Before becoming a Maverick, Reed earned Third Team All-America Honors from the National Junior College Athletic Association in the 2013-2014 season playing for St. Louis Community College.

“Based on my research, IPZ is both prestigious and professional. I wanted to sign with an agency that has big dreams and goals like I do, as well as an agency that values a family atmosphere,” said Reed. “I was introduced by a long time friend of mine and he has high praise for the agency. I want to thank God for this amazing opportunity.”

“Randy is a physical player who has the ability to take over a game, as he has on several occasions this year,” said Robert Zito, Managing Partner of IPZ. “He is constantly improving and shares the values we share as a company.”

About IPZ: InterperformancesUSA (IPZ) is a family-focused management, representation, and consulting firm, built on the integrity of its professionals, and developing whole life solutions for its clients. The firm is an alliance with Zito Partners. For more information, visit www.ipzusa.com.

About Zito Partners: Zito Partners builds, energizes and defends brands. A boutique firm representing a select group of clients from a range of industries, Zito Partners believes in a “ready, aim, fire” approach – understand the client…develop the appropriate strategy against the key target constituencies…and execute against the plan. And through its strategic alliance with Ketchum, Ketchum Zito Financial, Zito Partners is assisting additional clients with their financial communications needs.  For more information, visit www.zitopartners.com.

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Media Contact:

Kyrsten Van Natta
(862) 205-9841
kyrsten@ipzusa.com

Bob Hurley in SHOWTIME Sports Docuseries

One of our board members is getting his own show. Bob Hurley and the St. Anthony Friars are being followed in a new docuseries presented by SHOWTIME called LEGACY: Bob Hurley. The first of six installments will premiere on Monday, February 20. Want to watch the trailer? All you have to do is press play!