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Tim Benz
Nevada Wolf Pack fans hold up a sign for head coach Eric Musselman.

Another week in the books at Breakfast With Benz! We can’t wait for our next week of covering the Pitt basketball coaching search. We assume that this will be a process that’ll last a couple of months at this rate.

After three or four candidates have failed to show much of an interest in the job, I think we’ve found the next candidate for Heather Lyke to approach.

But if Jackie Moon still wants to be player and owner as well as a coach, Lyke may not be able to get him either. I have a good idea for someone else in my daily column .

I also tell you who Pitt should specifically avoid, too.

Speaking of the Pitt coaching search, Bill Koch of the Providence Journal was fantastic talking about Dan Hurley’s decision to leave Rhode Island and why he went to UConn instead of Pitt. He gets really specific about the money, and how high Pitt actually went to try to hire him. It’s surprising .

We look at tonight’s Sweet 16 college basketball games in the NCAA Tournament. But, c’mon. We know there is only one that really matters!

Syracuse’s Tyus Battle (Getty Images) </small

I know. You hate Syracuse because they are doing the their typical sneak-into-the-tournament-and get-on-a-great-run routine.

But as we all know, a win over a Duke is a win for America. So today, I know that you are all Orange right there with me.

It’s previewed in What to Watch , as is tonight’s Penguins home game vs. the Devils.

And in First Call , a look at the other rules changes up for debate at the owners meetings besides the proposed catch rule changes we tackled yesterday .

Have a good weekend. And until then, if you have this man’s number, tell him there is a job opening in Oakland.

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