Monmouth basketball coach steps down
In a somewhat expected move, Dave Calloway will not return as the men's basketball coach at Monmouth University. The school announced Calloway's resignation on Sunday, one day after the Hawks ended their season with a 88-66 loss to Sacred Heart. Monmouth finished the campaign 9-21. The news is notable, of course, because Eastern York seniors Andrew Nicholas and Austin Tillotson have both signed National Letters of Intent to play at the school. Nicholas has been through this sort of thing before -- he originally committed to Rutgers, but re-opened his recruitment after former Scarlet Knights coach Fred Hill was forced out last spring. Calloway just finished his 14th season at Monmouth. Under his guidance, the Hawks went the NCAA tournament three times from 2001-06. But in the five years since, Monmouth has averaged more than 20 losses per season. The job is expected to draw considerable interest: The school recently opened a $57 million arena, and the West Long Branch, N.J., school is located in a prime recruiting area. We'll have to wait and see what -- if anything -- this means to the Eastern pair's future at the school. Because both have signed their LOIs, they would have to request a release from the school if they decided explore other options. Only one other player from the 2011 class -- forward Mykel Harris -- has committed to Monmouth. We'll pass along any reaction or new info as we get it.