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Chance Lindley named women’s basketball coach at Nebraska-Omaha


Wichita native and Arizona assistant Chance Lindley has been named the women’s basketball coach at Nebraska-Omaha. A month ago, kind of a big deal. Now? A huge deal, because the Mavericks are now a Division I basketball program. They announced the hiring on Saturday – just last month UNO dropped a bombshell on the MIAA by jetting to the D1 Summit League and dropping football and wrestling.

I talked to Lindley on Saturday afternoon, and he was … psyched. Can’t blame him. He’s 35 and he’s reached a major career goal.

“I’m a midwest guy so getting to come back home is a huge thrill,” Lindley said. “Honestly, this did happen for me a little sooner than I thought it would … I’m fortunate to have moved up so quickly.”

“We had strong interest in this position from coaches around the nation, and there were many strong candidates,” said UNO AD Trev Alberts in a statement.  “In the end, we were impressed by Chance’s energy and passion as well as his proven track record as a head coach. We think he will be a significant asset in our transition to Division I.”

Lindley won a Region VI title at Barton CC in 2008 and came there after winning a Class 3A state title at Collegiate in 2006. He told me he’s going to aggressively pursue Jayhawk Conference and Wichita-area recruits. With that kind of background here and a Division I program to sell … he could make life hard on the three in-state schools pretty quickly.

Saturday, his phone was ringing off the hook with calls from well-wishers.

“It’s an exciting time,” Lindley said. “And it’s cool for me that people back home, where I grew up, get to hear about this and know what I’m doing. That’s huge for me.”

Make sure to read the full story in Sunday’s Eagle.

I’m out. TA

Sunflower Slate Q&A with Barton guard Colin Beatty aka How to Make It in America


Adversity is the state in which man most easily becomes acquainted with himself, being especially free of admirers then.  – John Wooden

Big brother, big brother/don’t worry a bit/your flame has not faded/since the day it was lit. -The Black Keys

We’ve had some pretty good Q&A sessions at Sunflower Slate over the last three years. Tuesday’s talk with Barton Community College sophomore guard Colin Beatty might be the best yet. Beatty, a 6-foot-5 combo guard, signed with Loyola-Chicago in November. He’s averaging 14.4 points, 5.5 rebounds and 3.7 assists for Barton this season and has led his team to a 15-5 start, including an upset of No. 4 Hutchinson last Thursday.

And away we go …

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Butler-Hutch, Jayhawk Conference hoops and Oliver Bradwell



Lots to talk about today. First up, of course, is last night’s No. 1 vs. No. 2 showdown in El Dorado.

Let’s dive in:

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Check out the new digs … and Barton!

If you’re reading this, look straight up and you’ll see what I’m talking about … yessir, Sunflower Slate officially has a new look. Not that I didn’t love my old gold and black banner … but thanks to Heidi Marcinik for designing the new flag. I feel like I just moved into a new apartment or something … simple pleasures, right? The new banner is pretty sweet.

Now I’ve got some Jayhawk thoughts, so keep reading:



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