Prior to the 2013-14 college basketball season John Martin and Dan DeWitt pushed me to start a weekly show. At the time, I had a lot going on but I realized there was a need for weekly college basketball commentary on Google+. In fact, no one was doing it. I own and moderate, along with John and Dan, the largest college basketball community on Google+. After a little bit of going back and forth the College Basketball Google+ Community weekly show was created. Our intentions are to host the show every Thursday at 4:00 pm eastern with a few exceptions. We are also trying to get a weekly guest from a major media outlet.
2014 March Madness NCAA Tournament Hangouts
During the 2014 March Madness NCAA Tournament Dan Dewitt, John Martin and myself will be using Google+ Hangouts to do daily video chats discussing the tournament. This will be very helpful for those that are hoping to get some last minute bracket advice or analysis on the upcoming games. Look for plenty of great guests as well. We are going to promote it through all social channels and with the help of Google.
If you would like to participate please feel free to reach out to us. We would love to have some guests that are looking to enjoy March Madness as much as we are. Here is the first event which will take place just before the tournament tips off on Thursday, March 20th, 2014. Please use #TourneyChat if you have any questions about the bracket. This Tagboard link should be very helpful as well.
Why College Teams and Athletic Departments are Turning to Social Media
In 2014 and beyond many college athletic departments and athletic teams are using social media to reach out to fans. While some are using Twitter and Facebook for quick updates it stands to reason that Google+ is a perfect fit for sports teams. Hangouts will allow teams to engage with fans through video content. Communities will allow fans to discuss specific topics and Google+ pages will help teams push out fresh and exciting news and events.
This week we will have Ward Bullard, Google+ Head of Sports, to discuss why sports teams, especially in college athletics, are using social media more and more. Make sure to use this YouTube video link to watch the entire hangout.
2014 Conference Basketball Tournament Preview
It is very hard to believe that the 2014 college basketball regular season is over. Now that the seeds have been set it is time to start discussing the conference tournaments and the March Madness tournament. We will discuss that and much more in this YouTube hangout video. The conferences that we tend to cover the most are the ACC, SEC, Big Ten, PAC-12 and Big Ten. We may also discuss some of the smaller conferences that could have cinderella stories in this year’s tournament. This should be a fun hangout.
Please feel free to join the Google+ College Basketball community as there will be plenty of great content as we move forward in March. This is the best time of year for college basketball fans. It is called March Madness for a reason.
Getting in Shape in 2014 with Victoria Barnaby
With 2014 upon us millions of Americans are going to start New Year’s Resolutions. Health and fitness is always at the top of the list when it comes to resolving to be different in 2014. In the first show of 2014 we will have Victoria Barnaby, Director of Brand Communication of CoachUp, to discuss ways in which you can get in better shape and stay in better shape.
This article is a great resource to help you keep your New Year’s Resolution this year. Hiring a trainer or getting in shape with a partner is always a great way to stay motivated. One is the loneliest number and it is even more lonely when you are the only one hitting the gym. When a trainer or partner there will be a reason to get up at 6:00 am or hit the elliptical after work. Check out the YouTube link here. The hangout will start at 4:00 pm on Friday, January 3rd, 2014. The hashtag for this event will be #fitresolution.
Kentucky Basketball Attendance
Over the course of the season I have been updating this page with the Kentucky basketball attendance. There has been quite the chat on Kentucky Sports Radio as it relates to the declining attendance of college students. We will have Tyler Thompson and Kindsey Bernhard on the show on Friday, December 27th, 2013 at 4:00 pm. We will discuss the declining interest of students when it comes to Kentucky Basketball.
We will also preview the Louisville game that will take place Saturday, December 28th, 2013 at 4:00 pm. It should be a fun hangout so check out the event page here.
Conference Basketball Season Preview
This week we will have Jim Young of the ACC Sports Journal on the panel as we discuss the upcoming conference basketball season. While we will talk about the ACC we will also discuss the SEC, Big Ten, Big 12, Pac 12 and SEC. This will be a fun hangout as it will be something to look back on at the end of the year. Expect John, Dan and I to make a few predictions.
It will be very interesting to hear what Jim Young has to say about Duke, UNC and the rest of the ACC. If the Tar Heels had hit their free throws early in the season they would likely be undefeated and ranked in the top 3 in the country. They have already taken down Kentucky, Louisville and Michigan State before the conference season has started. Join us Thursday, December 19th, 2013 for this fun hangout. Here is the event page.
UNC vs Kentucky Game Preview
Marilyn Payne was a trooper and hopped in last minute to the UNC vs Kentucky game preview. She was awesome! Although I blasted her for her 18 inning baseball tweets she was still one of the best guests we’ve had. We discussed James Michael McAdoo, Julius Randle, Marcus Paige and all things Kentucky vs UNC. The entire hangout is available here.
On Thursday, December 12th, 2013 we will have Ben Swain on the show to discuss the upcoming game between UNC and Kentucky. Both programs have two losses heading into the game but many would agree this will be one of the more exciting games prior to the conference season. It will be interesting to see how the young Wildcats handle a tough road environment. Even though the UNC students will be done with exams there is still expected to be a sold out Dean Dome.
With both John Calipari and Roy Williams wanting to get the ball up and down the court most are expecting this to be a very high scoring game. In fact, I would imagine we will see a game in the 80s or 90s just because of the style of play. This will be a fun hangout so join us at 4:00 pm est on Thursday, December 12th, 2013. Please use the hashtag #uncvsuk if you would like to ask a question on Twitter or Google+.
Finding Personal Trainers and Coaches for Amateur Athletes
Here is the entire YouTube Hangout on Air with Jordan Fliegel. This was one of the best we’ve had so please take the time to watch it.
This week will be very valuable for amateur athletes whether they are in middle school, high school or college. We will have Jordan Fliegel with CoachUp. You can find him at the following Twitter accounts – @jfleeg and @coachup. Here is a little bit of background on Jordan, “He was raised in Cambridge, MA and was an average basketball player. A camp counselor by luck offered to coach him privately and Jordan went on to be recruited by 50 colleges. He played at Bowdoin and then afters school played overseas for Team Israel.”
Anyone looking to find a personal trainer or coach to improve their game should tune in. This event will take place on Wednesday, December 4th, 2013 at 4:00 pm est. The Google+ event page is here to sign up for a reminder. For those interested in contacting Jordan please email him here – firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com.
Should College Athletes Be Paid?
The full conversation on college athletes being compensation with Kindsey Bernhard is available here.
University of Kentucky student Kindsey Bernhard will join us to discuss the topic of college students being paid. This hangout on air will take place Tuesday, November 26th at 4:00 pm est. This has been a heated debate for quite some time. Those that have an opinion often have a very strong opinion. We will dissect some of the reasons to pay or not to pay college athletes.
If you have an opinion please feel free to join us. We will have the question and answer app running so it will allow all fans to ask any question during the show. We do our best to get all the questions answered in a timely fashion.
High School Recruiting and Social Media
The entire hangout video is available here.
This week we are honored to have Khadija Head join the weekly hangout to discuss high school sports, recruiting and social media. Khadija was a former assistant coach and recruiter for the University of Pittsburgh women’s basketball team. High School athletes range from ages 14 to 19 and many of them do not think about the ramifications of their social media presence. Heck, some of them may not even realize they have a social media presence.
Twitter, Facebook, Instagram and Google have change the world in which we live. High school students must understand that some of the things they post publicly online could change their recruitment. This hangout will be Thursday, November 21st, 2013 at 4:00 pm est. Check it out on Google+. You will find all of the events shared in the college basketball community.
2013 Champions Classic Roundup – Duke, Michigan State, Kentucky & Kansas
The 2013 Champions Classic Google+ Hangout is available here.
The 2013 Champions Classic is going to feature some of the best teams in college basketball this year. While Duke, Michigan State, Kentucky and Kansas are usually in the top 10 rarely do we get to see two top 5 matchups during the first full week of the season. #1 vs #2 should be all kinds of fun to watch as Kentucky will take on Michigan State in Chicago, Illinois. This will basically be a home game for the Spartans so it will be interesting to see the composure of a very young, but talented, Kentucky team.
Josh Schott will join us for this hangout that will take place Wednesday, November 13th, 2013 at 4:00 pm est. We are still looking for a Kansas representative for the hangout so if anyone would like to participate please feel free to reach out to me at my Google+ profile or in the college basketball community.
Twitter and How it Affects College Basketball with Tyler Thompson
The entire Tyler Thompson Twitter video is here.
Social media, especially Twitter, has become a very hot topic in the college sports world. In college basketball, almost every player has some type of Twitter presence. They may not use it all that much but it is there. In this hangout we were honored with Kentucky Sports Radio (KSR) writer Tyler Thompson. Tyler explained how some of the Kentucky players are currently using Twitter. She also went on to explain that Coach Cal allows the players to do as they please online. He has the mindset that if the mistake is going to be made the player will learn from it.
Both Dan and John chimed in with their opinion as it pertains to the responsibility of the university to control Twitter and other social mediums. This was a hangout that was lots of fun as Tyler was a great guest. Please feel free to click through here to watch the video in its entirety.
College Basketball Preview and Conference Realignment
The first true college basketball Google+ community weekly show took place on Thursday, October 31st, 2013. During this hangout, John, Dan and I discussed conference realignment and made some Final Four predictions. I am still slow to do my research on the season so I mainly hosted and let John and Dan do most of the predictions. As we get closer to the conference season there is a good chance I will start to make a few more predictions. I guess I could watch a few games in the meantime. If you have the desire to watch the first college basketball Google+ community weekly show go here.
Jay Bilas Conversation on Google+
This was a treat for the Google+ community. Jay Bilas joined Google+ with the intention of having a great conversation about college athletes being paid. A category was created for the community and there were some great questions being asked. The week long discussion culminated with Jay Bilas doing a Google+ hangout with a few participants. You can watch the Jay Bilas Google+ hangout here.
Over the course of the college basketball season I would love to get some other journalists or announcers to participate in a hangout. Getting the sports world to use Google+ has been like pulling teeth early on but I feel as if that is going to change drastically in the next few months as YouTube comments are now Google+ comments. This means more and more YouTubers are going to grow accustomed to the Google social layer.