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A lot of high-profile matchups during the holiday week in women’s college basketball produced some mixed results among the top 10. South Carolina stayed above the fray, however, and is now the unanimous No. 1 choice in the USA TODAY Sports Coaches Poll.
The Gamecocks moved to 8-0 Monday night and aren’t likely to be tested again until a Dec. 12 date with Maryland.
Connecticut narrowly holds on to the No. 2 position by just three poll points over No. 3 North Carolina State. Stanford took a loss to South Florida but moves up to No. 4 thanks to top-10 wins against Indiana and Maryland. Louisville gains a couple of positions to round out the top five.
Report: Florida, Virginia Tech eyeing same head coach candidate
The Florida Gators and Virginia Tech Hokies may be competing with each other for one head coaching candidate. © SCOTT CLAUSE/USA TODAY Network via Imagn Content Services, LLC Louisiana coach Billy Napier is poised to be a hot candidate for bigger schools as the coaching carousel heats up, and that already appears to be the case. Florida is interested in bringing him in to replace Dan Mullen, and is aware of interest from Virginia Tech as well, according to Bruce Feldman of The Athletic. Have heard Florida has genuine interest in Billy Napier and knows that Va. Tech does too.
The second half of the top 10 features a Big Ten trio, headed by Indiana. Maryland slips to No. 8 with still unscathed Michigan holding at No. 9. Baylor moves up a notch to No. 7 and Tennessee remains at No. 10.
Three newcomers join the poll this week, led by No. 22 Florida Gulf Coast. No. 23 Brigham Young and No. 25 Notre Dame also move in.
Florida State, West Virginia and Georgia Tech are the dropouts.
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Coach Mike Norvell explained that former FSU and NFL player Myron Rolle, who currently works as a neurosurgery resident at Massachusetts General Hospital, spoke with players and answered questions they have about the available vaccines. While Phillips said Wednesday the ACC hasn't yet decided how it will handle potential schedule disruptions caused by COVID-19 this season, SEC commissioner Greg Sankey told reporters Monday that league doesn't intend to reschedule games and could make a school forfeit if it cannot field a squad for a scheduled contest due to absences and other issues linked with coronavirus cases.