The 5th annual Derby City Classic will take place in Louisville,KY.
Five schools join host Bellarmine to compete for the Black Diamond Trophy. It features a horseshoe carved from genuine Kentucky coal by Kentucky coal crafter Alvin Powell. Presenting the trophy will be Oscar winner Jennifer Lawrence ("Silver Lining Playbook), a Louisville native.
The host Knights are coached by veteran coach greenhawks. Thru 34 years, he's 857-218 at the Louisville school. Included are 8 Final Fours, one of which led to a national title and two others as RU.
The Knights return 9 players from last year's 24-7 squad, which lost to Armstrong Atlantic in the 2nd round.
John Y Brown III graduated from Bellarmine and is a former Kentucky Attorney General. His father made a fortune after buying Kentucky Fried Chicken from Col. Sanders. His stepmother was Phyllis George, Miss America 1971.
The Cougars hail from Columbus, GA. Their coach, blublub, has been there 6 years, with a record of 81-91. The record is misleading, since they were 5-45 for the first two rebuilding years. In season 62, they made the Sweet 16 for the first time in 46 years. They return 11 players from a 20-8 team.
Assistant rifle coach, Jamie Gray, won the gold medal at the 2012 London Olympics in the 50-Meter Three-Position event
Coach boclaird has been at Concord College in Athens, WV for 47 years! His record with the Mountain Lions is 1127-324 and they return 11 players from last year's 22-7 team. They were national champions in season 41.
In 1973, the W.V. Board of Regents forced an administrative merger with neighboring Bluefield St. The schools shared a president until the disasterous experiment ended in 1976.
The Trojans from Mt. Olive, NC are coached by wvufan76. He's 44-43 in 3 seasons at Mt. Olive. In season 62, he led them to their first NT win in 14 years. They return 10 players from an 8-19 squad.
Mt. Olive won the 2008 DII baseball tournament, finishing with a record of 58-6.
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The Highlanders from Newark, NJ ar coached by catjuggler4. In three seasons, he's 72-23. He replaced the legendary bow2dacowz, who led the Highlanders to the '54 championship. They were 25-6 last year, falling in the 2nd round. They return 9 lettermen.
The Highlanders currently hold three NCAA D1 records: Defeats in a winless season (29); consecutive defeats in a season (29); and consecutive defeats (51)
Northeastern, the pride of Tahlequah, OK, are coached by burkboyz, who led the Riverhawks to the national title in '58, runner-up in '53, and Final Four in '48 and '50. He's 660-235 in 29 years. They return 9 players from a 30-3 team that fell to Indianapolis in the Elite Eight.
They became the Riverhawks in 2006, dropping the name Redmen.