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Thursday News:

Fairfield introduced Sydney Johnson as the program's new head coach yesterday. You can watch the full presentation here (video) and read quotes from Johnson's subsequent conversation with the media here.

Former Princeton player Matt Henshon nails many key issues in Johnson's departure from a variety of angles.

The Associated Press, the Connecticut Post, the Fairfield Mirror and the Trenton Times have more.

Current Fairfield Director of Basketball Operations Tyson Wheeler will serve as an assistant coach on Johnson's staff. There is no word on who Johnson's other assistants will be.

In the eyes of Andy Katz it all came down to money. While I personally don't think this was the only factor, Katz makes a few sound points.

Yale's James Jones and several returning Fairfield players share their impressions of Coach Johnson.

Chris Young joined ESPN 1050 after his first win for the Mets.

Wednesday News:

C. Young (1-0) 5.1 IP 5 H 1 ER 4 BB 7 K 1.69 ERA. 103 pitches, 59 strikes.

Chris Young was a huge part of New York's 7-1 win in Philadelphia. Young struck out seven (video) and became the first Mets pitcher to record two hits in one inning.

The Daily Princeton has more on Sydney Johnson's departure, a decision that leaves many questions.

On the excellent new site Big Apple Buckets, factors I had not initially considered are added - including the Stags' and the Tigers' basketball budgets as well as Princeton's basketball budget compared to other Ivy programs.

You can stream Johnson's introductory press conference here at 11:00 am ET.

I know Derek's Dreams is a cause important to many in the Princeton basketball community. Their second annual fundraising dinner is tonight in Belleville.

Where to now?

Who would you like to see as the 29th head coach of the Princeton Tigers?

Similar (but not the same) question:

Who do you think will be the next coach and why?

What are your expectations for the program going forward?

Where to now?

Oh, and if you wish to apply for this position the job listing can be found here.

Tuesday News:

There are articles about yesterday's surprising resignation in the Trenton Times, in the Trentonian, in the Star Ledger, in the Daily Princetonian and on New Jersey Newsroom. All lack the same thing, which I have also been working for - quotes from Sydney Johnson.

To their credit, the Princetonian did talk to Dan Mavraides, Kareem Maddox and Mack Darrow.

Jerry Carino was the first to seriously suggest Johnson would leave for Fairfield and he now shares three reasons why this change transpired.

SportsProf already has a list of possible replacements.

Both pain-free and excited to start his season, Chris Young makes his Mets debut tonight at 7:05 pm ET in Philadelphia.

MetsBlog has audio of an interview they conducted with Young.

Thoughts from today.

When a new branch of the Princeton basketball coaching tree grows, it usually results in great celebration around these parts. Tonight however the feeling from this most recent bough is bittersweet.

After four seasons coaching the Tigers, Sydney Johnson is leaving his alma mater for Fairfield.

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Oh deer: Fairfield hires Sydney Johnson.

Chris Elsberry of the Connecticut Post just posted on his blog that Tigers head coach Sydney Johnson has accepted the coaching position at Fairfield.

Princeton Athletic Director Gary Walters confirms Johnson's resignation to ESPN.

The Daily Princetonian talked with Kareem Maddox this evening about the coaching change.

Here's a proper news story from the Connecticut Post.

The Fairfield AD's line of "he really wanted us and we really wanted him" does leave a sting.

The school has posted an official press release and will welcome Johnson on Wednesday at 11:00 am ET.

Princeton has countered with their own release here.

With Johnson joining the Stags, Princeton will now look to hire their fifth head coach in the last fifteen years.

Expect additional updates throughout the evening.

Monday News:

Princeton finds no solace in their performance against Kentucky.

Future Tiger Bobby Garbade was named to the Elite 10 Boys Basketball Team.

A second Princeton recruit, Denton Koon, talks about being a finalist for the DiRenna Award.

Will Venable (video) made a nice diving catch on opening day.

Northwestern's Michael "Juice" Thompson now has his own web site.

Curious what coaches in the 2011 NCAA Tournament earn? The USA Today has updated their database.

I was asked back on WNYC's national morning program The Takeaway earlier today, talking about "One Shining Moment" as part of a piece titled "When Bad Music Happens to Good Sports." You can listen to my appearance here or stream the audio above.

PAW story on Princeton basketball.

My latest (and longest) Princeton Alumni Weekly article covering Princeton's final four games of the season is now available. Past pieces for PAW can be found here. Enjoy! - JS

Men's basketball drops a heartbreaker to Kentucky
By Jon Solomon

When the Princeton men's basketball season ended, one basket shy of all the Tigers had worked for, Sydney Johnson '97 — who profoundly despised losing as both a player and a coach — did something unexpected: He allowed his team to say goodbye.

Before heading back into the depths of the St. Pete Times Forum in Tampa after a 59–57 NCAA Tournament defeat against Kentucky March 17, Johnson motioned his players not to the locker room but toward the Tiger faithful sitting across from his team's bench.

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Pictures of the Year.

This season a photographer captured the action at 34 different games, 28 of which were Stephen Goldsmith's fine work.

Picking favorite photos from 2010-11 shot by Stephen Goldsmith or Robert Solomon was not an easy task.

In his fourth season with the site, Stephen's images continued to help enhance my game stories and analysis. His visuals have given members unable to regularly attend Princeton contests a better understanding of specific situations involving this year's team and have often been the only pictures capturing many moments, both home and away.

I know I speak for many of us when I say I'm not sure what I'll do without him next season as he heads to Florida for college.

As I did a year ago, I've hand-selected my favorite photos Stephen and Robert took exclusively for

My editorial choices were even harder than the ones I had to make last season, the end result of lengthy review and great internal debate. Thus, I'm including 30 snapshots compared to last season's 15.

These are both the pictures of the year as well as the Pictures of the Year.

Jon Solomon

Like what you see? You can always review the site's complete library of photo essays here.

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