|Middle Tennessee head coach Kermit Davis and assistant coach Al Pinkins will be taking part in the CollegeInsider.com's Shots from the Heart free throw competition this season.
There will be two 64-coach fields (one for head coaches and one for assistant coaches). Participating coaches will compete in a free throw shooting contest, which will be bracketed in NCAA tournament format.
Davis will square-off against New Mexico’s Steve Alford while Pinkins will face Saul Smith of Minnesota.
The first round of Shots from the Heart free throw competition officially began Monday, Nov. 15 and run through the end of November.
Coaches compete against one another with winners advancing to the next round. To make the process simple, coaches would not have to actually compete against each other on the same court. Each coach would have to shoot 25 free throws at his convenience. A member of the athletic department would tally the results and the coach with the most makes would advance. There will be a tournament for both head coaches and assistant coaches.
In an effort to avoid ties, the following scoring system will be used: - Shots 1-20 are worth 1 point - Shots 21-24 are worth 2 points - Shot 25 is worth 3 points. First tie breaker: Most consecutive shots converted without a miss at any time during the 25 free throw attempts. Second tie breaker: Bonus basketballs. If there is still a tie shots 5, 10 and 15 will count as 2 points each. Third tie breaker: In the event that the two competitors are still tied there will be a shoot off.
A member of the basketball staff or athletic department staff will be responsible for keeping track of all attempted shots.
Each round of the competition will take place over the course of one month. This will provide a lot of flexibility for participating coaches. First Round: November 15-22, 23-30; Second Round: December; Sweet 16: January; Elite 8: February' Final 4: March (Final 4 in Houston).
As part of the 2011 CollegeInsider.com Awards Banquet (Final Four in Houston), the Free Throw Champions would be recognized.
The objective of Shots from the Heart is to help create more awareness for the growing problem of Heart Disease and to raise money to benefit the American Heart Association during the 2010-11-season.
Those interested in sponsoring made shots can send e-mails to: email@example.com. For those interested in making donations, checks can be made payable to the American Heart Association and mailed to: CollegeInsider.com 410 Prospect Street Norwood, MA 02052.