CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- My momma always told me that no news is good news.
In the case of the Mountain East Conference, this might not be true.
The conference is to begin operations for the 2013-14 NCAA Division II athletic season, yet there has been little news about where the league office will be located, the administrative staff and scheduling.
However, sources have told me that former Wheeling Jesuit athletic director and men's basketball coach Jay DeFruscio has spoken to West Liberty University President Robin Capehart about the commissioner position.
That would be good news structurally for the new league, athough Mountain East spokesperson Reid Amos said no movement has been made toward the hiring of a commissioner.
"While there have been some preliminary discussions aimed at identifying viable and interested candidates, there are no imminent plans regarding the hiring of any personnel," Amos said.
President Capehart did not return messages seeking comment.
DeFruscio is in his second year as the associate commissioner of the Atlantic 10, a non-football playing league based in Newport News, Va.
He spent the four years prior as an assistant coach for the NBA's Indiana Pacers.
DeFruscio would certainly be qualified to help the Mountain East get off its feet, but said his interviewing is just rumors.
"That's all rumors," DeFruscio said from the Atlantic 10 offices in Newport News, Va. "All rumors. I love being rumored about things. I don't think they're anywhere near making moves there. They still have a league they're playing this year."
DeFruscio knows Capehart, but that he simply "ran into" him at a popular Wheeling establishment.
"I know Robin personally. I was in Wheeling a couple months ago. I was at the Alpha (a Wheeling restaurant and lounge) and ran into him."
DeFruscio - a native of Philadelphia - still has ties to Wheeling. His daughter is a student at Wheeling Jesuit, where DeFruscio served as athletic director for 20 years, men's basketball coach for 18 years and served briefly as acting director of admissions. He began his coaching tenure at WJU in 1984 when then-coach Jim O'Brien appointed him as a graduate assistant.
Shortly after O'Brien was hired to coach the Pacers in 2007, DeFruscio accepted a position on his mentor's staff. In January 2011, O'Brien was fired and later last year, DeFruscio was hired on the administrative staff of the Atlantic 10.