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  • Monday, August 18, 2014
    Nebraska lands Kansas transfer
    By The Sports Xchange

    Nebraska picked up a transfer commitment Monday from former Kansas wing Andrew White, CBSSports.com reported.

    • The 6-foot-6 White is a former top 50 recruit who never started a game for the Jayhawks while playing behind Ben McLemore as a freshman and then Andrew Wiggins and Wayne Selden as a sophomore.

      White averaged 2.4 points and 6.3 minutes per game last season for Kansas.

      According to NCAA transfer rules, White will sit out the 2014-15 season and have two years of eligibility remaining at Nebraska.

      Nebraska coach Tim Miles also received a commitment Monday from 6-4 guard Aguek Arop of Omaha, a member of the Class of 2017.

  • Thursday, August 14, 2014
    Wolverines get LeVert back on court
    By The Sports Xchange

    Michigan's Caris LeVert has been cleared to start practicing as the Wolverines prepare for a preseason trip to Italy.

    • The 6-foot-6 wing had ankle surgery in May and his recovery has been relegated to studying film. After three months of recovering, LeVert is a bit rusty and not yet 100 percent.

      "Caris started playing last week, but he's not himself yet," head coach John Beilein told reporters earlier this week. "As you can imagine, he was pretty much dormant for 16 weeks and so you'll see some of those flashes today. It's just a matter of him getting back in game shape."

      LeVert, entering his junior season, averaged averaged 12.9 points, 4.3 rebounds and 2.9 assists last season. From 3-point range, he shot nearly 41 percent.

  • Sunday, August 10, 2014
    NCAA appealing O'Bannon ruling
    By The Sports Xchange

    The NCAA will appeal Friday's ruling in the Ed O'Bannon case.

    • U.S. District Judge Claudia Wilken ruled that the NCAA's restrictions on compensation for major college football and men's basketball players violate antitrust laws.

      She issued the ruling in a 99-page decision that sided with O'Bannon, a former UCLA basketball player, and a group of plaintiffs. It stated that the NCAA unlawfully prevented college football and basketball players from being paid for the use of their names, images and likenesses.

      NCAA chief legal officer Donald Remy said in a statement Sunday that it will appeal the decision.

      "We remain confident that the NCAA has not violated the antitrust laws and intend to appeal," Remy said. "We will also be seeking clarity from the District Court on some details of its ruling."

      Wilken said the injunction will not prevent the NCAA from implementing rules that limit the amount of money college athletes can be paid while they are enrolled in school, but it cannot set the limit below the cost of attendance.

      "It should be noted that the Court supported several of the NCAA's positions, and we share a commitment to better support student-athletes," Remy said. "For more than three years, we've been working to improve the college experience for the more than 460,000 student-athletes across all three divisions. On Thursday, the Division I Board of Directors passed a new governance model allowing schools to better support student-athletes, including covering the full cost of attendance, one of the central components of the injunction. The Court also agreed that the integration of academics and athletics is important and supported by NCAA rules.

      "Further, the Court rejected the plaintiffs' claims that the NCAA licensed student-athletes' names, images and likenesses to EA Sports or anyone else. It also rejected the plaintiffs' proposed model where athletes could directly market their names, images and likenesses while in college.

      "We look forward to presenting our arguments on appeal, and in the meantime we will continue to champion student-athlete success on the field and in the classroom."

      Joseph Farelli, an attorney who specializes in labor law, told the Associated Press on Sunday that he was not surprised that the NCAA is appealing the decision.

      "I would expect them to appeal it because now you're going to have a permanent injunction that says the NCAA can't regulate what colleges do with their student-athletes," Farelli said. "If they don't appeal, now you have a federal court precedent."

      The ruling is effective at the start of the next football and basketball recruiting cycles.

      The decision also allows the plaintiffs to recoup their legal costs from the NCAA.

  • Friday, August 8, 2014
    O'Bannon ruling goes against NCAA
    By The Sports Xchange

    A federal judge ruled Friday that the NCAA's restrictions on compensation for major college football and men's basketball players violate antitrust laws.

    • U.S. District Judge Claudia Wilken issued in a 99-page decision that sided with former UCLA basketball player Ed O'Bannon and a group of plaintiffs.

      Wilken issued an injunction that will stop the NCAA the "from enforcing any rules or bylaws that would prohibit its member schools and conferences from offering their FBS football or Division I basketball recruits a limited share of the revenues generated from the use of their names, images, and likenesses in addition to a full grant-in-aid."

      The decision in a case that took five years to reach a conclusion allows for trust funds to be set up for athletes to receive licensing revenue. It also keeps the NCAA from putting limits on the amount of money that college athletes can be paid while in school and "enforcing any rules to prevent its member schools and conferences from offering to deposit a limited share of licensing revenue in trust for their FBS football and Division I basketball recruits, payable when they leave school or their eligibility expires."

      The ruling will be effective at the start of the next football and basketball recruiting cycles.

      The decision also allows the plaintiffs to recoup their legal costs from the NCAA.

      "Nothing in this injunction will preclude the NCAA from continuing to enforce all of its other existing rules which are designed to achieve legitimate pro competitive goals," Wilken wrote.

      "It is likely that the challenged restraints, as well as other perceived inequities in college athletics and higher education generally, could be better addressed as a remedy for the antitrust violations found here. Such reforms and remedies could be undertaken by the NCAA, its member schools and conferences, or Congress."

      On Thursday, the NCAA Board of Directors voted to allow five power conferences and their 65 member schools the freedom to establish their own rules.

  • Tuesday, August 5, 2014
    Charleston dismisses head coach
    By The Sports Xchange

    College of Charleston coach Doug Wojcik was fired Tuesday in the wake of allegations that he verbally abused players and staff members.

    • College of Charleston president Glenn McConnell announced Wojcik's immediate dismissal after the school conducted two investigations last month. Assistant coach Antonio Reynolds Dean was named acting head coach.

      McConnell offered no further comment or explanation for the firing.

      "I want you to know, however, that the College of Charleston does not publicly discuss or comment on the specifics of personnel matters, unless there is a significantly compelling or legally mandated reason to do so," McConnell said in a statement.

      There was no immediate comment from Wojcik or his representatives.

      Wojcik came to Charleston two years ago after seven seasons at Tulsa. He compiled a 38-29 overall record at Charleston, including 14-18 last season.

      The results of the first investigation -- that Wojcik verbally and physically abused players -- and a 50-page report of the allegations were made public in early July. The second investigation was conducted after a former Charleston player claimed he had a physical encounter with Wojcik in December 2012.

  • Tuesday, August 5, 2014
    Top teams to match up in Battle 4 Atlantis
    By The Sports Xchange

    The first-round matchups were announced Tuesday for the the Battle 4 Atlantis early season tournament in the Bahamas and some of college basketball's heavyweights are involved.

    • First-round games on Nov. 26 at Imperial Arena in Paradise Island include Oklahoma against UCLA, Florida facing Georgetown, North Carolina taking on Butler and Wisconsin playing UAB.

      The UCLA-Oklahoma winner meets the North Carolina-Butler winner the following day, and the Wisconsin-UAB and Florida-Georgetown winners also will square off on Nov. 27. The championship game will be played Nov. 28.

      Wisconsin, North Carolina, Florida and Oklahoma are expected to be among the top 15 teams when the preseason college basketball polls come out this fall.

      Among the top players in the tournament will be Wisconsin's Frank Kaminsky and Sam Dekker, North Carolina's Marcus Paige, Georgetown's D'Vauntes Smith-Rivera and Florida's Chris Walker.

      Villanova is the defending champion.

  • Friday, August 1, 2014
    UCLA to replace Pauley floor
    By The Sports Xchange

    UCLA won't be able to salvage the famed basketball court in Pauley Pavilion after water from a broken main damaged the hardwood floor this week.

    • Athletic director Dan Guerrero said Friday that the floor would be replaced by late October in time for the start of the college basketball regular season.

      A broken water main on nearby Sunset Boulevard unleased 20 million gallons on the campus Tuesday. Pauley Pavilion, the 13,800-seat arena where the legendary John Wooden coached and some of college basketball's greats won eight of his 10 national championships, was covered with 10 inches of water. Attempts to save the floor, which cost $500,000, were unsuccessful.

      The facility had undergone a $136 million renovation two years ago. Men's and women's basketball and volleyball and women's gymnastics compete in Pauley.

      In addition to the court, the floor in the Hall of Fame at the J.D. Morgan Center and the court in the John Wooden Center used for women's volleyball will be replaced.

      Six campus facilities were damaged in the flooding. The Arthur Ashe Student Health and Wellness Center and the Drake Track and Field Stadium reopened Thursday.

      About 400 cars that were submerged on campus in underground parking structures were being towed Friday, the university said. Approximately 270 cars not affected by the water were removed earlier.

  • Wednesday, July 30, 2014
    G Mayo passes up senior year at Marquette
    By The Sports Xchange

    Guard Todd Mayo is leaving Marquette before his senior season to pursue professional opportunities, the school announced Wednesday.

    • Mayo averaged 11.3 points, 2.7 rebounds and 2.0 assists last season as a junior for the Golden Eagles.

      "We wish Todd nothing but the best and appreciate his contributions to the program, not only since I arrived at Marquette, but during his entire career," Marquette coach Steve Wojciechowski said. "I completely understand his desire to continue his career at the professional level and support his decision."

      Mayo, who is 23 years old, was suspended for one game last season after violating team rules and was academically ineligible during the 2012-13 season. He is the younger brother of Milwaukee Bucks guard O.J. Mayo.

      Todd Mayo's departure means Marquette's 2014-15 team will have to replace the top four scorers from last season.

  • Tuesday, July 29, 2014
    Kentucky great 'Wah Wah' Jones dies
    By The Sports Xchange

    Legendary Kentucky multi-sport standout Wallace "Wah Wah" Jones died at age 88 on Sunday in Lexington, Ky.

    • The 6-foot-4 Jones played on the Wildcats' "Fabulous Five" teams that won NCAA championships in 1948 and 1949. The All-American also won an Olympic gold medal at the 1948 Games. His Kentucky jersey was retired in 2012 along with Fav Five teammates Cliff Barker, Ralph Beard, Alex Groza and Kenny Rollins.

      "Sad to hear of the passing of arguably the greatest UK athlete, Wah Wah Jones. He was an All-American under Adolph Rupp and Bear Bryant," Kentucky basketball coach John Calipari tweeted. "#BBN, please join me in praying for both his family and friends. He will be missed."

      As a football player, Jones lettered from 1945 to 1948 on teams coached by Bear Bryant and was named first-team All-Southeastern Conference in 1946 as a defensive end. His football number also was retired -- the only athlete with two uniform numbers retired at Kentucky.

      The versatile Jones played baseball and ran track at Kentucky.

      After college, he was drafted by the Chicago Bears, offered a baseball contract by the Boston Braves and drafted by the Washington Capitols in the Basketball Association of America.

  • Tuesday, July 22, 2014
    Mudiay agrees to $1.2 million deal in China
    By The Sports Xchange

    Southern Methodist University signee Emmanuel Mudiay reached a deal to play for Guangdong Southern Tigers in the China Basketball Association.

    • According to multiple reports, Mudiay agreed to a one-year, $1.2 million contract, the richest deal ever for a high school player in that league.

      Yahoo Sports first reported that the 6-foot-5 guard projected as a 2015 lottery pick, a Congo native, was considering the China Basketball Association. Former Texas guard Royal Ivey and Milwaukee Bucks lottery pick Yi Jianlian played for the Southern Tigers in 2013-14.

      Questions arose about eligibility as an amateur and academically after Mudiay spent two seasons at Prime Prep Academy.

      Mudiay and SMU coach Larry Brown engaged in conversation with university officials about his eligibility status as a freshman, Yahoo Sports reported. Mudiay is from Dallas and attended Prime Prep Academy in the city.

      Brown said Mudiay was accepted to SMU and enrolled in summer classes only "to be safe."

  • Sunday, July 20, 2014
    Lawson commits to Memphis
    By The Sports Xchange

    Highly-touted recruit Dedric Lawson said Sunday that he will follow his father and commit to Memphis.

    • Keelon Lawson was recently hired by the school as an assistant coach and the younger Lawson indicated he would follow him there.

      "With (my father) being on staff, there's no other college I would rather go to," Dedric Lawson said Sunday after helping Team Penny beat Boo Williams in the semifinals of the EYBL Finals at the Peach Jam.

      Team Penny will play in the championship game Sunday at 3 p.m. ET. The Peach Jam is considered the top summer tournament for high school prospects in the nation.

      Lawson, a 6-foot-8 forward, is ranked No. 7 nationally among the 2016 class, according to 247Sports. His older brother, K.J., is ranked 43rd in the 2015 class. He committed to Memphis last year.

      Dedric Lawson is the first top-10 prospect from the '16 class to commit.

  • Sunday, July 20, 2014
    NCAA refs chief to step down
    By The Sports Xchange

    NCAA head of college basketball officials John Adams plans to retire after the 2014-15 season.

    • The 65-year-old Adams made the announcement on Thursday. He has held the position since 2008 after succeeding Hank Nichols.

      "Since I've been out of the military I've only had six jobs," Adams said. "I told the first (NCAA) committee I worked for that I felt like I was living the dream, and I told the committee yesterday that I was still living the dream. How else does a guy like me get involved in arguably the best sporting event?"

      Adams started as a ref for intramural games at Indiana State and later officiated high school games. He became the officials coordinator for three conferences based in the Indianapolis area -- Horizon League, the Division II Great Lakes Valley Conference and the Division III Heartland College Athletic Conference.

      Among Adams' duties with the NCAA were to evaluate referees at the NCAA Tournament each year and at games throughout the country.

      "We've gotten younger, more athletic and more diverse in officiating, and I think the officiating has gotten better," Adams said. "So the goals I set out six years ago, we accomplished. It is time and it's also a chance to do it in my hometown. It's kind of a perfect storm."

  • Sunday, July 20, 2014
    Memphis makes father of elite recruits assistant coach
    By The Sports Xchange

    Memphis coach Josh Pastner added prominent high school coach Keelon Lawson to the Tigers' staff on Wednesday.

    • Lawson, also related to current Memphis assistant Robert Kirby, played at UAB and is the father of three elite high school recruits, including one Memphis commit and another from the Class of 2016 who is leaning toward the Tigers.

      "I'm thrilled and grateful for this opportunity," Lawson said in a statement. "I'm looking forward to working with Coach Pastner and his staff to help carry on the great tradition of Tigers basketball."

      Lawson coached at Hamilton High in Memphis. He was the last prep coach to go unbeaten as state champions in the largest classification.

      His children include K.J. Lawson, a 6-foot-7 swingman committed to play at Memphis.

      Dedric Lawson, 6-8 power forward in the Class of 2016, is ranked as a top-10 overall recruit by some services and could decide Saturday where he will play in two years. The best of the bunch is Chandler Lawson, a 6-6 wing and the favorite by multiple recruiting sites to be the No. 1 overall player in the Class of 2019.

      Keelon Lawson was hired to fill the place of Jason Gardener, who became head coach at IUPUI in April.

      He is not the first father of coveted recruits to find his way to a full-time job with a school chasing his son.

      While at Memphis, current Kentucky head coach John Calipari did the same to land Dajuan Wagner, hiring Milt Wagner. Bill Self at Kansas brought on Mario Chalmers' father, Ronnie, to bolster an eventual national championship roster.

  • Tuesday, July 15, 2014
    CBK roundup: SMU in danger of losing Mudiay
    By The Sports Xchange

    Southern Methodist University signee Emmanuel Mudiay could be weighing a career overseas and has reached out to prospective agents.

    • Yahoo Sports reported that the 6-foot-5 guard projected as a 2015 lottery pick, a Congo native, has considered the Chinese Basketball Association.

      Mudiay and SMU coach Larry Brown are in conversation with university officials about his eligibility status as a freshman, Yahoo Sports reported. Mudiay is from Dallas and attended Prime Prep Academy in the city.

      Brown said Mudiay was accepted to SMU and enrolled in summer classes.

      ---Iowa State coach Fred Hoiberg underwent surgery to replace his heart pacemaker and was discharged from the hospital on Tuesday afternoon.

      The 41-year-old Hoiberg traveled from Ames, Iowa, to the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn., for the procedure. The pacemaker originally was implanted during open-heart surgery in 2005 for enlargement of the aortic root. Hoiberg learned last weekend while working out at home that the pacemaker's batteries needed to be replaced.

      Hoiberg, a former Iowa State and NBA player, became the school's head coach in 2010 and has guided the Cyclones to three consecutive NCAA Tournament berths.

      ---Eric McKnight's transfer from Florida Gulf Coast University to Tennessee was shot down by the Southeastern Conference on Tuesday.

      The 6-foot-9 McKnight had hoped to play for the Volunteers next season as a graduate transfer after three years at Florida Gulf Coast that included a Sweet 16 appearance in 2013.

      The NCAA granted McKnight a transfer exception, but the SEC rejected the waiver and his appeal because McKnight had received disciplinary action while at Florida Gulf Coast. He was suspended for the Eagles' first six games of last season because of a school or team policy violation. McKnight averaged 6.9 points and 5.1 points for FGCU during the 2013-14 season.

      ---Iowa freshman guard Peter Jok was arrested Tuesday on his second moped-related incident this offseason.

      Jok, 20, was pulled over at 11:45 p.m. Monday for improper rear lights and failure to have a safety flag, according to reports. That followed an April 26 arrest for drunken driving on his moped along with improper lights and without a safety flag. He pleaded guilty to drunken driving on May 2, and this latest arrest for driving under suspension carries a serious misdemeanor charge.

      Jok averaged 4.4 points and 9.4 minutes last season, and has been expected to compete for a starting position next season.

  • Tuesday, July 15, 2014
    SEC rejects Tennessee transfer
    By The Sports Xchange

    Eric McKnight's transfer from Florida Gulf Coast University to Tennessee was shot down by the Southeastern Conference on Tuesday.

    • The 6-foot-9 McKnight had hoped to play for the Volunteers next season as a graduate transfer after three years at Florida Gulf Coast that included a Sweet 16 appearance in 2013.

      The NCAA granted McKnight a transfer exception, but the SEC rejected the waiver and his appeal because McKnight had received disciplinary action while at Florida Gulf Coast.

      McKnight was suspended for the Eagles' first six games of last season because of a school or team policy violation.

      "We have been informed that Eric McKnight has been denied the graduate transfer waiver by the SEC," Tennessee coach Donnie Tyndall said in a statement. "We pursued this issue through the proper protocol, and I respect the process. Although we are disappointed that Eric will not be joining our program, we are focused on moving forward."

      Tyndall was hoping that McKnight, who averaged 6.9 points and 5.1 points for FGCU during the 2013-14 season, would help fill the void left at Tennessee by the departure of front-line players Jarnell Stokes and Jeronne Maymon.

      The SEC had lifted a ban on graduate transfers in June.

  • Tuesday, July 15, 2014
    Iowa's Jok arrested for second moped incident
    By The Sports Xchange

    Iowa freshman guard Peter Jok was arrested Tuesday on his second moped-related incident this offseason.

    • Jok, 20, was pulled over at 11:45 p.m. Monday for improper rear lights and failure to have a safety flag, according to reports. That followed an April 26 arrest for drunken driving on his moped along with improper lights and without a safety flag.

      He pleaded guilty to drunken driving on May 2, and this latest arrest for driving under suspension carries a serious misdemeanor charge.

      "Fran (McCaffery) and I were made aware of the incident involving Peter Jok and a moped this morning," Iowa Athletics Director Gary Barta said in a statement Tuesday. "We don't yet know all the facts, but we are gathering those today. I'm very disappointed to learn about this, especially in light of the fact that Peter had a previous incident earlier this summer. We will work through this in accordance to our student-athlete Code of Conduct and team rules."

      Jok averaged 4.4 points and 9.4 minutes last season, and has been expected to compete for a starting position next season.

      "I made a mistake and I need to learn from it and move on and not make the same mistake again," Jok said after the April arrest.

  • Tuesday, July 15, 2014
    Hoiberg heads home after pacemaker surgery
    By The Sports Xchange

    Iowa State coach Fred Hoiberg underwent surgery to replace his heart pacemaker and was expected to be discharged from the hospital on Tuesday afternoon.

    • The 41-year-old Hoiberg traveled from Ames, Iowa, to the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn., for the procedure.

      "The surgery performed this morning at the Mayo Clinic to replace my pacemaker was successful," Hoiberg said. "The plan is for me to be discharged and allowed to return to Ames this afternoon.

      "I want to thank my doctors and nurses at the Mayo Clinic, as well as everyone that has extended their well-wishes to me. Our family truly appreciates your support."

      Hoiberg's wife, Carol, tweeted afterward, "Surgery went well and @ISUMayor32 is RECHARGED"

      The pacemaker originally was implanted during open-heart surgery in 2005 for enlargement of the aortic root. Hoiberg learned last weekend while working out at home that the pacemaker's batteries needed to be replaced.

      "I'm so hypersensitive that I can feel every heartbeat," Hoiberg said, according to The Des Moines Register. "My (heart rate) isn't supposed to go below 70, but I could feel it was lower. I could just feel it. I'd do a workout, and when I got done, I could tell my heart rate wasn't elevating. It wasn't going past 65."

      Hoiberg, a former Iowa State and NBA player, became the school's head coach in 2010 and has guided the Cyclones to three consecutive NCAA Tournament berths.

  • Monday, July 14, 2014
    Report: SMU's Mudiay weighs overseas option
    By The Sports Xchange

    Southern Methodist University signee Emmanuel Mudiay could be weighing a career overseas and has reached out to prospective agents.

    • Yahoo Sports reported that the 6-foot-5 guard projected as a 2015 lottery pick, a Congo native, has considered the Chinese Basketball Association.

      Mudiay and SMU coach Larry Brown are in conversation with university officials about his eligibility status as a freshman, Yahoo Sports reported. Mudiay is from Dallas and attended Prime Prep Academy in the city.

      Brown said Mudiay was accepted to SMU and enrolled in summer classes.

  • Wednesday, July 9, 2014
    Ex-Kansas G Tharpe headed to D-League
    By The Sports Xchange

    Former Kansas guard Naadir Tharpe has decided to forgo his final season of college eligibility and play in the NBA's Development League, CBSSports.com reported Wednesday.

    • Tharpe announced in May his decision to transfer to another school.

      "I didn't want to sit out," Tharpe told CBSSports.com. "At this point, I'd rather just try the D-League instead of sitting out a year to play a year (in college)."

      Tharpe left Kansas after playing three seasons for coach Bill Self, including a stint as the starting point guard during his junior year.

      In a joint statement with Self released on May 1, Tharpe said he was leaving Kansas to be closer to his 2-year-old daughter, Amara Grace, who had battled health issues during his time in college. Tharpe, a native of Worcester, Mass., said at the time he was interested in playing somewhere closer to home.

      Tharpe averaged 8.5 points and 5.0 assists last season for the Jayhawks.

  • Monday, July 7, 2014
    Georgia lands former UConn recruit Jackson
    By The Sports Xchange

    Point guard Will "Turtle" Jackson has decommitted from the University of Connecticut to stay closer to home to play for the University of Georgia.

    • Jackson committed to the national champion UConn Huskies in February, but the 6-foot-4 Athens, Ga., native had second thoughts after evaluating coach Kevin Ollie's deep backcourt.

      "They have a lot of guards and they signed a couple," Jackson told Scout.com. "We just thought me going somewhere else would help (and) would be better for my future."

      Jackson, who averaged 23.7 points, 7.7 assists and 6.7 rebounds per game for Athens Christian last season, is Georgia's first committment for Georgia's 2015 class. He is the No. 34 overall prospect, according to Scout.com.

      "Coach (Mark) Fox and Coach (Jonas) Hayes played a big role in my decision to switch," Jackson told Rivals. "Even after I committed to Connecticut, they still told me they will support me. They always told me what I needed to work on and that really helped me out. They never gave up on me."

      Jackson is the second guard to decommit from Ollie's program, with Prince Ali saying in May that he is keeping his options open for now.

  • Monday, July 7, 2014
    Hoosiers pick up transfer guard from ISU
    By The Sports Xchange

    Nick Zeisloft, a 6-4 redshirt junior guard who played last year at Illinois State, officially became the newest member of Tom Crean's Indiana Hoosiers on Monday.

    • Since he already has earned a degree at Illinois State, Zeisloft will be eligible this season. He has two years of eligibility remaining.

      "I really enjoyed my time with the team there on my visit," Zeisloft told The Indianapolis Star. "I felt very close with the guys when I was working out with them. They communicate and play well together. I really enjoyed how they work out together and how they kind of brought me in very easily."

      Zeisloft started 30 games for the Redbirds last season. He averaged 6.9 points while shooting 35.5 percent from 3-point range.

      "The addition of Nick allows us to spread and space the floor even more and play with more pace," Crean said.

  • Wednesday, July 2, 2014
    Report: Wojcik investigated for verbal abuse
    By The Sports Xchange

    College of Charleston coach Doug Wojcik is being investigated by the school for verbal abuse of players, according to reports Wednesday.

    • ESPN.com confirmed multiple reports that Wojcik, 50, has been under investigation for the past few weeks. The Post and Courier reported that Wojcik is expected to be placed on probation for the month of August and will also undergo counseling.

      Players reportedly didn't react well to Wojcik's style after having played for former coach Bobby Cremins. According to ESPN.com, Wojcik's rigid style was dramatically different than the laid-back Cremins.

      Wojcik is 38-29 in two seasons since arriving at Charleston. He has three years left on a five-year contract. He was previously the head coach at Tulsa, where he compiled a 140-92 mark in seven seasons.

  • Wednesday, June 25, 2014
    Matchups set for Coaches vs. Cancer
    By The Sports Xchange

    The Coaches vs. Cancer 2K Classic championship round matchups, scheduled for Nov. 21-22 in the Barclays Center in New York, were announced Wednesday.

    • Stanford will take on UNLV at 7 p.m. ET on Friday, Nov. 21, with Duke-Temple to follow the opener. The winners and losers will meet on Saturday, Nov. 22, beginning with the consolation matchup at 7 p.m. ET. The games will be televised by TruTV.

      The event previously was played in Madison Square Garden in New York. Proceeds benefit the American Cancer Society.

      The rest of the field for the Coaches vs. Cancer tournament will be announced at a later date.

  • Sunday, June 22, 2014
    Baylor C Austin has Marfan syndrome
    By The Sports Xchange

    Baylor center Isaiah Austin, an NBA hopeful, is ending his playing career after being diagnosed with Marfan syndrome, a rare genetic disorder.

    • Marfan syndrome affects the body's connective tissue. According to the Mayo Clinic, complications from it can weaken the aorta, the artery that supplies blood from the heart to the rest of the body.

      "Words can't explain how thankful I am for the time I had to play this wonderful sport. It changed my life forever," Austin wrote on Twitter. "... I would love to thank EVERYONE who has reached out to me. Toughest days of my life. But not the last! Life goes on. GOD IS STILL GREAT!"

      Baylor coach Scott Drew said in a statement on Sunday that the diagnosis means Austin will not be able to play in the NBA. Drew said he hopes Austin will return to Baylor and complete his degree.

      Austin, a 7-foot-1 sophomore, announced in April that he was leaving Baylor to enter Thursday's NBA draft.

      He averaged 12.1 points and 6.9 rebounds last season for the Bears.

  • Tuesday, June 17, 2014
    LSU hires Musselman
    By The Sports Xchange

    LSU men's basketball Coach Johnny Jones said on Tuesday that the school has hired ex-NBA head coach Eric Musselman as associate head coach. Musselman has spent the previous two years as associate head coach at Arizona State.

    • "We are excited about the addition of Coach Eric Musselman," Jones told the New Orleans Times-Picayune. "He brings a wealth of NBA and college experience that will be beneficial as we strive to continue to take LSU Basketball to new heights. He will be involved in all aspects of our program."

      Musselman was the Golden State Warriors' head coach from 2002-2004. He also guided the Sacramento Kings in 2006-2007. Musselman has made coaching stops in the CBA, USBL and NBADL.

      "I really am excited to join the LSU family, a place that has such a storied athletic program, and help Coach Jones and the staff continue to make strides," Musselman said. "It will be challenging to learn about another great conference as the SEC. Anytime you can join a program that has a Final Four appearance in the past decade and 20 NCAA Tournaments overall, you know great things can happen again."

      Musselman and his father, the late Bill Musselman, hold the distinction of becoming the first father-and-son duo to be head coaches in the NBA.

      The LSU Board of Supervisors still has to approve the hire.