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  • Tip-Off tournament moved from Puerto Rico to Florida
    By The Sports Xchange / Monday, September 26, 2016

    The 2016 Puerto Rico Tip-Off college basketball tournament is moving out of the island due to concerns about the Zika virus, according to multiple reports.

    • The eight-team tournament will instead take place at the ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex near Orlando, Fla. Arizona State, Clemson, Davidson, Missouri, Northern Iowa, Oklahoma, Tulane and Xavier will remain the participants in the event, which takes place Nov. 17-20.

      "We enjoy the beauty and accommodations that are afforded in Puerto Rico and wanted to make every effort in playing the event in San Juan, but the concern for student-athlete and spectator welfare became the primary driver in the decision," ESPN senior vice president Pete Derzis said in a statement. "We intend to return to Puerto Rico in the future."

      Coaches and staffers reportedly expressed concern about traveling to Puerto Rico, where the Zika virus continues to spread.

      The Puerto Rico Tourism Company issued a statement that read in part: "We are disappointed about this decision that we believe has been based on fear not the facts about Puerto Rico. With all the steps that we have taken to address the mosquito population and aggressive Zika education ... we firmly believe the teams would have been safe in our accommodations and our indoor and air conditioned sports facilities, enabling them to have a worry free experience in November on the island."

  • Villanova F Spellman ineligible for 2016-17 season
    By The Sports Xchange / Friday, September 23, 2016

    The NCAA has ruled Villanova freshman power forward Omari Spellman ineligible for the 2016-17 basketball season and he will be an academic redshirt, the school announced Friday.

    • Spellman will continue to receive an athletic scholarship and practice with the team. He retains four seasons of athletic eligibility.

      The NCAA determined Spellman did not complete his initial eligibility requirements in time despite graduating from high school in 2016.

      "We are extremely disappointed for Omari," Villanova coach Jay Wright said in a statement. "While we don't agree with the NCAA's decision, we are members of the association and respect it. We understand why the NCAA felt it had to rule this way. We will make a positive out of this for Omari. He will concentrate on his academics and individual development this season. In the long run, Omari will be a better student and player for this experience."

      The 6-foot-9, 275-pound Spellman, from St. Thomas More School in Connecticut, was considered a five-star prospect in the 2016 class.

      The Wildcats are the defending national champions after defeating North Carolina in the NCAA title game.

  • Georgia Tech hires Stansbury as AD
    By The Sports Xchange / Thursday, September 22, 2016

    Georgia Tech has appointed former football player Todd Stansbury as its new athletic director.

    • Stansbury was Oregon State's athletic director for the past year. He was also Central Florida's AD from 2012-15.

      Stansbury, 55, was a middle linebacker at Georgia Tech from 1980-84. He also was the university's assistant athletic director for academics from 1988-95.

      "I am honored and humbled to have the opportunity to return to Georgia Tech, a place that has played such a large role in my life and the place responsible for opening up a world to me that I didn't even know existed," Stansbury said in a statement. "I am thankful to President (Bud) Peterson and the selection committee for providing me this opportunity."

      Stansbury replaces Mike Bobinski, who recently departed to become Purdue's athletic director.

      "Todd Stansbury is committed to athletes' success both on and off the field," Peterson said in a statement. "His global perspective and leadership experience in athletics and development, combined with a lifelong passion for Georgia Tech, make him the ideal candidate.

      "I believe this is one of those rare golden moments in life where opportunity meets ambition. We welcome him home."

  • Miami won't suspend F Huell for incident with ex-girlfriend
    By The Sports Xchange / Wednesday, September 21, 2016

    Miami Hurricanes freshman forward Dewan Huell will not be suspended following a charge of misdemeanor battery, with coach Jim Larranaga calling it "an internal matter."

    • Huell, 19, was arrested last week at Florida International University, with campus police saying he attacked a man who was with his ex-girlfiend. Huell was later released on $1,5000 bond. No punches were reported to be thrown in the incident.

      "I feel like it's an internal matter," Miami coach Jim Larranaga said, via the Miami Herald. "Dewan is a great kid. I've gotten to know him better and better since he arrived on campus in June. He knows he made a mistake, and we will handle it internally."

      The 6-foot-11, 220-pound Huell was a McDonald's All-American at Miami Norland High, where he averaged 19.2 points and 9.1 rebounds per game as a senior, and was rated as the No. 21 recruit in the country by ESPN.

  • Report: George Washington dismisses coach
    By The Sports Xchange / Saturday, September 17, 2016

    Mike Lonergan is out as George Washington basketball coach, according to a USA Today report Friday night.

    • The school fired the 50-year-old Lonergan amid reports of player abuse. The coaching staff was given the news on Friday evening, but no official announcement was made by the university.

      Lonergan, hired at the school in 2011, was accused in July of verbal and emotional abuse of his players, The Washington Post reported. Players and coaches were interviewed by an independent firm after the allegations surfaced.

      The players apparently told investigators that Lonergan said things about the school's athletic director, other players on the team and at least one opposing player.

      One George Washington player told The Post that he wanted to stay at the school but would not play for Longeran. At least three players have transferred from the program in the past four years.

      George Washington won the NIT championship last season.

      Lonergan-coached teams have made two appearances in the NCAA Tournament (Vermont, 2010; George Washington, 2014). The Washington D.C.-area native's career record in Division I is 223-138.

      George Washington opens the 2016-17 season on Nov. 11 at home against Maryland-Eastern Shore.

  • Mississippi St. gets verbal committment from Weatherspoon
    By The Sports Xchange / Monday, September 12, 2016

    Mississippi State landed a verbal committment from point guard Nick Weatherspoon for coach Ben Howland's class of 2017 during an official school visit over the weekend.

    • Weatherspoon will join older brother Quinndary, who made an impact for the Bulldogs as a freshman last season.

      "I was so close to these guys and I just see myself playing really well here at the point guard position," Nick Weatherspoon said. "I really trust coach Ben Howland. He will do things to help me get better as a guard and put me in position to play at even the next level in one or two years."

      The 6-foot-2 Weatherspoon is ranked as the No. 32 prospect in the country by ESPN and No. 20 by Rivals. He was a first-team all-state honoree last season while averaging 22.8 points, 5.5 rebounds, 4.2 assists and 2.1 steals per game for Velma Jackson in Mississippi.

      Weatherspoon had been scheduled to visit NC State last weekend, but does not plan to make that trip or any others despite having offers from North Carolina, Louisville and Ohio State.

      "They checked on me every day," Weatherspoon told the Clarion Ledger of Howland's staff. "I didn't talk to the other head coaches like I talked to Coach Howland. I am firmly with Mississippi State and I am really happy about that."

      It also helped having an older brother already in the program.

      "It had a lot to do with it," Weatherspoon said. "I really want to get to play with my brother again."

  • South Carolina lands 7-1 commit Cudd
    By The Sports Xchange / Monday, September 12, 2016

    Jason Cudd, a 7-foot-1 center out of Socastee, S.C., officially committed to the Gamecocks on Monday after visiting the campus over the weekend, according to The State.

    • Cudd had also considered offers from East Carolina and Tulane, but said he thought he would be a good fit in Gamecocks coach Frank Martin's scheme.

      "They showed me how they use their big men and the style of play that they play," Cudd said, via The State. "I think it would be a great fit. They throw the ball inside a lot. They run the offense thru the big man."

      Cudd averaged 12 points and 8.0 rebounds last season, and is the first commitment in the Gamecocks' class of 2017.

      Cudd becomes the first Gamecock commitment for the 2017 class.

      "He's a really good outside shooter," Socastee coach Derrick Hilton told The State. "He's active and runs the floor. He's a kid who wants to get better and we're trying to get him stronger. He's not bad close to the rim but he's not overly athletic. We've got to get him more active but he has a presence."

  • Top recruit Ayton surprises with Arizona committment
    By The Sports Xchange / Wednesday, September 7, 2016

    Five-star big man DeAndre Ayton, the top-rated prospect in the country in the 2017 class by several recruiting services, announced on ESPN that he has verbally committed to Arizona.

    • The 7-foot-1, 245-pounder was born in the Bahamas and averaged 21 points, 16 rebounds and almost four blocked shots per game for Hillcrest Academy in Phoenix last season. Ayton was heavily recruited by several top programs, including Kansas and Kentucky.

      Ayton entered the summer leaning toward Kansas, but cited the relationship the Arizona coaching staff forged with himself and his mother, Andrea, in ultimately choosing the Wildcats.

      "It's close to home, and I really built a great relationship with Coach (Sean) Miller and (Joe) Pasternak," Ayton told ESPN in making his announcement Tuesday. "It's important to me for my mom to see me play - and to be close to her."

      Ayton, 18, was born in Nassau and moved to San Diego in the seventh grade, and is now in his second season at Hillcrest. He is considered an athletic big man who can play the post and also step out to the perimeter and hit shots.

      Ayton also dispelled rumors he may forego college and play overseas until eligible for the NBA Draft.

      "College is a must," he told ESPN. "My family wants me to go to college. It's important for me and my mom. I want to go to Arizona and win a national championship. Arizona won its only national title 20 years ago - and I'd like to help bring another one to Tucson."

      Ayton averaged 20.1 points and 11.9 rebounds on the Nike EYBL circuit over the spring and summer. He joins Michael Porter Jr. (Washington) as top recruits for 2017 to make verbal commitments. Arizona has also landed a commitment from ESPN 100 guard Alex Barcello.

  • Xavier suspends Davis indefinitely
    By The Sports Xchange / Friday, September 2, 2016

    Xavier announced senior guard Myles Davis has been suspended indefinitely and may not return to the program.

    • The school's press release did not say what led to Davis' suspension, citing student privacy laws, but the Cincinnati Enquirer reported last month that Davis' ex-girlfriend had filed a protective order after alledging he had threatened her, damaged her cellphone and attempted "to punch through (her) windows."

      Davis has denied the woman's allegation, but is not allowed to come within 500 feet of her - and 10 feet on campus - per the protective order.

      "Myles Davis is suspended indefinitely from all basketball related activities," Xavier coach Chris Mack said in the school's release. "Playing basketball for Xavier is a privilege and we have high expectations for how our student-athletes represent our university. Unless Myles meets those expectations he will not be a part of our program."

      Davis averaged 10.8 points and led the Mustakeers with 4.1 assists per game last season.

      Meanwhile, Mack announced 6-6, 195-pound forward Malcolm Bernard has committed to the Muskateers as a graduate transfer from Florida A&M.

      Bernard, a native of Middleburgh, Fla., was a 2015-16 Second Team All-Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference selection after leading the MEAC ranking 10th in the nation with an average of 2.3 steals per game in his lone season at FAMU. He played his first two seasons for Charleston Southern.

      "I am really excited for Malcolm to be a part of our program," said Mack. "It's very evident through his recruitment that Malcolm wants to win. He has tremendous versatility with his ability to defend multiple positions and offensively one of his best attributes is his ability to find the open man. He's an excellent athlete who excels in transition. Malcolm was a great fit with his new teammates and will be entering his fifth year of college basketball. Anytime you can add that type of experience to your roster with the right type of person it's a great addition."

  • UNLV adds another transfer in Baxter
    By The Sports Xchange / Friday, September 2, 2016

    Forward Troy Baxter Jr. committed to UNLV a week after being granted a release from his letter of intent to South Florida.

    • The 6-foot-8, 195-pound Tallahassee, Fla. native has also planned on visiting UCLA and Arizona State before landing with the Rebels. Baxter Jr. averaged 17.0 points, 7.0 rebounds and 1.5 blocks at Oldsmar Christian High School last season and was a consensus four-star recruit.

      "I felt comfortable and relaxed (at South Florida) when first committing," Baxter Jr. told the Las Vegas Review-Journal. "But as time went on, that changed. In the end, it just wasn't the place for me."

      The South Florida program is being investigated by the NCAA for possible academic fraud, although it is uncertain how much that played into Baxter Jr.'s decision to decommitt.

      UNLV coach Marvin Menzies also added St. John's graduate transfer Christian Jones with only one forward returning from the 2015-16 roster.

      "I was really impressed with Coach Menzies and his style and his staff and the vision for the future," Baxter told the Review-Journal. "He wants to bring championships back to UNLV."

  • Oregon lands transfer White from Georgetown
    By The Sports Xchange / Thursday, September 1, 2016

    Wing forward Paul White announced he will transfer to Oregon, where he will sit out the 2016-17 season per NCAA transfer rules.

    • A top-50 recruit in 2014 who signed with Georgetown, White played only 67 minutes as a sophomore for the Hoyas last season while dealing with injuries.

      "University of Oregon will be my new home!" White wrote on his Twitter account Wednesday. "Thank you to the whole Oregon family for making me a Duck now. Time to work."

      The 6-foot-8 Chicago native averaged 5.0 points, 2.8 rebounds and 1.2 assists per game last season.

  • G White transfers from Nebraska to Syracuse
    By The Sports Xchange / Sunday, August 28, 2016

    Nebraska graduate transfer guard Andrew White committed to Syracuse on Sunday.

    • Because the 6-foot-7, 220-pound White has already graduated from Nebraska, he will be eligible to play for coach Jim Boeheim's Orange immediately.

      "Excited to join Syracuse Basketball," White tweeted Sunday.

      White averaged 16.6 points and 5.9 rebounds in 34 games with the Cornhuskers last season. He made 41 percent of his 3-point attempts.

      White also considered VCU, which is located in his hometown of Richmond, Va. In addition, he made visits to Miami and Michigan State.

      White spent his first two seasons at Kansas and played sparingly before transferring to Nebraska.

  • Providence coach Cooley undergoes back surgery
    By The Sports Xchange / Tuesday, August 23, 2016

    Providence coach Ed Cooley underwent back surgery earlier this week to repair a herniated disc.

    • Cooley told CBS Sports that he underwent a two-hour procedure on Monday. He is expected to be on the sidelines when the Friars open the season against Vermont on Nov. 14.

      Cooley, who turns 47 next month, said he has bothered by back pain most of last season. It continued in the offseason so he decided to have the surgery.

      Providence will be seeking its fourth straight NCAA tournament appearance this season but lost star guard Kris Dunn, who went to the Minnesota Timberwolves with the No. 5 overall pick in June's NBA draft.

  • Oregon F Brooks out indefinitely
    By The Sports Xchange / Tuesday, August 23, 2016

    Oregon junior forward Dillon Brooks will be sidelined indefinitely after requiring surgery on his left foot.

    • Ducks coach Dana Altman was unsure when Brooks will be able to renew preparing for the upcoming season.

      "He's going to be out for a while," Altman said. "He had surgery and we'll just have to wait and see what the doctors say."

      The surgery prevented Brooks from joining Oregon on a four-game trip to Spain. The first contest was Tuesday and the final game of the trek is Aug. 31.

      Brooks averaged 16.7 points, 5.4 rebounds and 3.1 assists last season while earning first-team All-Pac 12 honors. He led the Ducks to their first conference regular-season title since 2002 and a No. 1 seed in the NCAA Tournament.

      Brooks entered his name in the NBA draft and later withdrew it to return to Oregon.

      His return has prompted high expectations for the Ducks but junior guard Casey Benson feels the squad has enough depth to deal with Brooks' absence.

      "I feel for Dillon, but other guys have to step up while he's out," Benson told reporters. "It will thrust guys into a bigger role than maybe they expected. Dillon Brooks was a big part of the team and we have to pick up the slack when he's out."

      Brooks injured the foot earlier this summer but it didn't respond to treatments.

      Oregon opens the regular season on Nov. 11 against Army.

  • Arkansas lands four-star recruit Perry
    By The Sports Xchange / Thursday, August 18, 2016

    Forward Reggie Perry announced on Twitter that he has committed to Arkansas.

    • The 6-foot-8, 225-pound native of Thomasville, Ga. is rated as a four-star recruit by ESPN, which rates Perry as the No. 17 power forward prospect in the Class of 2018. Rivals rates him as the No. 73 prospect in the country.

      Perry joins three-star guard Isaiah Joe as 2018 commitments for embattled Arkansas coach Mike Anderson. The Razorbacks have missed the NCAA Tournament in four of Anderson's five seasons.

  • Florida Gulf Coast lands Texas Tech transfer
    By The Sports Xchange / Thursday, August 18, 2016

    Florida Gulf Coast coach Joe Dooley has added former Texas Tech wing C.J. Williamson to the Eagles’ roster.

    • The 6-foot-6 Williamson will need to sit out the 2016-17 season due to NCAA transfer rules, but will have three years of eligibility remaining. Williamson, who is from Orlando, averaged 1.8 points, 0.9 rebounds and 7.0 minutes in 20 games as a freshman for the Red Raiders.

      Williamson officially visited Florida Gulf Coast on Sunday, and reportedly received interest from Virginia Tech and Ole Miss. With FGSU beginning classes Wednesday, Williamson needed to make his decision this week.

      "I wanted to come back home and do what's best for my family right now," Williamson said, per the Naples Daily News. "They won't have to travel to see me play. They can come home to all my games in Florida and I feel like Coach Dooley and his staff have a great system."

      Williamson was granted his transfer from Texas Tech last week, and joins 6-10, 250-pound junior center Ricky Doyle of Michigan as recent transfers to join the Eagles program, which now boasts seven players from the state of Florida.

      "I know everybody on the team," Williamson said. "There's nobody I don't know."

      Florida Gulf Coast is the defending Atlantic Sun tournament champion, and begins the 2016-17 season in Jacksonville on Nov. 11. While he will be watching from the bench this season, Williamson joins a program that loses only two seniors from last season. He was rated a three-star prospect by ESPN and Rivals, and can play point guard, off-guard or small forward.

      "I'll kill in this league -- the Atlantic Sun," Williamson told the Naples Daily News. "I want to help my team get back to the tournament, that's all."

  • Former Butler standout Cornette dies at age 35
    By The Sports Xchange / Tuesday, August 16, 2016

    Former Butler basketball player Joel Cornette died of natural causes at the age of 35 Tuesday morning.

    • Cornette died of natural causes, the university announced on behalf of the Cornette Family.

      "This morning, we spoke with the Cornette Family, who has confirmed that their beloved son and brother, Joel, passed away early this morning due to natural causes," the statement said. "They are shocked and devastated by this news. The Butler Family also mourns the loss of one of our favorite Bulldogs. Additional information will be released by the Cornette Family as it becomes available. Please join us in keeping the Cornette Family in your thoughts and prayers."

      Cornette had 1,100 points, 712 rebounds and 144 blocks and graduated in 2003 after leading the Bulldogs to three NCAA Tournament appearances -- including Butler's first Sweet 16 team -- and 100 total wins in his four seasons.

      Cornette served on the Butler coaching staff for the 2006-07 season as the team's coordinator of basketball operations before going to Iowa as a member of Todd Lickliter's staff.

      He became an NBPA-certified player-agent and had served as the Director of Basketball Recruiting at Priority Sports since January, 2012.

  • Georgia Tech names Griffin interim AD
    By The Sports Xchange / Thursday, August 11, 2016

    Georgia Tech named Paul Griffin interim athletic director and formed a search committee charged with locating a long-term replacement for Mike Bobinski.

    • Griffin had 11 years experience at Georgia Tech as associate athletic director to Dave Braine and then to Dan Radakovich. Griffin also had a previous stint as interim AD.

      Bobinski left for the same position at Purdue. He was hired at Georgia Tech in January 2013.

      He was athletic director at South Florida for 15 years.

      After his tenure in Tampa came to abrupt end in March 2001, when he was forced to resign by USF President Judy Genshaft for alleged racial discrimination within the women's basketball program, he spent several months as Arkansas State athletic director before landing at Georgia Tech.

      A nine-person committee will be finalized before Griffin starts his interim post Aug. 29.

  • Buffalo transfer Bearden commits to Western Kentucky
    By The Sports Xchange / Tuesday, August 2, 2016

    Former Buffalo point guard Lamonte Bearden has committed to play for Western Kentucky, according to CBSSports.com.

    • Bearden will have two years of eligibility remaining after sitting out the 2016-17 season due to NCAA transfer rules.

      Bearden was instrumental in leading Buffalo to Mid-American Conference tournament titles each of the past two seasons, and averaged 13.7 points and 4.2 assists per game last season. He was suspended for three games in February for "conduct detrimental to the team," which WKBW's Shawn Stepner reported to be a positive test for marijuana. Another positive test would have resulted in a year-long suspension, per university rules.

      Bearden, who as the No. 28 point guard two years ago was the highest-rated recruit to choose Buffalo, was granted his release from the program last month.

      The Bulls also lost fellow point guard Jarryn Skeete to graduation this offseason. Sophomore C.J. Massinburg and junior college recruit Dontay Carruthers are likely to compete for the starting point guard job.

      Bearden had reportedly considered Miami, Wisconsin, Iowa State, Texas A&M, Arizona, TCU and Nevada before surprisingly settling on Western Kentucky.

      Earlier this offseason, the Hilltoppers did land a five-star recruit in Mitchell Robinson, who was rated as the No. 15 overall prospect in the country in the 2017 class by ESPN.

  • Nick Marshall says he's not returning to Memphis
    By The Sports Xchange / Monday, August 1, 2016

    Memphis center Nick Marshall tweeted that he will not be returning to the Tigers next season following a bizarre offseason that saw the center tell coach Tubby Smith that he would be spending time with his sick mother when he in fact left school to be with a pregnant girlfriend, according to CBSSports.com.

    • In a tweet that was posted before Marshall's account was turned private but captured by CollegeBasketballTalk.com, Marshall wrote: "(I know) people want me to come back to Memphis but I can't, "It's a choice I made and it's a choice I'm sticking with. I’m very sorry."

      The lone returning center on the offseason roster, Marshall averaged 3.1 points and 2.7 rebounds per game as a freshman reserve last season.

  • BYU lands former Houston guard Rose
    By The Sports Xchange / Wednesday, July 27, 2016

    Guard L.J. Rose has decided to enroll at BYU and will be eligible to play immediately as a graduate transfer.

    • The 6-foot-3 Rose averaged 5.7 points and 3.6 assists while playing previously at Baylor and Houston, playing in a total of 82 games, with 44 starts. He missed all but two games last season due to a foot injury and was granted a medical redshirt.

      "L.J. will add great experience and talent to our guard line," coach Cougars Dave Rose said. "We're excited about the leadership he will bring on the court and in the locker room. He will make us a deeper and more versatile team."

      Rose averaged 8.9 points, 2.5 rebounds and 5.5 assists as a sophomore in 2013-14, and 9.8 points, 2.5 rebounds and 5.3 assists the following season.

      The Houston native was the No. 63-rated overall prospect by ESPN.com coming out of Westbury Christian.

  • Bolden leaving UCLA to turn pro
    By The Sports Xchange / Wednesday, July 27, 2016

    UCLA Bruins power forward Jonah Bolden has decided to leave the program to turn professional.

    • The 6-foot-10, 215-pound Sydney native averaged 4.6 points, 4.8 rebounds and 21.7 minutes in 31 games in 2015-16, his first season with the team after sitting out a year because his transfer from Bolden's school in Australia did not conform with NCAA rules.

      The school would not comment on Bolden's academic standing, citing privacy laws to the Los Angeles Times. His departure leaves freshman T.J. Leaf and junior Gyorgy Goloman as the team's top returning power forwards.

      Bolden joins guard Kobe Paras as players to leave the Bruins program since the end of last season. Paras withdrew from school last month due to academic issues and has since signed with Creighton.

  • Former Southern Miss player Mills shot, killed
    By The Sports Xchange / Tuesday, July 26, 2016

    Jonathan Mills, who played two seasons on the Southern Miss basketball team, was shot and killed in his hometown of Chicago on Monday, according to Chicago police.

    • The 26-year-old Mills was shot several times around 1:30 p.m. near his old high school, North Lawndale College Prep.

      Mills planned to practice Monday at the high school gym to stay in shape for a shot at making an overseas team, North Lawndale basketball coach Lewis Thorpe told the Chicago Tribune.

      "My heart just dropped," Thorpe said of his reaction when he heard of the shooting and rushed to the scene. "(Mills' mother) was taking it really hard. She just didn't understand. She's trying to find out why this happened. ...

      "I am so shocked. When I say he was well liked ... everybody loved him."

      Mills' coach at Southern Miss, Donnie Tyndall, told ESPN.com, "He was a great kid. City-tough but a kindhearted kid. Straight warrior on the floor but a kid I would let babysit my daughters. He told me he loved me every time we talked. Just tragic."

      Mills, 6-foot-6 and 230 pounds, was an all-state forward at North Lawndale, then spent two years at Utah State University Eastern before moving to Southern Miss. He averaged 9.3 points and 8.0 rebounds in his final season with the Golden Eagles.

      He later played for a pro team in London, Ontario, and a semi-pro team in Chicago.

      "The University of Southern Mississippi family is truly saddened to learn of the death of former Golden Eagle men's basketball great Jonathan Mills," athletic director Bill McGillis said in a statement. "Jonathan brought great joy to the Southern Miss fan base through his infectious personality, his passion for the game, his relentless pursuit of excellence, and his tough, hard-nosed, blue-collar style of play. He was a winner.

      "Jonathan made immense contributions on the court, in the locker room and in the community. He left an indelible mark on our basketball program and university, and our prayers are with his family, friends, former coaches and teammates."

  • Oklahoma State's Coger died of enlarged heart
    By The Sports Xchange / Friday, July 22, 2016

    Oklahoma State basketball player Tyrek Coger died from an enlarged heart, the Oklahoma State Medical Examiner's Office announced Friday.

    • Coger, 21, collapsed following a 40-minute team workout Thursday afternoon.

      The medical examiner's office said the death was "natural."

      Coger was transported to Stillwater Medical Center, where he was pronounced dead at 6:23 p.m. CT.

      Oklahoma State coach Brad Underwood broke down at a press conference on Friday while discussing Coger.

      "This is the hardest couple of days I've ever experienced in my coaching life," Underwood said. "You say goodbye to players when they graduate and that's one thing. Making that phone call to a mother is -- there's no words."

      Underwood was recruiting in Las Vegas when he heard the news.

      The 6-foot-8 Coger, a junior-college transfer, arrived on campus July 5.

      "Tyrek was excited to be at Oklahoma State and had such passion for the game and was looking forward to being an OSU Cowboy," Underwood previously said in a statement. "Losing a member of the team is like losing a member of the family. But we know our loss pales in comparison to the pain his family is going through."

      University officials said Friday that Coger didn't appear to be having any issues during Thursday's workout on the football stadium stairs.

      But a short time after the conclusion of the workout, Coger was experiencing distress and paramedics arrived at 5:08 p.m. Coger arrived at Stillwater Medical Center at 5:48 and died 35 minutes later.

      The temperature was 99 degrees at the time of the workout, according to the Stillwater News Press.

      Oklahoma State athletic director Mike Holder said the school will examine its summer practice procedures in the wake of Coger's death.

      Coger was a graduate of Word of God Christian Academy in Raleigh, N.C. The 6-foot-9 forward played the 2013-14 season at East Florida State, sat out the 2014-15 academic year and resumed his studies at Cape Fear Community College in Wilmington, N.C., last year.

      In his lone season at Cape Fear, he averaged 12.2 points and 7.0 rebounds while shooting 52.6 percent from the field.

  • GW players accuse Lonergan of verbal, emotional abuse
    By The Sports Xchange / Thursday, July 21, 2016

    During Mike Lonergan's five-year tenure as head basketball coach at George Washington, 13 players have transferred.

    • A report on Thursday from The Washington Post asserts the reason for the high number of transfers starts with Lonergan and the offensive and abusive environment he created according to some players.

      "A lot of kids transfer because they have delusions of grandeur. Nobody transferred from GW with delusions of grandeur. They just transferred because they hated (Lonergan). They couldn't stand another second of him," one player told the Post.

      Lonergan declined to be interviewed for the Post story, but did issue a statement.

      "I will not respond to anonymous, unfounded allegations," Lonergan said. "These types of accusations have already been investigated by the University and found to be groundless.

      "Those who know me know that I conduct myself and run my program with integrity. I have a long record of graduating student-athletes who go on to be successful in life. I am proud of my student-athletes' success on the court and in the classroom, and I am focused on preparing for the upcoming season."

      The Post's investigation uncovered reports of previous abuse complaints and that the school was aware of some of those allegations against Lonergan.

      One player logged a complaint in April with the Title IX coordinator. Lonergan was accused of denigrating players and making repeated graphic remarks about the school's athletic director.

      One accusation says Lonergan told a player he should transfer to a transgender league.

      The Title IX coordinator, Rory Muhammad, told the player that the school had looked into Lonergan's behavior previously and that the issue had been "handled."

      The Post quoted another player who said, "I don't think the guy should be in sports. I don't think what he said should be tolerated. I would like to stay at GW. I will not play for Mike Lonergan."

      GW has made three consecutive postseason appearances. Last season, the Colonials' 28 wins were a school record, and the team won the NIT.