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  • Friday, May 29, 2015
    Ex-Vanderbilt G Parker dies in drowning accident
    By The Sports Xchange

    Former Vanderbilt guard Dai-Jon Parker died Thursday after drowning while tubing in Indiana. He was 22 years old.

    • The Indianapolis Star reported that a body was found at the bottom of the Morse Reservoir on Thursday night after witnesses saw a man thrown from an inter-tube when he hit a wave while being pulled behind a boat. The man was not wearing a life jacket, according to the report.

      Vanderbilt coach Kevin Stallings confirmed the news Friday morning.

      "We are extremely saddened with the news of Dai-Jon's death," Stallings said in a statement. "Everyone who watched him play basketball knew what kind of athlete he was. But, to those of us who knew him and loved him, he was as good and happy of a person as you would ever meet. He always had a smile on his face, and I will always remember him for that smile and the positive spirit he had. We send our deepest condolences and prayers to his family, friends, and others who were lucky enough to have met him."

      Parker, a Baton Rouge, La., native, played three seasons at Vanderbilt. He started 26 games during his junior season in 2013-14.

      Parker transferred to Division II University of Indianapolis for his senior season. He started all 31 games for Indianapolis last season, averaging 9.4 points and 2.6 rebounds per game.

      "The entire University of Indianapolis community mourns the loss of Dai-Jon Parker, a senior student-athlete with a vibrant personality who had a great future ahead," the school said in a statement. "This is a tragic situation for everyone involved and UIndy is offering counseling and support to the people closest to him. Please keep Dai-Jon's family, friends and teammates in your thoughts and prayers."

  • Thursday, May 28, 2015
    Monasch out as St. John's AD
    By The Sports Xchange

    St. John's athletic director Chris Monasch resigned Thursday to "pursue new leadership opportunities."

    • His last day on the job at his alma mater is June 30. The New York Daily News reported that Monasch was told that he would be replaced.

      Several reports indicated that Sacramento Kings general manager Pete D'Alessandro might be in line for the job. He is a St. John's alum.

      Monasch was hired in 2005. His tenure included some missteps, including alienting professional golfer Keegan Bradley, a St. John's alumnus.

      One of Monasch's hires, men's basketball coach Steve Lavin, and the school agreed to a mutual parting after the 2014-15 season. In five seasons, Lavin posted an 81-55 record with one NCAA Tournament appearance.

      Former St. John's standout Chris Mullin was named the school's new head coach on April 1. He is a member of the Basketball Hall of Fame who played on St. John's 1985 Final Four team and won two Olympic gold medals.

  • Tuesday, May 26, 2015
    Aaron leaves Louisville for USC
    By The Sports Xchange

    Guard/forward Shaqquan Aaron is transferring to USC after his freshman season at Louisville.

    • The former top 50 recruit out of high school in Seattle picked the Trojans over San Diego State, according to a Scout.com report on Tuesday. Aaron will sit out the 2015-16 season and have three years of eligibility remaining.

      Aaron's first and only season at Louisville was a rocky one. He was forced to sit out the first nine games after the NCAA ruled that he received impermissible benefits for housing on a recruiting visit while in high school. Once he became eligible, the lithe, 6-foot-7 Aaron weighed only 168 pounds, saw limited minutes (7.2 per game) and struggled defensively and with his shooting, hitting just 26 percent from the field.

      Aaron's best game for the Cardinals came in a Jan. 4 win over Wake Foresst when he scored 11 points.

      Aaron grew up in southern California before moving to Seattle for his final two years in high school.

  • Tuesday, May 26, 2015
    Northwestern, Collins agree to extension
    By The Sports Xchange

    Chris Collins agreed to a contract extension with Northwestern.

    • Collins, 41, has completed two seasons as Wildcats head coach and the deal, reported by the Chicago Tribune, keeps Collins in Evanston for the "foreseeable future."

      The school did not confirm the deal and the length of the extension is uncertain.

      "It's in the ballpark of what guys in our league are making," Collins told the paper. "I want to be at Northwestern and love what we're doing. I just wanted to be treated fairly."

      Collins, who played high school basketball in nearby Northbrook before going on to play and coach under Mike Krzyzewski at Duke, is 29-36 with the Wildcats.

  • Friday, May 22, 2015
    Georgia extends Fox's contract
    By The Sports Xchange

    After leading Georgia to its first NCAA Tournament berth since 2011, Bulldogs coach Mark Fox received a contract extension through the 2019-20 season.

    • The extension was approved Thursday by the UGA Athletics Association Board of Directors.

      Fox took over at Georgia in 2010 and led the Bulldogs to 21 wins and an NCAA Tournament spot in his first season before missing the postseason two years in a row. In 2013-14, Georgia reached the Postseason NIT and this past season won 21 games en route to a second NCAA Tournament appearance under Fox.

      Georgia finished 11-7 in the Southeastern Conference in 2014-15 to tie for third in the standings. The Bulldogs, seeded 10th in the NCAA Tournament, lost to No. 7 seed Michigan State in the round of 64.

      "Six years ago, I envisioned that together we could heal and build a great basketball program at the University of Georgia,” Fox said. "The collective efforts of many people now allow us to praise our team on the court, in the classroom, and in our community. This pride, along with the passion of the Dawg Nation, provide great energy as we strive to achieve even higher levels of success."

      Georgia athletic director Greg McGarity said he discussed an extension with Fox, who has a 106-89 overall record with the Bulldogs, during the season.

      "I am very pleased the board approved the extension, and we are very appreciative of the leadership Mark provides to our basketball program," McGarity said. "Mark continues to build on the solid foundation he has established as our head coach.

      "We have a healthy program that’s getting healthier every year, and Mark Fox is the reason that's happening. His leadership, the way he represents the institution and the way these young men represent him and the university."

  • Tuesday, May 19, 2015
    Rhode Island lands former Hoosier Robinson
    By The Sports Xchange

    Former Indiana guard Stanford Robinson is transferring to Rhode Island after two seasons with the Hoosiers.

    • The 6-foot-4 sophomore announced his intentions Tuesday afternoon on Twitter.

      "I will be a Rhody Ram," Robinson tweeted.

      Robinson will be required to sit out the 2015-16 season according to NCAA transfer policy and have two years of eligibility remaining.

      Robinson is a Maryland native and a former top 100 recruit whose career stalled at Indiana last season when his minutes declined over his freshman year. He averaged 3.0 points, 1.9 rebounds and 1.2 assists per game and shot just 33 percent from the field in 2014-15.

      Robinson is the third transfer to join coach Dan Hurley's program. Forward Kuran Iverson left Memphis and Four McGlynn is coming in a graduate transfer from Towson. Both will be eligible to play during the 2015-16 season.

  • Tuesday, May 19, 2015
    Smart lands former commitment at Texas
    By The Sports Xchange

    A former Virginia Commonwealth commitment is following coach Shaka Smart to Texas.

    • Tevin Mack announced Tuesday that he was signing with the Longhorns and will begin his college career at Texas in the fall.

      The 6-foot-7 forward from Dreher (S.C.) High School reopened his recruitment after originally going with VCU but then opting out after Smart took the Texas job. Mack visited Austin last weekend and made up his mind quickly.

      "I will be attending the University of Texas," Mack announced at a ceremony.

      Mack was the highest ranked recruit still available for next season, according to Rivals.com. He also considered Georgia, Kansas, Clemson and several other schools.

      Texas has two other top-50 recruits coming in next season. Eric Davis and Kerwin Roach Jr. committed to former Longhorns coach Rick Barnes and remained after Smart took the job.

  • Tuesday, May 19, 2015
    Missouri lands 4-star SG Walton
    By The Sports Xchange

    The Missouri basketball team announced the signing of 6-foot-3 shooting guard K.J. Walton, a four-star recruit by Rivals.com.

    • Walton committed to the Tigers during an official recruiting visit earlier this month, and Wednesday is the final day for recruits to sign a national letter of intent during the spring signing period.

      Walton averaged 19.7 points, 5.0 rebounds and 1.9 steals per game as a senior at Brownsburg High School outside of Indianapolis.

      "We are excited to add K.J. to our Mizzou Basketball family," Tigers coach Kim Anderson said. "He is an outstanding athlete who has the ability to score from multiple guard positions. In addition, he has the potential to be an elite wing defender. Playing for Coach Steve Lynch at Brownsburg High School, he comes from a winning program. We look forward to having him in a Tiger uniform next season."

      Walton shot 44 percent from the field as a senior, and chose Missouri over Cincinnati, Minnesota and Xavier.

      "Coach Anderson and his coaching staff really stood out to me," Walton said. "They were great during the recruiting process and helped show me what Mizzou will offer for a college experience. The atmosphere at the school is one-of-a-kind and has me really excited to get there."

  • Tuesday, May 19, 2015
    Purdue lands star big man Swanigan
    By The Sports Xchange

    Five-star recruit Caleb Swanigan committed to Purdue, staying in-state and flipping from his previous commitment to Michigan State.

    • Swanigan is a top-10 recruit and was down to the Boilermakers, California and Kentucky, but the Fort Wayne, Ind., product announced through his mentor, Roosevelt Barnes, on Tuesday that he verbally committed to coach Matt Painter and Purdue. Cal is coached by former Purdue star Cuonzo Martin.

      Swanigan, a 6-8 power forward and McDonald's All-American, said he changed his mind about going to East Lansing after nine days and opened his recruitment, including All-American magnet John Calipari at Kentucky.

      Barnes played football at Purdue and in the NFL and is a friend of Martin's.

      Purdue's size was reportedly a major factor in swaying Swanigan, who wants to play power forward, and will have that chance with A.J. Hammons and backup Isaac Hayes at center.

  • Monday, May 18, 2015
    Liberty transfer Gielo picks Mississippi
    By The Sports Xchange

    Mississippi got some much needed frontcourt help on Monday when Liberty graduate transfer Tomasz Gielo decided to play for the Rebels.

    • Ole Miss beat out the likes of Boise State and Kansas State for the 6-foot-9 forward's services.

      Gielo will help fill the hole created when forwards M.J. Rhett and Aaron Jones graduated from last year's NCAA tournament team.

      "His offensive capabilities give us the ability to run offense through him because of his skill set and high basketball intelligence," Ole Miss coach Andy Kennedy said in a release. "Tomasz will, undoubtedly, have an immediate impact on Rebel basketball."

      Even though Gielo suffered a stress fracture in his right foot and played in only seven games last season, he has a good chance at cracking the Rebels' starting lineup.

      A native of Poland, Gielo averaged 10.9 points per game as a junior in 2013-2014 for Liberty and a team-best 5.9 rebounds per game. He finished 10th in the Big South in rebounding, while shooting 40.4 percent from behind the 3-point arc.

  • Monday, May 18, 2015
    Louisiana Tech hires Konkol as head coach
    By The Sports Xchange

    Louisiana Tech announced Monday that Eric Konkol is the Bulldogs' new men's basketball coach.

    • Konkol, who spent the past four seasons as an assistant to Jim Larranaga at Miami, replaces Michael White, who was hired at Florida earlier this month.

      This is the first Division I head-coaching job for Konkol, 38.

      "A standard of excellence is growing here at Louisiana Tech," Konkol said Monday at an introductory press conference in Ruston, La. "It is a direct result of the collective commitment by past and current administrators, players and coaches. Our goal is to keep pushing forward and continue to challenge for regular-season championships in Conference USA and make trips to the NCAA Tournament. That's what we're here to do."

      According to the Monroe (La.) News-Star, Konkol agreed to a five-year, $2 million that must be approved by university administrators.

      Under White, the Bulldogs won a second consecutive Conference USA title last season and made the NIT for the third season in a row. Louisiana Tech finished 27-9 in 2014-15, and White compiled a 101-40 mark in four years over four years guiding the Bulldogs.

  • Saturday, May 16, 2015
    G Gibbs leaves Seton Hall for UConn
    By The Sports Xchange

    Transfer Sterling Gibbs, a second-team All-Big East Conference guard and Seton Hall's scoring and assist leader last season, announced Saturday that he will play for Connecticut next season.

    • Gibbs, who averaged 16.3 points and 3.8 assists per game this past season, made the announcement on his Twitter account. It was later confirmed by various media outlets, including ESPN and CBS Sports.

      Gibbs, who began his college career at Texas, will be eligible immediately after graduating early from Seton Hall.

      The 6-foot-2, 185-pound Gibbs averaged double figures in scoring in both of his seasons with the Pirates and chose UConn over North Carolina State, Pittsburgh, Ohio State and VCU, according to an ESPN.com report.

      He now will attempt to become the latest in a recent string of guards to star for the Huskies -- a list that includes Kemba Walker, Jeremy Lamb, Shabzz Napier and Ryan Boatright.

  • Friday, May 15, 2015
    NCAA committee proposes 30-second shot clock
    By The Sports Xchange

    The NCAA Men's Basketball Rules Committee has recommended reducing the shot clock from 35 to 30 seconds for the 2015-16 season.

    • The committee announced Friday it approved a package of proposals and officiating directives to significantly improve the pace of play, better balance offense with defense and reduce the physicality in the sport.

      The NCAA experimented with a 30-second shot clock during the NIT and CIT postseason tournaments and the rules committee recommended making it permanent for the upcoming season. The shot clock was last reduced for the 1993-94 season, from 45 to 35 seconds. The women's college game currently uses a 30-second clock.

      During its meetings, the committee caucused with the National Association of Basketball Coaches Board of Directors, Division I Men's Basketball Committee and several other key stakeholders.

      "The committee has taken significant steps to reverse the trends in the sport that are concerning to the men's college basketball world," Rick Byrd, chair of the committee and men's basketball coach at Belmont, said in a statement. "We have spent the past year collecting data, opinions and considering proposals that will help our game. Our anticipation is that dedicated officiating enforcement, along with this package of changes, will help balance the offense and defense in our game."

      The recommendations must be approved by the NCAA Playing Rules Oversight Panel, which is scheduled to discuss the changes via conference call on June 8.

      The balance between offense and defense has again tilted toward the defense. Scoring in Division I men's basketball dipped to 67.6 points a game last season, which neared historic lows for the sport.

      "Although the reduction in the shot clock to help increase scoring seemed to be the most discussed topic, the increase in the physicality of play has been a major concern for coaches," said Ron Hunter, president of the National Association of Basketball Coaches and men's basketball coach at Georgia State. "The NCAA rules committee has addressed that this week with an emphasis on perimeter defense and post play,"

      The committee, which met May 12-15 in Indianapolis, agreed that reducing the physicality is the most critical need to encourage a more open style of play and improve the game.

      The key areas the committee will focus on in the upcoming season are:

      --Perimeter defense, particularly on the dribbler and strictly enforcing the directives put in the book before the 2013-14 season.

      --Physicality in post play.

      --Screening, particularly moving screens and requiring that the screener be stationary.

      --Block/charge plays.

      --Allowing greater freedom of movement for players without the ball.

      As it did in the 2013-14 season, the committee is formalizing in the rulebook several officiating guidelines dealing with screening and post play, making those items fouls and not just guidelines.

      "We had some success with perimeter defense and believe upgrading these guidelines to be clear rules will significantly impact enforcement," Byrd said. "Without question, this will require an adjustment period for everyone in the game and it is likely to be difficult at times. If we strictly enforce these rules consistently, we believe players and coaches will adjust and the game will be much better in the future."

      To continue the focus on reducing the number of collisions at the basket, the committee approved the expansion of the restricted area arc from the current 3 feet to 4 feet. This arc would be effective in 2015-16 for Division I and 2016-17 for Divisions II and III.

      To help with pace of play, the committee also voted to remove one team timeout in the second half and strictly focus on resuming play more quickly after a timeout, which would now include a delay of game warning when a team does not comply and a one-shot technical foul on subsequent violations.

      The rest of the package to improve the pace of play includes:

      --Adjusting the media timeout procedures to allow a timeout called within 30 seconds of a break or at any time after the scheduled media timeout becomes the media timeout.

      --Removing the ability for a coach to call timeout when the ball is live.

      --Allowing only a total of 10 seconds to advance the ball to the front court (with a few exceptions).

      --Reducing the amount of time available to replace a disqualified player.

      The committee discussed the growing issue of players attempting to draw fouls by deceiving officials. The committee proposed a rule that would allow officials to penalize faking fouls during the use of video to review a possible flagrant foul.

      Other proposals approved by the committee include:

      --Allowing officials to use the monitor to review a potential shot clock violation on made field goals throughout the entire game.

      --Making Class B technical fouls (such as hanging on the rim, delaying the resumption of play) one-shot technical fouls. Two shots are now granted for these types of technical fouls.

      --Eliminating the five-second closely guarded rule while dribbling the ball.

      --Removing the prohibition on dunking in pregame warmups.

  • Thursday, May 14, 2015
    Hoosiers dismiss Davis, Mosquera-Perea
    By The Sports Xchange

    Indiana sophomore Devin Davis and senior Hanner Mosquera-Perea were dismissed from the team on Thursday after Davis received a citation for marijuana possession earlier in the week.

    • The school said in an announcement that the two forwards were no longer part of the team "effective immediately for not living up to their responsibilities to the program."

      On Monday night, Davis received a citation for pot possession while accompanied by Mosquera-Perea. According to university police spokesman Lt. Craig Munroe, officers responded to a complaint that the smell of marijuana was coming from a second-floor room, where they found Davis.

      Campus police discovered a small amount of marijuana in Davis' backpack during a search. Mosquera-Perea, who is from Colombia, was not cited, but Indiana coach Tom Crean said he was present.

      Indiana has dealt with its share of off-the-court issues in a little more than a year. Mosquera-Perea previously was arrested on drunken-driving charges, Stanford Robinson and Troy Williams were suspended for four games each after failing drug tests, and Kevin "Yogi" Ferrell and Robinson were charged with consumption of an alcoholic beverage by a minor and possession of false identification.

      Davis sat out last season after he suffered a brain injury while jumping in front of a car driven by freshman Emmitt Holt. Both were consuming alcohol, and Holt was suspended for four games.

  • Thursday, May 14, 2015
    College football attendance declines
    By The Sports Xchange

    College football experienced a downturn in attendance last year, with average crowds shrinking by more than 1,000 fans per game at the FBS level.

    • Crowds at what formerly was known at Division I schools averaged 44,603 in 2014, the lowest figure since 2003 and a drop of 2.3 percent over 2013.

      The decline was most evident at Michigan, which didn't finish as the FBS attendance leader for only the second time since 1974, according to ESPN. The Wolverines had the sixth largest drop in the country, averaging 6.683 fewer fans after struggling on the field in 2014.

      Big Ten rival Ohio State bucked the trend and rose to the top of FBS attendance with an average of 106,296 fans, an increase of 1,300 from the previous season.

      The defending national champion Buckeyes continued their upward trend by drawing a record 99,391 in April to their spring game in Ohio Stadium.

      Texas A&M averaged 105,123 fans and passed rival Texas for the first time. The Aggies led FBS with a rise of 17,998 fans after a Kyle Field expansion.

      Surprisingly, the second biggest jump came at UAB, which went from 10,548 fans in 2013 to 21,841 in 2014 before the program was cut by the school.

      Other schools with significant boosts were Florida State and Big Ten newcomers Maryland and Rutgers.

      The biggest drop-offs were seen at Purdue, which was down 13,684 fans, Akron (8,680) and Pittsburgh (8,426).

  • Thursday, May 14, 2015
    Big 12/SEC Challenge shifts to January
    By The Sports Xchange

    The Big 12/SEC Challenge is moving from December to late January and features a marquee matchup with Kentucky playing Kansas.

    • Pairings for the third annual event were announced Thursday, highlighted by perennial powerhouse Kentucky visiting Lawrence, Kan., on Jan. 30 to face defending Big 12 champion Kansas. Game times will be announced at a later date.

      Eight of the 10 games will air on ESPN or ESPN2 and 12 teams that reached the NCAA Tournament last season will participate.

      Others Jan. 30 games include Vanderbilt at Texas, Georgia at Baylor, Tennessee at TCU, Ole Miss at Kansas State, Iowa State at Texas A&M, Oklahoma at LSU, West Virginia at Florida, Oklahoma State at Auburn and Texas Tech at Arkansas.

      The Big 12 won six of the 10 games last year and has won the first two Big 12/SEC Challenges.

      Kentucky routed Kansas 72-40 during the State Farms Champions Classic last December in Indianapolis.

  • Wednesday, May 13, 2015
    Former UNC head coach, longtime assistant Guthridge dies
    By The Sports Xchange

    Former North Carolina head coach Bill Guthridge, who also served 30 years as an assistant to Dean Smith, died Tuesday night at the age of 77.

    • The university confirmed the news Wednesday morning. The cause of death was not immediately known.

      "Sad news. Former UNC Coach Bill Guthridge passed away last night at age 77 w/ family at his side. 33 yrs on UNC bench. In our prayers," Carolina Basketball posted on Twitter.

      Guthridge spent three decades at Smith's side when the Tar Heels brought national championships to Chapel Hill in 1982 and 1993.

      Guthridge was promoted to replace the legendary and Hall of Fame coach, who retired after 36 seasons in October 1997. Smith died in February at age 83.

      "He was my coach, he was another mentor. He was my friend, a father-figure, a big brother for me just like he was for so many players," current North Carolina coach Roy Williams said. "He was an unbelievable assistant to Coach Smith. Coach Smith had so many strengths and very few weaknesses. The ones he did have Coach Guthridge tried to fill. He was a perfect sidekick for Coach Smith. This is a tremendous loss for our basketball program and entire community."

      Matt Doherty, who succeeded Guthridge as Tar Heels coach for three seasons before being replaced by Williams, tweeted his condolences:

      "Thank you Coach Gut for the many lessons you taught us at UNC. You will be missed. #RIP"

      Guthridge led his first team with star players Vince Carter and Antawn Jamison to the 1998 Final Four. He also took a less-talented team to the Final Four in 2000.

      "I'm extremely saddened by the passing of Coach Guthridge, aka 'Coach Gut,' especially coming so close to the loss of Coach Smith," Jamison, who was national player of the year during Guthridge's first season as coach, said in a statement. "He, like Coach Smith, was more of a mentor and father figure than anything else. His legacy and contributions to my life and to our University will live on and he'll be much more remembered for his sense of humor and class just as much as his coaching."

      Guthridge went 80-28 from 1997-2000 before retiring in June 2000.

      "Bill Guthridge was a gentleman coach, but a fierce competitor, and an incredibly loyal member of Dean Smith's staff for three decades," current UNC athletic director Bubba Cunningham said in a statement. "I learned very quickly when I came to Chapel Hill how beloved and respected he was by people all across this community. His loss is deeply felt by our university and the basketball world."

  • Tuesday, May 12, 2015
    Calipari agrees to one-year extension with Kentucky
    By The Sports Xchange

    John Calipari is tied to the University of Kentucky through the 2021-22 season after the basketball coach agreed to a one-year, $8 million extension Tuesday.

    • Matt Jones of Kentucky Sports Radio first reported the extension, and ESPN.com confirmed it.

      Calipari, 56, just completed the first year of a seven-year, $52.5 million contract extension, and the school is set to pay him a $1.6 million "longevity bonus" on July 1.

      The Wildcats started last season 38-0 before losing to Wisconsin in the NCAA Tournament's national semifinals. Seven players from that team declared themselves eligible for the NBA Draft, but returning players Alex Poythress, Marcus Lee and Tyler Ulis are set to welcome a recruiting class that ESPN rated as No. 2 in the country.

      Calipari led Kentucky to the national title in 2011-12, and he has a 190-38 record over five seasons in Lexington. In a career that includes stints at Massachusetts and Memphis, Calipari has a 593-175 record.

  • Tuesday, May 12, 2015
    Georgia State lands Charlotte transfer
    By The Sports Xchange

    Georgia State coach Ron Hunter announced the Panthers have a committment from 6-foot-8 forward Willie Clayton, who averaged 7.3 points and 6.3 rebounds as a junior at Charlotte.

    • Clayton left Charlotte after Mike Price was hired to replace coach Alan Major, and will have one year of eligibility remaining after sitting out the 2015-16 season per transfer rules. The Thomasville, Ga. native ranks 10th in Charlotte history with 17 career double-doubles.

      "Willie is a talented big man who is going to be a huge addition to our program," Hunter said in a statement. "He was highly-recruited coming out of high school and has had a very good collegiate career, especially on the boards."

      Clayton joins Alabama transfer Devin Mitchell, forward Malik Benlevi and guard Austin Donaldson in the Panthers' class of 2016.

      "I feel as though Willie adds to an already extremely talented recruiting class and is going to do well in our system," Hunter said. "I am glad he decided to return home to finish his career."

  • Tuesday, May 12, 2015
    Hoosiers F Davis cited for marijuana possession
    By The Sports Xchange

    Indiana Hoosiers forward Devin Davis was suspended from the team indefinitely after being cited for possession of marijuana under 30 grams on Monday night.

    • The IU police department responded to a call around 8 p.m. Monday and found a bag with a small amount of marijuana in a backpack after being given permission by Davis and another person to search the apartment. Davis was issued the citation after the backpack was determined to be his.

      In a statement, IU identified senior forward Hanner Masquera-Perea as the other person in the room. Masquera-Perea was arrested for operating a vehicle while intoxicated in February 2014.

      "We have been made aware that Indiana sophomore Devin Davis was cited by IUPD for possession of marijuana in an IU dormitory room last evening. Effective immediately, Davis has been suspended from all team activities," the statement read. "Any additional action related to Davis' status will occur after further review of this matter. We understand that junior Hanner Mosquera-Perea was present at the time of the incident but was not charged by IUPD. Mosquera-Perea's role, if any, will also be reviewed as part of this matter."

      Davis missed the 2014-15 season after he was injured in a car accident involving teammate Emmitt Holt on Nov. 1. He returned to Indiana for the spring semester, and coach Tom Crean has stated his hope that Davis would be able to return to the court as soon as next season.

  • Monday, May 11, 2015
    Dismissed Duke player Sulaimon headed to Maryland
    By The Sports Xchange

    Guard Rasheed Sulaimon, who was dismissed from the Duke team midway through last season, will join the Maryland squad this fall, Terps coach Mark Turgeon announced on the Maryland website on Monday.

    • Sulaimon expects to finish up his coursework to earn his Duke degree in August, which would make him eligible to play immediately at Maryland.

      Sulaimon was a high school McDonald's All-American and averaged 11.6 points per game as a Duke freshman.

      However, his playing time dwindled over the next two seasons as Duke brought in more elite talent.

      He came off the bench this past season as a junior, and averaged 7.5 points in 20 games.

      Sulaimon was dismissed from the team on Jan. 29, and coach Mike Krzyzewski said the player had failed "to consistently live up to the standards required to be a member of our program."

      "We did our due diligence," Turgeon told ESPN. "We were extremely thorough and talked to a lot of people and vetted the entire situation. I've known Rasheed and his family since he was 13, and I believe in him. There's a trust factor, and we've had a strong relationship."

  • Monday, May 11, 2015
    Arizona, New Mexico agree to home and home
    By The Sports Xchange

    The University of Arizona and Univeristy of Mexico men's basketball teams have agreed to a home-and-home series.

    • The Lobos will travel to Tucson, Ariz. on Dec. 17, 2016, with the Wildcats visiting "The Pit" in Albuquerque, N.M. on Dec. 16, 2017.

      "It's exciting to add big games like this to our upcoming schedule," said Lobos head coach Craig Neal. "I am very appreciative of Coach (Sean) Miller and Arizona Director of Athletics Greg Byrne for scheduling this series and agreeing to come play us on our home court. These will be great games for our fans, and I am looking forward to the opportunity to play a program like Arizona."

      The Lobos and Wildcats last met in the 1999-2000 season, but have a long history that dates back to the programs being members of the Border Conference from 1931-51 and the Western Athletic Conference from 1962-78.

      --Four-star forward Mitch Lightfoot is expected to choose between Arizona and Kansas after decommitting from New Mexico last month. He also has offers from Utah, Nebraska, Creighton and Stanford.

      "As of right now, I'm probably an equal fan of both" Arizona and Kansas, Lightfoot told Arizona.com.

      Lightfoot, 6-feet-8 and 205 pounds, visited the Wildcats last Thursday and received an offer the following day. He said he was "blown away" by the McKale Center and facilities, but added that he doesn't have a timetable on making a decision and is still waiting to see what other programs may show interest.

      "Right now, I mean, I couldn't really tell you," he told the website. "You kind of play it by ear and see what happens."

      Lightfoot helped lead his high school, Gilbert Christian, to the Arizona Division II state title last season, averaging 17.9 points and 9.7 rebounds.

  • Thursday, May 7, 2015
    Horizon League tournament moves to Detroit
    By The Sports Xchange

    Detroit will host the Horizon League men's basketball tournament for the next five years.

    • The league's executive council on Thursday approved a five-year agreement with Detroit-based Olympia Entertainment to host the tournament beginning in 2016.

      In 2016 and 2017, the tournament will be held at Joe Louis Arena. In 2018, the event will move to Detroit Events Center, a state-of-the-art facility under construction in downtown Detroit.

      The 2016 championship game will be played March 8 and aired on ESPN or ESPN2. Other tournament details will be announced later, the Horizon league said.

      The league previously played tournament games at campus sites, with the highest advancing seeds hosting the semifinals and finals.

      "The partnership with Olympia Entertainment is a unique and exciting opportunity," Horizon League commissioner Jon LeCrone said. "We want to provide a great tournament experience for all of our key constituents -- student-athletes, coaches, administrators and fans -- and we are excited to work with Olympia and our institutions on that goal."

      Olympia Entertainment owns and operates Detroit's Fox Theatre and City Theatre and also operates Joe Louis Arena and Comerica Park.

      "The addition of the Horizon League Men's Basketball Championship is a perfect complement to our wide range of existing sports and entertainment events at our downtown Detroit venues," said Tom Wilson, president of Olympia Entertainment. "We look forward to providing an outstanding and memorable tournament experience for the schools, their fans and all participating student athletes."

  • Thursday, May 7, 2015
    Florida chooses Louisiana Tech's White as coach
    By The Sports Xchange

    Louisiana Tech head coach Michael White was hired Thursday to replace Billy Donovan at Florida.

    • The Gators announced that the 38-year-old White signed a six-year contract worth $2 million per season. Donovan, 50, left the school last week to take the head coaching job with the NBA's Oklahoma City Thunder.

      In four seasons at Louisiana Tech, White's teams compiled a 101-40 record and posted three consecutive 27-win seasons and three straight NIT appearances.

      White recently turned down job inquiries from other schools, including Tennessee.

      "I have an incredible amount of respect for the University of Florida and I am so excited to be a Gator," White said in a statement. "Not only is Florida home for me, but the tradition and success that the Gators have built make this an incredible opportunity."

      White, whose father is Duke athletic director Kevin White, played point guard for Ole Miss and was an assistant there for seven seasons. He has strong recruiting ties to Florida, with five players on last season's Louisiana Tech roster from the Sunshine State.

      "Michael White is someone who came to the top of our list very quickly and he checks all of the boxes we were looking for," Florida athletic director Jeremy Foley said in a statement. "He is a winner who has a high level of integrity, plays an up-tempo style of play and has the respect of his peers and the basketball community.

      "He has experience in coaching, recruiting and playing in the Southeastern Conference and has a strong pedigree. He has a certain authenticity with people and is not afraid of challenges."

      White has a tough act to follow at Florida. In 19 season as head coach, Donovan led the Gators to back-to-back national championships and four Final Four trips.

  • Tuesday, May 5, 2015
    Calipari: No more platooning at Kentucky
    By The Sports Xchange

    Kentucky coach John Calipari has seen enough of the platoon system.

    • In a column posted on his personal website Tuesday, Calipari wrote that he won't go back to platooning despite the abundance of talent on the Wildcats' roster.

      Calipari started the year rotating 10 players in two five-man units, which included nine McDonald's All-Americans, into the lineup until junior Alex Poythress suffering a knee injury in December. Kentucky's quest for an undefeated season ended in the national semifinals with a loss to Wisconsin.

      "If you ask me if I'm ever going to platoon again, my answer is NO," Calipari wrote on CoachCal.com. "Last season was an absolute outlier. It's just not the way I like to coach. I would rather play seven or eight guys because I believe that gives us the best chance to win. I think we wrote the book on platooning this year, but I hope we stick it on the shelf and never have to use it again."

      Calipari will have a new cast to work with next season after seven players left to enter the NBA Draft. Tyler Ulis, Marcus Lee and Poythress are the veterans returning. They will be joined by a recruiting class ranked No. 2 in the country.

      "I'm also excited about who we have coming back and who we have joining us next season," Calipari wrote. "I think how you will see us playing going forward will be closer to how we have always played. That won't be platooning."

      Calipari believes other teams used the Wildcats' platoon system as a negative recruiting tactic.

      "Never in my life did I think that I would platoon, but most people didn't think we would ever win 38 straight to start the year, set a record for wins in a season and have seven players drafted," he wrote. "It's amazing people could try to use that against us, but I guess you have to come up with something."