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  • 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.

  • Purdue's Painter agrees to extension
    By The Sports Xchange / Tuesday, July 19, 2016

    Purdue Boilermakers coach Matt Painter has agreed to a three-year contract extension through the 2021-22 season. He told the Indianapolis Star in a text message that the deal may not be finalized until the Aug. 25-26 meeting of the Purdue Board of Trustees.

    • While Painter said he would not comment on the extension until it is finalized, he was due to earn $2.45 million for the 2016-17 under his current contract, with potential bonuses for his team's academic performance and Big Ten and national tournament achievements.

      Painter, 45, signed an extension in 2011 after being pursued heavily by Missouri. After consecutive losing seasons, the Boilermakers have reached the NCAA Tournament in each of the past two seasons.

      Painter has a 263-139 record in 11 seasons at Purdue, and has led the Boilermakers to eight NCAA Tournament appearances, including last season's disappointing first-round loss to Arkansas-Little Rock. Painter is a three-time Big Ten Coach of the Year.

      The Indianapolis Star reported that if his extension includes the same contract language as his current deal, Painter's buyout should he be fired without cause would be in above $14 million.

  • Xavier lands FAMU transfer Bernard
    By The Sports Xchange / Tuesday, July 19, 2016

    Guard Malcolm Bernard announced on Twitter that he will play his final season for Xavier.

    • The 6-foot-6, 195-pounder will be eligible to play immediately for the Musketeers as a graduate transfer from Florida A&M. Bernard, 22, played two years at Charleston Southern before transfering to FAMU and sitting out a season due to NCAA transfer rules. He then led the Rattlers in points (14.4 ppg) and rebounds (7.1 rpg) last season.

      "I’m happy to be a Musketeer and I’m glad I’m getting to spend my last year at Xavier," Bernard told Enquirer.com late Monday. "I'm coming to work with the best and play with the best and win with the best.

      "I'm stat stuffer. I like to stuff stats all over. I think that's why Xavier chose me because of how versatile I can be and all the things I can bring to the table."

      Bernard told the Tallahassee Democrat in April that he had committed to Richmond, then reportedly rescinded his committment earlier this month. The Miami native then considered Fordham, Miami, Missouri, VCU and Virginia before landing at Xavier.

      "I wanted to have the chance to go to the NCAA tournament," Bernard told the Enquirer.com. "I wanted to win a lot of games and be successful. I thought if I transferred, I would be able to do something bigger somewhere else.

      "I was impressed. I was blown away. I thought the staff was incredible. Obviously that's why I chose Xavier in the end. The guys were great. They embraced me and really wanted me to be part of this team. I felt right at home."

  • Top overall seed to choose NCAA tourney site
    By The Sports Xchange / Monday, July 18, 2016

    March Madness will feature a new perk for the favorite next year.

    • The top overall seed in the Division I men's NCAA Tournament will be allowed to select the site of its first- and second-round matchups.

      The No. 1 team will get to choose from any of the eight designated opening-weekend sites.

      In 2017, the first- and second-round locations will be Sacramento, Salt Lake City, Tulsa, Indianapolis, Milwaukee, Buffalo, Greensboro and Orlando. Thus, a top seed from the Atlantic Coast Conference could select to play in Greensboro or Orlando, a top seed from the Big Ten might select Indianapolis or Milwaukee, etc.

      All teams viewed as contenders for the No. 1 overall seed will let the selection committee know their choices.

      "Preferences would be communicated by teams in contention for the overall No. 1 seed far in advance of Selection Sunday in a process to be determined," the NCAA said in a statement.

      The Division I men's basketball committee also announced that it is reviewing proposals to alter the selection process, hoping to make changes no later than the 2018 tournament. The recommendations are coming from a committee of members of the National Association of Basketball Coaches.

  • Middle Tennessee gives Davis eight-year extension
    By The Sports Xchange / Monday, July 11, 2016

    Middle Tennessee officially locked up head basketball coach Kermit Davis through the 2024 season, the school announced on Monday.

    • The Daily News Journal (Murfreesboro, Tenn.) first reported Davis' eight-year extension June 21.

      The Blue Raiders went 25-10 this past season and upset Michigan State in NCAA tournament. In 14 seasons at MTSU, Davis has compiled a 276-175 record.

      The eight-year extension also comes with a raise to from $375,000 a year to $465,000 per season.

      "My family and I love Murfreesboro and this community," Davis told The Daily News Journal. "This is where we raised our daughters, and this is where we want to stay."

  • Ogbe set to transfer from Utah
    By The Sports Xchange / Friday, July 8, 2016

    Guard Kenneth Ogbe has decided to transfer from Utah, according to a report by CBSSports.com.

    • The 6-foot-6 wing player was limited to five games last season by a nagging groin injury that has plagued him the past two years. Ogbe averaged 5.2 points in 2015-16, appearing in five non-conference contests.

      Utah coach Larry Krystkowiak has added junior college transfers Jojo Zamora and Tim Coleman and freshman Devon Daniels to his perimeter rotation, along with forwards Jayce Johnson and David Collette, who will be eligible after sitting out last season following his transfer from Utah State.

      Ogbe joins Isaiah Wright as perimeter players to leave the program since the end of last season, with forward Brekkott Chapman also likely to transfer. The Runnin' Utes also lost lottery pick Jakob Poetl, Brandon Taylor, Jordan Loveridge and Dakarai Tucker.

  • Hall of Fame coach Brown resigns at SMU
    By The Sports Xchange / Friday, July 8, 2016

    Hall of Famer Larry Brown stepped down as head coach of SMU men's basketball program on Friday.

    • Brown confirmed to the Dallas Morning News that he resigned Friday morning, citing an inability to work out an acceptable contract extension with the school.

      "I love this place," Brown told the newspaper. "They gave me a chance to be the coach -- a 70-year-old man, I don't know how people would have even considered me. It's been the most amazing, positive experience.

      "And then having my kids in school here was an extra benefit I never would have believed, at this point of my life. The essence of it is based on what (SMU officials) they told me they would do for me (contractually), I just couldn't be truthful with these kids anymore."

      The 75-year-old Brown coached four seasons at SMU. He had one year remaining on a five-year contract.

      SMU athletic director Rick Hart said the school had offered Brown a new contract that ran through 2020, but Brown reportedly wanted a longer commitment.

      "Coach Brown was able to accomplish so much in his four years on the Hilltop, including leading us to our first conference title since 1993," Hart said in a statement. "He has left his mark on SMU basketball, and we are thankful for what he's done."

      Associate head coach Tim Jankovich, who was hired as the coach-in-waiting under Brown in 2012, will take over as SMU coach. When NCAA sanctions forced Brown off the bench for the first nine games last season, Jankovich led the team. Jankovich has previously been the head coach at Illinois State and North Texas.

      "As Director of Athletics, I'm also thankful to the search committee that brought us Coach Brown and for their plan that will allow us such a smooth transition to Tim Jankovich," Hart said. "I have the utmost confidence in Tim based on both his coaching resume as well as my time working with him here on the Hilltop. I know he will keep our program among the nation's elite, and I look forward to the seasons ahead."

      Brown's program underwent an NCAA investigation last year because of academic improprieties that resulted in a self-imposed postseason ban for the 2015-16 season.

      The Mustangs were 25-5 last season and 13-5 in the American Athletic Conference. Brown finishes his tenure at SMU with a 94-39 record.

      Brown has coached in the NBA with the Denver Nuggets, New Jersey Nets, San Antonio Spurs, Los Angeles Clippers, Indiana Pacers, Philadelphia 76ers, Detroit Pistons, New York Knicks and Charlotte Bobcats. He coached the Nuggets and Carolina Cougars in the ABA and won the 2004 NBA title with the Pistons.

      Brown also coached at Kansas and UCLA, and he led the Jayhawks to the 1988 NCAA title. NCAA sanctions accompanied Brown at each of his three college jobs. He is 266-99 as a college coach.

  • Arizona 5-star recruit Ferguson to play overseas
    By The Sports Xchange / Thursday, June 30, 2016

    High School All-American Terrance Ferguson, a five-star recruit headed to the University of Arizona, will pursue international basketball opportunities.

    • The Wildcats confirmed Ferguson's decision for the first time but speculation centered on a professional basketball future for Ferguson since reports of an endorsement deal with Under Armour surfaced last month.

      "I hope this next chapter of his basketball career goes well, and his goal of one day becoming an NBA player is realized," Arizona coach Sean Miller said Thursday.

      The Dallas Advanced Prep standout follows point guard Brandon Jennings, a former Wildcats signee who bolted for Italy and signed a shoe deal with Under Armour.

      Others have gone the preps to Europe route to dodge the NBA rule mandating one year between high school and entry into the league's draft.

      Ferguson attended the same academy that produced current Denver Nuggets guard Emmanual Mudiay. He played overseas after first committing to SMU.

      Ferguson never signed a National Letter of Intent and uncertainty clouded his recruitment well beyond his April 13 commitment to Arizona.

  • Legendary Vols coach Summitt dies
    By The Sports Xchange / Tuesday, June 28, 2016

    The winningest coach in college basketball, former Tennessee women's coach Pat Summitt, died Tuesday at the age of 64.

    • Summitt was diagnosed in August 2011 with early onset Alzheimer's disease. She coached one more year before stepping down.

      She is survived by her son, Tyler.

      Tyler Summitt released the following statement Tuesday morning:

      "It is with tremendous sadness that I announce the passing of my mother, Patricia Sue Head Summitt.

      She died peacefully this morning at Sherrill Hill Senior Living in Knoxville surrounded by those who loved her most.

      Since 2011, my mother has battled her toughest opponent, early onset dementia, 'Alzheimer's Type,' and she did so with bravely fierce determination just as she did with every opponent she ever faced. Even though it's incredibly difficult to come to terms that she is no longer with us, we can all find peace in knowing she no longer carries the heavy burden of this disease.

      For 64 years, my mother first built her life upon a strong relationship with her Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. Her foundation was also built upon love of her family and of her players, and love of the fundamentals of hard work which reflected her philosophy that 'you win in life with people'.

      She'll be remembered as the all-time winningest D-1 basketball coach in NCAA history, but she was more than a coach to so many -- she was a hero and a mentor, especially to me, her family, her friends, her Tennessee Lady Volunteer staff and the 161 Lady Vol student-athletes she coached during her 38-year tenure. We will all miss her immensely.

      A private service and burial will be held for my mother in Middle Tennessee. I ask that you respect the privacy of that time.

      We are in the process of finalizing the details of a public celebration of her life which will take place in one of her favorite places, Thompson-Boling Arena. Once those details are finalized, we will share them with you.

      Thank you."

      Summitt finished her 38-year coaching career with 1,098 wins and eight national titles.

      She is a member of the Women's Basketball Hall of Fame, the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame and the FIBA Hall of Fame.

  • Calipari sort of sorry for unintended Pitino dig
    By The Sports Xchange / Thursday, June 23, 2016

    John Calipari is sorry if Rick Pitino took personally comments about coaches knowing what happens on campus.

    • The Kentucky coach said his comments about campus awareness were not intended as a dig at Pitino, who coaches archrival Louisville and spent the past year fighting off allegations that he was aware of campus improprieties involving strippers performing for recruits in dormitory rooms.

      "The stuff is blown up more than it should be, and if he took it wrong, I apologize," said Calipari, who was a guest host on ESPN Radio's Mike & Mike.

      Calipari was defending comments he made earlier this month of the Mike Lupica Show: "If it happens on your campus and it happens with your assistants and those people, you probably have a good idea of what's going on."

      Pitino said Monday that he would ask Calipari for an explanation if they "cross paths this summer."'

      Calipari's comment was widely interpreted as a comment on the Cardinals, although he didn't specifically mention the NCAA investigation into a sex-for-pay scandal at Louisville that led the school to self-impose a postseason ban in 2015-16.

      "The thing I said specifically, about Louisville, if it happened, it's not good [for] any of us and it's not good for college basketball," Calipari said. "I said: 'I don't think their coach knew. I just can't believe that,' and that's what I said. And I haven't changed my opinion of that."

      The college basketball powerhouses play annually, including the week of Dec. 20 this season in Louisville. Calipari said this flap shouldn't impact an already intense rivalry.

      "We're 90 miles from each other and we're trying to rip each other's throats out when we play, but other than that, I don't have time," he said. "I've got to coach my guys, he's got to coach his guys. We both got our own things going. I respect him as a coach. He's a Hall of Famer!"

  • College basketball notebook: Pitino hushes Calipari for throwing stones
    By The Sports Xchange / Tuesday, June 21, 2016

    Louisville coach Rick Pitino wants a direct translation from Kentucky coach John Calipari, who made comments implying Pitino likely knew about the scandal involving strippers hired to perform for basketball players and recruits.

    • "If it happens on your campus and it happens with your assistants and those people, you probably have a good idea of what's going on," Calipari told the Mike Lupica radio show.

      Pitino, who has denied knowledge of the improprieties related to the scandal, appeared on 840 WHAS in Louisville on Monday to respond.

      "I don't have time to figure out what he did or didn't mean," Pitino said. "If our paths cross this summer, I'll ask him."

      --Former Kentucky Wildcats guard Charles Matthews has decided to transfer to Michigan, according to multiple reports.

      The 6-foot-6 Matthews averaged 1.7 points, 1.6 rebounds, 0.4 assists and 10.3 minutes in 36 games last season. A former top 100 player coming out of Chicago, Matthews was concerned about his role at Kentucky and visited Xavier and Michigan before making his final decision to join the Wolverines, according to ESPN.

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

      --Combo guard Markell Johnson announced he will enroll at North Carolina State and be eligible for the 2016-17 basketball season.

      Ranked 40th in the class of 2016 by Rivals.com, interest from major programs increased after the 6-foot-1 Johnson reclassified from the class of 2017 in May.

      He gives coach Mark Gottfried depth with Cat Barber turning pro and Dennis Smith Jr. coming off surgery for a torn ACL.

  • Pitino hushes Calipari for throwing stones
    By The Sports Xchange / Tuesday, June 21, 2016

    Louisville coach Rick Pitino wants a direct translation from Kentucky coach John Calipari, who made comments implying Pitino likely knew about the scandal involving strippers hired to perform for basketball players and recruits.

    • "If it happens on your campus and it happens with your assistants and those people, you probably have a good idea of what's going on," Calipari told the Mike Lupica radio show.

      Pitino, who has denied knowledge of the improprieties related to the scandal, appeared on 840 WHAS in Louisville on Monday to respond.

      "I don't have time to figure out what he did or didn't mean," Pitino said. "If our paths cross this summer, I'll ask him."

      Pitino took his own jab at Calipari over another verbal joust aimed at Duke and coach Mike Krzyzewski during the recent recruiting cycle.

      "Whether it's Duke last month now us this month, these types of comments - we're here to build up the image of college basketball, not tear people down," Pitino said. "I don't live in a glass house, and I don't throw stones. ... We have a rule in the ACC amongst the coaches that unless you're praising each other and building each other up, keep it to yourself and mind your own business."

      If there is no chance meeting between the coaches this summer, the rival programs meet annually before the start of conference play, with the 50th meeting of the archrivals likely to be played before Christmas for the first time in five seasons in December. Per recent tradition, the game was scheduled the Saturday after Christmas, but this year it will be moved up to Dec. 20 or Dec. 21 and be held at KFC Yum! Center in Louisville.

      Louisville begins a new series with Indiana on New Year's Eve.

  • N.C. State adds top 40 guard Johnson
    By The Sports Xchange / Tuesday, June 21, 2016

    Combo guard Markell Johnson announced he will enroll at N.C. State and be eligible for the 2016-17 basketball season.

    • Ranked 40th in the class of 2016 by Rivals.com, interest from major programs increased after the 6-foot-1 Johnson reclassified from the class of 2017 in May.

      "Thanks To Everybody That Have Been On My Side Through This Process I Have Decided To Join The Pack," Johnson tweeted Monday.

      He gives coach Mark Gottfried depth with Cat Barber turning pro and Dennis Smith Jr. coming off surgery for a torn ACL.

      The Cleveland native played in the King James Shooting Stars grassroots program during the spring, and joins Smith, forward Darius Hicks and center Omer Yutseven in NC State's freshman class.