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  • Wednesday, September 17, 2014
    Missouri suspends Gant, Allen
    By The Sports Xchange

    Missouri suspended freshmen Jakeenan Gant and D'Angelo Allen following their arrests over the weekend on suspicion of third-degree assault for allegedly jumping three men near campus.

    • Missouri coach Kim Anderson suspended both players from all team activities.

      "We have high standards for the conduct of our student-athletes and expect much more from them as members of our program," Anderson said Tuesday night.

      Allen and Gant were arrested after officers responded at 1:34 a.m. Sunday in the area on the edge of Missouri's campus. According to a police report obtained by the Columbia Daily Tribune, three men were "jumped" by three to four men on a city street.

      Gant, a 6-foot-8 forward from Springfield, Ga., was the Tigers' top recruit when he signed last November. Allen is a 6-7 forward from Dallas.

  • Tuesday, September 16, 2014
    Charleston settles with ousted coach
    By The Sports Xchange

    The College of Charleston reached a $400,000 settlement with fired men's basketball coach Doug Wojcik.

    • The 50-year-old Wojcik was dismissed last month after allegations of verbal abuse with players, assistant coaches and staff members surfaced. The school's investigation that resulted in a 50-page report included interviews with Wojcik, current and former players, staff members and athletic director Joe Hull.

      College of Charleston hired Earl Grant, a former assistant coach at Wichita State and Clemson, to replace Wojcik two weeks ago.

      The settlement, which is the equivalent of one year's salary, will be paid to Wojcik with $150,000 in funds from the university and the remainder from the state's Insurance Reserve Fund.

      "The matter has been resolved and it's good for everyone involved that we've come to a resolution," Wojcik's attorney, Eric Bland, said.

      Wojcik had three years left on a contract that would have paid him about $1.2 million. He had coached at the school for two seasons after leaving Tulsa.

      College of Charleston reached the Southern Conference tournament final in Wojcik's first season in 2012-13 but slid to 14-18 last season in its first year as a member of the Colonial Athletic Association.

  • Friday, September 12, 2014
    Elite UCLA recruit ruled ineligible
    By The Sports Xchange

    The NCAA on Friday ruled that UCLA freshman Jonah Bolden, an Australian native, is academically ineligible and will not be allowed to play in games this season.

    • UCLA said the NCAA ruled Bolden a partial qualifier, which allows him to remain on scholarship and practice with the team. The decision is final and there is no appeal process.

      The 6-foot-9 power forward is part of an elite recruiting class assembled by coach Steve Alford.

      According to sources, the NCAA issued its ruling because Bolden left Australia after his senior season had already begun to attend a Las Vegas prep school, and then finished his high school in New Hampshire, ESPN reported.

      UCLA was in need of reinforcements after last season's 28-9 campaign. The Bruins lost three of their top four scorers to the NBA Draft, Jordan Adams, Kyle Anderson and Zach LaVine.

  • Friday, September 12, 2014
    Texas suspends G Walker after assault charge
    By The Sports Xchange

    The Texas Longhorns suspended sophomore guard Martez Walker indefinitely following his arrest on a misdemeanor assault charge, head coach Rick Barnes announced Friday.

    • On Wednesday night, a woman who stated to authorities that she was Walker's girlfriend was transported to an Austin-area hospital for treatment after being assaulted in a campus dorm room.

      "We are aware of the situation with Martez and he is cooperating with campus police officials," Barnes said in a statement. "We have consistently stressed to all of our student-athletes for a long time that any behavior in which women are not treated with respect will not be tolerated.

      "Pending resolution, Martez has been suspended indefinitely from our basketball program and will not participate in any team functions."

      The 6-foot-4 Walker, a native of Detroit, played just under 13 minutes per contest and averaged 4.7 points and 2.3 rebounds as a freshman last season.

      The Austin American-Statesman reported that, according to University of Texas police, the school was notified by Emergency Medical Services at 10:18 p.m. Wednesday that someone had been assaulted in the San Jacinto dorm. Upon arrival, EMS found a female UT student had sustained injuries and was transported to the hospital.

      Walker turned himself into Travis County officials around midnight Friday, according to the newspaper. Court officials said Walker was released on a personal bond. Bail had been set at $7,500.

      UT president Bill Powers released a statement Friday morning:

      "Physical abuse and violence will not be tolerated at the University of Texas. We take this allegation extremely seriously. Coach Barnes has suspended the player from the team and the university has begun to take appropriate action to ensure the safety of our students, even as the investigation continues."

  • Thursday, September 11, 2014
    Illini lose injured PG Abrams for season
    By The Sports Xchange

    Illinois will be without its starting point guard from last season after senior Tracy Abrams suffered a torn ACL in his right knee during a preseason workout.

    • Abrams was one of three returning starters from the 2013-14 team who were expected to lead the Fighting Illini this season. He averaged 10.7 points, 3.5 rebounds and 3.2 assists last season.

      "Tracy worked hard in the offseason to put himself in great position heading into his senior year, so he's obviously disappointed, and we are for him as well," Illinois coach John Groce said. "But Tracy personifies toughness; he has the heart of a champion, and I know that he will only come back stronger from this experience when he returns to the court next year.

      "In the meantime, he will continue to play a vital role for our program with his leadership."

      The 6-foot-2 Abrams will take a medical redshirt and be back for the 2015-16 season. He is awaiting surgery on the knee.

      Expected to take over at point guard this year is Oregon State transfer Ahmad Starks, who averaged 10.4 points and 2.2 assists per game in three seasons with the Beavers.

      The Fighting Illini also have redshirt junior Aaron Cosby, a transfer from Seton Hall, and sophomore Jaylon Tate who can play the point.

  • Tuesday, September 9, 2014
    Kentucky plans combine for NBA scouts
    By The Sports Xchange

    Kentucky coach John Calipari wants to avoid a steady stream of NBA scouts showing up at his practices during the season and so he is setting up a two-day combine in October to showcase the talents of his players, according to a report.

    • The combine, scheduled for Oct. 10-11, would include various drills, measurements and full-court five-on-five games with officials, Yahoo Sports reported Tuesday.

      NBA executives have beaten a path to Lexington, Ky., the past few years to view the vast collection of talented players that Calipari has recruited to Kentucky.

      This year alone, the Wildcats have nine McDonald's All-American on their roster. One of those is 7-foot freshman center Karl-Anthony Towns, ranked among the top three prospects for the 2015 NBA Draft.

      Other top players on this season's roster include Willie Cauley-Stein, Dakari Johnson, Andrew Harrison and Aaron Harrison and Alex Poythress.

      Calapari also hopes to use the combine as a recruiting tool to keep the steady stream of talent flowing through Lexington, Yahoo reported.

  • Friday, September 5, 2014
    NCAA extends Georgia Tech's probation
    By The Sports Xchange

    A two-year investigation into impermissible telephone calls and text messages has resulted in the NCAA extending Georgia Tech's probation for another two years.

    • The men's and women's basketball teams as well as the football team made hundreds of calls and texts to recruits in 2011 and 2012, an investigation by the school and NCAA reveals.

      In a statement, the NCAA said Georgia Tech "failed to monitor its sports programs." In total, nine of the school's programs were cited for making at least 478 impermissible phone calls and sending at 299 text messages to recruits.

      The NCAA said most of the violations involved men's basketball, women's basketball and football from March 2011 to March 2012. The men's basketball team was cited for making calls just three days after meeting with the NCAA in April 2011, the NCAA said.

      According to the Atlanta Business Journal, Georgia Tech issued self-imposed penalties for each program for the 2012-13 seasons. They included recruiting restrictions, suspending three men's basketball assistant coaches for one conference game and suspending two women's assistant coaches for three conference games.

      On Thursday, the NCAA recommended extending the school's probation until June 13, 2017.

      The NCAA instituted new rules in 2012, but the Georgia Tech violations occurred before then.

  • Thursday, September 4, 2014
    Auriemma's call to Mo'ne Davis violates rule
    By The Sports Xchange

    The NCAA determined Thursday that UConn women's basketball coach Geno Auriemma violated a secondary rule when he made a congratulatory phone call to pitcher Mo'ne Davis after the Little League World Series.

    • Auriemma was told that Davis, who said her dream in life is to play point guard at UConn, is not defined by the NCAA as a prospective student-athlete because she has not begun classses at the high school level and that the call was permissible.

      After a rival coach reportedly raised an issue bout the call, UConn officials opted to self-report it as a potential violation.

      UConn athletic director Warde Manuel said the school does not agree with the ruling but will comply. There was no word on what sanctions the school might face.

      "The nature of coach Auriemma's two-minute conversation with Mo'ne had nothing to do with recruiting and instead had everything to do with congratulating and encouraging Mo'ne to continued success," Manuel said.

      Davis, 13, is in eighth grade. Auriemma said he has no idea if she even plays basketball, but told the Hartford Courant of being called out "That's the world we live in."

  • Monday, August 25, 2014
    Auburn lands top JC guard
    By The Sports Xchange

    A day after his show-cause penalty ended, first-year Auburn coach Bruce Pearl received a commitment from 2015 junior college guard T.J. Dunans from Columbia State (Tenn.) Community College.

    • Dunans, 6-foot-5, is widely considered the top junior college guard in the nation. He averaged 22.5 points, 8.2 rebounds and 4.4 assists last season.

      Dunans will likely start for the Tigers, along with Marshall transfer Kareem Canty, in the 2015-16 season.

      Over the weekend, Auburn also got commitments from highly-coveted power forward Horace Spencer and small forward Danjel Purifoy.

      The NCAA imposed the penalty after Pearl was hired last spring. One condition was that he could not have contact with recruits until Aug. 24. Pearl was fired by the University of Tennessee in 2011 for lying to NCAA investigators during an inquiry into a cookout hosted by Pearl for three recruits.

  • Saturday, August 23, 2014
    O'Bannon lawyers seek $52 million from NCAA
    By The Sports Xchange

    Lawyers for the playoffs in the Ed O'Bannon lawsuit against the NCAA are seeking $52.4 million in attorneys' fees.

    • The plaintiffs won a 5-year-old suit against the NCAA earlier this month. A judge had ruled that NCAA restrictions on compensation for major college football and men's basketball players violate antitrust laws.

      The suit was initiated by O'Bannon, a former UCLA basketball star, because the NCAA does not allow athletes to profit from the use of their names, images and likenesses, especially from use in video games.

      The plaintiffs, led by lawyer Michael Hausfeld of Hausfeld LLP, are seeking attorneys' fees of $46,856,319 and recoverable costs of $5,555,739 in a filing made Friday night.

      The attorneys said in the motion that Hausfeld LLP supervised and coordinated the work of 43 law firms "who contributed resources to this landmark limitation in an effort to match the dozens of attorneys litigating on the NCAA's behalf ... as well as the hundreds of attorneys representing the NCAA's member schools and conferences across the country. Each plaintiffs' firm shared in the considerable risk of non-payment given the unique aspects of this litigation and the NCAA's past success in attaining dismissal," based on a U.S. Supreme Court ruling in 1984.

      Hourly rates cited by the O'Bannon lawyers ranged from $985 for partners with more than 40 years of experience to $250 for the most junior associate.

      "These historical rates are reasonable first because they are the standard rates charged by Plaintiffs' counsel and comparable to the rates that the NCAA has paid for their own counsel in fiercely defending this litigation," the lawyers wrote.

      They cited other antitrust suits they were previously involved with that included similar rates approved by courts.

      Hausfeld claimed his law firm has spent 29,874 hours working on the case since 2009 that totals $17,078,140 in billing based on historic hourly rates. Also, it claims $2,625,802 in expenses.

      The rates used to calculate those figures "are the usual and customary hourly rates charged for each attorney or staff member's services," Hausfeld wrote.

      The NCAA, which appealed the Aug. 8 ruling, has not revealed how much it has spent on litigating the case.

      The 9th Circuit Court of Appeals on Friday set the initial briefing schedule, which runs through January 2015. If the appeal goes to oral arguments, that may not occur until late 2015 or early 2016.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

      McConnell offered no further comment or explanation for the firing.

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

      There was no immediate comment from Wojcik or his representatives.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

      Villanova is the defending champion.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

      The versatile Jones played baseball and ran track at Kentucky.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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