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Old 03-10-18, 01:38 PM
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2018 NCAA College Basketball Off-Season and Coaching Carousel Thread

And we're off!

Kevin Ollie let go by UConn just four years removed from a National Championship, citing just cause after an unspecified NCAA investigation.

Georgia fires head coach Mark Fox after 9 seasons.
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How will the various pay to play scandals, and FBI investigation play out? Also will the NCAA put in place any change or will it take years to get through all these investigations?
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rumor mill
former Ohio St coach Thad Motta eying Ole Miss and Rick Pitino to Georgia
Georgia would be stupid to go after someone who just came off being fired due to NCAA trouble
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Yeah I have a hard time imagining any major school taking a flier on Pitino. Way too much baggage there.
I do wonder what would happen if he was hired. NCAA can't issue a Show Cause ruling against a coach who has already been hired somewhere else already can they?
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Tubby Smith out at Memphis.
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I guess you can go home again: Lorenzo Romar back to Pepperdine.
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Originally Posted by Quake1028 View Post
Tubby Smith out at Memphis.
Fired four times after winning a National Championship. That's got to be some sort of a record.
(Okay that's not totally accurate. He wasn't fired by Texas Tech; he chose to move to the Memphis job instead. Good plan!)
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Ole Miss has hired Middle Tennessee's Kermit Davis as its new men's basketball coach.

Georgia is finalizing a deal to hire Tom Crean after Thad Matta pulled his name from consideration.
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Penny Hardaway hired to be head coach of his Alma Mater, Memphis. I feel old.
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U Conn hires URI's Dan Hurley. I like the hire.
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Chris Mack to Louisville is all but done. He's already announced via Twitter that's he's leaving Xavier.
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Jeff Capel is leaving Duke's bench to take over at Pitt.

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A Family of a Kansas Recruit was alledgedly paid $90,000 by Adidas as a part of the bribery scandal being investigated by the FBI. This is heartbreaking, I don't know who knows what, but I hope it doesn't mean the end of Bill Self at Kansas.
https://www.kshb.com/sports/college-...d-in-ncaa-case

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A Family of a Kansas Recruit was alledgedly paid $90,000 by Adidas as a part of the bribery scandal being investigated by the FBI. This is heartbreaking, I don't know who knows what, I hope it doesn't mean the end of Bill Self at Kansas.
https://www.kshb.com/sports/college-...d-in-ncaa-case
I don't think KU administration or coaching is involved. This is scuzzy Adidas reps going out and talking to family members of players. I could be wrong of course but I don't think so. I would bet anything that this is Billy Preston and is the reason why he never played a minute for Kansas and never got cleared after his single vehicle car crash. Might have been the best thing to ever happen to the program. Had he played a game, I bet they would have taken away our Final Four. I sure hope it was him. He and DeSousa were the only 2017 recruits in the program as far as I know.

Edit : Looks like it was probably both guys. Bye Bye 2018 Final Four appearance. Still nothing suggests any KU involvement.

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The NCAA adopted a series of policy and rules changes Wednesday that it hopes will clean up college basketball, which has been engulfed by an FBI investigation and other corruption over the last two years.

Among the significant changes that were adopted by the NCAA's Board of Governors and Division I Board of Directors are allowing elite high school basketball recruits and players to be represented by agents who are certified by the NCAA while still playing; allowing players to enter the NBA draft and return to school if undrafted; introducing more rigorous certification requirements for summer basketball-related events; and longer postseason bans, head coach suspensions and increased recruiting restrictions for college coaches who break the rules.


Significantly, the NCAA is overhauling its process for investigating and adjudicating complex cases involving its rules. Two independent groups will be appointed to oversee and resolve complex cases, which might involve academic misconduct, major penalties or adversarial behavior.

The first independent group will include both external investigators with no school or conference affiliation and select NCAA enforcement staff. A second group, which will be comprised of 15 people with backgrounds in law, higher education and sports with no affiliations to NCAA schools or conferences, will review the findings of the first group, oversee the hearing and decide penalties, if necessary.

"These changes will promote integrity in the game, strengthen accountability and prioritize the interest of student-athletes over every other factor," NCAA president Mark Emmert said in a statement. "We remain committed to promoting fairness in college sports and creating an environment that will champion the success of student-athletes."

Emmert said the NCAA would continue to work with the NBA, National Basketball Players Association, apparel companies and USA Basketball to come up with more solutions.

"If they are unwilling or unable to act, we will consider additional changes that will support the success of student-athletes," Emmert said. "It's on us to restore the integrity of college basketball and continue to improve the interests of all student-athletes. They deserve nothing less."
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Shaq's son Shareef will miss his Freshman season at UCLA due to heart surgery. A problem was discovered during a physical. Sucks for him and the program, but better take care of it now while he's really young.

http://m.tmz.com/#!article/2018/09/2...-ucla-doctors/
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Not sure if I should be freaking out yet....

Monday, October 15, 2018
Texts show Kansas coaches knew of Adidas role in Silvio De Sousa's recruitment

By Mark Schlabach

NEW YORK -- Former Adidas consultant T.J. Gassnola testified in federal court Monday that he didn't believe that Kansas Jayhawks coach Bill Self and assistant coach Kurtis Townsend were aware he was facilitating money from the sneaker company to the parents or guardians of high-profile recruits to ensure they signed with the Jayhawks.

But text messages between Gassnola, Self and Townsend presented by defense attorneys on Monday indicated the Kansas coaches were at least aware of Gassnola's involvement in the Jayhawks' recruitment of current player Silvio De Sousa, a native of Angola.

The testimony and revelation of the text messages came during the federal criminal trial involving Adidas executive James Gatto, Adidas consultant Merl Code and Christian Dawkins, a runner for former NBA agent Andy Miller. The men are charged with wire fraud and conspiracy to commit wire fraud by allegedly funneling money from Adidas to the families of recruits at Kansas, Louisville, Miami and NC State.


The government is expected to end its case as early as Tuesday, and U.S. District Court Judge Lewis A. Kaplan told the jury Monday morning that it could begin its deliberations as early as Thursday.

Gassnola, a former AAU director from Springfield, Massachusetts, testified last week that he paid $90,000 to former Kansas player Billy Preston's mother and that he also agreed to pay $20,000 to De Sousa's guardian, Fenny Falmagne, to help him "get out from under" a pay-for-play scheme to send De Sousa to Maryland.

"I don't remember the words, but Fenny told me he was under this umbrella from the [Maryland] booster," Gassnola testified Monday.

On Aug. 9, 2017, Townsend texted Gassnola and wrote, "Coach Self just talked to Fenny let me know how it goes."

A few hours later, Gassnola texted Self: "Hall of Fame. When you have 5 minutes and your [sic] alone call me."

Later that night, after Self hadn't responded, Gassnola texted him again: "I talked with Fenny."

"We good," Self asked via text.

"Always," Gassnola replied. "That's [sic] was light work. Ball is in his court now."

According to cellphone records presented during Monday's testimony, Gassnola and Self had a five-minute, six-second phone call later that night. Gassnola testified that he didn't recall what the men talked about. His phone was not being monitored via FBI wiretaps at the time.

On Aug. 26, 2017, Townsend forwarded Gassnola a text message that he said he'd received from Falmagne: "Coach has been on the phone with Angola. We are good to go. We will commit tomorrow."

De Sousa, who attended IMG Academy, committed to Kansas four days later.

On Sept. 19, 2017, three days before Kansas announced that it had agreed to a 12-year, $191 million contract extension with Adidas, Gassnola texted Self and thanked him for helping the sponsorship deal get done.

Self responded: "I'm happy with Adidas. Just got to get a couple real guys."

Gassnola replied: "In my mind, it's KU, bill self. Everyone else fall into line. Too [expletive] bad. That's what's right for Adidas basketball. And I know I am RIGHT. The more you win, have lottery pics [sic] and you happy. That's how it should work in my mind."

Self responded: "That's how ur works. At UNC and Duke." Gassnola replied at Kentucky as well.

"I promise you I got this," Gassnola wrote. "I have never let you down. Except Dyondre lol. We will get it right."

When Michael Schacter, Gatto's defense attorney, asked Gassnola if "Dyondre" was a reference to former Arizona player Deandre Ayton, Gassnola replied, "It is."

De Sousa joined the Jayhawks in late December. He averaged 8.8 minutes in 20 games, and he scored seven points and grabbed seven rebounds in 10 minutes in the national semifinal loss to Villanova

Gassnola testified that Falmagne, a native of Angola who is also the legal guardian of Maryland forward Bruno Fernando, only wanted Adidas gear for the Angola national team. He said he shared that request with Self and Townsend but didn't tell them about the arranged $20,000 payment.

Gassnola testified that he'd never seen a sales record or designs for Adidas uniforms for the Angolan national team. He also was unaware that Nike sponsors that specific national team.

Self was asked about the federal trial at Kansas' media day last week and said: "I don't have any response. I can't talk about that. I'm not meaning to be opaque about this at all. I just feel like ... our stance is still the same. We'll comment when the time is appropriate. The appropriate time is when this is done, and that'll certainly be the case. I'm not going to make comments day-to-day on what has been said because we'll know obviously in the next couple weeks what actually this is all about."

The government also introduced text messages between Preston and his mother, Nicole Player, in which she seems to instruct her son to deny knowledge about the purchase of an automobile he wrecked on the Kansas campus shortly after enrolling there in 2017.

On Nov. 13, 2017, Preston texted his mother and told her, "The NCAA dude just came to my floor. ... He said something about my car and how it's bought in [Florida] and all that."

She replied: "Tell him you don't know where it was bought. ... Your mom and nana handled that."

"You don't know," she continued. "[I don't care] what they say to you ... YOU DON'T KNOW."

After Preston replied, "GOT YOU," she wrote: "If they ask you about a person say, "I don't know ... I would have to see their face."

Preston did not play in a game for the Jayhawks this past season and turned pro because of eligibility concerns. He was not selected in June's NBA draft and signed a two-way contract with the Cleveland Cavaliers.
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There was a taped conversation today played today with Townsend basically agreeing to pay Zion Williamson's people whatever it took to get him to KU

Williamson is at Duke.
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AP preseason Top 25 poll
First-place votes in parentheses


1. Kansas (37)
2. Kentucky (19)
3. Gonzaga (1)
4. Duke (4)
5. Virginia (2)
6. Tennessee (1)
7. Nevada
8. North Carolina
9. Villanova (1)
10. Michigan State
11. Auburn
12. Kansas State
13. West Virginia
14. Oregon
15. Virginia Tech
16. Syracuse
17. Florida State
18. Mississippi State
19. Michigan
20. TCU
21. UCLA
22. Clemson
23. LSU
24. Purdue
25. Washington


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