Posted on: May 21, 2011 1:25 pm
Edited on: May 21, 2011 1:47 pm

Hancock transferring from GMU to Louisville

Luke Hancock has decided to transfer from George Mason to Louisville, a source told on Saturday.

Hancock averaged 10.9 points and 4.3 assists for the Patriots last season and hit the game-winning shot in George Mason's victory over Villanova in the NCAA tournament. He'll sit out next season per NCAA transfer rules and then have two years of eligibility remaining starting in 2012-13.

Hancock also considered Michigan, Marquette, Virginia Tech and multiple other schools.
Posted on: May 19, 2011 9:42 am
Edited on: May 19, 2011 3:02 pm

Turned a blind eye? I disagree

I just watched the "Today" story on the woman who accused Wake Forest's Gary Clark of sexual assault in 2009.

I don't know what to make of it.

The woman, Maggie Hurt, says she performed oral sex on Clark because he told her to and because she was too scared to not do what he said. Clark, obviously, says it was consensual. No charges were ever filed because there were no witnesses or physical evidence to back her story. So what we have is a classic he-said-she-said situation with the character of each party under attack. Clark's attorney, for example, has told the newspaper in Winston-Salem (N.C.) that Hurt had sex in a hotel bathroom with a male cheerleader just hours before the alleged incident. That comment, presumably, was designed to suggest Hunt is promiscuous, which may or may not be true. Either way, it doesn't mean she wasn't also sexually assaulted. So here we are, just running in circles.

My only issue with the "Today" show story is this: Host Meredith Vieira set up the piece by saying "some schools are turning a blind eye" to sexual assault, and -- though it might be true in general -- that just seems incredibly unfair as it pertains to this case. Again, I have no idea whether Clark sexually assaulted Hurt. If he did, it's a shame he's getting away with it. But the bigger shame would've been punishing Clark based on nothing more than the word of a woman, because though men get away with sexual assaults all the time, men are also falsely accused of sexual assaults all the time, and I can't see a way for Wake Forest or police to punish or charge Clark with sexual assault in this case given the lack of witnesses and physical evidence.

Bottom line, it's an uncomfortable and sad story all the way around.

But I don't think anybody turned a "blind eye."

The only alternative to not charging Clark would've been to charge him without witnesses and physical evidence.

And that, to me, would've been much, much worse.

Category: NCAAB
Posted on: May 17, 2011 1:49 pm

Source: Hill joining Turgeon's staff at Maryland

Kansas State assistant Dalonte Hill has accepted an offer to join Mark Turgeon's staff at Maryland, a source confirmed to on Tuesday.

An official announcement is expected soon.

This development should be huge in terms of giving Turgeon a recruiting advantage in the Washington area because Hill, a Washington native, has strong ties to the D.C. Assault summer program. Bob Huggins lured him to Kansas State specifically for that reason. It led to the enrollment of Michael Beasley, a former D.C. Assault star who spent one year Kansas State before entering the NBA Draft.

Hill is expected to join Scott Spinelli and Bino Ranson on Turgeon's staff.

Together, they should be able to help Maryland recruit the area at a high level.
Posted on: May 16, 2011 9:29 pm
Edited on: May 16, 2011 9:32 pm

Jones transferring out of Arizona program

Arizona sophomore Lamont "MoMo" Jones is transferring out of the Wildcats program.

Multiple outlets in Arizona reported the news Monday night.

The 6-foot point guard averaged 9.7 points last season and helped the Wildcats reach the Elite Eight of the NCAA tournament. The reason behind Jones' decision is unclear, but it's worth noting that Sean Miller is about to enroll a heralded recruiting class headlined by Josiah Turner, a 6-3 point guard many expected to take Jones' starting job next season. Turner is widely considered to be among the top three point guards in the Class of 2011.
Category: NCAAB
Posted on: May 15, 2011 2:54 pm

Texas A&M has offered its job to Kennedy

Murray State's Billy Kennedy is expected to soon accept an offer to succeed Mark Turgeon as Texas A&M's basketball coach, a source told on Sunday.

An introductory press conference could come as early as Monday. reported Saturday that Kennedy had emerged as the frontrunner after Marquette's Buzz Williams, Memphis' Josh Pastner, Colorado's Tad Boyle and former NBA coach Jeff Van Gundy rejected overtures from Texas A&M. Kennedy interviewed with athletic director Bill Byrne on Saturday, received an offer early Sunday and will accept it, a source said, barring an unexpected breakdown in negotiations. The other finalists are Ben Jacobson (Northern Iowa head coach) and Scott Spinelli (Texas A&M assistant). Spinelli would join Turgeon's staff at Maryland the moment Kennedy is formally introduced.

Turgeon left for Maryland after four seasons in College Station.

Kennedy has spent five seasons at Murray State and led the Racers to the 2010 NCAA tournament.
Posted on: May 14, 2011 5:59 pm
Edited on: May 14, 2011 6:39 pm

Texas A&M search nearing end

Murray State's Billy Kennedy remains the perceived favorite to replace Mark Turgeon at Texas A&M, a source told on Saturday. But athletic director Bill Byrne is still exploring other options -- specifically Northern Iowa coach Ben Jacobson and Texas A&M assistant Scott Spinelli.

A source told that after interviewing Kennedy, Byrne flew to North Dakota late Saturday afternoon to meet with Jacobson in person. The source added that Spinelli remains a realistic option, too. Either way, the source said, Byrne is expected to close the search by the end of the weekend.

Turgeon left Texas A&M last week after accepting the job at Maryland.

Texas A&M projects as a preseason Top 25 team.
Posted on: May 13, 2011 7:32 am
Edited on: May 13, 2011 8:29 am

A&M contacts Van Gundy

Texas A&M's search to replace Mark Turgeon has led to school officials reaching out to Jeff Van Gundy.

It's unclear whether Van Gundy, now an analyst with ESPN, would be interested in coaching college basketball, but a source told that Texas A&M athetic director Bill Byrne felt it was worth his while to at least call and check considering Van Gundy lives in Houston. Meantime, the Fort Worth Star Telegram is reporting that Colorado's Tad Boyle has turned down the opportunity to replace Turgeon. According to the report, Boyle was Byrne's first choice once it became obvious that Buzz Williams was not a realistic option because of his contract situation at Marquette.

Where Texas A&M turns next is unclear.

The possibilities -- according to sources and various reports -- include Northern Iowa's Ben Jacobson, Murray State's Billy Kennedy, Louisiana Lafayette's Bob Marlin and Scott Spinelli, Turgeon's top assistant at Texas A&M. If Spinelli doesn't get the job, he's expected to join Turgeon at Maryland.
Category: NCAAB
Posted on: May 11, 2011 7:06 pm
Edited on: May 11, 2011 7:08 pm

Minnesota's Smith diagnosed with prostate cancer

Minnesota officials announced Monday that Tubby Smith was recently diagnosed with prostate cancer.

Smith underwent a procedure April 21, according to a release.

He says he's now "cancer free."

"I am happy to say that the cancer was contained and removed," Smith said. "I am now cancer free and feeling great.”

Smith has coached at four different Division 1 schools -- Tulsa, Georgia Kentucky and Minnesota. The 59-year-old Maryland native won a national championship at Kentucky in 2008. He's been at Minnesota the past four seasons and made the NCAA tournament twice.
Category: NCAAB
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