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Posted on: April 25, 2011 12:44 pm
Edited on: April 25, 2011 12:47 pm
 

Solid weekend for the Knucklehead Rule

Remember my Knucklehead Rule?

It's rooted in the "once a knucklehead, always a knucklehead" theory, a cynical view of the world that suggests people with issues almost always remain people with issues. I wrote about it while doing a column on former Ohio guard Armon Bassett last year. I mention it today because the Knucklehead Rule just had a helluva weekend.

It started with actress Lindsey Lohan (Queen Knucklehead) returning to jail Friday for a probation violation. Then Dolphins receiver Brandon Marshall (Hall of Fame knucklehead) was involved in a domestic dispute that led to him being hospitalized with a stab wound. Meantime, Lakers rookie Derrick Caracter (knucklehead for most of the past decade) was arrested in New Orleans. And Florida football player Janoris Jenkins was hit with a marijuana charge for the second time this year. And former Major Leaguer Elijah Dukes was arrested for the second time in less than two months. And former NFL player Keith McCants was charged with felony possession of cocaine and resisting arrest.

The headline at ProFootballTalk.com about McCants read, "Former top-five pick in trouble again."

Again is the key word.

The Knucklehead Rule -- still undefeated.
Category: NCAAB
Posted on: March 20, 2011 12:54 pm
 

Gillispie reaches agreement with Texas Tech

Texas Tech officials have finalized an agreement that will make Billy Gillispie the school's next men's basketball coach, as CBSSports.com reported would be the case last Thursday.

A formal announcement is expected later Sunday.

The introductory press conference will be Wednesday, according to the Lubbock Avalanche-Journal.

Gillispie is a somewhat controversial hire because of a history of drinking-and-driving arrests but an obvious home run in terms of basketball. He's a Texas native who took UTEP to the NCAA tournament in 2004, then took Texas A&M to the 2006 and 2007 NCAA tournaments. Kentucky hired Gillispie to replace Tubby Smith after the 2007 season, but Gillispie was never a good fit in the high-profile job. He lasted only two years and was replaced by John Calipari.

Texas Tech fired Pat Knight on March 7.

He coached parts of four seasons and never made the NCAA tournament.

Posted on: March 17, 2011 11:40 am
Edited on: March 17, 2011 11:48 am
 

Source: Gillispie to TTU likely coming next week

Billy Gillispie will be named Texas Tech's next basketball coach barring an unexpected change of plans over the coming days, a source told CBSSports.com on Thursday. But the source added that nothing is finalized and almost certainly won't be before Monday because Kirby Hocutt doesn't officially take over as the school's athletic director until next week, and Texas Tech won't formally move on Gillispie in advance of that.

"They're in a holding pattern," the source said. "But it's headed that direction."

Gillispie would be a somewhat controversial hire because of a history of drinking-and-driving arrests but an obvious home run in terms of basketball. He's a Texas native who took UTEP to the NCAA tournament in 2004, then took Texas A&M to the 2006 and 2007 NCAA tournaments. Kentucky hired Gillispie to replace Tubby Smith after the 2007 season, but Gillispie was never a good fit in the high-profile job. He lasted only two years and was replaced by John Calipari.

Texas Tech fired Pat Knight on March 7.

He coached parts of four seasons and never made the NCAA tournament.

Gillispie is the only known candidate who has already interviewed with Texas Tech officials.

Posted on: March 12, 2011 2:56 pm
Edited on: March 12, 2011 3:07 pm
 

Josh Pastner's life just got a whole lot easier

Three Saturdays ago Memphis lost at UTEP by 27 points.

Joe Jackson played 14 minutes.

And that's about the time some fans started openly wondering whether Josh Pastner was built to be a longterm successor to John Calipari while rumors began circulating that Jackson, a high school legend turned struggling freshman reserve, might transfer out of his hometown program. Four days later, Jackson played nine minutes in a loss to East Carolina and the frustration intensified. All of which made what happened Saturday unpredictable and unbelievable.

Memphis 67, UTEP 66.

In El Paso.

For the C-USA tournament title.

The MVP?

That was Joe Jackson -- thanks to a pair of free throws that took Memphis from down one to up one in the final seconds. The kid with the "King of Memphis" tattoo across his chest who seemed lost and demoralized less than a month ago finished with 17 points a day after dropping a career-high 24 points on East Carolina in the C-USA semifinals. So this Memphis team that began the season nationally ranked before struggling to a 10-6 league record that caused their 33-year-old second-year coach to face questions about his future is now headed to the NCAA tournament with C-USA's automatic bid, and Jackson suddenly looks like the McDonald's All-American whose commitment helped bring those preseason expectations to begin with. It's a remarkable turn of events for a program that's still recovering from Calipari's exit. More than anything, though, it's a development that'll go a long way in allowing Pastner to regain the confidence of his fan base, Jackson the confidence of his past.

Three Saturdays ago, both seemed confused and overwhelmed by their situations.

But now they're right where they were supposed to be all along -- in the NCAA tournament as C-USA champions.
Category: NCAAB
Posted on: August 13, 2010 7:16 pm
 

My Five for Friday column


Click this link to read my Five for Friday column.

It's on Trevor Mbakwe, Myron Strong, and Jim Delany's comments about baskebtall recruiting.
Posted on: June 1, 2010 1:10 pm
 

Moultrie to take visits before committing


UTEP transfer Arnett Moultrie remains undecided about his next college and now plans to visit multiple schools before enrolling anywhere, his mentor, Sorrell Valentine, told CBSSports.com on Tuesday.

"At first he wanted to enroll in summer school in June," Valentine said. "But now he's going to take a few visits before he decides anything."

Valentine's comments come after a Memorial Day weekend during which various sources told CBSSports.com that Moultrie was leaning toward registering for summer school at Mississippi State on Tuesday. Valentine neither confirmed nor denied such was ever a plan. All he said is that Moultrie is not in school at Mississippi State, and that the 6-foot-11 forward will now take visits before settling on a destination.

Among the schools believed to be involved with Moultrie are Mississippi State, Arkansas, Texas, Memphis, Tennessee and Kentucky. The Memphis native averaged 9.8 points and 6.7 rebounds per game as a sophomore at UTEP. Moultrie will sit out next season per NCAA transfer rules and be eligible with two years remaining in 2011-12 provided he transfers to a school with a release. It's unclear which schools have requested and received releases. But it's worth noting that Valentine said UTEP has released Moultrie to Mississippi State after initially declining to do so. Memphis does not have a release because it is, like UTEP, a C-USA school.
Posted on: May 12, 2010 10:35 am
Edited on: May 12, 2010 12:07 pm
 

Moultrie's recruitment intensifying


Former UTEP standout Arnett Moultrie has developed into the hottest transfer on the market.

Most high-major programs in the south -- Tennessee, Memphis, Kentucky, Texas, etc., -- have inquired about the 6-foot-11 forward since the Memphis native withdrew from the NBA Draft last week and announced he would not return to UTEP. And though Moultrie's hometown school remains in play, developments over the past 48 hours suggest Mississippi State and Arkansas have made strong pushes and positioned themselves well.

Still, there could be an issue.

Sources told CBSSports.com on Wednesday that -- in addition to Memphis and other C-USA schools -- UTEP might not release Moultrie to Mississippi State or Arkansas. In that case, Moultrie would not be allowed to be on scholarship next year at either school. He would also lose a year of eligibility.

Why is Moultrie such a commodity?

He's a tall and skilled future NBA player who is being viewed by most as a Class of 2011 one-and-done prospect, as a guy who will sit out next year (per NCAA transfer rules) before having the same kind of impact in 2011-12 that Ekpe Udoh had at Baylor. Moultrie and Udoh aren't similar players, but they're simiar talents. Which is why coaches will spend Wednesday continuing to jockey for position, and this recruitment could turn 100 different ways before it ends, and there's no telling when it will end.

Fall classes don't start until August.

Moultrie and his people can be patient, if they want.
Posted on: March 30, 2010 1:16 pm
Edited on: March 30, 2010 1:28 pm
 

Source: UTEP hiring former USC coach Floyd


Former Southern California coach Tim Floyd has reached an agreement in principle to become UTEP's next coach, a source close to the school told CBSSports.com.

An official announcement is expected later Tuesday.

Floyd resigned at USC last offseason after it was alleged that he committed major violations, among them paying O.J. Mayo's handler cash. Floyd denied all allegations. But USC was still investigated, and the Trojans did not participate in the 2009-10 postseason because of self-imposed penalties. The school appeared before the NCAA's Committee on Infractions last month. A ruling is expected in the next four to six weeks.

Floyd replaces Tony Barbee.

Barbee left last week to take over at Auburn.

UTEP won C-USA this season with no seniors, but the team will not return intact. CBSSports.com reported Monday that Derrick Caracter decided even before Barbee left that he would enter the 2010 NBA Draft. DraftExpress.com reported later Monday that Caracter has signed with agent Happy Walters.
 
 
 
 
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