Golden Gophers' Curry suffers season-ending knee injury
Minnesota junior forward Eric Curry will undergo season-ending knee surgery next week, coach Richard Pitino announced Wednesday.Curry was injured during a practice last week. It marks the second time in three seasons he has suffered a season-ending knee injury."We are obviously disappointed in Eric's recent setback," Pitino said in a statement. "He has worked so hard and stayed positive throughout this whole process. He is still a valuable member and leader on this team. I can't wait to get him back, better than ever next year."According to the Star Tribune, the 6-foot-9 Curry tore the ACL in his right knee on Oct. 7 and will require reconstructive surgery.Curry underwent a reconstruction on his left knee two years ago after tearing the ACL, MCL and meniscus during a summer pickup game. The injury caused him to miss the entire 2017-18 campaign.Last season, Curry missed the first 12 games of the season after having arthroscopic surgery on the left knee in late October. He also missed the final seven games due to a torn ligament in his right foot.
Oregon C Dante to miss 9 games with eligibility issue
Oregon's top rated recruit, five-star center N'Faly Dante, will be ineligible for the first nine games of the season.The NCAA missed his clearance date, according to Shams Charania of The Athletic and Stadium. Oregon began fall classes two weeks ago.Dante will now be looking to enroll on Dec. 14 and begin playing for the Ducks, who are coming off a Sweet 16 appearance and were picked to win the Pac-12 this season in the league's media poll last week."I left my home four years ago with a dream and three goals: graduate from high school, attend university, and play college basketball. None of that has changed. On December 14, 2019, I plan to enroll and play college basketball with the University of Oregon," Dante said in a release to Charania. "I have completed my academic requirements and am currently waiting for the NCAA Eligibility process to finalize. We are hopeful this will conclude soon and have asked the NCAA to keep my goal of a December 14, 2019 enrollment date in mind."Every prospective student athlete that purchases an NCAA Eligibility Center ID, regardless of their gender or origin, should be entitled to a timely and transparent process that's in line with the student's targeted enrollment date."Dante, a 6-foot-11 center from Mali who attended Sunrise Christian in Wichita, Kan., committed to Oregon in August after reclassifying from the 2020 recruiting class to 2019. He is rated as the 14th-best prospect for the 2019 class in the 247Sports composite rankings.
Five-star forward Barnes commits to Florida State
Florida State landed a commitment from five-star forward Scottie Barnes, who picked the Seminoles over Kentucky, Miami, Oregon and others.He announced his decision Monday morning on Twitter.(SOCIAL)I am proud to be announcing that next year I will be playing for Coach Hamilton and his staff at Florida State University. To all the coaches, mentors, teachers, and family members that have molded and helped me to get to this point in my journey thank you! pic.twitter.com/rMQDwXLNZf(SOCIAL)
Calhoun denies sexual discrimination allegations
Hall of Fame basketball coach Jim Calhoun denied claims he discriminated against the former associate athletic director at the University of St. Joseph based on her gender, saying he is a strong supporter of women's rights.Calhoun, who retired as coach at UConn and then took over as coach of the newly created team at Division III St. Joseph in 2017, issued a statement Saturday in response to accusations made by Jaclyn Piscitelli.She filed a lawsuit on Wednesday against the West Hartford, Conn., school in U.S. District court after complaining about the conduct of men in the athletic department, including Calhoun.Piscitelli said Calhoun turned the athletic department into a "male-dominated, hostile work environment" for women. Piscitelli said Calhoun once told her she was "hot." She also said Calhoun forced her to clean up coffee grounds he spilled, saying his wife would do that for him, and open his office door for him on multiple occasions.In his statement, issued to the Hartford Courant, Calhoun said he never "knowingly treated any woman unfairly because of her gender."
Top Villanova freshman Antoine could redshirt
Villanova freshman guard Bryan Antoine is still recovering from shoulder surgery and could redshirt the 2019-20 season, Wildcats coach Jay Wright told NBC Sports on Thursday."He hasn't touched a basketball since his last high school game," Wright said. "He still hasn't practiced. It's going to be tough for him to make an impact early."The 6-foot-5 Antoine was a five-star recruit in the Class of 2019, ranked No. 2 among shooting guards and No. 17 overall in the nation by the 247Sports composite.The 2019 McDonald's All-American averaged 21.3 points per game as a senior at Ranney School in Tinton Falls, N.J.Antoine had surgery to repair a torn labrum in his right shoulder on May 31. Wright said it's "a possibility" he could redshirt, but it's too early to tell.
Kansas' Self denies Snoop Dogg show was aimed at NCAA
Kansas coach Bill Self said there was no intent to mock the NCAA with the program's controversial use of Snoop Dogg as entertainment at its Late Night show last Friday night.The rapper's 35-minute performance included profane language, scantily clad pole dancers and fake $100 bills shot from a money gun. Self was featured in a promotional video earlier in the week wearing a chain with a dollar bill sign while wearing Adidas apparel to help promote the event, which is Kansas' annual season-opening unveiling of the basketball team.Adidas representatives in the college basketball corruption case have been convicted in federal court of providing financial inducements to family members of recruits to help sway players decide to attend Kansas. The NCAA recently handed down a notice of allegations against the university and possible severe punishment could occur."I do not like the narrative that has been said concerning that with me, but I also understand I can't control what the media writes or their opinions," Self said during a press conference on Wednesday. "I do know and people that know me know that's not factually true in any way shape or form."Self said he was miffed that the entertainer selected could be viewed as part of a plan to taunt the NCAA."I don't know how an entertainer would in any way, shape or form, be thought to be sticking it to anybody, including the NCAA, by having an entertainer perform," Self said. "That has actually been a narrative that some people have used since this."... If you've followed us, I do stuff for Late Night every year. This year was no different. I just happened to be wearing an Adidas shirt (in the video), who just happens to be our sponsor for our next 14 years that helped sponsor the event. It was innocently given to me and I just put it on."Athletic director Jeff Long apologized shortly after Friday night's show for the content.Meanwhile, sophomore point guard Devon Dotson doesn't understand why there has been such a fuss over the Snoop Dogg show."I didn't really get into that," Dotson said. "As a whole, Late Night was a great night for all of us, so we try not to focus on all that. We've moved on from that. We're not trying to focus on what happened in the past. I'm looking to play basketball here and try to get wins."Self also had an opportunity to address the growing scandal in which the school's relationship with Adidas came under scrutiny during the federal investigation and ensuing trials.Former Adidas consultant T.J. Gassnola testified that he made payments of $90,000 to the mother of former Kansas player Billy Preston.
Mississippi State G Weatherspoon suspended 10 games
Mississippi State suspended junior guard Nick Weatherspoon for the first 10 games of the 2019-20 season.Weatherspoon was suspended indefinitely last Feb. 16 for a violation of team rules and missed the Bulldogs' last 10 games, including a first-round loss to Liberty in the NCAA Tournament.Mississippi State coach Ben Howland confirmed the suspension with reporters, putting Weatherspoon's earliest appearance at Dec. 22 against New Mexico State.
Calhoun accused of sexual discrimination in lawsuit
Hall of Fame coach Jim Calhoun has been accused of sexual discrimination in a lawsuit by a former employee at the University of St. Joseph in West Hartford, Conn., the Division III school where the former Connecticut coach currently works.Jaclyn Piscitelli, a former associate athletic director at the school, filed the suit Wednesday in U.S. District court. Piscitelli alleges she was fired by the small Division III university after complaining about the conduct of men in the athletic department, including Calhoun.The 13-page complaint said the climate in the athletic department changed after Calhoun and assistant coach Glen Miller, who worked under Calhoun at UConn, joined the school in the summer of 2017.University spokesman Diana Sousa acknowledged the school is reviewing the lawsuit. She said the university doesn't comment on pending litigation.Piscitelli also names former athletic director Bill Cardarelli in the suit, claiming he took no action when she brought forth allegations against Calhoun.Piscitelli said Calhoun turned the athletic department into a "male-dominated, hostile work environment" for women. Piscitelli said Calhoun once told her she was "hot." She also said Calhoun forced her to clean up coffee grounds he spilled, saying his wife would do that for him.After lodging complaints, Piscitelli was fired by the university in mid-June. She claims her dismissal was in retaliation for speaking up.
Duke's Krzyzewski backs California's 'Fair Pay to Play' law
Duke basketball coach Mike Krzyzewski offered his support Tuesday to California's "Fair Pay to Play" law, which will allow college athletes in the state to profit from the use of their name, image and likeness.Issuing a prepared statement at the ACC's 2019 Operation Basketball preseason event in Charlotte, N.C., Kryzewski encouraged the NCAA to adapt to changing times and adopt a uniform rule."I don't -- and won't -- pretend to understand all the complexities of such a change," Krzyzewski said in the statement. "However, it is a sign of the times that we in college athletics must continually adapt, albeit in a sensible manner."While we have made significant progress in recent years, we have not always responded to the needs and rights of our players swiftly, and frankly, we're playing catch-up after years of stagnant rules. I hope and trust that not only will there be a plan to put the student-athletes' best interests at the forefront, but that we'll also have a firm plan for implementation at the national level."The California law, signed on Sept. 30 by Gov. Gavin Newsom, takes effect on Jan. 1, 2023.
Kansas issues apology after Snoop Dogg performance
A raucous performance by rapper Snoop Dogg led to an apology from Kansas athletic director Jeff Long on Friday night.Performing at the end of "Late Night in the Phog," a preseason celebration following scrimmages by the men's and women's basketball teams, the rapper put on a bawdy show at Allen Fieldhouse that included pole dancers and profanity.In a statement about the event, Long took responsibility for not vetting the show."We apologize to anyone who was offended by the Snoop Dogg performance at Late Night," the statement begins. "We made it clear to the entertainers' managers that we expected a clean version of the show and took additional steps to communicate to our fans, including moving the artist to the final act of the evening, to ensure that no basketball activities would be missed if anyone did not want to stay for his show. I take full responsibility for not thoroughly vetting all the details of the performance and offer my personal apology to those who were offended. We strive to create a family atmosphere at Kansas and fell short of that this evening."Snoop Dogg met with players from both teams before taking the court for the show, during which he sprayed both benches with fake money bearing his face.Coach Bill Self said the show was not what he expected."That's not the direction that anybody at our school would want that to go at all," he said, per ESPN. "Regardless of the entertainment that it provided many, it was still not the right way to provide the entertainment."
Top prospect Brakefield commits to Duke
Coveted 2020 forward Jaemyn Brakefield committed to Duke on Friday, one day after receiving a scholarship offer from the Blue Devils.The versatile Brakefield, a five-star recruit from Huntington (W.Va.) Prep, is rated No. 23 overall on ESPN's Top 100.Brakefield reportedly learned of Duke's interest on Wednesday night when he received a call from Duke coach Mike Krzyzewski. The next day, the Blue Devils offered the scholarship and Brakefield didn't waste any time accepting."110% Committed! Look what God can do," Brakefield tweeted Friday while posting a picture of himself in a Duke uniform.The 6-foot-8 Brakefield previously took official visits to Auburn and Louisville. He also was considering taking visits to Michigan and Ole Miss.
Dawkins sentenced 1 year, 1 day in corruption scandal
Christian Dawkins, a central figure in the national college basketball corruption scandal, was sentenced Thursday by a federal judge in New York to one year and one day in prison, multiple media outlets reported.Dawkins, an aspiring sports agent/business manager, was convicted on two charges -- bribery and conspiracy to commit bribery -- in May after facing six separate charges.He was previously sentenced to six months in prison for conspiracy to commit wire fraud in a separate trial in March, relating to a pay-for-play scheme involving Adidas. He will serve the six-month sentence first, before serving Thursday's sentencing.Dawkins' conviction for the two most recent charges came after a two-week federal trial in New York, digging into alleged payoffs to prominent players and coaches in order to steer prospects to certain financial advisors and handlers.U.S. District Judge Edgardo Ramos deemed Tuesday that Dawkins knew the gravity of what he was doing and was not "duped or misled." The judge added that he agreed with the government's argument that Dawkins gave false testimony to the jury.
Louisville lands top JUCO player Scrubb
Jay Scrubb, considered the No. 1 junior college basketball player in the country, announced his commitment to Louisville on Saturday."I'm staying home #Committed," he wrote on Instagram, under a photo announcing his decision.Scrubb played at Trinity High School in Louisville, Ky., before moving on to John A. Logan College in Carterville, Ill. The lure of the hometown was too much to pass up, his father said.He will play one more year at Logan and join Louisville as part of the Class of 2020, then likely will test the NBA draft waters."He is going to play a year and it's important that he's able to benefit from that year, and we want to build something and be a pillar in the community of Louisville," his father, Jason Scrubb, told 247Sports. "We want to build something strong."
Florida extends White as coach through 2024-25
Amid preseason buzz of a possible Final Four and national championship run this upcoming season, the University of Florida has given head coach Mike White a raise and a two-year contract extension that lasts through the 2024-25 season, the school revealed Friday.Per information released by the university to comply with a public records request, the 42-year-old White's salary increase this season will be $126,242. He is slated to make over $3.2 million in each of the final three seasons of the contract -- which was signed in May.White, entering his fifth season as Gators head coach, spent four seasons as head coach at Louisiana Tech (2011-2015) before replacing longtime coach Billy Donovan, who jumped to the NBA's Oklahoma City Thunder in 2015 after winning two NCAA titles in Gainesville.In eight seasons in college, White has gone 190-93 (.671) with seven straight 20-win seasons. At Florida he is 89-53 (.627) and has reached the NCAA Tournament in three straight seasons, which included a loss in the 2017 Elite Eight to South Carolina.Florida went 20-16 last season, losing to Michigan in the second round of the NCAA Tournament.
NCAA hands Georgia Tech one-year postseason ban
The Georgia Tech men's basketball program was handed a one-year postseason ban Thursday, and also was placed on probation for four years, after an NCAA investigation uncovered recruiting violations made by an assistant coach and a booster with ties to head coach Josh Pastner.Other penalties handed down Thursday include the reduction of four scholarships -- one for each year on probation -- along with recruiting restrictions and a fine of $5,000 plus two percent of the program's budget, according to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution.The Yellow Jackets have not been to the NCAA Tournament since 2010, but they did participate in the NIT in 2017, Pastner's first season. Georgia Tech is 48-53 in three seasons under Pastner.The NCAA's findings determined that Ron Bell, who had ties to Pastner and was identified as "representative of the institution's athletic interests," was determined to have provided more than $2,000 in benefits to players on 2016 and 2017.In addition, former assistant coach Darryl LaBarrie was determined to have given a recruit $300 for a visit to an Atlanta strip club and then providing the NCAA with false and/or misleading statements when it came to the offense.
Reports: Smith denied receiving money at NC State
Former North Carolina State point guard Dennis Smith Jr. denied that he or anyone else in his family received a $40,000 payment to attend the school, according to public records.The information was released Tuesday to the News & Observer of Raleigh, N.C., as part of a public records request.Smith told North Carolina State officials on April 30 that he wasn't aware of any payments.The allegations regarding Smith emerged as part of a federal indictment and criminal trial in 2018 on recruiting corruption. Former Adidas consultant T.J. Gassnola testified that he made two payments to people close to Smith.Gassnola indicated the first payment occurred while Smith was a junior in high school. He said the second payment was made in the fall of 2015 when Smith was wavering about his decision to verbally commit to NC State.Smith, who now plays for the NBA's New York Knicks, chose the Wolfpack over Duke. Smith was asked about the decision during his meeting with NC State that included deputy athletic director Chris Boyer, assistant athletic director for compliance Steve Shults and senior associate athletic director for compliance Carrie Doyle."Smith said that was easy," according to a memo in the report. "He said his grandmother was a long-time fan of NC State and wanted him to attend. Smith said that he only took one official visit, which was to NC State. He said that his final two schools were Duke and NC State, and when Duke signed a point guard that clinched it for him that he would attend NC State."According to the memo, Smith told NC State officials this about the reported sum of cash: "If he had accepted money he would not have been driving his grandmother's car."NC State received a notice of allegations from the NCAA in July. The school was charged with two Level I violations -- the most serious type -- as well as a failure to monitor charge against former coach Mark Gottfried.
NCAA hits Kansas, Self with major-violation charges
Kansas received a notice of allegations from the NCAA on Monday citing major violations in the men's basketball program and lesser violations regarding the football program.Jayhawks men's basketball coach Bill Self was charged with head coach responsibility violations. The school was charged with lack of institutional control. Three Level 1 violations -- the most severe under NCAA rules -- are alleged against the men's basketball team, and the football team faces Level II allegations.The university responded in a statement that it "will fiercely dispute" the charges.Self, who won an NCAA title at the school in 2008 among his three Final Four seasons, could face an NCAA suspension of one season or more.Self replied in a statement, "By the NCAA's own admission through its public statements early this summer, it's no secret that there is tremendous pressure on the NCAA to respond to the federal court proceedings involving college basketball ... In its haste and attempt to regain control, the enforcement staff has created a false narrative regarding me and our basketball program."The narrative is based on innuendo, half-truths, misimpressions and mischaracterizations ... I will strenuously defend myself and the program, but I will respect the process and will not speak to the details of the case."The Jayhawks were among the schools that were mentioned in the FBI's investigation into corruption in the sport that led to the arrest of 10 people, including four assistant coaches, in September 2017.Stan Wilcox, the NCAA executive vice president for regulatory affairs, said during the summer that at least six schools would receive notice of allegations.Kansas was among the schools associated with Adidas that came under scrutiny during the federal investigation.Former Adidas consultant T.J. Gassnola testified that he made payments of $90,000 to the mother of former Kansas player Billy Preston.Gassnola also admitted two payments totaling $22,500 were made from Adidas to Silvio De Sousa, a current Kansas player who was initially suspended for two seasons. Kansas appealed the second season penalty and the NCAA recently ruled De Sousa is eligible to play this season.
Kansas PG McBride leaving school
Kansas freshman Isaac McBride is withdrawing from the university and looking to play elsewhere.Coach Bill Self made the announcement on Friday night, and McBride confirmed the news on social media."I decided the program was not a good fit for me," McBride wrote in part, reiterating what Self said. "I will continue to pursue a future basketball career."McBride, a point guard from Little Rock, Ark., signed with the Jayhawks last November and arrived in Kansas in June. He was the nation's No. 137 prospect in the Class of 2019, according to the 247Sports composite.McBride was expected to back up starting point guard Devon Dotson this season.In announcing his decision, McBride made no mention of a notice of allegation from the NCAA citing major recruiting violations in the program that Kansas is expected to receive.
Report: Kansas to receive notice of allegations
Kansas is expected to soon receive a notice of allegation from the NCAA citing major recruiting violations in the program, the Kansas City Star reported Friday.The Jayhawks were among the schools that were mentioned in the FBI's investigation into corruption in the sport that led to the arrest of 10 people, including four assistant coaches, in September 2017.Stan Wilcox, the NCAA executive vice president for regulatory affairs, said during the summer that at least six schools would receive notice of allegations.Level I allegations -- the most severe under NCAA rules -- could lead to penalties and possibly a suspension for coach Bill Self, who won an NCAA title at the school in 2008.Kansas was among the schools associated with Adidas that came under scrutiny during the federal investigation.Former Adidas consultant T.J. Gassnola testified that he made payments of $90,000 to the mother of former Kansas player Billy Preston.Gassnola also admitted two payments totaling $22,500 were made from Adidas to Silvio De Sousa, a current Kansas player who was initially suspended for two seasons. Kansas appealed the second season penalty and the NCAA recently ruled De Sousa is eligible to play this season.Gassnola avoided prison time at his sentencing date on Sept. 10 due to his cooperation with authorities. He received one year of supervised release, two months of home confinement and a $100 fine, according to reports.During trial last October, an FBI wiretap was introduced in which Kansas assistant Kurtis Townsend and Adidas consultant Merl Code were heard discussing what was needed for highly sought recruit Zion Williamson to sign with the Jayhawks. Williamson later chose Duke.
Iowa suspends F Pemsl after OWI arrest
Iowa forward Cordell Pemsl has been suspended indefinitely after he was arrested early Friday morning for first-offense drunken driving, according to the school.Pemsl, a 22-year-old redshirt junior from Dubuque, was charged with operating while intoxicated in Iowa City.An Iowa City police criminal complaint stated that Pemsl failed to obey a traffic control device and made an improper left turn, and the vehicle he was driving also had a cracked taillight.According to the criminal complaint, when Pemsl was stopped at around 3 a.m., he failed sobriety tests, with breath testing showing his blood alcohol content to be in the range of .122 to .151 percent, nearly twice the legal limit of .08 percent.The Iowa athletic department announced Friday that facts about the case are still being gathered, and Pemsl's indefinite suspension prevents his involvement from all basketball-related activities.