Former Louisville player Benahan arrested
Former Louisville Cardinals player Chane Benahan was arrested Saturday night and charged with possession of marijuana and possession of a stolen firearm, according to multiple reports.Benahan, 25, was in the backseat of a car stopped on Seventh Street Road by the Louisville Metro Police.According to the arrest report, the car had marijuana residue and Benahan was sitting next to an "AK-47 style rifle" that had been stolen from Troy, Ind.Everyone in the vehicle faced the same charges, according to the reports.Benahan was a part of the 2013 Cardinals team that won the national championship. That title has since been vacated over a sex scandal involving recruits and players.
Kentucky lands commitment from local F Allen
Four-star small forward Dontaie Allen announced his commitment to Kentucky on Thursday, making him the first in-state recruit for the Wildcats in more than five years."I ROCK KENTUCKY BLUE," Allen tweeted, adding a note to thank the schools that recruited him and the people who have helped him during his career.A 6-foot-6 wing from Pendleton County High School, Allen committed on the spot after Wildcats head coach John Calipari told him on Wednesday that Kentucky would give him an offer."Kentucky has always been in his heart," Allen's father, Tony Thomas, told the Lexington Herald Leader on Thursday. "We were going to keep the options open and just see where we landed at, but by going on the visit and sitting down and having a conversation with Coach Cal, it just felt right."
Top recruit Jeffries decommits from Kentucky, reopens recruitment
Top basketball recruit D.J. Jeffries has decomitted from Kentucky and reopened his recruitment, the forward from Mississippi announced on his Twitter account Monday."After careful consideration prayer and countless hours of consulting with my family I decided to reopen recruitment," Jeffries wrote. "It was a hard decision but I am confident that taking my time to choose the right school for me to better myself educationally and athletically is the right choice."A 6-foot-7 small forward from Olive Branch High School, Jeffries picked Kentucky over Alabama and Mississippi State and committed on March 12.There were rumors that Jeffries might change his mind and join Memphis after Penny Hardaway -- who was Jeffries' AAU coach last spring and summer -- was hired as the Tigers' new head coach on March 20.
Auburn-Xavier to kick off Maui Invitational
Auburn and Xavier will kick off the 2018 Maui Invitational Monday, Nov. 19, at 2:30 p.m. ET, part of the full schedule for the preseason tournament announced Tuesday.Duke and San Diego State will play in the day's second game in the top half of the bracket, followed by Arizona vs. Iowa State and Gonzaga vs. Illinois in the bottom half. The winners and losers will move on to play each other on Nov. 20.2018 Maui InvitationalMonday, Nov. 19G1: Auburn vs. Xavier, 2:30 p.m. ET ( 9:30 a.m. HT), ESPN2G2: Duke vs. San Diego State, 5 p.m. ET (noon. HT), ESPN2G3: Arizona vs. Iowa State, 9 p.m. ET (4 p.m. HT), ESPNUG4: Gonzaga vs. Illinois, 11:30 p.m. ET (6:30 p.m. HT), ESPN2Tuesday, Nov. 20G5: Loser G1 vs. Loser G2, 2:30 p.m. ET (9:30 a.m. HT), ESPN2G6: Loser G3 vs. Loser G4, 5 p.m. ET (noon HT), ESPN
Michigan, Beilein agree to 5-year extension
Michigan and men's basketball coach John Beilein reached agreement on a contract extension through the 2022-23 season, the school announced Wednesday.According to the school's release, the five-year rollover deal automatically extends one additional year and repeats each year until either Beilein or Michigan decide not to renew it. Financial terms of the contract were not disclosed."I am thrilled to ensure John's leadership of our basketball program today and into the future," said athletic director Warde Manuel in a statement. "I am very pleased with our shared dialog throughout the process, and I am extremely happy that one of the game's great coaches is representing the University of Michigan."Beilein, 65, is entering his 12th season at Michigan. Last season he led the Wolverines to a program-record 33 wins and a runner-up finish in the NCAA Tournament, as they lost to Villanova in the title game.Beilein also led Michigan to the 2013 national title game, which it lost to Louisville."I am grateful for the opportunity the University of Michigan has given to me over the past 11 years," stated Beilein. "Kathleen and I love Ann Arbor, our University, our fans and the state of Michigan. We will continue to work very hard in the future to have our basketball team reflect the greatness of this University.
Report: Coroner rules Honeycutt death a suicide
The Los Angeles County coroner's office officially declared the death of former UCLA and Sacramento Kings forward Tyler Honeycutt a suicide following an investigation, USA Today reported Thursday.Honeycutt died at the scene of a nine-hour standoff and shootout with Los Angeles police in the early morning of July 7, eight days before he would have turned 28. Per the report, the coroner's office completed its autopsy and closed the case, calling his death a suicide because of a gunshot wound to the head.The shootout happened at Honeycutt's home in Sherman Oaks.It was initially unclear whether police shot Honeycutt or he shot himself, but the LAPD tweeted on July 7 that "it appears as if the suspect was not struck by any officer's gunfire. The suspect appears to have sustained injuries consistent with a self-inflicted gunshot wound."According to the LAPD's Twitter feed, police had responded to a call of a man in his 20s with a gun. The suspect barricaded himself, according to the LAPD, and "as [police] were communicating with the suspect an [officer-involved shooting] occurred."
Clemson coach Brownell lands six-year, $15 million deal
Clemson coach Brad Brownell received a new six-year, $15 million contract on Thursday after guiding the Tigers to the Sweet 16 of the NCAA tournament last season.Brownell will make $2.5 million in base salary in each year of the deal, which was approved by the Clemson University Board of Trustees Compensation Committee.The contract replaces a deal that was set to conclude in 2021. It comes after Brownell's Tigers matched the school record of 25 wins last season."We have a tremendous amount of momentum and excitement in our basketball program and that is a testament to Brad's leadership," athletic director Dan Radakovich said in a statement. "This new agreement demonstrates to Brad our continued strong commitment and support to him, his assistant coaches and to our basketball program."Brownell, 49, is 149-113 in eight seasons with the Tigers and ranks as the third-winningest coach in school history.Still, Clemson was forecast to finish 13th in the Atlantic Coach Conference last season before compiling a 25-10 mark and reaching the Sweet 16 for just the fourth time in school history. The Tigers defeated New Mexico State and Auburn in the NCAA tourney before falling to top-seeded Kansas in the Sweet 16.
NCAA announces upcoming Final Four sites
The NCAA announced Monday that it has selected Houston, Phoenix, San Antonio and Indianapolis to host the Final Four from 2023 through 2026, respectively.All four cities have hosted the event in the past. The three finalist venues that were not selected included Detroit, Los Angeles and Arlington, Texas.Members of the NCAA Division I Men's Basketball Committee toured all seven finalist cities during a yearlong selection process. Representatives from each city gave an in-person presentation last week in Boston at the committee's annual summer meeting.Houston has hosted the Final Four in 1971, 2011 and 2016. Phoenix has hosted once (2017), San Antonio has hosted four times (1998, 2004, 2008, 2018) and Indianapolis has hosted seven times (1980, 1991, 1997, 2000, 2006, 2010, 2015). The NCAA is based in downtown Indianapolis, with its headquarters located a short walk from Lucas Oil Stadium.The next eight sites for the Final Four now are set:2019: Minneapolis2020: Atlanta2021: Indianapolis
Ohio State lands five-star recruit Carton
Five-star recruit DJ Carton announced Saturday that he intends to play for Ohio State in 2019.Carton, a coveted point guard from Bettendorf, Iowa, selected the Buckeyes over fellow finalists Michigan and Indiana. His commitment represents a victory for Ohio State coach Chris Holtmann, who replaced Thad Matta last offseason after a successful run with Butler.According to 247Sports.com, Carton is the No. 2 point guard in his class and the No. 21 prospect in the nation. He revealed his commitment on Instagram after visiting Ohio State's campus earlier this week."I got that gut feeling," Carton said to 247Sports. "That's what it came down to."It actually hit me on my way home. It hit me just being there. The team, I felt like a part of the family. I just came so close with those guys in a short amount of time. I was close with the coaching staff, they have a big future. I feel like overall the relationship was there. I just got that gut feeling in my stomach that it was the place for me."
Ex-Louisville players sue NCAA over stripped 2013 title
The NCAA is being sued by a group of former Louisville basketball players over its decision to vacate the national championship won by the Cardinals in 2013.Former Louisville captain Luke Hancock and four men who played with him on the 2012-13 team are seeking to have the championship and associated wins and other accolades restored. The NCAA stripped Louisville of the title and more than 100 wins in the wake of the investigation into the school's scandal regarding paid escorts and basketball recruits.The five men also want a court to, in effect, restore their reputations. The plaintiffs - Hancock, Stephan Van Treese, Tim Henderson, Gorgui Dieng and Michael Marra - are seeking "a declaration that they are completely innocent of any wrongdoing as implied by the NCAA," according to the lawsuit.The lawsuit was filed Wednesday in Jefferson (Ky.) Circuit Court."We are used to fighting Goliath every single day," the plaintiffs' attorney, John Morgan told reporters Wednesday. "In the sports world I don't think there is any Goliath that exists like the NCAA."Morgan said the former players want the court to order the NCAA to reinstate the 2013 national championship to make a public declaration that the players "did not engage in striptease dances, prostitution and tipping of strippers as implied by the Defendant (NCAA)."
Former UCLA guard Knight found dead at 39
Former UCLA guard Billy Knight was found dead in Phoenix early Sunday morning, according to the Maricopa County Medical Examiner. He was 39.Knight was pronounced dead around 3 a.m. on Sunday after he was found in a downtown roadway. Phoenix police said there was no evidence of foul play.Knight, who played for the Bruins from 1997 to 2002, posted a cryptic YouTube video early Sunday, saying in it, "This is probably my last message on earth."He went on to add: "I just want to say that I lived a life of sin. I lied, I cheated and I stole from many people. I was a taker. That's why my life ended up where it is now. Life is not a game. You can't play around with life. It's serious. I wasn't honest with a lot of people. Even my mom and my brother and my family members. I isolated myself from my family members. I isolated myself from my friends. That's not something you should do. If this happens, you probably have a mental illness."Mental illness is serious. I hear voices in my head constantly and I don't know where they come from. I just ask God for forgiveness for all the wrong I've done."The UCLA basketball team released a statement on Twitter on Tuesday.
Ex-Louisville star Rozier dies at age 45
Clifford Rozier, an All-American at Louisville and former first-round pick with the Golden State Warriors, died Friday at 45, two days after suffering a heart attack in his hometown of Bradenton, Fla.Rozier's brother, Kobie, confirmed his death to multiple outlets, saying that the former Cardinals star was on life support after his heart attack Wednesday."When they went in to put stents in to work on his heart, he didn't have heart damage," Rozier told the Bradenton Herald. "He didn't have any major heart damage, but all his organs shut down. It could have gone either way. It could have gone into cardiac arrest to cause the organs to shut down or the organs could have shut down and caused the blood to not flow in the heart to go into cardiac arrest.""He came in with cardiac arrest," Rozier said. "... They put him in a coma and he never came out. And he passed [Friday] morning."After starring at Southeast High in Bradenton, where he was named Mr. Basketball in Florida and a McDonald's All-American in 1990, the 6-foot-11 Rozier spent one season at North Carolina before transferring to Louisville. He helped lead coach Denny Crum's Cardinals to the Sweet 16 appearances in 1993 and '94, averaging 18.1 points and 11.1 rebounds per game to earn All-American honors as a senior.
Former UCLA F Honeycutt reportedly killed in police shootout
Former UCLA and Sacramento Kings forward Tyler Honeycutt reportedly died following a standoff and shootout with Los Angeles police Friday night. He was 27 years old.It was unclear whether police shot Honeycutt or he shot himself, but the LAPD tweeted Saturday that "it appears as if the suspect was not struck by any officer's gunfire. The suspect appears to have sustained injuries consistent with a self-inflicted gunshot wound."The LAPD has not yet identified the decedent.TMZ reported that police found the body inside a home in Sherman Oaks, a Los Angeles suburb little more than 20 miles northwest of downtown L.A., early Saturday morning. TMZ also reported that a gun was found at the scene.According to the LAPD's Twitter feed, police responded to a call of a man in his 20s with a gun. The suspect barricaded himself, according to the LAPD, and "as [police] were communicating with the suspect an [officer-involved shooting] occurred."The LAPD later tweeted "We can confirm that during the initial encounter the suspect fired a shot out of the residence and officers returned fire." He was pronounced dead at the scene.
Maryland says it's cooperating with federal probe
Maryland revealed Friday it has received grand jury subpoenas related to a federal probe into college basketball corruption.The school released documents related to the subpoenas to Yahoo Sports on Friday, following a Freedom of Information Act request from the outlet."On March 15, 2018, and June 29, 2018, the University received grand jury subpoenas for documents related to the ongoing federal investigation of college basketball," the school said in a statement. "The University complied with the subpoenas by providing responsive records. None of the responsive records shows evidence of any violations of applicable laws or NCAA bylaws by University coaches, staff or players. The University has cooperated and will continue to cooperate fully with the ongoing federal investigation."Yahoo reports that its requests were delayed until after the school's requested grand jury appearance on July 3.
Zags add North Dakota grad transfer Crandall
Former North Dakota guard Geno Crandall will join Gonzaga as a graduate transfer.Crandall announced his decision in a tweet on Thursday, prior to which he released a statement reflecting on his time with the Fighting Hawks."Taking a look back at the past four years I'd say that I accomplished what I set out to do from the moment I committed to UND," Crandall's statement reads, in part. "... With that being said I want to give a sincere thank you to Coach (Brian) Jones for giving me the chance not many others were willing to. ... It was a heck of a run, THANK YOU UND."Crandall picked Gonzaga over Minnesota and Xavier. He is expected to be immediately eligible for the 2018-19 season after graduating this summer.
Jeff Long named AD at Kansas
Kansas named Jeff Long athletic director on Thursday, and he will be formally introduced July 11 in a press conference at KU.Long was previously the athletic director at Arkansas and oversaw a department comprising 19 sports and 460 student-athletes from 2008 through 2017.Long's contract begins Aug. 1 and will pay him $1.5 million annually for five years. According to USA Today Sports, it includes a provision automatically extending the deal by the length of any probationary period for KU basketball. The program has been under investigation as part of the federal probe into alleged impermissible benefits and payments provided to recruits by Adidas."Jeff Long has tremendous leadership and administrative experience in major college athletics, and he is a terrific fit for Kansas Athletics as we work to ensure our student-athletes succeed on the field and in the classroom," KU chancellor Douglas A. Girod said in a statement. "Those who know him describe him as a man of character who cares deeply about higher education and the student-athletes he serves. For all these reasons, we are thrilled to welcome him to the University of Kansas."
Drake announcer dies in flash flood
Longtime Drake basketball radio announcer Larry Cotlar died Saturday night during flash flooding, Des Moines, Iowa, police announced.Cotlar's van reportedly stalled on a flooded street, and a call was made to the police. According to the Des Moines Register, police were headed to the scene when another report arrived that the occupants had left the vehicle, with one person swept away by floodwaters.After a search, the Des Moines Fire Department found Cotlar's body a few blocks away from where his van stalled.Cotlar, 66, worked for a number of Iowa radio stations as a sports-talk host and a game broadcaster. He received the 2007 Iowa Sportscaster of the Year award.He had called Drake basketball games since 2005."There just wasn't anybody who didn't like Larry Cotlar," Andy Garman, his former radio co-host, told CNN. "He touched people at all the schools. ...
Undrafted Vick returns to Kansas for senior season
Almost three months after declaring for the NBA draft intending to tip off his professional career, shooting guard Lagerald Vick will instead return for his senior season at Kansas after going undrafted.Vick and Jayhawks head coach Bill Self announced the news Friday night in a statement, meaning the 6-foot-5 Vick will be one of two returning starters to a Kansas team that reached the Final Four."I honestly thought I played my last game at Kansas after the Final Four because, with my situation and my family's situation (he has a daughter in Memphis, his hometown), I felt I needed to turn pro," Vick said. "After seeing where I stand and meeting with Coach Self, I feel it is best to return to Kansas for my senior year. Coach tells me the team is working hard and looking good. I can't wait to get back to Lawrence and join them."The Jayhawks had moved on from Vick in the recruiting season, with Self not expecting his starting guard back in the fray for the 2018-19 campaign. But while Vick had declared for the NBA draft, he never hired an agent. After not being selected, Vick decided not to pursue overseas opportunities -- instead reportedly having a heart-to-heart meeting with Self, who later quizzed his team to gauge how they would feel about Vick's return."He realized going through the process he has to do more things to get better," Self told the Kansas City Star on Friday night. "The thing that kind of sold me ... he said he needed to do the things to help us get better, too."
Ex-coach Ollie threatens to sue UConn
A week after the University of Connecticut justified its decision to fire Kevin Ollie in March for "just cause," the former men's basketball coach threatened to sue to the school for defamation and invasion of privacy.Ollie's lawyers sent a letter to UConn President Susan Herbst on Tuesday, seeking a retraction from the school related to documents released in connection with an NCAA investigation, the Hartford Courant and ESPN reported Wednesday.UConn's investigation into Ollie's program concluded that he violated NCAA rules, giving the school the right to terminate his contract with "just cause," overriding a buyout clause of almost $10 million.Per the Courant, the school released 1,355 pages of documents in response to a Freedom of Information Act request. Within that paperwork were quotes from an interview that saw ex-associate head coach Glen Miller say Ollie arranged for $30,000 for a player's mother to help her move to Connecticut."(UConn) widely published defamatory information concerning coach Kevin Ollie," Ollie's lawyers wrote in the letter to Herbst, per the Courant and ESPN, "when it provided un-redacted copies of confidential NCAA interview transcripts to news reporters pursuant to a Freedom of Information Act request. One of the ... transcripts contained (Miller's) false claim. ... The false and defamatory claim was released without prior notice to coach Ollie and no attempt was made by the University of Connecticut to protect Coach Ollie from this false and defamatory claim, or to disavow it."
Herren Jr. headed to Boston College
Chris Herren Jr. will follow in his father and uncle's footsteps and join the Boston College Eagles.Herren will enroll in classes this week after two years at Massachusetts' Tabor Academy. He averaged 23.0 points, 6.0 rebounds, and 4.0 assists as a senior."We are excited to add Chris to our program. He is a dynamic scorer who possesses a high basketball IQ. His ability to shoot from long-range and his playmaking ability will fit our playing style well," head coach Jim Christian said in a news release from the team.His father, Chris Herren Sr., played one game at Boston College in 1994 before failed drug tests derailed his season, leading to a transfer to Fresno State.He spent three productive seasons there before embarking on a pro career that spanned two NBA teams and six countries.