Category: NCAA

NCAA News – Oklahoma State

oklahoma-state-basketball-logo – FREDSPORTSEXTRA.COM  OK State Given 1-Year NCAA Tournament Ban – The NCAA Committee on Infractions on Friday placed Oklahoma State‘s men’s basketball program on three years of probation and banned the Cowboys from playing in postseason tournaments this coming season. The penalties are the result of a Level I violation involving former associate head coach Lamont Evans, who was sentenced in June 2019 to three months in prison for accepting between $18,150 and $22,000 in bribes to steer players from South Carolina and Oklahoma State to certain agents and financial advisors. The NCAA also hit Evans with a 10-year show cause penalty. During that period, any NCAA member school employing him must restrict him from any athletically related duties unless it shows cause why the restrictions should not apply. The NCAA also reduced OSU’s men’s basketball scholarships by three during the 2020-21 through 2022-23 academic years and imposed other recruiting restrictions. The Cowboys had previously self-imposed a $10,000 fine plus 1% of its men’s basketball operating budget and reduced the number of official visits for three years. Evans was among four assistant coaches arrested in September 2017 following an FBI investigation into bribes and other corruption in college basketball recruiting. Cowboys officials had argued to the Committee on Infractions that Evans accepted the bribes solely for his personal benefit, and “the University did not benefit in any way and was considered by the federal government to be the victim of the scheme.” (Mark Schlabach/ESPN)

NCAA News – Mike Miller

Mike Miller is stepping down from Memphis | ESPN 92.9 FM  Former NBA Player Mike Miller Leaving Memphis Staff – Former NBA player Mike Miller, who has spent the past two seasons on coach Penny Hardaway‘s staff at Memphis, announced Wednesday that he is leaving the Tigers to focus on his family. Miller was hired by Hardaway when he took over for Tubby Smith in 2018. Miller established himself as one of the best recruiters in the country, helping Memphis land the top-ranked recruiting class in 2019. “The past two years have been amazing, and I have so many people to thank: Coach Hardaway for believing in me, all our players for their commitment, the University of Memphis and its incredible fans, my wonderful wife and kids, and the entire city of Memphis for everything you have done for me and my family. All of you made this opportunity possible for me, and I’m truly grateful,” Miller tweeted. “As much as I’ve loved this job and had a blast being part of the special program Coach is building, the past few months have made me realize that it’s time for me to spend more time focused on family and wherever the journey will take me next. I will find a way to stay in basketball and continue to make an impact on this city that I love so much!” Miller spent 17 seasons in the NBA with seven teams, including six seasons with the Memphis Grizzlies. He won NBA titles with the Miami Heat in 2012 and 2013, filling a role as a consistent 3-point shooter. One of Miller’s sons, Mason, is considered a high-major prospect in the 2021 class. Memphis had been the perceived favorite in his recruitment. (Jeff Borzello/ESPN)

NCAA News

  Zion Must Answer Duke Eligibility Questions – A Florida state court judge on Tuesday denied New Orleans Pelicans  rookie Zion Williamson‘s request to stay discovery into whether he was eligible under NCAA rules when he played one season at Duke in 2018-19. Florida 11th Circuit Court Judge David Miller ruled that Williamson will be required to answer interrogatories and requests for admissions from attorneys representing Gina Ford and Prime Sports Marketing, who are suing Williamson for $100 million for breaching their marketing agreement. Williamson’s attorneys are expected to file an appeal with Florida’s Third District Court of Appeal, arguing that an earlier federal case in North Carolina involving the same parties and claims has precedence. Williamson’s attorneys have asked a federal judge in that case to void his marketing agreement with Ford and Prime Sports Marketing, claiming it wasn’t valid because Ford wasn’t a registered agent in North Carolina and the contract didn’t include a warning that was required by a state law designed to protect amateur athletes from unscrupulous agents. Ford and Prime Sports Marketing sued Williamson, Creative Artists Agency (CAA) and two of its employees in the Florida court, alleging that CAA interfered with Prime Sports’ deal with Williamson and that he breached their five-year contract. Last month, Ford’s attorneys asked Williamson to admit that his mother and stepfather demanded and received gifts, money and other benefits from persons acting on behalf of Adidas and Nike, and also from people associated with Duke, to influence him to sign with the Blue Devils and to wear Nike or Adidas products. Doug Eaton, one of the Ford’s attorneys argued, “If you’re accepting improper benefits, you are not an eligible student-athlete, and the NCAA can rule retroactively that you are ineligible. It has happened numerous times before. … This is not a set-in-stone determination that he’s an eligible student-athlete, and we have the opportunity to prove that he was not eligible in that time frame, and that’s what we’re going to do.” (Mark Schlabach/ESPN)

NCAA News – Jason Terry

Milwaukee Bucks guard Jason Terry smiles against the Detroit Pistons in the second half of an NBA basketball game in Detroit, Wednesday, Feb. 28, 2018. (AP Photo/Paul Sancya)  Jason Terry Returns To Arizona As Assistant Coach – Former Arizona star Jason Terry is headed back to the desert.  Arizona hired Terry as an assistant basketball coach Thursday, filling a hole on Sean Miller‘s staff after Justin Gainey left to become Marquette‘s associate head coach. “My family and I are excited to be part of the incredible Tucson community again, where our story began,” Terry said in a statement. “I am looking forward to joining Coach Miller and staff to develop student-athletes that have a passion for education, basketball excellence and community leadership.” Terry won a national championship with Arizona in 1997 and became one of six men’s basketball players to have his jersey number hung in the rafters at McKale Center. Terry played under Hall of Fame coach Lute Olson from 1995-99, averaging 21.9 points, 5.5 assists, 3.3 rebounds and 2.8 steals as a senior. He went on to play 19 NBA seasons with Atlanta, Dallas, Boston, Brooklyn,  Houston and Milwaukee. He was named assistant general manager for the Texas Legends of the NBA G-League in 2019. “Jason’s knowledge of the game along with his charisma and competitive spirit are qualities that will make him an exceptional coach,” Miller said in a statement. “He will impact and energize our current players as well as our recruiting efforts in a major way. We look forward to having him back on our sideline in the McKale Center.” (Associated Press)

NCAA News

  Basketball legend Patrick Ewing hospitalized after testing ... UPDATE:  Patrick Ewing Home After Coronavirus Hospitalization – Georgetown Hoyas men’s basketball coach Patrick Ewing is recovering at home after a weekend stay at the hospital with the coronavirus, he told ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski. On Monday, Patrick Ewing Jr. tweeted that his father’s coronavirus symptoms are being watched and that he is “now home and getting better.” It was announced Friday that the elder Ewing had tested positive for the coronavirus and was being treated at a hospital. “I want to thank all of the doctors and hospital staff for taking care of my father during his stay, as well as everyone who has reached out with thoughts and prayers to us and since his diagnosis,” Ewing Jr. tweeted Monday. Following his famed NBA playing career, Ewing took over as Georgetown’s head coach in 2017 after spending 15 years as an assistant coach for four NBA franchises. (ESPN)

NCAA News – Eddie Sutton

  Eddie Sutton, HOF Basketball Coach, Dies At 84 – Eddie Sutton waited so long to be inducted into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame. He couldn’t hang on long enough to make it to the ceremony. The man who led three teams to the Final Four and was the first coach to take four schools to the NCAA Tournament, died Saturday. He was 84. Sutton’s family said in a statement he died of natural causes at home in the Tulsa, Oklahoma, area, surrounded by his three sons and their families. His wife, Patsy, died in 2013. Elected to the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame on April 3, Sutton fell short as a finalist six times before finally being selected. He had said he believed that a scandal that ended his stint at Kentucky was likely the culprit for his lengthy wait. The NCAA announced 18 allegations against the program in 1988, and he resigned in 1989. He certainly had a worthy resume. He was 806-328 in 37 seasons as a Division I head coach — not counting vacated victories or forfeited games and made it to 25 NCAA Tournaments. He led Final Four squads at Arkansas in 1978 and Oklahoma State in 1995 and 2004. He took Creighton, Arkansas, Kentucky and Oklahoma State to the NCAA Tournament. He was Associated Press Coach of the Year in 1978 at Arkansas and in 1986 at Kentucky.  Sutton’s retirement at Oklahoma State in 2006 came roughly three months after he took a medical leave following a traffic accident that resulted in charges of aggravated DUI, speeding and driving on the wrong side of the road. He pleaded no contest to the charges, received a one-year deferred sentence and was ordered to pay a fine. Through it all, he remained wildly popular at Oklahoma State, often attending games while confined to a wheelchair. He would receive loud cheers as the camera panned to him and Aloe Blacc’s “The Man” played over the sound system. Sutton’s final coaching stint came in 2007-08 as interim coach at San Francisco, where he earned his 800th win. (Cliff Brunt/Associated Press)

NCAA – Patrick Ewing

Image: Patrick Ewing, NCAA men's basketball pits Xavier vs Georgetown  Knicks Legend, Hoyas Coach Patrick Ewing Test Positive – Georgetown coach Patrick Ewing has tested positive for the coronavirus, the school announced Friday. The Hall of Famer is under care and isolated at a local hospital. “I want to share that I have tested positive for COVID-19. This virus is serious and should not be taken lightly,” Ewing said in a statement. “I want to encourage everyone to stay safe and take care of yourselves and your loved ones. Now more than ever, I want to thank the healthcare workers and everyone on the front lines. I’ll be fine and we will all get through this.”  The school said Ewing is the only member of the Georgetown men’s basketball program to have tested positive for the virus. Following his famed NBA playing career, Ewing took over as Georgetown’s head coach in 2017 after spending 15 years as an assistant coach for four different NBA franchises. Arguably the best player in Georgetown history, Ewing led the Hoyas to their only national championship in 1984 and won Naismith Player of the Year award honors in 1985. He earned first-team All-American honors three straight years from 1983-85. Ewing was an 11-time NBA All-Star with the New York Knicks, averaging 22.8 points, 10.4 rebounds and 2.7 blocks during his 15-year career with the Knicks, Seattle SuperSonics and Orlando Magic. He was inducted into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame in 2008. (Jeff Borzello/ESPN)