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Nation's Leading Rebounder Kevin Marfo Transfers to Texas A&M

MAR 28, 2020

Quinnipiac graduate transfer Kevin Marfo has committed to Texas A&M and is immediately eligible for the 2020-21 season, the forward announced Saturday. 

https://www.si.com/college/2020/03/29/leading-rebounder-grad-transfer-kevin-marfo-texas-am

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I think this is basketball related??

NCAA Has Warning for Schools Not Following the Coronavirus-Enacted Recruiting Dead Period   PAT FORDE      MAR 27, 2020

Two weeks ago, the NCAA declared a mandatory recruiting dead period in response to the coronavirus shutdown of college sports, barring official and unofficial visits, contacts and evaluations while still permitting phone calls and text messages. But if you think that's stopped everyone, Vice President of Enforcement Jon Duncan has this update.

“We have heard that recruiting is continuing,” Duncan said.  Even in times of global pandemic, there have been tips and complaints coming into the NCAA’s Indianapolis office about impermissible contacts, both with high school prospects and potential transfers. The latter could open up some schools to alleged tampering allegations.  In response to this, the NCAA has a message: cut it out. Just because college sports competition has ceased, the college sports investigators are not closing up shop.

“We are mindful of the circumstances and challenges on campus,” Duncan said. “But at the same time, we’re obligated to keep the infractions process moving.”  Duncan identified three specific areas of activity for his staff at present:

  • “Protecting compliant schools during the dead period.” When informed of potential recruiting violations, Duncan has taken the complaints to the alleged offenders, contacting university leaders to let them know what’s being said about their employees. He said the schools have been generally receptive to the information and willing to take action.
  • “Student-athlete academic well-being.” With in-person classes canceled and distance learning in place, the opportunities for academic fraud are plentiful. In a proactive move, the NCAA has sent a two-page reminder letter about academic bylaw parameters to member schools. “Enforcement would rather prevent a violation than process one,” Duncan said.
  • Slowing, but not stopping, the processing of a “small number” of remaining major men’s basketball cases related to the federal probe of corruption within the sport. “We will keep the cases moving,” Duncan said, while remaining respectful of the pandemic-related hardships universities are facing.

Translation: it seems unlikely that Notices of Allegations will be delivered in the coming weeks while campuses are closed or in flux, even if they’re close to being completed. The major NOAs that seem likely to still be on the way: Louisville, Alabama, Arizona and LSU. Those already delivered: North Carolina State, Kansas, Oklahoma State, USC, TCU and South Carolina. Schools that likely have received NOAs but have not confirmed or denied: Creighton and Auburn.

 

https://www.si.com/college/2020/03/27/ncaa-recruiting-warning-coronavirus

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This dude is not a fan of Billy Clyde. 

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Billy Gillispie is the new head coach at Tarleton State.

But the truth is that Billy Gillispie, the former UTEP, Texas A&M, Texas Tech and Kentucky coach, should never again be allowed to coach basketball at any level, which is what makes Tarleton State’s decision to hire him to lead the program into the Division I ranks next season all the more shameful.

He’s abusive, he’s manipulative, he treats the people in his program horrifically and you can never be quite sure when his next drunk driving arrest is going to happen. He’s had at least three since his coaching career began. When he was the head coach at the University of Kentucky, he had a driver because the school could not trust that he would not get behind the wheel while hammered. Case in point: exactly five months after Kentucky fired him — when he no longer had a driver supplied to him by the school — he was pulled over at 2:47 a.m. in Lawrenceburg, Kentucky, for DUI. He plead guilty two months later despite refusing a breathalyzer.

Every stop that he has been along the way, there are stories about the way that he treats players, his assistant coaches and the people he interacts with around the program every day. There was the time at Kentucky he made Josh Harrellson sit in a bathroom stall during halftime because he was “playing like s***,” or the time he made Harrellson ride home from a road game in a van with the team managers. There was the time at Texas A&M that he made a player break up with the girl he was dating — a booster’s daughter — on the charter flight home from a game, in front of the girl’s family.

Then there was Texas Tech.

As Jeff Goodman, then of CBS Sports, reported at the time, Gillispie’s treatment of the players was just horrific. He had his team practicing for four hours a day — including one day where they went for eight hours — just obliterating the NCAA’s limit of 20 hours per week. It left one player on the team with stress fractures in both legs that he was forced to play through. He lied to players about scholarship offers, stringing them along until he had someone better to give the scholarship to. He did the same thing with coaches trying to get a spot on his coaching staff. According to Goodman’s reporting at the time, former Indiana guard Tom Coverdale quit his job as a Junior College coach to be an assistant on Gillispie’s staff only to get to Lubbock and be told that he was going to be an assistant strength coach that paid half as much. He would force everyone with the program — including radio and TV broadcasters — participate in layup lines at the start of practice. Anyone that missed a shot at to run the stadium stairs.

“It was mental warfare,” said a source that has worked with Gillispie in the past. “Everyone had to have a clear understanding. He was the ruler. He has a major complex with making sure everyone knows he’s in charge. For no reason, just to flex. Meeting at all times of the night, meeting on Christmas Eve, just to see if anyone says, ‘can’t coach, wife said no.’ Then he’d overcompensate with gifts for the family, for the kids.”

Like any abusive relationship, he breaks down people he has control over, builds them back up by showering them with compliments and promises that it will never happen again only to repeat the process all over.

And then there was the incident with Chris Beard.

Fed up with the way that he treated people in the program — as many as 30 people left Texas Tech, from players to secretaries, in the 18 months that Gillispie was in charge — Beard confronted Gillispie about it in a meeting with then-Athletic Director Kirby Hocutt. Things got heated. The two had to be physically separated. Beard was paid a hefty chunk of money to be quiet about it, and he was sent on his way, taking a job in the ABA before ending up back in Lubbock.

Those are just the stories that I feel comfortable enough to publish.

Tarleton State knows exactly what they’re doing in hiring Billy Gillispie. None of his issues are a secret. Things haven’t changed since he took over at Ranger College, a JuCo in Texas, three years ago. But the new president at the University wanted to make a splash. He wanted to transition to Division I, and he wanted to win as soon as he got there. The WAC is hardly a powerhouse, and if there is one thing that Billy Clyde Gillispie can do, it’s win basketball games.

He did so at UTEP and he did so at Texas A&M. Odds are good Billy Gillispie will also win at Tarleton State.

And in the process, he’ll treat everyone that he deems beneath him — student-athletes, staff members, whoever — terribly.

Is that really worth it?

https://sports.yahoo.com/tarleton-state-decision-hire-billy-150053996.html

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California high school star Jalen Green, the No. 1 prospect in the 2020 ESPN 100, is making the leap to a reshaped NBA professional pathway program -- a G League initiative that sources say will pay elite prospects $500,000-plus and provide a one-year development program outside of the minor league's traditional team structure.

Green -- a potential No. 1 overall pick in the 2021 NBA draft -- announced Thursday that he is bypassing college to become the professional pathway's first participant, a decision that likely clears the way for more commitments from elite prospects.

His decision to join the NBA and G League's development program for the 2020-21 season has broad implications for the future of the NCAA and NBA landscapes. NBA commissioner Adam Silver and G League president Shareef Abdur-Rahim have worked to eliminate two massive hurdles to convincing players uninterested in college basketball to pass on the lucrative National Basketball League of Australia by providing a massive salary increase and a structure that doesn't include playing full time in the G League.

 

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One way to *kill* your career. 

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Tulane basketball player Teshaun Hightower was arrested Saturday and charged with murder in connection with a homicide in Stockbridge, Georgia, earlier this month.

Hightower, the Green Wave's leading scorer in the 2019-20 season, was being held in the Henry County Jail without bail on Sunday. He is charged with felony murder, aggravated assault, possession of a firearm during the commission of a felony, and battery. He was scheduled to appear in court Sunday morning.

Hightower, a native of Lithonia, Georgia, transferred to Tulane last year after playing two seasons at Georgia. He announced April 18 that he was entering the NBA draft but still had one season of eligibility remaining.

A Henry County Police incident report indicated the shooting occurred at an apartment complex just before 11 a.m. ET on April 8. Devante Anthony Long was shot and later died at a hospital. He was 24.

According to a Facebook post by the Henry County Police Department, Hightower is one of six men who were subjects in the homicide investigation. Five of the men were in custody on Sunday, including Hightower's brother, Jeffery. One man still hadn't been arrested, according to jail records.

A Henry County Police Department spokesman wasn't immediately available for comment.

Hightower, a 6-foot-5 junior at Tulane last season, averaged 15.9 points and 4.6 rebounds in his only season with the Green Wave. He played 29 games in both the previous two seasons with the Bulldogs, averaging 5.1 points and 1.7 rebounds from 2017-18.

 

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Condolences, Bruin. That kind of sucks. Understandable, but still sucks.

Most telling graf from that story:

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Former G League president Malcolm Turner told ESPN's Jonathan Givony in October 2018 -- when the professional pathway was initially created -- that the league would not pursue players already committed to colleges.

To which the current president apparently added, "Those weren't my words!"

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Wake snagged a good one. Forbes was on my short list of coaches to replace Marshall if he ever leaves. If Pearl hadn't fucked SF over at Tenn, he would have already been a Head Coach instead of rehabbing his rep at WSU and ETSU. Fred VanVleet and Ron Baker speak highly of Forbes. I expect him to do well.

Oh yeah, one more thing. Fuck Bruce Pearl

 

 

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5 hours ago, Brian Fantana said:

Yeah, fuck that guy. If they want to go make money now without a BS degree let them. Hell, with or without the degree the only reason these kids get jobs if basketball doesn't work out is name recognition anyways.

Dumb question, but once they play for the G-league they lose NCAA eligibility right? If so, I feel like that rule may need to change.

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So with all these schools shutting down after Thanksgiving, how does this affect basketball? 

The rosters are much smaller - one or two positive tests could devastate a program.  A 2 week quarantine of your star PG is potentially 3-5 games. 

Not to mention our own Andrew Jones would be considered high risk.  It only takes 1. 

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Probably throwing a bone to the masses, you get a NCAA tourney bid (and maybe even win a game or two against your fellow have-nots) in exchange for us canceling all the November-December "buy" games that you use to fund your existence.

The logistics are impossible in a pandemic, and good luck getting CBS/Turner to air anything before it's cut down to 64-96 teams. Some type of expansion makes sense, since there may be some good teams that only play 18 games or so. But not 300+ teams

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Eight college tourneys to be played at Disney to start season - another Rothstein bomb

The numbers work out so they could use the same three venues as the NBA, splitting the events across two weekends (pre-Thanksgiving and then the normal Thanksgiving weekend schedule). Kansas (Champions + Wooden Legacy), Gonzaga (Jimmy V + Orlando Inv) and Michigan State (Champions + Orlando Inv) would be there the whole time.

It's also leaked out that Battle 4 Atlantis (inc Duke) will be played at the "Pentagon" medical/sporting complex in South Dakota, and the Maui Invitational (inc Texas and UNC) will be in Asheville, N.C. Bunch of others at Mohegan Sun. Bubbles everywhere (these will NOT be very secure bubbles btw)

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Well this would certainly explain why 5 players (3 starters!) transferred.  If true (hard to believe there isn't some truth here, if not completely) it could also explain why the Prez just stepped down less than a month ago with virtually no reason to date.  Shit.

I wouldn't be surprised to find out he and his wife are big time alcoholics....just a hunch.

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Other than the details, this has been a pretty open secret for years. They have been to the Final Four and made other nice tournament runs, but this guy doesn't even get brought in for interviews at Power 5 programs. But WSU was so attached to the success they looked the other way.

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26 minutes ago, Bartles said:

 But WSU was so attached to the success they looked the other way.

Unfortunately, that happens across college athletics. The pressure to win big and bring in revenue starts to take priority over esoteric concepts like "don't punch your players" . Every school and every fan base can be guilty. For years, while Urban Meyer was winning at Florida and Ohio State he was regularly excoriated on this and other Texas sites. But because we have been wandering in the wilderness for 10 years routinely stepping on our dick,  now he's the right guy for us.  

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8 hours ago, mulletpelini said:

Well this would certainly explain why 5 players (3 starters!) transferred.  If true (hard to believe there isn't some truth here, if not completely) it could also explain why the Prez just stepped down less than a month ago with virtually no reason to date.  Shit.

I wouldn't be surprised to find out he and his wife are big time alcoholics....just a hunch.

Hasn't his wife been kicked out of multiple games and is pretty much known as a belligerent drunk?

Marshall has always had an attitude issue.  Probably had a chip on his shoulder his whole life.  Then he sees some success and it only empowers his ego.  Guy is going to have to go to the nick saban school for coaches who fucked up (or Oprah) if he is going to sniff G5 ball again.  Assuming the allegations are true (hopefully the violence and racial ones aren't).

A side thought... Imagine having such a big ego that you're willing to let your mouth and fists walk you right out of a $4M/year gig where you are basically a god in a town that you're allowed to own.  That's some major head issues.

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On 10/9/2020 at 6:38 AM, Bartles said:

Other than the details, this has been a pretty open secret for years. They have been to the Final Four and made other nice tournament runs, but this guy doesn't even get brought in for interviews at Power 5 programs. But WSU was so attached to the success they looked the other way.

Yeah, this. I've had a rather open disdain of Marshall for years. Total scumbag with a cunty pig of a wife. I'm pleased to hear that he's finally being exposed on a more national (and legal) level. 

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