Wednesday, October 12, 2011

Wednesday Morning Dump

- Our daily reminder that ESPN played a critical part in influencing conference realignment or, well, lack-thereof (I'm willing to go Deadspin/Daniel Snyder/Dave McKenna on this one)

- Another Detroit player gets in trouble, this time for trying to get into a bar with a fake I.D and a stun-gun

- Justin Young of the Nation Hoops Report makes his 2011-2012 All-Freshman-Team selections

- What would it be like if all the college players who went pro listened to the warnings of a potential lockout (#ShamelessSelfPromotion)

- Notre Dame senior Tim Abromaitis is being suspended for the first four games of the season because.... well..... you know, I have not a damn clue why he's getting suspended. And I don't think the NCAA knows either

- Jason King, one of the best writers in college hoops, is leaving Yahoo for ESPN (King is top-2 in my book, along with Sports Illustrated's Luke Winn)

- Indiana has had a terrible week. On Monday we found out that Maurice Creek tore his Achilles and will miss a significant chunk of the season. Then, on Tuesday, news broke that Indiana had self-reported a violation involving Tom Crean and recruit Garry Harris. Yeah, I'm not sure how a head coach at a school with so much baggage does something like this

- Eamonn Brennan rolls out a large edition of the Reader Mailbag (A weekly must-read)

- A trio of teams unveiled new uniforms this week: Purdue, North Carolina, Dayton

- Jeff Borzello has a terrible taste in music ( He blasted Rebbecca Black's "Friday" for the entire duration of day-2 of March Madness last season. In our apartment no less.), which makes him the perfect candidate to write an article about Swiperboy aka Renaldo Woolridge

- Homer Drew, the longtime coach at Valparaiso and his wife Janet, have both been diagnosed with cancer. They are the parents of Baylor head coach Scott and Valpariaso head coach/former-hero Bryce

- Jeff Goodman explains why Steve Donahue is the perfect coach for the young Boston College Eagle players

- The NCAA is weighing the idea of an agent registry and sports counseling panel

- Illinois head coach Bruce Weber is getting a fresh start with a young squad chalk-full of roster turnover

- Not many coaches have had a more stressful first couple of months at a new job than Missouri's Frank Haith. think about it: NCAA violation (Secondary), speculated involvement in scandal at former job, major injury to key player, conference expansion talk. You name it, and Haith has had to deal with it in his first couple of months. But adversity has been know to help build team chemistry. Haith is hoping this is the case with his new team

- Andy Katz provides a great profile-piece on new Texas A&M-Corpus Christi head coach Willie Wilson. More on ESPN's preview of the Southland Conference

- CBS released their full slate of television coverage for the '11-'12 season

- Missouri's decision is a perfect study of realignment

- Just another reason why Missouri senior Kim English is the most entertaining player/twitterer in the country

- A fantastic "inside the numbers" look at the Florida State Seminoles

- Syracuse will host a "Legends Game" featuring Carmelo Anthony at the school's Midnight Madness festivities

- Arizona is optimistic about Kevin Parrom's recovery from gunshot wounds

- Northern Iowa head coach Ben Jacobson is glad he turned down job offers in order to stay at his Alma Mater

- A solid list of the ten impact transfers to watch for this season. Another list of impact transfers (#2for1Special)

- George Washington head coach Mike Lonergan is hopeful that his school will stay put in the Atlantic-10

- John Calipari talks a big game, there is no denying that. But, is it a bad thing or good thing for the Wildcats?

- According to those who know the Pac-12 the best, Cal's Jorge Gutierrez is a shoe-in for conference PoY

- Former-Michigan State commit Dwaun Anderson is starting to make school visits

- A roster analysis on the North Carolina State frontcourt

- A team preview of the Ohio State Buckeyes, provided by Inside The Hall

- The MAAC got a new TV contract with ESPN (Yeah, I bet you didn't even know ESPN aired MAAC games. Well they do. Friday nights and Sunday afternoons. I love it.)

- Rush The Court provides an excellent conference primer for The Patriot League

- A predicted order-of-finish for the WAC

- A solid preview of the NEC, provided by Big Apple Buckets

- A brief preview of the MEAC

- Reason #24 why Rush The Court loves college basketball

Terrence Jones in "Teach me about Kentucky"......Sighh......

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