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  • UNC skipping White House visit due to scheduling issue
    By The Sports Xchange / Saturday, September 23, 2017

    The defending national champion North Carolina men's basketball team is not visiting the White House but the school said Saturday it is because of a scheduling conflict and not due to President Donald Trump.

    • "We couldn't find a date that worked for both parties," a North Carolina spokesman told the Raleigh News and Observer. "We tried about eight or nine dates and between they couldn't work out that date, we couldn't work out that date, so we would have liked to have gone, but (we're) not going."

      Before and after beating Gonzaga in the championship game on April 3, Williams did not offer any commitments if the school would accept an invitation to visit Trump.

      During the ACC tournament, Williams was highly critical of Trump when answering a question about social media.

      "Now everybody's got social media, and we don't need the New York Times to find out what in the dickens is going on in this country," Williams said at the time. "You know, our president tweet out more bulls-- than anybody I've ever seen. We've got social media."

      North Carolina visited the White House after winning championships in 1993 and 2009. They did not visit in 2005 due to a scheduling issue.

      North Carolina's announcement occurred hours after Trump responded to Golden State Warriors star Stephen Curry desire not to visit the White House. In a twitter post Saturday morning, Trump wrote: "Going to the White House is considered a great honor for a championship team. Stephen Curry is hesitating, therefore invitation is withdrawn!

      Several pro athletes and coaches, especially in the NBA, have spoken out against Trump's actions since last November's election.

  • Houston gets NCAA waiver to donate items to Harvey victims
    By The Sports Xchange / Saturday, September 9, 2017

    University of Houston officials were granted a special waiver by the NCAA to begin distributing items to victims affected by Hurricane Harvey.

    • Cougars athletics director Hunter Yurachek told ESPN that NCAA executive vice president of regulatory affairs Oliver Luck sent him a text message Saturday morning to notify him that the waiver had been granted to get the donated T-shirts and shoes to people, including high school student-athletes.

      Yurachek said the Cougars will start distributing the T-shirts and shoes next week.

      "The NCAA was very quick in getting us this waiver," Yurachek told ESPN. "There's a rule in place that makes sense, other than when you have 100,000 T-shirts coming in for hurricane victims. The NCAA has granted us a waiver and it's full steam ahead."

      Houston men's basketball coach Kelvin Sampson started the campaign on Twitter more than a week ago, asking coaches around the country to donate their excess T-shirts and sneakers to help hurricane victims in Texas.

      Yurachek estimated that Houston officials have received more than 100,000 T-shirts and tens of thousands of pairs of shoes.

      The Los Angeles Lakers, Milwaukee Bucks, Boston Red Sox and Tampa Bay Rays sent boxes of donations to Houston this week, along with other pro teams, colleges and high schools in all 50 states.

      "We've been floored," Yurachek said. "It's been overwhelming. Coach Sampson is in there every day unloading boxes of shoes and folding T-shirts. We're probably getting 200 to 300 boxes of shoes and T-shirts every day.

      "Somewhere along the line, this rule makes sense. But nobody thought to put in an exception like a natural disaster. The NCAA gets a bad rap, but the NCAA just enforces the rule that the membership introduces and votes on."

      Sampson wanted to start delivering the donations sooner, but NCAA regulations prevented him until the waiver was granted. The university risked punishment if they were found to have delivered the supplies to recruits.

      "They don't want us sending all this nice gear to the top recruit in Houston," Lauren Dubois, senior associate athletic director for the university, told KHOU-TV. "But, obviously that is not our intention at all."

      Houston-area athletes have done their part to aid in the Harvey relief efforts, led by Texans defensive end J.J. Watt, who has raised more than $30 million for victims of the storm that caused massive flooding.

  • Coaching legend Massimino dies at 82
    By The Sports Xchange / Wednesday, August 30, 2017

    Rollie Massimino, who coached Villanova to an improbable national championship in 1985, has died at the age of 82.

    • Keiser, an NAIA school in West Palm Beach, Fla., announced Wednesday that Massimino had passed away at his home in Florida. He had served as the coach of the school's men's basketball team for the past 10 years.

      Massimino had been in relatively good health before he battled lung cancer in recent years. He had surgery to remove a tumor in his lung in 2011, suffered a collapsed lung and had brain surgery in 2016.

      Born Roland Vincent "Rollie" Massimino, the affable coach had won more than 800 games in his coaching career, but is best known for leading a then-eighth-seeded Wildcats team to a victory over Patrick Ewing and top-seeded Georgetown in the 1985 title game.

      "He was a life coach, not just a basketball coach," former Villanova star Ed Pinckney said, per ESPN. "Coach was all about family. He was an unbelievable man -- and a great person."

      Massimino coached the Wildcats for 19 seasons and compiled a 355-241 record before leaving for UNLV in 1992 to replace Jerry Tarkanian. He spent two years with the Runnin' Rebels and also coached at Cleveland State from 1996-2003.

      Massimino joined Chuck Daly's staff at Penn before becoming the head coach at Villanova in 1973. The Wildcats went to 11 NCAA Tournaments -- including three Sweet 16s, one Elite Eight and its first national championship under Massimino's watch.

      Including nearly 300 wins while at Northwood/Keiser, Massimino's career record is 816-462 in 41 seasons.

      "As our campus community deeply mourns the loss of Coach Massimino, we extend our warmest thoughts and condolences to his wife Mary Jane and the entire Massimino family," Keiser University chancellor Arthur Keiser said in a statement. "We are so truly honored to have shared this time with him and take some degree of comfort in knowing the positive impact he has had on college students for the last four decades remains immeasurable."

  • Magic honors late Michigan State coach Heathcote
    By The Sports Xchange / Tuesday, August 29, 2017

    Earvin "Magic" Johnson honored the memory of Jud Heathcote on Tuesday, one day after his former collegiate coach at Michigan State died at the age of 90.

    • Heathcote guided the Johnson-led team to a national championship in 1979. He battled a number of ailments that kept him from returning to East Lansing in his later years.

      "My college Coach Jud Heathcote will be missed so much. He was a great man & basketball coach who truly cared about me on & off the court," Johnson wrote on Twitter. "At MSU he pushed me in the classroom & coached me hard on the basketball court. I love him so much because he pushed me to be great.

      "As a defensive coach known for perfecting the match up zone, we were always prepared for our opponent. He made us NCAA champions in 1979!

      "Coach Heathcote made me a better person, player, and champion. He turned a young kid into a man. Thank you so much for all you did for me."

      With Johnson as the star, the Spartans beat Larry Bird and Indiana State 75-64 in a classic NCAA championship game matchup in Salt Lake City. It is still the highest-rated college basketball game in television history.

      Heathcote led Michigan State to 10 NCAA Tournament appearances and three Big Ten titles during his 19 years as coach.

      Overall, Heathcote compiled a 416-277 record for a .600 winning percentage during his college career. The North Dakota native was the head coach at Montana before coming to Michigan State, where he went 339-221.

  • Former Michigan State coach Heathcote dies at 90
    By The Sports Xchange / Tuesday, August 29, 2017

    Longtime Michigan State basketball coach Jud Heathcote, who guided the Magic Johnson-led team to the national championship in 1979, died Monday in Spokane, Wash., at age 90.

    • Heathcote battled a number of ailments that that kept him from returning to East Lansing in his later years.

      With Johnson as the star, the Spartans beat Larry Bird and Indiana State 75-64 in a classic NCAA championship game matchup in Salt Lake City. It is still the highest-rated college basketball game in television history.

      Heathcote led Michigan State to 10 NCAA Tournament appearances and three Big Ten titles during his 19 years as coach.

      Overall, Heathcote compiled a 416-277 record for a .600 winning percentage during his college career. The North Dakota native was the head coach at Montana before coming to Michigan State, where he went 339-221.

      Current Spartans coach Tom Izzo was hired by Heathcote as an assistant and succeeded him in 1995.

      "The basketball world is a sadder place today with the passing of Jud Heathcote," Izzo said. "No one cared more about the welfare of the game than Jud. He was a coach's coach and a mentor to many. Our hearts are filled with sadness and deepest sympathy for his wife Beverly and the Heathcote family."

      Izzo frequently called upon Heathcote for advice after he became a head coach. Michigan State won its second NCAA basketball title in 2000 under Izzo.

      "Without a doubt, he was one of the most influential people in my life, giving me a chance when no one else would," Izzo said. "Any coaching success I've ever had is because of him. Long after he left Michigan State, he was still one of the first people I would call when I had a tough decision in coaching or life."

      Michigan State athletic director Mark Hollis said, "Coach Heathcote had an impact on so many people. He was among the best teachers I had the opportunity to be around."

  • Oklahoma F Doolittle suspended for fall semester
    By The Sports Xchange / Thursday, August 24, 2017

    Oklahoma sophomore forward Kristian Doolittle has been suspended from the university for the fall semester, the school announced.

    • Doolittle started 25 games during his freshman season, averaging 9.1 points and 6.2 rebounds for the Sooners.

      "I didn't meet the academic standards and I apologize to my teammates, coaches, fans and the university," Doolittle said in a statement Wednesday. "I take full responsibility for my actions and will use this time away from the team to learn from my mistakes. I am committed to bettering myself throughout this process and look forward to earning a chance to compete with my teammates after the fall semester."

      Doolittle is eligible to rejoin the team after the fall semester. The final day of fall semester exams is Dec. 15, which is before conference play begins.

  • U.S. basketball teams safe after attack in Barcelona
    By The Sports Xchange / Thursday, August 17, 2017

    U.S college basketball teams Arizona, Clemson, Oregon State and Tulane reported that they are safe after a terror attack in Barcelona, Spain that killed at least 13 and injured at least 50 others on Thursday.

    • The four programs are touring Spain and were unharmed in the incident in which a van jumped on to a busy Barcelona sidewalk and plowed into tourists and citizens on the street. Police quickly called it a terror attack.

      Oregon State coach Wayne Tinkle said the tragedy occurred right in front of where his team was eating a meal. He said everybody in the school's travel party was safe.

      "... Happened directly in front of our hotel while we were having a team meal in the restaurant," Tinkle said on Twitter. "So senseless and sad! All accounted4."

      Clemson canceled its Thursday night game against the Barcelona All-Stars and announced it would return home Friday as previously scheduled. The school said its travel party was safe.

      Arizona coach Sean Miller told ESPN that everybody is accounted for and unharmed. The school has decided not to play its final game on the tour and is working on leaving Spain.

      Tulane also confirmed that all members of its travel party are safe.

  • South Carolina G Felder suspended indefinitely
    By The Sports Xchange / Thursday, August 17, 2017

    South Carolina sophomore guard Rakym Felder has been suspended indefinitely after getting arrested twice in a nine-month span.

    • Gamecocks coach Frank Martin announced the suspension and said Felder won't be attending classes in the fall.

      "Due to some unfortunate decisions by Rakym, he has been suspended indefinitely from our program," Martin said in a statement. "I will continue to help Rakym grow as a young man even though basketball is not part of our relationship right now."

      Felder was arrested on July 13 and charged with third-degree assault and battery.

      His first arrest was back on Oct. 23 when he was charged with simple assault and battery, resisting arrest and public disorderly conduct.

      "I'm very sorry for my recent behavior that led to my arrest and school suspension. I take full responsibility for my actions and make no excuses for my conduct," Felder said in a statement released through attorney Neal Lourie.

      "I apologize to the entire University of South Carolina family including our loyal fans, President (Harris) Pastides, Board of Trustees, Athletic Director Ray Tanner, Coach Martin and his staff, and my teammates. I know I have let you down and I will have to work hard to regain your trust."

      Felder was a key reserve last season on the South Carolina squad that stunningly reached the Final Four. He scored 15 points in the Gamecocks' epic upset of Duke in the tourney's second round.

      Felder averaged 5.6 points.

      His loss is a blow to a squad that already lost star guard Sindarius Thornwell as well as backcourt mates PJ Dozier, Duane Notice and Justin McKie.

  • Duke lands top forward recuit Bagley
    By The Sports Xchange / Tuesday, August 15, 2017

    Power forward Marvin Bagley III, rated the nation's No. 1 recruit in the class of 2018, made two big announcements on national television on Monday.

    • First, he said he has decided to reclassify into the class of 2017, which means he would eligible to play this coming season as a college freshman.

      His second announcement was even more important, because he said he has decided to attend Duke for coach Mike Krzyzewski, making the Blue Devils' already strong recruiting class even better.

      The 6-foot-11 Bagley is attending Sierra Canyon School in Chatsworth, Calif., but his father, Marvin Bagley Jr., was born and raised in Durham, N.C., and played football at North Carolina A&T.

      Bagley is now scheduled to graduate in August, and at that point the NCAA Eligibility Center will review his final transcripts and determine whether he has satisfied the requirements to play immediately at the Division I level.

      Bagley took official visits to Duke, USC and UCLA.

      By choosing Duke, he joins a six-man freshman class that includes five ESPN top 100 prospects, which is likely to make Duke's group the top-ranked recruiting class in the nation. Those freshmen along with Duke's returning players will make the Blue Devils a contender for another national title.

      Bagley recently participated in the elite summer Drew League, in which he played with James Harden and Chris Paul and competed against NBA players. In the all-star game, he had 18 points and 20 rebounds.

      The left-handed Bagley is a skilled player who can play comfortably close to the basket or on the perimeter.

  • Calhoun considers return to coaching
    By The Sports Xchange / Monday, August 14, 2017

    Longtime University of Connecticut coach Jim Calhoun is considering a comeback at a Division III program, multiple media outlets reported.

    • The 75-year-old Calhoun, who stepped down from UConn in 2012 after 26 years and three national titles, told USA Today he is acting as an unpaid adviser to the University of St. Joseph, which is located in West Hartford, Conn., and plans to start a men's basketball program.

      Calhoun did not rule out the possibility that he would coach the team, and the Hartford Courant reported that St. Joseph officials had serious discussions with Calhoun about its proposed program.

      "I'm not at the point of accepting or rejecting," he told USA Today. "If I thought I could help the kids there, I'd consider it."

      St. Joseph has accepted only female students until now, but it announced in June that it would begin admitting males as well in 2018. The proposed men's basketball program would operate at the Division III level.

      St. Joseph president Rhona Free released a statement, which read, "While we certainly can't think of a better person to inaugurate the University of St. Joseph's first-ever men's basketball team, right now we have nothing to announce."

  • Tre Jones becomes Duke's first recruit for 2018-19
    By The Sports Xchange / Sunday, August 13, 2017

    Tre Jones, the highly regarded brother of former Duke standout Tyus Jones, is following his brother's lead.

    • Tre Jones announced Sunday in a video posted on Twitter that he will play his college basketball at Duke, becoming the first member of the Blue Devils' 2018-19 class.

      Jones, who is ranked as the nation's top point guard recruit, chose Duke over UCLA, USC, Ohio State, Minnesota and Oregon. He is entering his senior season at Apple Valley High, located in Minnesota just south of Minneapolis.

      "It is the best fit for me and is everything I'm looking for in a college," Jones told ESPN.com. "They have been my dream school for years, and there is no better fit than there."

      Tyus Jones played one season at Duke and averaged 11.8 points and 5.6 assists while helping the Blue Devils win the 2015 national crown. He is entering his third season as a backup point guard for the Minnesota Timberwolves.

      Tre Jones admitted his brother's experience was a factor in the decision-making process but not the clinching reason.

      "Tyus going there helped a little bit, for sure," Tre said. "It wasn't a major factor, though. At the end of the day, Duke is the best fit for myself."

      Duke coach Mike Krzyzewski first offered Tre Jones a scholarship in 2015, early in his sophomore year of high school. That left an impression on Jones.

      "They have had a vision (for) me since they first offered me in 2015," he said. "Their vision was something I didn't even see in myself at the time. Coach K told me how I could be a great leader and loves my passion and competitiveness.

  • Duke's Krzyzewski to have knee replacement surgery
    By The Sports Xchange / Thursday, August 10, 2017

    Duke coach Mike Krzyzewski will undergo total right knee replacement surgery this weekend, the school announced Thursday.

    • Krzyzewski will undergo the procedure at Duke University Hospital. The 70-year-old will likely spend three days in the hospital before being released.

      Due to Krzyzewski's health situation, the Blue Devils canceled their scheduled exhibition trip to the Dominican Republic. The team was scheduled to leave on Aug. 17.

      "While it's disappointing that we aren't able to make the Dominican Republic trip, this is a positive development for both our team and myself because it will allow us to be at full strength for the start of practice this fall," Krzyzewski said in a news release. "After three consecutive days of working with the team, it became clear that the condition of my knee wouldn't be sustainable through next season. The best course of action is to correct the problem now rather than later, when our team would be more profoundly impacted."

      The right knee situation is the latest health situation to plague the coach, who is undergoing his sixth surgery in the past 16 months. He missed seven games last season due to back surgery.

      The man known as Coach K had his left knee replaced in the spring of 2016. He also has had both hips replaced -- his left in 1999 and the right in 2002.

      Athletic director Kevin White agreed that the legendary coach needed to get the knee situation addressed now.

      "Unequivocally, this is the absolute right thing Mike should do, and at precisely the right time," White said in a statement. "Certainly, we know Mike will receive unparalleled medical care here at Duke, and that his recovery will lead him into his 38th season here at full strength.

      "Once again, that is exactly what Mike, and our team, should do as we head into the 2017-18 season, wherein we are extremely excited to see what the upcoming year brings."

      Krzyzewski, a Naismith Basketball Hall of Famer, holds the Division I record of 1,071 coaching victories. He had won five national titles at Duke.

  • Former Syracuse coach MacPherson dies at 86
    By The Sports Xchange / Tuesday, August 8, 2017

    Former Syracuse coach Dick MacPherson, who revived the program and led the Orange to an undefeated season in 1987, died Tuesday in Syracuse, N.Y. He was 86.

    • MacPherson reportedly died of natural causes.

      MacPherson's 1987 team went 11-0-1, tying Auburn 16-16 in the Sugar Bowl, and finishing with a No. 4 ranking. He went 66-46-4 at Syracuse from 1981-90 before leaving to coach the New England Patriots. He went 8-24 in two seasons before giving way to Bill Parcells.

      MacPherson was inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame as a coach in 2009.

      Syracuse men's basketball coach Jim Boeheim remembered MacPherson fondly Tuesday in a phone interview with Syracuse.com.

      "He was just the greatest guy," Boeheim said. "He was just one of those rare guys that everybody loved. He was one-of-a-kind, a special human being. He obviously did a great job coaching football. And he was just a unique individual."

  • BYU AD Holmoe to stay on selection committee for another year
    By The Sports Xchange / Wednesday, August 2, 2017

    The 10-person committee that selects and seeds the teams for the NCAA basketball tournament underwent some recent changes to avoid having too much inexperience, and the bottom line is that BYU athletic director Tom Holmoe will remain on the committee for another year.

    • Two months ago, former New Mexico athletic director Paul Krebs unexpectedly left the committee, but former Richmond athletic director Keith Gill was not appointed to the committee as anticipated, CBSSports.com reported Wednesday.

      Gill resigned from Richmond in May, but joined the Atlantic 10 as the executive associate commissioner in an attempt to retain his spot with the selection committee.

      Mountain West commissioner Craig Thompson, who had not served on the selection committee since 2000, was added to the committee to replace Krebs. Northwestern athletic director Jim Phillips and Southland Conference commissioner Tom Burnett will be committee members for the first time.

      The committee decided it wanted no more than three new members, so it turned to Holmoe, who was scheduled to leave the committee on Aug. 31 after serving for four years.

      "Tom Holmoe has been a valuable member of the committee for the past three years and I was delighted to share with him and his colleagues the news that his term will be extended by a year," Dan Gavitt, the NCAA's senior vice president of basketball, said in a statement. "If there has been one common theme with this committee that I've heard over the past five years, it's that the first year with the group can be a bit overwhelming. ... Having Tom back for another year prevents us from having essentially four new members for the upcoming season, and we think that's important for the committee to have the most balanced experience possible."

      The committee has added some changes to its selection and seeding processes, so experience became an important factor.

      Creighton athletic director Bruce Rasmussen will chair the committee in 2017-18.

  • Western Kentucky suspends freshman C Robinson
    By The Sports Xchange / Monday, July 31, 2017

    Western Kentucky freshman center Mitchell Robinson has been suspended indefinitely for a violation of team rules, the school announced Monday.

    • The 6-foot-11 Robinson left campus Wednesday night without telling anyone at the university after enrolling in summer classes earlier this month, sources told the Bowling Green Daily News.

      Robinson went through three practices last week as the Hilltoppers prepared for an Aug. 7-14 trip to Costa Rica, where they will play three games. Coaches were unaware of the McDonald's All-American's absence until he did not report for a workout Thursday.

      A source told ESPN that Robinson doesn't want to play at Western Kentucky and that he would be OK transferring or sitting out this year.

      Western Kentucky coach Rick Stansbury commented on the absence of his star recruit for the first time Monday.

      "WKU freshman center Mitchell Robinson is suspended indefinitely from the program for a violation of team rules," Stansbury said in a statement. "Mitchell is a good kid, but the team will always be more important than one individual player. He needs to understand the value of structure and accountability in his life, and his return will be dependent upon requirements that will be handled internally.

      "My focus is on our team, and I'm excited about this group as we prepare for next week's trip to Costa Rica."

      Robinson, a New Orleans native, is considered a potential lottery pick in next year's NBA Draft.

  • Hall of Famer Knight cleared of inappropriate touching
    By The Sports Xchange / Friday, July 7, 2017

    Hall of Fame men's basketball coach Bob Knight was the subject of an FBI investigation following allegations that he inappropriately touched four women both before and after a speech he delivered during a 2015 visit to the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency, the Washington Post reported.

    • Knight was accused of making suggestive comments, hugging a woman around the chest and hitting another on the buttocks following the speech in Northern Virginia. The 76-year-old denied any wrongdoing and federal prosecutors in Virginia decided against bringing charges in July 2016, Knight's attorney, James Voyles, told the newspaper.

      The alleged incidents took place in July 2015 and the FBI and U.S. Army participated in the inquiry, according to the Washington Post.

      The former Indiana, Texas Tech and Army coach was interviewed by FBI agents at his home in Montana as part of the investigation. He declined comment when reached by the Washington Post, but his wife, Karen, wrote in a text message that "Bob did nothing wrong and there is NO evidence to prove that he did. Case closed."

      Voyles offered the following statement to the newspaper:

      "There is absolutely no credible evidence to support this in our opinion, these allegations," Voyles said. "... (FBI agents) reported to their superiors that there was no basis for any further action, period."

      Multiple witnesses alleged wrongdoing by Knight, according to the Washington Post.

      Marc Byers, an employee at National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency, reported to a supervisor that he saw Knight grope a woman's buttocks. Also, one woman who claimed Knight smacked her on the buttocks told the newspaper it was "weird" before comparing the former coach's behavior to that of "a drunk uncle."

      Knight also worked for ESPN for seven seasons after a successful if volatile coaching career.

      Knight retired as the winningest coach in Division I basketball with 902 victories but was passed by former pupil Mike Krzyzewski at Duke. Knight was a three-time national champion with the Hoosiers before he was fired because of his abrasive personality, short temper and several incidents.

  • Florida's White agrees to new contract
    By The Sports Xchange / Friday, June 16, 2017

    Florida coach Mike White had his coaching contract reworked through the 2022-23 season, the school announced Friday.

    • White guided the Gators to a 27-9 record and reached the Elite Eight of the NCAA Tournament last season. He earned SEC Coach of the Year honors.

      White's renegotiated pact is worth just over $2.7 million per season. He will make $16.3 million over six seasons.

      He is slated to earn $2.525 million in the 2017-18 season. White earned $613,501 last season.

      White is 48-24 in two seasons as Florida's coach since replacing Billy Donovan.

      The Gators also announced that football coach Jim McElwain has been granted an extension through 2022 on Friday.

  • Pitino receives 5-game ban for Louisville sex scandal
    By The Sports Xchange / Thursday, June 15, 2017

    Louisville coach Rick Pitino will be suspended for the first five Atlantic Coast Conference games in the 2017-18 season for failing to monitor his men's basketball program in the wake of a sex scandal, the Division I Committee on Infractions announced Thursday.

    • The Cardinals also will be on probation for four years, have scholarship reductions and recruiting restrictions. Louisville will also forfeit any money received through conference revenue sharing from the 2012-15 NCAA Tournaments.

      The status of the school's 2012-13 national championship could be at risk, as the NCAA ruled the Cardinals must vacate all basketball records in which players competed while ineligible from December 2010 and July 2014.

      The NCAA, which accepted Louisville's self-imposed 2015-16 postseason ban, ruled that Pitino "violated NCAA head coach responsibility rules" by failing to monitor the activities of former assistant Andre McGee, who is alleged to have hired strippers to entertain players and recruits.

      "Without dispute, NCAA rules do not allow institutional staff members to arrange for stripteases and sex acts for prospects, enrolled student-athletes and/or those who accompany them to campus," the panel said in its decision.

      Louisville interim president Greg Postel said in a statement that he does not believe the penalties levied by the NCAA are "fair and reasonable."

      "(The NCAA) "went beyond what we consider to be fair and reasonable," Postel said in his statement, adding that "The Committee on Infractions has gone too far and taken actions that are unwarranted. We will appeal."

      McGee received a 10-year show cause penalty.

      The Committee on Infractions on Thursday ruled McGee "acted unethically when he committed serious violations by arranging striptease dances and sex acts for prospects, student-athletes and others, and did not cooperate with the investigation."

      Pitino's attorney, Scott Tompsett, told ESPN that the coach also plans to appeal the penalty.

      "The finding against Coach Pitino is one of the weakest I've ever seen against a head coach," Tompsett's statement said. "... The decision does not identify a single specific thing that Coach Pitino should have done, that he wasn't already doing, that would have either prevented or detected the illicit activities. The secret and deliberately hidden illicit activities certainly did not occur because Coach Pitino did not properly train Mr. McGee.

      "Today's decision breaks with established head coach control precedent and imposes a standard of strict liability."

      Pitino came under intense criticism after Katina Powell, an escort, wrote a book "Breaking Cardinal Rules" which detailed the payment for performances in the form of cash and game tickets. Powell identified McGee as the one who paid for sex with recruits and players in the players' dormitory, Minardi Hall, which was constructed in honor of Pitino's brother-in-law.

  • Report: Butler set to hire Milwaukee's Jordan
    By The Sports Xchange / Monday, June 12, 2017

    On the same day that former Butler coach Chris Holtmann was introduced as Ohio State's new coach, multiple news outlets reported Monday that the Bulldogs will hire LaVall Jordan to replace Holtmann.

    • Jordan is a former Butler player and assistant who has been the head coach at Milwaukee since April 2016.

      Holtmann was hired last week by the Buckeyes to replace Thad Matta, himself a former Butler player and assistant who spent 13 seasons at Ohio State before he was dismissed.

      The Indianapolis Star reported that Jordan met with Butler athletic director Barry Collier on Sunday night and again Monday.

      Jordan, 38, is the fourth men's coach in six seasons at Butler, whose previous head coaching replacements were all on the staff when hired.

      In his only season at Milwaukee in the Horizon League, Jordan led the Panthers to a 11-24 record. His team advanced to the Horizon League tournament championship game as the 10th seed after going 4-14 in conference play during the regular season.

      Butler also interviewed longtime assistant Terry Johnson and its top recruiter, Ryan Pedon, for the head coaching vacancy. The Star reported that Johnson, Pedon and assistant Mike Schrage are expected to join Holtmann at Ohio State.

      Jordan graduated from Butler in 2001 and played in Europe and the NBA Development League. He also served as an assistant at Iowa and Michigan.

      Holtmann compiled a record of 70-31 in three seasons as Butler coach. In six years as a head coach, which includes three years at Gardner-Webb (44-54), his career record is 114-85.

      Holtmann's teams have won at least 20 games in each of the past four seasons, including a 25-9 record at Butler last season.

      Butler advanced to the NCAA Tournament in all three seasons with Holtmann as the head coach. He was the 2016-17 Big East Coach of the Year, the 2013 Big South Conference Coach of the Year and a Naismith National Coach of the Year finalist in 2014-15.

  • North Carolina F Maye uninjured in auto accident
    By The Sports Xchange / Friday, June 9, 2017

    North Carolina forward Luke Maye, one of the heroes of the Tar Heels' 2017 NCAA tournament men's basketball championship, was uninjured after his car flipped several times and came to rest upside down on a North Carolina Interstate.

    • Maye's parents told the Charlotte Observer that their son walked away with no more than a few bumps and bruises in Thursday's accident. The car was totaled.

      "Yes, Luke had a car accident this afternoon coming home for his brother's middle school graduation," Mark Maye, a former standout quarterback for the Tar Heels in the 1980s, said in a text message to the newspaper on Thursday night. "Was very fortunate. Thank the good Lord he is fine. Put a real scare in him -- and us."

      Aimee Maye, Luke's mother, told the Charlotte Observer on Friday morning that her son did not have to go to the hospital for evaluation "because he was clearly fine at the scene."

      Mark Maye said no one else was hurt in the wreck on Interstate 85, where the accident occurred as his son drove alone from Chapel Hill, N.C., back toward the family's home outside of Charlotte. Mark Maye picked his son up from the accident scene about an hour away.

      "He did run into an 18-wheeler and spun his car around, landing on a bank beside the road," Mark Maye said in another text message to the newspaper. "Damaged the car pretty bad, but he (Luke) said he feels perfectly fine."

      Luke Maye made the game-winning basket against Kentucky in the NCAA Tournament last season in the Tar Heels' 75-73 Elite Eight win over the Wildcats, scoring a career-high 17 points. Two days earlier, he established his previous career high of 16 points against Butler in the Sweet 16.

      Maye will be a junior next season and is projected to be a starter for the Tar Heels. He averaged 5.5 points and 3.9 rebounds as a reserve forward in 2016-17.

  • Butler's Holtmann named Ohio State coach
    By The Sports Xchange / Friday, June 9, 2017

    Chris Holtmann is leaving Butler to become the next men's basketball coach at Ohio State, the university announced Friday.

    • Holtmann, who completed his third year with the Bulldogs in 2016-17, agreed to an eight-year contract with Ohio State worth about $3 million annually, Buckeyes athletic director Gene Smith said. Final details of the deal were being finalized.

      Smith said Holtmann fit the criteria he sought for the 14th head coach in Ohio State history.

      "Chris is focused on academics, is a high-integrity person, a relentless recruiter with Midwestern ties and a proven winner," Smith said in a statement.

      Holtmann replaces Thad Matta, who was the winningest coach in program history but surprisingly pushed out after 13 years on Monday.

      In three seasons at Butler, Holtmann compiled a record of 70-31 as a member of the Big East conference. In six years as a head coach, which includes three years at Gardner-Webb (44-54), his career record is 114-85.

      Holtmann's teams have won at least 20 games in each of the last four seasons, including a 25-9 record at Butler last season.

      Butler advanced to the NCAA Tournament in all three seasons with Holtmann as the head coach. He was the 2016-17 Big Ease Coach of the Year, the 2013 Big South Conference Coach of the Year and a Naismith National Coach of the Year finalist in 2014-15.

      Creighton head coach Greg McDermott met with Ohio State officials on Wednesday night and appeared to be leading candidate for the Buckeyes. But McDermott announced Thursday he was staying at Creighton.

      Holtmann emerged as the front-runner Thursday afternoon. Smith's private plane was scheduled to fly to Indianapolis on Friday morning, according to the Columbus Dispatch.

      Meanwhile, Holtmann thanked Butler for giving him an opportunity and said his three seasons at the school were the most rewarding of his career.

      "Leaving Butler has been one of the most difficult decisions of my life," Holtmann said on his Twitter page. "(Wife) Lori, (daughter) Nora and I leave with amazing memories that we were honored to be a part of. We all know that at Butler, despite change, those special and amazing memories will only continue.

      "I'm certain of that. It's Butler."

  • McDermott posts that he will remain with Creighton
    By The Sports Xchange / Thursday, June 8, 2017

    Greg McDermott took to social media on Thursday to announce that he plans to stay in his current role as the Creighton men's basketball coach.

    • Citing undisclosed sources, ESPN reported early Thursday morning that McDermott had been offered the head coaching position at Ohio State.

      "I'm blessed and honored to be the coach at Creighton.....and am looking forward to many more great years in Omaha! #rolljays," McDermott wrote on his Twitter account.

      ESPN and CBS Sports reported that McDermott met with Ohio State officials on Wednesday night and emerged as the leading candidate for the Buckeyes, who dismissed Thad Matta after 13 seasons on Monday.

      The 52-year-old McDermott has spent the past seven seasons at Creighton, where his team finished 25-10 last season and qualified for the NCAA Tournament for the fourth time during his time at the school. He has a 166-82 overall record there.

      McDermott also coached at Wayne State, Northern Iowa and Iowa State.

      Ohio State had failed to reach the NCAA Tournament the past two seasons under Matta after a successful run that saw him lead the Buckeyes to two Final Four appearances and multiple Big Ten titles. He compiled a 337-123 overall record in Columbus after coaching at Butler and Xavier.

      Last season, Ohio State finished 17-15 overall and 7-11 in the Big Ten.

  • Ohio State pursuing new coach to replace Matta
    By The Sports Xchange / Thursday, June 8, 2017

    Ohio State appears to be moving quickly in its pursuit of a replacement for Thad Matta.

    • ESPN and CBS Sports reported that Creighton's Greg McDermott met with Ohio State officials on Wednesday night and emerged as the leading candidate for the Buckeyes, who dismissed Matta after 13 seasons on Monday.

      According to The Columbus Dispatch, Ohio State athletic director Gene Smith wants to hire a new coach by the end of the week.

      The 52-year-old McDermott has spent the past seven seasons at Creighton, where his team finished 25-10 last season and qualified for the NCAA Tournament for the fourth time during his time at the school. He has a 166-82 overall record there.

      McDermott also coached at Wayne State, Northern Iowa and Iowa State.

      Ohio State had failed to reach the NCAA Tournament the past two seasons under Matta after a successful run that saw him lead the Buckeyes to two Final Four appearances and multiple Big Ten titles. He compiled a 337-123 overall record in Columbus after coaching at Butler and Xavier.

      Last season, Ohio State finished 17-15 overall and 7-11 in the Big Ten.

      One potential Ohio State target, Chicago Bulls coach Fred Hoiberg, told the Chicago Tribune on Wednesday that he has 'no intention of leaving' his current job. He was the head coach at Iowa State before moving to the NBA.

      Also mentioned as possibilities are Virginia Tech coach Buzz Williams, Butler coach Chris Holtmann and Ohio State assistant Chris Jent.

      Jent, a former Ohio State player and NBA coach, interviewed with school administrators earlier Wednesday, The Dispatch reported.

      Longshot candidates are Arizona's Sean Miller, Indiana's Archie Miller, Xavier's Chris Mack and Oklahoma City Thunder coach Billy Donovan, a former Florida coach.

  • Arizona president on Miller to Ohio State rumors: 'Over my dead body'
    By The Sports Xchange / Wednesday, June 7, 2017

    Immediately after Thad Matta was pushed out as Ohio State's head basketball coach, the speculation turned to possible replacements, including the Buckeyes may try to lure away Sean Miller from Arizona.

    • However, University of Arizona president Dr. Robert Robbins, less than a week on the job, said that would happen "over my dead body."

      "The Ohio State University is great university, but they are not going to get Coach Miller," Robbins told the Arizona Republic on Tuesday. "They will have to come over me to get him, as the saying goes, over my dead body."

      Miller's name was one of many rumored on social media after the Buckeyes surprisingly parted ways with Matta after 13 seasons on Monday and began a national search.

      "I just think he is a quality guy," the Arizona president said of Miller. "I will do everything in my power to try to convince him to stay."

      Robbins told the newspaper he takes recruiting coaching rumors "very seriously."

      The 48-year-old Miller has coached the Wildcats since 2009, making six NCAA Tournament appearances and reaching the Elite Eight three times. He is 220-66 (.769) in eight seasons at Arizona but has been unable to lead the program to a Final Four berth. He has four regular-season Pac-12 titles.

      In February, Miller and Arizona agreed to a contract extension that runs through the 2021-22 season. The deal guarantees Miller $2.6 next season and will pay him $2.9 annually over the final three seasons. He was signed through 2020 prior to the reworked deal.

      Robbins said Miller is a "tremendous, tremendous individual who has had great success on the court. I know he's disappointed he couldn't bring a national championship to the state, given that the Final Four was here."

      Miller's Wildcats are expected to be one of the top teams in the nation next season. His brother, Archie Miller, was hired as the head coach at Indiana in March.

  • Matta out after 13 seasons at Ohio State
    By The Sports Xchange / Monday, June 5, 2017

    Thad Matta is out as the Ohio State head basketball coach after 13 seasons, the university announced Monday.

    • Matta reportedly wanted to keep coaching the Buckeyes, but athletic director Gene Smith said a change was needed after discussing the situation with the coach.

      "I felt comfortable after the season when I sat down with Thad that we had a plan. Recruiting is a major part of it, and we weren't winning the recruiting battles," Smith said. "As we started talking about it Friday, the flow of the conversation took me to the realization as I said to him, 'This might be the time to make a leadership change,' and he agreed."

      The Buckeyes struggled the past two years, missing the NCAA Tournament last season after finishing 17-15. It was Matta's first Ohio State team not to win at least 20 games. The Buckeyes went to the NIT in 2015-16.

      Matta's Ohio State teams reached the Final Four in 2007 and 2012. The Buckeyes were in the national title game in 2007 but lost to Florida.

      Matta won five Big Ten regular-season titles and four Big Ten tournament titles. The Buckeyes reached five Sweet 16s in nine NCAA Tournament appearances.

      Matta inherited a program facing a one-year postseason ban in his first season in 2004-05, but the Buckeyes finished 20-12 and went to the NCAA Tournament in nine of the next 10 seasons.

      Matta was 337-123 (.733) with the Buckeyes, with a 439-154 overall coaching record at Ohio State, Xavier and Butler.

      Matta, who will turn 50 in July, previously underwent emergency back surgery in 2007 that left him without a fully functioning right foot due to nerve damage, requiring a brace, as well as lingering back issues. He walks with a limp and sits in a special chair during games to alleviate the back pain.

      At a news conference Monday, Matta mentioned "trying to get healthy" as one reason for leaving the job.

      "This has been ... the greatest 13 years of my life," said Matta, fighting back tears when thanking his family and reflecting on his time in Columbus.

      "I want what's best for the program, and if it's me not being here, I understand that and respect that."

      Smith said Ohio State will honor the three remaining years on Matta's contract worth about $9 million. The school paid a $650,000 bonus on April 30 as part of that contract.

      Smith said the Buckeyes will conduct a national search for their next coach.

      "While this may be a surprise to many, it's the right thing for our program at this time," Smith said.