Still trying to get caught up on newsworthy items from the last few weeks…
- Coach K, fresh off his gold medal coaching victory with Team USA, says that from now on, he’s going to enjoy wins at Duke more.
- Kansas’ best returning player, Sherron Collins, apparently showed up for KU’s Labor Day trip to Canada fat and out of shape. Bill Self was not pleased, benching the point guard for the trip. The good news for Self and KU is that their highly-regarded twin recruits, Marcus and Markieff Morris, were declared eligible to play this season.
- Smart, fellas. KU national champions Mario Chalmers and Darrell Arthur got some greenery and some females up in their rooms at the NBA Rookie Transition Program (where the dangers of such issues as greenery and females are ostensibly discussed), leading to a $20k fine for each of them.
- Oklahoma freshman Willie Warren has already made an impression with his mouth, apparently.
- New Mexico State’s itinerant forward, Herb Pope, will transfer to Seton Hall. He is asking for a medical waiver (the “Tyler Smith Rule”) so that he can play this season. Mizzou’s Keon Lawrence is also transferring to Seton Hall.
- Well, that’s disappointing. UNC-Asheville’s 7’7 behemoth Kenny George will likely miss the season after another foot surgery.
- Jeff Goodman checks in on Pat Knight as he begins his first full season as the head man at Texas Tech.
- Gary Parrish has a nice insight piece on how mid-major programs strategize recruiting against the big boys on the summer circuit.
- Not quite the SEC deal, but get ready to see more WAC basketball on ESPN beginning next year