- Kyle Ringo at The Dagger15 hrs ago
If you don't already have the impression that Ole Miss coach Andy Kennedy is having more fun than any other college basketball coach in the nation, you probably will after watching his latest production.
Ole Miss released a video this week encouraging Rebels fans to get their season tickets for the upcoming season in the renovated $90 million Pavilion. In the ad, Kennedy plays his alter ego, coach Randy Kennedy, who whips and nae nae's to Silentó's song, "Watch Me."
We first met Randy Kennedy, who lives in his mother's basement, earlier this year in another season-ticket ad.
Andy Kennedy has built Ole Miss into a program annually expected to finish in the upper-tier of the SEC and that isn't expected to change this year. Kennedy also takes himself far less seriously than some of his peers and we can all appreciate that.
Looking forward to the next edition.
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- Jeff Eisenberg at The Dagger1 day ago
The tight grip Harvard has maintained on first place in the Ivy League the past few seasons may be starting to loosen.
The Crimson announced Wednesday they won't have their most indispensable player this season.
Starting point guard Siyani Chambers tore his ACL during workouts and will miss the entire 2015-16 season. Chambers, who has averaged at least 34 minutes per game the past three seasons, will take a voluntary year-long absence from school to avoid Harvard's no-redshirt policy and will return for his senior season the following year.
The absence of Chambers leaves Harvard without its three leading scorers from last year's 22-win team that won the Ivy League and lost by two against North Carolina in the opening round of the NCAA tournament. Ivy League player of the year Wesley Saunders and starting big man Steve Moundou-Missi both graduated this past spring.
- Kyle Ringo at The Dagger1 day ago
There is a big decision looming around the Kansas basketball program and it could impact whether the Jayhawks have the kind of roster that could compete for a national title this season.
Kansas has already cleared five-star forward Cheick Diallo and allowed him to enroll in classes for the fall semester, but he hasn't been cleared by the NCAA Eligibility Center. Coach Bill Self told reporters at a local charity golf tournament this week that he believes Diallo will be cleared to play for the Jayhawks this season, but he also acknowledged there is uncertainty about what is holding up the process.
Diallo attended Our Savior New American in Centereach, New York, a school that has come under scrutiny. Alabama and Oklahoma State each had recruits from the school ruled ineligible, but other schools have successfully added players from the school.
- Kyle Ringo at The Dagger1 day ago
Tom Izzo takes a turn on the accordion at MSU's farewell dinner in Venice. pic.twitter.com/yft5m7AjiW
Michigan State finished its four-game trip to Italy 1-3, but coach Tom Izzo still came away feeling positive about what he saw from the Spartans. In fact, he was happy enough to forget basketball for a few minutes and play the accordion during the team's farewell dinner.
“This trip was as good as anything I’ve done in my 20 years,” Izzo said of the team's trip in a story published on the Michigan State athletic department website.
The Spartans opened the trip with a win over Basket Fiorentina but then lost to the Russian, Italian and Georgian senior national teams in succession. The Spartans had a chance to beat the Georgian national teamon a last second shot that hit the back of the iron and bounced away.
- Jeff Eisenberg at The Dagger5 days ago
When the Big Ten released its schedule for next season on Thursday evening, it proved once again that not all league slates are created equally. Here's a look at which contenders caught breaks with the teams they'll see twice and which contenders drew the short straw.
1. WHO DID BO RYAN MAKE MAD?: If Bo Ryan is going to extend his remarkable streak of finishing in the top four in the Big Ten every season he has been at Wisconsin, he might receive some national coach of the year consideration. Not only did the Badgers lose Frank Kaminsky, Sam Dekker and Josh Gasser from last year's national runner-ups, they also drew maybe the toughest conference schedule of any Big Ten team. The five Big Ten teams Wisconsin will face twice next season? Maryland, Michigan State, Indiana, Purdue and Illinois. That's the preseason league favorite, three other top contenders, a fifth NCAA tournament hopeful and none of the league's bottom-tier programs. Ouch. Other players will have to step up to support returning standouts Nigel Hayes and Bronson Koenig for the Badgers to survive that gauntlet.
- Jeff Eisenberg at The Dagger7 days ago
Washington hasn't made the NCAA tournament in four years, dropped 10 of its last 12 games last season and returns only three scholarship players.
Sounds pretty bleak, right? Not so fast.
While the returning trio of standout guard Andrew Andrews and role players Quevyn Winters and Donaven Dorsey won't scare anyone, the Huskies have a much-needed influx of talent set to arrive the next few years. Lorenzo Romar appears to have recaptured the recruiting magic he had during the Huskies' heyday, landing a heralded eight-man class that will debut this coming season and adding three more elite prospects the past few weeks.
On August 5, Class of 2018 power forward Jontay Porter made a surprise early commitment to Washington, a decision that could help the Huskies in two ways. Not only is Porter a potential impact player himself, he's also the younger brother of Class of 2017 five-star recruit Michael Porter
- Jeff Eisenberg at The Dagger9 days ago
Either police in Bloomington are remarkably good at seeking out underage drinking, or Indiana basketball players are just incapable of being discreet.
Sophomore forward Emmitt Holt and promising incoming freshman Thomas Bryant became the latest Hoosiers to fail to avoid detection when the Indiana excise police cited them for underage possession of alcohol on Friday. The university released a statement that said it is still "gathering information" about the incident and has yet to determine whether either Holt or Bryant will be punished.
Underage drinking is too prevalent to be considered a serious offense elsewhere, but the pattern of drug and alcohol-related issues at Indiana cannot be ignored. Seven different players have run afoul in the past two years because of Marijuana or alcohol.
Indiana coach Tom Crean dismissed torward Devin Davis and center Hanner Mosquera-Perea in May after Davis was cited for illegal possession of marijuana in an on-campus dorm. Mosquera-Perea, who previously had been cited for OWI in Feb. 2014, was in the room at the time.
- Jeff Eisenberg at The Dagger12 days ago
Two national powers separated by a mere 100 miles will renew their regional rivalry next year.
Indiana and Louisville jointly announced Friday that they've agreed to a three-year series that will begin with a neutral-court matchup on Dec. 31, 2016 at Banker's Life FIeldhouse in Indianapolis. The Cardinals and Hoosiers will also play on one-another's home floors the following two years, first on Dec. 9, 2017 in Louisville and then on Dec. 8, 2018 in Bloomington.
The two schools also announced they'll begin a similar three-year football series in 2023 with the lone neutral-field game Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis. Indiana holds a 2-0 all-time lead in the football series and a 10-7 all-time edge in hoops.
The announcement from Indiana and Louisville comes about three years after the Hoosiers' annual series with Kentucky fell apart because neither side could agree on the proper venue. Indiana wanted to continue it as a home-and-home series, while Kentucky preferred to play it every year on a neutral court such as Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis.
Credit Indiana and Louisville for finding a palatable solution the way the Hoosiers and the Wildcats could not.
- Jeff Eisenberg at The Dagger13 days ago
Boise State announced Thursday afternoon that it had dismissed junior guard Dezmyn Trent as a result of an "incident in his hometown of Tacoma, Wash."
Turns out the use of the word incident was quite an understatement.
Trent was arrested and booked by the Lakewood, Wash. police early Thursday morning in relation to a felony drive-by shooting, according to the Pierce County Corrections website.
A Lakewood spokesman told the Idaho Statesman that Trent was one of four men arrested after two shootings Wednesday night that police believe to be gang-related. A total of almost 30 shots were fired in the two alleged incidents, but nobody was injured.
Boise State coach Leon Rice did not immediately return a message seeking comment Friday morning. He released a statement Thursday explaining the decision to dismiss Trent.
- Jeff Eisenberg at The Dagger14 days ago
Throw a camera in front of someone's face at frenzied Los Angeles International Airport. Pepper him or her with random questions they're often ill-prepared to answer.
TMZ has a proven formula for coaxing headline-worthy soundbites out of unsuspecting celebrities, and Chris Webber became the latest victim Tuesday.
Asked about the National Labor Relations Board's ruling that the Northwestern football team did not have the right to unionize, Webber told TMZ he vehemently disagreed with the decision. While explaining himself, he also made a regrettable analogy, citing another player who compared the plight of modern-day college athletes to slavery.
"I definitely think student-athletes have the right to make sure they can take care of each other," Webber told TMZ. "Bill Russell told me any system that gets free labor is slavery, so I'm sure they have a right to unionize. I'm going to be interested in following college kids (and what they do after this decision).