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  • Bill Self also was among the college coaches pursued by the Cavs

    Jeff Eisenberg at The Dagger7 days ago

    Turns out John Calipari, Tom Izzo and Billy Donovan weren't the only high-profile college coaches to have conversations with the Cleveland Cavaliers this past spring.

    Kansas coach Bill Self also had a chance to coach the franchise that eventually landed LeBron James last week.

    Self revealed to the Kansas City Star on Monday that the Cavaliers contacted him about their vacancy, but he would not go into specifics about how serious the discussions were or whether he was ever offered the job. On June 20, Cleveland ultimately hired David Blatt, a highly successful European coach in Israel and Russia.

    “I talked to the Cavs’ people a lot throughout their evaluation process and the draft, but I’ll just leave it at that,” Self told the Star. “That wasn’t anything I wanted to become public certainly, and they didn’t either.”

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  • Emmanuel Mudiay's decision to turn pro is a huge blow to SMU

    Jeff Eisenberg at The Dagger8 days ago

    When the selection committee left SMU out of the field of 68 last March, the Mustangs dulled the pain of settling for NIT bid by dreaming of the possibility of a deep NCAA tournament run next season.

    Suddenly that goal no longer seems as realistic.

    Emmanuel Mudiay, the top-rated point guard prospect in the class of 2014, will play professionally overseas next season rather than enroll at SMU, the school announced Monday. Yahoo Sports was the first to report earlier Monday that Mudiay was considering bypassing college altogether due to eligibility concerns.

    In a statement to SI.com, Mudiay insisted his decision had nothing to do with academic or amateurism issues despite little evidence supporting that claim.

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