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Breakfast Buffet: Tennessee loses another Bruce Pearl recruit

Jeff Eisenberg
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1. In addition to guard Kevin Ware backing out of his letter of intent to Tennessee in favor of Central Florida earlier this month, the Vols will apparently lose another member of Bruce Pearl's final recruiting class. The Memphis Commercial Appeal reports Chris Jones will play for former Vols assistant coach Steve Forbes at Northwest Florida State College next season.

2. Pac-10 fans hoping to earn more national respect next season will not be pleased with Gary Parrish's latest column at He correctly points out that the conference could again be the worst of the Big Six next season as a result of a rash of early departures from last year's top underclassmen.

3. The field for the fifth annual Puerto Rico Tip-Off will include a pair of second-round NCAA tournament teams and three of this past season's four NIT finalists. Purdue, Temple, Alabama, Colorado and Wichita State will be joined in Puerto Rico by Iona, Western Michigan and Maryland.

4. The Arizona Republic's Doug Haller notes that Pac-10 schools have signed 16 junior college players the past two years, the most during a two-year span since 2002-03. That number could increase to 17 if Washington lands Erie Community College forward God's Gift Achiuwa, who is slated to decide Thursday between the Huskies, St. John's and Cincinnati.

5. Two Winthrop players made headlines for all the wrong reasons on Wednesday. Robbie Dreher and Julius Francis have been suspended indefinitely after they were charged with two counts of sexual misconduct stemming from an April 17 incident involving a 19-year-old woman. {YSP:MORE}

This space typically is reserved for college basketball clips, but the above video of a frighteningly huge tornado passing right by Alabama's Bryant Denny Stadium is too horrifyingly amazing to pass up. Best wishes to everyone in Tuscaloosa and other cities impacted by Wednesday's wave of storms.

"I feel like (Tyler) Honeycutt didn't perform like he could have. On the defensive end they really needed him on some plays but he seemed lost." -- UCLA signee Norman Powell assessing what went wrong for the Bruins in their second-round NCAA tournament loss to Florida. (ESPN Los Angeles)

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