College Basketball Report: Five Storylines for Fans to Follow

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We might be a few months away from the start of the season, but college basketball is always in session. From recruiting to coaching changes, here's a look at what's happening around the NCAA:

The Latest News: Starting today, coaches can now send unlimited texts and make unlimited calls to recruits who have completed their sophomore year of high school. Coaches can also send private messages to recruits through social media sites. The Division I Board of Directors adopted the new rule last October, responding to concerns that coaches were having a hard time connecting with recruits. The NCAA hopes that the changes will reduce the frequency of third parties contacting prospective players.

The Rich Get Richer: For the fourth year in a row, Kentucky has the nation's top recruiting class according to Rivals.com. Nerlens Noel, Alex Poythress, and Archie Goodwin are the Wildcats' newest gems. UCLA, Arizona, North Carolina State, and Indiana round out the top five. The ACC has six teams in the top 30, while the Big East and the Big Ten have five teams apiece.

Coaching Carousel: As of today, 45 programs will have new head coaches next season. Some of the more intriguing moves include Larry Brown taking over for Matt Doherty at SMU, Bruce Weber heading to Kansas State after nine years at Illinois, Danny Hurley replacing Jim Baron at Rhode Island, and Danny Manning getting the job at Tulsa. Some familiar names - Bobby Cremins (College of Charleston), Isiah Thomas (FIU), Mike Davis (UAB), and Seth Greenberg (Virginia Tech) - are moving on.

The Only Constant Is Change:

No one knows that better than the Big East. You may not recognize this conference when all the dust settles. Syracuse and Pittsburgh will leave the Big East by 2014 and join the ACC. The Big East, which adds Temple this year, also loses West Virginia to the Big 12. Houston, Memphis, SMU, and Central Florida will come aboard in 2013. Some other highlights: Texas A&M and Missouri will join the SEC, while Conference USA will lose four (Central Florida, Houston, Memphis, and SMU) and add six (Charlotte, FIU, Louisiana Tech, North Texas, Old Dominion, and Texas-San Antonio) in 2013. You get the point.

A Story Revisited: In a report released in 2010 and revisited this spring, The Institute for Diversity and Ethics in Sport revealed that 21 percent of coaches in Division I men's basketball were African American. That is down from a high of 25.2 percent in 2005-06. Meanwhile, nearly 61 percent of players were black. The Black Coaches and Administrators will address this issue in its 2012 BCA Men's Basketball Hiring Report Card due out this fall.

Sources

Yahoo! Sports: NCAA deregulates texts, calls

Rivals.com: Top-rated recruiting classes

Yahoo! Sports: Coaching changes

AP via New York Times: Decline in minority coaches

BCA: Hiring Report Card

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