In a message sent Wednesday to ESPN employees, network president John Skipper announced the company was beginning its next round of layoffs, a long-anticipated move that is expected to thin the ranks of ESPN's on-air and online talent. "A necessary component of managing change involves constantly evaluating how we best utilize all of our resources, and that sometimes involves difficult decisions," Skipper wrote. "Our content strategy — primarily illustrated in recent months by melding distinct, personality-driven SportsCenter TV editions and digital-only efforts with our biggest sub-brand — still needs to go further, faster ... and as always, must be efficient and nimble. Dynamic change demands
North Carolina won the national title behind 22 points from Joel Berry. Only one day after North Carolina announced his intent to enter the NBA draft without hiring an agent, junior point guard Joel Berry apparently experienced a change of heart. Berry revealed Tuesday that he is withdrawing from draft consideration and returning to the Tar Heels for his senior season.
Kansas Jayhawks coach Bill Self, who will be inducted into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame later this year, has decided he no longer wants to just recruit traditionally in order to win. Self is going "all-in" on the transfer market. He's far from alone in embracing this mindset -- Self's philosophical shift comes at a time when transfers are commonplace in college basketball. Recruiting the best high school players in the nation has led to tremendous regular-season success for the Jayhawks. Few coaches have ever been as dominant from November through February the way Self has since he got to Kansas in 2003. He's been a top-tier tactician with big-time wins on the recruiting trail