Men’s College Basketball

Tom Jernestedt: Naismith Hall of Famer dies at age 75

Aaron Doster-USA TODAY Sports INDIANAPOLIS — Tom Jernstedt, a member of the Naismith Hall of Fame for his contributions to college basketball and the NCAA Tournament, has died. He was 75. The NCAA said Sunday Jernstedt died this weekend. Nicknamed “Father of the Final Four,” Jernstedt has widely been credited with transforming the NCAA Tournament …

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Villanova coach Jay Wright says he’s not a candidate for 76ers opening

Villanova head coach Jay Wright said he does not have any interest in the Philadelphia 76ers’ head coach opening.  Wright said he felt the need to address speculation about the role since his name has come up in rumors following the team’s recent dismissal of Brett Brown.  “As a lifetime 76ers fan, I have confidence …

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College football awaits ‘game-changer’ new coronavirus testing

Joel Erdmann is not that kind of Ph.D. The South Alabama athletic director holds a doctorate in sports management—not molecular science. But even he understands the importance of the latest advancements in COVID-19 testing. In fact, he’s anxiously awaiting the arrival of a toaster-sized testing machine that will produce results within 15 minutes and cost …

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NCAA oversight committee to propose November 25 start date

The NCAA’s Men’s and Women’s Basketball Oversight Committee will propose a start date of November 25 to the Division I Council for the 2020-21 season, according to CBS Sports’ Jon Rothstein.  Per Rothstein, the committee will also propose no college basketball scrimmages and exhibitions due to health and safety reasons tied to the COVID-19 pandemic.  …

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John Thompson death: Georgetown coach was NCAA pioneer

Nobody knew it at the time, but college basketball needed John Thompson more than John Thompson needed college basketball. He could have remained in the high-school coaching ranks in Washington, D.C., winning games and influencing lives, but the college game needed someone strong enough to sledgehammer the status quo into rubble. Thompson was that man, …

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College basketball 2020-21 season announcement date offered on mid-September by NCAA’s Dan Gavitt

NCAA Senior vice chairman of Basketball Dan Gavitt released the subsequent statement Monday: “As we steel oneself against the 2020-21 college season , we’ve exercised patience and discipline in monitoring the consequences of COVID-19 and making decisions regarding the season. we’ve learned an excellent deal over the course of the summer, and with health and safety being our priority, we’ve developed and studied contingency plans for alternatives to the scheduled Nov. 10 start …

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Will Wade: LSU coach still has job despite latest alleged infractions

Despite producing more than half a dozen very problematic headlines in approximately 22 months, Will Wade remains the basketball coach at LSU. He’s like a battered South Louisiana shack that somehow keeps surviving every storm roaring in off the Gulf of Mexico. Except Wade is his own storm creator. Even within the brass-knuckles recruiting world …

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Baylor takes over No. 1 spot in college basketball’s Way-Too-Early Top 25 for 2020-21

The NBA draft early-entry withdrawal deadline has (finally) come and gone, allowing us to truly get a complete feel for the 2020-21 college basketball landscape. The biggest winners of deadline day were Baylor and Illinois, which has created a massive shuffle at the top of the rankings. With Baylor getting Jared Butler and MaCio Teague …

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College basketball: Wave of NBA draft withdrawals help sport

For the first time since before the coronavirus shut down conference tournaments and March Madness earlier this year, college basketball had a great weekend. With the revised Aug. 3 NBA draft withdrawal deadline bearing down on the select group of players who had declared back in the spring but were still weighing their options, hoops …

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Wisconsin, Michigan State make moves in college basketball’s Way-Too-Early Top 25 for 2020-21

We still have to wait nearly two months to finalize offseason movement for the 2020-21 men’s college basketball season, but at least we now have a date: Aug. 3. The NCAA announced earlier this month that its deadline for players to withdraw from the NBA draft and maintain college eligibility will be either Aug. 3 …

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