What might’ve been, and what may be for Bruce Pearl

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Bruce Pearl won’t be on an NCAA sideline anytime soon. Perhaps not ever again.

The former Tennessee coach reportedly will received a three-year show cause penalty for multiple NCAA violations and later lying to the NCAA. His three assistants, Tony Jones, Jason Shay and Steve Forbes, all reportedly will received one-year penalties.

Why the harsh sentence? Mike Vorkunov from the New Jersey Star-Ledger explains:

Pearl’s underlying crime, both of them minor violations, are not enough in and of themselves to earn a show cause penalty. It is the lying to the NCAA that has come to submarine Pearl. The organization has come to show that, perhaps above all else, it will not tolerate any kind of foul play in interaction with them. That’s why Pearl is getting hit so hard, because he lied straight to their faces.

Pearl’s mistakes have been well-chronicled (read this if you’ve forgotten), but the gist is this: The NCAA wants him out of the game. And despite his immense popularity and incredible success at Tennessee, the odds of him landing another high-profile job are slim.

It did the same to Kelvin Sampson, to Todd Bozeman and to Jim O’Brien. None of their careers have recovered.

Bozeman’s thriving at Morgan State, but a low-major school is a far cry from what he had at Cal. And the despite the Bears’ success, schools haven’t jumped at the chance to hire Bozeman. There’s a reason for that caution. O’Brien was just hired by Emerson college, seven years after Ohio State fired him.

Sampson headed to the NBA, which is where Pearl may very well end up. (He has a standing offer by a D-League team.) Pearl’s charm and coaching skill could earn him an NBA job, but it’s hard to envision Pearl out of the college scene. That’s his forte.

If he passes on the NBA and no high-major schools want him, he can always go back to his coaching roots. That Sweet 16 path worked once at Milwaukee. It could work again. (And Mike DeCourcy explains why it could happen sooner rather than later.)

Oh Bruce. Just think how different things might’ve been if you’d only told the truth.

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NCAA denies extra-year request by NC State guard Henderson

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RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — The NCAA has denied North Carolina State guard Terry Henderson’s request for another year of eligibility.

Henderson announced the decision Friday in a statement issued by the school.

The Raleigh native played two seasons at West Virginia before transferring to N.C. State and redshirting in 2014-15. He played for only 7 minutes of the following season before suffering a season-ending ankle injury.

As a redshirt senior in 2016-17, he was the team’s second-leading scorer at 13.8 points per game and made a team-best 78 3-pointers.

Henderson called it “an honor and privilege” to play in his hometown.

SMU gets transfer in Georgetown’s Akoy Agau

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SMU pulled in a frontcourt player in Georgetown transfer Akoy Agau, a source confirmed to NBCSports.com. Agau is immediately eligible for next season as a graduate transfer.

The 6-foot-8 Agau started his career at Louisville before transferring to Georgetown after one season. Spending two seasons with the Hoyas, Agau was limited to 11 minutes in his first season due to injuries. He averaged 4.5 points and 4.3 rebounds per game last season.

Coming out of high school, Agau was a four-star prospect but he’s never lived up to that billing in-part because of injuries. Now, Agau gets one more chance to make a difference as he’s hoping to help replace some departed pieces like Ben Moore and Semi Ojeleye.

South Carolina loses big man Sedee Keita to transfer

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South Carolina big man Sedee Keita will transfer from the program, he announced on Friday.

The 6-foot-9 Keita was once regarded as a top-100 national prospect in the Class of 2016, but he never found consistent minutes with the Gamecocks for last season’s Final Four team.

Keita appeared in 29 games and averaged 1.1 points and 2.0 rebounds per game while shooting 27 percent from the field.

A native of Philadelphia, Keita will have to sit out next season before getting three more seasons of eligibility.

Although Keita failed to make an impact during his only season at South Carolina, he’ll be a coveted transfer thanks to his size and upside.

Mississippi State losing two to transfer

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Mississippi State will lose two players to transfer as freshmen Mario Kegler and Eli Wright are leaving the program.

Both Kegler and Wright were four-star prospects coming out of high school as they were apart of a six-man recruiting class that is supposed to be a major foundation for Ben Howland’s future with the Bulldogs.

The 6-foot-7 Kegler was Mississippi State’s third-leading scorer last season as he averaged 9.7 points and 5.5 rebounds per game. Kegler should command some quality schools on the transfer market, especially since he’ll still have three more years of eligibility after sitting out next season due to NCAA transfer regulations. Kegler’s loss is also notable for Mississippi State because it is the second consecutive offseason that Howland lost a top-100, in-state product to transfer after only one season after Malik Newman left for Kansas.

Wright, a 6-foot-4 guard, was never able to find consistent minutes as he was already behind underclass perimeter options like Quinndary Weatherspoon, Lamar Peters and Tyson Carter last season. With Nick Weatherspoon, Quinndary’s four-star brother, also joining the Bulldogs next season, the writing was likely on the wall that Wright wasn’t going to earn significant playing time.

 

N.C. State lands second transfer of day with Utah’s Devon Daniels

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A big recruiting day for N.C. State continued on Saturday afternoon as Utah transfer and guard Devon Daniels pledged to the Wolfpack.

Earlier in the day, N.C. State and new head coach Kevin Keatts landed another quality transfer in UNC Wilmington guard C.J. Bryce.

The 6-foot-5 Daniels just finished his freshman season with the Utes in which he put up 9.9 points 4.6 rebounds and 2.7 assists per game while shooting 57 percent from the field and 40 percent from three-point range. Just like Bryce, Daniels will have to sit out the 2017-18 season due to NCAA transfer regulations before he has three more seasons of eligibility.

N.C. State now has two potential starters on the perimeter for the 2018-19 season with the addition of Bryce and Daniels as it will be interesting to see what kind of talent the Wolfpack can get around them.