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Twitter error results in secondary violation for Memphis

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Twitter can be an easy avenue in which to make a mistake, especially for those who aren’t as well-versed in the social network.

And in the case of college coaches, some of whom don’t use Twitter as much as others, that can lead to problems in the form of inadvertent NCAA rules violations.

That’s what happened to Memphis head coach Josh Pastner, who made the mistake of tweeting the name of unsigned 2012 prospect Tony Parker late Tuesday night.

Pastner was attempting to perform a search of the Lithonia, Georgia native’s name on Twitter in hopes of figuring out the status of his recruitment but instead committed a secondary violation.

If anything Pastner, who is heading into his fourth season at Memphis, had too much on his plate given the departure of assistant Jack Murphy (now the head coach at Northern Arizona) and assistant director of operations Matt Dunn (now a part of Murphy’s staff).

Dunn handled Memphis’ recruiting database while Murphy was the one who took care of the program’s official Twitter account most of the time.

“We’re a couple men down and I’m very methodical in my hiring. Plus, you’re in a recruiting period and we’re making sure that we’re finishing up strong academically. So I was probably doing too many things at once,” Pastner said Wednesday.

“My wife was yelling at me because I was on the phone too loud. I was waking (the couple’s infant daughter) up and waking my wife up because I had the TV on. She was complaining that I not only woke my daughter up, but I also woke the baby inside her up because she’s pregnant.

“So I was waking everybody up, I was getting yelled at and on top of that I was thinking, ‘What’s going on with recruiting?’ and ‘Who am I going to hire?’ and I made a mistake.”

With the next two weekends being open evaluation periods Pastner along with assistants Damon Stoudamire and Jimmy Williams will be on the road, and along with that responsibility comes to need to make two new hires.

Pastner has a lot on his plate right now, which would probably make it more likely that the Twitter account goes silent for the time being.

Raphielle is also the assistant editor at and can be followed on Twitter at @raphiellej.

VIDEO: Arizona State’s Torian Graham dunks over teammate

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Arizona State fans won’t get a chance to see Torian Graham take the floor this season, but he did sky over fellow teammates (and transfer) Shannon Evans on Friday night at the team’s Maroon and Gold Madness. The 6-foot-4 Graham is a former Buffalo commit — Evans also came from Buffalo — and both players will have to sit out the 2015-16 season due to NCAA transfer regulations.

Graham hasn’t had a chance to get into a Division I game, but he’ll be able to play for the Sun Devils next season. For now, fans can look forward to Graham’s athleticism on the wing in pregame dunk routines.

A former top-100 prospect, Graham also pulled off this ridiculous move in the dunk contest.


VIDEOS: Bill Self makes two skits, Bragg plays piano

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Kansas head coach Bill Self is known for being unique for the annual Late Night at the Phog and this season, he went with some parody videos centered around the recent DirecTV ads. In the two skits, Self plays himself — which acknowledges his many accolades — while playing alongside “short shorts Bill Self” and “graduate assistant Bill Self”.

Hard to say if these videos top Self showing up in a suit like Andrew Wiggins last year, but there do have good promotional value for the program and Self.

Kansas players also had their chance to shine, with both men’s and women’s teams doing dances. Perry Ellis and Jamari Traylor also attempted to lip sync to Michael Jackson. Freshman forward Carlton Bragg showed some solid ability on the piano, which got the crowd going. Bragg was also one of the strong points in a scrimmage.

Of course, the highlight of the night is Bill Self losing $10,000 on a halfcourt shot, but here’s everything else notable from Late Night at the Phog.