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NCAA President Mark Emmert comments on transfers, Bo Ryan situation

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As Rob Dauster showed Friday morning, the pressure of negative public opinion can make a seemingly hard-lined position crack and ultimately crumble.

Bo Ryan has relaxed the transfer restrictions he placed on freshman Jarrod Uthoff, due mostly to a public relations disaster on ESPN’s “Mike and Mike” radio show that painted Ryan as unsympathetic and defensive.

Now, without naming names, NCAA President Mark Emmert has made a comment.

In a tweet from the NCAA’s account Friday morning was a paraphrased comment from Emmert, reading, “transfer rules need to be looked at to be sure they are fair to student-athletes. And they are too complicated.”

Whether one wants to point fingers at the so-called “Me Culture” of college basketball, the perceived increase in influence from AAU coaches, or the highly restrictive NCAA recruiting calendar, the transfer system has a problem, regardless of who is to blame for it.

There have been 341 transfers in college basketball this offseason. There are 345 Division I programs. So, as Tim McCormick points out, that is nearly one per program.

It is a difficult balance to find when discussing the topic.

On one hand, for all the restrictions placed on college athletes, it seems one of the few rights that remains guaranteed is the right to play where one feels most comfortable, integrated with the staff, etc.

On the other hand, we have reached near-epidemic levels with just the sheer volume of transfers. Prominent players are transferring and applying for hardship waivers, which in itself is a difficult term to quantify, mucking up the process even more.

Whatever combination of factors it is that has gotten the NCAA in this situation, Emmert is correct to comment (however vaguely) on the subject. Let’s see if public pressure spurs more action.

Daniel Martin is a writer and editor at JohnnyJungle.com, covering St. John’s. You can find him on Twitter:@DanielJMartin_

No. 13 Iowa State suspends Jameel McKay indefinitely

Iowa State forward Georges Niang, forward Jameel McKay, forward Abdel Nader and guard Deonte Burton celebrate after center Stuart Nezlek scored late in the second half of an NCAA college basketball game against Coppin State, Wednesday, Dec. 30, 2015, in Ames, Iowa. Iowa State won 104-84 (AP Photo/Justin Hayworth)
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Already lacking depth, No. 13 Iowa State will be short a key contributor Saturday when they take on Oklahoma State in Stillwater.

Friday night it was announced that senior forward Jameel McKay has been suspended indefinitely by head coach Steve Prohm and did not make the trip with the team. McKay, who’s been dealing with knee issues recently, is averaging 12.4 points and a team-high 9.0 rebounds per game on the season.

Over the last six games he’s averaging 7.7 points and 8.7 rebounds per contest, shooting 60.6 percent from the field.

McKay has been asked to man the middle for a team lacking in both size and depth, with Georges Niang shifting over to the five when McKay needs a break for either rest or foul trouble reasons. Without McKay even more responsibility falls upon the shoulders of Niang, Abdel Nader and Deonte Burton in the front court.

The Cyclones are looking to end a two-game losing streak, and even with Oklahoma State’s struggles accomplishing that gets tougher with McKay out of the lineup.

News of McKay’s suspension was first reported by the Ames Tribune.

UNLV dismisses guard Daquan Cook from team

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LAS VEGAS (AP) UNLV junior guard Daquan Cook has been dismissed from the team.

Interim coach Todd Simon made the announcement on Friday, though no reason was given.

Cook was suspended for 13 games by previous coach Dave Rice in November after being arrested and charged with DUI.

Cook appeared in two games this season after being reinstated, scoring three points in four minutes. He missed the 2014-15 season after tearing his right ACL and played 28 games as a sophomore.