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UPDATED: Kentucky special assistant Rod Strickland arrested for driving with DUI-suspended license


UPDATE: 2:50 p.m. EDT, 2 August 2012

According to court records attained by WLEX in Lexington, Rod Strickland’s license had been reinstated in April of 2011. This detail comes after he was arrested early Thursday morning in Lexington on charges of, among other things, driving with a DUI-suspended license.

“Rod Strickland was pulled over this morning in Lexington on a routine traffic stop on the way to the office,” the University of Kentucky said in a statement. “According to police reports, he was pulled over for failure to signal and for driving with a suspended license. According to Strickland, his vehicle was properly registered and he produced his driver’s license at the scene. We are currently gathering information on whether his license was suspended due to a clerical error which led to his arrest.”

Strickland was set free on bond Thursday morning and is expected to appear in court on Friday.

Original Story, posted 11:51 a.m. EDT, 2 August 2012

Kentucky special assistant Rod Strickland was arrested early Thursday morning in Lexington, Ky., and charged for driving with a suspended license, NBC affiliate WLEX in Lexington is reporting.

The 46-year-old Strickland was also charged with having unregistered plates and failing to signal.

This is the latest in a string of legal problems for the former NBA player, who was arrested on DUI charges in April 2010. His license was currently suspended as a result of that 2010 incident. Following that arrest, he was moved from his assistant position at Kentucky to the administrative position he currently holds.

That arrest in April 2010 marked the fourth time he had been charged with DUI, his last before that coming in 2001. He was also arrested in 2007 on charges of reckless driving and driving with a suspended license.

He served as an assistant for just one season under coach John Calipari at Kentucky after being the Director of Basketball Operations at Memphis.

Before coming to the collegiate ranks, Strickland played 17 seasons in the NBA, averaging 13.2 points and 7.3 assists per game for nine teams. During his collegiate career, he starred at DePaul University.

According to WLEX, Strickland is being held in the Fayette County Detention Center and it is not yet clear when he will appear in court.

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

SMU won’t appeal tournament ban, Brown suspension

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Last month the NCAA announced that due to rules violations found in their investigation of the SMU men’s basketball program, the team would be banned from postseason play in 2015-16 and head coach Larry Brown would be suspended for the first nine games of the 2015-16 season. With a team led by seniors Nic Moore and Markus Kennedy and just one player (Keith Frazier) being the subject of the investigation, it was assumed that SMU would at the very least appeal the postseason ban.

Friday, the school announced that while it will appeal some of the penalties handed down by the NCAA to the men’s basketball and men’s golf programs they will not appeal the postseason ban or Brown’s suspension.

“After careful consideration, however, we will not appeal the NCAA post-season ban on men’s basketball or partial season suspension of Head Men’s Basketball Coach Larry Brown,” SMU president R. Gerald Turner stated in the release. “Although we regret the severe impact on our student-athletes, the simple fact is that the NCAA penalty structure mandates at minimum a one-year post-season ban for the level of misconduct that occurred, in our case, when a former staff member completed an online high school course for a prospective student-athlete, committing academic misconduct.

“In addition, should we appeal this matter, the lengthy process and uncertainty during this period could harm many aspects of the program. Coach Brown and his staff also agree that it is in the best interests of the program to accept these sanctions and move forward.”

Among the penalties the school will appeal (with regards to the basketball program) are the “duration of scholarship losses” and how long the recruiting restrictions placed on the program will last, and the vacating of games Frazier played in during the 2013-14 season.

This a tough turn of events for players who had nothing to do with the violations, as they see their opportunity to return to the NCAA tournament taken away. As a result of the school’s decision, SMU’s season will end March 9 following their regular season finale against Cincinnati.

Kevin Marfo commits to George Washington

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Kevin Marfo committed to George Washington on Friday evening, announcing his decision on Twitter.

“I am grateful and appreciative to all the schools that recruited me. But I will be spending the next four years at George Washington University,” he tweeted.

This caps a successful week for Mike Lonergan on the recruiting trail. On Tuesday, GW landed a commitment from Darnell Rogers, a 5-foot-3 point guard. He is the son of former GW guard Shawnta Rogers, the 1999 Atlantic 10 Player of the Year. GW ends the week by adding a tenacious rebounder to a front court that graduates top rebounder Kevin Larsen after this season. Rogers and Marfo join power forward Collin Smith in the Class of 2016. Seton Hall transfer Jaren Sina will also be eligible in 2016-17.

He cut his list to 10 in August with Pittsburgh, Georgia Tech, Minnesota, Boston College, UMass, Saint Joseph’s, DePaul, Rhode Island and Providence all making the cut along wit the Colonials. He later trimmed the list to five finalists: BC, Providence, DePaul, GW and Rhode Island.

The Worcester Academy (Mass.) forward played for BABC this summer in the Nike EYBL, averaging 11.3 points and 8.8 rebounds per game.  The 6-foot-8 Marfo is listed as the No. 148 overall player in the Class of 2016 by Rivals.