Could schools’ social media monitoring land them in hot water?

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Want an impossible task? Monitor and control a school’s student athletes from ever posting something problematic on social media.

But schools are giving it a shot.

This Louisville Courier-Journal story provides an interesting look at how Louisville and Kentucky are using a social media monitoring system that alerts coaches whenever athletes use a word that could be embarrassing. According to the story, Louisville flags 406 words that relate to drugs, sex or alcohol. Kentucky targets 370 words.

Both schools pay about $6,000 a year to software companies for the monitoring system, which is installed on the athletes’ social media accounts. Coaches also have access to all of the athletes’ photos and videos.

(LSU, Florida, Texas A&M, Texas, Missouri, Ole Miss, South Carolina, Auburn, Baylor and New Mexico are among the other schools that use similar monitoring methods.)

A sampling of athletes didn’t seem to mind the system. But a Washington, D.C. attorney is mighty peeved, calling it “unbelievably outrageous” and “clearly unconstitutional.” He says the condition of their scholarship shouldn’t grant officials access to their social networking accounts or be subject to punishment for “engaging in lawful speech that the university simply doesn’t like.”

Sounds like we could have an interesting lawsuit on our hands soon. And the debate of what the schools should do? That’s endless.

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VIDEO: Zion Williamson vs. LaMelo Ball highlights

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It was the most anticipated matchup of the summer.

Zion Williamson vs. LaMelo Ball.

People were turned away at the door – and LeBron James reportedly came and went – as the gym reached capacity for SC Supreme’s 104-92 victory over the Big Ballers. That’s Williamson over Ball (LaMelo and LaVar).

The game was mostly spectacle, and you can see it’s top moments right here.

 

VIDEO: Zion Williamson’s coach is holding a sleeping baby

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LaMelo Ball vs. Zion Williamson was insane, but it wasn’t quite crazy enough to wake up the sleeping toddler that Williamson’s coach is holding in his arms:

This is peak AAU basketball.

It will never be more AAU than that.

PHOTOS: Zion Williamson, LaMelo Ball showdown was, of course, insane

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In a showcase game in the adidas Uprising event in Las Vegas on Wednesday night, LaMelo Ball — the youngest member of the Big Baller Brand — faced off with Zion Williamson, who is a force on youtube and a highlight machine.

The crowd was insane for the game:

According to a report from ESPN, there were even concerns about whether or not the game would actually be allowed to be played; the police and fire marshall considered shutting the event down.

Williamson, of course, put on a show in warmups:

At the time of this posting, there were more than 60,000 people watching a livestream of the game on BallIsLife’s facebook page:

(UPDATE: It’s now over 70,000)

Puerto Rico Tip Off bracket revealed

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The bracket of the 2017 Puerto Rico Tip off was revealed Wednesday, setting up a showdown between a 2016 Final Four participant and the 2016 Big 12 tournament champion.

South Carolina and Iowa State headline the event, which will be played Nov. 16-19, in Fajardo, Puerto Rico.

The Gamecocks are on the top half of the bracket, opening against Illinois State while the Cyclones are on the bottom half, squaring off against Appalachian State.

Boise State vs. UTEP is the other top-half quarterfinal while Tulsa vs. Western Michigan is the other.

The championship game of the Puerto Rico Tip Off on Sunday, Nov. 19.

VIDEO: Michigan State’s Miles Bridges is dunking again

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Just what you wanted to see, a video of former Michigan State star Denzel Valentine throwing an alley-oop off the glass to current Michigan State star Miles Bridges in a Pro-Am in Michigan: