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– For those of you who haven’t been keeping track on your calendars, Memphis’s Derrick Rose-related three-year probation sentence ended on Sunday

Pete Thamel published an interesting story about Dan Dakich’s brief yet interesting tenure as head coach of West Virginia. In 2002, the current-ESPN analyst stepped down as head coach of WVU after just eight days as head coach

– Andy Glockner provides some insight on the best early season match-ups to look out for

– Bill Self does not think he will be considered as a candidate for the Team USA head coaching position for the 2016 Olympics

– An awesome list from College Hoopedia on all the schools that have reneged on conference affiliation promises

– In an ironic twist, highly touted Seton Hall freshman Aquille “Crimestopper” Carr was arrested over the weekend in Baltimore for allegedly assaulting the mother of his daughter. It looks like Mr. Carr will be in the market for a new nickname. Any ideas? Leave them in the comments section below.

– This isn’t going to make Kentucky fans happy: Nerlens Noel is the most overrated prospect in the country

– Speaking of Nerlens, he officially arrived in Lexington over the weekend and can now spend the next eight months getting treated like a king

– Did you know there was a thirds Gasol brother? I certainly didn’t. Well it turns out that Adria, the younger brother of Pau and Marc, will attend UCLA as a walk-on player

– Indiana’s Assembly Hall is already sold out of student tickets for the upcoming season. But before the 2012-2013 campaign begins, Assembly hall is going to get some much-needed renovation

– It’s pretty clear that it would be “worst case scenario” if Rodney Purvis were to be declared ineligible to play for North Carolina State

– After a full week of speculation, it looks like Washington assistant coach Raphael Chillious will leave in order to take the assistant position at Villanova. The position became available after Doug Martin resigned after it was revealed that he doctored his resume

– Central Florida senior Keith Clanton has decided to stay in Orlando despite the program’s upcoming postseason ban. According to Jeff Goodman,  Marcus Jordan will not return to the basketball program, along with two other member of the Golden Knights. But the program should remain somewhat competitive with the return of Clanton

– A solid-read on talented Oklahoma junior Cameron Clark, who is hoping to rebound from his “sophomore slump”

– Instead of picking between North Carolina and Kentucky, top-50 recruit Troy Williams will attend Oak Hill Academy for a postgraduate year before heading to college

– Jabari Parker, the nation’s top recruit in the class of 2013, is still recovering from foot surgery and hasn’t made any clear-cut order of potential suitors

– South Carolina recruit Michael Carrera has been ruled eligible to participate and is allowed to enroll at the university

– Incoming Wichita State freshman Deontae Hawkins will spend the year at prep school instead of enrolling at the University due to eligibility concerns

– Kansas freshman Milton Doyle is leaving the school after just a few months on campus. After attending summer school in Lawrence and playing with the team on their recent exhibition trip to Europe, Doyle has decided to leave despite not having any issues with the coaches or school or anything. Well, that’s kind of weird

– Georgia coach Mark Fox landed a solid commitment from talented shooting guard Juwan Parker over the weekend

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Troy Machir is the managing editor of the college basketball website Ballin’ is a Habit. You can find him on twitter @TroyMachir.

Colorado’s Tory Miller reprimanded by Pac-12 after biting opponent

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Colorado sophomore forward Tory Miller has been reprimanded by the Pac-12 and he also apologized for biting Air Force’s Hayden Graham earlier this week.

During Colorado’s win over Air Force on Wednesday, Miller was assessed a Flagrant 2 Dead Ball Technical Foul and ejected with 12:25 left in the second half after biting Graham during a loose ball.

In a release from the Pac-12, they announced reprimanding Miller, but he will not be suspended.

“All of our student-athletes must adhere to the Pac-12’s Standards of Conduct and Sportsman-ship,” Pac-12 Commissioner Larry Scott said in the release. “Regardless of Mr. Miller’s frustration and emotion, such behavior is unacceptable and he is being appropriately reprimanded.”

Miller also released his apology in the same release.

“I would like to apologize for my actions during the Air Force game. I would like to apologize to Hayden Graham, Air Force, my teammates and fans. It was a heat of the moment thing. I’m an emotional player, but I let my emotions get the best of me. I will use this as a learning experience and focus on helping my teammates and respecting my opponents for the rest of the season and beyond,” Miller said.

For Miller to not be suspended for this is good news for him and Colorado since he won’t miss any additional action, but did the Pac-12 make the right decision on this?


Michigan State’s Tum Tum Nairn battling foot injury

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Michigan State has climbed on the back of star senior wing Denzel Valentine early in the season but they’ll undoubtedly need more help as the season goes on if they want to sustain their current top-5 ranking. One of the keys to the Spartans could be the on-going health of sophomore point guard Lourawls ‘Tum Tum’ Nairn, who is battling a foot injury.

According to a report from Kyle Austin of, Nairn has been putting on a protective boot the last few months to help battle plantar fasciitis as the guard has been playing in practices and hasn’t had his minutes reduced in games.

The injury looked like it was hurting Nairn’s early-season play, but he’s been very good in two games at the Wooden Legacy in California this week, so it could be that he’s getting more used to playing through the pain of the injury.

If Nairn is healthy and capable of contributing, he’s a huge boost to Michigan State because he’s one of the fastest players in college basketball and an additional ball handler on the floor. Through six games so far this season, Nairn is averaging 5.3 points and 4.7 assists per game as he’s been one of the team’s best distributors.

Plantar fasciitis can be a tough injury to fight through, so we’ll have to see if this affects Nairn as the season goes along.