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Today’s message is very simple.

Never Forget.

– Billy Gillispie once again leads the headlines this morning. The embattled Texas Tech head coach is using accrued sick days in order to take a leave of absence, all while his top returning scorer explained that he will not return if the head coach does. This all comes just a couple of hours after a group of BCG supporters started to surface. I did not know there were people who actually supported BCG, but apparently, former-Kentucky star Josh “Jorts” Harrellson was one of them, kinda

– According to Sport Illustrated’s Luke Winn, several Harvard student-athletes, including star forward Kyle Casey, are involved in a school-wide cheating scandal. Casey will leave the school, but may be eligible to get reinstated

– Now this is something we don’t see every day: Both Tobacco Road powerhouses are engulfed in ugly scandals 

– Speaking of Duke, If the NCAA want’s to investigate Lance Thomas and the university, they better get a move-on

– The first sentence in Andy Katz’s article about the young but confident Georgetown Hoyas squad says it all

– UConn’s Shabazz Napier, the team;s leading returning scorer, had surgery to fix a stress fracture in his foot but should be ready to go come season tip-off

–  SB Nation launched a full-fledged re-branding last week, and the results are pretty impressive. If you are big into brand management, take a moment to read this great piece on how the re-branding went down

– Arkansas-transfer Devonta Abron will be eligible to play for TCU right away after appearing in 32 games for the Razorbacks last year

– Recently-graudated Indiana guard Verdell Jones pled guilty to DUI, stemming from an arrest last week

Danny Spewak of Rush The Court provides a great-take on the sexual abuse allegations against Iowa State guard Bubu Palo

– Rider continues to wait for the NCAA to issue a ruling on the eligibility of St. John’s-transfer Nurideen Lindsey

Remember, if you find an article that is worthy of being in The Morning Mix, be sure to use the #ReadoftheDay hashtag on Twitter. 

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

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.