The Morning Mix


– Your #ReadoftheDay comes via Bruce Pascoe at the Arizona Daily Star, who explains how Wildcat senior Kevin Parrom was able to cope with the pain and tragedy he suffered before during and after the 2011-2012 season

– Kansas will begin “Boot Camp” this week and Bill Self can’t wait

– An excellent story detailing a recruiting trip Jim Calhoun once made to Israel

– Kevin Ollie has exactly one season to prove to UConn that he should be kept on as head coach. But based on Ollie’s NBA career, he’s familiar with this type of situation

A fantastic rundown of the nine possible candidates to replace Billy Gilispie at Texas Tech

– John Calipari was a guest speaker on a livestream for the Clinton Global Initiative

– Mike Waters from the Post-Standard takes a look at the top-5 most challenging non-conference games on Syracuse’s schedule. Only one of the five is a true road-game (@ Arkansas 11/30)

– If you’re looking for a good place to find fresh content pertaining to the College of Charleston Cougars, the King Kresse blog is where to go. In their most recent post, they discuss the possibilities of CoC leaving the SoCon for the CAA

– In case you missed it, Saint Mary’s is being investigated by the NCAA for possible recruiting violations

– In case you missed it, four of the top players on LIU-Brooklyn were suspended on Friday for their involvement in an on-campus fight. We are still waiting to see what the long-term punishment will be, but it could be the program’s worst case scenario

No NCAA violations were found in the travel and hiring records of North Carolina fundraising agent Tami Hansbrough, the mother of former-Tar Heel Tyler

– Rhode Island is certainly a team you will want to keep an eye on the next few seasons. Former-Wagner coach Danny Hurley is reeling in quality recruits and has nabbed a few solid transfers, including Northeastern’s Alwayn Bigby

– Rice-transfer Arsalan Kazemi has decided to attend Oregon. It is not clear if the all-conference forward will be eligible to play right away, but Oregon’s late start for classes does improve his chances

– Highly touted big-man Karl Towns shared some details about his exciting summer. The 6-10 St. Joseph-Metuchen (NJ) star spent the off-season as a member of the Dominican national team and had the chance to play against the U.S national team before  the start of the  2012 Olympics in London

– Twins Tyree and Tyrell Robinson verbally committed to Oregon to play both football and basketball

– Speaking of twins, Aaron Harrison the father of the highly heralded Harrison twin duo (Aaron Jr. and Andrew) denied reports that he and his sons are in disagreement on college preference

Some eligibility updates on the highly touted freshman class at North Carolina State

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.

Former Wichita State assistant returns as a consultant

Chris Jans, Gregg Marshall
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Prior to a one-year stint as the head coach coach at Bowling Green that came to an end in early April as a result of an incident at a Bowling Green restaurant, Chris Jans was a member of Gregg Marshall’s coaching staff at Wichita State from 2007-14. During those seven seasons Jans was a key figure as the Shockers made the progression to a respected national power.

Jans is back in Wichita, with Paul Suellentrop of the Wichita Eagle reporting Thursday that he’s serving as a consultant to the program. Jans’ consulting agreement runs for 45 days, which the school can renew, and he’ll be paid $10,000 for the work. While Jans isn’t allowed to do any coaching, he can watch practices and provide Marshall and the coaching staff with his observations.

“He will be able to consult with the coaching staff, only on what he observes in practice,” said Darron Boatright, WSU deputy athletics director. “By NCAA rule, a consultant is not allowed to have communication with student-athletes … not about basketball-related activities or performance.”

While Jans (who according to the story has served in a similar role for another school) can’t do any coaching in this role, his return does give Marshall another trusted voice to call upon when needed. Wichita State bid farewell to an assistant coach this spring with Steve Forbes being hired as the head coach at East Tennessee State, with his position being filled by former Sunrise Christian Academy coach Kyle Lindsted.


AUDIO: Rick Pitino discusses allegations, future at Louisville

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Thursday afternoon marked the first time since Friday that Louisville head coach Rick Pitino commented on the controversy that has taken his program by storm. Speaking with Terry Meiners of 840 WHAS in Louisville, Pitino discussed the escort scandal, what could have possibly led former staffer Andre McGee down the path he’s alleged to have taken in Katina Powell’s book and his future at Louisville.

The interview began with Meiners asking Pitino if it changed his thinking as to whether or not he needed to resign, which (as one would expect) Pitino shot down. Also discussed was the statement released by school president Dr. James Ramsey, which expressed support for athletic director Tom Jurich but did not mention Pitino at all.

“Well I can’t answer that, Terry,” Pitino said when asked why he wasn’t mentioned in the statement. “Twenty-six years ago Kentucky brought me in to make the program compliant to NCAA rules. (Then-Kentucky president) Dr. (David) Roselle and (then Kentucky athletic director) C.M. Newton thought I was the guy to come in and change around the images, change around the culture and add a lot of discipline to the program. And I did that.

“And then I came here to the University of Louisville, and if someone was five seconds late or not early consequences would be paid from a disciplinary standpoint,” Pitino continued. “This is obviously not a person being late, this is not about a person (not) working hard. This is about things that are very disgusting, things that turn my stomach, things that keep me up without sleeping.

“But unfortunately, I had no knowledge of any of this and don’t believe in it. It’s sickening to me, the whole thing. But I’m thinking of my 13 players, I’m thinking of our program, and I’m sorry that Dr. Ramsey did not think enough to mention me but that’s something I cannot control.”

Below is audio of the full interview, which ran just over 17 minutes in length.