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Utah’s David Foster to have surgery, college career over

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In more news from the Twitter world, Jay Drew of the Salt Lake Tribune tweeted out that Utah center David Foster will have surgery on his foot and as a result, his season and his college career are over.

The tweet went out as so.

More bad news for Utah basketball center David Foster. He re-injured his foot, will need more surgery. College career is over.

The 7-3 senior will try for a professional career after this season, Drew mentioned in a later tweet.

Foster missed last season with the same injury and was granted a fifth year as a result. I would guess that if he wanted it bad enough, Foster could get a sixth year, being as how willing the NCAA is to give them out — Minnesota’s Trevor Mbakwe is the highest profile sixth-year player in recent memory.

Problem is, with most sixth-year seniors, that’s a risk that a lot of them have to really be willing to take, whether it’s for personal or collegiate pride. Sixth years can be a blessing and a curse. Players risk further injury, a dip in production that could lead to a dip in any pro aspirations or, what I see as the most hurtful result, a loss of confidence that can affect all aspects of a player’s and a team’s approach.

As a junior in 2010-11, Foster, a Lake Forest, Calif. native, averaged 2.9 points and 5.4 rebounds for the Utes.

From a team standpoint, losing Foster is a kick in the teeth to a team that has almost no experience in the post for the 2012-13 season.

Utah returns their leading scorer in 6-10 senior Jason Washburn, who averaged 11.4 points per game last season. The experience ends there.

The Utes brought in a slew of transfers. First, another 7-footer in Southern Utah transfer Dallin Bachynski, a sophomore, and 6-9 junior Renan Lenz out of Arizona Western College. They also added 6-10 sophomore Harry Whitt, a transfer from Southern Illinois, and 6-7 redshirt sophomore Xan Ricketts from Simon Frazier (Utah) University (?). Two first-year players hit the roster in 6-10 redshirt freshman Jeremy Olsen and 6-6 true freshman Jordan Loveridge.

The Utes are going to have a tough time against teams with any depth in the post. Bodies can help, but bodies that are getting used to a new style of play and a new conference (or Division I in general) will have limited effectiveness. I can’t see last season’s 6-25 record getting too much better unless coach Larry Krystkowiak finds some additional eligibility for Keith Van Horn and Andre Miller.

This may be the biggest rebuilding job in Division I this season.

David Harten is the editor of The Backboard Chronicles. You can follow him on Twitter at @David_Harten.

Former Wichita State assistant returns as a consultant

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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.

h/t ShockerHoops.net

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.