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Report: Maryland’s James Padgett gets DWI charge dropped, will get no suspension

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Maryland senior forward, James Padgett, pleaded guilty to a reckless driving charge, he was arrested for back in June, on Friday in Prince George’s County District Court.

The charges originally included driving while impaired, but the alcohol charges had been dropped. The 6-foot-8 power forward will receive no suspension from the university and will be able to play in the Terrapins season opener against Kentucky at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn.

Washington Post’s Terrapins Insider, Alex Prewitt explained why no suspension will occur:

Maryland’s student-athlete code of conduct states that athletes charged with DUI or DWI must be suspended from 10 percent of their team’s games, effective immediately. However, because the alcohol-related charge was dropped, Padgett’s attorneys said, no suspension will be levied.

The Maryland athletics department confirmed that Padgett will not be suspended. Since his DWI was dropped, the school’s student-athlete code of conduct no longer applies.

The charges were amended after Padgett’s attorneys successfully argued that the University of Maryland police improperly administered a second breathalyzer test when he was arrested on June 16 after he was observed driving without his headlights on. The police, according to his attorneys, waited less than eight minutes to issue the follow-up test, when they should have waited 20 minutes. By not waiting long enough, attorney David Putzi said, Padgett’s mouth did not have proper time to dissipate all alcohol.

According to Prewitt’s report, received one year of unsupervised probation, 48 hours of community service, a fine of $250, and must attend a Mothers Against Drunk Driving meeting.

This was Padgett’s first offense, according to his attorneys.

Padgett is a co-captain for this season’s team, following a junior campaign that saw him average 8.8 points and 5.8 rebounds per game.

With the charges being lessened, Padgett will play against the defending national champions in his native Brooklyn.

Terrence is also the lead writer at NEHoopNews.com and can be followed on Twitter: @terrence_payne

Tom Izzo’s point is valid, but he’s wrong about the new fouling rules

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On Sunday night, after No. 3 Michigan State knocked off No. 23 Providence in the final of the Wooden Legacy, Spartans head coach Tom Izzo made sure to make his feelings known about the new college basketball officiating mandates.

He doesn’t like them.

At all.

“I just think we’re taking the flow of the game away,” Izzo said. “Maybe it’ll change. We’ll play by the same rules everybody else does. But I think I can voice my opinion to say that I don’t agree with it.”

Part of what frustrated Izzo was that, in a matchup between the two best players in college basketball, both Denzel Valentine and Kris Dunn were sent to the bench with foul trouble.

“I didn’t like it either way,” Izzo said. “I didn’t like having Denzel on the bench, and I didn’t even like watching Dunn on the bench.”

“Don’t tweet this now and leave out the officials,” he added, according to CBSSports.com. “It’s not their fault. Because that’s the way they’re mandated to call them. So I am really either blaming the rules committee, which ends up on the coaches somewhat. So I’m looking in the mirror and blaming myself because I should have argued it more maybe. I just don’t think it’s fun to have these guys sitting.”

This is nothing new for Izzo. This was calculated. He basically said the same thing after Michigan State, then No. 1 in the country, beat Oklahoma in the Coaches vs. Cancer Classic two seasons ago, when the rules committee tried to implement these same rules. It was his pushback that started the campaign to get rid of the freedom of movement rules.

But here’s the thing: we all knew this was going to happen. We knew there was going to be an adjustment period, for coaches and players and referees alike. In the long run, freedom of movement is good for basketball. It’s part of the reason the NBA is so much fun to watch these days, as their emphasis on the freedom of movement got us out of the days where the Detroit Pistons were winning titles without scoring 80 points.

Physicality is ingrained in college basketball. Coaches teach defense a certain way. Players play defense a certain way. The guys in the NBA are stronger, but the style of play is much more physical in the college game than the pro game. That doesn’t change overnight.

It changes when those rules are enforced and those fouls are called, and, as a result, the players and coaches learn to adjust to them.

Kennesaw State blows eight-point lead in 16 seconds, loses to Elon

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Kennesaw State entered Monday night at 1-6 on the season, but with 19 seconds left, it looked like the Owls have their second of the season locked up. Kendrick Ray made a pair of free throws with 19 seconds left to put KSU up 89-81, and all they had to do was avoid a complete meltdown to get out with a win.

They couldn’t.

A Luke Eddy layup with 16 seconds left cut the lead to six, and after KSU’s Nigel Pruitt missed two free throws, Dainan Swoope his a three with seven seconds left to make the score 89-86.

On the ensuing inbounds, Kennesaw State threw the ball away … and then proceeded to foul Eddy when he was shooting a three. This is what that disaster looked like:

Eddy would hit all three threes before, shockingly, KSU turned the ball over again. Elon could not capitalize this time, sending the game to overtime, where the Phoenix outscored the Owls 14-4.

Elon won 104-94.

Here’s what the comeback looked like on the play-by-play:

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