Zay Jackson

Judge in Zay Jackson case recuses himself

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The Zay Jackson saga took a curious turn on Monday, as the judge presiding over the case decided to recuse himself on the day that Jackson’s sentence was supposed to be finalized.

“I got to thinking about it.  There are times when the court has no choice but to recuse in a matter,” Chief Circuit Judge Dennis Foust said. The issue at hand? Foust has some ties to Murray State, and given that the victims of the vicious assault (seriously, watch it here) were not happy with the plea bargain, it only made sense for him to step aside.

Jackson will head back to court on November 13th. The new judge has the ability to change the plea deal, which currently calls for a 30 day sentence to be served on the weekends, as well as a suspension of his driver’s license, anger management classes, restitution and community service.

More importantly, since Murray State won’t allow him to play until this is resolved, it appears as if it will keep him off of the basketball court this season.

Frankly, I think this is a fair punishment.

Jackson will be required to go to class and keep his grades up if he ever wants to play at the Division I level again, but instead of being able to party on the weekends, he’ll be sitting in a jail cell. When you toss in the fact that he won’t be playing basketball, that sounds pretty fair for a first-time offender. What he did was despicable, but if he’s never been in trouble before, it shouldn’t ruin his life.

This gives him a second chance and an opportunity to better himself as a person. I hope he takes advantage of it.

Rob Dauster is the editor of the college basketball website Ballin’ is a Habit. You can find him on twitter @robdauster.

Nevada coach to honor his father, Flip Saunders with unique warmup routine

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Nevada will be honoring Flip Saunders and Bill Musselman with a pregame warm-up routine they’ve been practicing for the past couple of weeks.

Bill is the father of Eric Musselman, Nevada’s head coach. He was coaching the Minnesota Golden Gophers that included Flip as a player when they used this warmup routine in the 1970s.

“We start almost every practice with this pregame routine,” Eric Musselman said. “It takes some time to get it down and we will perform it live for the first time before the Portland State home game at Lawlor Events Center on Nov. 25.”

The routine, which Eric found in a diagram after his father passed away, is similar to something you’d see the Harlem Globetrotters do.

CBT PODCAST: Indiana, UCLA, Ben Simmons and Thanksgiving sides

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New podcast!

In today’s episode, we talk quite a bit about Ben Simmons. How good of a prospect is he? Why do people insist on calling him overrated? Does LSU actually have a shot at missing the NCAA tournament?

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We also talk about Indiana’s disappointing showing in Maui, just how good Vanderbilt and Kansas have looked, Marquette’s ability to bounce back and whether or not we should be concerned about North Carolina and Maryland.

Oh, and Thanksgiving sides.

Do people really call stuffing ‘dressing’?

As always, you can subscribe to the podcast in iTunes right here.