Everett Golson, oe Trebitz

Notre Dame quarterback Everett Golson wants to play college basketball


On Monday the college football season ends, with either Notre Dame or Alabama adding another national championship to their storied programs.

Friday morning, Notre Dame redshirt freshman quarterback, Everett Golson – who led the Fighting Irish to a 12-0 season to this point – told the media that he would like to hit the hardwood, according to Gerry Ahern of USA Today.

“Basketball is my love,” Golson said Friday morning. “My primary (focus) right now is football. But I would like to have the chance of playing basketball someday here.”

Golson went on to say that he has discussed the possibility of playing basketball with Notre Dame coach Mike Brey, but it hasn’t gotten past that point. The Notre Dame signal caller had originally committed to North Carolina and talked to Roy Williams about being a two-sport collegiate athlete.

As a junior point guard at Myrtle Beach High School (S.C.), he led his team to a Class AAA state championship in 2008, averaging 19.6 points, 5.0 assists and 4.7 rebounds on the season.

Maybe, Golson is right to think he can play college ball. In this poor quality video with his last name misspelled, the 6-foot Golson pulls off in-and-out pull up 3-pointer leaving his defender falling over.

Who knows? If Golson can deliver the Irish a national title over the defending champs, Brian Kelly might be inclined to let his first-year quarterback trade in the cleats for some basketball shoes for a few months, before spring practice starts.

As we’ve seen in the past, Mike Brey is a fan of the football team:

Golson has passed for 2,135 yards with 11 touchdowns – 16, including rushing touchdowns – and only five interceptions for the nation’s No. 1 team.

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

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.