Report: Georgia Southern to hire Virginia Tech assistant Mark Byington

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Nearly three weeks ago Georgia Southern announced the decision to fire head coach Charlton Young, with the former Georgia Tech posting a record of 43 wins and 84 losses in four seasons at the Southern Conference school.

Georgia Southern may once again go the ACC assistant route with its new hire, as it was reported by Jeff Goodman of that the school is set to hire Virginia Tech assistant Mark Byington.

Byington was a member of James Johnson’s staff this past season, with the Hokies finishing with a record of 13-19 (4-14 ACC). Virginia Tech didn’t have much in the way of depth, struggling to provide point guard Erick Green (25.0 ppg) with the support he needed on a consistent basis. Despite Virginia Tech’s struggles Green was named ACC Player of the Year.

Prior to joining Johnson in Blacksburg, Byington spent nine seasons on Bobby Cremins’ staff at the College of Charleston. Byington was Cremins’ top assistant during his final six seasons at the school, which is also a member of the Southern Conference so there is some familiarity in that regard.

“I felt where we needed to go is beyond where we are at right now and that a change in leadership is necessary,” Georgia Southern athletics director Tom Kleinlein stated in the release announcing the decision to replace Young.

Georgia Southern loses just two seniors from this season’s squad, most notably guard C.J. Reed. Rising senior Eric Ferguson (13.5 ppg, 6.2 rpg) is the team’s leading returning scorer and rebounder.

With Georgia Southern moving to the Sun Belt in 2014 next season is an important one in regards to turning things around, and it looks as if the school has found the coach they deem capable of rejuvenating the program.

Photo credit: Paul Zoeller/Charleston (S.C.) Post and Courier

Raphielle also writes for the NBE Basketball Report and can be followed on Twitter at @raphiellej.

VIDEO: Arizona State’s Torian Graham dunks over teammate

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Arizona State fans won’t get a chance to see Torian Graham take the floor this season, but he did sky over fellow teammates (and transfer) Shannon Evans on Friday night at the team’s Maroon and Gold Madness. The 6-foot-4 Graham is a former Buffalo commit — Evans also came from Buffalo — and both players will have to sit out the 2015-16 season due to NCAA transfer regulations.

Graham hasn’t had a chance to get into a Division I game, but he’ll be able to play for the Sun Devils next season. For now, fans can look forward to Graham’s athleticism on the wing in pregame dunk routines.

A former top-100 prospect, Graham also pulled off this ridiculous move in the dunk contest.


VIDEOS: Bill Self makes two skits, Bragg plays piano

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Kansas head coach Bill Self is known for being unique for the annual Late Night at the Phog and this season, he went with some parody videos centered around the recent DirecTV ads. In the two skits, Self plays himself — which acknowledges his many accolades — while playing alongside “short shorts Bill Self” and “graduate assistant Bill Self”.

Hard to say if these videos top Self showing up in a suit like Andrew Wiggins last year, but there do have good promotional value for the program and Self.

Kansas players also had their chance to shine, with both men’s and women’s teams doing dances. Perry Ellis and Jamari Traylor also attempted to lip sync to Michael Jackson. Freshman forward Carlton Bragg showed some solid ability on the piano, which got the crowd going. Bragg was also one of the strong points in a scrimmage.

Of course, the highlight of the night is Bill Self losing $10,000 on a halfcourt shot, but here’s everything else notable from Late Night at the Phog.