The N.I.T. Finals are set as Baylor and Iowa won their semifinals and advanced to the championship game. In other news, Rutgers head coach Mike Rice is on the brink of being fired, thanks to the public release of video footage revealing the coach’s appalling behavior towards his team at practice.
Also, I should point out that now that it’s April, you can expect a majority of The Morning Mix to feature Coaching Carousel and NBA Draft news. I recommend bookmarking these two pages because even T.M.M. isn’t capable of keeping up with all the moving and shaking.
let’s hit the links.
Read of the Day:
Andy Staples, as he is to do, provides the best read on the Mike Rice situation at Rutgers. Read it. (Sports Illustrated)
Observations & Insight:
– Mark Gottfried has already lost three players this offseason, and will lose two more to graduation. He is likely to be on the hot seat next year, but his large buyout might help to cool it off. (The Big Lead)
– East Carolina won the C.I.T. last night on a buzzer-beating 3-pointer from Akeem Richmond. (Mid-Major Madness)
– Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban would consider drafting Brittney Griner. (ESPN)
– Syracuse’s Rakeem Christmas is becoming BFFs with Jimmy Fallon. (Syracuse Post-Standard)
– Earlier this week Archie Goodwin announced that he was leaving Kentucky for the NBA. It’s taken less than four days for Goodwin to begin the great paper chase. (AllkyHoops.com)
– Is the Selection Committee’s decision to stop using the S-curve the reason this seasons brackets were so screwy? (Busting Brackets)
– You may think that Andy Enfield is just the next in a long line of coaches to jump ship after immediate tournament success, but the list isn’t as big as you would think. (The Big Lead)
– Ray Allen had some strong words for Mike Rice. (USA Today)
– Two pieces of Pitt Panthers news. First, freshman center Stephen Adams announced that he’s going pro. Second, Trey Zeigler, who already transferred from Central Michigan, has decided to transfer again. (Sports Illustrated)
– Kansas freshman Rio Adams, famous for the picture you see above, has decided to transfer out of Lawrence. (Kansas City Star)
– Alex Poythress is returning to Kentucky for his sophomore season. The Wildcats should be scary good next season. (Fox Sports)
– Regardless of what happens in Atlanta, Michigan’s Mitch McGary will return to Ann Arbor for his sophomore year. (Sports Illustrated)
– Four players, including leading scorer Josh Davis, have decided to transfer out of Tulane. (New Orleans Times-Picayune)
– Siena made one of the better coaching moves of the off-season, hiring Jimmy Patsos away from Loyola (Md.). (Keepin’ Track of the MAAC)
– Longtime UNC-Asheville head coach Eddie Biedenbach resigned yesterday and will join UNC-Wilmington as an assistant coach. (Asheville Citizen-Times)
– Iowa State self-reported several “inadvertant” violations to the NCAA yesterday. (ESPN)
– James Madison forward Andrey Semenov has been granted a sixth year of eligibility by the NCAA. (JMU Sports Blog)
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