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Former Rutgers forward Derrick Randall transfers to Pittsburgh

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Former Rutgers forward Derrick Randall has found a new school, as it was reported by Adam Zagoria of that the 6-8 rising junior will transfer to Pittsburgh.

Randall didn’t see a great deal of playing time in either of his seasons at Rutgers, averaging just 9.8 minutes per game. In those two seasons Randall, a native of the Bronx, posted averages of 2.3 points and 1.9 rebounds per game. Randall made the decision to transfer in the aftermath of Mike Rice’s firing.

“It felt like a new home and a new start and I need to get away and start clean,” Randall told Zagoria.

There’s obviously some familiarity between Randall and Pitt, as the Panthers and Scarlet Knights were both members of the Big East. Pittsburgh will officially become a member of the Atlantic Coast Conference on July 1, while Rutgers will spend a season in the American Athletic Conference before moving to the Big Ten in 2014.

In two career games against Pittsburgh, Randall averaged 3.5 points and 1.5 rebounds per game with the Scarlet Knights winning both contests. Randall accounted for seven points and three rebounds in Rutgers’ 62-39 win over the Panthers on January 11, 2012, while failing to tally a point or rebound in a 67-62 victory on January 5, 2013.

According to the report Randall may seek a waiver that would make him eligible to play immediately for the Panthers, who have a lot of production to replace. Seniors Dante Taylor and Tray Woodall have graduated, junior J.J. Moore transferred to Rutgers and freshman Steven Adams entered the NBA Draft.

The most productive returnees for Jamie Dixon are rising seniors Lamar Patterson (10.0 ppg, 4.3 rpg) and Talib Zanna (9.6, 6.1), with rising sophomore guard James Robinson (6.1 ppg, 3.5 apg) expected to take on an even bigger role after averaging nearly 27 minutes per game as a freshman.

Randall joins freshmen Jamel Artis, Josh Newkirk and Mike Young in the Panthers’ 2013 incoming class.

Raphielle can be followed on Twitter at @raphiellej.

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.


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.