Remember Shane Dillon?
He’s the former quarterback at Colorado, a guy that was recruited to sling the pigskin by some of the biggest football programs in the country, that decided to quit the sport to return to the hardwood. We wrote about him here.
And, according to Matt Norlander, Dillon’s made his decision. He’ll be heading to San Diego.
Dillon made an effort to play on Colorado’s basketball team, but Tad Boyle didn’t have an open scholarship, and playing two sports at the collegiate level is an easy way to destroy an semblance of a social life. You’re not a college kid when you’re in season, and playing football and basketball means you’re always in season.
Before making the choice to leave Colorado, Dillon did approach Buffaloes basketball coach Tad Boyle. The team just didn’t have an open scholarship for him. Between that and the firing of football coach Jon Embree after the end of last season, the choice seemed more of a no-brainer as the months wore on. He told his parents he’d try to do workouts with football in the spring.
“But I knew my heart was somewhere else,” Dillon said.
It always was. During the season, Dillon would sneak in pick-up games late at night, after football practice. And he upped his play on the court during formal intramural play in the spring.
“I probably shouldn’t have played, but I played,” he said. “That was the turning point for me. I looked at myself and said, If I’m sneaking in here and playing these games because I love it, am I really doing what I want to do?”
It will be interesting to see what Dillon turns into in the WCC.
With the likes of Gonzaga, St. Mary’s and BYU in the conference, however, it’s surely going to be better competition than those intramural games.
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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.
Expected to be one of the favorites in the Mountain West this season, Boise State’s perimeter ranks have shrunk by one player due to injury. Thursday it was reported by the Idaho Statesman that freshman guard Malek Harwell will redshirt after suffering a torn ACL in practice. Along with fellow freshman Paris Austin, Harwell is expected to be a key part of the Broncos’ future beyond the upcoming season.
Now, instead of competing with an experienced backcourt that includes four redshirt seniors, Harwell will work to get his knee back to full strength for the 2016-17 season.
Among the guards who will play significant minutes this season are Anthony Drmic, who took a medical redshirt last season, Montigo Alford, Mikey Thompson and grad transfer Lonnie Jackson (Boston College). Chandler Hutchison, who started in Boise State’s final 18 games of the 2014-15 season as a freshman, will also compete for playing time.