Report: Former Bruce Pearl assistant Jason Shay has been hired at North Dakota

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Earlier this month, news trickled out that former Tennessee assistant Jason Shay had received a job offer from a program in the Big Sky conference.

On Monday, that news became real, as Shay has been hired by North Dakota, according to a report from Gary Parrish of Shay had spent the past two seasons as an assistant coach at Northwest Florida State Junior College under Steve Forbes, another former Tennessee assistant that is now coaching at Wichita State.

This is relevant because both Shay and Forbes had received show-cause penalties for their role in helping to cover up the infamous Aaron Craft barbecue, in which then-head coach Bruce Pearl was photographed with Craft in his house at a time when that was against NCAA rules. A show-cause penalty is more-or-less designed to be a scarlett letter that is attached to a coach for the remainder of his career.

The NCAA has limited authority. They don’t have subpoena power and cannot force a person to tell the truth under oath. What that means is if they catch you in a lie, they are going to do everything they can to create an over-the-top punishment in an effort to derail your career. It’s an incentive, a way to make an example out of you to convince the rest of the coaching community not to lie.

The most interesting part of this process will be whether or not Pearl himself will get back into coaching when his show-cause penalty expires in August of 2014. He currently works as an analyst on ESPN.

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No. 13 Iowa State suspends Jameel McKay indefinitely

Iowa State forward Georges Niang, forward Jameel McKay, forward Abdel Nader and guard Deonte Burton celebrate after center Stuart Nezlek scored late in the second half of an NCAA college basketball game against Coppin State, Wednesday, Dec. 30, 2015, in Ames, Iowa. Iowa State won 104-84 (AP Photo/Justin Hayworth)
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Already lacking depth, No. 13 Iowa State will be short a key contributor Saturday when they take on Oklahoma State in Stillwater.

Friday night it was announced that senior forward Jameel McKay has been suspended indefinitely by head coach Steve Prohm and did not make the trip with the team. McKay, who’s been dealing with knee issues recently, is averaging 12.4 points and a team-high 9.0 rebounds per game on the season.

Over the last six games he’s averaging 7.7 points and 8.7 rebounds per contest, shooting 60.6 percent from the field.

McKay has been asked to man the middle for a team lacking in both size and depth, with Georges Niang shifting over to the five when McKay needs a break for either rest or foul trouble reasons. Without McKay even more responsibility falls upon the shoulders of Niang, Abdel Nader and Deonte Burton in the front court.

The Cyclones are looking to end a two-game losing streak, and even with Oklahoma State’s struggles accomplishing that gets tougher with McKay out of the lineup.

News of McKay’s suspension was first reported by the Ames Tribune.

UNLV dismisses guard Daquan Cook from team

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LAS VEGAS (AP) UNLV junior guard Daquan Cook has been dismissed from the team.

Interim coach Todd Simon made the announcement on Friday, though no reason was given.

Cook was suspended for 13 games by previous coach Dave Rice in November after being arrested and charged with DUI.

Cook appeared in two games this season after being reinstated, scoring three points in four minutes. He missed the 2014-15 season after tearing his right ACL and played 28 games as a sophomore.