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Rick Barnes job status at Texas will be something to keep an eye on all season long

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Earlier today, Jeff Goodman of ESPN.com posted an interesting column on Rick Barnes (Insiders only, unfortunately) in which he not only asserts what everyone who has been paying attention has noticed — that Barnes is on the hot seat at Texas — but offers up a reason for Barnes’ recent struggles with the Longhorns: his job is no longer his priority in life.

But Barnes had changed. I’m not sure exactly what it was in his life, but something had altered his priority structure. He’s not in his 30s or even 40s anymore, and his family has become the priority in a landscape that doesn’t always promote a quality home life. There’s nothing wrong with that. It’s just not the norm in this industry.

Goodman goes on to say that Barnes has gotten somewhat complacent on the recruiting trail, and it’s one of the biggest reasons that Texas has hit the skids in recent years. Remember, this is the guy that landed Damion James, DJ Augustin, LaMarcus Aldridge, Avery Bradley, Cory Joseph, Tristan Thompson, Myck Kabongo and some guy named Kevin Durant.

He was as good as anyone.

And despite that — despite making the NCAA tournament in his first 14 seasons at Texas — Barnes could find himself out of a job after this season.

Frankly, it’s one of the most fascinating story lines heading into the season for a number of reasons.

For starters, nothing has gone right for Texas over the course of the last four or five years. Most expected Avery Bradley to be a one-and-done player, but I’m not sure many expected both Cory Joseph and Tristan Thompson to leave after one season. Jordan Hamilton lasted two up-and-down seasons in Austin, as did Myck Kabongo, who spent the first 23 games of last season suspended. Julien Lewis and Shelden McClellan, Barnes’ two promising wing talents, both transferred out of the program and Ioannis Papapetrou signed a huge pro deal in Greece. This is coming off of a season where the Longhorns were relegated to the CBI.

Next season’s big names? Javan Felix, Cameron Ridley, Prince Ibeh and Jonathon Holmes. Not exactly the TJ Ford’s Texas teams.

Put it all together, and the Longhorns should be happy that TCU joined the Big 12 because it all but guarantees that UT will avoid the basement of the 2013-2014 Big 12.

That’s a long, quick way for the Longhorns to fall, and while it’s not entirely Barnes’ fault, there’s a chance that it could cost him his job.

And that job just so happens to be one of the ten best in the country. I truly believe that, and I know that there are many people that agree with me. Texas has a ton of money and an enormous national profile, but given that the school is a football school in a football state, the pressure to win there is relatively small compared to places like Indiana or Kentucky or Kansas.

Let’s say Barnes does end up getting fired; the demand for that job will be quite high.

In a season where Kentucky wants to go 40-0 and Andrew Wiggins will be auditioning for NBA superstardom while Louisville looks to repeat as national champs, whether or not this ends up being the end of the Rick Barnes era in Austin will be one of the most interesting stories to follow over the next eight months.

You can find Rob on twitter @RobDauster.

VIDEO: Arizona commit Terrance Ferguson throws down under-the-legs dunk after making 3-pointer

"CHARLOTTE, NC - JULY 9: Terrance Ferguson during the 2015 Under Armour All-America Basketball Camp on July 9, 2015 at Queens College in Charlotte, NC. (Photo by Ned Dishman/Under Armour)"
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Arizona commit Terrance Ferguson has been known as one of the best dunkers in the country for the last few years. So you knew the 6-foot-6 wing was going to attempt the latest internet dunk craze that’s been going around.

Some call it the, “5-point play” in which the dunker makes a 3-pointer and immediately sprints following the shot release to catch the make for an under-the-legs dunk.

It’s as tough as it sounds and Ferguson makes it look easy.

VIDEO: Manute Bol’s 6’11” son Bol Bol throws down in-game under-the-legs dunk

McPherson's Jacob Loecker attempts to steal the ball form Shawnee Mission-Bishop Miege's Bol Bol during the first quarter of the boys' Class 4A Division I state championship basketball game Saturday, March 12, 2016, in Salina, Kan. (Travis Morrise/The Hutchinson News via AP)
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Bol Bol is the son of former NBA center Manute Bol, and the younger Bol is earning quite a bit of attention himself as a five-star prospect in the Class of 2018.

The 6-foot-11 Bol showed off some of his freakish coordination and athleticism on Friday night, by ripping a steal and taking it coast-to-coast for an under-the-legs dunk in the middle of a game at the Jayhawk Invitational.

Bol will be one of the players to watch this spring as he plays with KC Run GMC.

Iowa State guard Naz Mitrou-Long gets hardship waiver to play additional year

Iowa State guard Nazareth Mitrou-Long defends Buffalo guard Jarryn Skeete during the second half of an NCAA college basketball game, Monday, Dec. 7, 2015, in Ames, Iowa. Iowa State won 84-63. (AP Photo/Justin Hayworth)
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Iowa State got a boost to its roster for next season as senior guard Naz Mitrou-Long has been granted a hardship waiver by the Big 12 conference.

“Everything happens for a reason and although it hurt to not be able to play for a group of guys I loved last year, my body needed time to recover and that time off allowed me to feel the best I’ve felt since my freshman year,” Mitrou-Long said in the release. “I’m glad I’ll be able to play for the best fans in the country and represent the name on the front of my jersey, Iowa State, one more year. Words can’t describe this feeling. Cyclone Nation, be ready for a special year.”

The 6-foot-4 Long played in eight games last season for Iowa State as he averaged 12 points per game. He missed the rest of the season to deal with pain in his surgically repaired hips. Mitrou-Long has been a very effective three-point shooter during his career at Iowa State and he should be a nice option to have for next season if he’s healthy.

CIAA will stay in North Carolina despite state’s LGBT law

Protesters rally against House Bill 2 in Raleigh, N.C.,  Monday, April 25, 2016. While demonstrations circled North Carolina's statehouse on Monday, for and against a Republican-backed law curtailing protections for LGBT people and limiting public bathroom access for transgender people, House Democrats filed a repeal bill that stands little chance of passing. (Chuck Liddy/The News & Observer via AP) MANDATORY CREDIT
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CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) The Central Intercollegiate Athletic Association says it won’t move its headquarters, its basketball tournament or other conference championships from North Carolina, despite the state’s controversial new LGBT law.

The CIAA said in a statement Thursday that it will instead partner with the NCAA to educate its members on lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender issues as it does on other issues, like graduation rates and concussion management.

The Charlotte Observer reports that the CIAA, the oldest African-American sports conference in the U.S., has hosted its annual basketball tournament in Charlotte since 2006 and announced it was moving its headquarters to Charlotte from Virginia in 2015.

The CIAA said Thursday that it will continue to “monitor the issues,” as it has since House Bill 2 passed.

 

VIDEOS: Stephen Curry personally invites athletes to his select camp

Golden State Warriors guard Stephen Curry, left, holds the championship trophy and Andre Iguodala holds the series MVP trophy as they celebrate winning the NBA Finals against the Cleveland Cavaliers in Cleveland, Wednesday, June 17, 2015. The Warriors defeated the Cavaliers 105-97 to win the best-of-seven game series 4-2. (AP Photo/Paul Sancya)
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As he did last year, the NBA’s MVP is sending out personal invites to Under Armour’s SC30 Select Camp for some of the best high school and college point guards in the country.

It’s a pretty cool thing for the kids. Can you imagine how you would feel as a high school junior getting a personalized invitation to a camp from Stephen Curry himself?