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Marshall Henderson suspended for three games and an exhibition

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Ole Miss star Marshall Henderson will start his season a bit late.

The fiery scoring guard will be suspended for an exhibition, the first game of the regular season and the first two games of SEC play, the school announced on Tuesday.

That means that he’ll sit out Friday when the Rebels host South Carolina-Aiken, he’ll miss November 8th’s season-opener against Troy and he’ll be in street clothes when Andy Kennedy’s club hosts Auburn and visits Mississippi State. He’ll begin his season on November 16th against Coastal Carolina. He’ll also be in uniform in late November when Ole Miss makes their way to Brooklyn for the Barclays Classic.

That’s not exactly a murderer’s row, but give some credit: Henderson is by far the most important player on the Ole Miss roster, and the team will be sitting him down for two games in league play. That’s more harsh than what we normally expect out of a school in a situation like this.

“I support this decision, and I am thankful to our leadership for allowing Marshall the opportunity to earn the right to rejoin our team,” coach Andy Kennedy said in a statement. “Marshall has been compliant with the process put in place for him since his suspension in early July, and we look forward to him being back on our team.”

Henderson’s suspension stems from a tumultuous year where he became daily blog fodder for his on-court antics and his hard-partying ways off the floor. He shot to internet stardom when this GIF of his antics after a win at Auburn went viral, but it was social media that really did Henderson in. His twitter feed was uncensored and, at times, too honest about what he’d be doing in his free time, and it seemed like a weekly occurrence that he’d find his way onto Busted Coverage or Deadspin with an embarrassing picture from a late night on the town. It culminated when pictures of Henderson drinking at a bar after Ole Miss won their opening round NCAA tournament game hit the web.

Henderson was eventually suspended as the result of failed drug tests, but he’s done a good job of keeping his nose clean since then. His twitter account has remained dormant, and he’s mostly kept his name and face off of the blogs.

“This has been a difficult time for me, and I appreciate this chance,” Henderson said.

Hopefully, that will last throughout the season, because college basketball needs a villain and there is none more entertaining than The Landshark himself.

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.