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NCAA reverses decision on status of Colgate’s Nathan Harries

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After much of the internet was up in arms regarding the status of Colgate freshman Nathan Harries, the NCAA has reversed its original decision to strip Harries of a season of eligibility.

Harries was originally expected to lose that year based on the fact that following his two-year LDS mission he played three games in a church league that consisted primarily of players 30 years of age or older. Normally in such instances the school (Colgate) and student-athlete can appeal the decision, but Harries’ case didn’t even reach the appeals portion of the process.

In a story written by Jeff Eisenberg of Yahoo! Sports, Nathan’s father expressed both his satisfaction with the NCAA’s change of heart and his hope for the future enforcement of the rule that landed Nathan in “hot water” to begin with.

“I’m just hopeful the NCAA revisits this rule and refines it or takes a more common-sense approach so this doesn’t happen again,” the elder Harries said.

That’s the issue regarding cases like these. Many involved with college athletics, from the participants to the fans and media, really don’t have much of a clue as to why the NCAA makes such rulings to begin with. While it’s easy to point out the existence of a rule, more transparency would help all involved in the understanding of the process.

Because until that happens we’ll be dealing with the same cycle: NCAA makes controversial decision that fires up the masses, who react negatively and ultimately the governing body changes course due in part to external pressure. Collegiate athletics shouldn’t be run in that “fashion” and if situations like the one involving Harries can change that, then the NCAA would be better for it.

Rutgers hoping new duo can bring a spark

of the Ohio State Buckeyes against the Rutgers Scarlet Knights during their Big Ten conference game at Rutgers Athletic Center on February 8, 2015 in Piscataway, New Jersey.
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Rutgers has struggled to achieve success on the floor the last few years and head coach Eddie Jordan is hoping that some talented newcomers can help start a turnaround. With the start of practice, local media saw some of the Scarlet Knights’ early practice and Jerry Carino of the Asbury Park Press noted that the duo of freshman point guard Corey Sanders and junior college forward Deshawn Freeman were getting a lot of burn together.

With both incoming players being four-star prospects, it’s hardly a surprise that Jordan would see what the two were capable of. According to Carino, it meant a lot of Sanders driving and forcing the defense to collapse before finding Freeman.

“It seems like coach always has us on the same team,” Freeman said to Carino. “Ever since we’ve gotten here, he’s trying to get us to play together.”

Carino also notes that since Rutgers is deeper, longer and more athletic in general this season, the team could do more with a pressing defense to help create turnovers.

While Rutgers still faces an uphill climb in the Big Ten, they at least have some exciting pieces that will be in place for a few seasons.

LSU looking into starting lineup options

FAYETTEVILLE, AR - MARCH 7:  Head Coach Johnny Jones of the LSU Tigers watches his team play during a game against the Arkansas Razorbacks at Bud Walton Arena on March 7, 2015 in Fayetteville, Arkansas.  The Tigers defeated the Razorbacks 81-78.  (Photo by Wesley Hitt/Getty Images)
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LSU football and Leonard Fournette are off to a strong start this fall, but the beginning of October also means that college hoops is right around the corner. If you’re a Tigers basketball fan, you also have plenty to be excited about on the hardwood this season with the arrival of a loaded freshman class headlined by forward Ben Simmons.

While the versatile Simmons has solidified a spot in the starting lineup for next season, it’ll be interesting to see how head coach Johnny Jones uses the rest of his talented freshmen. In a story from Sheldon Mickles of the New Orleans Advocate, he looks into some potential LSU starting lineups.

Freshman guard Antonio Blakeney, a McDonald’s All-American with Simmons, is also expected to start, but does another talented freshman guard, Brandon Sampson get a shot to start? And what of Arizona transfer Craig Victor when he’s eligible to play in December?

Mickles believes the early favorite for starting lineup is guards Tim Quarterman, Keith Hornsby, Blakeney, Simmons and center Darcy Malone. When Victor returns, Mickles said Victor could push Simmons into the “center” position, which would be a matchup nightmare on the opposition because Simmons would be very tough for many college centers to defend.

Sampson also gets a mention from Mickles of having the potential to start down the line. Overall, a good problem to have for Jones and he’ll have to experiment to see which lineups are giving him the most. Having a productive starting five is nice, but I’m sure Jones would love to find the five players he wants to close with.