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Northwestern sophomore Kale Abrahamson to transfer

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Northwestern sophomore shooter Kale Abrahamson has opted to transfer out of the Big Ten program, the school announced in a release on Monday. Abrahamson appeared in all 65 games of his Northwestern career the past two seasons and averaged 15.4 minutes per game this season while shooting 36 percent from the three-point line.

The 6-foot-7 Abrahamson gave the Wildcats some key minutes during the Northwestern’s successful stretch of play in the Big Ten this season but never seemed to fit into Chris Collins’ new system.

”Kale let us know that he would like to seek an opportunity to continue his playing career and his studies at another institution. We are appreciative of all of his efforts during his time at Northwestern and wish him nothing but the best in his future endeavors,” Northwestern head coach Chris Collins said in the release.

Abrahamson will have two years of eligibility left after this season.

“I’ve really enjoyed my time at Northwestern. I’ve made some lifelong friends, and the support from the fans and my teammates has been unbelievable. It’s time for me to look for a better opportunity, but I’ll never forget what I’ve learned and all the memories I’ve made here at NU,” Abrahamson said in the release.

With five new recruits coming in next season, Collins is quickly re-doing the Northwestern roster so that it fits his more uptempo style of play after previous head coach Bill Carmody ran a Princeton offense. Abrahamson is the third player to transfer out of the program since Collins took over, joining forward Mike Turner and center Chier Ajou. Look for Northwestern to seek graduate transfers or other transfers this coming offseason as Collins continues to rebuild.

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.

h/t ShockerHoops.net

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.