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Marcus Smart transfers to Kansas, Russell Wilson practices with Wisconsin, and more April Fools’ jokes

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Tuesday was the start of April, meaning the greatest month of the year is officially in the books. Tuesday also marked April Fools’ Day, a holiday I’ve never really understood.

It always seems like April Fools’ Day brings out two different types of extremes in people: the extremely lame, or the extremely reckless. April Fools’ Day is also a really difficult day to trust any sort of news you read or hear.

March maybe over, but college basketball is still in the forefront of the sports world with the Final Four taking place next Saturday. April Fools’ Day is an opportune time to trick college hoop fans across the nation.

Marcus Smart’s playing days at Oklahoma State is over, but his career at Kansas is just beginning, according to a satirical article that ran in Tuesday’s edition of The Kansan, the University of Kansas school paper.


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Seattle Seahawks head coach Pete Carroll used his Super Bowl winning quarterback Russell Wilson as part of his April Fools’ Day prank, convincing 710 AM ESPN Seattle that Wilson had accepted an invitation to practice with Wisconsin as the Badgers prepare for the Final Four. Somewhat believable considering Wilson spent a day at Texas Rangers spring training.

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Mike Brey joined in on the fun, pretending to walk away from an interview with Campus Insider analyst and former Notre Dame player Jordan Cornette.

Creighton’s Grant Gibbs received a sixth-year of eligibility in 2013, too bad this report wasn’t true.

Boston College is still looking for a replacement for Steve Donahue. SBNation confirmed that Jay Wright would leave Villanova for BC. The words “April Fools” were in the headline, but some of the “quotes” from Wright were great.

“BC has a great football program that has played in the prestigious Bowl, Carquest Bowl, MPC Computers Bowl, and Kraft Fight Hunger Bowl …

“This school [Boston College] has such a long history in college basketball,” Wright noted. “They’ve been playing for 110 years without a trip to the Final Four. That’s a big selling point for me, we can make history here — that’s not something you could say about Kentucky, Indiana, UCLA or the NBA.”

Which ones did I miss?

PHOTO: Baylor shows off new uniforms

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Wednesday afternoon the Baylor basketball program sent out some images of its uniform combinations for the upcoming season, and the volt color way that first made a splash in 2012 is back. Baylor’s got four different uniforms it can wear this season: home (white), away (green) and two alternate uniforms.

While there is some volt green in each of the four uniforms, its presence is relatively tame compared to the uniforms Scott Drew’s program wore back in 2012. Of course those uniforms were part of adidas’ AdiZero uniform release (Baylor is now outfitted by Nike), with two other schools (Cincinnati and Louisville) wearing colorful uniforms with shorts that had “interesting” patterns on them.

While some of the new uniform designs in college sports have received some pushback from fans and alums, this stuff is about the players and recruits programs look to land for the future. Everyone likes free stuff, and when it comes to apparel for young athletes having something that’s both free and “exclusive” is seen as a positive.

Pressure is on new coach Steve Prohm at Iowa State

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AMES, Iowa (AP) Five months ago, Iowa State’s Steve Prohm was the coach at mid-major Murray State. Now he’s in charge of one of the big favorites in the Big 12.

Prohm officially began his first season in charge of the Cyclones on Tuesday with the team’s annual media day.

Iowa State has all the pieces to make a run at the league title and more – provided that Prohm can handle coaching college basketball at the highest level, of course.

In the minds of Prohm’s players, the Cyclones have nothing to worry about.

“Coach (Prohm) is in here earning our trust and our respect every day,” said senior forward Georges Niang. “Even though he’s not trying to cross any of our toes, he puts his foot down when he needs to and lets us know that stuff needs to get done. I think he has a great combination of how to keep us motivated…and still be stern and be able to get the most out of us.”

Fred Hoiberg’s departure for the Chicago Bulls after five mostly successful seasons gave Prohm a shot at a national title. The roster Hoiberg left behind for Prohm is loaded.

Niang, a likely preseason first-team All-American, second-team All-Big 12 point guard Monte Morris and league defensive player of the year Jameel McKay headline one of the nation’s most talented starting units. Throw in veterans like Naz Long, Matt Thomas, Abdel Nader and transfer Deonte Burton, and Prohm might just have the best roster a new Power Five coach has inherited since Bill Guthridge took over for Dean Smith at North Carolina in 1997.

Guthridge reached the Final Four with his first team.

Prohm isn’t shying away from the notion that Iowa State is among the handful of teams with serious national title aspirations.

“Yeah, they’re realistic,” Prohm said when asked about the sky-high expectations for this year’s team. “I think we have the opportunity to have a very special season.”

The similarities between what type of styles Prohm and Hoiberg use was cited as a big reason why Iowa State hired him. Hoiberg even lobbied for Prohm to athletic director Jamie Pollard during the hiring process.

To that end, Prohm is going to let his players have a ton of input on how they play. Prohm doesn’t plan many changes, just tweaks that mostly involve techniques to improve Iowa State’s somewhat inconsistent rebounding and defense.

“I don’t need to say, `This is the way we’re doing things guys because this is the way I did it.’ That’s stupid,” Prohm said. “I need to meet these guys halfway.”

Prohm also acknowledged that he’ll be doing quite a bit of learning himself this season. But Prohm said he intends to embrace the unique opportunity he’s been afforded.

“This is a great situation to walk into. No question,” Prohm said. “Is there pressure? Yeah. But who wants a job with no pressure?”