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Pitt assistant Barry Rohrssen leaving program, Kentucky expected to be his next stop

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A year after returning to his former position, Pitt assistant coach Barry “Slice” Rohrssen is leaving the Panthers and will reportedly take the vacant assistant coaching position at Kentucky.

The loss of Rohrssen was announced by the Pittsburgh athletic department in a release while ESPN‘s Jeff Goodman is reporting that Rohrssen is likely heading to Kentucky.

“Everyone at Pitt wishes Barry the very best in his future pursuits,” Pitt head coach Jamie Dixon said in the release.

A major recruiter with strong ties to New York, Rohrssen returned to Pitt for the 2013-14 season after a head coaching stint at Manhattan from 2006-2011 and a stop as an assistant coach for the Idaho Stampede in the NBA D-League.

Rohrssen was the main recruiter on former Pitt players such as Keith Benjamin, Levance Fields, Ronald Ramon and Chris Taft and he’s also a reputable big man coach who worked extensively with former Panther center Aaron Gray.

With Rohrssen leaving, Pitt will likely look for an experienced recruiter, but a former player has made it publicly known that he wants a shot at the job. Former Panther guard Aston Gibbs took to Twitter to announce his desire to be a candidate for Rohrssen’s former position:

It’s hard to say if Gibbs is a viable candidate — given his lack of coaching experience — but replacing Rohrssen will be tough for Pitt.

Akron reveals special bobble heads for LeBron, high school teammates

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When it comes to discussing some of the game of basketball’s best players, specifically those who went directly from high school to the NBA, a question that’s often asked is where said player would have attended college if forced (by rule) to do so. Kevin Garnett, Kobe Bryant and LeBron James are among those who have been discussed in this manner, and in the case of LeBron he’s got connections to two programs within his home state of Ohio.

LeBron’s connected with the Ohio State program, which is outfitted by the Nike’s LeBron signature line, but there’s another program with an even closer connection. That would be Akron, which is led by head coach Keith Dambrot, and all he did was serve as LeBron’s high school coach at St. Vincent/St. Mary’s HS in Akron during the player’s freshman and sophomore years at the school. Also on those teams were two future Akron Zips in guard Dru Joyce and forward Romeo Travis.

Thursday the school announced that it would be honoring James, Joyce and Travis with bobble head dolls to be given out before Akron’s home games against Buffalo (February 16; Joyce’s bobble head), Bowling Green (February 26; Travis) and Ohio (March 1; James).

All three bobble head dolls are wearing Akron uniforms, which in the case of LeBron allows fans to think back and imagine what could have been. Season ticket holders guaranteed one bobble head per account (on each of the three giveaway days), with the first 750 fans in attendance to receive one as well.

NEW PODCAST: Indiana, Cal, troublesome trends and a weekend preview

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The gang is back together again for another episode of the NBCSports.com College Basketball Talk Podcast, with Rob Dauster hosting and Raphielle Johnson and Scott Phillips joining him. Today’s episode touched on big wins picked up Thursday night by California and Indiana, discussing the performances of those teams and also touching on their prospects down the line.

Also discussed were the recent performances of Iowa State, Providence and Texas A&M (which are you more worried about?), and some of the top games on this weekend’s schedule headlined by Kansas visiting Oklahoma. And if you’re a fan of seafood, you may take umbrage with some of Rob’s comments at the beginning of the podcast.

As always, you can subscribe to the podcast on either iTunes or Stitcher, and there’s also a link to listen to this podcast below. Thanks for listening.