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VIDEO: Latest Bol Bol highlights go viral

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Bol Bol, the son of 7-foot-7 NBA center Manute Bol, has had his latest highlight tape go viral, each reaching the point where TMZ is posting them.

I guess that’s when you know you’ve made it?

This has a familiar feel to it. Since Bol is 7-feet tall, he can dribble the ball a little bit and he can make some shots from the perimeter, he is immediately being compared to Kevin Durant.

Which is utter insanity.

The same way that it was crazy for people to compare Thon Maker to Kevin Durant. Putting the name “Kevin Durant” into a comparison immediately draws the attention of everyone, even if the comparison really doesn’t make any sense. Durant is a shooting guard that stands 7-feet tall and he just may be the best shooter in the NBA not named Stephen Curry. He’s a freak of nature, a generational talent and a player with a skill-set that is not replicable.

There is no “next Kevin Durant”. Comparing anyone to him makes you sound foolish, because the only fair comparison is to say “this player is not going to be as good as Kevin Durant.”

Bol Bol is a nice prospect. He’s a top 15 player in the Class of 2018, a class that some recruiting experts think will be worse than the Class of 2015. If you’ve forgotten, the Class of 2015 — the crop of kids that were picked in the 2016 NBA Draft — were so down that it actually had smart people trying to say that American basketball has fallen off. (I don’t get it. I really don’t.)

So if you don’t know what you’re talking about, please don’t say things like this. People believe everything they read on the internet even if it comes from a dubious source, and putting these kind of undue expectations on a high school junior is, at best, silly and, at worst, detrimental.

If you play a second in the NBA, you’re one of the 500 best basketball players in the world. If you are a lottery pick, you are an insanely talented basketball player that will make a life-changing amount of money even if you never sign another contract.

Calling him the next Kevin Durant ensures that he will be a failure, because he’s almost certainly never going to be the next Durant. And that’s a shame, because simply earning a college scholarship and getting drafted into the NBA makes you a success story.

 

Missouri set to hire San Diego State athletic director

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COLUMBIA, Mo. (AP) Missouri is set to hire San Diego State athletic director Jim Sterk as its new AD.

San Diego State announced Monday night that Sterk had resigned after six years with the school and would take over at Missouri on Sept. 1. The school said it will launch a national search for a replacement.

The 60-year-old Sterk will replace Mack Rhoades, who recently left for Baylor.

Purdue hires former NCAA tournament chair as new AD

Xavier University's Mike Bobinski is introduced as the Georgia Institute of Technology's new athletic director, at a welcoming presentation in Georgia Tech's athletic center, Friday, Jan. 18, 2013 in Atlanta.  (AP Photo/David Tulis)
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Purdue has hired Georgia Tech athletic director Mike Bobinski to replace Morgan Burke.

Purdue confirmed the news on Tuesday morning.

“While I regret that Mike is leaving us, I appreciate his tremendous efforts the last three years to forge a unified, strategic direction for the Georgia Tech Athletic Association and to energize our coaches, student-athletes and fans,” said Georgia Tech president G.P. “Bud” Peterson. “He has led with integrity, and we wish him the best.”

Bobinski has a reputation for being an AD that cares quite a bit about basketball. Part of that is because he made his mark on the industry at Xavier, where he helped usher the Musketeers into the Big East and hired Thad Matta, Sean Miller and Chris Mack. He was also the chair of the 2013 NCAA Tournament committee.

This past spring, Bobinski fired Georgia Tech basketball coach Brian Gregory and hired Josh Pastner from Memphis to replace him.

VIDEO: Buzz Williams is stronger than you

Virginia Tech head coach Buzz Williams celebrates in the final moments of the Virginia Tech, Georgia Tech NCAA basketball game in Blacksburg, Va., Monday, Feb. 9, 2015. Virginia Tech won 65-63.  (AP Photo / The Roanoke Times, Matt Gentry)    LOCAL TELEVISION OUT; SALEM TIMES REGISTER OUT; FINCASTLE HERALD OUT;  CHRISTIANBURG NEWS MESSENGER OUT; RADFORD NEWS JOURNAL OUT; ROANOKE STAR SENTINEL OUT
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Here’s a video of Virginia Tech head coach Buzz Williams knocking out 17 deadlifts with 315 pounds on a hex bar while blasting some Brooks & Dunn:

He’s got me beat. I wonder how many of his players he has beat?

ACC/Big Ten, SEC/Big 12 Challenges have broadcast dates, times, networks announced

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ESPN announced the date, time and channel that all of the games featured in the ACC/Big Ten Challenge and the SEC/Big 12 Challenge.

Here are the highlights that you need to know about:

Kentucky squares off with Kansas on Jan. 28th at 6:00 p.m. on Rupp Arena, which is a matchup between two of the preseason top three teams in the country.

Duke’s showdown with Michigan State in Cameron Indoor Stadium will be on Nov. 29th — a Tuesday — in a 9:30 p.m. tip. That will, of course, be on ESPN.

North Carolina’s Sweet 16 rematch with Indiana in Bloomington will be at 9:00 p.m. on the following night, Nov. 30th.

Beyond that, the schedule isn’t all that moving. Syracuse at Wisconsin on Nov. 29th, Purdue at Louisville on the 30th, Texas A&M at West Virginia on Jan. 28th. Those are all nice matchups. But it’s those first three that are going to be must-see TV.

Anyway, here is the full schedule.

ACC/BIG TEN CHALLENGE

Mon, Nov. 28:

  • 7:00 p.m. Minnesota at Florida State, ESPNU
  • 9:00 p.m. Wake Forest at Northwestern, ESPNU

Tues, Nov. 29

  • 7:00 p.m. Pittsburgh at No. 14 Maryland, ESPN2
  • 7:00 p.m. Georgia Tech at Penn State, ESPNU
  • 7:30 p.m. No. 17 Syracuse at No. 9 Wisconsin, ESPN
  • 9:00 p.m. Iowa at Notre Dame, ESPN2
  • 9:00 p.m. NC State at Illinois, ESPNU
  • 9:30 p.m. No. 13 Michigan State at No. 1 Duke, ESPN

Wed, Nov. 30

  • 7:00 p.m. No. 16 Purdue at No. 5 Louisville, ESPN
  • 7:00 p.m. Virginia Tech at Michigan, ESPN2
  • 7:00 p.m. Rutgers at Miami, ESPNU
  • 9:00 p.m. No. 6 North Carolina at No. 8 Indiana, ESPN
  • 9:00 p.m. Ohio State at No. 7 Virginia, ESPN2
  • 9:00 p.m. Nebraska at Clemson, ESPNU

SEC/BIG 12 CHALLENGE

Sat, Jan. 28

  • Noon No. 19 Texas A&M at No. 15 West Virginia, ESPN
  • 2:00 p.m. Florida at No. 18 Oklahoma, ESPN
  • 2:00 p.m. Kansas State at Tennessee, ESPN2
  • 2:00 p.m. LSU at Texas Tech, ESPNU
  • 4:00 p.m. Texas at Georgia, ESPN
  • 4:00 p.m. No. 22 Iowa State at Vanderbilt, ESPN2
  • 4:00 p.m. Arkansas at Oklahoma State, ESPNU
  • 6:00 p.m. No. 4 Kansas at No. 3 Kentucky ESPN
  • 6:00 p.m. Baylor at Ole Miss, ESPN2
  • 6:00 p.m. Auburn at TCU, ESPNU

FGCU wins game they finished with just three players

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Florida-Gulf Coast is in the Bahamas for their foreign trip, abut their team is not whole.

Only eight healthy players are in the islands and suiting up for the Eagles, which creates a tricky situation when dealing with referees that have a tight whistle. With 1:36 left in a game against the Providence Storm — which featured, among others, members of the Bahamian National Team — a fourth Eagle fouled out, meaning that FGCU had to try and defend an 88-83 lead with just four players on the court.

Making matters worse, a fifth FGCU player fouled out with 40 seconds left, meaning that Joe Dooley’s club had to try and defend an 89-87 lead with just three players — Kevin Mickle, Christian Terrell and Maxx Bleecher.

It didn’t work.

The Bahamians tied up the game at 89.

But after Mickle made a free throw with 13 seconds left and the Eagles managed to force a turnover on the ensuing possession, they left with a 92-89 win.

Wild.

You can see the video of the crazy final sequence below: