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Rick Pitino on Louisville investigation: ‘It’s almost pretty much over’

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While we all sit and wait for the NCAA to finish parsing through the North Carolina case, it seems like the organization is steam-rolling over Louisville’s case.

Rick Pitino spoke to Bob Valvano, a radio host in Louisville, and discussed the investigation into the escort scandal, telling him that “it’s almost pretty much over” and that he — Pitino — believes that “everything’s behind us right now.”

The Louisville head coach couldn’t give details on whether or not he’s been interviewed yet, as the NCAA frowns on that sort of thing, but given that this appearance occurred just a week after the Cardinals self-imposed some recruiting restrictions and scholarship reductions for the coming years, it’s probably safe to assume that the NCAA has finished with their investigation.

Does that mean we’ll know in a timely manor whether or not the punishments that Louisville has levied upon themselves — Remember the self-imposed postseason ban that cost them the 2016 NCAA tournament? — will save the program from future postseason bans or any individual punishment for Pitino?

Probably not.

Every investigation takes place on the NCAA’s own timetable.

“You just let them do their job,” Pitino said, “and certainly the university has done everything that they can to justify the mistakes that were made, and then you move forward. And certainly we will. We’ll have a great team coming back next year.”

Whether or not that team, which currently sits in 10th in the NBCSports.com Preseason Top 25, has a chance to prove how great they are in March still remains to be seen.

The full interview can he heard below.

NJIT to announce Brian Kennedy as next head coach

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NJIT will hold a press conference on Friday to announce that Brian Kennedy has been named the head coach, replacing Jim Engles.

Engles left the Newark, N.J., school to take over for Kyle Smith at Columbia.

Kennedy’s family launched the Hoop Group, an organization that runs many AAU tournaments and instructional camps up and down the eastern half of the United States, where he worked after graduating from Monmouth. He spent five years on DePaul’s staff, helping recruit the class headlined by Quentin Richardson, before leaving the business for seven years. He returned to the Hoop Group in 2009, eventually joining Engles’ staff at NJIT in 2012, when the school was still a Division I independent.

The Highlanders went 20-15 this past season, their first as a member of the Atlantic Sun. They advanced to the semifinals of the CIT where they to Columbia, ironically enough.

U of Illinois settles with female athletes, ex-coach Beckman

FILE - In this Aug. 5, 2015 file photo, Illinois women's basketball coach Matt Bollant talks with reporters in Champaign, Ill. In a motion filed Tuesday, Oct. 20, 2015, the university argues that a judge should dismiss a lawsuit filed by seven former women's basketball players because the school cannot be sued in federal court. In the lawsuit filed in July, the players accuse Bollant and former assistant coach Mike Divilbiss of violating their civil rights by creating a racially hostile environment. (Rick Danzl/The News-Gazette via AP, File) MANDATORY CREDIT
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CHAMPAIGN, Ill. (AP) The University of Illinois has announced a pair of settlements involving former female basketball players who sued the school and its former football coach, Tim Beckman.

Campus officials said Tuesday that the seven former players will receive a one-time payment of $375,000 to split among them. The University of Illinois Board of Trustees must approve the settlement. The women sued in 2015, claiming basketball coaches created a racially hostile environment. The women, through their attorney Terry Ekl, said in a statement that they’re happy “no other student athlete may have to experience what we have.”

The school also said Beckman would receive a one-time payment of $250,000, which doesn’t need approval from trustees. Allegations of player abuse led the school to fire Beckman a week before last season started.

FGCU head coach Joe Dooley expected to join N.C. State staff

Florida Gulf Coast coach Joe Dooley, right, looks back at the bench as Pittsburgh coach Jamie Dixon, left, watches the action in the second half of an NCAA college basketball game, Tuesday, Dec. 30, 2014, in Pittsburgh. Pittsburgh won 71-54. (AP Photo/Keith Srakocic)
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Mark Gottfried’s coaching staff at N.C. State will look vastly different next season than it did this season.

The school has already announced that former Oklahoma State assistant coach Butch Pierre has been hired to replace Rob Moxley, and now it appears that Gottfried will likely be hiring former Kansas assistant and current FGCU head coach Joe Dooley.

Dooley, according to a source, took a paycut when he took the FGCU job, where he makes a base salary of $235,000, and would stand to get a raise if he were to move to N.C. State. Dooley has won 21 games in three straight seasons with the Eagles, won a Atlantic Sun regular season title and reached the NCAA tournament this past season and has not signed a contract extension with the school.

According to another source, Dooley would be replacing assistant coach Bobby Lutz on the N.C. State bench. The Wolfpack announced on Tuesday evening that Lutz has been reassigned within the athletic department, taking over a role as “Special Assistant to the Deputy Athletic Director for External Operations.

Deyonta Davis declares for the NBA Draft, will sign with agent

Michigan State coach Tom Izzo talks with Deyonta Davis during an NCAA college basketball game Sunday, Jan. 17, 2016, in Madison, Wis. Wisconsin upset Michigan State 77-76. (AP Photo/Andy Manis)
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Deyonta Davis announced on Tuesday morning that he will be declaring for the NBA Draft and signing with an agent, according to a release from Michigan State.

“I asked Coach Izzo and Coach Guy to do research for me. The information that came back made me decide to enter the draft,” Davis said in a statement. “It was a tough decision, but after talking to my family and coaches, I felt it was the right decision and one I’m fully committed to.”

Davis averaged 7.5 points and 5.5 boards as a freshman, working his way into the starting lineup in 16 of the last 17 games the Spartans played. He’s 6-foot-10 with broad shoulders and long arms, making him the kind of prospect that NBA scouts love, but he’s still raw. Anyone that picks Davis will be getting a prospect more than a player, but he’s enough of a prospect that he’s looking at being a late-lottery pick.

With this decision, Davis becomes Tom Izzo’s first one-and-done player in 15 years, when Zach Randolph bolted for the NBA after one season in East Lansing.