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James Madison coach signal Matt Brady signals to his team during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game against Northeastern in Harrisonburg, Va,, Thursday, Feb. 18, 2016. (Daniel Lin/Daily News-Record via AP)
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Matt Brady out at James Madison as men’s basketball coach

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HARRISONBURG, Va. (AP) Matt Brady is out as the men’s basketball coach at James Madison.

The school announced Monday that it will begin a national search for a new coach immediately after Brady and JMU agreed to part ways after eight seasons.

Brady compiled a 139-127 record with the Dukes and guided them to the 2013 Colonial Athletic Association championship and an NCAA Tournament berth.

Athletic director Jeff Bourne says Brady helped James Madison recover from “a long period of drought” but added that the Dukes have not advanced past the CAA quarterfinals in seven of eight seasons and have experienced a decline in home attendance.

With the school seeking to raise money for a new convocation center, Bourne says, “It is imperative that we have the right coach in place.”

Ex-Yale captain Jack Montague is ‘whipping boy’ for sexual assault crisis on campus, lawyer says

In this Nov. 22, 2015 photo, Yale's Jack Montague attempts a shot during an NCAA college basketball game against SMU in Dallas. Yale announced on Feb. 24, 2016, that Montague was no longer on the team. Citing federal privacy law, Yale declined to give details and confirmed only that Montague is no longer a student. Montague's father has said he was expelled from the school in February. (AP Photo/Tony Gutierrez)
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The lawyer for former Yale captain Jack Montague released a statement to the media on Monday morning condemning the school’s decision to expel his client and referring to the ex-player as a “whipping boy” for our nation’s problems with campus sexual assault.

Max Stern, Montague’s lawyer, also confirmed in the statement that it was an allegation of sexual misconduct which resulted in Montague’s expulsion.

Montague plans to sue the school for his dismissal.

“We strongly believe that the decision to expel Jack Montague was wrong, unfairly determined, arbitrary, and excessive by any rational measure,” Stern wrote in the statement. “Yale has been oblivious to the catastrophic and irreparable damage resulting from these allegations and determinations.”

“The expulsion not only deprives Jack of the degree which he was only three months short of earning, but has simultaneously destroyed both his educational and basketball careers.”

Montague was dismissed on February 10th, but the story started to gain national traction later that month when the basketball team wore t-shirts with Montague’s nickname and number on the back and Yale written backwards on the front. After that game, flyers began appearing around the Yale campus stating that the team was “supporting a rapist”.

The incident in question happened in October of 2014, but Montague wasn’t accused of non-consensual sex by the female student student until this past fall. He’s stated that the sex was consensual and that the woman had spent the night with him.

“We cannot help but think it not coincidental that the decision by Yale officials to seek expulsion of the captain of its basketball team followed by little more than a month the report of the Association of American Universities (AAU) which was highly critical of the incidence of sexual assault on the Yale campus, and the Yale President’s promise, in response, to ‘redouble our efforts,'” Stern wrote. “From what appears, Jack has been pilloried as a ‘whipping boy’ for a campus problem that has galvanized national attention.”

“There is no doubt that institutions of higher learning must take the problem of sexual abuse seriously and take effective steps to protect its women students. But that obligation cannot justify imposing so drastic a punishment on the basis of such flimsy evidence.”

Montague is not facing criminal charges in Connecticut.

Yale will open NCAA tournament play against Baylor in Providence this week.

2016 NCAA TOURNAMENT: CBT Expert Brackets

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2016 NCAA TOURNAMENT BRACKET BREAKDOWN: The Podcast

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Raphielle Johnson and Scott Phillips join me on another episode of the College Basketball Talk podcast to breakdown everything you need to know about the NCAA tournament and your bracket.

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Twitter topples CBS selection show with leaked NCAA bracket

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NEW YORK (AP) The first blockbuster upset of March Madness: Twitter over CBS on Selection Sunday.

The NCAA said Sunday night it is looking into how a copy of this year’s tournament bracket got leaked online during the network’s extended selection show on Sunday.

The bracket was being shared on Twitter about 20 minutes after the start of the two-hour broadcast, generating thousands of retweets as Charles Barkley fumbled around with a touch screen monitor making picks.

“We go through great lengths to prevent the tournament field from being revealed early and the NCAA took its usual measures to protect this from happening,” the NCAA said Sunday night in a statement. “Unfortunately, and regrettably, the bracket was revealed prior to our broadcast partners having the opportunity to finish unveiling it. We take this matter seriously and we are looking into it.”

CBS declined comment.

The broadcast drew wide criticism on social media for drawing out the selections. Some Kentucky players fell asleep during the show at the home of coach John Calipari. And others waiting for their draw found out about their matchups early as news of the leaked bracket went viral.

At Notre Dame, coach Mike Brey said he got a text from his son, Kyle, a tight ends coach at Youngstown State, saying the leaked bracket showed the Irish playing the winner of the Michigan-Tulsa game in Brooklyn.

“I thought he was messing with me,” Brey said. “So I just deleted it. Fifteen minutes later we show up, and then I found out we had a little leakage going on. Nothing’s secure, huh? That’s great. That is so typical. It’s so typical of college basketball.”

At Pitt, Sterling Smith set the Panthers at ease early during the selection show, sharing the leaked bracket that showed them as the 10th seed in the East Region. “We were wondering what we were going to do for that entire time; all of a sudden we knew rather quickly,” coach Jamie Dixon said.

Xavier forward James Farr said he saw the leaked bracket on his phone while the Musketeers were still waiting to learn their seeding and opponent, but he didn’t say anything to his teammates. “I didn’t want to ruin anything,” Farr said. “I thought it was somebody’s prediction of the bracket.”

It’s not clear who posted the tweet, which was labeled “Spoiler alert.” The account used a Kansas logo as its avatar photo, with the name “Sarcastic” followed by a vulgar word. The user later changed the name and protected the account, shortly before the account appeared to be deleted and turned over to a different user.

Trent Johnson and TCU part ways

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Trent Johnson has been fired as head coach at TCU after four seasons with the program.

Johnson went 50-79 in those four seasons, winning just eight Big 12 games in four years. He had previously spent 13 seasons as a head coach at Nevada, Stanford and LSU as a head coach, getting to the NCAA tournament just five times in his 16 years.

Johnson had two seasons left on the deal he signed in 2012.

There are some intriguing candidates for the TCU job, which is a better gig than it’s going to get credit for. Dallas is tricky to recruit, but there is a ton of talent within driving distance of their campus. Stephen F. Austin’s Brad Underwood is a name you’re going to hear a lot, as is native Texan Buzz Williams. Rick Stansbury is a former head coach and currently an assistant at Texas A&M that helped the Aggies build a pipeline for in-state kids. Fresno State’s Rodney Terry and Pitt’s Jamie Dixon — a TCU alum — are also intriguing candidates.

And then there is Billy Gillispie, who built programs at UTEP and Texas A&M and who is currently coaching in the JuCo ranks. I seriously doubt he’ll be able to get the job there — it would take an AD with some cajones who isn’t worried about losing his job when it goes south — but I also seriously doubt he’d do anything other than win there.