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VIDEO: Kentucky players show off their version of Carpool Karaoke

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James Corden’s ‘Carpool Karaoke’ is hilarious and awesome and if you haven’t seen it, you have no idea what you’re missing.

Kentucky did their own version of Carpool Karaoke, and if you can get through the awkward jokes at the start, it’s actually pretty funny.

And since I’m such a nice guy, here’s my favorite edition of the real Carpool Karaoke:

Paul Weir to be hired at New Mexico State

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Paul Weir has been named the next head coach at New Mexico State.

Weir has spent the last nine years on the Aggie staff, five of them as Marvin Menzies’ associate head coach. The Aggies reached the NCAA tournament in five of those seasons. Menzies accepted the UNLV head coaching position after Chris Beard left for Texas Tech.

Weir beat out Oklahoma assistant Chris Crutchfield, Arizona assistant Joe Pasternack and Baylor assistant Jerome Tang for the gig.

NMSU went 23-11 last year, but the team’s top two returning players have both entered their name into the NBA Draft without hiring an agent.

A press conference to formally announce Weir will be held this evening. was the first to report the news.

Bob Knight to return to Indiana for a Trump rally

Republican presidential candidate, Donald Trump speaks at a campaign rally Monday, April 25, 2016, in Wilkes-Barre, Pa. (Christopher Dolan/The Times & Tribune via AP) WILKES BARRE TIMES-LEADER OUT; MANDATORY CREDIT
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Bob Knight will be making a return to Indiana this week, only not in the way that many of the Hoosier faithful would have hoped.

The General will be attending a rally for Donald Trump in Indianapolis.

“By the way, would I like to get Coach Bobby Knight, who is a great coach, his endorsement,” Trump told supporters at a rally in Waterbury, Conn., on Saturday, according to The Hill. “Tough, strong, smart. I would like to get that for Indiana, I’ll tell you what. To me, that would be a great endorsement.”

And he got it.

Trump sent out a press release on Monday saying that he would be joined by “special guest, the legendary coach, Bobby Knight.”

Knight, who no longer lives in the state of Indiana, has not been back to IU’s Bloomington campus since he was fired by the University back in 2000. Knight had been given a “zero-tolerance policy” regarding his conduct after a video surfaced of the coach choking a player named Neil Reed in practice. Six months after that policy was enacted, in September of 2000, Knight grabbed the arm of a student, lecturing him after he referred to the coach as “Knight” and not “Coach Knight”.

While Knight has not returned to Indiana, he did make an appearance at a Fish Fry on Purdue’s campus — Indiana’s archi-rival — in February, just weeks after he refused to show up at a celebration for his undefeated 1976 national title team.

NEW PODCAST: Preseason Top 25, Early Entry Deadline and more

Teammates congratulate Duke's Grayson Allen (3) during the first half of a second round game against Yale in the NCAA men's college basketball tournament in Providence, R.I., Saturday, March 19, 2016. (AP Photo/Michael Dwyer)
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We’re back and we’re better than ever.

Well, the latter may not be true, but we certainly are back. Today’s podcast will run you about an hour, but we hit on a number of different topics, namely the deadline for players to enter their names into the NBA Draft (the full list can be found here), our preseason top 25 (which can be seen here) and the winners and losers of the coaching carousel.

We also talk a bit about the UNC scandal and the Keelon Lawson situation at Memphis, both of which have taken a bit of a turn since we recorded this early on Monday afternoon.

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.

NCAA rule change allows Memphis to reassign assistant coach Keelon Lawson

Memphis forward Dedric Lawson (1) goes up for a shot between Connecticut forward Shonn Miller (32) and guard Daniel Hamilton, right, during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game in the finals of the American Athletic Conference men's tournament in Orlando, Fla., Sunday, March 13, 2016. (AP Photo/Phelan M. Ebenhack)
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Former Memphis assistant coach Keelon Lawson has accepted a role as a member of Tubby Smith’s support staff, a move that qualifies as a demotion.

Smith told the Memphis-Commercial Appeal on Monday that his three assistants will be Joe Esposito, Saul Smith and Pooh Williamson, all of whom came with him from Texas Tech. Lawson, according to reports, is expected to receive the title Director of Player Development.

This is significant because Lawson is the father of Dedric and K.J. Lawson. Dedric averaged 15.8 points and 9.3 boards as a freshman for the Tigers, while K.J. was a top 50 recruit in the Class of 2015, although his freshman season was mostly a waste due to injury; he averaged 8.8 points in 10 games. Still, the Lawson brothers are the two leading returning scorers for the Tigers.

The problem is that an NCAA rule had prohibited anyone associated with a prospect or a student-athlete — a parent, a coach, a friend, a trainer — from being hired in a support staff role within two years of that student-athlete enrolling at the University. Dedric and K.J. have been enrolled for just under a year.

Here’s the catch: That rule is very likely going to change on Thursday.

That’s when the Division I Board of Directors will meet in Indianapolis, and at that meeting, they will determine whether Proposal No. 2015-30 will be passed.

According to the report from the NCAA’s Division I Council meeting from April 6th-8th, this is Proposal No. 2015-30, which was adopted by the Council and approved effective immediately: “In men’s basketball, to permit an institution to reassign an individual associated with a prospective student-athlete from a countable coaching staff position to a non-coaching staff position or strength and conditioning staff position, provided the individual has been a countable coach at the institution for at least the previous two academic years.”

Lawson was hired by Memphis in a countable coaching staff position in July of 2014, meaning he’s spent 21 months on the job and been with the program for the last two academic years. As of this July, NCAA rules will allow him to accept a position as a support staff member without endangering the eligibility of his sons.

The one qualifier?

Whether or not the rule gets through the NCAA’s Board of Directors meeting on Thursday. A rule that was approved “effective immediately” by the Division I Council doesn’t actually become effective until it is approved by the Board of Directors.

But, as a source told, if a proposal makes it this far, it might as well be a rule.

Which is probably why Memphis feels so confident that they’ll be able to make this happen.

VIDEO: Yale’s Makai Mason’s workout video features some impressive dunks

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Yale point guard Makai Mason was one of the breakout stars of the NCAA tournament, as he scored 31 points in a win over No. 5 seed Baylor and followed that up with a strong floor game against Duke despite his 2-for-12 shooting.

It was enough for Mason to decide to enter his name into the NBA Draft, and given the new draft rules, it was the perfect timing. He can capitalize on his post-NCAA tournament notoriety, (hopefully) get himself some buzz within NBA scouting departments and then return to school with a chance to improve on what he needs to in order to try and get himself drafted.

And while that sounds ridiculous because he’s a little point guard that plays in the Ivy League, I’m sure some people said the same thing about Jeremy Lin.

Plus … I mean, look at those hops.