Billy Donlon and Wright State have parted ways, sources told NBCSports.com.
Donlon had been the head coach of the Raiders for the past six seasons. In 2016, he finished the year with 22 wins, going 13-5 in the Horizon League — which was tied for second — and reaching the final of the conference tournament.
After the 2015 season, Donlon turned over his assistant coaches, hiring a new staff; his father, the Director of Basketball Ops, being the only member that returned. The Raiders had won just three Horizon League games that season.
The program had been to three Horizon League title games in the last four years.
HoopDirt.com was the first to report the news.
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CLEMSON, S.C. (AP) Clemson’s leading scorer Jaron Blossomgame has filed paperwork for the NBA draft, although he won’t hire an agent to keep his options open for returning to school.
Blossomgame announced his intentions Wednesday. He led the Tigers with 18.7 points and 6.7 rebounds a game this season and was voted to the all-Atlantic Coast Conference first team.
Blossomgame has until May 25 to withdraw his name from consideration. He is allowed under NCAA rules to attend team workouts and the NBA draft combine in May before deciding whether to give up his senior season. Blossomgame said if he does not get positive feedback about his draft chances, he will return to school.
Blossomgame would be the second Clemson player in three seasons after K.J. McDaniels to leave early for the NBA.
Cuonzo Martin to be investigated by Cal over Hufnagel scandal
The scandal involving former Cal assistant Yann Hufnagel took another turn on Wednesday, and this time it involves his former boss, Cuonzo Martin.
Hufnagel was fired on Monday following an investigation into allegations that he sexually harassed a reporter that covered the Cal basketball team. The complainant says that Hufnagel went as far as to feed her bad information, which she reported, to get back at her for turning down his advances.
In a statement to UC investigators, in which he was not named but called “Witness 1,” Martin said that when the accuser contacted him in May, she did not provide details or descriptions that constituted sexual harassment. The woman told investigators that she told Martin in May that she was being sexually harassed by Hufnagel.
There’s some important context to be added here as well. For starters, Martin, who has been the head coach for two seasons now, has not yet signed a contract. He’s still working off of his offer sheet. But perhaps more troubling for Martin is that Cal is embroiled in a university-wide sexual harassment scandal. In the past year, the former Law School Dean, a former astronomy professor, and a former head of research have all lost their jobs due to their inability to follow sexual harassment guidelines.
On Tuesday, Cal’s athletic director released the following statement: “To dispel any doubts about Coach Martin’s role, the university will be initiating a review of all of the documents and communications related to his actions. We firmly believe the results will support our confidence in Coach Martin.”
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President Obama filled out his final NCAA tournament bracket as President Obama, and, if we’re being honest, he made some strange picks.
Duke to the Elite 8? I guess he’s been too busy presidenting to realize that Amile Jefferson’s injury. Texas A&M to the Final Four? Someone get a message to POTUS that Oklahoma’s got a kid named Buddy Hield who has been OK.