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Former Western Michigan basketball player aims to make history

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In four seasons as a member of the Western Michigan basketball program, Pat Cleland played in 41 games and averaged less than a point per contest after originally joining the program as a manager. His name likely won’t be found on too many of the pages in the school’s record book, but Cleland may find himself in the Guinness Book of World Records at the end of the weekend.

Why? Cleland, a hip hop artist whose raps under the name of Rick Chyme, will attempt to break the world record for longest freestyle rap. With the current record being 16 hours, 31 minutes and 22 seconds (set in May), Rick Chyme aims to rap for 17 consecutive hours beginning at 8 a.m. Saturday morning. His attempt at making history will be part of ArtPrize 2013, an annual festival held in Grand Rapids, Mich. that aims to celebrate various forms of art.

Chyme, who lives in Grand Rapids, will begin his journey at John Hartman Photography on Division Avenue. He will rap about most anything almost continuously (he is allowed three-second breaks) as spectators shout out words or phrases, show him objects or send him tweets.

He plans to reach The Pyramid Scheme at midnight, where he will be joined by musicians for the final hour.

Per Guinness rules the longest he can pause during the attempt is three seconds, and given the need for fresh subject matter it’s probably a good idea to do this while walking the streets of Grand Rapids. The longest Rick Chyme’s gone in a practice session (not even sure how you can practice such a thing) is six hours, and if you can go that long what’s 11 more hours?

Obviously the goal of this exercise is to break a time record, but it would be interesting to see what kind of content Chyme comes up with during the freestyle. Will it all mesh together? Hopefully there’s someone along for the show who happens to jot down his words, because it would make for an interesting read.

h/t Deadspin, CBS Sports

USF bounced from own tournament by W. Michigan

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Don’t you hate it when you invite someone into your home, and they strut around acting like they own the place?

That’s probably how the South Florida Bulls felt today, as they were bounced from the USF Invitational by the visiting Western Michigan Broncos. The team from Kalamazoo showed up at the Invitational and treated their hosts quite rudely, winning 58-53 in hostile territory.

The Bulls continue to turn in desultory rebounding performances, which is astonishing for a team with such frontline depth. The home team’s leading rebounder was 6’1″ guard Anthony Collins, who snagged 7 missed shots to go with his 12 assists.

Western Michigan was led by guard Brandon Pokley, who scored 15 points. The Broncos rebounded well as a team, getting 37 boards from their lineup. The Bulls, on the other hand, were only able to muster two offensive rebounds out of 25. Again, astonishing. The Bulls also shot a measley 37% from the floor.

It was a huge win for Western Michigan’s long-time head coach Steve Hawkins, who collected his 300th win as a head coach by taking down his hosts to capture the Invitational title.

(photo: WMU athletics)

Western Michigan assistant Rick Carter hired to same position at Missouri

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Rick Carter, an assistant at Western Michigan for the past four years, has been hired to join coach Frank Haith’s staff in the same capacity at Missouri, the school announced Tuesday.

“I am excited to welcome Rick Carter into our basketball family,” Haith said in a release.

“Rick is a talented coach and a relentless recruiter. He has a great basketball background working for Steve Hawkins at Western Michigan, Ed Cooley at Fairfield and of course Tom Izzo at Michigan State and he has connections to a couple members of our staff, so I really liked the instant fit.”

Carter also has important ties to the AAU circuit with the Michigan Mustangs, recruiting ties that continue to be increasingly important for assistant coaches across the country.

Western Michigan finished 14-20 this past season, including 6-10 in the MAC.

“I’m so excited to join Coach Haith’s program here at Missouri,” Carter said in a statement. “The history and tradition at Mizzou makes this one of the best jobs in America and of course I know all about the great players from the state of Michigan that had standout careers as Tigers, including Doug Smith, whose number is retired here.

“I want to thank Coach Haith and the administration for this opportunity and I want to thank everyone at Western Michigan for the four great years in Kalamazoo.”

Missouri, moving to the SEC from the Big 12 for this upcoming season, finished with an overall record of 30-5 last season, including 14-4 in the conference.

The Tigers’ season ended with a loss to underdog Norfolk State in the Round of 64 of the NCAA tournament.

In July, assistant Ryan Miller left Missouri after just two months with the team to take a job with head coach Tony Barbee at Auburn.

Photo Credit: Western Michigan Athletics

Daniel Martin is a writer and editor at JohnnyJungle.com, covering St. John’s. You can find him on Twitter:@DanielJMartin_