The Morning Mix


– Zach Tomaselli, one of the Bernie Fine accusers, finally admitted to fabricating his entire story. Tomaselli is in the process of being booked for  sexual crimes and will serve a three years in jail. But despite all this, lawyers continue to pursue a defamation lawsuit against Jim Boeheim 

– Want to know how it’s officially the off-season? We get to read some preseason top-25 evaluations. As if releasing a preseason top-25 in April was too early, now we get to see what was wrong with it (Insiders Only)

– Iowa, Iowa State, Northern Iowa, and Drake will play in the inuagural Big-4 Classic next December. An in-state double-header like this should be mandatory for every state in the country

– Murray state head coach Steve Prohm is reportedly in talks with LSU right now about their head coaching vacancy. In his first year as head coach of the Racers, Prohm led them to a school best 24-game win streak and was the last team in the country to lose a game.

Memphis assistant coach Jack Murphy has been tabbed as the man responsible for rebuilding the Northern Arizona program. The Lumberjacks former head coach Mike Adras left the team in December after a dismal start, and the program is in need of a reboot

– Former-Washington head coach Tippy Dye, who led the Huskies to the school’s only Final Four appearance, passed away on Wednesday afternoon. He was 97 years old

UConn’s freshman phenom Andre Drummond has decided to enter the NBA draft. He had a decent-but-not-quite-phenominal season, yet is still expected to be a top-5 pick.  If you remember correctly, he assured the media back in January that he would return. Listen, if you aren’t sure, don’t say it. Keep quiet. We don’t care if you don’t say anything. But if you say something. Try to stick to you word.

– It’s becoming more and more common for a recruit to sign with a school, then unofficially help the school recruit another player. Even if it’s through text messages or twitter, it can be effective. Arizona recruit Gabe York helped to get Kaleb Tarczewski, Grant Jerrett and Brandon Ashley to sign with the Wildcats

– All of Kentucky’s big-time recruits, Alex Poythress, Archie Goodwin and Nerlens Noel are confident that the Wildcats can repeat as champions

Officials from Central Florida will be in Indianapolis on Friday for the school’s hearing to determine whether the school’s self-imposed penalties are sufficient after an investigation into major recruiting violations within its football and basketball programs.

– Pretty shocking news out of Madison, as highly-regarded redshirt freshman big-man Jarrod Uthoff has decided to transfer, and is disputing the restrictions on his scholarship release

– Another former hoopster has been signed by a NFL team to play tight end. Former-Cal State Fullerton forward Andre Hardy has been signed by the Oakland Raiders as a free agent. The best tight end of all-time (Tony Gonzalez), the last decade (Antonio Gates) and the future (Jimmy Graham) were all former college basketball players

Danny Manning has added three coaches to his staff at Tulsa, including a former-assistant from Kansas

– Former-LIU-Brooklyn coach Jim Ferry was officially introduced as the new head coach at Duquesne

– Utah was the worst BCS-conference team in the country last year. They should be begging recruits to come play for them. Instead they are forcing recruits out. I don’t see how this can possibly work

– Jabari Parker, the top recruit in the class of 2013, was named as the Gatorade National Player of the Year

– Former-Wolverine and Fab-Five member Jalen Rose is kinda pissed off that Michigan has no plans to raise the Final Four banner that was vacated due to NCAA violations

Rick Majerus is the latest coach to discuss, and subsequently turn down SMU’s head coaching opening

– It looks like Florida State freshman Antwan Space is transferring

– Louisville senior Jared Swopshire has one year of eligibility left, and has decided to transfer to Northwestern in order to use it. Many wondered if it was because of playing time issues, but sources confirm that is has to do with scholarship numbers

– Villanova’s Dominic Cheek is turning pro, and he say’s its because he wants to help support is aging grandmother

– Syracuse fans cope with having Nerlens Noel reject them by wondering if maybe not getting him was a good thing

A solid Q&A with first-year Navy head coach Ed DeChellis. He discusses his first season in Annapolis, if his team met his expectations, and what lies ahead

Could Texas-transfer Sterling Gibbs be headed to Seton Hall? The Pirates will need some backcourt players, he was initially recruited by the school and his brother Ashton played in the Big East for four seasons

– John Calipari got the key to the city of Pikeville while on a championship tour of the state. In typical Kentucky fashion, the commemorative plaque had several

– Fun fact of the day: Did you know that a player from a BCS-conference school hasn’t led the country in scoring since Purdue’s Glenn “Big Dog” Robinson did it in 1994? (An extra +1000 points if you can spot my Alma mater on this list)

– With the signing of Nerlens Noel, Kentucky Sports Radio did us the honor of ranking the top-5 best flat-tops of all time. Not having Kid n’ Play on here is a mistake. Serious, somebody needs to make sure Nerlens does this with Archie Goodwin at next season’s Big Blue Madness