The Morning Mix


Are you in need of money? Do you need a cash loan or an advance on your next paycheck? Well, we have the solution: Hit up the Big East for money.

– The once “super-conference” made two big deals yesterday, getting $7.5-million from Pittsburgh for their exit fee, and reached a settlement with TCU for $5-million. Sure, the quality of revenue-generating sports might suck, but the guys running the show will be swimming in cash.

– If you read one thing today, make sure it’s Luke Winn’s piece on “up-transferring”, one of the more fashionable trends in transferring protocol. The guys at Mid-Major Madness provide a great response to Winn’s article

– Of course I want to know what Jake Voskuhl thinks about Jim Calhoun’s off-season coaching decision!

– ESPN’s Summer Shootaround series took to the Mountain West Conference yesterday: Most important players, Five freshman to watch

Jeff Goodman reminds us that at one point in time Mason Plumlee was thought the be a sure-first “one-and-done” player

– Hinkle Fieldhouse could get a visit from the ESPN GameDay crew this year for a showdown between mid-major powerhouses Butler and Gonzaga. Seriously, it’s about damn time GameDay made it to Hinkle. The place is magical

– Speaking of GameDay, it appears as if Kentucky will get to host one of the weekly events (Much to the chagrin of Digger Phelps)

– Would Kentucky be better suited in the Big-Ten Conference? KSR has ten reasons why it makes sense

– If you aren’t already sick of the media circus surrounding the recruitment of the Harrison twins, the Washington Post provides even more.

– Clemson sophomore guard Devin Coleman tore his ACL during a conditioning drill on Tuesday and it’s likely that he misses the entire season.  Coleman spent the end of last season recovering from a groin injury

– T.J. Taylor spent less than a month at Marquette before deciding to leave school. (This doesn’t bode well for Jeff Goodman’s 2012-2013 transfer list)

– The undefeated Baylor women’s basketball team visited with President Obama this week. Listen, I like the guy, and would have voted for him if I didn’t provide a write-in (Arenas/Portis ’08 baby!) vote. But even I can’t help but think that he is spending an awful lot of time hanging out at sporting events. Just saying.

– Legendary Georgetown coach John Thompson on Penn State scandal: “I feel bad for Joe Paterno”


Troy Machir is the managing editor of the college basketball website Ballin’ is a Habit. You can find him on twitter @TroyMachir.