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Former Arkansas forward joins Middle Tennessee State program

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Just over a month ago forward Jacorey Williams was one of three Arkansas players (Anton Beard and Dustin Thomas being the others) arrested on charges of first degree suspicion of forgery in relation to their alleged use of counterfeit money. That case was Williams’ latest misstep away from the court, one that eventually led to Arkansas dismissing him from the program.

Thursday the Murfreesboro Daily News Journal reported that Williams has joined the Middle Tennessee State basketball program. This report comes a couple days after the move was first discussed by multiple outlets, with head coach Kermit Davis providing the paper with a comment on the additions of Williams and junior college transfer Aldonis Foote to the team.

“We trust our culture and structure will benefit both of these young men to be successful on and off the court,” Davis said. “We have done our due diligence in this process and look forward to Jacorey having a very productive red-shirt year.

“Jacorey loved his time at Arkansas, but is looking forward to playing closer to his home of Birmingham next season.”

The 6-foot-8 Williams will have one season of eligibility remaining after he sits out the 2015-16 campaign, and it should be noted that the legal case that led to his dismissal from the Arkansas program has yet to be resolved. The arrignment hearings for Williams, Beard and Thomas, which were originally scheduled for August 24, were postponed until September 2.

Williams averaged 4.8 points and 2.8 rebounds per game for the Razorbacks last season.

After turning down Southern Miss, Kermit Davis signs extension with Middle Tennessee

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Just one day after it was reported that Kermit Davis was not interested in the job at Southern Miss, it becomes clear exactly why.

Middle Tennessee has announced that Davis has signed a five-year extension with the school, keeping him in town through the 2016-17 season.

“My family and I truly love Middle Tennessee State University and the city of Murfreesboro,” said Davis in a statement. “We have a great culture of players, coaches, and support staff that eagerly awaits the start of the 2012-13 campaign.

“A tremendous nucleus of players return from our 27-win, championship team, along with two quality recruits which makes the upcoming season very exciting.”

The Blue Raiders won the Sun Belt regular-season championship with a conference record of 14-2, but lost out on an NCAA tournament bid to Western Kentucky.

They went on to compete in the NIT, where they advanced to the quarterfinals, before losing to Minnesota.

Davis’s recruiting class in 2012 is headed by 6-1 point guard Trantel Knight, who averaged 8.2 points and 3.9 rebounds as a freshman at Middle Georgia, before transferring to Chipola Junior College (Fl.).

“I am appreciative of the opportunity to lead Middle Tennessee basketball into what we think will be one of the most exciting times in program history,” Davis said in closing.

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

Report: Middle Tennessee’s Kermit Davis not interested in Southern Miss job

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According to Gary Parrish of CBSSports.com, Middle Tennessee head coach Kermit Davis will not pursue the job opening at Southern Mississippi and will, instead, stay put at MTSU for now.

A source told Parrish that the job at Southern Miss was Davis’, “if he wanted it,” even without a formal offer.

Davis and the Blue Raiders finished 27-7 on the season, including 14-2 in the Sun Belt, but missed the NCAA tournament.

They garnered a bid to the NIT, where they advanced to the quarterfinals before losing to Minnesota.

The head coaching job at Southern Miss opened up this month when Golden Eagles coach Larry Eustachy left to take over the same position at Colorado State. He replaces Tim Miles, who left for Nebraska.

Under Eustachy in 2011-12, Southern Miss made it to the NCAA tournament, before losing to Kansas State in the Round of 64.

Parrish reports that other possible candidates to fill the opening include Nebraska coach Doc Sadler, Wichita State assistant Greg Heiar, and former Mississippi State assistant Phil Cunningham.

The Golden Eagles could also hire from the within, perhaps promoting assistant Steve Barnes.

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