Maui Invitational is moving to Asheville, North Carolina; will be played a week later

CBS Sports

The 2020 Maui Invitational is moving to Asheville, North Carolina. The perennial most prestigious in-season tournament is now scheduled to be played from Nov. 30-Dec. 2, it was announced Friday. 

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5-star forward Harrison Ingram commits to Stanford

The Score

Highly touted small forward Harrison Ingram has committed to Stanford, he announced Friday.

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Louisville wants nonconference bubble Nov. 25-Dec. 5

Yardbarker

Add the Louisville Cardinals to the list of college basketball programs embracing isolated bubble sites for nonconference play. 

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2020 Maui Invitational moved to Asheville

ESPN

The 2020 Maui Invitational is moving to North Carolina, sources told ESPN.

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Jamarius Burton eligible for Texas Tech Red Raiders after NCAA transfer waiver

Dallas Morning News

According to head coach Chris Beard, Texas Tech transfer Jamarius Burton has been granted a waiver by the NCAA to play for the Red Raiders this season.

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NCAA schedules return date for college basketball season on Nov. 25

14 News

The NCAA has reportedly set a date for the return of college basketball.

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Five-star Nathan Bittle, the nation’s No. 17 prospect, commits to Ducks

CBS Sports

Oregon landed its first basketball commitment of the 2021 recruiting cycle Tuesday, and it's a big one. Five-star center Nathan Bittle announced his pledge to the Ducks, giving Dana Altman the seventh five-star commitment of his tenure at the school. The 6-foot-11 Bittle is ranked the No. 17 overall player in the 2021 class, according to the 247Sports Composite ranking. He chose Oregon over Gonzaga and UCLA, among others. 

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Orlando to host EIGHT early season college basketball events

College Hoops Today

The Champions Classic is going to Disney World!

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2020 Battle 4 Atlantis moved to South Dakota

The Score

This year's Battle 4 Atlantis, one of college basketball's marquee early season tournaments, will take place at the Sanford Pentagon in South Dakota, sources told CBS Sports' Jon Rothstein.

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University at Buffalo basketball player charged in stabbing of Canisius basketball player

Buffalo News

A University at Buffalo basketball player was arrested Friday after North Tonawanda police said he stabbed a basketball player from Canisius College during a pickup game.

Malik Zachery was charged with second-degree assault and fourth-degree criminal possession of a weapon, in connection with the incident at 875 Eggert Drive, which is the address of St. Matthew Lutheran Church.

In a statement, the university said Zachery has been suspended indefinitely from the UB men's basketball program, but remains enrolled in school.

The athletic departments at both schools confirmed earlier Friday that a player from each program was involved in an incident Wednesday night in North Tonawanda.

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Michigan State basketball’s Tom Izzo likes how his team sacrificed in unprecedented summer

Detroit Free Press

It has been six months of uncertainty since Michigan State basketball and the rest of the college hoops  world slammed on the brakes in March.

The pandemic and ensuing shutdown did not give Tom Izzo and his staff much of an opportunity to work hands-on with the Spartans as in previous offseasons. But the Hall of Fame coach has been impressed with the maturity of his returning players as they try to seek the consistency he demands.

“The one thing I did enjoy about the summer because everybody was sacrificing, I thought everybody made good improvements,” Izzo told the Free Press Tuesday by phone Tuesday. "I didn't walk away, even to the staff, and say, 'Well, that guy wasted the summer.' So that was encouraging.”

That meant trying to keep his players focused on a number of things via phone and video calls and text messages over the past six months — checking in to make sure they are not going out in large crowds, seeing how they are doing academically with remote classes, figuring out how much basketball-related work they have been getting in on top of it all.

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NCAA not looking to expand 2021 national tournament field

The Score

The NCAA has no plans to allow nearly every Division I basketball program to compete in the 2021 NCAA Tournament.

"Every college basketball team's goal is to play in the NCAA Tournament because everyone loves March Madness," Dan Gavitt, the organization's senior vice president of basketball, told Andy Katz of NCAA.com. "Certainly we missed it this year and can't wait for 2021."

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ACC, led by Mike Krzyzewski, to propose every Division I college basketball team make the 2021 NCAA Tournament

CBS Sports

The ACC is drafting a proposal in which every Division I college basketball team would automatically qualify for the 2021 NCAA Tournament, a source told CBS Sports. The idea, if ratified, would transform the regular 68-team NCAA Tournament bracket into a mega-March Madness tournament with more than 350 teams vying for an NCAA championship.

Stadium's Jeff Goodman reports that Duke coach Mike Krzyzewski is the one spearheading the proposal from the ACC, with the league's coaches in lockstep with him via unanimous approval as a way to shake up the sport in a unique and unprecedented way.

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FSU Hoops Coach Sue Semrau Takes Season Off to Help with Mom’s Cancer Battle

TMZ

Florida State coaching legend Sue Semrau will step away from the women's basketball program this season to focus on caring for her mother, who is battling ovarian cancer.

Semrau says she's been traveling back and forth from Tallahassee to the family home in Seattle to help out, but the COVID pandemic has complicated things.

"For the past several months I’ve found it increasingly difficult to commute back and forth due to the tedious and ever-changing restrictions as a result of COVID-19," Semrau said.

So, instead of trying to split her time between work and family, Semrau announced she will "step away from the day-to-day coaching through March 2021."

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Hall of Fame, USA Basketball mourn death of Tom Jernstedt; nicknamed ‘Father of the Final Four’

NBA.com

The Basketball Hall of Fame Family celebrates the life and mourns the passing of legendary basketball administrator Tom Jernstedt. Jernstedt, enshrined as a member of the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame in 2017, has passed away at the age of 75.

“Tom Jernstedt was a humble and unsung steward of the game,” said John L. Doleva, President and CEO of the Basketball Hall of Fame. “Under his direction, the NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament grew into a phenomenon that brings college basketball fans together on a global scale. He will forever be remembered as the Father of the Final Four and one of the most respected leaders in basketball.”

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Patrick Ewing feels responsibility to carry on John Thompson’s legacy

New York Post

Georgetown basketball coach Patrick Ewing said he hopes to carry on the legacy of his former coach and mentor John Thompson, who died three days before his 79th birthday on Sunday.

“His legacy will always live on,” Ewing, a Knicks legend, said on a video call with reporters. “Through me, through Alonzo [Mourning], through Dikembe [Mutombo], through all of the people he’s coached.

“He has done a great job of teaching us not only to be great athletes but also great human beings. Now it’s my role, my responsibility to keep doing those things to the kids I’m teaching.”

Ewing played at Georgetown and won the 1984 national championship under Thompson. He returned to the school as a coach in 2017 after a 17-year NBA career.

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There’s No Stopping an Obsessed Dick Vitale

The Big Lead

Dick Vitale is fresh off the tennis court. The routine morning workout has done nothing to sap what seems like a bottomless tank of energy. And we're talking singles, not doubles, for the 81-year-old.

"I wake up with a purpose each day, something to do," he says. "I think what happens a lot of the time is people get stale when they get older."

We talk for 45 minutes. He fires fast as he always does. In a million directions as he always does. There are open-ended questions but Vitale may have the market cornered on open-ended answers.

He is — against all odds — even more passionate than he typically is on air, even in the throes of a Duke-Kentucky classic. Ask him about the V Foundation or his annual eponymous gala for pediatric cancer research and the floodgates open, a deluge of facts, figures and deeply personal anecdotes.

"I'm obsessed with it," Vitale says. "I've been doing it for 15 years. We think that after this year we're going to have 38 million that we raised for cancer research. If you told me that back when I first started I'd have thought you were crazy."

COVID forced Vitale and the V Foundation to draw up a new play this year with large, in-person gatherings off the table. The effervescent broadcaster concedes that the realization dampened his enthusiasm.

"I was down," he admits.

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San Diego State signs basketball coach Brian Dutcher to 6-year extension

San Diego Union-Tribune

Brian Dutcher performed a major renovation to his North County home a few years ago, with the kind of personal indoor and outdoor upgrades you do if you plan to live there for a while.

And it looks like he will, judging by the contract extension recently finalized as San Diego State’s basketball coach after a 30-2 season, No. 6 national ranking and dreams of a deep run in the NCAA Tournament before it was canceled.

The six-year renovation to his contract is worth $7.855 million, making him the highest paid basketball coach in the Mountain West not counting a lucrative bonus structure that could be worth another $400,000 per season. It is fully guaranteed and includes a buyout that starts at a whopping $6.925 million — essentially wedding the two parties for its duration, making it expensive for SDSU to fire him and equally expensive for someone else to hire him.

“I’ve been here 20 years,” said Dutcher, who will be 66 when his contract expires following the 2025-26 season. “This is where I’ve wanted to be. I learned a long time ago in coaching that if you’re going to take a job, have the best job in your conference. And I think San Diego State is the best job in the Mountain West.

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Basketball oversight committee to propose Nov. 25 season start date

The Score

The men's and women's basketball oversight committee will propose a Nov. 25 season start date to the Division I council for the 2020-21 campaign, CBS Sports' Jon Rothstein reports.

NCAA Senior vice president Dan Gavitt previously said the organization would decide on the upcoming season's start date in mid-September.

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Michigan Wolverines, Texas Longhorns eliminate jobs, cut salaries

ESPN

The University of Michigan athletics department on Tuesday announced it has eliminated 21 positions as it faces a potential $100 million loss in revenue for the 2020-2021 fiscal year because of the coronavirus pandemic.

Michigan athletic director Warde Manuel said the department will also evaluate temporary furloughs and reductions in hours for staff as additional information about competitions and sports seasons becomes known.

"The decision to implement staffing reductions was not made lightly and is difficult because of the deep impact on all aspects of our department and especially those who are directly affected," Manuel said. "We will continue to identify all necessary strategies to mitigate our circumstances, and we will continue to support our dedicated colleagues who have been so greatly affected."

Manuel went on to say 15 positions that have come open in recent weeks and months will not be filled.

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Allen Iverson, Dikembe Mutombo honor late John Thompson

The Score

Two of John Thompson's former college players, Hall of Famers Allen Iverson and Dikembe Mutombo, took to social media on Monday to pay their respects to the Hall of Fame coach after he died at the age of 78.

"May you always Rest in Paradise, where there is no pain or suffering. I will always see your face in my mind, hoping that I made you proud. 'Your Prodigal Son,'" Iverson wrote.

Iverson played for Thompson for two seasons from 1994 to 1996. 

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Legendary Georgetown coach John Thompson Jr. dies at age 78

ESPN

Legendary Georgetown coach John Thompson Jr., known simply as "Big John" throughout college basketball, has died at age 78.

Thompson, who led Georgetown to the 1984 national championship, built the program into a juggernaut, taking the Hoyas to three Final Fours in the 1980s while also winning seven Big East titles and leading the 1988 United States national team to a bronze medal in the Olympics.

His coaching legacy includes the recruitment and development of four players in the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame: Patrick Ewing, Alonzo Mourning, Dikembe Mutombo and Allen Iverson.

"This is a person that, when I came to college — I was 18 — helped me to grow," Ewing, the current Georgetown coach, said during Big East media day last October. "Even though my mom and dad were always there, he was always a person I could pick up the phone and call if I had a problem or if I had a question."

Thompson, who was inducted into the Hall of Fame in 1999, was a pioneer credited with opening the door for a generation of minority coaches.?His national title run in 1984 was the first by a Black head coach and altered the perception of Black coaches.

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Kentucky basketball player Keion Brooks Jr. supports changing name of Rupp Arena

ESPN

Kentucky basketball forward Keion Brooks Jr. said he backs a push by Black faculty members in the school's African American and Africana Studies department to change the name of Rupp Arena. The group recently requested the change, saying Adolph Rupp's legacy is tied to a history of racism and discrimination.

Brooks, a member of the National Association of Basketball Coaches Player Development Coalition, averaged 4.5 PPG last season. He said he's still gathering more information about Rupp but stated that he supports a name change.

"Being honest, I haven't educated myself well enough on Adolph Rupp or just the whole situation at hand to really give you my thoughts on it," said Brooks, who is also a member of the SEC Council on Racial Equality and Social Justice. "From what I do know, I would like to see a name change just basically because of what his name is and what that's connected to and what that kind of represents. I would like to see a name change."

In June, the group of Black faculty members at Kentucky listed their request about Rupp Arena's name as part of a comprehensive set of action items submitted to the university's leadership. Per the letter, Rupp's name has "come to stand for racism and exclusion in [Kentucky] athletics and alienates Black students, fans, and attendees."

In an exclusive statement to ESPN on Friday, the same group of Black faculty members commended Brooks and called him a key leader. The group has also asked John Calipari and his team to meet with it to discuss the arena's name.

"The faculty of the African American [and] Africana Studies Program and the Commonwealth Institute of Black Studies offer our support to Keion Brooks, Jr.," the statement said. "He courageously supported our call to change the name of Rupp Arena. Mr. Brooks has made this stand knowing full well the vitriol he will face from a segment of University of Kentucky sports fans. Mr. Brooks is already a leader on these issues as a member of the [SEC Council on Racial Equality and Social Justice]. We welcome Mr. Brooks, his teammates, Coach Calipari, and his staff to meet with us to educate him and others further about why Rupp's name should be removed from the arena. Finally, we encourage Mr. Brooks, student-athletes, and students interested in these issues to consider enrolling in our Race and Sports class in Spring 2021."

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After UNC’s complaint, Twitter takes down Eric Trump’s doctored Roy Williams video

Yahoo! Sports

A complaint from the University of North Carolina seems to have led to Twitter taking down a video posted by Eric Trump featuring the face of his father President Donald Trump overlaid onto the body of UNC basketball coach Roy Williams.

The younger Trump published the video in question on Wednesday morning after Day 2 of the Republic National Convention, according to The News & Observer.

With the caption “Backstage last night at the #RNC,” the president’s face had been placed on the body of Williams in a famous clip of the coach dancing with his players after a win over Duke in 2016. Other figures including Eric and Donald Trump Jr., Terrence K. Williams and Kanye West were reportedly edited into the video, while some players had “Make America Great Again” hats edited onto their heads.

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Memphis’ Landers Nolley immediately eligible after NCAA grants waiver

Memphis Commercial Appeal

Landers Nolley II will play for Memphis next season. 

According to a source within the athletic department, the NCAA approved the Tigers' request for a waiver that grants the Virginia Tech transfer immediate eligibility. The source requested anonymity because no official announcement has been made. 

Nolley took to Twitter Thursday afternoon to react to the news. 

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