Its Crazy Out There
The world of college basketball continues to amaze me with stories that just make you shake your head. just this week:
1. Indiana offers a basketball scholarship to an 8th grader. Yes, he is the brother of Indiana star Eric Gordon, and yes, he is already being recruited by Michigan State, Ohio State, etc, but give me a break. He is 14 years old. He expects an offer from Purdue as well.
2. 71 year old Larry Borwn is the new head coach at SMU. Yes, that Larry Brown. This will be his 12th coaching job, nine in the NBA. SMU's basketball program is about where its football program before June Jones, but come on, is Larry Brown the answer.
3. Kentucky's entire starting 5 declares for the draft. One and done is one thing, but this is riduculous. Yes they won it all this year, but is Kentucky simply the Class A minor league for the entire NBA. And can you discount that one or more of these guys might have had shoe deals and/ or agents before the tournament. Dont cry for Kentucky however. they have a top 5 recruiting class of a new crop of one and done.
4. Bo Ryan of Wiscconsin tries to limit where one of his players can transfer to until it became a big media issue and now that player can transfer to any school not in the Big Ten. Coaches can leave whenever and to wherever they want, but I guess players have to go only where their coach says they can.
5. The NCAA turns down UCONN and Toledo"s appeals that will prevent them playing in the post -season next year because their APR's are so low. Because of poor grades and transfer issues, these two schools academic scores are a joke, and i commend the NCAA for holding firm dispite much political pressure. I dont agree with alot of what the NCAA does, but i beleive we are still talking about college sports and " student athletes" ( ha ha).
And that's just this week. Hoopstalk tonight at 7:00 on ESPN. Our next to last show. dont miss it. We will be giving away some one of a kind Final Four items to thank our loyal listeners along with our continuing tour of the Big West and the latest recruiting news.