HoopsHype NCAA rumors

June 15, 2014 Updates

Nevertheless, Blatt will fly to the United States to meet with Cavaliers officials about the job. Cleveland has narrowed its known field to three candidates, including Los Angeles Clippers assistant coaches Alvin Gentry and Tyronn Lue, but owner Dan Gilbert has continued to pursue high-profile college candidates in a far less public, far more clandestine process, sources said. Yahoo! Sports

June 11, 2014 Updates
June 9, 2014 Updates

Earlier Monday, Yahoo Sports reported that Gilbert had offered Kentucky coach John Calipari a seven-year, $60 million deal to serve as president and coach of the team. ESPN put the numbers at $80 million for 10 years. Calipari turned the offer down and signed a seven-year, $52 million deal with Kentucky. Gilbert declined to address the report saying, "It does the franchise no benefit by commenting on coaching search rumors.'' Cleveland Plain Dealer

Marc Stein: Cavs' thought process: If you can convince Calipari to make the move to Cleveland, it gives Cavs MUCH better shot at bringing LeBron home. But Calipari, like Kevin Ollie before him, resisted Cavs' overtures. Billy Donovan & Tom Izzo, as they did w/Wolves, have also resisted Cavs Twitter @ESPNSteinLine

June 7, 2014 Updates

McCants told OTL that Williams was aware of classes in the university's African and African American Studies (AFAM) department in which Tar Heels players were not required to attend but only to turn in a paper near the close of the semester. "I strongly disagree with what Rashad has said," Williams said in a statement released by the athletic department. "In no way did I know about or do anything close to what he says, and I think the players whom I have coached over the years will agree with me. "I have spent 63 years on this Earth trying to do things the right way, and the picture he portrays is not fair to the university or me." Sporting News

Sixteen players from North Carolina's 2005 national championship team issued the following statement Friday to the Associated Press responding to former teammate Rashad McCants' allegations of academic misconduct: "We are proud of our accomplishments both on and off the floor at UNC. With conviction, each one of us is proud to say that we attended class and did our own academic work. We want to thank our advisers and counselors who supported us, while also maintaining the integrity of the institution. We also want to make it clear that Coach (Roy) Williams and his staff operated with the highest level of ethics and integrity within their respective roles. We are forever grateful for the lessons we learned on the court, in the classroom and during our time in Chapel Hill. USA Today Sports

June 6, 2014 Updates
June 5, 2014 Updates

Saunders didn’t offer the job to Memphis Grizzlies coach Dave Joerger as reported, though they did have discussions. Joerger, a Staples, Minn., native, ended up signing a contract extension with the Grizzlies on May 27. “First of all, the interview process was interesting,” Saunders said. “We talked to a lot of people, a lot of good people. Some college guys, [Michigan State’s] Tom Izzo is a friend of mine, [Iowa State’s] Freddie Hoiberg. When you go through that situation they have things they want to do. To coach at [the NBA] level is difficult because there’s a lot of factors that get involved. So when it came down to it and we started going through everybody, I went to Glen this week and I said, ‘Here’s some options we have.’ Then Glen said, based on where our team is right now, I think you’re the best viable option to coach this team and move forward.” Minneapolis Star-Tribune

June 3, 2014 Updates

As for the idea that Brown may be leaving SMU anytime soon, he said he's happy where he is. Beyond the fact that his Mustangs team went from 15-17 in his first season to 27-10 in 2013-14, he's enjoying the unique chance to be near his son, L.J, who just finished his freshman year at SMU. "I'm just so thankful SMU gave me this chance," Brown said. "We have made such progress. We've got a bunch of young kids already committed for the future and I'd love to finish it out here. ... I'd love to see (the Lakers) get a great coach, because I love Mitch and I love that franchise. But I'm thrilled where I am. I feel so fortunate I've had this chance." USA Today Sports

May 28, 2014 Updates

Billy Donovan won’t guarantee he will be back at Florida next season. Five NBA jobs are currently open — including the Cleveland Cavaliers, who have reportedly shown interest in Donovan, winner of two NCAA titles with the Gators. “I think when you start making guarantees about life and start making guarantees about where you’re going to be, that’s not good because if for some reason I ever change my mind and did something, I wouldn’t want (people) saying, ‘Well, he promised, he guaranteed, he said this on record,’” Donovan said, according to the Associated Press. “I just think when you start doing that, that’s a mistake.” ZagsBlog.com

In February, Donovan got a three-year extension that raised his average salary to $3.7 million over the final six years of the deal, which runs through the 2018-19 season. “All I can say is I love Florida, I’m happy here … the school’s been great to me,” said Donovan, who turns 49 on Friday. “But at the same point, some of the NBA stuff, as I’ve said before, is intriguing in a lot of ways — the basketball part of it. That’s not to say that I’m unhappy here; that’s not the case at all.” ZagsBlog.com

May 24, 2014 Updates
May 22, 2014 Updates

Any rumor missing? E-mail us at   hoopshype@hoopshype.com.