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During testimony at a trial last October, Sood said he gave about $19,500 in 2017 to the father of top recruit Brian Bowen Jr. to get him to commit to the University of Louisville. After the payments were revealed, Bowen left Louisville. The school also fired coach Rick Pitino. Last year, Sood was among defendants sued by Bowen in federal court in South Carolina.
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Ramsey Nijem, the Sacramento Kings’ head strength and conditioning coach the last three seasons, says he wasn’t actively looking to leave the NBA for college basketball when a similar position opened at Kansas on Aug. 15. Yet the more he thought about it, the more the NBA’s youngest head trainer (at the age of 28) desired to be the person to replace Andrea Hudy, Texas’ new basketball trainer who spent 15 seasons at KU..
Enter Hazan — who at the beginning of his career was the youngest NBA agent to sign a client — and currently reps a slate of pro ballers. Not only does Hazan explain why the rule is bad for young agents, but says it will ultimately hurt the NCAA by driving players out of college basketball. Hazan thinks young players will be more motivated to find other avenues to the NBA — whether it’s playing overseas or other semi-pro leagues in the U.S. […] Hazan says he doesn’t think the rule will last more than a year before the NCAA realizes its mistake.
Four-star point guard R.J. Davis was in town Friday on an official visit to Pitt, just one stop on his college tour as he decides what university he wants to attend in 2020. During his visit, Davis ran into three-time NBA champion Steph Curry, who just happened to be hanging around the Pitt facilities. Davis posted a photo of himself and the Golden State Warriors point guard to his Instagram story Friday evening.
Marc J. Spears: Two-time #NBA All-Star @David West and his fellow executive members of the @hb_league offered an update and game plan today on their upstart professional college-aged basketball league paying $50K-$150K over the summer months that they plan to debut in 2020.

Through dozens of interviews over the past two years with NBA team and league officials, current and former players, AAU coaches, parents, youth players, researchers, medical and athletic training officials in and around the NBA, as well as those intimately involved with youth basketball, one possible answer repeatedly emerged: Players, they say, are physically broken down by the time they reach the NBA. “It is grave,” says one NBA general manager, who says his team’s injury databases on players entering the draft, dating back decades, leave “no question” that there are more orthopedic issues among young players in recent years. “It’s very sad, where a kid has an NBA body, he’s got NBA talent, he’s got even an NBA mentality, but he doesn’t have a body that can withstand the rigors of the training and the actual games, whether it’s to get to the NBA or just to hold up. It’s a tough deal.”
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“It’s an epidemic,” says Leo Papile, who founded and has coached the Boston Amateur Basketball Club on Nike’s Elite Youth Basketball League circuit — arguably the most prestigious grassroots circuit — for four decades. “I have many kids who are going to go play in college next year,” says Dr. Neeru Jayanthi, the Director of Sports Medicine Research and Education at Emory Healthcare in the Atlanta area and one of the leading researchers on youth sports, “and this whole year has just been about trying to get healthy so they can step on that doorstep as a freshman and actually have a chance to participate.” Says Jayanthi: “Kids are broken by the time they get to college.”
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In his career, Jordan battled the hard-hitting “Bad Boys” Pistons and legendarily played through most any injury. In Jordan’s day, the gold standard for durability was simple: start all 82 NBA regular-season games, which he did in eight of his 13 seasons in Chicago. But it’s not as if Jordan was a relentless baller all year long. “When the season ended, Michael left and played golf and didn’t pick up a basketball again until probably a little bit before training camp [in September],” says Wally Blase, a Bulls athletic trainer from 1993-2000. “He might have played pickup ball with some friends, but he wasn’t working eight hours a day at some gym with some shooting coach.” (And in contrast to the myth that has grown around him, Jordan, Blase notes, didn’t treat every practice as if it were Game 7: “There were days when Michael would show up, put ice on his knees, go smoke a cigar and then go play 18 holes of golf.”)
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“Chuck recognizes that his failure to manage his money responsibly led him to make the worst decision of his entire life,” the lawyers said. “He grew up poor and suddenly came into millions of dollars without a clue how to manage it. Chuck spent too freely, gave to anyone who asked, made dreadful investment decisions, and turned to high interest loans as his financial circumstances deteriorated.”
In a revealing profile written by ESPN’s Ramona Shelburne, there’s an anecdote from his assistant coach at Saginaw High School, Bruce Simmons, where Draymond called him after a game against Ohio State his freshman year and told him he intended to leave Michigan State and transfer to another school. “He called and said, ‘Coach Bruce, I’m going to transfer. (expletive) this (expletive).’ And I said, ‘Noooo. We don’t do that. This is what you’re going to do. You’re going to go into practice. (Senior) Marquise Gray is getting your minutes. Bust his ass. Talk (expletive) to him. And then when you’re doing that, look at Izzo, because Izzo is putting this (guy) on the court instead of you.'”
“I am very excited about the opportunity to lead the University of Michigan’s storied basketball program,” Howard said, per the release. “I have been very fortunate to be part of a great championship organization in the Miami Heat for the last nine years — three as a player and six as a coach. It was always going to take something incredibly special to for me to leave Miami; however, I know in my heart this is the right place and the right time.”
According to sources, Beilen, the previous head coach at the University of Michigan, will receive a five-year deal. He interviewed with the Cavaliers early last week in Ann Arbor and the two sides agreed to keep those conversations quiet out of respect for the university. After that meeting, the Cavs continued with the rest of their interviews. Beilein talked face to face with Cavs owner Dan Gilbert on Friday and Cleveland moved forward with the remainder of the schedule interviews. Following meetings with Denver’s Jordi Fernandez and Wes Unseld Jr. along with Portland’s David Vanterpool, the Cavs believed Beilein was the best person for the job.

Cavaliers hiring John Beilein as head coach

University of Michigan coach John Beilein has agreed to a five-year contract to become the Cleveland Cavaliers coach, league sources told ESPN. Beilein reached a deal with the Cavaliers on Sunday and informed Michigan’s administration of his decision to leave for the NBA on Monday morning, sources said.
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Beilein, 66, has been entertaining thoughts about the NBA for several years and had detailed discussions with two franchises a year ago — Orlando and Detroit — before deciding to return to Michigan. Beilein didn’t want to move his wife that far from Michigan, and the Pistons borderline playoff roster with little financial flexibility to make changes made staying in-state less appealing. Cleveland’s rebuild status, based on point guard Collin Sexton and a 14 percent chance — along with New York and Phoenix — to earn the No. 1 pick in Tuesday’s NBA draft lottery were appealing to Beilein.
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On the first day of May, a hush fell over a Manhattan federal courtroom as wooden doors opened and lawyers and defendants entered and took their seats. Soon after the judge ordered the day’s proceedings to begin, defense attorney Steve Haney said, “Thank you, your honor, and at this time, we would call Christian Dawkins.” It was a surprising development in a trial that had been highly anticipated in college basketball circles for months. Everyone directed their gaze toward the defense counsel’s table as Dawkins, 26, slowly rose from his seat and approached the witness stand. He would make a case for his innocence to the jury; the cost of failure could mean a prison sentence. Dawkins stood trial alongside Merl Code, a former Adidas consultant. Federal prosecutors were accusing the men of conspiring to bribe assistant basketball coaches to influence players to sign with Dawkins’s management company once they turned professional. The trial was the result of a three-year FBI investigation into corruption in the sport.
As I watched Dawkins testify, I saw him as a cautionary tale for the consequences of sidestepping a system designed to keep NCAA basketball players from being paid for their labor. In the prosecution’s opening remarks, Assistant U.S. Attorney Eli Mark said: “This is a case about money, bribes, and basketball. It’s about the seedy underground of college sports and two insiders who are looking to cheat to get ahead.”
Mullin is uncertain what the future holds, but hinted that he would like to return to the NBA, where he spent five years as an executive in the front office with the Golden State Warriors, then worked with the Sacramento Kings as an advisor and even did some broadcast work. “I’m not 100 percent sure what direction I’m going to go, but having all those different experiences I think will help moving forward,” Mullin said. “One thing I’ve always focused on is who is around me, who I’m with, so that’ll become clear in due time.
Now, after more than 19 months on the sidelines waiting to fully engage the broadest scandal to ever hit college hoops, NCAA Enforcement personnel is in the game. Can they win it? The definitive answer to that question likely won’t be known before 2020, but the legwork has begun and will soon accelerate. The credibility of the NCAA as an investigative body is at stake. “For all the good in college basketball, we’ve had this cloud over our head for too long,” said the Oklahoma athletic director Joe Castiglione. “As I talk to people throughout the industry, this is our one opportunity to aggregate our resources and address those who have tried to cheat their way through the business. I understand there are many complexities, I understand it’s going to require some time, but it’s time to get this right.”
Storyline: NCAA Scandal
Yahoo Sports spoke to a pair of former NCAA investigators who expressed general pessimism about how this investigation will play out in terms of the NCAA enforcement staff being able to achieve significant results. Even with the help of evidence, documents and testimony from the federal trials and the ability to directly import such information, they predicted the NCAA will struggle to find cooperative witnesses and corroborating evidence. (Also, there is little chance the court will accede to a motion from the NCAA asking for access to government evidence that was not entered into court.) “In terms of bringing down big-name coaches or putting big-time programs on probation with significant penalties, I am less confident that’s going to happen,” said Dan Matheson, a professor of sport management at the University of Iowa and a former NCAA associate director of enforcement. “I have not got the impression, at least from what’s available publicly in the news, that there’s been a lot of individuals that are offering up the big-name coaches. Going back to when this case was announced a couple of years ago, I don’t think you’ve seen the wide net being cast that’s brought in the number of big-time coaches that were originally expected. The damage is being limited to some of these assistant coaches.”
A former NBA ref who went into the bespoke suit business pleaded guilty on Tuesday to paying bribes to former Auburn coach and professional player Chuck “The Rifleman” Person as part of the massive NCAA basketball bribery scandal that has resulted in prison time for several participants. Rashan Michel, 44, pleaded guilty in Manhattan federal court to conspiracy to commit bribery.
Storyline: NCAA Scandal
An FBI-intercepted phone call from June 2017 between basketball middleman Christian Dawkins and then-Arizona associate head coach Emanuel “Book” Richardson was played in federal court Wednesday morning. On the call, Richardson tells Dawkins that Arizona head coach Sean Miller was paying, or had promised to pay, $10,000 a month for Deandre Ayton, who would go on to become the No. 1 pick in the 2018 NBA draft.
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On one call between Dawkins and Richardson, the two discussed Ayton and the possibility of Dawkins’ management company eventually signing Ayton. That’s when Miller came up. “You know what he bought per month,” Richardson said on the call concerning what Richardson believed was Miller’s agreement with Ayton. “What he do?” Dawkins asked. “I told you, 10,” Richardson said. Later, Dawkins said, “Hey, he’s putting up some real money for them [racial slur].”
Three assistant coaches were shown on FBI videotapes receiving cash in the Las Vegas hotel room: former TCU assistant Corey Barker received $6,000, former Creighton assistant Preston Murphy received $6,000 and former USC assistant Tony Bland received $13,000, which he claimed he needed for the recruitment of Bagley. “He wasn’t going to go to UCLA and he wasn’t going to go to Duke,” Blazer testified Bland had told them. “Tony was very confident that he had Marvin locked in with USC.”
Storyline: NCAA Scandal