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When college basketball left us, Kansas was in the Final Four, Missouri was in the Big 12 and Frank Martin was in Manhattan.
The approaching season will have a different complexion, which was highlighted at Tuesday’s Coaches vs. Cancer Season Tipoff reception at the College Basketball Experience.
Kansas State had a new face with first-year coach Bruce Weber. Missouri’s coach, Frank Haith, was there to talk about life in the Southeastern Conference.
KU’s Bill Self, meanwhile, was talking about starting fresh after last year’s run to the national title game.
“I think we’ll be OK,” Self said. “I think we’ve got a long ways to go. We certainly have some unanswered questions, but I’m excited about their talent.”
…Tuesday’s event brought Self and Weber together on the same stage for the first time as adversaries in the Sunflower Showdown. The KU-K-State series will have a different tone without Martin’s fiery personality, but Weber can see the game taking on even greater meaning now that Missouri plays in the SEC.
“Without the Missouri game, it’s obviously our closest rival and it’s their closest rival,” Weber said. “A lot of people will be talking about it. I know our staff is looking forward to it — not to go against Kansas, but just to be part of a special rivalry like that.”
The Coaches vs. Cancer event provided a forum for some good-natured ribbing between Martin and Self in previous years, but Self didn't prepare anything special for Weber's first appearance.
“Frank would give me (a hard time), and he enjoyed it when I dished it right back,” Self said. “Trust me, it’ll be cordial.”
Kansas and Missouri might be meeting again in men’s basketball sooner than anybody expected.
“The NCAA Selection committee has a strange sense of humor,” KU coach Bill Self said at Tuesday’s Coaches vs. Cancer fundraiser at the College Basketball Experience next to Sprint Center.
He was referring to the possibility of the longtime rivals being placed in the same bracket in the NCAA Tournament.
“I wouldn’t be surprised if it does happen because they are going to be really good in basketball and hopefully we’ll continue to be OK,” Self added.
The powers-that-be at KU, who are adamant about not scheduling former Big 12 partner/current SEC member Missouri, obviously could not prevent such a meeting during March Madness.
As far as regular-season contests ... they won’t be happening anytime soon.
“My feelings haven’t changed at all. I’ll miss playing them. I love the game. It’s my favorite game,” Self said of KU-MU.
“This is above my head, too. I’ve got a chancellor and athletic director and I actually feel strongly about it myself. We are not part of their future and they are not part of ours. ... I don’t see our stance changing. I don’t think Texas is going to play Texas A&M (which also left Big 12 for SEC this season). If they are not going to play A&M, why should we play Missouri or vice versa? Nobody from Missouri has contacted me about playing, not one person. I would think they would want to (play). They know it’s nothing personal. It’s just business. They make business decisions and certainly we can make business decisions.”
…There is another way KU and MU might be forced to play in the future. There are reports that the SEC and Big 12 are in preliminary discussions about a possible preseason challenge between league members.
“I know there has been some talk of that,” said KSU’s Weber. “I’m not sure exactly what will happen.”
“I don’t know how soon it’ll happen, if it’ll happen. I think our league would be very open to it,” Self said of an SEC-Big 12 challenge.
… UMKC coach Brown reported Tuesday that former KU walk-on guard Jordan Juenemann has joined his staff as a graduate assistant.
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The University of Kansas men’s and women’s basketball teams will celebrate the beginning of the 2012-13 season at the 28th annual Late Night in the Phog Friday, Oct. 12, in Allen Fieldhouse.
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Coming off a Sweet 16 appearance, the KU women’s basketball team has one goal: to improve everyday.
Senior point guard Angel Goodrich, who was named preseason first team All–Big 12, looks at the high expectations for the No. 25 ranked Jayhawks as just another reason for them to work hard.
“Our expectation is to pick up where we left off last year,” Goodrich said. “Just get better everyday and not take steps back. You should be hungry to get back there again.”
But for head coach Bonnie Henrickson, building on the success from the Sweet 16 starts in the Big 12, particularly in Allen Fieldhouse.
“We have to win more games in our league. We played with more confidence on the road with a do-or-die attitude trying to get in. We have to transfer that into league play,” Henrickson said. “And I thought there were too many nights in Allen Fieldhouse we were flat.”
Henrickson said she has addressed the team’s performance inside Allen Fieldhouse. She also said that the team needs to play with more energy and consistencey no matter where it is.
“I don’t really know why it’s happened,” Goodrich said. “Home court is supposed to be your home court, and no one is supposed to beat you.”
On the glossy, freshly waxed floor of Allen Fieldhouse, the Kansas women’s basketball players clapped their hands and shook their hips. Even coach Bonnie Henrickson joined in.
The team was practicing its dance routine for Friday’s Late Night in the Phog, and after last year’s Sweet 16 finish, the team has plenty of reasons to smile.
However, the smiles aren’t entirely there because of last season’s finish. The smiles are there because of what they learned from last season’s success.
“As a group, there’s been a maturation process,” Henrickson said. “It’s not all giddy and all fun because we made a run.”
…Even senior forward Carolyn Davis, who suffered a season-ending knee injury last season, feels the higher expectations surrounding this year’s team.
“Once you get that taste, you can’t get it out of your mouth,” Davis said. “You can’t get it out of your system. That’s what you want every year from now. We want to be further than where we were and you have to work hard to get there.”
Those higher expectations center around Davis and senior guard Angel Goodrich, who averaged 14 points last season and was named to this season’s Preseason All-Big 12 first team.
Both seniors, Goodrich and Davis, will be leading Kansas in practice all season. Davis typically does so vocally, while Henrickson says Goodrich leads in a more quiet fashion.
“We want to get back there without any worries this time,” Goodrich said.
The Jayhawks also return sophomore guard Natalie Knight, a former Olathe South standout who provided crucial consistency as a freshman.
Henrickson thinks the Jayhawks will be good. But she also says her team must find ways to win more games in conference play. The Jayhawks finished just 8-10 in the Big 12 last season before squeaking into the NCAA Tournament. And while defending national champ Baylor will be heavily favored, Kansas could be in the mix to finish in the top three or four. But mostly, Henrickson says she’ll preach the same message she always has. There are expectations now. But that doesn’t mean anything needs to change.
“We’ve proved to ourselves and the community that we can be that team,” Davis said. “That’s our expectation and nothing less. Once you get that taste, you can’t get it out of your mouth. You can’t get it out of your system.”
Although it’s been eight months since she tore up her left knee, both dislocating it and tearing the anterior cruciate ligament, the memory of that day and the torture that came after it will never be far from the mind of Kansas University senior Carolyn Davis.
Angel Goodrich says it 'means a lot' to have Carolyn Davis back after injury
Kansas senior guard Angel Goodrich says it 'means a lot' to have forward Carolyn Davis back after she dislocated her knee and tore her ACL last year. Goodrich talked during KU women's basketball media day on Tuesday, Oct. 9, 2012.
As she sat on the Allen Fieldhouse floor during Tuesday’s women’s basketball media day and fielded questions from reporters with a healthy knee and extreme excitement about her upcoming senior season, a tattoo that chronicled everything healed on her left shoulder.
“My injury kind of inspired it,” Davis said of the fresh ink.
Like Davis’ game, the tattoo is pretty simple. It’s a cross, which demonstrates her faith, and it includes the date of the incident — 2-12-12 — inside of it and the word “determination” below it. At the top is one of Davis’ favorite bible verses, Isaiah 54:17, which reads, “No weapon that is formed against thee shall prosper ...”
“I understand that this was something to tear me down,” Davis said. “And I used it to build me back up.”
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In February, during a visit to Allen Fieldhouse in Lawrence, former University of Kansas coach Larry Brown and then-Jayhawks assistant Danny Manning were reunited.
"(Manning) called me into his office and asked what I thought about him becoming a head coach," Brown recalls. "I said, 'Are you kidding? You'll be as good as any.' He told me that for the first time, he was really thinking about it.
"I always looked at Danny as becoming a pro coach. As (an NBA player), the younger guys used to gravitate toward him. He had such a feel for the game."
Within a few weeks of their conversation, Manning did become a head coach (at the University of Tulsa) and Brown returned to college basketball (as SMU's head man) for the first time in 24 years.
The 72-year-old Brown hadn't coached at the college level since April 4, 1988, when he and the Jayhawks upset heavily favored Oklahoma 83-79 for the NCAA championship. Brown had several role players and one superstar - Manning, a senior forward who scored 31 points against the Sooners and was voted the tournament's most outstanding player. That KU team was nicknamed "Danny and the Miracles."
Now, Manning and Brown are opposing coaches in Conference USA - but only for one season. Next year, SMU, Houston, Memphis and UCF are leaving C-USA for membership in the Big East.
During the 2012-13 regular season, the Golden Hurricane and SMU are matched twice - on Jan. 6 in Dallas and on March 6 in Tulsa.
"I want to see Danny do well," Brown said during Tuesday's Conference USA basketball media event. "He'll be every bit as good a coach as he was a player. He's been a big part of my life. I'm excited about the opportunity he has in Tulsa."
Texas Southern University's athletic program was placed on five years' probation Tuesday by the NCAA, which cited a culture of TSU rule-breaking that dates back two decades but also noted the cooperation of current officials who say they have halted that long-standing trend.
Investigators said the Tigers' athletic department from 2004 through 2011 was guilty of improper recruiting tactics, academic impropriety and financial aid and eligibility violations that, based on a review of NCAA records, could be of unprecedented scope, totaling 129 student-athletes in 13 sports.
Compounding the violations, the NCAA said in its 34-page report, was lack of institutional control by some TSU officials, who told the NCAA they were eliminating violations while allowing them to continue.
…Also included are sanctions against former TSU football coach Johnnie Cole and former basketball coach Tony Harvey that will follow them to future jobs with NCAA institutions for the next three years.
…"I disagree totally with the charges," Harvey said. "I did my job the right way, and I never lied about anything."
He said the NCAA pulled, in effect, a bait-and-switch tactic with him, questioning him in one matter and citing him in another, and said he hopes through the NCAA appeal process to reduce or reverse the three-year penalty.
So surely, surely, college football's realignment carousel will stop turning for a while, right?
Wrong, says Missouri athletic director Mike Alden, who according to the Chicago Tribune came away from the recent NCAA athletic directors' meeting in Dallas convinced that more upheaval is on the way.
"I think, and other people probably would agree with this: We haven't seen the end of conference realignment," Alden told the Tribune. "This ain't over. There's more coming. I believe that."
The kicker is that Alden doesn't think that realignment is going to take its time in coming (emphasis added):
I just think there are going to continue to be schools that are going to attempt to align themselves with what they perceive to be 'like' schools, looking for increased revenue distribution with continued escalation of media contracts. Is that going to happen tomorrow? No, I don't think tomorrow.
But I would think in the next couple years – and I don't mean three to five years. I'm talking about the next two years, were going to see even more shifts in those areas.
Given Alden's new ties to the SEC, a knee-jerk reading of his comments would suggest Mike Slive's conference might not be stopping at Texas A&M and Alden's Tigers. The coming "SEC Network" will likely represent the next step in the "continued escalation of media contracts," and adding a new pair of high-profile schools would make that new property even more valuable. And though finding such schools might be difficult if the SEC sticks to its initial "gentleman's agreement" not to expand into states already within its footprint, there won't be any shortage of volunteers if and when the SEC does come calling.
ESPN college basketball analyst Len Elmore, 60, was being treated by District of Columbia paramedics Tuesday morning after collapsing during a session of The Knight Commission on Intercollegiate Athletics.
Elmore, a former NBA player and star at the University of Maryland, is also a member of the Knight Commission.
The commission was meeting at the Ritz-Carlton Hotel in downtown D.C. Elmore collapsed toward the end of a question-and-answer session. William Asbury, another member of the commission and a former administrator at Penn State, alerted the room to Elmore's condition.
He collapsed around 11:30 a.m. ET but was seen back on his feet about 15 minutes later and the paramedics finished seeing to him. Elmore left the room a couple of minutes later accompanied by Amy Perko, executive director of the Knight Commission.
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Roddy Peters remains one of the most sought after point guards still left on the board.
The 6-foot-4 Peters is the Rivals No. 9 point guard in the Class of 2013.
His mother, Jamena Peters, told SNY.tv Tuesday that her son is still planning on visiting UCLA and Kansas even though this weekend’s visit to UCLA was cancelled and Kansas just landed another point guard.
“He’s still going to possibly take the UCLA and Kansas visits,” she said. “UCLA, we don’t have a date yet. It got cancelled [this weekend].”
Jamena said her son would visit Kansas Oct. 19 even though the Jayhawks on Monday landed a commitment from 2013 point guard FRank Mason.
Asked if Kansas had told him they still want Roddy after landing Mason, she said, “Yes, they did.”
He is also considering Rutgers, Georgetown, Maryland and Xavier.
She said she hadn’t necessarily noticed increased interest from Maryland after the Harrison twins committed to Kentucky last week.
“So far it hasn’t been a big deal,” she said. “It’s not a big deal to Roddy. It never really has been.”
After the visits, Peters aims to decide sometime toward the end of October.
“He will make a decision sometime toward the end of the this month,” she said.
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The Georgia High School Association on Tuesday banned reigning boys basketball state champion Milton from region and state playoffs for the 2012-13 season because of illegally influencing student-athletes to transfer to the north Fulton County school.
Milton’s former coach, David Boyd, resigned Sept. 10 after Milton and Fulton County Schools reported to the GHSA allegations of undue influence.
Under Boyd, Milton won state titles in 2010 and 2012 with several major college recruits, most of whom transferred from other schools. It follows a trend that many find disturbing: No boys basketball team has won Georgia’s classification in more than a decade without participating with a high-profile transfer.
The Fulton County investigation that led to Boyd’s resignation — obtained by The Atlanta Journal-Constitution under Georgia’s open records act – revealed that:
Boyd recommended rental properties to parents and students who were interested in transferring into the district. Several Milton players have lived in the same apartment complex within the school district.
Boyd invited multiple basketball players, not enrolled at Milton, to open practices in the offseason and evaluated them as potential transfers.
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