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Pod: Fran Fraschilla on UNC punishment, Shabazz freed, Rick Majerus' legacy

By Matt Norlander | College Basketball Writer
UCLA will have full use of its frosh class now. From left, Tony Parker, Kyle Anderson, Muhammad and Jordan Adams. (AP)

One of the most valuable basketball minds at ESPN is Fran Fraschilla. The former coach has been out of the game and on TV for a decade now, and he makes his podcast debut for Monday's episode. There is plenty to discuss, from North Carolina to Shabazz Muhammad to Maryland/Rutgers maybe going to the Big Ten to Rick Majerus' forced retirement.

There's also a little pizza talk, some Wolters love and the possibility that Fraschilla could still return to coaching.


  • From the beginning: Nice-to-meet yas and the whatnot. I love how he did this podcast while going to grab a pie. Fran is the best.
  • 3:20: So -- is Fran definitely done coaching for good? He doesn't close the door.
  • 5:12: To me, the North Carolina story was the biggest and most important one of the weekend, even more than the realignment news, which will carry more weight heading into this week.
  • 11:30: Fran's perspective on keeping an eye on players' academic performance. He gives a great example.
  • 15:05: The Shabazz case. He's freed. But what about the NCAA's quick change of heart? Why did this case have such a different feel to it than any other high-profile recruit?
  • 20:30: Regrettably, we have to touch on realignment and the possibility that Maryland and Rutgers vote to leave their leagues this week.
  • 24:30: This broke just before dinnertime on Friday, Rick Majerus not returning to Saint Louis. I wanted to give a few minutes here to the man and ask Fran to cite some examples of who he is and why he was so good.
  • 29:15: Wrap up things here, some Big Monday talk and way too much glad-handing than what this pod is used to.

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