Posted on: August 17, 2011 8:41 am
Edited on: August 17, 2011 8:56 am
By Gary Parrish
Josh Pastner told The Commercial Appeal's Jason Smith that he might not hire a third assistant for this season.
The Memphis coach said he could just handle the extra work load himself.
Pastner's tireless approach -- the dude barely sleeps at all -- suggests it's possible, but it would also be a waste of a valuable spot that could produce a valuable commodity. You got three darts, throw three darts. That's my belief. So while I tend to believe Pastner when he says he can get by with just Jack Murphy and Damon Stoudamire on staff, I can't help but wonder why operating that way makes any sense at all. If it doesn't matter whether a third assistant even exists, why not take that spot and offer it to the father or uncle or brother or coach of every top 20 recruit?
Call Shabazz Muhammad's dad and see if he'll take a one-year deal worth $200,000.
If rejected, try somebody connected to Archie Goodwin.
Or Alex Poythress.
Or Jarnell Stokes.
Or Tony Parker.
Sooner or later, somebody will bite.
Then you've got a freshman star instead of an empty chair on the bench.
Posted on: August 17, 2011 6:23 am
Edited on: August 17, 2011 8:58 am
By Gary Parrish
Frank Haith looks bad but he's probably going to be OK.
Because even if he did what former Miami booster Nevin Shapiro told Yahoo! Sports he did -- i.e., ran a program that bought a recruit for $10,000 -- Haith was wise enough to have the deal done with cash, and he was also wise enough, according to the report, to never put his hands on the cash. That was, according to Shapiro, former Miami assistant Jake Morton's job. So Haith isn't alleged to have ever dealt with the payment, and the payment was allegedly made with cash, which means Haith's reputation is damaged but he's most likely just caught in a he-said/he-said situation.
Want to know what Haith will say?
I'd bet the $10,000 that allegedly went to somebody connected to DeQuan Jones that the first-year Missouri coach will acknowledge, in time, that he might've made poor decisions by dealing so closely with Shapiro, but that he never had knowledge of any payment, cash or otherwise, to any recruit. Haith will then add that he doesn't actually believe it happened and that folks should be careful about taking the word of an admitted criminal, and then he'll reiterate that even if it did happen, well, he's neither the one who asked Shapiro for cash nor the one who took cash from Shapiro.
Then it'll be up to the NCAA to prove otherwise.
Unless Shapiro has Haith on tape admitting knowledge of the alleged deal, or unless Haith was dumb enough to leave a paper trail that remains undiscovered, or unless a former player or assistant has proof that Haith was aware of the alleged deal, the main charge against Haith -- that he was aware of a $10,000 payment made to somebody connected to Jones -- will come down to Haith's word against other people's words, and that's why it would be wise to review the NCAA's case against Southern California and former Trojans coach Tim Floyd.
A person once said Floyd paid an associate of O.J. Mayo.
Floyd said it never happened.
And because the alleged payment was made in cash, well, that was the end of that story.
The NCAA never charged Floyd with a major violation.
He's now coaching at UTEP.
So does Haith look bad?
And is Shapiro telling the truth?
Man, it sure seems like it.
But there's no NCAA rule that forbids a coach from talking and texting with a booster, and there's not even an NCAA rule that says a coach can't go to a strip club with a booster, which is something else Shapiro claims Haith did. Again, those things look bad -- but they're unlikely to get Haith in trouble with the NCAA or fired from Missouri because the NCAA can't regulate personal behavior, and because Missouri probably won't try to fire a coach for going to a strip club years ago. That leaves us with the alleged $10,000 payment to somebody connected to Jones, which is obviously a violation. But as long as Haith explains that he doesn't believe it happened and that even if it did he had no knowledge of it, he'll almost certainly be OK unless somebody who can prove otherwise flips on him. That's the advantage of dealing with straight cash homey. After all these years, it's still the boldest and safest way to go.
Posted on: August 17, 2011 6:15 am
Edited on: August 17, 2011 6:20 am
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Posted on: August 15, 2011 10:17 am
Edited on: August 15, 2011 10:29 am
By Gary Parrish
Josh Harrellson was among the fan favorites on last season's Kentucky team that made the Final Four -- and that was before he started stopping drunk drivers.
"About four or five of us guys jumped on the truck and reached in there and turned the keys off," Harrelson told WKYT while detailing how he and some friends recently stopped a drunk driver -- with children in the backseat -- from hitting a third vehicle. The man had already hit two vehicles in a parking lot moments after starting his car. One of those vehicles was Harrellson's truck.
"We were just worried because he could have put it in drive at any time and maybe ran somebody over, or while our arms were in the car, just kept going and we could have been drug or something," Harrellson said. "I'm the type of guy that, I want to make sure everybody else is alright. ... I'm fine. My truck got hit. That's replaceable. I was just thankful nobody got hurt and the kids were fine."
So add this to the list of impressive things Harrellson has done in the past year.
I'd even rank it ahead of the 23-point, 14-rebound effort he had at Louisville.
I bet MADD would, too.
Posted on: August 5, 2011 9:50 am
Edited on: August 5, 2011 11:07 am
By Jeff Goodman
Posted on: August 4, 2011 12:39 pm
Edited on: August 5, 2011 9:54 am
By Gary Parrish
The Maui Invitational matchups are set to be released later today.
But CBSSports.com already has them for you.
According to a source, the matchups are:
The losers in all this?
Memphis and Michigan.
One of those top-20 teams is starting 0-1 in Maui.
Official Maui bracket | Early season tournament guide
Posted on: August 3, 2011 10:42 am
Edited on: August 3, 2011 10:55 am
By Gary Parrish
My friend Scott Cacciola has a great story in the Wall Street Journal this morning. I would encourage every father of a young basketball player to read it because it's a nice guide to how not to handle a boy's amateur career.
From the WSJ...
[The website] Middle School Elite celebrates Jerron [Love] as a 5-foot-7 playmaker and the country's top eighth-grader. His potential? Limitless. Just ask the guy who runs the site—his dad. "I'm the Wizard of Oz, the man behind the curtain," Jerry Love said.If you didn't catch that, here's the deal: A man named Jerry Love started a website that ranks middle school basketball players, and he's declared his son, Jerron Love, the nation's top-ranked eighth-grade prospect. This is ridiculous on lots of levels -- not the least of which is that his son is a 15-year-old eighth-grader and shorter than me -- and it'll almost certainly do more harm than good.
Jerron Love is now a national name and not for good reasons. He'll have incredible pressure on him throughout high school and most likely be a "failure" relative to the expectations his father has placed upon him. And for what? Because the dad wanted to hype his son? Eighth-graders don't need hype. They need parents who love them and teach them and shield them from things like this. If the kid's legitimate, we would've all found out in proper time. But nobody needed a website started by Jerry Love to tell us Jerron Love is the best middle-school player from sea to shining sea.
And guess who needed it less than anybody?
Make no mistake, I wish the kid luck.
But I'm not optimistic, and his father isn't helping.
(Worth noting: The last "No. 1 eighth-grader" I remember being 5-7 was Andre Allen. He went on to become a 5-8 walk-on in college who spent his career as a backup, got arrested once and failed a drug test that prevented him from playing for Memphis in the Final Four.)
Posted on: August 2, 2011 11:34 am
Edited on: August 2, 2011 11:39 am
By Gary Parrish
Georgia Tech announced Tuesday that sophomore Jason Morris will be sidelined for the next six-to-eight weeks after undergoing surgery for a broken big right toe suffered in a pickup game last month.
"The most important thing is to get him healthy now so that when we start workouts in September, he’ll be ready to go," said first-year coach Brian Gregory. "Jason had a great spring and a great summer, and he’ll overcome this challenge."
Morris played in every game and started the final five of his freshman season.
The 6-foot-5 guard averaged 6.0 points and 2.2 rebounds.
He shot 40 percent from 3-point range.