Posted on: August 4, 2011 3:59 pm
Edited on: August 5, 2011 9:52 am
By Jeff Goodman
DePaul is a difficult enough rebuilding job.
Oliver Purnell can ill-afford setbacks like this one.
Freshman Shane Larkin, a potential starter, won’t be with the program due to a medical condition that “requires him to be closer to his Orlando home.”
"At this time, the best situation for my well-being is to remain in Florida,” Larkin said. “I appreciate everything Coach Purnell and the staff have done to support me at this time.''
Purnell has brought in a class that included five freshmen and transfer Donnavan Kirk from Miami.
However, Larkin – the son of former Cincinnati Reds shortstop Barry Larkin - may have been the highest-regarded of the frosh.
He was a 5-foot-11 point guard who can shoot the ball and would have likely thrived in Purnell’s up-tempo system. He could have played alongside Brandon Young in the backcourt.
Instead, he will return closer to home – and sources have told CBSSports.com that Jim Larranaga and Miami could be the front-runner.
Larkin also considered Central Florida the first time around.
Posted on: August 4, 2011 10:01 am
Edited on: August 4, 2011 10:02 am
By Jeff Goodman
Posted on: August 3, 2011 1:29 pm
Edited on: August 4, 2011 10:47 am
By Jeff Goodman
ACC Offseason Report
Boston College – Joe Jones left to become the head coach at Boston University and Steve Donahue has decided to promote Woody Kampmann and hire Izzi Metz as his new director of basketball operations. The Eagles will play in the 76 Classic in Anaheim and have non-league games against Providence (12-8) at home, UMass (11-21) and Penn State (11-30). Dallas Elmore transferred out of the program while Oregon transfer Matt Humphrey is eligible this season.
Clemson – The Tigers are in the Diamond Head Classic in Hawaii (12-22/25) and also have non-league games at Iowa (11-29), at Arizona (12-10) and against South Carolina (12-4). Donte Hill (Old Dominion), Noel Johnson (Auburn) and Cory Stanton (Lipscomb) all transferred out of the program.
Duke – The Blue Devils will go to China and Dubai from Aug. 14-26. Mike Krzyzewski brought back former player Jeff Capel, who was fired as head coach at Oklahoma in the offseason. He moves into the spot of Nate James, who was reassigned. The Blue Devils will play in the Maui Invitational and also have a loaded non-conference slate: vs. Michigan State in the Champions Classic in NYC (11-15), at Ohio State (11-29), vs. Washington in NYC (12-10), at Temple in Philadelphia (1-4), vs. St. John’s (1-28).
Florida State – Andy Enfield got the head job at Florida Gulf Coast and was replaced by Dennis Gates (Nevada). The Seminoles will play in the Battle of Atlantis in the Bahamas on Nov. 23-27 and also go to Florida (12-22) and play at Michigan State (11-30). Jeff Peterson transferred in from Arkansas and will be eligible this season as a graduate student.
Georgia Tech – New coach Brian Gregory brought Billy Schmidt from Dayton, hired Josh Postorino, Chad Dollar and Amir Abdur-Rahim as the director of operations. The Yellow Jackets will play in the Charleston Classic (11-17/20) and will have non-league games against Northwestern (11-29), at Georgia (12-7) and vs. Alabama (1-3). Brian Oliver transferred to Seton Hall and Brandon Reed is eligible this season after transferring from Arkansas State.
Maryland – Mark Turgeon brought Scott Spinelli and Dustin Clark (director of basketball operations) with him from Texas A&M, hired Dalonte Hill (Kansas State) and kept Orlando “Bino” Ranson. The Terps will play in the Puerto Rico Tip-Off and also have non-league games vs. Illinois (11-29), against Notre Dame (12-4) in D.C. and against Temple at the Palestra (1-21). Haukur Palsson left the program to play pro ball back home.
Miami – Jim Larranaga brought his staff with him from George Mason: Chris Caputo, Eric Konkol, Michael Huger and he kept Mike Summey as the director of basketball operations. The Hurricanes will play at Purdue (11-29), vs. Rutgers (11-15), at Ole Miss (11-25), vs. Memphis (12-6) and at West Virginia (12-11). Trey McKinney-Jones (UMKC) and Kenneth Kadji (Florida) are both eligible this season after sitting last year.
N.C. State – Mark Gottfried put together the ex-Charlotte staff of Bobby Lutz, Orlando Early and Rob Moxley. He also hired Jeff Dunlap as his director of basketball operations. The Wolfpack will play in the Legends Classic and also will face Indiana (11-30) and Syracuse (12-17) at home, and will play at Stanford (12-4). Ryan Harrow (Kentucky) transferred out while N.C. State added one-year Cal State Bakersfield point guard Alex Johnson, who is eligible this season.
North Carolina – The Tar Heels will play Michigan State on Nov. 11 in San Diego on an aircraft carrier and will also play in the Las Vegas Invitational. Roy Williams’ team also plays Wisconsin at home (11-30) and at Kentucky (12-3) in the non-conference slate. Larry Drew transferred to UCLA.
Virginia – The Cavaliers will play in the Paradise Jam and also have non-league games vs. Michigan (11-29), vs. George Mason (12-6), at Oregon (12-18) and at LSU (1-2 or 1-3). Will Regan (Buffalo) transferred out of the program.
Virginia Tech – Adrian Autry (Syracuse) left and Dennis Wolff left the director of operations spot to become the head women’s coach at Virginia Tech. Robert Ehsan (Maryland) replaced Autry and Jeff Wulbrun takes Wolff’s spot. The Hokies will play in the Preseason NIT and also have non-league contests at Minnesota (11-30), vs. Kansas State (12-3 or 12-4), at Oklahoma State (12-31) and vs. BYU (1-25). Manny Atkins transferred out to Georgia State.
Wake Forest – Walt Corbean has been moved up from director of operations, replacing Mark Pope, who left for BYU. Jeff Nix, a former NBA assistant, takes Corbean’s old spot. The Demon Deacons will play in the Old Spice in Orlando and also have non-conference games at Nebraska (11-30), at Seton Hall (12-10) and vs. Richmond (12-3). Ari Stewart (USC) transferred out of the program and Melvin Tabb was suspended and is leaving as well.
Offseason reports: Big 12 | Pac-12 | Big Ten
Posted on: August 2, 2011 10:51 am
Edited on: August 2, 2011 12:13 pm
Big Ten Offseason Report
Illinois – The Illini will go to Italy from Aug. 10-20 and will play in the Cancun Challenge on Nov. 23-24. Bruce Weber’s team will also play a non-league slate that includes games at Maryland (11-29), vs. Gonzaga (12-3), against UNLV (12-17 in Chicago) at against Missouri (12-22 in St. Louis). Illinois also added Bradley transfer Sam Maniscalco as a one-year transfer who is eligible this season.
Indiana – The Hoosiers added former IU star Calbert Cheaney as the director of basketball operations, replacing Drew Adams (New Mexico). Tom Crean & Co. will play in the Crossroad Classic against Notre Dame on Dec. 17 and the Hoosiers have non-conference games at N.C. State (11-30), vs. Butler (11-27) and against Kentucky (12-10). Bobby Capobianco transferred to Valparaiso.
Iowa – The Hawkeyes will play in the Dale Howard Classic in Des Moines, an event that also includes Creighton, Campbell, Chicago State and N.C. A&T. Fran McCaffrey’s non-league slate includes games against Clemson (11-29), at Northern Iowa (12-6) and at Iowa State (12-9). Cully Payne (Loyola) and Anthony Hubbard both transferred out of the program.
Michigan – The Wolverines will play in the Maui Invitational and also have non-league games at Virginia (11-29), against Iowa State (12-3) and at Arkansas (1-21).
Michigan State – Mark Montgomery left to become the head coach at Northern Illinois and was replaced by Dane Fife, who was previously the head coach at IPFW. The Spartans will play North Carolina in the Carrier Classic in San Diego on Nov. 11 and will also face Duke on Nov. 15 in the Champions Classic. They also have non-league games against Florida State (11-30) and at Gonzaga (12-10). Brandon Wood transferred in from Valparaiso and is eligible to play this season while Garrick Sherman (Notre Dame) and Korie Lucious (Iowa State) both left.
Minnesota – The Golden Gophers will play in the Old Spice Classic down in Orlando and also have non-league games scheduled against Virginia Tech (11-30) and vs. USC (12-3). Dominique Dawson (Kentucky Wesleyan) and Colton Iverson (Colorado State) both transferred out.
Nebraska – Jeremy Cox replaces Tracy Webster on Doc Sadler’s staff. The Cornhuskers will play Wake Forest (11-30) at home, vs. Creighton (12-4) and at TCU (12-10) in the non-conference slate. Eshaunte Jones transferred out of the program while Bo Spencer is eligible this season after coming in a year ago from LSU.
Northwestern – Former Rutgers head coach Fred Hill replaces Mitch Henderson, who got the head job at Princeton, on the staff. The Wildcats will play in the Charleston Classic (11-17/20) and also have a non-league game at Georgia Tech (11-29). Nikola Cerina transferred to TCU.
Ohio State – Assistant Brandon Miller shockingly resigned and was replaced by Cleveland Cavs assistant and alum Chris Jent. Kevin Kuwik also left for an assistant spot at Dayton and the new video coordinator is former Duke point guard and Syracuse quarterback Greg Paulus, who was at Navy last season. The Buckeyes will play in the Global Sports Shootout, an event that includes Florida, Jackson State, North Florida and Wright State. Ohio State will play Florida at home on Nov. 15 and also have non-conference games against Duke (11-29), at Kansas (12-10) and at South Carolina (12-17). BC transfer Evan Ravenel is eligible this season.
Penn State – Pat Chambers brought Brian Daly with him from Boston University, added Eugene Burroughs (Navy), Keith Urgo (Villanova) and also brought Ross Condon as his director of basketball operations. The Nittany Lions will play at Boston College (11-30) and vs. Mississippi (12-4). Taran Buie transferred to Hofstra.
Purdue – Paul Lusk left to take the head job at Missouri State and Mike Jackson was forced to leave after a DUI. They were replaced by Greg Gary (Duquesne) and Micah Shrewsberry (Butler). The Boilermakers will play in the Puerto Rico Tip-Off and also against Butler on Dec. 17 in the Crossroad Classic in Indy. Matt Painter’s team also has non-league games against Miami (11-29) and at Xavier (12-3).
Wisconsin – The Badgers will play in the Chicago Invitational (11-25/26) and also have non-league games at North Carolina (11-30), vs. UNLV (12-10) and vs. Marquette (12-3). Zach Bohannan transferred into the program from Air Force.
Offseason reports: Big 12 | Pac-12
Posted on: August 1, 2011 3:56 pm
Edited on: August 1, 2011 4:04 pm
By Jeff Goodman
Posted on: August 1, 2011 10:48 am
Edited on: August 1, 2011 12:41 pm
By Jeff Goodman
I graduated from a Pac-12 school, but it's still going to take me a while before I don't keep saying Pac-10. Anyway, here's the Pac-12 Offseason Report.
Pac-12 Offseason Report
Arizona – Archie Miller left to become the head coach at Dayton and was replaced by Joe Pasternak, who was previously the head coach at New Orleans. The Wildcats will play in the Coaches vs. Cancer and also have non-league games against San Diego State (11-23), at Florida (12-7), at Clemson (12-10) at Gonzaga (12-17 in Seattle). Lamont “Momo” Jones (Iona) and Daniel Berejano (Colorado State) both transferred out of the program.
Arizona State – The Sun Devils will play in the Old Spice Classic in Florida and have non-league games against New Mexico (11-18), at Tulsa (12-3) and against Nevada (12-7). Brandon Dunson (Azusa Pacific) and Corey Hawkins (UC Davis) both transferred out while Sendek & Co. added Eric Gordon’s brother, Evan, from Liberty.
California – The Bears will play in the CBE Classic in Kansas City and also have non-conference dates at San Diego State (12-3) and at UNLV (12-23). Mike Montgomery’s team will also travel to Sweden, Norway and Denmark from Aug. 12-22. Justin Cobbs is eligible this season after sitting out last season following a transfer from Minnesota.
Colorado – Tad Boyle & Co. will play in the Puerto Rico Tip-Off (11-17/20) and also has non-league games set against Georgia (11-28), at Colorado State (11-30) and against Fresno (12-7). Carlon Brown (Utah) is eligible this year after sitting out last season.
Oregon – The Ducks will go to Italy from Aug. 22 through Sept. 2. Dana Altman’s team will also host a four-team event from Dec. 20-22 that includes N.C. Central, Prairie View A&M and Stephen F. Austin and also play Virginia on Dec. 18. Three players left the program: Malcolm Armstead (Wichita State), Martin Seiferth (Eastern Washington) and Teondre Williams (Clayton State) while Olu Ashaolu (Louisiana Tech) came in and will be eligible to play this season and Tony Woods also decided to transfer to Eugene.
Oregon State – The Beavers will play in the Legends Classic and don’t have any big-time non-league games. Eric Moreland is eligible after sitting out last season following his transfer from UTEP.
Stanford – Johnny Dawkins and his team will go to Spain from Sept. 3-14. Charles Payne was promoted to an assistant spot and replaces Rodney Tention (San Diego). The Cardinal will play in the Preseason NIT and also have non-league games against N.C. State (12-4) and against Butler (12-23).
UCLA – Scott Duncan left to join friend Larry Shatt’s staff at Wyoming and was replaced by former Atlanta Celtics summer coach Korey McCray. Ben Howland’s team will play in the Maui Invitational and also has non-conference contests against Texas (12-3), vs. Richmond (12-23) and at St. John’s (2-18). Larry Drew (North Carolina) transferred into the program and will sit out while two more former Tar Heels – David and Travis Wear – are eligible this season.
USC – The Trojans will take a trip to Brazil from Aug. 12-21. Ryan Hannick is out as the director of basketball operations and has been replaced by Jamal Bode, Kevin O’Neill’s former manager at Arizona. O’Neill & Co. will play in the Las Vegas Invitational (11-25/26) and the Trojans will also play at Minnesota (12-3), New Mexico at home (12-10), Georgia at home (12-17) and Kansas at home (12-22) in the non-league slate. Bryce Jones (UNLV) left the program while Ari Stewart (Wake Forest) and Eric Wise (UC Irvine) both transferred in. Aaron Fuller (Iowa) is eligible this season after sitting out last year.
Utah – New coach Larry Krystkowiak put together a staff of Tommy Connor, DeMarlo Slocum, Andy Hill and Norm Parrish (director of basketball operations). The Utes will play in the Battle 4 Atlantis in the Bahamas and also have non-league games at Fresno (12-3), vs. BYU (12-10) and vs. Cal State Fullerton (12-7). Utah has added Glen Dean (Eastern Washington) and Aaron Dotson (LSU) while Will Clyburn (Iowa State) and J.J. O’Brien (San Diego State) left the program.
Washington – The Huskies are hosting an event with Florida Atlantic, Georgia State and Portland and will also play in the Jimmy V Classic on Dec. 6 against Marquette in NYC. Lorenzo Romar’s team will also play at Saint Louis (11-20), at Nevada (12-2) and against Duke at Madison Square Garden (12-10).
Washington State – Ken Bone’s team will play in the 76 Classic in Anaheim and also against Pepperdine in the Cougar Hardwood Classic on Dec. 22 in Seattle. The Cougars will also face Gonzaga on Nov. 14 on the road. Andre Winston (Portland State) left while Royce Woolridge (Kansas) transferred into the program. Mike Ladd (Fresno) is eligible after sitting out last year.
Offseason reports: Big 12
Posted on: July 31, 2011 11:34 pm
Edited on: July 31, 2011 11:36 pm
By Jeff Goodman
Posted on: July 29, 2011 11:49 am
Edited on: July 30, 2011 10:57 am
I did these at my old space and people have been e-mailing me asking if I could put them together again, so here goes. The offseason rundowns of each BCS program – starting with the Big 12.
Big 12 Offseason Report
Baylor – Baylor will be taking a trip to Toronto from Aug. 11-16. Assistant Mark Morefield was forced to resign and was replaced by alum Grant McCasland, who was the head coach at Abilene Christian. The Bears will play in the Las Vegas Classic (12-22/23) and also have non-conference games against Mississippi State (12-28 in Dallas), vs. San Diego State (11-15), at Northwestern (12-4) and at BYU (12-17). Three players - Nolan Dennis, Stargell Love and Dragan Sekelja – transferred out while the Bears added Centenary’s Logan Lowery as a walk-on. BC transfer Brady Heslip will be eligible at the start of the year while Gary Franklin (Cal) will be eligible in December.
Iowa State – Fred Hoiberg and his team will travel to Italy from Aug. 9-19. Assistants Bobby Lutz (N.C. State) and Elwyn McCroy (Hutchinson JC) were replaced by Cornell Mann (Dayton) and Matt Abdelmassih, who was promoted. Micah Byars was brought on from Central Florida as the director of player development. The Cyclones will play in South Padre Island Invitational and also have non-conference games vs. Northern Iowa (11-30), at Michigan (12-3), and vs. Iowa (12-9). Eric McKnight (Florida Gulf Coast) and Calvin Godfrey (Howard JC) transferred out while Will Clyburn (Utah) and Korie Lucious (Michigan State) transferred in. Four players sat out last season and will be eligible this year: Royce White, Chris Allen, Anthony Booker and Chris Babb.
Kansas – Video coordinator Kyle Keller left for an assistant spot at Texas A&M. The Jayhawks will play in the Maui Invitational and also against Kentucky on Nov. 15 in the Champions Classic in NYC. Bill Self’s team also has non-league games against South Florida (12-3), vs. Ohio State (12-10), vs. Davidson (12-19 in KC) and at USC (12-22). Royce Woolridge transferred to Washington State and walk-on Justin Wesley will be eligible this season after transferring from Lamar.
Kansas State – Lamont Evans was promoted and takes the spot vacated by Dalonte Hill (Maryland). Frank Martin’s team will play in the Diamond Head Classic in Hawaii from Dec. 22-25 and also has non-conference games at Virginia Tech (12-4), against West Virginia (12-8 in Wichita) and against Alabama (12-17 in KC). Freddy Asprilla (Canisius), Wally Judge (Rutgers), Nick Russell (SMU) and Juevol Myles transferred out of the program.
Missouri – Frank Haith’s new staff is Ernie Nestor, Tim Fuller, Isaac Chew and Toby Lane (DBO). The Tigers will play in the CBE Classic and also play Villanova on Dec. 6 in the Jimmy V Classic in NYC. Missouri will also face Illinois on Dec. 22 in St. Louis. Three players transferred into the program: Earnest Ross (Auburn), Keion Bell (Pepperdine) and George Goode (Louisville), who will be eligible to play this season.
Oklahoma – Lon Kruger brought Steve Henson, Lew Hill and Mike Shepherd with him from UNLV – and added Chris Crutchfield (Oral Roberts). The Sooners will play in the 76 Classic in Anaheim and also face Arkansas (12-10) at home, play at Cincinnati (12-29) and also face Houston (12-17) in the All-College Classic in Oklahoma City. Amath M’Daye will sit out after transferring in from Wyoming.
Oklahoma State – Travis Ford & Co. will play in the Preseason NIT and also against New Mexico on Dec. 17 in Oklahoma City in the All-College Classic. The Cowboys will also play against Virginia Tech (12-31) and against UAB (12-21). Roger Franklin (North Texas) and Jarred Shaw both left the program.
Texas – Rodney Terry left to become the head coach at Fresno and was replaced by Rob Lanier, who returns after a stint at Florida. The Longhorns will play in the Legends Classic in New Jersey on Nov. 19 and 21 – and also have non-conference games at UCLA (12-3), vs. Temple (12-17) and at UNC (12-21).
Texas A&M – New coach Billy Kennedy, whose team will go to France and Switzerland from Aug. 8-17, has hired Glynn Cyprien (Memphis) and Kyle Keller, a former Oklahoma State assistant who was the video coordinator at Kansas. The Aggies will play in the Coaches vs. Cancer event from Nov. 17-18 in NYC and also have a non-league game at Florida (12-17) in the Orange Bowl Classic in Sunrise. Elston Turner (Washington) sat out last season and should make an impact for the Aggies this year.
Texas Tech – Billy Clyde Gillispie hired Chris Walker and retained Chris Beard, but Beard parted ways – and Clyde brought Bubba Walker back on board (although it’s not known what position Walker will fill). The Red Raiders will play in the Old Spice Classic in Orlando and will also play TCU in a non-league game. Paul Cooper and Jamel Outler (UT Arlington) left the program.