Posted on: February 22, 2011 9:50 pm
Edited on: February 22, 2011 9:54 pm

Pearl will be charged with unethical conduct

Tennessee received its notice of allegations from the NCAA on Tuesday that detailed the infractions uncovered during an investigation into the school's football, baseball and men's basketball programs.

The school is expected to release the notice of allegations as early as Wednesday.

Sources with knowledge of the allegations told on Tuesday that Bruce Pearl will be charged with "unethical conduct" for providing false information to investigators about illegally hosting recruits at his home. As first reported in September, Pearl provided "incorrect and misleading information" when presented with a picture proving former recruit Aaron Craft was at Pearl's home in violation of NCAA rules.

Craft is now a freshman point guard at Ohio State.

Tennessee has already voided Pearl's contract in response to the admitted violations. He's now working under a letter of appointment. The SEC suspended Pearl for the Vols' first eight league games this season in a proactive move. But sources familiar with the case have told that additional sanctions are almost certainly coming, and it should be noted that NCAA present Mark Emmert suggested in December that he believes coaches who lie to the NCAA should be subject to the same type of punishment given to student-athletes who lie to the NCAA.

"We certainly want to uphold the standards for coaches -- who are the teacher and the authority figure in that relationship -- to at least the same standards that we hold our students," Emmert said when reminded that former Oklahoma State football player Dez Bryant was suspended for a year for lying to the NCAA, which is something Pearl has already acknowledged doing.
Category: NCAAB
Posted on: February 22, 2011 6:00 pm
Edited on: February 22, 2011 6:23 pm

Predictably, Calhoun got off easy

NCAA committee on infractions chair Dennis Thomas said it over and over again -- the head coach is responsible for everything that happens within his program. On behalf of college basketball writers from coast to coast, Mr. Thomas, let me tell you that we agree. But then why did Jim Calhoun only get a three-game suspension?

"We think the penalty is appropriate," Thomas said during Tuesday's teleconference to announce the sanctions levied against the Connecticut basketball program.

Rest assured, the committee members are among the only folks who feel that way.

To the rest of us, it's a joke but hardly unexpected.

Three games.

That's it?

Calhoun ran a program featuring a coaching staff that made thousands of impermissible phone calls/text messages and used an agent/booster to secure the enrollment of a prospect. He got caught. And the penalty, basically, is that he'll be forced to miss three games next season just like Kansas State guard Jacob Pullen was forced to miss three games this season … for accepting less than $300 in discounted clothing.

You see why this is crazy, don't you?

Three games?

Calhoun has missed more than that in recent years for exhaustion.

And don't bother pointing out how UConn will have to also endure recruiting restrictions and a reduction in scholarships, because that stuff just doesn't matter as much as the NCAA would like you to think. If Duke's Mike Krzyzewski can recruit from China while coaching Team USA and Ohio State's Thad Matta can start a season 24-0 using roughly seven players, I don't see how anybody can consider recruiting restrictions and scholarship reductions to be a huge deal in college basketball.

A postseason ban?

That hurts.

A television ban?

That stings.

But all Calhoun really got for cheating was a three-game suspension -- plus the contract extension he signed last May.
Category: NCAAB
Posted on: February 22, 2011 10:37 am
Edited on: February 22, 2011 3:14 pm

Calhoun will be suspended for 3 games next season

The NCAA has suspended Connecticut coach Jim Calhoun for three games next season and banned him from making recruiting calls for a six-month period after its committee on infractions ruled that he failed to "promote an atmosphere of compliance" within his basketball program.

The details of the decision were announced during a Tuesday teleconference.

Click this link to read the NCAA's report.
Category: NCAAB
Posted on: February 22, 2011 9:50 am

My current top three for POY

I just submitted my top three National Player of the Year candidates for the straw poll.

Here's what I sent Mike Rothstein:
  1. Jimmer Fredette (BYU)
  2. Jared Sullinger (Ohio State)
  3. Nolan Smith (Duke)
The results of the straw poll will be announced later this week.
Posted on: February 21, 2011 2:49 pm
Edited on: February 21, 2011 3:12 pm

The Poll Attacks

Pittsburgh is fourth in the AP poll and sixth in the coaches poll.

And two AP voters ranked the Panthers ninth.

I won't stand for any of it.

I'm about to get my Poll Attack on.

(Details of AP ballots courtesy of

Associated Press poll: For the AP portion of this week's Poll Attacks, let's play blind body of work.

You ready?

Let's go!

----- TEAM A -----

Record: 24-3
Record vs. RPI Top 25: 6-2
Record vs. RPI Top 50: 7-3
Losses outside RPI Top 25: 1
Double-digit losses: 0
Wins over teams currently ranked in the AP poll: 5

----- TEAM B -----

Record: 23-4
Record vs. RPI Top 25: 0-2
Record vs. RPI Top 50: 2-3
Losses outside RPI Top 25: 2
Double-digit losses: 2
Wins over teams currently ranked in the AP poll: 0

Team A is Pittsburgh and Team B is Arizona.

Is there any question which team has the better body of work?

Pittsburgh has more wins, fewer losses, better wins and better losses than Arizona, and the Panthers have beaten five currently ranked teams while Arizona has topped zero. Still, Jerry Tipton and Myron Medcalf both have Arizona ranked No. 8 and Pittsburgh ranked No. 9. This is proof that it's possible to be a great beat writer and still slip on your Top 25 ballot every once in a while. They're wrong, but I forgive them. As for the coaches ...

Coaches poll: The Duke Blue Devils are No. 1 in the AP and coaches polls even though they have just one win over a fellow Top 25 team (North Carolina). Even though they have a loss to an unranked team (Florida State) and another by 15 points to a team (St. John's) that just broke into the rankings this week. Even though they are sixth in the RPI. And even though they are still projected as a No. 2 seed in the NCAA tournament by everybody who understands how to project such things.

So the top of both polls are silly.

But what bothers me most is Pittsburgh at No. 6 in the coaches poll.

I don't care if you rank by body of work or quality of play, there's no way to conclude that five teams deserve to be ranked ahead of Jamie Dixon's Panthers. As I told you earlier, Pitt is 24-3 with five wins over teams also ranked in the coaches poll -- specifically No. 5 Texas, No. 11 Georgetown, No. 14 Villanova, No. 15 Connecticut and No. 20 Syracuse. For the purposes of comparison, No. 1 Duke (25-2) has one win over a team also ranked in the coaches poll. No. 2 Kansas (25-2) has two. No. 3 Ohio State (25-2) has two. No. 4 San Diego State (27-1) has zero. No. 5 Texas (23-4) has five.

In the loss column, obviously, Ohio State is best. The Buckeyes' only two losses are at No. 8 Purdue and at No. 12 Wisconsin. They're the lone team with at least six wins over top-50 RPI schools and zero losses to schools unranked in the latest coaches poll, which is why I put Ohio State No. 1 in the Top 25 (and one). For the purposes of comparison, No. 1 Duke has lost to one currently unranked team (again, Florida State), No. 2 Kansas has lost to one currently unranked team (Kansas State), No. 4 San Diego State has lost to zero currently unranked teams and No. 5 Texas has lost to two currently unranked teams (Southern California and Nebraska).

Got all that?


Here's what it means: Texas might have comparable wins to Pittsburgh, but the Longhorns have worse losses (not to mention a loss to Pittsburgh). And Duke, Kansas and San Diego State might have better (and by better, I mean fewer) losses than Pittsburgh, but the Blue Devils, Jayhawks and Aztecs can't touch Pitt in terms of quality wins. Ohio State? Yes, OSU is rock-solid; that's why I have OSU No. 1. But it's difficult to justify having anybody besides Ohio State ahead of the Panthers, and it's impossible to justify having a total of five schools ahead of Pittsburgh.

That said, know this: Pitt would without question be a No. 1 seed if the NCAA tournament started today

So take solace in that, Pitt fans.

The selection committee is smarter than the men who vote in the coaches poll, I assure you.
Posted on: February 21, 2011 12:25 pm
Edited on: February 21, 2011 12:28 pm

KU's Taylor suspended

Kansas coach Bill Self announced Monday that junior guard Tyshawn Taylor has been suspended indefinitely from Jayhawks games for "violating team rules."

"Although we are disappointed in Tyshawn, he will remain a member of our team and practice with our team until he is reinstated for competition,” Self said in a released statement.
Taylor has started 26 of 27 games and is averaging 8.8 points and 4.7 assists.

Kansas plays Oklahoma State on Monday night.
Category: NCAAB
Posted on: February 20, 2011 10:16 pm
Edited on: February 21, 2011 12:20 am

Updated Top 25 (and one)

The Top 25 (and one) will be updated on the college basketball page shortly.

Here's how it will look:
  1. Ohio State (25-2)
  2. Pittsburgh (24-3)
  3. Texas (23-4)
  4. Kansas (25-2)
  5. San Diego State (27-1)
  6. Duke (25-2)
  7. BYU (25-2)
  8. Notre Dame (21-5)
  9. Purdue (22-5)
  10. Wisconsin (20-6)
  11. Georgetown (21-6)
  12. Connecticut (20-6)
  13. Villanova (21-6)
  14. Florida (21-5)
  15. Vanderbilt (20-6)
  16. Louisville (20-7)
  17. North Carolina (20-6)
  18. Arizona (23-4)
  19. Kentucky (19-7)
  20. Syracuse (22-6)
  21. St. John's (17-9)
  22. Missouri (21-6)
  23. Texas A&M (21-5)
  24. West Virginia (17-9)
  25. Temple (21-5)
  26. George Mason (23-5)
Category: NCAAB
Posted on: February 20, 2011 4:14 pm
Edited on: February 20, 2011 4:22 pm

Doubt what's possible with Painter? Never again

I had Purdue ranked third in the preseason Top 25 (and one).

Then Robbie Hummel tore his ACL.

Then I dropped the Boilermakers into the 20s. And I never returned them to the top 10 -- not even when they started 15-1, mostly because they had, at the time, zero quality wins. Also worth noting: I could never get over the loss of Hummel because I've spent a lot of time throughout the past year talking to Matt Painter about Hummel as a player and a person, and I know how much that coach values that player. Thus, I couldn't help but put a premium on Hummel, too. But in properly valuing Hummel I made the mistake of inadvertently undervaluing Painter, and that's a mistake that was highlighted with Wednesday's 70-62 win over Wisconsin and again during Sunday's 76-63 victory over Ohio State.

Consider this my mea culpa.

I was wrong about what's possible for the Boilermakers.

I was wrong because -- though I've always properly loved E'Twaun Moore -- I misjudged how good JaJuan Johnson would be this season and underestimated what Painter could do with a roster robbed of its perceived most important player. After Hummel's injury, I figured the Boilermakers would finish fifth in the Big Ten. But after Sunday's win over Ohio State, they're 22-5 overall, 11-3 in the Big Ten and second in the league standings.

Purdue couldn't finish fifth now if it lost each of its remaining games.

So, yeah, I was wrong.

The Boilermakers would've been great with Hummel.

Everybody knew that.

But what I've learned this week is that they're pretty darn good without him, too -- perhaps Final Four good.
Category: NCAAB
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