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Morning Rumble: Rick Pitino will not resign, Vandy's Damian Jones will go pro following the season

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Today in the Morning Rumble, Rick Pitino will not resign, Damian Jones is going pro after this season and the NCAA bans DraftKings and FanDuel advertisements during championship events.

Rick Pitino confirmed on Thursday that he will not resign as head coach at Louisville despite the swirling NCAA investigation regarding paid escorts.

"Lets let the investigators do their job and we will play basketball," Pitino said in a statement.

So it looks like he will at least survive one more season.

It's very rare to see a college basketball player declare for the NBA Draft BEFORE the season but that's actually what Vanderbilt big man Damian Jones did earlier this week. Jones, who stands at 7'0", informed Commodores head coach Kevin Stallings of his plans in a meeting in February.

During his sophomore campaign, Jones averaged 14.4 points and 6.5 rebounds per game while also leading Vandy to eight wins in their last 12 games. Jones is one of the most underrated players in the nation but may burst onto the scene on national television during the Maui Invitational.

The NCAA is prohibiting DraftKings and FanDuel from having advertisements during their championship events, in particular the men's and women's NCAA Tournament. These advertisements will include television commercials.

If Creighton is going to have a bounce back season point guard Maurice Watson and forward Cole Huff will have to put up solid numbers. The AP had an interesting story from Blue Jays' Media Day about these two newcomers.

Maurice Watson is a confident player as the former Boston University transfer told the AP that "no one can guard me one-on-one."

Cole Huff averaged 12.4 points and 5.4 rebounds during the 2013-14 season at Nevada and will join Toby Hegner, Geoffrey Groselle and Zach Hanson in the Blue Jays front court.

CBS Sports' Jon Rothstein sat down with Michigan State head coach Tom Izzo to talk about last season's surprise Final Four run, Eron Harris and Denzel Valentine.

One interesting blurb that stood out was about shooting guard Bryn Forbes as Izzo said he gained 15 pounds and has molded into a J.J. Redick type of player/shooter. Forbes averaged 8.5 points per game last season and had 14 points in the Spartans Elite Eight victory over the Louisville Cardinals.

Four-star forward Braxton Key, former known as Braxton Blackwell, committed to Avery Johnson and Alabama on Wednesday, keeping the SEC's recruiting momentum going. Key will join Terrance Ferguson and Ar'Mond Davis in the Crimson Tide's 2016 class.

Johnson continues to keep his eye on Marques Bolden, who is ranked 20th on ESPN's top 100 recruiting list and would be a major piece to the puzzle in the SEC.