Today in the Morning Rumble, UNC's possible postseason ban, Chris Collins receives an extension, a Thon Maker update and Xavier schedules an ACC opponent for the next two seasons.
I found this piece by Rob Dauster of NBC Sports very interesting. He talks about how North Carolina should not receive a postseason ban in 2016 because of the hard work (they actually take real classes) of Marcus Paige, Kennedy Meeks, and Brice Johnson. These guys have worked their tails both on and off the court while back during the National Championship season, (2005) Rashad McCants, Ray Felton, Sean Mays and others were getting the easy way out.
Basically the stars of today's roster don't deserve to receive the blow for past mistakes and if they do receive a postseason ban, Dauster says it should come during the following postseason so the program has time to prepare. Do they even deserve that option though?
Another coaching contract extension and this one comes from the Big Ten. Northwestern head coach Chris Collins earned a multi-year extension that was announced on Tuesday.
Last season the Wildcats only finished 15-17 but their competitiveness and second half of the season was impressive. They lost a bunch of close games to some real solid opponents and with multiple talents returning (Alex Olah, Tre Demps, Vic Law), this team is headed in the right direction under Collins.
Thon Maker, who is expected to join a school in December to play the second half of the season, was told by Coach Cal, "When you're ready to be recruited, call me."
Maker has received the most interest from Arizona State and Indiana but again because of school work purposes he will not be ready to go until second semester. There are some that don't believe Maker will ever play college basketball, but if he is eligible, he's a game changer defensively.
Watch out what you wish for. 5-star recruit, who is committed to California, Jaylen Brown, has challenged rapper Lil B to a game of 1-on-1. Remember Lil B is the one who created "The Based God Curse" that has "stopped" Kevin Durant from winning a title after the forward criticized Lil B's rapping style back in 2011.
James Harden is another known player that is under the curse. Could Brown be next for calling him out?
The Big East continues to make waves with their non-conference scheduling as Jon Rothstein of CBS Sports reported Tuesday that Xavier and Wake Forest have agreed to a home-and-home series starting this upcoming season. The first game will be featured in Winston Salem and the return game will come in Cincinnati in 2016-17.
Tatum has narrowed his list to 10 schools including his home town team Saint Louis, UConn, Duke, Kentucky and Kansas. He plans to cut the list down to five and has a goal of committing some time before November.
He can truly be a program changer, especially for Saint Louis as Tatum's dad and dad's best friend Larry Hughes attended the school back in the day.
Just a quick reminder: Chris Mullin will be throwing out the first pitch at Yankee Stadium Wednesday as they face off against the Royals. Mullin is not expected to address the Rysheed Jordan situation with the media.