Today in the Morning Rumble, Fred Hoiberg may be on his way to Chitown, UConn lands another transfer, Garrick Sherman goes on an epic rant and the Big 12 is taking action to limit court storming.
With Tom Thibodeau out as head coach of the Chicago Bulls (finally), Iowa State head coach Fred Hoiberg is considered the clear front runner for the vacancy. His offensive system is a perfect fit for the NBA game, he has a close relationship with Bulls GM Gar Forman and he was also a member of the Bulls during his 10-year playing career. But the biggest question is, does he want to leave his hometown and a potential national championship contender for the rigors of the NBA after having heart surgery?
College Basketball Talk put together a nice piece on the potential change of scenery, how it impacts the Cyclones and how this situation is unprecedented.
After landing Sterling Gibbs and Shonn Miller earlier this offseason, UConn continues to make an impact on the transfer market.
On Thursday, Kevin Ollie added 6'7" forward and former VCU Ram, Terry Larrier, who decided to transfer after Shaka Smart moved onto the Texas Longhorns. Larrier is versatile, long and is a gifted athlete but he does need to work on his jump shot and his consistency. With a year off, he can take the next step by competing every day in practice against Gibbs, Daniel Hamilton, Rodney Purvis and Amida Brimah.
Larrier chose VCU over UConn out of high school so he also has a strong relationship with Ollie and his staff.
If you need a good laugh, former Michigan State and Notre Dame big man Garrick Sherman went on an epic late night (drunk?) rant about the NCAA. Sherman claims that every team in the NCAA smokes and that players have their ways to pass the NCAA's mandated tests (basically the NCAA has no control over it's "student-athletes").
Oh, and he even explains how he helped teammate Durrell Summers pass a test before Michigan State's NCAA Tournament run. He added in #stillmadeittothefinalfour. Just classic.
In light of the Kansas State court storming disaster against Kansas this past season, the Big 12 is implementing fines and the possibility of losing future home games if fans come out of the stands and onto the court. The SEC is the only other major conference that has fines for court storming.
The annual Academic Performance Rate report was recently released for college basketball and the Big East remains one of the highest ranked power conferences. Villanova has the best average APR in the Big East while Providence has the worst.
According to the APR report, four schools, Alcorn State, Florida A&M, Stetson and Central Arkansas, are unable to participate in the NCAA Tournament next year. Florida A&M and Central Arkansas were unable to participate last season as well.
The St. John's baseball team (39-14) begins their test in the NCAA Tournament (double elimination) on Friday night with a match-up against one-seed Oklahoma State at 7 p.m. on ESPN3. The Johnnies are the only Big East team in the field, support a great pitching staff and have a 15-game win streak on the line.
The Red Storm and Cowboys have met just twice since 1966 with St. John's failing to win both times.
Finally, Jon Rothstein of CBS Sports sat down with new Johnnies head coach Chris Mullin. He talked about what he has to do to be successful in the college ranks, what he can take from his time with the Warriors and Kings and how does his coaching career impact his legacy?