Today in the Mid-Day Rumble, SMU could be in deep trouble, North Carolina and Kentucky will play a charity alumni game, Wenyen Gabriel picks up another offer and Harry Giles transfers to Oak Hill Academy.
SMU has received plenty of disappointing news over the past couple of years, starting with the decision from Emmanuel Mudiay to head overseas and play in China. Now, the Mustangs will have to deal with Larry Brown's charge from the NCAA relating to a "lack of coach control."
Schools met with the NCAA Committee of Infractions last month and were under investigation regarding academic issues (guard Keith Frazier was ruled academically ineligible).
The NCAA does not take these issues lightly, especially as of late. Just ask Jim Calhoun and Jim Boeheim.
Kentucky and North Carolina will face off in an alumni charity event on September 13 at Rupp Arena. The game will feature current and former pros who used to rock Tar Heel blue or Wildcats blue and white. The participations are unable to be released due to NBA rules.
Wenyen Gabriel has dominated headlines on the recruiting trail this summer as the 4-star 6'10" power forward received offers from Duke, Kansas, Kentucky, UConn, Georgetown, Maryland, Notre Dame, Texas, Virginia and Wake Forest. His most recent offer is from Roy Williams and North Carolina.
Before the New Hampshire native blew up, multiple local schools including New Hampshire and Providence were in the mix for his services. It's highly unlikely he chooses either school.
Meanwhile, the number one recruit in 2016, Harry Giles, is transferring to Oak Hill Academy for his final high school basketball season. The 5-star prospect recently cut his list down to five schools, Duke, Kentucky, Kansas, North Carolina and Wake Forest.
More buzz is coming out of Berkeley than any other Pac-12 city this offseason (including Tucson) as the California Bears have the potential to become a top ten team in the nation. Jaylen Brown agrees with the team's potential, mentioning that the Bears can "win it all" in a recent interview.
Before the Wildcat fans unleash on Brown, he did say that things won't be easy, "We have a lot of work to do, but we have very good pieces."
San Diego State's biggest weakness in 2014 was their struggles from beyond the three-point line. Matt Shrigley, who was one of their better stretch big men, tore his ACL and is likely to miss most, if not all, of the 2015-16 season.
This is a huge loss for the Aztecs, who will now have to rely more on Malik Pope and freshman Jeremy Hemsley for production.
Do you want a strong preview of the upcoming Big East Conference season? Jon Rothstein and CBS Sports has you covered with an excellent in-depth look at each squad. Rothstein talks about one of the best players in the country, Kris Dunn, Xavier's point guard issues, St. John's being an 'unknown' and the prowess of Villanova and Georgetown.