start of a new NCAA men’s basketball season is still over three months away,
but it still remains a perfect time of the year to keep an ear to the news wire
for all the interesting behind-the-scene stories going on.
following is a look at this week’s most interesting news and notes from the
world of college basketball.
NCAA set to toughen up the rules for
to the whole Penn State football scandal, the NCAA has announced that it is
going to toughen its stance against any kind of rules violations, especially
for schools or programs that have been judged to be constant or repeat
offenders. A new proposal introduced last Thursday would enable the
NCAA to hand down sanctions that could be as harsh - or even harsher - than the
ones it hit Penn State with a few weeks back. The final vote from the NCAA Board of Directors on the whole
matter will not take place until their next meeting in October, but it is
widely believed that the new plan will be put in place.
calls for the current two-tier penalty structure of major and secondary
violations to be expanded to a four-tier program that could levy suspensions
all the way up to four years for the most egregious violations. It could also
penalize schools in terms of fines and possible suspensions of head coaches if
they were aware of any rules infractions by their staff or other officials at
Kendrick Nunn limits his list to five
senior guard Kendrick Nunn recently announced that he has limited his choices
of where to play his college basketball to the following five schools;
Illinois, Marquette, Memphis, Ohio State, and UCLA. Nunn is currently the
No.54-ranked high school player on ESPN’s top 100. The Fighting Illini may have
the inside track to landing the 6-foot-2 shooting guard after new head coach
John Groce, who started the recruiting process at Ohio, took over the top spot
at Illinois. Nunn’s father, Melvin, made note of the positive relationship that
Groce had developed with his son.
Nunn also stated that his son plans to visit all five schools on his list before
making a final decision sometime during the early signing period this November.
Kendrick is currently ranked as the second-best high school player in the state
of Illinois behind his teammate at Simeon, Jabari Parker, who is also
considered the top-ranked player in the nation.
Central Florida hit with one-year ban
from postseason play
Knights will now have to pay the price for rules violations for both its
football and basketball programs as a result of some of its coaches association
with “outside third party” Ken Caldwell, including a one-year ban from
postseason play for the 2012/2013 season. The school had already imposed some
in-house sanctions against basketball head coach Donnie Jones, who served a
three-game suspension last season and had to vacate victories from 2008 to 2011
as well as face a reduction in scholarships for his part in the relationship.
It was former UCF athletic director Keith Tribble’s dealings with Caldwell that
did the most damage and the primary reason for the one-year ban. Tribble
stepped down last November in light of the whole scandal after being found
guilty of unethical conduct.
This season will be the Knights last in
Conference-USA as the school had already made the decision to move its
basketball team to the Big East
for the start of the 2013/2014 season.