Big Ten RUMORS & NEWS

  • Matt Painter and Purdue have come a long way, will stick together longer

    Sporting News - NCAAB "It is not quite three years removed from the day Matt Painter stood before the assembled reporters in a hotel near the Chicago airport on Big Ten media day and vowed he would run the Purdue basketball program like the Purdue basketball program. Now, he is contracted to run it well into the next..." August 26

  • Kentucky, Duke, Kansas, Michigan State to play in Champions Classic through 2019

    Sporting News - NCAAB "The Champions Classic announced on Wednesday that Duke, Kentucky, Kansas and Michigan State will continue playing in the four-team event through 2019. Initially launched in 2011, the event has become one of the staples of college basketball's opening Tuesday. New York City's Madison Square..." August 25

  • Rutgers lands 7-foot graduate transfer C.J. Gettys

    Newark Star-Ledger "One of the biggest questions facing new Rutgers coach Steve Pikiell when he took the job in March was how he would rebuild a depleted Scarlet Knight roster. The latest pieces of the puzzle came into focus on Monday in the form of a graduate transfer. C.J. Gettys, a 7-foot, 245-pound center..." August 23

  • Illinois basketball strengthens recruiting class, adds Trent Frazier

    Today's U "The University of Illinois men’s basketball team added to a strong 2017 recruiting class on Sunday after securing a commitment from four-star point guard Trent Frazier, according to Evan Daniels of Scout.com. 247Sports grades Frazier as the 20th ranked point guard in the nation, the eighth..." August 21

  • Former Gophers guard Kevin Dorsey transfers to Colorado State

    St. Paul Pioneer Press "Former Gophers guard Kevin Dorsey, who was embroiled in the release of a sexually explicit video posted on social media in February, has committed to transfer to Colorado State, according to CBS Sports. Dorsey, who averaged 6.8 points, 2.3 rebounds and 1.4 assists in the 2015-16 season, was..." August 15

  • Michigan State adds 4-star C Thomas Kithier to 2018 class

    Michigan Live "When Thomas Kithier took the trip from Macomb to East Lansing on Tuesday, a simple recruiting visit to Michigan State was the only matter of business. Tour around. Watch some practice. Talk to coaches. The norm. Looking around, though, Kithier realized that he was where he wanted to..." August 05

  • Charges will not be filed against Gophers basketball player Reggie Lynch

    Minneapolis Star Tribune "Sexual assault charges will not be filed against Gophers basketball player Reggie Lynch, the University of Minnesota police and Hennepin County Attorney's office said Monday. Lynch was arrested May 8 on suspicion of sexually assaulting a 19-year-old woman at a campus apartment and was released..." August 03

  • Iowa forward Dale Jones gets sixth year of eligibility

    Hawk Central "Iowa forward Dale Jones has been granted a sixth year of eligibility by the NCAA, meaning he can play two more seasons for the Hawkeyes, men’s basketball coach Fran McCaffery announced in a news release Thursday. Jones (6-foot-7, 227 pounds) suffered a second ACL injury to his right knee in..." July 21

  • Purdue, Painter agree to contract extension

    Lafayette Journal & Courier "Purdue coach Matt Painter confirmed Sunday that he has agreed to a three-year contract extension through the 2021-22 season. Painter, via text message, said the deal may not be finalized until later this summer. Purdue athletic director Morgan Burke could not immediately be reached for..." July 19

  • Purdue's Smotherman suspended for season opener

    Lafayette Journal & Courier "Purdue men's basketball announced Wednesday night that it has suspended junior forward Basil Smotherman for the season opener against McNeese State for a violation of team rules. Smotherman is also suspended for the closed scrimmage against West Virginia and the exhibition game against Southern..." July 15

  • Thad Matta says Ohio State basketball transfers 'got rid of problems'

    The Comeback "Ohio State is known as a football school, but men’s basketball coach Thad Matta has built a perennial contender in Columbus. Last season, however, the Buckeyes took a step back with 21-14 record and a second-round NIT exit. Things went from bad to worse as an exodus of highly touted freshmen then..." July 15

  • Jeremiah Tilmon, No. 29 in ESPN 100, picks Illinois

    ESPN "Top-30 prospect Jeremiah Tilmon has committed to Illinois, he told ESPN on Monday. Tilmon chose the Fighting Illini over a final list of Kansas, North Carolina, Michigan State, Texas and Missouri. "I feel that I trust them and that's where my heart is telling me to be," Tilmon said. "I feel..." July 11

  • Bobby Knight to speak for Trump at Republican National Convention

    College Spun "Legendary former Indiana coach Bobby Knight campaigned with Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump in Indianapolis back in April, and has endorsed the businessman, calling him the “most prepared presidential candidate of all time.”" July 07

  • Juan Dixon is no longer an assistant to Maryland Coach Mark Turgeon

    Washington Post "Juan Dixon is no longer a special assistant to Maryland Coach Mark Turgeon, according to a person with knowledge of the situation. Dixon, a Baltimore native who led Maryland to its only national championship in 2002, met with Turgeon on Tuesday. Dixon, 37, had a served as a special assistant..." July 07

  • Shaq wants son to play at Kentucky, Michigan State, or LSU

    ESPN "If it's up to Shaquille O'Neal, his son will play college basketball for LSU's Johnny Jones, Michigan State's Tom Izzo or Kentucky's John Calipari. During his weekly podcast, O'Neal said he wants Shareef O'Neal (ranked 51st in the 2018 class per RecruitingNation) to play for coaches who can..." June 29