Conference USA RUMORS & NEWS

  • UTEP’s Matt Willms works to return to full strength after playing last season with a torn labrum

    College Basketball Talk "After redshirting in 2012-13, UTEP center Matt Willms entered the 2013-14 campaign hoping to have an impact for the Miners in his first season on the floor. Willms proved to be a solid contributor for head coach Tim Floyd, starting the last 17 games of the year and posting averages of 5.4 points..." July 07

  • Point guard Marcus Evans becomes Rice’s first 2015 verbal commitment

    College Basketball Talk "New Rice head coach Mike Rhoades received his first verbal commitment in the 2015 class Sunday night, and the player hails from an area that Rhoades is familiar with. As first reported by Matthew Hatfield of VirginiaPreps.com, Cape Henry (Va.) HS point guard Marcus Evans has verbally committed..." June 30

  • J'Mychal Reese to transfer to North Texas

    Aggie Sports "Former Texas A&M point guard J'Mychal Reese has decided to transfer to North Texas and will start school July 7. Reese made an official visit Tuesday and announced his decision the next morning via twitter. "Also wanna thank UNT for this opportunity. God is good!!" the former Bryan all-state..." June 26

  • Report: Charlotte transfer Denzel Ingram arrives at UNC-Wilmington

    TheScore.com "Following his decision to leave Charlotte after two seasons with the 49ers, Denzel Ingram has reportedly transferred to UNC-Wilmington. The 6-foot guard averaged 8.1 points, 2.1 rebounds, and 1.9 assists last season, while receiving 27 minutes of playing time. " June 21

  • Marshall dismisses Chris Thomas

    The Herald-Dispatch "Marshall University guard Chris Thomas was dismissed from the Thundering Herd men’s basketball program, a Tuesday news release from the school said. No reason was given for the dismissal." June 10

  • UAB point guard Chad Frazier arrested, charged with third-degree domestic violence

    Alabama.com "UAB senior point guard Chad Frazier was arrested Wednesday and charged with third-degree domestic violence stemming from an incident in April. According to Birmingham police spokesman Lt. Sean Edwards, the incident happened on April 17. The female victim got into an altercation with Frazier..." June 06

  • Marshall transfer Kareem Canty reportedly flips back to Auburn

    Alabama.com "Kareem Canty has changed his mind again. The former Marshall point guard, who originally visited Auburn in April, committed on April 19 and then committed to South Florida later this month, told ESPN's Jeff Goodman he now plans to follow through with Auburn. Canty, who averaged 16.3 points..." June 04

  • Bryan to transfer from Charlotte 49ers' basketball team

    Raleigh News & Observer "Backup forward Marcus Bryan is the second player this spring to transfer from the Charlotte 49ers’ men’s basketball program, the school announced Monday. Bryan, a 6-foot-7 freshman from Raleigh Ravenscroft, averaged 3.5 points and 2.4 rebounds last season. He joins sophomore guard Denzel..." June 02

  • La. Tech adds two more to 2014 class as three reserves leave the program

    The News Star "Louisiana Tech’s roster overhaul continued Friday when the school announced the signings of a pair of junior college players to add to the growing 2014 signing class. Qiydar Davis (Indian Hills Community College) and Merrill Holden (Pratt Community College) become the sixth and seventh..." May 29

  • Marshall transfer Canty commits to USF

    Tampa Bay Times "With the long-term future of USF PG Anthony Collins unclear, the Bulls snagged some heralded backcourt insurance Sunday with the commitment of Marshall transfer Kareem Canty. Canty's commitment was widely reported Sunday afternoon. Shortly thereafter, Canty tweeted: Usf !!!!! Barring the..." May 13

  • Iowa State assistant Doc Sadler leaves for Southern Mississippi

    Des Moines Register "Add Doc Sadler to college basketball's one-and-done fraternity. The one-season Fred Hoiberg assistant will be announced at noon Thursday as Southern Mississippi's new men's basketball head coach. "We've hired one of the great coaches, and a perfect match for Southern Miss," Golden Eagles..." May 01

  • Stephen F. Austin's Brad Underwood reportedly in line for Southern Miss job

    Gulflive "Southern Miss has offered the job of head basketball coach to Brad Underwood, who is expected to accept, according to a report Tuesday night by CBS Sports' Gary Parrish. Underwood would replace Donnie Tyndall, who left Southern Miss last week to take the Tennessee job. The Golden Eagles went..." April 30

  • Marshall to hire Dan D'Antoni as its next men's basketball coach

    CBSSports.com "Marshall athletic director Mike Hamrick announced early Thursday that his school's search for a new men's basketball coach is complete, and a source confirmed to CBSSports.com that Dan D'Antoni will fill the position. D'Antoni is the brother of Lakers coach Mike D'Antoni. The development was..." April 24

  • Missouri considering UTEP's Floyd

    ESPN.com "UTEP's Tim Floyd has emerged as a strong candidate for the Missouri opening, a source close to the situation told ESPN. Floyd, 60, has spent the past four seasons with the Miners and has a team that is expected to compete for the Conference USA title next season. Floyd also spent four seasons..." April 23

  • D’Antoni courtship over, Marshall search changes course

    Charleston Dailymail "Mike Hamrick put the full-court press on Mike D’Antoni. The ultimate press breaker: A multi-year, multi-million dollar contract. Hamrick, who is in his sixth year as Marshall’s athletic director, courted D’Antoni, the Los Angeles Lakers head coach, from the moment Tom Herrion resigned as..." April 23

  • Southern Miss coach Donnie Tyndall will be the next coach at Tennessee

    CBSSports.com "Southern Miss coach Donnie Tyndall has reached an agreement in principle with Tennessee and will be the next head coach of the Vols, sources told CBSSports.com on Monday. Tennessee officials confirmed the report early Tuesday. A press conference is scheduled for Tuesday afternoon in..." April 22

  • Blue Devils land transfer Sean Obi

    ESPN.com "The Duke Blue Devils have landed Rice Owls transfer Sean Obi. The 6-foot-9, 265-pound big man told ESPN.com that he committed to Mike Krzyzewski and the Blue Devils on Monday night. The Nigerian native averaged 11.4 points and led Conference USA in rebounding (9.3) as a freshman this past..." April 21

  • Kareem Canty will also visit USF

    ESPN.com "Marshall transfer Kareem Canty, hours after giving coach Bruce Pearl and Auburn a verbal commitment, has decided to visit South Florida before making a decision. "After speaking with my family, I need to really consider where I'm going to spend the next three years," Canty told ESPN.com on..." April 20

  • Tennessee's search is now focused on Louisiana Tech's Michael White

    CBSSports.com "Tennessee's search to replace Cuonzo Martin as its men's basketball coach is now focused on Louisiana Tech's Michael White, multiple sources told CBSSports.com on Saturday. Martin left UT last week to coach at California. A source told CBSSports.com that UT has informally contacted some..." April 20

  • Missouri's Frank Haith has emerged as a serious candidate at Tulsa

    CBSSports.com "Tulsa's ongoing search to replace Danny Manning is now centered on Missouri coach Frank Haith, multiple sources told CBSSports.com on Thursday. "Frank is looking for a way out of Missouri," one source said. "This might be it." Haith just finished his third season at Missouri by missing the..." April 17

  • Report: Arizona State transfer Egor Koulechov to transfer to Rice

    College Basketball Talk "Egor Koulechov is headed to Rice, according to a report from Jon Rothstein of CBSSports.com. Koulechov played 14.0 minutes per game for Arizona State as a freshman last season, averaging 3.7 points. He played major minutes early in the season, but only saw more than eight minutes once after..." April 17

  • Marshall's Kareem Canty finally gets release, will transfer

    CBSSports.com "It's been expected for a couple weeks that Marshall point guard Kareem Canty was going to wind up on the transfer list. He made his intentions clear on social media a couple weeks ago, but the Thundering Herd had still not given Canty his release. On Friday, it finally came -- and now Canty is..." April 11

  • Sources: FAU to hire Michael Curry

    ESPN.com "Florida Atlantic will hire former NBA player and coach Michael Curry as its new coach, sources told ESPN's Jeff Goodman. Curry coached the Detroit Pistons for the 2008-09 season, compiling a 39-43 record. He also played parts of 11 seasons for six teams." April 07

  • Danny Manning is leaving Tulsa to be the next coach at Wake Forest

    CBSSports.com "Tulsa's Danny Manning has reached an agreement in principle to become Wake Forest's next head coach, a source told CBSSports.com early Friday. A formal announcement is expected soon. Manning, 47, spoke with Wake Forest officials earlier this week and visited the campus Wednesday, at which..." April 04

  • Texas riches extend to basketball courts

    USA Today "The state of Texas – including all of its more than 268,000 square miles – is still the home to $60 million high school football stadiums, Johnny Football and the NFL franchise that considers itself "America's Team." But as Arlington this week welcomes the men's basketball Final Four – the..." April 02

  • Wake Forest has significant interest in Tulsa coach Danny Manning

    ESPN.com "Wake Forest has significant interest in Tulsa coach Danny Manning, sources told ESPN.com. It's still unclear where the former Kansas star, who went to the NCAA tournament in just his second season as the coach of the Golden Hurricane, sits on Wake athletic director Ron Wellman's wish list...." April 01

  • Source on Mike D'Antoni to Marshall: 'There is mutual interest'

    CBSSports.com "Marshall has reached out to Los Angeles Lakers head coach Mike D'Antoni about its head coaching vacancy, a source close to D'Antoni confirmed to CBSSports.com on Thursday night. ESPN.com first reported the interest from Marshall. But D'Antoni is interested, too, a source said. "I would..." March 28

  • Marshall inquires with Mike D'Antoni

    ESPN.com "Marshall University has reached out to Los Angeles Lakers coach Mike D'Antoni to gauge his interest in coaching his alma mater, according to sources close to the process. Sources told ESPN.com that the Thundering Herd have pursued D'Antoni before and made this latest inquiry -- which coincides..." March 27

  • Florida St. 78, Louisiana Tech 75

    ProSportsDaily "Aaron Thomas had 21 points and nine rebounds and Okaro White posted 20 and eight as the Seminoles held on against the visiting Bulldogs in the NIT quarterfinals. Devon Bookert chipped in 11 points and Montay Brandon had 10 for the top-seeded Seminoles (22-13), who advanced to next week's Final..." March 27

  • Illinois point guard Nick Norton will join father Randy at UAB

    Alabama.com "Nearly one year ago, Randy Norton was hired to be UAB's head women's basketball coach. In a few months, his son Nick will join him in Birmingham for the next few years. Nick Norton, who spent his senior year at Bloomington Central Catholic (Ill.), verbally committed to sign with head coach..." March 26

  • Minnesota 81, Southern Miss 73

    ProSportsDaily "Austin Hollins scored a career-high 32 points as the Gophers pulled away in the second half for a win over the visiting Golden Eagles in the NIT quarterfinals. Hollins finished with six 3-pointers, four assists and three steals for top-seeded Minnesota (23-13), which shot 50 percent from the..." March 26

  • Rice to hire VCU's Mike Rhoades

    CBSSports.com "Rice will hire VCU assistant Mike Rhoades to fill its head coaching vacancy, sources told CBSSports.com. Rhoades has been on Shaka Smart's staff since Smart's first season in Richmond in 2009. Prior to his stint at VCU, Rhoades enjoyed a long period of success at Division III Randolph-Macon..." March 25

  • Southern Miss 71, Missouri 63

    ProSportsDaily "Neil Watson had 18 points and seven assists to help the Golden Eagles upset the host Tigers in the second round of the NIT. Aaron Brown added 16 points for third-seeded Southern Mississippi (29-6), which advances to the NIT quarterfinals at top-seeded Minnesota on Tuesday. Michael Craig added..." March 23

  • Louisiana Tech 79, Georgia 71

    ProSportsDaily "Four players scored in double figures, led by Alex Hamilton's 20 points, as Louisiana Tech survived a late rally by host Georgia in an all-Bulldogs matchup in the second round of the NIT. Chris Anderson had 18 points and eight rebounds while Cordarius Johnson was 6-of-7 from the field - 3-of-3..." March 22

  • FAU search centered on Ohio State assistant Dave Dickerson

    CBSSports.com "Florida Atlantic has centered its coaching search on Ohio State assistant Dave Dickerson, a source told CBSSports.com on Friday. Whether Dickerson would take the job remains unclear. Athletic director Patrick Chun spent 15 years in the Ohio State athletic department before taking the FAU job..." March 22

  • UCLA puts the 'dog out with 76-59 NCAA tournament victory over Tulsa

    Los Angeles Times "The warning signs were out there for UCLA. High-seeded teams were being sent home from the NCAA tournament left and right. It got the fourth-seeded Bruins' attention. They cleared one potential pratfall Friday night with a 76-59 victory over Tulsa in Viejas Arena, scratching Item No. 1 off..." March 22

  • Tulsa's Danny Manning, UCLA's Steve Alford cut from the same cloth

    Fox Sports "Danny Manning has been called many things. He's been called a miracle and he's been called a savior. He's also been called a bust and a has-been. These days he's called "Coach" at Tulsa. And Friday night, he will face another coach that has shared a few of those names in UCLA head coach Steve..." March 21

  • Tulsa to face UCLA in NCAA Tournament

    TulsaHurricane.com "Tulsa received a No. 13-seed and will face the No. 4-seed UCLA Bruins on Friday, March 21st in a South Region game from San Diego, California. Game time will be approximately 9 p.m. CT Friday and air on TruTV. For NCAA tickets, the TU Athletic Ticket Office will be open for ticket requests on..." March 19

  • Tulsa wins C-USA with 69-60 win over Louisiana Tech

    ProSportsDaily "James Woodard scored 27 points as the Golden Hurricane punched their ticket to the NCAA tournament by winning the championship of the Conference-USA tournament in El Paso, Texas. Woodard made 8-of-13 from the floor, including 4-of-5 3-point attempts, and reached double figures for the 25th..." March 16

  • FAU guards Pablo Bertone, Marquan Botley recognized by C-USA

    Fort Lauderdale Sun-Sentinel "FAU guards Pablo Bertone and Marquan Botley were recognized by Conference USA on its season-end All-Conference teams this week. Bertone, C-USA's top scorer (18.9 points per game) was named to the All-Conference First Team Monday. Botley, a freshman guard from Texas, was named to the..." March 12

  • Tall task ahead of Mean Green basketball as C-USA tourney looms

    Dallas Morning News "There have been times during Tony Benford’s second season as coach of North Texas when it looked like the Mean Green was about to break through. UNT hammered Texas A&M by 20 on New Year’s Eve and strung four straight Conference USA wins in February. Each high has been followed by a low in an..." March 11

  • C-USA Names UAB's Chad Frazier Newcomer Of The Year

    UABSports.com "Postseason accolades continue to pour in for UAB men’s basketball junior guard Chad Frazier. The Charlotte, N.C. native and 2014 First Team All-Conference USA selection was voted the 2014 C-USA Newcomer of the year, the league office announced on Tuesday. Frazier, who was tabbed a First Team..." March 11

  • Tulane looks to finish over .500 in its final C-USA season Thursday against Southern Miss

    New Orleans Times-Picayune "Seeding in the conference tournament is on the line as Tulane prepares for the last game of the season. The Green Wave (16-14, 8-7 C-USA ) will take on Southern Mississippi on Thursday in a game that will make Tulane either the sixth or seventh seed and give them a first-round bye. Southern..." March 06

  • Taking a look at USM's chances at an NCAA Tourney bid

    Biloxi Sun Herald "Nearly every recent NCAA Tournament projection has the Southern Miss men's basketball team in the field as either an 11 or 12 seed as the lone team out of Conference USA. That means if USM (25-5, 12-3) is eliminated in the C-USA Tournament, the Golden Eagles' chances of an NCAA at-large bid..." March 04

  • FAU fires basketball coach Mike Jarvis

    Fort Lauderdale Sun-Sentinel "FAU fired men’s basketball coach Mike Jarvis Thursday after six seasons in Boca Raton, according to multiple sources close to the program. Jarvis, 68, had one-year remaining on his contract. He signed a three-year extension in April 2012. FAU blew a 16-point lead to Tulane on Wednesday to..." February 28

  • Major turning up the heat for Charlotte 49ers

    Charlotte Observer "Charlotte 49ers coach Alan Major said he has turned up the intensity in practice this week as he scrambles to find something – anything – to help end a five-game losing streak. “We’ve maybe stoked up the competition a little bit more,” said Major, whose 49ers (14-12, 5-8) play Thursday at East..." February 27

  • How bad is college basketball in Alabama? Let me count the ways

    Alabama.com "If you love college basketball, you have to hate what's happening to the sport in the state of Alabama. Because what's happening is we're living through what may be the worst college basketball season here in the last 30 years. Take a look at this snapshot. If you care about the game, it'll..." February 25

  • Middle Tennessee drubs hapless Charlotte 49ers

    Charlotte Observer "As Middle Tennessee’s 71-49 Conference USA basketball victory against Charlotte wound down Thursday, the 49ers looked like they just wanted the game to be over. The evidence for the crowd at Halton Arena was clear. The 49ers (14-11, 5-7) threw lazy passes, appeared disinterested on defense,..." February 21

  • UNT men beat Florida International, 65-63, on bucket at buzzer

    Dallas Morning News "In Miami, Chris Jones hit a runner in the lane at the buzzer to lift North Texas, 65-63. UNT (13-13, 4-8) had a 60-50 lead with 2:17 left before missing the front end of three consecutive 1-and-1 opportunities. Jordan Williams made one of two from the line with 34.8 seconds left to snap the..." February 21

  • UTSA's Matthews bidding for increased playing time in stretch run

    San Antonio Express-News "George Matthews hasn't played much for the UTSA Roadrunners this season. But based on his performance over the weekend in a 66-56 victory over Florida Atlantic, the tide could be turning for the 6-foot-5 sophomore guard. Playing off the bench, Matthews supplied six points, seven rebounds and..." February 18

  • At MTSU, team takes on much bigger meaning

    Tennessean "The Middle Tennessee State basketball player with the most appearances on a highlight reel has perhaps the fewest words. Shawn Jones, a chiseled 6-foot-8, 240-pound senior forward, is a high-flying, hard-dunking, shot-blocking play-maker matched by few in recent Blue Raiders history. But the..." February 14

  • Brooks leads Golden Eagles past Charlotte after Watson injured

    The Clarion-Ledger "Last week’s narrow victory over Marshall taught Southern Miss a lesson. “Don’t come out like the game is going to be given to us,” senior guard Jerrold Brooks said. “It’s hard to win in the NCAA, period.” But when the Golden Eagles fell behind 9-2 against Charlotte on Sunday at Reed Green..." February 11

  • USM still receiving votes in national polls

    Biloxi Sun Herald "The Southern Miss basketball team received a slight bump in voting for the AP Top 25 on Monday, but it still has work to do if it's going to make it into the national rankings. USM held steady with 25 points in the USA Today Coaches Poll, coming in at 29th overall for the second week in the..." February 11

  • Tulane pulls more weekend heroics to beat Marshall on Jay Hook's 3-pointer, 68-65

    New Orleans Times-Picayune "Win number 150 on Friday night for Tulane coach Ed Conroy had its own dramatic finish, and his 151st career victory Sunday was no different thanks to the same player with less than two seconds left - junior guard Jay Hook. Two days after Hook sank the winning free throw to beat Charlotte, he..." February 11

  • Watson making a case as USM's best guard ever

    Biloxi Sun Herald "Before Neil Watson hit the game-winning shot against Marshall Friday night, he'd already put together a stellar career at Southern Miss. He is now putting himself among the best guards to ever suit up for the Golden Eagles. Watson's career averages of 11.3 points, 4.5 assists and 1.5 steals..." February 10

  • Charlotte 49ers’ Lester finding his groove

    Charlotte Observer "Shawn Lester is starting to figure out college basketball. And that could mean trouble for the Charlotte 49ers’ Conference USA opponents. Lester, a 6-foot-4 sophomore guard from Mooresville, leads the 49ers in scoring at 13.0 points per game and tied his career high with 24 points against..." February 01

  • MTSU tells its fans to turn on Twitter at Thursday's game

    Tennessean "The Middle Tennessee State men’s basketball team will hold “Social Media Night” for its game against East Carolina at 7 p.m. Thursday. The Blue Raiders will wear warm-ups with Twitter handles on the back. Fans can collect prizes through social media contests. Fans can send tweets to..." January 30

  • Charlotte 49ers facing ‘crafty’ FAU

    Charlotte Observer "Charlotte 49ers coach Alan Major says Florida Atlantic plays like an “international team.” That’s no coincidence. Charlotte’s opponent Thursday at 7 p.m. in Halton Arena has four foreign players on its roster, including leading scorer Pablo Bertrone, a guard from Argentina, and leading..." January 30

  • Tulane's comeback try falls short at Old Dominion

    New Orleans Times-Picayune "Jonathan Stark scored 21 and teammate Lou Dabney poured in 17, but it wasn’t enough for Tulane to overtake Old Dominion late in Norfolk on Saturday night. The Monarchs held on to win 70-64, snapping the Green Wave’s two-game winning streak. The Green Wave fell to 11-10 overall and 3-3 in..." January 28

  • Louisiana Tech turns Charlotte 49ers’ turnovers into win

    Charlotte Observer "Ten minutes into Charlotte’s Conference USA contest Thursday night, 49ers coach Alan Major had to feel pretty good. There were still 30 minutes remaining, though. Charlotte built as much as an eight-point lead early before watching it slowly evaporate as Louisiana Tech took a 80-60 win in..." January 24

  • Former Charlotte 49ers great Lew Massey dies

    Charlotte Observer "Lew Massey, the Charlotte 49ers’ second-leading career scorer and a key member of their 1977 Final Four team, died Thursday, a school spokesman confirmed Friday. Massey, a sweet-shooting 6-foot-4 forward who came to the 49ers from South Mecklenburg High, was 57. Massey is one of just four..." January 24

  • MTSU guard out with flu

    Tennessean "Middle Tennessee State senior guard Kerry Hammonds did not travel with the team for Thursday’s game at Tulsa because of flu. Hammonds’ status for Saturday’s game at North Texas is also uncertain. Blue Raiders (12-6, 2-1 C-USA) coach Kermit Davis said 6-foot-6 junior guard Marcus Tarrance..." January 23

  • Harvard goes cold in Florida

    Boston Herald "Marquan Botley hit six of his team’s eight 3-pointers and scored a career-high 23 points as Florida Atlantic beat Harvard, 68-53, in men’s basketball in Boca Raton, Fla. The Owls (7-12) drained 8-of-15 3-pointers. The Crimson (14-3) picked a good night to escape the storm at home, but were held..." January 23

  • Charlotte 49ers hope to learn from narrow victories

    Charlotte Observer "The Charlotte 49ers have started Conference USA play by winning three of their first four league games. But it hasn’t been easy. The 49ers (12-5, 3-1) swept a two-game home stand last week with two come-from-behind victories – 90-86 in overtime against Tulsa and 76-64 against North..." January 22

  • FAU falters down the stretch in 65-60 loss to Old Dominion

    Fort Lauderdale Sun-Sentinel "FAU led the first 35 minutes of their Saturday night contest against Old Dominion, but the Owls' poor free-throw shooting and 15 turnovers let the Monarchs storm back to steal a 65-60 conference road win in the final minutes. FAU (6-12, 2-2) led by as many as 10 points in the second half, but..." January 19

  • FIU men’s basketball team beats East Carolina behind strong rebounding

    Miami Herald "After a first half with enough whistles for Macy’s parade and a second half of basket trading, Saturday’s East Carolina-FIU game at U.S. Century Bank Arena came down to that standby of effort: rebounding. FIU got enough of it for a 68-64 win that pushes the Panthers to 10-9 and evens their..." January 19

  • Louisiana Tech star Raheem Appleby (ankle) out 6-8 weeks

    CBSSports.com "Despite this being its first season in Conference USA, Louisiana Tech has been the favorite to win the league and get to the NCAA tournament. Unfortunately, the Bulldogs might have to do it without leading scorer Raheem Appleby. The school announced Wednesday that Appleby would miss..." January 16

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