Mid-American RUMORS & NEWS

  • Ball State freshman Tahjai Teague sidelined 10-12 weeks

    Indianapolis Star "Ball State's men's basketball team will get the benefit of an early start with summer practices leading into its August Bahamas trip. Prized freshman Tahjai Teague, however, will not get to share in the early start. As the team went through its third of eight practices Tuesday, Teague sat in a..." July 22

  • Ryan Taylor leaves Bobcats

    The Athens Messenger "The season is long since over, but Ohio took another loss this month. Sophomore guard Ryan Taylor has left the Ohio University men’s basketball program, Bobcats head coach Saul Phillips confirmed Monday. Taylor will be released from his scholarship, Phillips said after the team’s Monday..." July 13

  • ASU men's basketball lands Buffalo transfer Torian Graham

    The State Press "Graham, a 6-foot-4 shooting guard, will likely sit out a year in 2015-16 and will have one year of eligibility remaining. Graham, who was originally recruited by Herb Sendek's staff at ASU out of high school, was the No. 12-ranked shooting guard in the country and a four-star prospect by Rivals..." June 03

  • Tayler Persons transfer a major addition for Ball State

    Indianapolis Star "Former Kokomo standout and Northern Kentucky transfer Tayler Persons announced his commitment to Ball State on Friday night. Persons' pledge secures a major piece for the future for coach James Whitford. Persons averaged 13.1 points, 4.6 rebounds and 3.7 assists and was named Atlantic Sun..." May 19

  • Former Marquette forward finds new home in the MAC

    College Basketball Talk "Toledo picked up a transfer from the Big East as forward Steve Taylor Jr. will finish his career with the Rockets. The news of Taylor’s transfer was first reported by Chicago Hoops. The 6-foot-7 Taylor will have to sit out the 2015-16 season due to NCAA transfer rules but he gives Toledo an..." May 19

  • Shannon Evans commits to Arizona State basketball

    Arizona Republic "Former Buffalo guard Shannon Evans will follow his college head coach to Arizona State. Evans, who was visiting new ASU coach Bobby Hurley on campus this weekend, will join the Sun Devils. Hurley was hired April 9 to be the next Sun Devils head coach after spending two seasons with the same..." April 27

  • Manhattan adds former Ball State point guard Zavier Turner

    College Basketball Talk "Manhattan added a point guard to its roster Friday night, as former Ball State guard Zavier Turner will be making the move from the MAC to the MAAC. The news was first reported by ESPN.com, and after sitting out the 2015-16 season Turner will have two seasons to play under Manhattan head coach..." April 27

  • CMU lands Youngstown State transfer Marcus Keene

    Detroit Free Press "When you're on top, college basketball transfer season usually pays off. Central Michigan is discovering that as the Chippewas landed Youngstown State guard Marcus Keene, the Penguins' leading scorer at 15.6 points per game, he told the Free Press today. "I decided to leave Youngstown..." April 20

  • Bowling Green hires Miami assistant Michael Huger to replace Chris Jans

    CBS Sports "Miami assistant Michael Huger has reached an agreement on a six-year deal to become Bowling Green's next head coach, a source told CBSSports.com on Wednesday. A formal announcement is expected Thursday." April 16

  • Buffalo hires Nate Oats to replace Bobby Hurley as basketball coach

    CBS Sports "Buffalo assistant Nate Oats wil be the Bulls' next head coach. The school announced the development early Saturday morning. "After hours of conversations with Nate, it became very clear to me that the best candidate to lead our ... team was already on campus," said Buffalo AD Danny White...." April 12

  • Chris Jans, fired by Bowling Green, apologizes for behavior

    USA Today "Chris Jans, who was fired from Bowling Green on April 2 after an inquiry into his public conduct, issued a statement Friday in which he apologized for what he called inappropriate behavior after becoming intoxicated at a bar. The entire statement provided to USA Today Sports read: "On March..." April 10

  • Keno Davis gets five-year deal at CMU

    Detroit News "Central Michigan and head men's basketball coach Keno Davis have agreed to a five-year contract that will keep him in Mount Pleasant at least through the 2019-20 season. The deal is worth $300,000 annually, plus $100,000 for radio, TV and personal appearances. Davis, 43, nearly led the..." April 10

  • Arizona State hires former Duke player, Buffalo coach Bobby Hurley

    CBS Sports "Duke icon and Buffalo coach Bobby Hurley has reached an agreement in principle to become the next head coach at Arizona State, a source told CBSSports.com on Thursday. A formal announcement is expected soon. Multiple sources told CBSSports.com on Wednesday that Hurley had emerged as a..." April 09

  • UB reaches agreement in principle on new contract with Bobby Hurley

    Buffalo News "The University at Buffalo has reached a verbal agreement in principle to renegotiate the contract of Bobby Hurley and make him the highest-paid men's basketball coach in the Mid-American Conference, sources have told The News. No deal has been signed. ESPN reports that an interview that is..." March 25

  • Bobby Hurley reportedly front-runner for DePaul job

    Larry Brown Sports "Bobby Hurley has only been a college basketball head coach for two seasons, but that may be enough to convince a big program to hire him. According to ESPN’s Jeff Goodman, Hurley is the front-runner for the DePaul job. DePaul is looking for a new head coach after firing Oliver Purnell two..." March 25

  • Ex-Toledo basketball player gets probation

    Covers.com "Former University of Toledo basketball player Sammy Villegas has been sentenced to probation for his involvement in the Rockets' point-shaving scandel in the mid-2000's." March 24

  • Kent State sophomore forward Jimmy Hall sidelined with mononucleosis

    Cleveland Plain Dealer "Kent State's basketball season took a big hit Wednesday when leading scorer and rebounder Jimmy Hall was sidelined for at least a week, and possibly up to four, with mononucleosis. According to coach Rob Senderoff, Hall, averaging 15.1 points and 7.5 rebounds, first said he did not feel 100..." February 05

  • Justin Moss flourishing at Buffalo despite serious heart condition

    CBS Sports "It was during his freshman year of college, after a physical uncovered a serious heart condition, that Justin Moss was told he could theoretically become the next Hank Gathers. Only problem? Justin Moss had never heard of Hank Gathers. So the news didn't register the way you might..." February 03

  • Court upholds ruling that Kent State should receive $1.2 million buyout from former head coach

    College Basketball Talk "When Geno Ford made the move from Kent State to Bradley in 2011, he did so amidst controversy. The school sued Ford for the $1.2 million it was owed as part of the agreement, with the dollar amount representing the four years’ (at $300,000 per) salary that remained on the contract Ford and Kent..." January 15

  • Ex-Bearcat Davis cleared, Tyler ineligible for BSU

    The Star Press "The flow of news Friday followed a very familiar pattern for the Ball State men's basketball team. Gain a guard, lose a guard. Head coach James Whitford told The Star Press guard Jeremiah Davis III was medically cleared to practice and play, though it's unclear if he'll suit up Saturday..." January 03

  • Buffalo landed former top 100 recruit on Wednesday

    College Basketball Talk "Torian Graham committed to his third school on Christmas Eve. The former N.C. State commit and Houston guard decided to transfer to Buffalo on Wednesday afternoon, according to Jeff Goodman of ESPN. Graham left the Houston program on Nov. 17, days after the Cougars’ 77-74 season-opening win..." December 29

  • Demetrius Treadwell no longer on Zips' roster

    Sporting News - NCAAB "After being suspended indefinitely in mid-November after accusations that he assaulted a women's basketball player, Demetrius Treadwell is no longer enrolled at the University of Akron. The news comes as a relief for Zips head coach Keith Dambrot who has struggled with his team's off-court..." December 18

  • Inclement weather leads to postponement of Montana State’s game at Buffalo

    College Basketball Talk "The first major snowstorm of the 2014-15 college basketball season has impacted the travel of some teams, most notably the Niagara women’s team that wound up stranded for nearly 24 hours earlier this week. Thursday afternoon it was announced that a game scheduled for Friday has been postponed as a..." November 21

  • Akron suspends All-MAC senior forward Demetrius Treadwell indefinitely

    The News-Herald "Senior forward and Euclid graduate Demetrius Treadwell was suspended indefinitely from the University of Akron, the school announced in a news release Nov. 16. Akron cited "a violation of the Student-Athlete Code of Conduct" as the reason for the suspension." November 17

  • Foot injury to sideline Ball State guard eight to ten weeks

    College Basketball Talk "As Ball State looks to rebound from a 6-25 campaign in its first season under head coach James Whitford, one of the players expected to help out on the perimeter was junior guard Jeremiah Davis III. Davis, who transferred in from Cincinnati, didn’t see much playing time as a Bearcat but that was..." October 31

  • UB announces contract extension for Bobby Hurley

    Buffalo News "The University at Buffalo is doing its best to keep high-profile men's basketball coach Bobby Hurley in the fold for as long as possible. UB announced a contract extension today for Hurley that runs through the 2018-2019 season. The deal is a one-year extension. Hurley's original contract,..." September 04

  • Former Michigan State basketball player Kenny Kaminski lands at Ohio U

    Detroit News "After being dismissed from the Michigan State basketball team early this month, sophomore Kenny Kaminski has transferred to Ohio University, according to the Athens Messenger. On his Twitter account, Kaminski said, “Blessed to be here! I love it here already.” The report also said Kaminski,..." August 26

  • Judge rules against NCAA in revolutionary O'Bannon case

    ESPN "In a landmark decision, a federal judge ruled Friday that the NCAA is in violation of the nation's antitrust laws by restricting the compensation that major college football and men's basketball student-athletes can receive for use of their names, images and likenesses. U.S. District Court..." August 08

  • Report: Former Rutgers wing Craig Brown transfers to Kent State

    College Basketball Talk "Kent State head coach Rob Senderoff has added a graduate transfer to the mix, with Jeff Goodman of ESPN.com reporting that former Rutgers guard/forward Craig Brown is joining the MAC program. As a grad transfer Brown will be eligible to play immediately for the Golden Flashes, giving them another..." June 14

  • WMU basketball coach Steve Hawkins receives new contract, assistants' salary pool to increase

    Michigan Live "Some serious money has been dished out to Mid-American Conference men's basketball coaches in recent months and Western Michigan University coach Steve Hawkins on Thursday saw his bottom dollar fall in line with some of those figures. WMU announced it had agreed in principal to a new contract..." June 06

  • Former George Mason forward Anali Okoloji headed to Eastern Michigan

    College Basketball Talk "With three members of his front court rotation from a season ago out of eligibility, Eastern Michigan head coach Rob Murphy has added a body to his front court for the 2014-15 season. As reported by Adam Zagoria, former George Mason forward Anali Okoloji will transfer to the Mid-American..." April 21

  • Report: Ohio will not release three-star forward Tariq Owens from National Letter of Intent

    College Basketball Talk "Tariq Owens, a 6-foot-8 forward from St. Vincent Pallotti High (Md.) committed to Ohio University 10 months ago. On Thursday, head coach Jim Christian left the program after two years to take the Boston College opening. On Saturday night, North Dakota State head coach Saul Phillips was..." April 06

  • Boston College turns to Ohio’s Jim Christian as head coach

    Boston Herald "Jim Christian has a futuristic vision for the Boston College basketball program inspired by working models from the past. The 49-year-old was introduced as the Eagles 12th head coach by athletic director Brad Bates during a conference call yesterday afternoon. Christian will be formally..." April 04

  • Ohio's Jim Christian named head coach at Boston College

    CBS Sports "Jim Christian has been named the head coach at Boston College, sources confirmed to CBSSports.com. ESPN.com and the Athens Messenger first reported the news. Christian has been at Ohio for the last two seasons, going 49-22 after taking over for John Groce. He spent the previous four seasons..." April 03

  • WMU basketball announces Hayden Hoerdemann, Leo Svete have left the program

    Michigan Live "Head coach Steve Hawkins confirmed Tuesday night that junior guard Hayden Hoerdemann and freshman wing player Leo Svete have left the Western Michigan University men's basketball program. Hawkins said both players' departures were heavily based on want for playing time and both players were..." April 02

  • D.J. Wingfield’s career with Ohio comes to a close because of knee problems

    College Basketball Talk "Ohio’s D.J. Wingfield has been medically disqualified to play for the Bobcats. Wingfield had surgery on his knee last summer, and while he played in an exhibition game and practiced with the team for much of the season, the fix never took. His career with Ohio is over." April 01

  • Syracuse harasses Western Michigan into turnovers, poor shooting in 77-53 win

    Syracuse.com "The mistakes came with astonishing, alarming regularity. Passes sailed into the photographers' row at the First Niagara Center. Swarming Syracuse hands tapped balls into the hands of eager, awaiting teammates. Sometimes, all a Syracuse player needed to do was wait until a Western Michigan player..." March 20

  • Broncos Set For NCAA Stage vs. Syracuse

    WMUBroncos.com "QUICK NOTES This will be the third-ever meeting between the Broncos and the Orange, with Syracuse holding a 2-0 edge in the series This will be the fourth-ever appearance in the NCAA Tournament for the Broncos, as well as their sixth game; they hold a 2-3 record in the Big Dance, with..." March 19

  • Western Michigan Broncos Take MAC Tourney Title, Clinch NCAA Berth

    WMUBroncos.com "The Western Michigan men’s basketball team dominated from the opening tip until the final buzzer on Saturday, clinching a trip to the NCAA Tournament and winning the 2014 Mid-American Conference Tournament title with a 98-77 victory over the Toledo Rockets at Quicken Loans Arena. The Broncos..." March 16

  • Bowling Green fires head coach Louis Orr

    CBS Sports "Bowling Green has fired head coach Louis Orr, the school announced Tuesday afternoon. Orr's contract was up after seven seasons, and the Falcons decided not to renew it. "We want to thank Coach Orr for his dedication to BGSU and his leadership in developing men of character in the Falcon..." March 12

  • Louis Orr’s contract with Bowling Green won’t be renewed

    College Basketball Talk "Bowling Green will not be renewing the contract of head coach Louis Orr, the school announced on Tuesday. Orr had coached the Falcons for seven seasons, finishing with a 101-121 record and just one season with a .500 record or better. BGSU was 12-20 this past season." March 11

  • Eastern Michigan advances, eliminates Central

    Detroit News "Karrington Ward scored 20 points, hitting 6 of 9 3-pointers, as sixth-seeded Eastern Michigan pulled away from 11-seed Central Michigan Monday and won, 72-60, in the first round of the Mid-American Conference tournament. Eastern (19-13) had a double digit lead but after back-to-back 3s from..." March 11

  • Kent State looks to rebound in road test with Bowling Green

    Akron Beacon Journal "It was only two weeks ago that Devareaux Manley beat the final buzzer with a falling-away 3-pointer to allow Kent State to steal a win against Bowling Green, which held 13-point leads at two points in that game. Coming off a loss to Buffalo, Kent State (15-12, 6-8) again draws Bowling Green..." February 26

  • Akron, Kent State need big wins; Cleveland State gets one

    Cleveland Plain Dealer "Akron head coach Keith Dambrot sat down hard on the chair after Tuesday's practice, crossed his arms and said, "45 minutes. That's all we could do." While short practices are typical at this point in the season, Dambrot was speaking directly to his Zips (17-10, 9-5) being short-handed once..." February 26

  • Ohio Bubble Watch: Xavier up, Dayton down

    Fox Sports Ohio "It was one up and one down in really big games for potential NCAA tournament bubble teams from Ohio Tuesday night as Xavier scored a big 65-53 win at St. John's but Dayton was blown out at St. Joseph's, 79-53. The Musketeers (19-9) entered the day at No. 54 in the Ratings Percentage Index, one..." February 26

  • MAC basketball title will come down to wire for Zips

    Akron Beacon Journal "The University of Akron men’s basketball team picked the wrong time to “show quit.” For those who missed its performance against Ohio on Saturday at Rhodes Arena, the Zips played a game that their fans aren’t used to seeing, especially at home. For coach Keith Dambrot to use the “Q” word, it..." February 25

  • Demetrius “Tree” Treadwell continues to grow into role as Zips’ leader

    Akron Beacon Journal "As the University of Akron basketball team winds down its season with hopes of amping up its chemistry and cohesion, an undeniable fact has emerged. As Tree grows, the Zips seem to go. And 6-foot-8 forward Demetrius “Tree” Treadwell is growing during his junior season, his first as the face..." February 21

  • Kent State’s youth leading to improved play

    Akron Beacon Journal "The youth movement for Kent State basketball has begun, and it’s already churning out positive results. Due to a couple of opened opportunities and some poor play from its returning leaders, Kent State is now being driven by its sophomore class. Coach Rob Senderoff over the past few games has..." February 19

  • Demetrius “Tree” Treadwell continues to grow into role as Zips’ leader

    Akron Beacon Journal "As the University of Akron basketball team winds down its season with hopes of amping up its chemistry and cohesion, an undeniable fact has emerged. As Tree grows, the Zips seem to go. And 6-foot-8 forward Demetrius “Tree” Treadwell is growing during his junior season, his first as the face..." February 19

  • Abreu wants to return to University of Akron basketball team

    Akron Beacon Journal "Alex Abreu wants to play college basketball again. And he wants to play at the University of Akron. He’s just not sure if that plan will work out. “Hopefully I’ll go back to Akron,” Abreu said Monday, nearly a year after the star point guard was busted on marijuana trafficking charges and..." February 18

  • Flashes rally from double-digit deficit twice, beat Falcons

    Akron Beacon Journal "Kent State was down and out more than once against Bowling Green on Wednesday night. The Golden Flashes trailed 13-0 to open the game and were behind another 13 points (40-27) not long into the second half. But twice Kent State fought back, and a team desperate for a win finally downed Bowling..." February 14

  • Cleveland State, Akron players taking charge with tournament play looming

    Cleveland Plain Dealer "This is the time of year players start taking ownership of their teams and their programs. At Cleveland State that swagger is clear and evident. At Akron the determination is solid. At Kent State, for the first time in decades, the players seem to have little fight left for 2014. The CSU..." February 12

  • Akron 65, Bowling Green 63: Quincy Diggs seals last-minute win for Zips

    Akron Beacon Journal "Forward Quincy Diggs answered a game-tying shot with one of his own to lead the University of Akron men’s basketball team to a last-minute victory over Bowling Green State University 65-63 at the Stroh Center on Sunday. No one could blame the Zips (16-7, 8-2 in Mid-American Conference) and..." February 11

  • Toledo’s leading scorer suspended for DUI

    College Basketball Talk "Toledo has suspended Justin Drummond for Wednesday night’s game against Ohio after getting charged with DUI on Saturday night. “Although I remain 100 percent supportive of Justin, our players are held to high standards and when they do not live up to those they face consequences,” head coach..." February 10

  • Keith Dambrot says KSU can turn season around

    Akron Beacon Journal "The Kent State basketball team is coming off gut-wrenching losses to Toledo and Northern Illinois. The Golden Flashes have a four-game losing streak and could find themselves in a deep hole with a loss to the University of Akron today. UA coach Keith Dambrot doesn’t care. He knows what his..." February 01

  • No heroics from Kris Brewer this time as Flashes lose again at home

    Akron Beacon Journal "The last time Kent State played Northern Illinois a little over two weeks ago, the Golden Flashes rallied from a double-digit deficit to force overtime and win on the road thanks to a 25-point effort by Kris Brewer. When the two teams faced each other in the rematch Wednesday at the M.A.C...." January 31

  • Akron, Kent, Cleveland State in the heat of conference battles

    Cleveland Plain Dealer "It's only five games, but there is a lot to be said about the Mid-American Conference basketball race at the moment. For Cleveland State, right now the Horizon League race is all Green Bay. While the Toledo Rockets (16-2, 4-1) still look to be the team to beat in the MAC, it has also been..." January 25

  • Basketball community to show support for UA's Dan Peters

    Akron Beacon Journal "To show their support for Dan Peters in his fight against pancreatic cancer, the Akron Zips will host a "Purple Out" on Wednesday, Jan. 29, against Ball State as part of the Coaches vs. Cancer Suits and Sneakers Awareness Weekend. Peters, the director of basketball operations for the men's..." January 24

  • Longtime college basketball coach inspiring even rival teams with his fight against cancer

    Yahoo! Sports "Before his Akron team played Toledo last Saturday, Keith Dambrot felt the tears coming during the "Star Spangled Banner." There was no holding them back. For this one game, director of basketball operations Dan "Pete" Peters was back with the Zips. He'd been on leave since mid-December,..." January 24

  • Hampton adds former Miami (OH) guard Reggie Johnson

    College Basketball Talk "Nine games into the 2013-14 season sophomore guard Reggie Johnson made the decision to leave the program, resulting in the RedHawks losing their second-leading scorer at the time. Johnson averaged 11.8 points per game for Miami, eclipsing the 20-point mark in three of the nine games he played..." January 17