Pacific-12 RUMORS & NEWS

  • Chinese law professor calls BS that Donald Trump saved UCLA players from prison time

    Sporting News - NCAAB "President Donald Trump called LaVar Ball "ungrateful" for not being more appreciative for getting his son and two other UCLA players out of five to 10 years in jail for a shoplifting charge in China. The only problem is a shoplifting charge apparently does not carry that kind of jail time..." November 23

  • LaVar Ball's Big Baller Brand gets major boost

    USA Today "Whether it's sheer coincidence or brilliant marketing, a sports sponsorship company suggests that LaVar Ball used the days leading up to Thanksgiving to financially bolster his family's company, Big Baller Brand, thanks to the international visibility he garnered from a feud with President Donald..." November 23

  • Donald Trump calls LaVar Ball an 'ungrateful fool'

    USA Today "President Donald Trump referred to LaVar Ball as an "ungrateful fool" and "just a poor man's version of Don King, but without the hair" in a series of tweets Wednesday morning. Trump waited more than 24 hours to retaliate against Ball, who appeared on CNN on Tuesday night and again downplayed..." November 22

  • Donald Trump Calls LaVar Ball a 'Poor Man's Don King without the Hair'

    TMZ "ONLY IN AMERICA!!!!!! Donald Trump is CONTINUING his war with LaVar Ball -- this time ripping him as the "poor man's version of Don King, but without the hair." Trump is clearly still pissed over LaVar's CNN interview -- in which Ball refused to thank POTUS for helping get his son LiAngelo..." November 22

  • LaVar Ball refuses to thank Donald Trump in CNN interview

    Larry Brown Sports "The grudge match between LaVar Ball and President Donald Trump may be hitting new levels. Ball joined CNN on Monday night for an interview. Sitting in for Don Lemon was Chris Cuomo, and he had no idea what he was in for. Cuomo tried to grill Ball about Ball’s son, LiAngelo, being arrested..." November 21

  • 5-star recruit Bol Bol commits to Oregon

    Fanrag Sports "Five-star recruit Bol Bol has committed to the Oregon Ducks, giving the program the No. 1 center and No. 4 overall prospect in the 2018 class. The son of Manute Bol, the up-and-coming big man is a player standing at 7-3 with a 7-9 wingspan, who can protect the rim and knock down..." November 20

  • White House: Trump Wasn't Serious About Leaving UCLA Players In China

    TMZ "Reeeeelax ... Donald Trump's mouthpiece says POTUS was only tweeting "rhetorically" when suggesting he should have left LaVar Ball's son in a Chinese jail. Yep. Sarah Huckabee Sanders just addressed the media ... and was asked about Trump's tweets in which he said LaVar was "unaccepting"..." November 20

  • Trump’s Social Media Director Goes After LaVar Ball on Twitter, So Yes We Legitimately Have a Trump vs. BBB Beef

    Black Sports Online "This is amazing. When 2017 started did you ever think we would have a LaVar Ball vs. Donald Trump beef? What a time to be alive. Trump tried to take all the credit for bringing LiAngelo home after he stole some Louis Vuitton shades in China. LaVar spoke to ESPN and said Trump was..." November 19

  • Trump in response to LaVar: 'I should have left them in jail'

    ABC News "President Donald Trump shot back at LaVar Ball, who downplayed the president's role in getting his son and two other UCLA basketball players released after they were detained in China for questioning following shoplifting allegations. "I should have left them in jail," Trump tweeted Sunday...." November 19

  • LaVar Ball downplays Donald Trump's role in UCLA freshmen's release

    ESPN "LaVar Ball downplayed his son's shoplifting incident in China as well as U.S. president Donald Trump's involvement in getting his son and two other UCLA players back to the United States earlier this week. "Who?" Ball told ESPN when asked about Trump's involvement in the matter. "What was he..." November 18

  • Sources: UCLA officials debating length of players' suspensions

    ESPN "There is an ongoing internal debate among UCLA officials about the proper discipline for the three freshmen basketball players who returned to the United States on Tuesday after admitting to shoplifting from three stores while on a team trip to China, multiple sources told ESPN. The school has..." November 16

  • LaVar Ball Returns to U.S. and Says 'We'll Be Good' with Trump

    TMZ " LaVar Ball tells TMZ Sports he expects to have an encounter with President Trump now that he's back in the U.S. ... and he expects it to go well. "We're gonna run into each other. We'll be good," LaVar said after touching down at LAX Wednesday night with his youngest son, LaMelo." November 16

  • President Trump says 'you're welcome' to thankful UCLA players

    ESPN "President Donald Trump had wondered if he'd receive thanks from the three UCLA players whose release from China he helped secure following their arrest on shoplifting charges. He did. He had a response on Thursday. UCLA athletic director Dan Guerrero said that freshmen LiAngelo Ball, Cody Riley..." November 16

  • ESPN’s Seth Greenberg yells that LiAngelo Ball should be suspended for a year, Jay Williams says “stop that”

    Awful Announcing "After LiAngelo Ball and UCLA Bruins teammates Cody Riley and Jalen Hill were charged with shoplifting on a preseason trip to China, detained after the team’s departure, and eventually released and sent back to the U.S. following the intervention of U.S. president Donald Trump, there’s been a lot..." November 15

  • Trump Wants The Detained UCLA Players To Thank Him

    ESPN "President Donald Trump asked on Twitter whether the three UCLA basketball players released from detention in China on Tuesday will thank him for his help. UCLA freshmen LiAngelo Ball, Cody Riley and Jalen Hill, who had been detained in China for the past week on suspicion of shoplifting, landed..." November 15

  • Three UCLA basketball players held in China suspended indefinitely, offer apologies

    Los Angeles Times "UCLA basketball players LiAngelo Ball, Cody Riley and Jalen Hill, who have been suspended indefinitely by the Bruins, apologized at a news conference Wednesday morning about the incident in China that had them stay behind on a team trip after they were accused of shoplifting. At the end of the..." November 15

  • LiAngelo Ball, UCLA Teammates Reportedly Freed After Shoplifting Arrest

    NESN "Consider the international crisis averted. LiAngelo Ball and two other members of the UCLA men’s basketball team have been allowed to return home from China after being arrested on shoplifting charges, the Wall Street Journal reported Tuesday morning. Ball, Jalen Hill and Cody Riley were..." November 14

  • Report: UCLA players to face no legal repercussions in China

    247 Sports "It appears as though some political pressure from President Trump has helped the three UCLA Bruins basketball players who were detained in China on shoplifting charges do more than simply be able to come home. According to a report from Ben Bolch of the L.A. Times, not only were LiAngelo Ball,..." November 14

  • Trump asks Chinese president to help in UCLA case

    ESPN "President Donald Trump personally asked Chinese President Xi Jinping to help resolve the case involving three UCLA basketball players, including LiAngelo Ball, who were arrested on shoplifting charges in Hangzhou, The Washington Post reported Monday. The White House confirmed in an email to the..." November 13

  • USC's De'Anthony Melton suspended

    CBS Sports "Ten minutes prior to USC's season-opener vs. Cal State Fullerton's on Friday night, the school announced that sophomore guard De'Anthony Melton has been indefinitely suspended, as his eligibility is in question due to the FBI's investigation. "As a precaution, De'Anthony is being held out due..." November 11

  • UCLA players accused of shoplifting could be held in China for 'a week or two'

    CNN "Three freshmen on the UCLA men's basketball team accused of shoplifting in the Chinese city of Hangzhou could be months away from returning home while the legal process in their case plays out. ESPN, citing a source with firsthand knowledge, reported Wednesday that LiAngelo Ball, Cody Riley and..." November 11

  • Bill Walton rips UCLA players on telecast for shoplifting arrest

    Larry Brown Sports "Bill Walton said his piece on Saturday about UCLA’s basketball players being arrested in China for shoplifting, and he did not hold back. Walton, who was a legend as a UCLA player, was on the call for ESPN’s telecast of the Bruins’ season-opener against Georgia Tech in China. As the game tipped..." November 11

  • LiAngelo Ball arrest creates issues for Ball family reality show

    Yardbarker "LiAngelo Ball and two other UCLA basketball players have created a messy situation in China by reportedly shoplifting from three stores, and the Ball family’s reality TV show is unsure of how to handle the incident. TMZ reports that producers for “Ball in the Family” were in China documenting..." November 11

  • LiAngelo Ball’s punishment could be 20 days in luxury hotel

    New York Post "The punishment for three UCLA players, who are accused of shoplifting in China, is starting to become clearer. The Atlanta Journal Constitution reports that LiAngelo Ball, Jalen Hill and Cody Riley are expected to serve 20 days of house arrest in their Hangzhou Hyatt Regency for allegedly..." November 10

  • Arizona coach, player out for violating NCAA rules

    wkbw.com "University of Arizona assistant basketball coach Mark Phelps and senior basketball player Keanu Pinder have both been suspended from the team for violating unspecified NCAA rules. Both will miss Friday's game against Northern Arizona University. Phelps's suspension is without pay and will..." November 10

  • LiAngelo Ball, other UCLA players unlikely to face severe punishment, Chinese law experts say

    USA Today "Based on the reported details of the situation, it is unlikely that the three UCLA basketball players who were arrested in China this week will face severe punishment, three professors who specialize in Chinese law told USA TODAY Sports on Wednesday. ESPN reported that LiAngelo Ball, Jalen Hill..." November 09

  • Bob Knight criticizes John Wooden over UCLA recruiting practices

    ESPN "Saying "I've never been a Wooden fan," former Indiana coach Bob Knight criticized Hall of Fame UCLA coach John Wooden over the Bruins' recruiting practices during their historic run. Knight ripped UCLA for allowing booster Sam Gilbert to violate NCAA rules while he attempted to recruit players..." November 08

  • LiAngelo Ball Reportedly Could Face 3-10 Years in Jail for Shoplifting in China

    Bleacher Report "UCLA Bruins guard LiAngelo Ball and two other Bruins basketball players could serve three to 10 years in prison if convicted of shoplifting during a team trip to China, an unnamed lawyer told Yahoo Sports' Dan Wetzel Tuesday. Wetzel also spoke to William Nee, an Amnesty International researcher..." November 08

  • LaVar Ball says son LiAngelo's arrest in China 'ain't that big a deal'

    Sporting News - NCAAB "LaVar Ball said Wednesday his son LiAngelo's arrest on shoplifting charges in China "ain't that big a deal," although the elder Ball also said he's lacking "intel" about the situation. The elder Ball later released a more measured response ESPN's Arash Markazi reported from Shanghai that..." November 08

  • Three UCLA men's basketball players - including LiAngelo Ball -arrested in China for shoplifting

    Orange County Register "Chinese police were called to UCLA’s team hotel in Hangzhou, China, on Tuesday to investigate an unknown matter, according to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution. Both the UCLA and Georgia Tech men’s basketball teams were staying at the Hyatt Regency Hangzhou in preparation for their..." November 07

  • Arizona assistant coach charged in bribery scandal appealing pre-termination notice

    CBS Sports "Arizona assistant Emanuel "Book" Richardson, one of 10 individuals implicated in the FBI's probe that uncovered bribery and corruption inside college basketball last month, is appealing a pre-termination notice he received from the university shortly after the Department of Justice's findings were..." October 25

  • USC snags pledge from four-star guard Elijah Weaver

    Scout "Four-star combination guard Elijah Weaver verbally committed to USC, he told Scout. “I just trust their coaching staff,” Weaver said. “Their player development is second to none. They are all point guards on the staff and some that went to the league and and they can develop me.” "I just..." October 24

  • Five-star point guard Jahvon Quinerly decommits from Arizona Wildcats' class of 2018

    Tuscon "Five-star point guard Jahvon Quinerly announced he has decommitted from Arizona on Thursday night, just over three weeks after he was named in a federal complaint that quoted a sports agent saying he took $15,000. If Quinerly was found to have taken an amount that high, he most likely would not..." October 20

  • University of Portland basketball player files lawsuit against Oregon, Dana Altman and staff

    Oregonian "A University of Portland basketball player is suing the University of Oregon, men's basketball coach Dana Altman and members of his staff for alleged negligence stemming from a 2015 recruiting visit that ended with an injury. Crisshawn Clark, a 6-foot-4 guard who transferred to Portland from..." October 20

  • Former Oregon recruit who tore his ACL while on official visit sues school, coaches

    Oregonian "A University of Portland basketball player is suing the University of Oregon, men's basketball coach Dana Altman and members of his staff for alleged negligence stemming from a 2015 recruiting visit that ended with an injury. Crisshawn Clark, a 6-foot-4 guard who transferred to Portland from..." October 19

  • Elite guard Luguentz Dort commits to Arizona State

    Arizona Republic "Since his arrival in 2015, Arizona State’s Bobby Hurley has worked to raise the talent within his men's basketball program. Over the last two years, the coach and his staff have lassoed four-star prospects from places such as Georgia and Rhode Island. On Wednesday, however, the Sun Devils took..." October 18

  • USC basketball loses four-star recruit J'Raan Brooks because of scandal

    Los Angeles Times "The college basketball bribery and corruption scandal has cost USC a top recruit, at least temporarily. Forward J'Raan Brooks, a 6-foot-8 forward from Seattle Garfield High who is ranked among the nation’s top 100 high school players, said he is reopening his college search. “Due to unforeseen..." October 16

  • UCLA signs Steve Alford to 1-year extension

    Fanrag Sports "The UCLA Bruins have officially signed head basketball coach Steve Alford to a one-year contract extension through the 2020-21 season, the program formally announced on Friday. Alford, who has been at the Bruins helm since 2013, most recently piloted UCLA to a 31-5 record thanks to a tremendous..." October 06

  • Nation’s No. 1 Recruit R.J. Barrett Sets Decision Date

    The Spun "R.J. Barrett, the No. 1 recruit in the class of 2018, is just over a month away from picking between his three finalist schools. On Sunday, Barrett confirmed his top three of Duke, Kentucky, and Oregon. He will be deciding between those three schools on November 10. However, he does not have..." October 06

  • Arizona basketball allegedly offered recruit $150K; 'Book' Richardson paid another $15K

    Sporting News - NCAAB "Closer inspection of the FBI indictments filed Tuesday suggest Arizona basketball's Emanuel "Book" Richardson paid $15,000 to a top 2018 recruit, and that Arizona basketball was at least willing to offer $150,000 to another. According to complaints filed by the Justice Department, Richardson —..." September 29

  • FBI arrests assistant basketball coaches in corruption scheme

    Clutch Points "The details are not yet full out there, but reports have surfaced that at least two college basketball assistant coaches were arrested by the FBI for a corruption scheme. Lamont Evans of Oklahoma State, Emanuel Richardson of Arizona, and Chuck Person of Auburn University are two of the coaches..." September 26

  • Four NCAA basketball assistants arrested in alleged fraud scheme involving Adidas

    Larry Brown Sports "The FBI announced on Tuesday that four NCAA basketball coaches are among the 10 people who have been arrested and charged with fraud and corruption in an alleged scandal involving a top executive at Adidas. According to the indictments, Auburn assistant coach Chuck Person, Southern California..." September 26

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